My all-time favorite movie is The Sound of Music. (Unlike with McFly, I don’t even bother pretending that I have better taste. What can I say? I love me some singing nuns!)
So, when I was offered a last-minute chance to fly to Austria to visit and report on a spa called Viva Mayr, it was a no brainer.
As you can imagine, since I’ve been here on the banks of Lake Wörthersee in Maria Worth–a lovely corner of southern Austria only 45 minutes from both Italy and Slovenia, in the shadow of the Karawankan Alps–I’ve been singing various songs from The Sound of Music to myself non-stop.
The song that plays through my mind most frequently is “I Have Confidence.” That’s your random Jolie factoid for the day.
I’ll be writing more about Viva Mayr later, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few photos from the trip. It’s stunning here!
I’ve had a few “breakthroughs,” if you will, during my stay in Austria. While it’s been a working trip, it’s also been heavy on the relaxation…something that’s hard for me to do. It seems that the best way to get my mind revved up is to plunk me on a massage table: suddenly, my brain is whirring a hundred miles an hour, thinking of all the things I need to get done, all my failings, all my worries, all my doubts. Who am I? What am I doing with my life? Where do we go from here? More on the shoulders, please!
It turns out my adrenals are overworked, which–according to a doctor I saw here–is directly related to my recent skin flareups, as well as to occasional digestive issues and my contact headaches and neck/lower-back pain. Luckily, my skin has been pretty great the past few weeks, and my various (mild) body issues have been almost nonexistent…but, of course, the past month has hardly been a taxing one! (I mean, if you go to New Zealand for two weeks and then you complain about being stressed out, you’re just a jerk.)
I declared Sunday a computer-free zone–and I abstained for nearly 12 full hours before giving in. I don’t know when exactly I became such a crazy technology addict, but I’ve been trying my best this week to work in chunks, and when I’m away from the computer, let it alone. It’s helped with the stress, although I’m still constantly thinking about work I should be getting done.
Three of my main goals for my 30s are to start a family, publish my damn book, and to establish a career for myself as a travel writer. Increasingly, it seems like spas are becoming my niche–a no brainer, really, since it’s beauty plus travel in one neat little package. 2012 has felt like a turning point for 30s Jolie, in more ways than one. Things are beginning to come together on every front: work, romance, finances, and my sense of self. I look back at the changes I’ve made in the past 4 years since Mama Jolie’s death rocked me, and I’m very happy about the direction I’m headed.
I feel like there are some exciting journeys in store over the next year (and beyond). Passport in hand, I’m ready!