So as many of you know, the past 8 months have been tough for me and my family. My mom became ill and overnight, our lives got turned inside out and upside down. It’s been hard, and the stress levels have been high.
My mom is recovering nicely. Despite a minor setback, she’s looking really good these days.
My son is getting settled into the new house and is making friends in the neighborhood.
Me… well, I haven’t been doing as well. In the midst of taking care of everybody else, I forgot to take care of me. The stress of getting this house in order and becoming the “glue” holding the family together overnight had me stressed to the point of panic attacks. I can tell you I never want to have one of those again. They suck.
So I knew I had to do two things.
1) Find a way to get a break.
2) Find a way to manage stress on a daily basis.
While I’m still working on #2, I did finally get a break. And what a beautiful break it was! I drove up north to a small town called Gualala. Most folks have never heard of it. It’s very roughly about half way between San Francisco and Eureka (the last town on the map before you cross over into Oregon). It’s a small, quaint town with not a lot going on other than a few shops and restaurants. Exactly what I needed.
I spent 3 glorious days doing nothing and came back a new woman. Of course, it only took one morning for all the stress to hit me again, but I was able to handle it much better after a break. I’m so grateful I got to enjoy the coast for a bit. It soothes my soul every time without fail.
So I thought I’d share some of my photos with you here. Photos of “My California”. I hope you enjoy them.