This post is sponsored by Skinny Cow // Ahhhhh TRANQUILITY… We all seem to be on the never ending search for tranquility.
My Skinny Cow WoCavé mission for this month was to find tranquility. (Here are Mission 1 & Mission 2.) Of all the months this year, I needed this mission this month more than anything! Just because I needed it, didn't mean that it was going to miraculously going to happen for me. You see, this month our world was turned upside down once again. We were moving again! That would be two moves in 10 months. Again, we didn't really know we were moving until 2 weeks before the move was to happen. It was also a week before school started and all the kiddos would have to move to new schools. And… my little guy Gage decided he was finally ready to start potty training. Guh! Yes, let's go find tranquility!
I nearly laughed out loud when the mission information arrived on my door step right about the time the move was on the horizon. I nearly called my contact at Skinny Cow to say, the WhipperBerry WoCavé is closed! There was no way I was going to even find the time to TRY and figure out what tranquility means to me. Let alone find that ever elusive state of true relaxed bliss. Then I stopped… What better time than this to try and figure out what tranquility means to me. Can you only find tranquility when your life is in perfect order, your children have morphed into little cherubs, your husband is waiting on you hand and foot and you have a regularly scheduled spa appointment each week? Truly, how many of us EVER achieve this state? I would venture to say only about 1% of the population and that is one very lucky percent at that.
We have lives, families, homes, jobs, school… And, all of these things pull and tug at us throughout each and every day. However, that's doesn't mean that we can't find happiness or have a tranquil life. As part of this mission Skinny Cow sent a friend and I to relax during a facial at a spa here in Lincoln called Bella Body Works here in Lincoln.
I took a break from packing and Natalie and I headed off to the spa. The spa was this cute kind of bohemian spa in this beautiful old house in an historic part of town and I just fell in love from the very 1st minute I walked in. My poor aching body climbed onto the treatment bed and I laid there for a minute thinking to my self… This is not possible. This lovely lady is going to give me a facial and it's going to be a total waste because I have a list about a mile long running through my head of things that I need to be doing. My house is a total wreck, my kiddos are a mess at the moment worried about the move and my body just aches right now. How on earth am I going to find tranquility? Then it HAPPENED!
Ann, one of the owners of Bella Body Works, skillfully lifted up my legs just a bit and gently pulled and just like that, my body slowly started to relax. I just melted into that table. More than anything I needed someone else to tell me, or physically show me that it was alright to relax, to step back, and take a few minutes to rest and find some peace and calm within the storm of my life. My list disappeared, my worries melted away and for a few hours that night I let myself slow down and take some time to find some peace. The facial was nice, but my epiphany was even better. Natalie and I both enjoyed our treatments and then went and grabbed a bite to eat together and discussed what it means to have some quite tranquil moments in life.
(yea, no make-up and spa hair… but, happy!!)
More than anything I learned that it's alright to give yourself permission to find peace even when your world is in chaos. It's actually a very good thing to step back from a stressful situation and find a few tranquil moments to re-adjust, right the sails and find the best way to attack your challenge. Each and every one of us will have a different way to find our tranquil moments. I must say I LOVE a trip to the spa, but sometimes that just isn't in the cards. I can also find tranquility by taking a few quiet moments to read a good book, watch a favorite program on TV, just lay in bed for an extra 20 minutes and think of nothing! We ALL need these moments and we don't need to feel bad for taking them!!! I am so grateful to Skinny Cow and the WoCavé program for providing the vehicle to help me figure this out. See, we ALL need our WoCavé!!
So… A few days after the move, even in the chaos of the new house, I decided I wanted to share a little of my experience with a few friends. The lovely folks at Skinny Cow sent over a spa party kit and we had fun just hanging out with the girls, eating some of Skinny Cow's Limited Edition Pink Velvet Truffle Bars and Chocolate Covered Cherry Cones and making some of our own spa goodies.
It was so great to share my little tranquility epiphany with my friends and then also realize that friends play a HUGE part in finding peace in my life as well.
So, Skinny Cow… Thank you for this challenge. All of them really. They have all helped me stop and reflect on my talents, my surroundings and the much needed tranquility that we all need in our life. Truly that is what a WoCavé is all about. A WoCavé is more than a physical space… It is a state of mind. It is constantly challenging yourself to find your true self and then to share that with those you love… That is WoCavé.
Disclaimer // This is a sponsored series created by Skinny Cow. I have received product and compensation for these posts however, all thoughts, ideas & opinions are my very own!