After the car incident (see last post if you missed it), I decided I needed to get out of the city. I contemplated moving on completely, but with about a week and a half left at the Airbnb I already paid for, I decided that wasn’t my most feasible option.
So instead, I got an Airbnb at a place called the Unu Center in Embudo. In pre-COVID times, the center had massage and hypnotherapy options, so clearly it was right up my alley. Even though the amenities had changed, it is still this amazing getaway on the Rio Grande up in the northern part of New Mexico.
I drove up north, feeling the stress melt away, and I fully immersed myself in the weekend retreat. I read an entire book in 3 days, I ate a delicious breakfast outside at the base of a mountain, and I meandered around the town of Taos. I crossed the Rio Grande by foot to do some hiking on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land. t the end of the weekend, I took the long and winding way back to the city, stopping in Chimayo to experience the holy dirt.
When I arrived back in Albuquerque, I was refreshed and rejuvenated. I had disconnected to reconnect with myself. I had the energy I needed to navigate my last week in a city where I didn’t feel at home.
It was such a reminder that we often slog through the tough stuff, without giving ourselves credit or a break. But by acknowledging the rough patches and then slowing down, we can regain our footing to keep going.