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Dream a Little Dreamcation for Me by Sherrie Hansen

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Some of my best work and most extraordinary inspirations occur when I fly halfway around the world. I’ve always been a homebody at heart – it is quite traumatic getting ready to leave the nest even for a few days. And don’t get me wrong – I love what I do, and my  day to day work inspires creativity of a different kind, but there is something that opens my heart, mind, and eyes to new possibilities when I am away on vacation.

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When I am at my B&B or at the parsonage with my husband, it is so easy to get caught up in the mundane details of everyday life that I forget to look at the bigger picture. When I fly far far away, I am jolted out of my comfort zone and forced to see the world in a different light.

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New scenery, people and experiences not only intrigue me, they spur my mind to look at the world in a fresh way, and to realize that I and the pesky problems that occasionally plague me are not the life force of the universe, or even the end all to my existence.

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My eyes are opened to new possibilities and different options. It’s freeing.

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Sometimes, what I see, and the history behind it, makes me more thankful for what I have at home.

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At other times, I see empty houses in need of renovation and abandoned storefronts waiting to be leased and think, I could do this! I could make a life here. I could start over, earn a living, make new friends, be happy here.

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Not that I want to move – well, most of the time – but realizing that the world doesn’t revolve around my business, my frustrations, and my own particular agenda is like magic.

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My short-term problems become inconsequential and my worries fly away and my whole perspective changes.

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Sadly, for various reasons, we have no grand vacation plans for this year. I dream of returning to Scotland, France and Germany. Mark is keen to visit his son in Romania. If we do head east, I would love to see Greece, and Bohemia, where some of my ancestors hailed from.

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But instead, we are grounded by circumstances and obligations, and although we periodically think we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are not there yet.

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I keep hearing the word Staycation being batted around, which seems to refer to the practice of staying at home and relaxing, perhaps doing fun things where you are,  instead of going on a trip.

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But for my husband and I, who live part time in a beautiful B&B, and the rest of the time at a lovely parsonage next to the church where my husband is a pastor, the concept doesn’t work very well. Since both of the places where we live are also the places where we work, I just don’t see a relaxing Staycation happening.

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So – won’t you join me for a Dreamcation, perhaps to Denmark or Provence,  or Alsace Lorraine?

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I prefer a place where my cell phone doesn’t work and internet connections are spotty. Someplace where no texting is allowed.

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Perhaps a place with so many beautiful gardens, and quaint houses, and  tasty treats that I would soon totally forget what’s happening at home.

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I can see it in my mind’s eye now… a villa in the south of France…

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…or a half-timbered chalet in Alsace.

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I promise you – the views alone will open a window to a whole new world!

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Perhaps we will take in a flower market in Germany…

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…or explore  a village here or there or anywhere, as long as it’s somewhere I’ve never been before.

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Or perhaps you’d like to join me for a taste of Swiss chocolat?

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I hear the patisseries in France are beyond compare.

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Dreaming is my specialty, after all. It’s what makes me a good writer.  Won’t you please join me?

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Sherrie Hansen is the author of 8 novels set in locales as diverse as Denmark, Scotland, the French Riviera, and Embarrass, Minnesota. Her books are available at the Blue Belle Inn B&B and Tea House, where she spends her days, all major online venues, and at http://www.SecondWindPublishing.com. All photos in this article were taken by Sherrie Hansen on her last trip to Europe in 2010.

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Dreams, Dreaming and Dreamers

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Dreams – I love them and I have lots of them, but every once in a while there is a dream that makes you stop and wonder.

I had just finished editing a 107,500 word novel. Three weeks of 8 to 12 hour days of editing not to mention 2 1/2 years of writing and editing before I even submitted it to a publisher. As you can imagine, I was tired, but very pleased. I had done my part. I was finished with it for now.

I went to bed that night with a sense of accomplishment. And then I had the dream.

I had this big, white plastic bag. I wasn’t the floppy kind that the wind can blow around but it kept its open shape. It was about 2 1/2 feet wide and six feet long. I was going around collecting all the deletions I had made in the manuscripts and putting them in this bag.

It wasn’t an unpleasant chore, but I had to catch every deleted sentence, paragraph, comma, period, page etc. Some of them were floating in the air, but most of them were in little piles on the ground.

Then I woke up and when I went to the computer my manuscript was missing and in its place was all the deletions that I had just been collecting. I was devastated. It was terrible. I was frantic. And then I woke up for real. It was just a dream. I lay in bed rolling back and forth laughing.

But you know what? After I stopped laughing because I was so happy it was just a dream, I went and checked my computer before I even turned the flame on under he teakettle. There was my manuscript, just the way I left it.

Now, I am not of the opinion that dreams can predict the future, but if my bag of deletions had replaced my manuscript, you can bet your sweat boots, and anything else you have that’s sweet, I would have changed my opinion.

May all your dreams be pleasant and if a bad one sneaks in, it is a liar. Don’t believe it.

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