Finding time away without the distractions of daily life is paramount these days if we are going to get ourselves into the habit of creating. We're all essentially creatures of habit but these habits can morph and twist to become a prison if we don't take control.
So if you're like us, you'll relish the chance to get away and carve out some 'me-time'. You don't have to travel all the way to Scotland to do this; you can find your own 'me zone' near you, but whatever you do, make sure - if you can - to pencil it into your calendar. For those dipping their toe in the 'retreat' idea, start small and think in terms of a day or two to get you into the zone of being alone, ready to confront your inner demons or princesses. You'll be amazed at who you meet as you journey inward.
Having a little overnight bag secretly (or overtly) tucked away focuses the mind. In it, we recommend putting together a little writer's or creator's toolkit so that you're always ready whenever the mood, the time and the finances allow your escape.
Here's our top list of essentials to put in your 'overnight' bag.
Make sure whereever you go, you're going to feel comfortable and yourself. Pack a gorgeous silk dressing gown for night-time writing, some scented toiletries to make you feel like a goddess, a hip flask for day-time romps around the neighbourhood of your choosing, a warm shawl for comfort when the weather turns chilly - even if it's 20 degrees outside, your favourite skin-kissing outfit, the one that you adore and live in at home (we want you to be comfortable and feel like yourself), a little bottle of your favourite tipple (non-alcoholic if you don't drink), a gorgeous empty notepad for all your doodlings, a phone charger and pouch, your tablet or laptop, an inspirational paperback to keep you company, and a calm soul ready to soak up every last bit of atmosphere.
Get to know a character in your work-in-progress, and have a conversation with them as you drive, or train-it to your destination. That twinkle in your eye could be your passport to endless adventures.
Keep an eye on our shop as we rally together and stock our boutique with gorgeous pieces that can make up your writer's toolkit. Or send us your own preferred list and we'll get straight on it for you. Here's to going wild, and retreating from it all.