What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

August 7, 2014

in Confessions

I got to go on vacation for this first time in a very long time this year thanks to my parents, who took the whole fam to the beach.

I am one of those people who is busy. I am always doing something, never bored. We just go and go and then go some more.

Taking a week to slow down really taught me some valuable lessons.

1. Family is important. They don’t care if you are introverted. If you have a problem with your relationship to electronics, that you bury your nose in books all the time, or have inconvenient dietary restrictions. They will push you out of your comfort zones, they won’t always understand, you will get on each other’s nerves, but they will love you no matter what.

Playing Yatzee Ft. Morgan AL Playing Yatzee LuLu's Restaurant Ft. Morgan AL LuLu’s Restaurant Ft. Morgan AL

 

2. Life is a journey. You really do have to take the time to enjoy getting there (and sometimes getting back). The destination is worth some discomfort.

 

Starting the 14 hour drive to the beach! Starting the 14 hour drive to the beach!

 

3. You will encounter unexpected danger and mishaps along the way.

Shark! Shark!

 

4. Those unexpected obstacles will force you to change direction and try something you weren’t expecting. And that can be just as fun.

Building Sand Castles Building Sand Castles

 

5. Take time to explore new places.

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6. Take the time to talk to interesting people. Even if you are an introvert.

This Civil War Re-enactor’s name is Christopher Dylan. Which I have tattooed on my arm.

Civil War Reenactment Soldier

Dolphin Cruise Dolphin Cruise

 

7. Learn new things.

Boogie Boarding Boogie Boarding

 

8. Things won’t always work out. Life isn’t fair and you may find yourself in situations you don’t want, didn’t plan for, or never expected to happen.

USS Alabama Brig USS Alabama Brig

 

9. Make the most out of every situation.

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10. There will always be someone who is stronger, faster, smarter, wealthier than you. And that’s ok.

Orange Beach, AL Orange Beach, AL

 

11. Fight for what you want. For what you believe in.

USS Alabama USS Alabama USS Alabama USS Alabama

 

12. Never underestimate the power of taking a step back and relaxing.

Sit on the porch and read. Try it in a rocking chair. At the beach.

The porch at the beach house. The porch at the beach house.

 

Or in a hammock.

hammock

 

Take a long walk. On the beach!

Fort Morgan Beach Fort Morgan Beach

 

Go for a swim.

Fort Morgan Beach Fort Morgan Beach

 

13. Relax. Just be yourself. And realize that most of the time, the pressures you feel, are coming from you.  Give yourself a break once in a while. Slow down. Enjoy where you are. Right here. Right now. Enjoy the people in your life. Enjoy what this world has to offer. You may surprise yourself at how much better you feel once you calm down. Life is not easy. Life is not fair.  Serenity, along with dreams and goals, and family support will help you through this journey.

Hanging out on the porch Hanging out on the porch Feeding the Seagulls Feeding the Seagulls
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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

{ 6 comments }

Miriam Gomberg August 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Your kids look so happy. Great pics! You are right about slowing down too. Sometimes I get in overdrive and stay there. The next thing I know, summer is over and I haven’t done anything with the kids.
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May August 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

This makes me realize that it has been far too long since I have been to the beach. The trip looks amazing. And the young male models are delightful!
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carol August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

You are so right. Life is a journey. I’m glad you got to experience it to the beach and back and learn some new things along the way. I enjoyed it, too! Now, I want to lay on the beach, sit on the porch, and read a good book or two. If it weren’t so far away…..

Allie August 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

I take the kids on road trips every summer and we visited Mobile a few years back and saw Battleship Park. It was so HOT on the ship! I don’t know how the men did (do) it! I’m so sad summer is over. We are already back in the fast last (school started yesterday)
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Lindsey August 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Wow! You guys started early. We don’t start until Aug. 20th.

Kat August 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

Wow! How fun! And you’re right, I love how we can truly just be ourselves with family and they already know us. Nothing has to be forced and that is such a comfort.
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