Starting Again (Again)

In an effort to find things that are meaningful to write about, things that others might find interesting, I’ve found that I’ve lost my ‘voice’. I start writing only to get stuck because I can’t quite figure out what it is I should be saying. I’m not even sure if that makes much sense, but lately I’ve been getting nudges from my loves to write more, to write anything, because it brings such joy to me. And so, in an effort to jump back in, I’m going to revert back to what I’ve always done. Blog about my regular daily life. It’s familiar (ha!), something I know (haha!), and as a person who has kept a journal since forever ago, it makes me happy.

We are currently sitting in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, eating Mexican pastries (SO GOOD!), drinking coffee and starting to wonder how we will spend the day. Will we go to the pool in front of our room…or wander to one of the other pools? Will we start the afternoon with mojitos…or maybe a pina colada? Should I wear my green cover up…or the blue one? You know, rough decisions like that. 😎

The beach here is a no…sadly it’s another (temporary) casualty of covid. It is covered in seaweed and other really gross stuff and the smell is…well, eye watering. Thankfully the pools are great, and so is the resort we are staying in. Things are just beginning to open here and so there aren’t many tourists, but there aren’t many workers either – but the ones that are here are just glad that people are coming back. We are too.

Yesterday was a travel day and also our 35th wedding anniversary. We tried to go through each anniversary and where we were in life and could piece together quite a few, but not all. Many of those were spent overseas and all but a tiny handful were spent as parents…the first babe came shortly after our 3rd anniversary. Our life has been quite simple, but I could easily say we’d both describe it as fun. Some would say blessed and I wholeheartedly agree that without a doubt the reason ‘we’ are a ‘we’ is because of God.

We’re on this trip to Mexico with our best friends…two couples who have been in the trenches of life with us. They keep us grounded, have loved us when we’ve struggled and have cheered us when we’ve succeeded. I remember hearing that it takes a village to raise a family and I scoffed at that….I mean, we are these kids parents and we knew it all. That is, until we realized we didn’t. My advice? Find yourself a village and move yourself on in to it. I promise you it will make your life so much more rich.

The plans I talked of earlier will unfold as they will. For the first time in a long while I am completely unplugging from the world. I’m going to do some writing, read a few books, float in the pool and do a whole lot of lounging, laughing and eating this week. I need to cocoon myself here, to reset from the way I’ve been feeling at home. The feeling like life is racing by, that there’s not enough hours in the day, that I can’t get it all done. I’m not my best me when I live like that and so I’m taking full advantage of the time I have here, with my people. ❤️

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