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The past week has been absolutely amazing. There is a LOT to blog about. I've been keeping topics as I went through this incredible vacation.

Over the next week you'll be hearing about a beautiful wedding, the perspective of a four year old, the magic of Disney (lots about Disney), and the power of real friendships. I'll also be writing more about the process behind "The Boys Upstairs" and a tribute to my favorite memories of Prince.

But as this Monday starts I want to talk briefly about home. Yes...home. 

As we crawled into the condo after a massive trip, you could feel any lingering stress of travel fall away. Bags hit the floor, lights clicked on, and we both breathed a sigh of relief. Finally getting to sleep in our own bed was an excellent feeling.

It got me thinking about why that would be. Theoretically, vacations are designed to be relaxing. Travel give you the chance to explore new places, meet new people, and take a break from the grind of everyday life. Yet many start work again after a trip more exhausted than when they left.

Some of this may be biological. While I was in Clearwater, the local news covered a story on why people have trouble sleeping when they travel. It makes sense for them to cover this, they are definitely a tourist destination. According to them, our brain is wired in such a way that when we sleep in an unfamiliar place, a part of it remains active. Basically, our "fight or flight" impulse is heightened to protect us in unexplored territory.

Makes sense. 

But I think there's more to it. Think about The Wizard of Oz "There's no place like home," The Wiz "I wish I was home," and of course Star Trek: Voyager "Set a course...for home." Literature is filled with stories of people leaving home, learning something crucial about life, and then bringing that knowledge back to where they feel complete.

I have many friends that talk about "energy." From focusing energy and thought during meditation to the energy or aura from an individual. But there is also the concept I am coming to understand more and more as I get older...the idea of energy as currency.

Hear me out. We use energy to do everything. Walk, shower, shave, work, make decisions. The reading I've done on creating habits really stresses the idea of a habit as a method of saving energy. Instead of spending our limited resources to decide "do I go to the gym or work on my blog," creating a habit means you just write or lift when it's time without thinking about it. 

We go through our days expending energy in our work, in our families, and with the many strangers we pass by or interact with on a daily basis. The newer the situation, the more decisions we may have to make. They may be all fantastic choices, such as selecting whether to ride the Tea Cups or get a pretzel, but they are still decisions. Most of our energy-saving habits fall away when we're on vacation.

Coming home, you have habits and routines that you can fall back into. You also have a chance to recharge. You don't even have to think about what pillows to use or what alarms to set. Those habits are there. 

There is also a more ethereal idea of energy that I've been thinking about. The longer we stay in a particular place, the more energy we spend in that single location. Think about when you walk into a friend's house and think, "This just feels like them." Sure, they used their style to decorate with the right floor lamps and wall art...but it it something more? Maybe we also become aware of their energy.

Think of home as a bank, where you deposit and withdraw energy. As you sleep, start or end your day, or anything in between. It becomes an extension of self beyond decor. Our routine becomes the way we gather the energy we need for the day. As we unwind, we release the energy and have permission to simply be. It is often where we are more "present." 

No matter how wonderful our time away has been...there's no place like home.

Hailing frequencies closed.