You know those moments where you read or hear something and it just clicks? Those moments where something makes absolute perfect sense and you have no idea how you didn't see it before? So yeah...that just happened.
For some reason this quote by my BFF's favourite artist, Hans Hofmann, really struck a chord with me. And not just any chord, but one I've been longing to hear for a while.
Every time we go away for a longer-than-a-long-weekend vacay, we find something that we didn't even know we had lost - clarity. A clear mind. A clear vision of ourselves, who we want to be, and a clear vision of our goals for the future. One of those goals being to resurrect this blog that I had started years ago, but couldn't keep up because I didn't have time for it. (#icallbullshit - Have you SEEN how to lose a guy in 10 days?!) But the need for a space where I could be my unfiltered self has become even more apparent in recent years. So, voila. Here it is.
Goal numero duo? Be a better friend, daughter, sister, wife and person. It's so easy to become distracted with work, or take on too much that we wind up sacrificing the very things that matter most - family, friends and our own personal well being. (Guilty, on all counts.) But when you're away from the desk, the emails, the text messages (but not Instagram), along comes a re-realization of what really matters in life which is to live it.
A friend once told me "you work to be able to do what you love", and even if you love what you do, you're still working towards something. For us, that's travelling. But for right now, it's time to start living simpler and ditch all the unnecessary things that we fill our schedules with so that we have time for the necessary. Props, Hans. Mad props.
Aside from a clear mind and renewed spirits, we came home from our honeymoon with tons of stories that will eventually show up on the blog once I can organize about 5000 images, memories (#obviously) and a few extra pounds that I just couldn't leave behind (inevitable when the only thing you HAVE to do is eat).
But the most important thing we came home with? The idea that we need to do whatever it takes to make more time for family, friends and ourselves so we don't miss out on this necessary thing called life.