After our wedding, Dave and I went camping with some friends from Australia. I picked up many little treasures along the way. The trip lasted a few days, and was chock full of laughter and happy moments. I absolutely love the Oregon Coast, and was thrilled to be able to share it with people who mean so much to me.
A week after our return, I headed back to the coast (further north, this time) to do some nanny work. It was just what I needed, to relax and unwind. In the throes of life's hardest moments (in this case, de-compressing from the wedding and all planning leading up to it), I often long for the ocean.
It centers me, reminding me of the immense beauty and power surrounding us. Some people long for walks in the woods, or being surrounded by the desert...I need water in those moments.
A river will do, but the ocean is what centers me the most.
What centers you?
As always, follow your heart...
I am at the coast again this week, but this time it's a mix of work and vacation. I am alone, and the space is welcome. Don't get me wrong--it was so hard to leave my wonderful husband behind, but I'm realizing I needed these few days to myself.
Tonight, after work, I took myself out for dinner....I rarely eat alone outside of my house.
Then, down to the beach I went, making only one stop along the way at a candy shop. And there, I sat, watching the sunset and eating dark chocolate seafoam, breathing in the salty sea air.
Sometimes, restoration comes not in yoga, or tea, or meditation.
Sometimes, a girl just needs the ocean and some chocolate.
I am finally home from our Wedding and Camping extravaganza! Of course, I leave again for work tomorrow (today was a great day for relaxation).
The wedding was absolutely amazing. I felt a sense of almost surreality in the days leading up to it, what with all the pre-wedding events and lack of sleep. It was beautiful, and so worth the months of hard work. We are now a few thousand dollars poorer, but a few thousand memories richer....and which do you think matters more?
People keep asking if I feel different. Not necessarily, but....
There is more love.
Did I mention...more love?
May your life be as blessed and full of love and joy as ours is.....
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