Mid Week Motivator: Vacation

Last week I went on a real vacation. As in leave not only town but state vacation. I was not sure how working out would pan out. But I packed my running shoes and clothes hoping to get to use them.

And was I ever glad I did! After eleven hours in the car, I needed a good run! Plus time alone. I do need my space. My plan was to see how each day would pan out. If I was able to get a workout in great! If not, great!

Thinking this way allowed me to be freed from stressing out about it. Travel plans can go awry. Unexpected delays or previously unplanned side trips can happen.

Enjoy your vacation, time with family and friends. Enjoy getting to work out or not. But do not stress out over it.

Post Vacation Thoughts

I am sitting in the Newark Airport waiting to board a plane home. I cannot quite believe that it is over! This was more than just a vacation, it was also precious time with family. It had been at least fifteen years since I had seen my cousins. A lapse I am determined to not allow again.


My parents & I enjoying a lovely Italian meal at Giovanni's in Belair, Maryland

I rode with my parents up to New Jersey. This had to be the most amount of time I ever spent with them. It was just wonderful! Having that time with them, something we can look back on in the future, is just awesome. Even sharing various hotel rooms was just fine.

We arrived in New Jersey, heading right over to my Aunt Kathy’s house. Where we stayed except for sleeping at our hotel room. Other families go hiking or camping. Mine makes great sport of eating, drinking wine and conversation.


Cousin Jenn, Caroline & I

I love my family. I loved reconnecting with my cousin Jenn, meeting her husband Robbie and her adorable kids. We got caught up with our lives. Reminisced about old stories. Discussed our food at length.
I got attacked with water guns by one of my other younger cousins. Not to worry, I got him good.


It’s a good thing we enjoy each others company.

Some trips are about being the tourist, getting to know a city. Others are just spending time with people. Time with our loved ones is not guaranteed.

This trip was such a blessing. I am grateful to my parents for allowing me to tag along. For the laughter and conversation. For holding my three month old cousin.