I hope you all had the absolute BEST Labor Day Weekend everrrrr! I know we sure did! I checked out of work early on Thursday and took an extra-long long weekend. I put Alpine on pause so I could fully enjoy the sun, the sand, and my sweet family.
Some of you may recall my mom’s mini-stroke last year. This past January, she had her second surgery as a result. And my dad had a heart attack and open heart surgery in April of this year. My husband and I have started taking them to the beach for Labor Day every year and this year was super special because of everything they’ve been through this year. Dad’s goal was to be completely healed by beach time. And he WAS! It was so great seeing them both walking on the beach and living their best lives.
This trip reminded me of how important it is to step away from work, fully unplug, and just be present in the moment with your family. We ate all the crab legs, played mini-golf, swam our little hearts out, sat on the beach after dark, got dressed up all fancy, and I even broke out my floppy hat. It was exactly what my soul needed.
I’m realizing more and more just how important it is for our bodies to get rest. In our culture, we are always on the go. We are constantly shuffling around from one thing to the next, staying up late to get things done, working ridiculously long hours, and then we still can’t shut out mind off which leads to hours of endless scrolling on social media. We sleep a couple hours and start the whole cycle over again. I always thought it was best to be busy. I would have my schedule so jam-packed that I would often get stressed out.
Here lately it’s really been catching up to me. I average about 5.5 hours of sleep a night which causes me to hit snooze a million times in the mornings. Then I’m rushing to get ready and out the door for work. Every day I find myself feeling irritable and exhausted. Lately I’ve been using my Fitbit to track my sleep patterns and let me just say, it ain’t pretty! It’s not always possible to slow down. Life happens and sometimes you have no choice but to run around like a crazy person. But it’s important to take care of yourself. It’s okay to say no to people. Self-care is way more important than people realize.
That’s why this beach trip was so important to me. Not only to spend quality time with my family but to also to give my body and mind the rest that it desperately needed. It allowed me to press pause on everything else and focus on what really matters. My health and my family.