The calm before the storm…
(written on August 7th)
I’m writing this from the comfort of my camp chair at the campground. I’ve watched the sunset on Lake Michigan and I’ve walked along the canal here in Pentwater. Both times I’ve given myself a moment to reflect on the water. Whether the waves are crashing or gently lapping, there is something so peaceful about listening. I spend a lot of time trying to find and bring peace into my life. Even though Michigan is surrounded by and filled with awesome bodies of water, a lake retreat just isn’t always an option.
Because of this, I have begun meditating. I started with a free experience through Oprah and Deepak Chopra. (For more information about the free experiences they offer occasionally, a host of free resources, as well as other paid options, check out the Chopra Center for Meditation) From there, I downloaded an app that has very brief meditations that I like for their easy use any time, anywhere. (That app is called Stop, Breathe, and Think)
However I choose to do it, I’ve been attempting to get in 10-20 minutes of pure quiet and stillness every day. I have already begun to take in some thoughts that have stayed with me and shaped future interactions with others and myself.
All of this is important because as I mentioned in my last post, the month of August is going to be a bit chaotic. There will be 70 hour work weeks and little time for balance and self care. Establishing this habit ahead of time will hopefully see me through this stressful month.
If you’re curious about my weekend escape, we camped at Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater, MI. Mears State Park is a great spot for some swimming and playing in the sand. We caught some incredible sunsets while there, including the one I shared on my Instagram here. We were lucky to get a spot in the campground last minute, probably from a cancellation, as they book up pretty quickly for the summer! Pentwater itself has a few good restaurants as well as the necessary ice cream spots to call it a true beach town. We ate at the Village Pub for dinner(which was accompanied by some excellent live music) and Gull Landing for their breakfast buffet(a great deal!). Also, probably my favorite kitchen store ever, and yes, mostly because of the name, don’t forget to stop by the cute little Bitchen Kitchen! 😉