I feel like my voice has been somewhat quiet on here lately. Partly it’s because we spent three nights at the coast last week, and also because sometimes my brain just needs a breather and I just can’t seem to formulate anything interesting to say. I suppose it’s a writer’s block in some sort of sense, but in reality it just feels like brain fatigue because it tends to happen when I’ve got a lot going on in life, and on my mind.
About the Coast
About last weekend though. We drove down to Lincoln City after the kids got out of school and checked into the quaint beachfront room, equipped with a full kitchen to do cooking. My family stayed at this location last winter as well – it has one bedroom and sleeping quarters in the living room, so it just works well for us.
We spent three nights there and honestly didn’t do much of anything which was nice. We took a few walks along the beach looking for shells. The kids played and explored like only they can do, while I proudly observed their play while sneaking in a photograph every now and again.
When it rained we watched movies together and listened to the sounds of waves crashing on the shore. I cooked meals for everyone and created a couple snack platters since they are one of my favorite things to nibble on.
Back to Reality
I should have felt well rested after three days of this, but for some reason I felt more exhausted. It seems you never realize just how tired you are until you take a little time for yourself. I need to do that more often, as I’m sure you do to. The question is how and when? With everything so scheduled now-a-days between kids school, practices, etc. and balancing jobs, bills, household chores…it’s freakin tough!
After I got back from the beach I immediately went to a work meeting the next day, then back at the freelance writing/nurse schedule that I’ve been doing since last summer. It’s no wonder why I’m tired all of the time. I don’t take any days off. I’m stuck in the middle between doing what I love and paying the bills here people. I guess I’m just a typical middle class woman trying to avoid being sucked into the norm with hopes of still achieving her dreams…whatever those may be.
I don’t have many answers, but I do have a lot of questions, so I guess that’s a start. As long as I have happy, healthy, and active kids who grow up nice and humble with big dreams and imaginations – then I know that I’ve succeeded.
I read a friend’s Facebook post the other day and it mentioned on there to strive to be 1% better than you were the day before. I like that approach. Small and steady is the way to go in life, while taking moments throughout the way to stop and smell the roses…or the ocean air.