earlier this year we took a trip along the west coast with some of our best friends. a few people in our group had never seen the pacific ocean before. their awe and giddiness was infectious, and it brought back that feeling of greatness and gratitude that I experienced the first time I saw it too.
without going into too much detail for the sake of privacy, one thing that was really special about this trip was our intentional focus on being present. each one of us was going through something during that trip. some relationship related, some job related, others just a feeling of being unsettled in life. but we were all open and honest. we had conversations that were inspiring, vulnerable, and brave. we gave each other space when needed, and a hug when needed also.
no trip will be perfect, and even if the trip is perfect, you might not be in a space mentally to enjoy it that way, and that's okay. give yourself space to go through something, even if it's during a time that you should be *having the best time ever*. this trip wasn't perfect by a long shot, but it was exactly what we needed in that moment. if I've learned anything, it's to travel with people who you can show your whole heart to. who will give you the space to heal and process, but also still remind you to be grateful for the beauty in front of you.
thank you to my loyal readers for allowing this space to be a place of honesty and love.