My husband and I recently took a mini vacation in the north woods of Wisconsin (Hayward, WI. to be exact). It’s always been a dream of ours to spend the holidays in a log cabin in the woods, just the two of us. It was a looooong road trip (8 hours) but once we got there it was well worth it. There was at least three feet of snow and pine trees all around us…..and no sounds other than a few birds chirping and singing. It was perfect, just what we needed. The log cabin that we rented itself was everything you’d expect a log cabin to be; roaring fireplace, wood floors with thick, dark rugs throughout, rustic and woodsy decor and a few stuffed animals including two deer heads mounted on the wall, a red fox displayed with a small ferret in its mouth, and even a black bear looking over the living room 😦
Except for the dead animals displayed all around us, there was something very comforting about being away from everything, basically on lock down, without a whole lot of options for things to do other than eat, drink and sleep. It’s not the easiest thing in the world for me to do either. Being busy is something I have become very accustomed to, and when I’m not busy, there is a sense of panic that comes over me, like I need to have something to do at all times. But being out there with no plan was extremely refreshing. For five days, I kept my cell phone off and didn’t check my Facebook or emails. I completely checked out, and by checking out I allowed myself to check in. To me, this was the perfect time of year to take this type of vacation…………pausing, being quiet, making time for reflection, letting go of the junk in my life that I no longer need or want, and making space for new intentions and goals. And now that I am back in the real world and teaching and writing and planning, I will keep a little bit of that “log cabin fever” within……..scheduling time for absolutely nothing; because it’s in those quiet moments, in between your thoughts, that your soul speaks to you.
And speaking of log cabins, staying in one inspired me to think about how I would decorate my own. Below are a few ideas I had in mind……and of course, there would be no dead animals of any kind anywhere in the house. 🙂