Everyone has that special place where you can go when you just need to unwind and unplug from the daily grind. It may be a room in your house, a local cafe or even just a quiet corner with a good book.
For me, my happy place is Martha's Vineyard. It is a magical place that has the power to instantly put me at ease when I step off that ferry. In college, I was just 1/2hr from the ferry and I remember many a spring weekends when school was just too much that I would hop on the ferry and head over for a day or weekend solo just to recharge.
The sound of the ocean, smell of beach roses and connecting with a community that just runs a bit slower was the perfect remedy for an undergrad taking a full course load in a para-military college.
Fast forward almost ten years and life way more stressful than the my college days. I am now in my 30s with a demanding job, bills/mortgages, long distance relationship and commitments to friends and family. Needless to say, the need to recharge and find that happy place seems more important than EVER!
So this weekend, I am here at my happy place flying solo. The weekend will be filled with painting and yard work but it will also be filled with:
- Long walks on the beach
- Rocking on the porch with a cold drink
- Early morning coffee runs
- Watching the boats come in down on the jetty
I always return from the rock rested, renewed and overall a much happier girl. The island may be a tourist trap to some but to me it will always have a special place in my heart with the power to calm even the most frazzled city girl!
What is your "happy place"? If not a place, how do you unwind and recharge your battery?