I booked the trip to Las Olas last minute during a flat and chilly spell in California (relatively speaking. The saltwater doesn’t warm up until July). I was also working on a creative project and hoped that getting out of my normal routine would spark inspiration. I wanted a vacation where I could show up and surf, without doing all the research and planning that it takes to get there. You don’t realize how much energy it takes to make a decision until you don’t have to make any.
From exiting the airport, I easily found the Las Olas coach, who took us all to the villa where we were greeted by refreshing cold water to simmer down from the humidity. From there, I unpacked and decompressed until the welcome dinner (and margarita) during the pink sunset.
Before parting ways for the night, we knew exactly where to be and when the next day: the time breakfast was served, morning yoga, and the location of the clubhouse homebase centrally located in town.
Waking up the next morning, everything unfolded smoothly. We got to know our friends for the week over breakfast smoothies and eggs as we watched the waves crest and disappate into whitewater clouds. We walked over to the clubhouse together to get sunscreened-up and then headed out to the waves under the blue sky and warm sun.
After surfing, beach chairs and umbrellas magically appeared for us to chill out and rehydrate. Every day was precisely planned, but I never felt rushed or overscheduled. It felt like being whisked from one place to another. Some people don’t like being on an agenda, they like to go with the flow. But if your job or role in your household is to be responsible for all the planning (that means vacation planning too), it’s like a long exhale to to feel completely relaxed and let the experts handle the details.