My birthday celebration last week was awesome! My husband, brother and sister-in-law rented a beach house in Topsail, North Carolina. It was so wonderful to be on the water. The water has always held a special place for me and is where I used to go as a child to write in my journal or write poems.
One thing I like about the water is it is constantly changing between the tides and the weather. It can look so peaceful one moment and so violent the next. I have found such peace in the ocean and also such tragedy when a friend of mine was lost at sea.
When we arrived at the beach house, the ocean was very strong and stirred up. The water was murky and dark. It seemed to be a reflection of how I was feeling on the inside when I arrived. If you are a business owner, you understand how trying to get out of town for a vacation can be tricky. By the time I left I was a bit frazzled. This is a picture of the third day when it started to calm down.
By the 4th day, the ocean was beautiful and calm and I too felt the same way inside. I was finally starting to relax and live in the moment. It was amazing to me how my surroundings were reflecting my inside. On the last day of the trip, I took the photo below of a beautiful sunrise and the very calm and relaxed waters.
It was a huge difference from when we arrived. I have to admit though that returning back home after our vacation did bring with it some anxiety and trying to re-enter the day-to-day routine of the business but at least I savored every moment while I was away. I’m excited to be embarking on this new decade of my life. What a way to start out my 40s!