It’s Spring and that could only mean two things - Spring Break and lots of birthdays to celebrate. My husband and I both celebrated turning 31 in March. This last year was probably one of the most eye opening years for me. I realized that although memories last forever, it does not slow down how fast the years fly by. It left me with a few questions: What do I want to leave behind? What is important to me? Where am I going? Where are we going?
The one thing that became truly evident is that the only thing we take with us when we go are the relationships we have. 31 is a year that will be full of thankfulness; thankful for my family, my friends and the times we have spent together. And also a year of priorities - more time spent doing things I love and less time worrying about things I just can’t fit in. That brought us to Spring break. We had plans - plans to drive somewhere far away up the coast of California, drag the kids every which way and drive back. This sounded a bit overwhelming to be honest. Fortunately for me my amazing husband said “let’s just stay here.” Normally I would cringe at the thought of everything I would miss out on doing, but not this year. This year we had the most amazing staycation and it was spent laughing, snuggling and going on adventures.
Top 4 things you must do on your #STAYCATION
“Life’s a beach, enjoy the waves!” The beach is our happy place. We spent 3 out of the 4 days and just played. In and out of the water, in the sand and all over the beach rocks. We had the best time watching the surfers and spotting all the crazy ocean bugs. We often take for granted the beauty that is hidden in the places we live. You may not have a beach but go out and find your “beach”.
“I took a walk into the woods, and came out taller than the tress.” Henry David Thoureu It’s all about the plans. We chose places we hadn’t been before, places we knew we could explore. We live 20 minutes away from the most gorgeous redwood forest, but have always stayed away because it’s considered a “tourist” destination and who likes crowds?! But we threw on our tennis shoes and decided to hike out their anyways. We hiked along, laughing and talking. The kids oohed and ahhed at all the big slimy banana slugs and we took in the fresh air. Sometimes the “tourist” spots really are the most magnificent.
“Keep calm and eat a s’more!” Often times we go go go and get overwhelmed. The kids get tired and everyone gets cranky. The best thing to do is to sit at home and enjoy the place you have created together. For us this meant camping in our new gorgeous backyard. We had a fake fire and roasted s’mores on the BBQ.
“Therapy helps but so does sitting around the bonfire with a beer and with the people you love and care about.” Catch up with your friends. We had a bonfire without kids. We planned to hike out to our favorite spot with all the essentials. After beach number two and no available spots to build a fire we decided to sit in the darkness and eat our cold sandwiches and s’mores. It turned out to be pretty fun and silly. We drank a beer, we laughed, we talked. My husband and his friend showed off their muscles, by lifting huge pieces of drift wood over their heads. It was wonderful! Celebrate life and those you love.