I originally wanted to go for Labor Day weekend to celebrate my birthday but blah blah blah for boring reasons it didn't work out. I had a lovely birthday party at home with some friends and we decided we'd try Yellow Springs again in a few weeks. I was not super proactive about planning the trip; at the end of most weeks I feel like I could sleep the entire weekend and be perfectly happy. Eli insisted that we go, so we went. I think he knew we needed it.
Friday night we checked into our adorable (and super cheap) Airbnb loft above a local family's detached garage and headed straight for Yellow Springs Brewery (#priorities). We ate some really great meals at Sunrise Cafe and Winds Cafe and took a couple of long walks in the woods. Each morning we walked by an old building that had been converted to office space and art studios. Eli kept insisting it was haunted, but I was daydreaming about uprooting my life and opening a private practice inside; I'd walk to work and set up my desk underneath a big window with a woodsy view. On a Sunday morning whim, we drove down the street to Young's Jersey Dairy in search of pumpkins. They had plenty lined up for sale but we decided it made more sense to hop on a wagon full of young children and wade into a muddy patch to clip our own pumpkins off their vines. We wrapped up the weekend with a swirl of soft serve at Corner Cone.
Occasionally a client will tell me that he or she is too busy for therapy. I explain that sometimes adding another thing to your plate doesn't necessarily add stress...in fact, therapy can help to relieve stress in a number of ways. That's how I felt about our trip. I'm not home as much as I'd like to be and we'd travelled to our friends' wedding in Pittsburgh the weekend before, so at first I wasn't necessarily into the idea of back-to-back weekends away. In the end, I felt refreshed. I had a really pleasant and relaxed extended hang with my partner.
Basically, if you can go to Yellow Springs (or anywhere that calms and inspires you), you should.