Relaxing in Asheville

The purpose of our Asheville trip was just to get away. Run away from real life and hide in this idyllic mountain town, if only for a weekend, I guess. I used to say that I could live there, and maybe I could, but it felt a little smaller this time.

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(I’m kind of obsessed with this picture. It was my first time really trying to do HDR photography and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It just so happened that the sun was setting while we were in a parking garage and there was a ledge that I could set my camera on to use as a tripod.)

I tried to relax the best I could this weekend.  I kind of suck at relaxing.  Being lazy, I’m good at, but actually allowing my mind to relax, not so much.  I tried though.

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Asheville is really big on supporting local artists and, unlike here in Atlanta, lots of the art is affordable. We got most of our holiday shopping done and some shopping for ourselves too.

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We went into some crystal shop and while I originally wanted to look at the jewelry, I saw that each of these different stones that they sold was supposed to do something and this certain quartz was supposed to ward off negativity.  Mind you, I don’t actually think that a gem has special powers, but I figured that if I bought it and was feeling negative or anxious (which happens often), physically holding it in my hand might serve as a reminder to not feel that way and try to change my outlook.  If not, it was only $3.

Quartz

I slept really soundly last night and actually did wake up relaxed and rejuvenated this morning.  Guess the trip worked.

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