res · pite /ˈrespət/
- a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
- a short delay permitted before an unpleasant obligation is met or a punishment is carried out.
and i believe we need them often. ask me a few years ago and i'd tell you with my mouth, but i wouldn't actually follow through. i'm a doer. and respiting (yes, i just made that a word) requires being. doing is tossed to the wayside and being is the priority. nothing to do. and all day to "do" it.
this past weekend was my respite. after a crazy two months of travel, i needed to get away. coaching, visiting, bridesmaiding, and moving are all fun....but they can wear a girl out when there's no break in between. by the time i got to our work event on saturday morning, i was spent. as one coworker put it, i was a "ray of sunshine" that morning. note the oozing sarcasm in that statement. needless to say, when the clock struck 12:45 and we were dismissed, i hit the interstate faster than flies can find a fruit salad.
three hours later, this is where i arrived. i exhaled. i smiled. and i repeated.
here are some pics from my little getaway. i'm telling you, it was absolutely idyllic.
sunset in the living room/front deck
starting my day with Jesus
ending my day with a barefoot walk on the beach. complete with white linen pants blowing in the wind.
beach all to myself. nicholas sparks. bliss.
reading on the rocks overlooking the ocean.
yeah, i never wanted to leave.
live unashamedly :: laugh uncontrollably :: love unconditionally.