I needed a stress break. Took a vacation from it all and went to Orcas Island! Since its been so flipping hot here in California Eric and I decided to find some Fall. And we found it for one brief week. Cool nights. Red and yellow leaves. It felt so great to wear jeans, a sweat shirt with shoes with socks again. And to drink a glass of wine by a fire place. Cheap thrills, I know. But change is always good for the soul.
I say this because its been a HOT Spring, Summer and Fall here in Orange County, California. Damn global warming. We’ve broken records for so many 100 degree days I couldn’t remember what cool felt like. So Eric and I decided, without any arm wrestling, to take our “summer” vacation in the Fall. We waited out the summer crowds and finally headed to the great Northwest– Seattle and the San Juan Islands.
It was a first for us. We went in search for those fern-covered forest trails, early mornings cruises on a sea kayak and local Washington salmon and oysters. We even got to visit with our old friends Gregg and Nancy after quite a few years apart. For one week, I forgot about work. I forgot about email and texting. I forgot about laundry. It was a needed full-stop.
Vacations provide perspective, gratitude and a of reboot to the soul. After 7 days of being able to sleep 8 hours a night I gained perspective over my health. I even felt my heart rate slow down. Why do I drink wine when I’m stressed when really I should just try and sleep more.
I also found my… gratitude. I also am so grateful for my friends and my husband because without them life would be so boring. Taking a break and sharing memories with others and just spending more time with friends just feels so good (thanks G and N!).
And not to forget that re-boot. You know what happens when you never turn off your computer? Eventually all the programs run slow. Take a break. Turn off your cell phone. Take a digital detox. I was so glad I did.
Yay! I’m back!