The True Meaning of ‘Healthy Escape’

My partner and I are in the process of moving. Isn’t that listed as one of the ‘biggest stressors of all time?’

In the midst of deadlines for closing dates and trying to have an organized move, I had a pre-planned weekend trip to Philadelphia with my bestie, Kim. My week leading up to the weekend was squeezing in time to pack, cleaning at the new house, and getting things organized for my four day sojourn into sight-seeing and time away.

It was only when I stepped onto the plane to Toronto, pulled out my book, and took a deep breath, that I understood the true meaning of a healthy escape. It is the feeling of being able to leave it all behind and truly focus on what was in front of me; which included an evening with my oldest daughter (you can’t beat love and laughter), a snowy drive at 3:30 am the following morning to the Toronto airport (love the anticipation of a trip) and setting down into a new city to explore.

Kim and I travel well – there is always laughter, lots of chatting and catching up, and the immersion into what Philadelphia had to offer. We enjoyed a Philly Cheesesteak, a warm and fresh Federal Donut, a pretzel hotdog. We walked the city and took in the sights of their historic district where Liberty Bell is housed, toured the Eastern State Penitentiary and ran up the same steps that Sylvester Stallone did in the famous “Rocky” movie. We enjoyed wonderful meals, took in some shopping, walked the “Mural Mile” and enjoyed some freshly made hot chocolate at the oldest confectionary in the city.

And the best bonus of all? I was totally able to leave all of the stress of the up coming move behind. And that, to me, is the true meaning of a healthy escape. 🙂

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Photo credit: Me! This is Kim at the famous Love statue.



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