yesterday, i treated myself and asked off work so i could have a much-needed day at the beach. the weather was absolutely perfect and i couldn't have planned a better day for a short little get away with friends. living on the gulf coast has its perks and being within an hour or two of at least five different beautiful beaches is one of the blessings very high up on that list. as soon as i stepped out of the car after a joyous, music-filled hour long car ride to florida and felt the sand scrunch between my toes, my mood was instantly elevated. i forgot about all deadlines and commitments and assignments and truly relaxed with some of my favorite people for the first time in a very long time.
everybody needs time to breathe and not think too hard about anything for a while. this little break is often so difficult to find during this crazy, busy, and hectic thing we call life. we are always doing. working. running. studying. meeting. planning. driving. going. "go, go, go" has been my mentality for as long as i can remember. i always want to be busy and productive. if i'm not working at the coffeeshop, i'm at school. if i'm not as school, i'm up at the church. if i'm not up at the church, i'm probably studying for my british literature class or trying to understand calculus. basically what i'm trying to say is, i'm doing so much in my life, i rarely get to sit back and fully enjoy and embrace my life.
after my beach day, i realized how blessed i am to have such an awesomely busy and hectic life. i love my job and i fully enjoy going to work almost every day of the week. i am so privileged to attend such a great college and be receiving a valuable education while learning new and exciting things. my church family means so much to me and i love doing life with them, especially the long and wonderful sundays and wednesdays i spend serving with them. the people in my life are some of the most superb and interesting individuals i've ever met and i want to spend every second with them and getting to know them a little bit better than i did before. i absolutely love my life being busy, when i really think about it. but i needed yesterday to realize that. i think i'll need one or two days a month like that where i sit back and doing nothing for a while to appreciate the many somethings i get to do everyday. and you need those days too!!
don't allow yourself to be too busy to love yourself and take care of yourself. take a sunday, go to church, get some lunch, go somewhere that makes you happy, and mentally check out for a day. don't worry about what else is going on besides just being in that moment, then and there. i promise, you won't regret it. you'll end up thanking yourself later. everybody deserves a day of rest and relaxation every now and then. it'll make you so much more thankful for the busy but rewarding days up ahead.
love yourself. reward yourself for being you and doing an awesome job in whatever you do. go to the beach. go to the mountains. do something you love, but rarely get to do because you're "too busy" and "don't have enough time." heck, just take a nice bubble bath with no interruptions. breathe a lil bit. everything will be okay. life will slow down for a few hours if you let it.
warm temperatures and saltwater waves are forever calling my name. what's calling yours?
documenting the fun years.