Being on vacation for a week with my husband and stepdaughters, allowed me the chance to reflect on life. These opportunities allow us to regroup, relax, bond, and have some fun.
My husband and I want our children to learn to unwind, embrace these moments, and appreciate spending time together having adventures as a family.
This trip reminded me that it’s the simple things in life that bring us the greatest reward. We don’t need expensive gifts, extreme activities or luxuries in order to value each other and the memories we make.
Family vacation reflections:
1. Be Grateful: It’s a blessing to have zero distractions. No work. No dogs. No phone. No interruptions. I took the girls to a yoga class on the beach where we restored our souls. The girls took a risk in trying something new and coming into my world for 75 minutes. This class focused on setting a positive intention for ourselves as well as focusing on gratitude. I reflected on the many things I’m grateful for. The waves crashed in front of us as we were guided through the poses. This class served as a reminder to slow down, breathe, be present, and take time to appreciate the outside world as well as our inside world.
2. Make Memories: You don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to make memories. On our trip we built sand castles, dug holes in the sand, collected seashells, avoided seagulls, counted the number of dogs we saw, found crabs, walked everywhere, and observed the beauty of Mother Nature. These things didn’t cost a thing but are at the forefront of my mind when I think back to the memories from this trip.
3. Nurture Your Soul: It’s important to take time off and nurture your soul. Taking time off of work and having a chance to escape from the daily grind is a blessing. My oldest stepdaughter said that I seek peace in any way possible and she’s right! It’s all about taking time to rejuvenate, seek peace within yourself, embrace the people and memories around you, and be grateful for yourself, the sunshine, the waves, the smell of saltwater, the giggles, the laughs, the memories, and the stories.
This family vacation reminded me that the little things mean the most. As a family we bonded. Focusing on gratitude, making memories, and nurturing your soul is vital to your happiness. When you look back on your memories, you realize that the little things were really the big things.
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