Here's the deal: travel is the high point of my year. It's what I look forward to through any tough times or stress. I'm constantly yearning for my next taste of adventure, new places, and life experience. This spring I planned a trip to Mexico City, and oh how I planned it! I made a detailed itinerary; I knew which museums we were visiting and in which order, which days to go to which markets, and I even snagged reservations at the Michelin star rated Pujol. It was the perfect trip!

Until the night before we left, when I tried to check in for my flight. Very quickly the worst case scenario unfolded....

My fucking passport was expired.

Yep! How could I overlook such a vital detail, you might ask? Well, for one thing, I had it in the back of my mind that it didn't expire until 2019. The other thing is that when you have your passport for an entire decade you just get used to... using it.

Anyway, the whole trip was paid for and AirBnB reservations were not refundable. So I assured my fellow travelers (husband, sister in law, and her boyfriend) that it was fine, and to go on without me.

Trust me when I say I have never felt FOMO more than that day. I definitely sulked for a solid 24 hours. Embarrassed at my stupid mistake, and jealous of the fun they were having without me, I watched Harry Potter movies and ordered Uber Eats and pretty much just sat on the couch with a blanket over my head.

So what do you do in a situation like that? I already had time off work so I chalked it up to a staycation and tried to make the best of it. I went to yoga, spring cleaned my house, and just tried to focus my energy on being content with where I am at the moment. It might sound cheesy, but the yoga classes I've been going to spend a lot of time talking about the same topic (letting go of the things you can't control and being at peace with yourself).

In the end, I am able to laugh at the situation and only feel a tiny bit bitter. I christened my week of exile #NOCATION 2018 and posted on IG with photos of myself doing non-vacation things like buying toilet paper at Publix and walking my dog. In the end, it's all a matter of perspective, I guess.

Outfit details: vintage coat, vintage cargo pants (I think they're part of a uniform actually?), Nike Air Max 90 sneakers, Uniqlo ribbed top.


merci à Kristina Laursen for the photos!