What a vacation. Aruba was amazing! The clear turquoise waters, the sun, the friendly folks, the food, the sights, and the relaxing! Tom and I felt so welcome on the island the whole time and kept saying “I can’t believe this is real!”. Frank, our crazy bellman, even sent us a bottle of champaign to celebrate us being engaged! (Which the two of us polished off on our balcony before dinner one night, needless to say we were feeling a bit bubbly after that!)
It was such an incredible trip and exactly what we both needed. Grateful doesn’t do what I feel justice. I feel Great and Full. Great because I can feel the tension in my shoulders has eased. The knot in my stomach is gone. The anxiety fog from daily work/life stress has dissipated. My body feels like itself again. My head is full of new creative ideas and fresh clarity on what is important. I feel Full because I was able to sit back and appreciate life. I’m blessed to have the means to take myself on a trip. I’m blessed to have a body that is healthy and able to enjoy having fun. I’m blessed to have a wonderful fiancé to enjoy it with and such amazing people in my life to come home too. Heck, I’m blessed because we made some new friends on our trip!
Being away makes you appreciate home again. Driving back from the airport both Tom and I said you know what, I missed home. I loved being away and how much fun we had but I love coming home too. That’s important, that’s something! I’ll be back at work as you are reading this and while I will be thinking of breezy palm trees and crystal blue water, I have a renewed energy that I’ll carry with me. I needed that and I’m so grateful for it!
The moral here is take a vacation or a stay-cation or just a weekend. Just don’t hoard your vacation days for “someday”. Life is what you make it, go get some clarity, some down time, some reconnecting with your family time, some “me again” time. Go get some Great. Full. You deserve it.
P.S. I’ll post more pics this week of some highlights. But here is a sunset to get your monday motivation going!