Wanderlust hits you when you just need to break away. Something out there is calling your name. Movement will make you feel like you’re going places. Maybe one day, your mind will follow your body, moving into new ways of seeing, thinking, and understanding. Until finally, you stand on new ground, but it feels familiar because…there you are. You have walked into yourself, and now – you are home.
A Journey Inward and Outward
Once upon a time, I told a friend that I had never vacationed in my life. This sounded completely crazy to her. She said, “You’re always somewhere else!” But was I vacationing? This warped view came from my definition of vacation: going somewhere specifically to relax. Each of my travels at that point had a strong intent behind it. I found myself in new places to learn a language, to work a certain job, to learn a new skill, to study a certain topic. It wasn’t until I worked corporate, and had planned out the year and where my two weeks of paid time off would fall, that I realized what a vacation was: time to escape your daily life. My paid time off was always spent visiting relatives, so it still didn’t count as ‘vacation.’ All that was left were the weekends. I became a fierce weekend warrior. On Monday mornings when my boss asked me how my weekend was, I had so much to say about it. She always said, “My gosh, you make me feel like I’m not living. I just don’t have the energy.”
I was used to weekends being a time to live my real life. Then I started working in this three star Michelin restaurant in France. The standards were high. The work schedule was crazy. You didn’t have a life. Life was work! Isn’t that why they say you need “passion” in your work? Because if you do what you love, then you never work a day in your life. Wrong!
Intense passion simply gives you permission to put up with pain.
I loved being a part of the pastry team. I felt like I was learning incredible things daily, and the repetition meant lots of opportunity to practice…to be better. The whole team: front-of-house, back-of-house, and management– had the same two consecutive days off, known to the rest of the world as the weekend. After our weekend when we reassembled in the kitchen, Chef’s wife would say, “les vacances…toujours trop courtes.” (Vacation is always too short) In the beginning I thought, What? Lady that wasn’t a vacation. That was the weekend. One month later I understood. After 90 hours of trying to turn my body into a pastry-making machine, I was vacationing like a boss! Two days to do absolutely nothing. So glorious.
There wasn’t much energy to be a weekend warrior. I spent most of my free two days doing laundry, wandering around the mountains, climbing bales of hay to view the fantastic scenery, and eating lots of ice cream with my good friend, Stephanie. A dream staycation! Because of these experiences, I now know the distinct difference between when I want to take a vacation…and when I am hit with wanderlust.
For me, WANDERLUST is when I need to grow. I need to learn, or view things from a new perspective. It is traveling with intent. It is fueled by curiosity. This is kind of my default mode.
Vacation is because I’m exhausted. Both are necessary. A vacation is a quick reset and afterwards I’m ready to be me again, just with more energy. Wanderlust is a longer journey, with questions and answers to be found.
What do you do when wanderlust hits you?
Eat Your Emotions: Wanderlust - Penny Tea WafersPrint This
- 113g (1 stick or 8 Tbsp) butter, room temp
- 110g (1/2 cup) sugar
- 100g (1/3 cup packed) light brown sugar
- 2g (1/4 tsp) salt
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 145g (1 cup) all purpose flour
- 15g (3 tbsp) crushed loose leaf tea
tips for success:
- use a piping bag and a large round tip to shape the cookies
- use your favorite tea. the insides of a teabag will work great as well.
- having 2 baking sheets or more will help speed things up.
- preheat oven to 350 F.
- prepare baking sheets by lining with silicon mats or parchment paper.
- cream together the butter, sugars, and salt. cream until light and airy. using a handheld beater or stand mixer with paddle attachment works great.
- add the egg. mix in until homegenous
- mix in the flour and the tea
- transfer dough to piping bag. it should be like super thick mashed potatoes.
- pipe out into little rounds.
- bake about 6 minutes. rotate pan. maybe bake 2 minutes more. they should be golden around the edges.
- repeat until all the dough is baked up.