If a nap just ain't enough...

“I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth." 
Steve McQueen

Last week, I revealed my deep love of napping (not like it was a big secret :)

But what happens when a nap simply won't do? When you've reached that tipping point of being overwhelmed with life? When you need something but can't quite name what it is?

That, my friend, is your soul's call for nature. A lot of nature.

Last week, I definitely hit my limit. I'd driven 6 hours to a video shoot in Virginia, crashed in my hotel room, was woken up by my alarm at 4:15 a.m., and was on set all day in a 18th century period costume, complete with corset. At the end of the day, I was toast - physically and mentally.

Thankfully, my dear friend, Mark England, co-founder of the amazing website Procabulary, had offered to let me crash at his family's farm for the night so I wouldn't have to make the long drive home.

As you can see from the picture below, I pretty much won the jackpot.

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Yep, 135 acres of beautiful Virginia land, complete with a river, woods, and hiking trails. I was in heaven. I walked, I slept, I read...and my iPhone stayed in my purse. It was the perfect reset button.

When I got home the next day, I remembered I had another long road trip yesterday, this time to Wilmington to meet with casting directors. There and back in one day, for a grand total of 10 hours in the car.

I knew not even one night on a farm could reset that.

So Lucas and I booked an Air BnB for a long weekend next week. A cabin in the woods on 100 acres, right next to waterfalls. And we put our place up for rent at the same time so our trip is paid for. I'm so excited I can barely stand it.

Because being in nature is the ultimate reset button. CLICK TO TWEET It literally irons out all the wrinkles that living in our demanding, non-stop society creates in our bodies and minds.

And while a walk around your neighborhood is great, there is nothing like being in a spot for an extended length of time where you can't see anything man-made. It does more than heal the body, it feeds the soul.

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Ask yourself - when was the last time you were in nature for more than an hour? If it's been awhile, do something about it today. Plan a trip - believe me, it doesn't have to break the bank. But it will definitely pay big dividends.

Where's your favorite spot in nature to unwind? Please share it on our Facebook page. I may just have to steal your spot next time I need some time with Mother...

Naturally yours,
Emily