Back To Reality

I feel like there are only two camps when it comes to returning from vacation.  Either you are super ready to get back to things and your regular routine or you just don’t wanna return to reality.

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Our little cottage for the week. We stayed at Timber Ridge Resort and it was awesome!

I’m definitely in the second camp.

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Made it up one of the many dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

We’ve been back home since Friday, but I’m still resisting getting back into the swing of things.  Saturday we spent the day at the beach and Sunday was just a lazy-do-nothing day.  I know eventually (like today) I’ll start being an adult with responsibilities, but I really enjoyed my week away from the “real world”.

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View at the end of the Empire Bluff Trail.

Have you ever just checked out of the everyday grind?  Like really unplugged?  I won’t say I totally removed myself from social media, I mean, who finds a taxidermy museum and DOESN’T share it on Instagram and Facebook?  Selfish people, that’s who.  But I will say I didn’t check my email, or constantly scroll through my Facebook or Instagram feed and it was really nice.  If I missed anything, it wasn’t life-altering because the world still turned.

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View from the highest point on Mackinac Island. There is more on the island than fudge and horses!

I don’t need to be connected 24/7.

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Me refusing to get any closer to the dead stuffed lion than this. Also, that ox is blue in the background

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The albino deer we dubbed the “Come at me bro” deer due to his hoof placement

And that has been a really hard concept for me to grasp because I work from home so I am ALWAYS connected.  I always feel like there is something I could be doing.  I always feel like I’m not working hard enough.  I always feel like if I take a break, I’m missing out on some opportunity to better myself, my life, my home, my blog, my work.

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We found a lot of fun stuff to take our picture in front of like this giant rooster….

But that’s ok.  This vacation taught me that in order to give my best it’s completely ok to not always be working, or doing something, or checking something, or fixing something.  Things will be just fine and life will keep on coming and if I actually rest, I and my work will be better for it.

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And this wooly mammoth made of scrap metal….

That’s just one of the many lessons I learned during my week off, and I’ll share more in the coming weeks, but enjoy some of these awesome adventures I had and maybe schedule some down time for yourself.

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And this ferocious bear!

Who knows?  You might find your own two-headed calf to marvel!

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Not making this stuff up folks!


Vacation Mode

Hello friends!  I hope that your Monday morning has started off wonderfully.  I know mine has because I’m currently on my way to vacation!

Did you know that Adam and I haven’t really taken a vacation since our honeymoon over three years ago?  Yeah.  We decided it was time for a little rest and relaxation.

We’ll be spending the week in Traverse City, Michigan at the Timber Ridge Resort.  We plan on hiking, kayaking, swimming, exploring, and most of all just relaxing and enjoying doing nothing.  I probably won’t be as active on social media, but I’ll try to share a few snapshots of our vacation and I’ll definitely have pictures and a recap once we get back.

I’ll have a few round-up type posts this week but I’ll bring back some new stuff once we return from Michigan.  I hope that you guys have a great week and even if you’re not on vacation take just a little time each day to get some relaxation!

See you in a week!