My Kind of Relaxing

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We picked up our 10 year-old from camp on Thursday, and with the littler guy at Grandma’s, Hubs and I took the opportunity for a little adult time in Asheville, NC. It wasn’t anything complicated: no wellness retreat, no all-inclusive vacation or spa time. Just a few unstructured days in a cool city with adults and great food and art and beer.

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❤️ Asheville!

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And while I know I would benefit from a healthy vacation where I come back 7 pounds lighter and at one with my chakras and the universe (that sounds pretty damn good, actually), I think there’s something to be said for relaxing on your own terms, don’t you?

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Deliciousness tour continues…

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I’m a restless heart, and an experience junkie from way back. From the time I got my driver’s license (and *maybe* a little before) I’ve always been one to find happiness on the open road. New cities to explore, people to meet, food to try – OMG the poutine fries! more on that later – bookstores to browse, beverages to drink, trains to ride, pictures to take (and forget to take because you’re having so much fun). That’s my bliss. If I magically had unlimited funds and free time, I think I’d spend most of it on the move, checking experiences off my list and taking in the sights. After the three-story library fully stocked with books and an enormous slide, naturally.

And even though these days I’m more likely to be in a mid-range hotel four hours from my house than in a sketchy $6/night hostel in Istanbul or Barcelona (Best. Year. Ever.)… I still feel as re-energized and happy after this week touristing than I would after the same amount of time at a spa. I mean, I love falling asleep on the massage table as much as the next girl, but I can do about three hours at a spa before I’m ready to strangle someone with Yanni’s mustache. Get me to a brewery and sit me across from someone with a fascinating life story, STAT.

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Perfect weather for a flight. Happy Monday!

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What about you? What’s your relaxation happy place?

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MJ Pullen

M.J. Pullen is a distracted writer and the mom of two boys in Roswell, Georgia, where she is absolutely late for something important right now. Her books include quirky romantic comedies and playful women's fiction. She blogs erratically with writing advice, random observations, and reflections on raising very loud kids and dogs. Join her Distracted Readers newsletter list for updates, free content, giveaways and more.

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