Vacation Ups and Downs

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve returned from taking a week off to enjoy New Mexico and the joys of Ojo Caliente and I’ve had some time to reflect on my time there.  My friend and I originally decided to take this vacation to destress from everyday life and find peace of mind.  We came back with a lot of clarifty for sure.

We arrived to a glorious home coming from our friend Carla who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and wanted to throw a little pachanga (party) in our honor.  Several of her family and friends gathered to make us feel welcome and that we did.  We spent the weekend catching up and getting to know some of her favorite hang outs.

Casa Rondeña Winery – Vognier White Wine…very tasty
Sandia Mountain
Sandia Mountain
Me ,10,000+ ft up, at the top of Sandia Mountain
Me ,10,000+ ft up, at the top of Sandia Mountain
Enjoying an icy cold beverage at the High Finance Restaurant on top of Sandia Mountain
Enjoying an icy cold beverage at the High Finance Restaurant on top of Sandia Mountain

Then we headed up to Ojo Caliente, Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, just past Santa Fe.  Ojo Caliente offers geothermal mineral waters that have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. It offers four different types of mineral water (lithia, iron, soda and arsenic) with temperatures ranging from 89-109 degrees.  During our time there we had temperatures ranging from the mid 40’s to upper teens, which made the hot soaks oh so welcoming.

Actual resort
The large pool (at 89 degrees)
The large pool (at 89 degrees)
The Iron pool
The Iron pool
Me enjoying the Cliff side pools
The Yoga hut was wonderfully warm, welcoming and a joy to practice while in the round
The Yoga hut was wonderfully warm, welcoming and a joy to practice while in the round, enjoying the sounds of nature around us.

While on vacation at Ojo Caliente, we both enjoyed luxurious massages, luxurious soaks and the luxury of peace and quite.  It was wonderful.  None of the rooms have TVs or radios so our time out of the water was spent reading, meditating and talking through our various problems.  It was wonderful to not only find comfort in each other, but in the solice of nature.  It was a relaxing, eye opening experience that I think solidified our paths and left us renewed to take on the world. 🙂

Since our return, I’ve decided that letting go of my EGO is a definite must and have allowed my best friend back into my life as my boy friend.  It’s taken many years to get to this point, mainly because he had a lot of growing up to do and I had a lot of EGO to let go of, but I think we’ve finally figured it out.  It’s not perfect, but I’ve finally realized that’s ok because the love is there and that is really what matters most.  The rest, with open lines of communication and mutual respect, will come. 🙂

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My travel buddy has also told me that she realized that she didn’t necessarily have to go away to find peace and serenity.  She can find it any time she wanted, as long as she was aware ( most of our conversations were about reminding ourselves to live in the moment) and surrounded by loved ones.  To that end, she has also decided to stay true to her word and move toward early retirement so that she can spend more time with and enjoy the rest of her life with her fiancé.  She claims letting go of control and her EGO has left her happier than she’s ever been.  🙂  Dang vacations are amazing!!! 

While my life is back on track in the love department, my weight loss journey has fallen by the way side.  Much like what I tend to go through during the Holidays, I currently find myself struggling to get back on the awareness/healthy eating track.  Eating like I’m on vacation and nobody is watching is a hard habit to break.  Thankfully I’m not struggling on the exercise front, but dang if I don’t want to be eating fried, fatty, sweet things.

Shot of me getting my cardio on with Jillian Michaels at Golds Gym

The Universe however is on my side because the Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge to Perfect Health began this week.  I hope this challenge will raise my self awareness level up again to where it needs to be to push me through this little lull.  Fingers crossed. 😉

Where was the last place you vacationed?  What wonderful, new eye opening experiences did you come back with?

Rocio Chavez
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