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  • Writer's pictureCate Bales

Is it time for a staycation?

It’s Sunday today. I’m halfway through my two weeks of staycation – spending a couple of weeks at home, creating time and space for myself to nourish, grow, contemplate and reflect. 

I can’t remember the last time I’ve done this.  Usually my holidays are spent going away somewhere, being very busy, and organising every minute of every day. But this time I had a yearning to simply stay at home and be very present with myself.

My days are long and time feels like it has slowed down. I’ve given myself permission to do nothing. No deadlines, no timetables, no rushing and no to-do lists. Just filling myself up with all of the things that nourish me from the inside….reading, walking through forests and beaches, stillness, pots of tea, making medicine, cooking, tending my garden, writing, creating and knitting. 

I’m remembering to re-connect to the seasons and to the cycles, and I’m creating rituals to reflect these times. It’s Autumn where I live.  The days are getting shorter, the air feels cooler and my mulberry tree is losing all of its leaves. I’m reminded to ask myself:

  • What am I ready to let go of?

  • What no longer serves me?

  • What no longer sustains me?

The answers to these questions can be found in the food we eat, the people in our lives, our behaviours, programming, trauma, beliefs, habits and so much more. 

As nature begins to draw its energy reserves down into its root systems, preparing for the cooler months ahead, I too am harvesting all of the abundance that nature has given me through the summer months. I’m cooking up a storm in the kitchen, making broths, soups, fermentations, tonics and elixirs to last me through the winter months. 

I feel very grounded, centred and comforted, as I align with this season of Autumn. It’s a feeling like all is well in my world. I belong! With so much going on in our external world right now and much of it being out of our control, connecting to her seasons and cycles is like a healing balm. She truly does give us everything we need, not just in a physical sense, but also to bring balance and calm to our mental and emotional states too. 

Are you in a position to go on a staycation?  Even if it is just for a couple of days. To carve out some time and space just for you.  I highly recommend it.   

Much love and blessings,

Cate xxx



Hello! I'm Cate Bales; a passionalte health coach. I write a regular blog, “a re-claim to wholeness", inspiring you, my readers to have more energy, time, freedom and meaning in your lives. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter here.

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