So yesterday was our trip to Algarve and here’s what I learned:

I learned that shit goes wrong and we get tired and feelings become overwhelming and that’s OK.

I think the problem is when we start to make ourselves wrong about it. Blaming yourself for feeling bad, for “ruining the vacation” and other stories that can come up when you’re feeling bad.

The problem started because I had to paint my hair and I couldn’t do it before the trip (for lack of organization, as per usual). So I scheduled it for Algarve, right after our trip. But it was in a shopping mall much farther away then the one I thought I was booking for. So the trip was going to take more time.

It’s important to say at this point that I hate long car rides. I know this is also a belief and from the ego but yeah, that’s how I feel.

I realize now it’s because I get really tired.

When we arrived at the hairdresser, I was late. So I had to wait some more time. The hairdresser was one of those perfectionists who divided my hair into 1000 different parts and painted them all!!! The amount of paint in my hair was… unbelievable. Then (and because I was late) the receptionist washed my hair and she kept interrupting it, to attend to the people walking into the salon.

My neck was in a lot of pain, I just couldn’t stand sitting for one minute longer, and it seemed like the experience would never end!!!!

To top it all off, my hair seems to be falling off a lot so I ended up buying some products and spend more time talking about it and deciding on what to buy…

And when I finally got out of the hairdresser, after two hours that should have been one, my family is waiting for me with the most depressed faces you can imagine. hahaha, looking back it’s funny but when I was in the middle of it, I was reaching my limit.

And now I still had an one hour trip to the house we rented – because I booked the hair in the wrong shopping mall!!! Of course my husband kept nagging me about it, until I told him to chill out, because if we ended up there, then it´s perfect as it is. It’s what was meant to be. So quit the drama please…

So looking back and if it was perfect, what did I need to learn from this experience?

First, never ever book your hairdresser right after a long trip – because you just sat for 2 or 3 hours and now you’re going to sit for 1 or 2 more!

Second never arrive late to your hairdresser or the torture will continue ;) – more delays and weird shit happening.

Third, find time during your week to do the things that you need to do for yourself, like painting your hair. Or getting new lenses. Don’t keep postponing what you know you need to do (and then spend the first day of your vacation doing it). It will come back and bite you! So deal with things quickly when the need for them arises.

And finally chill out: nothing is has bad as it seems when you’re really tired and grumpy!

What could I have done better?

Maybe take a bubble bath as soon as I arrived and just relax, or going out for dinner (even if by that time, I just wanted to go home), instead of going on a downwoard spiral about how hard things are…

And that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed these lessons :)

I had to learn the hard hard way ;)

Have a great vacay,


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