How to Slow Down and Reset

Slowing Down With Lark Hotels // by gabriellaWhen I created my goals (plans, or whatever you want to call them) for 2016, slowing down was one of my priorities. I often spread myself too thin, and it’s time to stop. It’s time to start doing more of the things I love (like traveling with Lark Hotels!) and cutting out the excess.

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It’s been a really crazy start to 2016 – oh, like me starting a new job last week (!), for example. But, it’s been thrilling, to say the least. However, I wanted to stick to my guns and spend some time slowing down and resetting.

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And right as I was working on figuring out how to do just that, I found Lark Hotels. They boast the dreamiest of hotels in beach towns, the mountains, and beyond. And they were a life saver! I was 100% overwhelmed with everything I had on my plate, but T. and I scheduled a little weekend getaway and it was exactly what we needed.

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How to slow down with Lark Hotels

We drove up to Kennebunkport, ME for the first time ever and it was the sweetest little place! Have you been? If you haven’t, I would highly recommend it. We checked in at our beautiful Lark Hotel, the Captain Fairfield Inn. We immediately made ourselves at home, which was quite possibly the easiest thing ever because there was a box of scrumptious chocolates, a book of poems by Pablo Neruda, and a little personal note from our innkeeper. Oh, and we were offered a welcome glass of wine. Obviously we didn’t turn that down.

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We ventured around town, grabbed lunch at Owen’s Farmhouse, which…if you can get up to Kennebunkport, is a MUST. We had a delicious kale salad, house made chili, and the stone pizza.

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Guys, it was so good. We even met the chef, David Ross! He was the best. It’s always an honor meeting such talented creatives like David. We even ventured to another one of his restaurants, 50 Local, for dinner. It. Was. Unreal.

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I wish I had my camera with me to document our dinner because it was so darn good. I mean, chestnut pie with cinnamon gelato? Hi, you’ve officially stolen my heart.

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We were in Kennebunkport for only one night, but it was the most refreshing trip yet. We ate, walked around, and relaxed from Saturday to Sunday and it was everything I wished for.

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My favorite way that we slowed down last weekend though, was spending Sunday morning in bed. We ventured downstairs and grabbed way too many breakfast tapas. And by way too many….I mean we went back for seconds.

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I digress. We grabbed breakfast and a handy tray and brought our food up to our room. After eating breakfast, we continued to lay in bed for about an hour reading. I mean, can you even beat that?

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It was the perfect way to start our Sunday. Actually, I’m almost finished reading The Dinner – have you read it? I’m enjoying it so far! It’s dark…but I’m enjoying it.

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In a nutshell, here are a few of my favorite ways to slow down and reset that you can try out, too:

  • Go somewhere new, without any plans set in stone.
  • Leave your computer at home! I always travel with mine, but it was so unbelievably freeing to leave it at home. Both of my computers.
  • Eat breakfast and read in bed. A mimosa doesn’t hurt.
  • I also highly recommend checking out Lark Hotels. It’s really hard to beat an evening spent by a cozy fire in a reading room….with chocolates and wine, let’s be real.

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Oh! And I almost forgot to share that Lark is offering a sweet deal this month. Stay two or more nights and you’ll get a complimentary box of truffles from Black Dinah Chocolatiers and a book of Pablo Neruda poems! The best little welcome gift.

What are some of your favorite ways to slow down and reset?

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Author: gabriella

Gabriella is a blogger, Director of Social Media in Boston, and City Manager for the BOS Lady Project. You'll typically find her with an iced chai in one hand and a book in the other.

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  • This reminds me of something you’d find in the UK, looking-wise. Nice duckbooks! It’s hard isn’t it, and I feel like I spread myself thin across projects. I only slow at the weekends, and then it’s not so slow. Nice post.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Thank you! Absolutely agreed. I feel like I look forward to relaxing on weekends, but then I spend all weekend prepping content, answering emails…the list goes on and on. Speaking of which, happy weekend to you!

      g.

    • It really was so beautiful, Kasie! It can definitely be quite difficult, but it was so worth it. Hope you have the chance to slow down soon, too 🙂

      g.