Recently, my daughter Angela and I decided to take a day away from all our responsibilities and spend the day at the beach. We drove to Carmel, which is only about one hour from where I live. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I was there! Once we arrived and parked, I thought. ‘Why don’t I come here more often?’. This area is a place people fly into to spend their vacations and it is in my “backyard”! It is a stunning coastline to experience. On this November day, it was unseasonably warm in the low 80s. We walked around the quaint town of Carmel by the Sea. We brought our lunch to enjoy on the sandy beach and just relax together. We had to find a place in the shade because it was so warm! After lunch, we took a stroll down the beach. It felt good to have my bare feet in the sand, and even the icy cold water felt refreshing splashing on my legs.
Reflecting on this day, I am determined to take a day off more often. Getting out and refreshing my mind and soul is important! It was great to connect with Angela outside of all our responsibilities. It was great to be out in the sunshine. It was great to squish my toes in the sand. It was great to breathe in the ocean air.
I am grateful that I have lungs to breathe in all that life has to offer and exhale the things that distract me. I am grateful for life, love, family, friends, and an ocean to remind me there is a big world out there – I will go out and explore more often!