It’s the end of my first week back from vacation in China, and the jet lag is finally starting to wear off. The trip was absolutely amazing — we hit up Xi’an, Beijing, and Shanghai.
We managed to pack in a million things, but a few of the highlights: we saw the Terracotta Warriors, climbed a gorgeous part of the Great Wall where there were no other tourists, visited Hangzhou, and had an amazing reunion week with my best friends who I met studying abroad seven years ago.
It was a little too active to be the “relaxing” kind of vacation — but I definitely came home recharged and mellowed out (or maybe that’s just exhaustion, haha), and grateful for the break from the insane pace I usually keep.
Everything is feeling slow right now — my yoga practice is not as smooth as it was a few weeks ago, and I’m a little overwhelmed by all the things I want to fix in my novel — but I know that as I settle back into a normal routine it’ll all pick up.
Important reminder to self: I was in a very good place when we left.
Before we flew out I finished applying a round of line edits, pounded through 10,000 brand new words in a weekend, and did a huge structural revision on the last two sections of my novel.
And in my last days practicing, my ashtanga teacher said he wanted to give me a new pose and that it was going to be very hard. This is exciting — the challenge of a new pose will force me to build upon my focus and discipline.
Now for some post-vacation writing and yoga goals to ground myself:
– Finish an intense revision of the first 30,000 words of the novel by July 4th.
– Cut the extra breaths out of my vinyasas. Know that I am actually strong enough for Bhujapidasana.
So this is what I have come back to. It always feels so hard to get back into the swing of things, and jet lag (in this case a 12-hour time difference!) is making it a lot worse. But soon I’ll feel limber and strong again. Soon I’ll be right in the heart of my edits. As always, there is so much work to be done.