Redefining Healthy: Taking a mental break and what I learned by doing so


A few weeks back I embarked on a girls trip to Vermont. I will admit, the trip couldn't have come at a worse time. My work life balance was way off and had turned into more work than life, my health wasn't doing well and I was in the middle of a home remodel. Yea, talk about bad timing. As I loaded up my suitcase with warm weather essentials I thought about the possibility of canceling and let me tell you the temptation was real. I already had a long "to do" list running on replay in my head and there was so much I could get done if I didn't go. Well ladies, as tempting as it was to throw on my superwoman cape and get back to "work", I decided to finish packing, call my car service and head to the airport and yes it was one of the best things that I could have done for myself. So today, in the spirit of redefining healthy, I want to take you on an inside look of my trip with Catherines and share with you what I learned from taking a mental time-out.


Sometimes you need to shut out the noise and change your environment.

Growing up and living in NYC I guess you kind of become immune to the sound of loud noises. In the city that never sleeps, there is always something happening and you are always on call. When I landed in Vermont I was truly surprised by how quiet and peaceful it was. As I walked into our “home” for the next few days I felt the weight of all my “to-do’s” just melt away. I sat on the porch for a while and just gazed at the beautiful fall foliage.


Now, I will admit, I am a busy city girl and being in the middle of the woods, with minimal cell phone access was a challenge. I did spend a good 30 minutes trying to find the right spot to get a cell phone signal. A task which proved impossible and left me annoyed and frustrated. How was it that with so much amazingness around me I couldn't unplug. For the past few months I’ve struggled with this concept. I’ve used my work as an excuse to reach for my phone and I’ve spent more time on my screen than I care to admit. So I will say that one of the most important things I learned from this trip was to take a time out, place the world on pause, turn off all of the noise and chatter around you and take a good look at life. Yes, I know it’s hard to do but maybe try it at first for 5 minutes a day. Sometimes we get so caught up in the adrenaline of life that we lose sight of what’s actually passing us by.


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Things don't need to be so complicated.

From yummy fresh food made with a handful of ingredients that you can easily read, to homemade products created by local entrepreneurs, one of the things that I loved the most about Vermont was how simple things felt.


My favorite activity of the trip was heading out to Bread And Butter Farm to make cheese with Henry's Dairy. Ladies, I love cheese and I was so excited to learn firsthand from a local farmer.  


After our cheese making experience the ladies and I made it over to Shelburne Orchards to go apple picking. I know it seems silly but just hanging out and enjoying the moment as it passed us by was pretty amazing.


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There was no complicated agenda or crazy schedule. We just enjoyed the day, each other’s company and there was no big “to-do” about it.


A good laugh and a late night chat can truly put life into prospective.

Sometimes we forget just how important it is to have some girl time. Getting together with your gal-pals and just having a good laugh, cry, gossip, dance, whatever.  I honestly feel that sometimes I get so caught up in adulting that I forget to just be a girl. Yes, no makeup, hair down, pj’s on and old school slumber party.


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That night was a blast and it really left me with the biggest cheese smile. Bonding, connecting and sharing is so important for our mental state but we often push it to the side as a non-necessity. Ladies, this time is needed. Like I mentioned earlier, I know taking three days off to travel is not an option for everyone but start small. Pencil in 5 minutes a day, schedule in date night with your girls and go agenda free even if it’s just for one afternoon a month.


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I must say that Vermont taught me the most important life lesson; time for me and just me matters, it is important and a healthy necessity.  Ladies, how are you taking time out for yourself?


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  • Bettye Rainwater
    October 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Looks like you had a well-deserved break in a beautiful location – which is a real gift!


      November 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you hon, it sure was amazing!