Getting respite to rejuvinate & reconnect

We just returned from a beautiful vacation in Cocoa Beach Florida.  It was strange for me to head to Florida without packing my van full of art, driving 32 hours (one way) & spending about 4-6 weeks traveling throughout Florida participating in exhibitions.  I have spent the past 4 years traveling this way to Florida & we decided to head back….JUST FOR A VACATION.  I know, I know, why did we go to Florida…again?  Well, for one, our little dudes are now 5 & 7 years old.  The absolute perfect age for Lego Land.  Yes, I said it… Lego Land.  And, I must follow that up with what a fun place it was!  Okay, having two boys who are absolutely obsessed with Legos, I have to admit that I am too.  I just love the creativity that it provides for us all.  So, with that said, we spent one day at Lego Land & then headed straight for the beach, for an entire week of down-time.  With our hectic schedules day in and day out, we were finally able to re-connect with each other.  Whether it was building sand castles for hours upon hours on the beach, searching and exploring the beach for washed up jelly fish, crabs or the perfect seashell, boogie boarding, having races on the beach where we always let the kiddos win, playing 100 games of Go Fish in our condo…. Whatever it was that we were doing, we were able to connect with each other & not get caught up in the day to day’s of being at home. 

It was such a wonderful experience to be in the moment.  My kiddos teach me everyday about just that.  We all need some respite from the day to day.  How do you find your respite?  What re-charges you?  How do you reconnect with those who matter in your life?

I was given the gift to re-read a friends book, that teaches just this….To live in the moment, because you will never have that opportunity again once it passes.  The book is The Hour of the Wolf, by Paul Lipton.  I highly recommend this book, as it brings this philosophy to the forefront of our thought process.

Be still, Be Here, Be in the Moment….
wolf book julie havel


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