I just returned from visiting my mother for her birthday. We had a great time together going shopping, to the beach and just relaxing. For me, the beach and the relaxing part were much needed.
Every morning as we were having coffee, my mother asked me what I wanted to do. We’d talk about options and then head out. When we’d return to the house, we’d have an early dinner and then go into the living room and relax. We’d read, watch a movie, or watch one of our favorite shows. Because we both like most of the same TV shows, it was easy to pick one to watch.
After the year I’ve had, this was a much needed and welcomed respite. Now that I’m back home with a more clear outlook and plan for my future, I can focus on the task at hand to make my plans come true.
This mini-vacation gave me a complete attitude adjustment. Instead of being happy to get five hours of sleep and being tired each day, I’m sleeping as much as seven hours and I’m waking up feeling refreshed. Instead of going to sleep dreading the next day, I go to sleep excited about the possibilities of the next day.
The events of the last few weeks have given me a new lease on life and my future. It’s a little daunting, but exciting as well. Because of the events and the changes it’s brought to my life, I find that I’m smiling and laughing more, sleeping and eating better as well as more focused.
We get so bogged down on the daily grind of working to earn a living, we’re forgetting to live. Life is about more than just working 12 hour days just to pay bills. It’s also about enjoying all that is around you; friends, family, pets and nature. Things like hiking in the woods and admiring the changing of the colors, going to the beach and finding interesting shells, eating a simple dessert such as the one my mother wanted for her birthday; these are important things in life, and should not be put on the back burner.
1 pre-made graham cracker pie shell (I like the Oreo crust)
1 box of Jell-O chocolate instant pudding (3.9 oz)
1 1/2 cups of cold milk (I use whole milk)
Whipped cream (you can use Reddi-whip or make your own)
OPTIONAL: I add shaved chocolate to the top of the whipped cream for more chocolatey goodness.