I’m at the San Francisco airport, ready to fly to Burbank for an event.
I have 30 minutes and am thinking of YOU, so I thought I’d send a very quick hello — and a l’il celebration, too!
I’m an anxious Annie when it comes to air travel. I’m always worried I won’t pack the right things or that the alarm won’t go off in the morning or that everything in my life will disappear while I am away. (I actually do get worried about that!)
On the train ride to the airport, I was silently thanking myself for a few ways that I intentionally support myself in order to overcome that worry-wartness.
I wanted to share them with you because maybe you might try these — if you don’t already.
Here are my four air travel self-care/joy tips:
- I always pack two days before the trip so that the final day before I travel I can feel more at ease. It also gives my brain a chance to remind me of anything I may have forgotten or want to switch out. It is a kindness that really makes me feel loved!
- I always, always plan to arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before international. This may feel extreme to some last-minute-arrival folks, but there is tremendous self-care in having plenty of time to arrive. It allows for any unexpected delays (crowds, traffic, or late trains!) and it provides a little cushion of time to take some deep breaths, read a book, get some water, or people watch. (It is why I am able to send this note to YOU right now!)
- I always send “I love you” texts to the most important people in my life before I board the plane. It feels really good to bask in all that love by connecting to family and friends. It also is a beautiful way to remind ourselves that nothing is guaranteed in life and that we never know when we’ll take our last breath. (Or someone we love will do so.) I hope that doesn’t sound morbid. It isn’t. It is actually very life affirming to SAY IT NOW as often as possible. It is a way to feel more love more often!
- I always pack something that will brighten the room where I will be staying. Usually, like right now, it is a strand of fairy lights. They are small, light, and really pack a celebration punch at night. You can also pack a small colorful scarf for the bedside table or a little paper parasol!
Remember, celebration doesn’t always have to be a hoopla. Celebration can be peaceful and quiet. It can be preparation and self-care.
Celebration for me, today, is intentionally being kind to myself!
Thank you for being here.
Thank you for your heart, your soul, your spirit, your goodness.
I see you.
I appreciate you.
You are loved.
Seek celebration — even in the dark corners,
P.S. Please forgive me if there are any typos or goofs in this note to you! I want to send it off before I board and … GOTTA RUN! ✈️
P.P.S. I want to tell you how much I love and appreciate YOU. You add so much joy and energy and thoughtfulness to my life. As I board the plane, know that you are on my mind and in my heart! ❤️