Last week my family and I spent the week walking back and forth along this pier. From our house to the beach we walked; those were the only places we needed to be, and it was exactly what we all needed.
I can’t remember the last time I went on a true, no agendas, beach vacation. Our trip to Kauai a few years ago was probably the closest thing in recent years, but we stayed pretty active on that trip so it doesn’t really count. This year our destination was a beach house on Emerald Isle, and it was perfect. We spent our days lounging on the beach and our nights enjoying each other’s company, all with the steady, hypnotizing sound of waves gently lapping against the shore. We woke up early for a sunrise or two, took long walks along the coastline, stuffed our faces with amazingly fresh seafood, caught up on our reading, talked, played games, and did something that none of us had really done in quite some time – relaxed.
Life has been hectic as of late, and some days and weeks feel like it’s all I can do to keep my head above water. Mike and I recently bought a home in Chicago that we are completely in love with and several weeks ago we began the first of several major renovation projects. I never knew how many shades of white paint existed. It is crazy exciting but at times also incredibly stressful. In the end it will all be worth it, but until then I’m just trying to focus on that light at the end of the tunnel. A week at the beach definitely helped.
My little piece of the internets has taken a back seat to everything else going on in my life, and to be honest I’m not all that worried about it. I started this blog back in 2010 as a passion project, an outlet for a creative side that I was only then just starting to discover, and I intend to keep it that way. If I don’t feel like writing, I won’t write. Simple as that. For those that have stuck around through the silence, thanks for hanging in there. You’re in luck, because as I write this I’m somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, bound for Budapest. We’ll be in Budapest for 5 days followed by another 4 days in Kraków, and I am SO EXCITED I can barely contain myself. Stay tuned.