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Making Time for Your Loved Ones in Cornwall

“Before someone’s tomorrow has been taken away, cherish those you love, appreciate them today.” ~Michelle C. Ustaszeski

I am a strong advocate of making time for your loved ones. My New Year resolution in 2019 is to organise my time better (my A5 Filofax is not just for show…!) so I can make more time for my beloved partner, friends and family. So much of my time is absorbed by routine; work, bills, responsibilities and ‘life admin’. If I didn’t proactively plan time for my loved ones and friends, it simply wouldn’t happen. This year I’m starting by booking my holidays in advance. I don’t normally do this, which is why it never seems to happen as planned! Either people can’t get the same time off as me or the prices are too high because I’m dealing with late availability. Not this year though. This year, I’ve pinned everyone down to the same date and we’re getting a good deal! Now that it’s booked, we’re all looking forward to relaxing on a beach, cocktail in hand and having all the time in the world (OK, all the time in a week) to seriously reconnect with each other. My friends are my rock, but since going our separate ways after university we don’t see enough of each other. Too many of our communications have been messages on Facebook saying things like “We must all do something soon, it’s been too long…!”. Not this year. This year we will all be doing something together and it won’t require Facebook. This year I’m going to stop letting distractions get the better of me so I can be present with the people I love.

I’ve been working at The Headland for a little less than a year and I truly think that this is one of the best places that you could come, to make the best of what little free time you have, with the people you love. At The Headland, we’re about helping you to ‘switch off’ (both mentally and digitally!) and reconnect with the people around you. Cornwall is a great destination in itself of course, with a slower pace of life you’ll find new enjoyment in the simple things like taking long walks, eating freshly caught fish, getting splashed by an unexpected wave and watching the sunset over the sea. These little things are where real memories are made, sharing moments like this with the people you treasure.

I love exploring Cornwall with my dog Freddie, he’s a master of finding hidden beaches at low tide and losing sight of the path on countryside walks! I love that feeling of being lost in nature where there’s no noise or light pollution at all. Taking the time to be immersed in nature really does help to clear your head and reflect on life. That’s one reason why I love working at The Headland, we’re so close to many great coastal walks and only a short drive from various Woodland Trust and National Trust sites that there’s always something for me and Freddie to do. And yes, he’s allowed to come to The Headland too!

Inside the hotel, a warm and surprisingly informal ambiance greets every visitor. Our ballroom is an idyllic place to sink into a squashy sofa with a board game and sea view. Where else can you sit for hours, playing Pictionary as you watch the winter storms roll in and waves crash at the base of the cliff right below your window? Our five-bubble rated Spa is also a must-see, with a private Jacuzzi and couples treatment rooms it’s the perfect place to spend quality time with that special someone.

So this year, why not take a leaf out of my book and get proactive about making time for the people you care about? Plan time in your respective diaries, make bookings, take photographs and leave with memories. These will stay with you long after your to-do list has been nailed and your life admin done!

Lizzie Bailey

PR & Digital Marketing Executive