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So Much Worth Smiling For

I finally came home from the beach today. I was originally supposed to return Tuesday. Then I stayed until Wednesday. Then Wednesday rolled around and I was still in my PJs working at 3 p.m. I decided it was a better plan to hit the beach for a few hours and have one last family dinner and then head home first thing Thursday. A big THANK YOU to my clients for being so understanding and flexible! 🙂

This trip was so what I needed and delivered by the universe at just the right time. I have to give most of the credit to my amazing friend who followed up with me at least 10 times on whether I’d cleared my calendar to come. I’m really bad at a) justifying getting away and b) feeling like I’m putting people out. But she was right. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. I don’t think I have smiled so much or felt so carefree in a really long time. I plan to hold on to this lightness for as long as I can.

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My favorite evening of the trip was spending sunset floating in the canal behind the house.

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There were too many laughs to count. This really might have been my overall favorite day of 2014 start to finish so far. It was that good.

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I let my hair loose.

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Along with my “clean eating.” Bagels with butter, ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, pasta. All good.

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I am so spoiled and always seem to travel with amazing photographers. I have some really special shots from this trip. I especially love this dancer. I was balancing on a railing on the beach access.

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And I have some fun paddleboard yoga shots to share later. For now, how about the fun of falling off. 🙂

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It was really hard to say goodbye this morning.

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Especially when you’re welcomed home by this. My cabinets were being painted while I was gone so the entire contents of my cabinets are strewn all over the house.

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Like, literally all over the house. And I think I’m in for a MAJOR cabinet purge before half this crap goes back in.

I had to take a deep breath. Look at the chaos. And then move on. Which is basically my strategy for dealing with…everything right now. Things are always going to be changing, chaotic and a little crazy. But there’s WAY too much good stuff out there worth smiles and happiness to get bogged down by a little mess! 🙂

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  • 1
    Holly July 31, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Looks like so much fun! It’s always refreshing to get away from the craziness of life and recharge a little. Glad you took some time to do that! Beautiful pictures and I love your hair curly!!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves July 31, 2014, 11:16 pm

    What a beautiful place to be! And you are simply gorgeous. Glad you had a great time!

  • 3
    Emily August 1, 2014, 2:18 am

    Your time away looks fantastic. A really beautiful place.
    Happy purging!

  • 4
    Brynn August 1, 2014, 7:53 am

    Good for you for taking the time for yourself. You look so happy in your pictures, even the one of you falling is filled with laughter and light. Take that into your daily life…if only every day was vacation.

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    Parita @ myinnershakti August 1, 2014, 9:40 am

    Glad you had so much fun! We all need to take some “real” time off every now and then!

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    Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire August 1, 2014, 10:13 am

    What a great trip! I’m glad you extended your stay and had a chance to relax a little bit more. Life can get so stressful and it can get so easy to get caught up in it all that you forget that you need a little breather every once in a while!

  • 7
    Nicki August 1, 2014, 10:19 am

    Gorgeous pictures and I am so insanely jealous of this trip right now!! You made the right decision by extending vacation…that is NEVER the wrong thing to do 😉

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    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner August 1, 2014, 10:35 am

    Great photos. You really do have a lot to be happy for. 🙂

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    Casey @ Casey the College Celiac August 1, 2014, 10:41 am

    Looks like an AMAZING vacation and those photos are breathtaking! I would kill for your natural hair – just saying! 😉

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    Jennie August 1, 2014, 11:10 am

    Looks like a great and well-deserved vacation. Your kitchen is looking great!

  • 11
    She Rocks Fitness August 1, 2014, 11:25 am

    WOMAN these pictures and your new profile picture on FB make me so happy, because you look so happy, relaxed, and beautiful…Glad you got away! XOXO

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    Brooke@SWEETNSWEATY August 3, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Looks like an absolutely amazing weekend. I am in the process of moving so I am experiencing the stress of stuff discombobulated all over the house! I use the same tactic BREATHE and move on! Love all the great pics!

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    erin August 5, 2014, 10:29 am

    love this post. that photo of you with the earrings just smiling and laughing is so good!!! I love it! isn’t it great to get away and when you come back, you feel like you have so much more perspective on the importance of balance and taking time to have fun. thanks for sharing about your weekend – makes me want to shut down work for a few days and just laugh.

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