I’ve been paying close attention to the wellness wheel since the beginning of this year and trying to develop strategies to work toward a more balanced life. I’m not gonna lie, It’s been rough. The stress and uncertainty of the times have been unrelenting. I lost my mother 18 months ago and that devastation was quickly followed by this global pandemic. Not to mention the hatred and vitriol that we’ve all been subject to (at least here in the States) for the past 4 years. I’ve been feeling pretty hopeless. Let’s face it, we’re spending a lot more time at home, whether we like it or not, and sometimes it’s hard not to feel trapped. This lockdown phase of our existence doesn’t seem like it’s letting up any time soon, but that shouldn’t keep us from dreaming about and planning for our next adventure. In fact, that dreaming and planning could be just the thing that helps us get through these crazy times. Seriously, simply planning a trip can help to boost your mental/emotional health.
“… social isolation can undoubtedly impact our mental health, resulting in everything from anxiety, fear, and depression, to restlessness and an inability to focus. At a time when mental health is therefore particularly important, having a vacation to look forward to – even if it is months away – could be just what you need to lift your spirits.” -traveltowellness.com
As part of my work to achieve a balanced wellness wheel, I’ve started planning for an epic vacation. I don’t know if I ever told you this, but I have always, and I mean always, dreamed of traveling to Australia and New Zealand. When I was a kid, my mother bought me an Atlas, and for some reason, I stayed glued to the pages that held Australia and New Zealand. So, with my lifelong dream and my wellness wheel in mind, I have been actively planning my dream vacation to the land down under! Everything from travel expenses to fun excursions. I’m all in with this, and you know what? Since I started planning, I have been on cloud nine, and I’m not even joking.
Anyway, I was looking at places to stay in and around Melbourne, Australia, and I stumbled upon this beauty. I just had to share this with you guys. This bed and breakfast, The Estate at Trentham, is about an hour outside of Melbourne and it is gorgeous!!! Tell me you don’t get all the feels just looking at this spot! Added bonus: we’ll be stealing some design ideas from this space because what interior designer, Lynda Gardener, has done here is absolutely stunning. Check it out!