The year was over, my workplace closed its doors, and I had two whole weeks to refresh and recharge. It was amazing.
I played my first proper round of golf, did a whole lot of shopping, and although I didn't venture too far from Perth, I really felt like I'd had a holiday.
Then, suddenly, the back to work gong sounds, and we are back in routine just as we were last year. Work is once again always on the brain, and the holiday mode we were happily basking in sadly passed by too soon.
Now I could sit here in a state of severe depression, but that's just not me. Instead, I thought to myself, 'I can do something about this'. Who says my life can't feel like a permanent holiday?
Granted, I still have to do my 9 to 5 like everyone else, but lucky for me, I love my job. So when the day is done, here is what you can do to make it feel like you are permanently in that holiday mode. And each and every new morning, you are more likely to rise relaxed and refreshed to tackle the world.
Make your home feel like another country
As a lover of all things Moroccan, and as I am currently in the process of finding the perfect pieces to make my home just like this, Morocco is where we will concentrate on. But you can make it anywhere you like. Bali is wonderful, Paris would be luxurious, or even Ireland.
Making your home feel like you are stepping in to another country is the easiest way to make it feel like you are always on holiday. As you enter the doors of your Moroccan abode, you are transported in to another land, far far away from Perth, your work, and your worries. It is here that you can settle in to a place that feels like a divine retreat, every night.
To do this, it may take time. A lot of hunting and collecting, and a little money. But if it means you don't have to spend that money as often in the future on the real thing, it's worth it isn't it?
Many of my treasures I find are on Etsy. It's a world wide website for handmade and vintage treats that I am telling you, you need in your life.
Here are just a few that I am happy to welcome in to my Moroccan world.
This Moroccan style sculpture, available here for $218.45 AU.
Small Chez Sheik Moroccan Stencil for DIY Decorating and Wall Decor $28.93AU, available here.
Image appears courtesy of Etsy website.
To take things a little bit further, it might be nice of an evening to cook up a Moroccan feast with a glass of red. Like the Grilled Moroccan Chicken found at food.com here.
Make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel room
So the whole house is a little over the top for you. That's okay. Just stick to the place where you're meant to relax. Like the bedroom. And turn it in to a place where you would generally relax on holiday, like a hotel room.
Firstly make sure you have a great mattress, there's nothing worse than a stiff neck when you awake, and that's no way to start a day.
It's a luxury room, so go for only the best. Big fluffy white pillows go a long way too.
Don't just have the one light, have multiple. Lamps on either side of the bed and several controlled dimmers can set the mood.
You'll want your bed to be the focal point of the room, and colours to be soothing. A fresh bright white doona and linen with fresh water blue or lime green pillows will give the place a real nature feel.
And to match the nature feel, get yourself a free rain sounds app for your iPhone. The soothing sounds make it really easy to fall asleep, and I won't go to sleep without it.
Some people don't like food in the bedroom, but if we are going for a hotel room, you'll want it decked out just like the real thing.
A coffee station in the corner is great first thing in the morning with a newspaper, and a mini bar fridge can be hidden in a cupboard to hold late night treats.
Take a look at some photos of rooms online and get a little inspiration.
Then there you have it. Each and every night after a hard day's work, you'll walk in to your very own holiday home. Not only during the holidays, but every day of the year. I can guarantee you'll be a happier and much more relaxed person for it.