This past week I went away for my first girls' trip since having Sloan. I've been apart from her before for work, but that usually consists of 2-3 days of rushed meetings and quick turnarounds. A couple of months ago, after a string of particularly challenging weeks, I needed something relaxing to look forward to, so my friends and I booked a little Palm Springs getaway.
I had a lot of conflicted feelings about leaving Sloan. Before she was born, G and I talked about the importance of maintaining some level of independence and not feeling guilty about needing moments of personal space. For the most part, we’ve succeeded in doing that, whether that means him taking a long bike ride or me getting a coffee + mani/pedi with friends. However, leaving both of them for a few days felt almost too selfish, as if I was cashing in a larger chip than I deserved. As I shared my thoughts with G, he basically told me that he wanted me to go - to hit reset on my perspective and zone out for a few days.
Palm Springs has always been a therapeutic place for me - the dry desert heat, the smell of citrus in the air, and warm, lazy evenings have made it one of my favorite spots to visit. I hadn't been there since a day of vintage shopping in 2013, so I was overdue for a visit. We read magazines by the pool, drank boozy lemonades, watched tennis (it was fun to see Nadal practice from a few feet away, even though I’m still broken that Federer wasn’t at the tournament), and did little else for two days.
I anticipated the typical post-vacation letdown to hit as soon as we got on the road back to L.A. But that wasn't the case. I felt like a different person and came home with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. Our quick trip helped me hit the reset button and served as a reminder that sometimes getting away is the best way to get out of a rut.
P.S. All of my clothes (besides the sherbet dress) are from the upcoming Cupcakes and Cashmere summer collection, which will be available within the next couple of weeks!