Do you ever feel like you’re just chugging along in life, playing catch up but never actually get ahead? This is how we’re feeling these days – trying to just get by and not fall behind. I think we’re both really tired and I might even be a little down, but I’m realizing that I’m craving a change in routine, scenery, or a shakeup in this little life that we’re in. I know, I know, be happy for what you have, but I’ve been so unmotivated lately, especially with my freelance projects which I’m having a hard time mustering any creativity and focus for. I also haven’t had the energy to invest in some new W&S projects that we want to get going. Surprisingly, the mini heat wave did change things up a bit and it was nice to put on all my favorite sandals and paint my toes a cheerful color. Since it’s unlikely that anything big will change around here, I’m focusing on little pleasures like bringing in these magnolia blossoms inside the house.
So, update on the travel plans since everyone made such lovely suggestions (and yes! Probably what we need is to get away). We did rent a beach house for a week out on the North Fork on Long Island in August, but I’m still undecided about our long weekend in June. I’ve priced out and fantasized about nearly every kind of vacation and was very close to booking something in either Cape Cod or Miami, but in the end, we are feeling guilted into the fact that what we probably should do is visit Mark’s Dad in upstate NY, who we don’t see very often. Not our first choice for a trip we’d like to be rejuvenating and relaxing, but…it would be the right thing to do. As a consolation of sorts (unless finances the second half of this year really dictate otherwise) I’ve decided that we’ll be going to Paris next year and after some thought, I’ve decided that I’d like to go with the kids. When I think about going to Paris, I really can’t imagine not going with Mia, who I know would soak in every bit of it.
I think this is what we need to shake ourselves out of the doldrums – something big to look forward to. I figure we’ll rent an apartment for a week to keep costs down so we can cook (eating out every single meal with the kids is close to my idea of hell anyway), but I’m thinking of starting a Paris fund so we can start saving for it now. Who knows where we’ll be in a year, but I’m hoping that we can keep this date that I’ve made.