A Sweet Escape with two hot mammas

Bursting the Bubble, Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

I know what you’re thinking “what does a twenty-five year old need to escape from?”. Nothing, really except for my own thoughts, which follow me everywhere. This 48-hour staycation was an escape from my everyday routine, it was meant for me to gain perspective from two women who seem to have their shit together. It was meant for me to figure out what I want to do with my life, where I should start, and where I need to go.


It’s pretty amazing what an hour and a half drive can do for your mind. Driving smoothly up and down hills with a Starbucks in hand and the windows open, I felt every muscle in body relax. The farther north we got, the fresher the air became. I could breathe deeply for the first time in a few weeks. We checked into the Mosaic, had a bite to eat, walked around, relaxed in our room, and went to dinner. It’s incredible what a glass of wine and a great conversation can do for a girl. I laughed so hard I couldn’t contain my snorting, I ate so much my stomach nearly burst, and I smiled so big that my cheeks were indented the following morning.



An escape with two full-time mammas couldn’t be complete without a massage and unlimited access to the baths at Scandinave Spa. Talk about rest, relaxation, and a total body shock. I’ve never gone for a full body massage so after an hour of being rubbed by a complete stranger (in the most professional of ways) I felt like I could sleep for days on end.  If I wanted to get away from my thoughts that was not the right way to do it, I had to consciously tell myself to stop thinking and just enjoy the sensations in my body. It took a while but I finally got into my yoga-state-of-mind and felt a lot better. The baths were interesting, like a hot tub but better. My pores opened up, my skin felt silky smooth, and I felt so refreshed by the time we left there that I didn’t know what to do with myself.

image_1So did I come home knowing exactly what to do with my life or what my next step would be? Did I come home and obsess over missing two days of work and figuring out how to start my career? The answer is no, to both. I came home with a better understanding of myself, not what I want to do, but who I am. I listened to two great women and I spoke to them without holding back. They inserted advice where necessary and threw out helpful observations too, reminding me of my frame of mind only two years prior and how much I have grown and changed. It was eye-opening to spend so much time with my sister and her sister-in-law, they’re both wise beyond their years and have taken on motherhood with unbelievable stamina. I don’t think either of them realize the effect that our little escape has had on my life, and I don’t think they will ever understand how much I appreciate them letting me tag along.

“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882);
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

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i need a Staycation from this midlife frustration….

Bursting the Bubble, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal, Toronto Adventures


Heading up to Blue Mountain’s Scandinave Spa today with my sister and sister-in-law for a staycation of sorts. I’ve never been there before and literally couldn’t turn down their invite. I’m looking forward to some rest and relaxation, to really focus on myself and what my next step will be. A cousin of mine called me out on my shit on Sunday. He said that I’m scared for the next step and I’ve stopped trying to do something different. I wanted to say that he is wrong but you can only hide from the truth for so long. So my goal for the next two days is to sit down and try to picture what I want from my life, from my career, and when I get back, apply like a crazy person.


Good things come to those who work — but first a little pampering and gaining perspective. I’m bringing along Diane Keaton’s latest Let’s Just Say it Wasn’t Pretty and James Franco’s Directing Herbert White for a little bath-side inspiration. See you in a few days!

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo