Home is where you are feel at home and are treated well. ~ Dalai Lama
Home doesn’t necessarily have to be the place you reside. It could be a friend’s home, a destination you like to visit, an experience, a restaurant, a spa, or a vacation rental.
For me, the places I call home go far beyond a conventional structure with four walls. Home for me is the meaningful experiences I get from being in nature and traveling locally and abroad. I love the American River Bike Trail (ARBT). I am fortunate enough to live across the street from the ARBT and get the pleasure of riding my bike on it in the early mornings at least 4-5 week, or as I like to say, at the crack o’ black. When I am on my morning ride/meditation, I encounter all kinds of wildlife.
I get away to the coast many times throughout the year, and try to make it to the mountains as often as I can as well. In Sacramento, we are lucky enough to have many beautiful places to visit within 1-3 hours travel time. I work hard so I have the ability to take at least one long vacation 2-5 weeks a year. For more information about some of the places I have traveled to, please see the travel section of my blog.
In my massage practice, I like to foster a serene, comfortable environment that makes a client feel like they are home. I treat all of my clients like family. I feel that this type of scenario is best because a person is more at ease. A massage session is a very personal experience. Some are hesitant to receive in someone’s home because of what they might find in the environment. If you go to a spa, or a more clinical setting, the environment might be more impersonal. You may hear a lot of distracting background noise from other rooms/therapists/clients. When I first started doing massage part-time, I wanted the experience of working on a lot of different body types. Therefore, I worked at a racquet club and a spa, in addition to having my home office. The massage room at the racquet club was not conducive to relaxation due to the noise level of being sandwiched between the men’s and women’s restrooms. The spa was also not very peaceful because you could hear any noise or conversations going on in the next rooms. When I decided to take my part-time massage practice full-time I knew I would have a home office setting and continue to do out-call.
I am blessed to work in a profession I love and to be able to do this in my home. I meet a lot of wonderful, interesting people who I consider my extended family.
Where do you call home?