Non-stop.

So far this week has been non-stop. I knew I was walking into a few things that needed to be done, but I guess I underestimated the full extent of it. Although it is giving me little chance to ease back into things, busy days are keeping me moving so I miss my time off a little less. The truth is vacations are never long enough, but it is nice to go back to work and feel like a necessary part of the team.

Tomorrow will be another full day, and I am already counting down the days till the weekend. Why does there always seem to be so much to do and too little time?

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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The countdown.

The end of vacation is always a little odd. The last few days you try to get back into normal habits. Going to bed on time, cleaning and putting things away. Sometimes it is a relief to get back to normal, other times you wish you could change everything. Over the past week I have hiked, run, slept in and spent time with family and friends. It was the type of time off that I wish was never-ending because I can never get enough of it.

I have one more day of freedom left, then it will be back to 5:30 am alarms and sitting at a desk all day. Thankfully I only have a little over a month until my next vacation. Let the countdown begin!

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Walking in the dark.

There was a time you could have blindfolded me and I would have known where every root and stone was on the campground. Now that is not so much the case. Tonight I walked in the dark and felt like I was going to trip and fall. I still love every moment I get to spend here, but so much has changed.

Many of the cottages where friends once lived have changed hands and are now occupied by strangers. Where the creek was once deep it is now shallow. It sad to see the things I once did no longer happen, but it is equally wonderful to see new traditions being made.

Although I am sad I can no longer walk fearlessly around in the dark, I am glad the best parts of this place continue to live on generation after generation.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Go with the flow.

I went for a hike today and I had an interesting encounter. The trail I did is what I like to call a “tourist hike”. Lots of pretty views on a mostly stone bock trail. Every uphill climb was a stair case, and some paths were even carved through the walls. With all that being said it truly is a beautiful hike.

Because this trail is populated by mostly non-hikers it can be difficult to pass by slower people who don’t always realize they are blocking the entire path. At one set of stairs I was blocked by two groups going horribly slow. When I saw an opening to pass I took it. I was polite as I wiggles in between them, but I heard one of them say to me “just go with the flow”. At the time I was slightly embarrassed, but did not say anything and zipped on up the stairs.

For the next mile or so I thought about the encounter. I did not feel like I was rude, if anything they were being rude not allowing space for faster hikers to pass without trouble. What bothered me was the fact that I was expected to slow down and limit myself.

Going with the flow is great in some situations. It is a rule of thumb I use when driving all the time, but I feel that too often we are expected to move with everyone else instead of pushing forward on our own and stepping out of our comfort zone. In this case I could have slowed my pace to stayed behind these two groups of people, and then my legs would be slightly less sore and it would have taken me a little longer. But how would that do anything to make me stronger?

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

In the woods.

img_6911My internal alarm clock worked against me this morning, but I was happy to start the day a little early in hopes of beating some of the heat. I got dishes done and a few thing cleaned up and in the afternoon I was off on a hike. The only trail that was packed to a miserable degree was the one along the water, so I spent most of my time happily in the woods. Before I had gone a mile I was dripping with sweat, but I was loving every second of it. There really is something wonderful about enjoying the fresh air and watching the sun shine though the trees.

Hopefully there will be more time outside and hikes on this vacation. After all, that was one of the reasons I took the time off.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

A combination.

Something about today was strange. It might have been more of a combination of things than one single oddity, but it was there none the less. This heat has set a different kind of tone over everything and I have mixed feeling about my time off. As excited as I am about my plans, and to have a whole week of no work I am still wary of too much time outside of my normal routine. Last year I avoided long stretches of vacation after my February time off went upside down. I know this week off will not be the same, but a part of my brain goes there whether I want it to or not. There are times I really wish I could turn off some memories so I could enjoy the moment without worrying about the past.

Tomorrow is the first Monday in far too long that my alarm will not go off at 5:30 in the morning. Hopefully it will be the first of many amazing things in my vacation adventure. I will do my best to focus on each good thing and leave my fears behind.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Expectation.

The months this year have flown by. Maybe it is because I have so many projects going on that there is no time to watch the minutes pass by slowly. Sometimes it scares me that I forget what day it is. There are Tuesdays that I thought were Saturdays and Sundays that were Mondays. Once I wake up enough I realize my mistake and sometimes settle back into sleep, other times I am forced to be awake.

This short break in reality will hopeful serve not only to reset my motivation, but also my internal calendar. A week with few alarms and lots of adventurers is something I am very much looking forward to. Hopefully it will surpass all my expectations.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.