Jun 22, 2016
Truth be told, I am not the best at resting. Like fully resting and not multitasking. It's just not my jam, especially as a momprenuer! You know, it's the kind of resting that includes picking up a book to read, taking a quick nap when I can barely stay awake, and just sitting outside in the sun. My mind starts bubbling with the people I need to email, errands I need to run, the amount of laundry stacked up, appointments I have to schedule and everything else on my To Do list. My mind is starting to race right now as I sit here writing this blog post of all I have to do! Resting takes a back seat and is rarely a priority for me. Yet the ironic part is I fully know and champion how important it is.
But when we go on vacation, Chris and I always try to unplug as much as possible, putting away our phones and not even bring our laptops, to fully rest and be totally present. Last week we got back from one of these amazing and much needed family vacations to Cape Cod. We stayed in a little beach house where you could hear the waves crashing through every window, and let me tell you, it was good for the soul. The only math we had to do was counting boats on the water and seashells in the sand. We barbequed as much as possible and ate lunch whenever we felt like it instead of whenever we had time. We only had to make tough decisions like if we wanted to drink our coffee at the beach or on the porch. There were stretches of days I didn't wash my hair, make the bed or wear shoes most of the time. We ate lobster rolls as often as we could, ate icecream whenever Greyson suggested it and woke up each morning to sunlight and the sound of birds instead of the chirping of our alarm. We were breathing slower and focusing on just being together, the three of us with no distractions. It was exactly what we both needed and are so so grateful for this time away!
As we said goodbye to the beach one last time and drove away from the sweet beach house I told Chris I was sad to leave, and he replied almost automatically, "Welp, I guess all good things must come to an end..." But it got us thinking, do they? I mean, can't we bring pieces of this week and infuse them into our daily life? We decided we could and would... more. More rest. More spontaneous adventures. More quiet moments. Less busyness, more free time. More lobster rolls. :)
Just because we were back home and back to our day to day responsibilities and activities didn't mean, and shouldn't mean, more intentional rest and unplugging couldn't be part of it. So in this spirit, a few nights ago after we put Greyson to bed we lit a bonfire in our fire pit and just sat and talked for a long time as the sky grew dark. There is so much to get done when our adventurous, curious, fountain of energy son goes to sleep and we have some free time, especially since we just got back from vacation. But our time away reminded us of the importance of prioritizing resting and just being more. To taking the time to rejuvenate and recharge on a random Wednesday and not just on annual vacations. The To Do list will be there tomorrow but this sweet gift of the present and the rest and enjoyment it currently offers won't be.