Since making the decision to go freelance and ultimately cutting my working hours outside of freelancing by half, my lifestyle has been much more manageable. That isn’t to say that it hasn’t been stressful – sticking to a strict schedule and making sure I’m not taking on too much alongside actually going to work hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world and needless to say, I needed a break. My week off (and Richard was off with me- he booked school holidays well in advance at the start of the year) came at exactly the right time as I definitely needed some time to recharge my batteries and refocus my energy. I decided that the only way to do this was a trip away, and with savings plans in place that restricted a trip as extravagant as our visit to Paris in June, I had a great idea as to where to go.
One of my favourite places to visit is a tiny little place in West Yorkshire called Haworth. Haworth is most famous for being the home of the Brontë sisters (Charlotte Brontë being the author of one of my favourite books) as well as being absolutely blooming gorgeous. Visiting here growing up was something I looked forward to and I’ve made a conscious effort since then to go back as often as possible. I booked us into a lovely little B&B for the night, arranged with my parents to meet them for dinner (Haworth being about 20 miles away from where they live in Lancashire) and packed up our bits and bobs for a lovely night away.
Haworth is dainty and beautiful, situated slap bang in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors. We spent the (rainy) afternoon perusing the cobbled streets, eating home-cooked pub grub and browsing the Brontë parsonage museum and gift shop. I could have easily stayed there for much longer than we did (and I’m making a massive effort to convince Richard that we should move here ASAP) – in reality, we didn’t do what we would normally do when visiting a new (in Richard’s case) place. Normally, I’d have a full itinerary of all the surrounding areas and the museums I wanted to visit, but that wasn’t the case this time. This little adventure was a time for relaxing, a time for recharging and a time to focus my attention on something other than articles and work.
It was much needed, much appreciated and taken full advantage of.
I’ll definitely be booking another work-free night away very soon.