Reflections from the Riviera Maya, Mexico


Oh warmth, where are you? It seems like forever since I was here, in Riviera Maya,  Mexico, soaking in sun rays and feeling the warmth surrounding me. It seems like forever since I sat on the beach, looking at the ocean, pondering where my life is going. But, it’s only been a month. A month since I had some of the most amazing food and drinks. Since I swam in the most beautiful pools and splashed in the ocean. A month since I had the most amazing massage EVER- yes it was that good.

Right now, in North Carolina, the last bit of snow is slowly disappearing. There’s barely any trace of the 11 inches of snow from last weekend. This has been the craziest and coldest Fall. We rarely get snow this early in year. Heck we never get snow this early. If we get snow, it’s after the new year. Usually, I can still go outside in a light jacket and hat. Now I need snow boots, layers of clothes, and a wind deflector. It’s like we skipped right over Fall.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter. I love the crisp cold air and the barren land. I live for snuggling under the covers, with some hot chocolate, while watching movies and home improvement shows. For me, it is a time of death and rebirth. The cold comes in and kills all, that no longer serves a purpose, in order to bring in new life. I’m taking a look at my life in this same way. The Riviera Maya was gorgeous and warm, but it also served as a way of me clearing out old stagnant energy and bringing new energy into my life. As I sat on the beach watching the sun reflect on the water, I also reflected on the last year of my life – the good and the bad. Thankfully, there were a lot more good than bad days. But, I also realized it’s time for me to let some ideas I had for my life die. The vision I had for my life no longer applies. Maybe I was holding on too tightly to the idea, in my mind, of how I wanted my life to be, instead of allowing in what I needed to create the life that was best for me – yeah, just a little too tight.

So now, I let go and bid farewell to my vision, or nightmare, I held in the prison of my mind. I will take this winter break to go inside and hibernate, and look forward to waking up in the spring fresh and renewed – reborn.


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Beach Trip – Pt. 2


Nothing beats spending quality time with family. We escaped to the beach, for my mom’s birthday, and it was wonderful. The weather was amazing and the kids has a blast.

We stayed at the Beach Cove Hotel at North Myrtle Beach.  The hotel was nice but the room was a lot smaller than it looked online.  Our room was on the 15th floor and the view was amazing. I swear I could have stayed on the balcony all night.  It has multiple outdoor pools plus an indoor pool. The kids loved the lazy river. There is also a Tiki Bar and snack bar.

Friday night, we took the kids down to Broadway at the Beach for some shopping and dancing. The next day, we ate at  the Giant Crab seafood buffet. They had just about anything you could think of and all you can eat crab legs for $30.  It was well worth the money.

Although we only stayed two day, it was great spending time with family and watching the kids enjoy themselves.  With all the stress from the last six months, we all needed a getaway.

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