I wake up daily at 6am, intentionally or not. Today, being a rare morning with no children nor commitments, I set my alarm later. At 8am I awoke relishing how great it felt to still be in bed. I closed my eyes just for a moment to wake up slowly and when I did, it was noon! As a teen I loved sleeping in, but now I hate wasting half my day. I planned to hit the beach today and knowing I’d missed half my prime tanning hours caused some reconsideration.
I debated whether I should clean house today and relax tomorrow but knowing myself and that I only had half a day tomorrow before picking up the kids, watching the clock wouldn’t be relaxing. I also hesitated since I would be forced to a new beach due to weekend crowds at my favorites.
After a trip to 7-11 for sustenance, I was on my way! Once I was in the car, radio blasting with the windows down, I remembered how much I loved heading to the beach all day with good friends!
Today, I didn’t bring friends. My goal was to relax, read a book and get a tan dark enough that I don’t have to wear stockings at work. When I arrived, the sea of people and sunshades mixed with the sea! I walked far enough to find breaks in the crowd and found my people – a gal with her kindle. I set up my stuff, checked-in on Facebook vowing to not leave until I’d read every page, and cracked open the book!
The 210-page book, “The Necklace” took me nearly 4 hours to read in between dodging beach balls, flipping over regularly to tan evenly, and staring at sailboats. It felt good to do nothing yet accomplish something! For me, finishing a book in one sitting is a rare accomplishment! Reading the book made me feel a part of a rare sorority so I left feeling like I spent the day with great girlfriends – or maybe I just spent time allowing myself to be with me and enjoyed the company. I’ll do a full write-up to talk you into reading it too!