I need a vacation..

saulius-sutkus-403556For the love of everything that is holy, I need a freaking vacation!

I started a new job back in November, and while I have enjoyed the challenge, I haven’t had a real vacation in years! I need a break! My husband will say, but your new job gave you a week off at Christmas. Well, honey, that was only three days more than what you received, and in those three days, all I did was catch up on house work!

Side note: why does laundry never end!!

In all seriousness though, vacations are essential for working professionals. A work/life balance is great, but if you can’t unplug when you are home from all the stress then you really aren’t taking a break. Vacations are meant to unwind, to relieve your mind of the everyday weight, and rejuvenate your self.

I NEED TO GO ON VACATION! Groupon Getaways for the win! Now I just need May to hurry up and get here.

To The Beach!

frank-mckenna-222543.jpgIt has been FIVE years since I have been to the beach. FIVE!

It has been five years since I have felt the warmth of the summer sun competing with the cool wayward sea breeze and salt spray on my skin. Five years since I have felt the coarse embrace of the powdery sand exfoliating the winter months from my body and leaving me feeling polished and new.

FIVE YEARS since I have heard the wonderful roar of the waves crashing against the shore as the seagulls lull me into to sleep in a paradise I have never felt anywhere else than at the beach.

I am dreaming of the moment my feet touch the sand again. I am longing for feel of the sun and the ocean spray on my face. I cannot wait to hear the lazy caw of the seagulls floating on the wind and the commanding sizzle of the waves breaking against the shoreline.

All too soon I will be there, and all too soon will it be gone. A weekend in paradise to refill my daydreams anew until one day I can find my own home by the sea.

Not only will it be my first time in a long time, but it will be my daughter’s first time ever. I cannot wait to see her face when she feels the sand in her toes and hears the ocean’s call. I know she will love the beach just as much as me!

2017 Goals

Last year, I had planned on setting goals each month with a long term goal as the grand prize. I think I made it through four months of the process, but like most “resolution-ists”, it kind of fell to the wayside. This year, I have some ideas of what I would like to accomplish in 2017, but some aren’t fully fleshed out just yet. I’m thinking I might create a few monthly goals, but I also have some that I would like to set for the overall year as well.happy-new-year-2017-images

This month:

-Figure out how to lose weight. I’ll expand on this in another post.
-Write 10K words on my new project.
-Continue to Tweet daily and blog at least weekly.
-Have a date night.

Overall year:

-Travel. I have a wedding to attend in Colorado, so this should be easy, but I also want to go to Florida. We’ll see what we can manage.
-Take a vacation. This kind of goes with the above, but I also want to make sure that I take the time to enjoy a break from the norm.
-Graduate. My bachelor’s degree is so close. I will finish it this year!

We’ll see how it all pans out, and I promise I’ll keep you’ll posted. After the excruciating year 2016 turned out to be, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.