Our road trip this week has
my heart stretched
my mind cleared.
For me there is nothing like the head clearing properties
of driving amongst incredible beauty
that is exactly what the coast
between Monterrey and Carmel truly is.
If you ever get a chance to drive the 17 miles plus
take the opportunity
you won't be disappointed.
In old Monterrey it is the washed away docks and wharfs
that the sea has taken back
since the long ago days when Monterrey was a flourishing fishing port
that fill me with wonder.
Steinbeck captures the time so hauntingly in Cannery Row
that I almost can feel the shadows of time gone by.
For me road trips amongst such beauty
feel like they free my soul from my day to day
angst and to do lists
fill me with such immense wonder.
Being amongst such beauty
catches my soul
with the reminder and realization
that there is so much more to life than what I can see.
This is the famous
of the infamous Pebble Beach Golf Course and Resort.
It clings to the rocky point even during the most treacherous of conditions.
Further along the drive the
Pebble Beach Lounge
was a perfect destination for sunset cocktails.
Only the golf course in Saint Andrews in Scotland
has ever held me in such awe of the game.
We stayed in the enchanting Carmel
which always feels like a modern day storybook of a town
with it's imaginative architecture
phenomenal beauty around every corner.
If you find yourself in Carmel
Casanova is my top restaurant recommendation.
An intimate setting that feel like a chapter
form an impressionist artist day.
When in Carmel walking is a perfect way to take in the surrounding beauty
where almost each house is a design inspiration.
This trip was not only beautiful
but seemed like such a life marker as well.
Not having any children at home
that we needed to get back to
was another true realization of how
my husband and I are into our next chapter of marriage and life.
It felt a bit like the tether had been cut
we could float any which way we wanted now
as our responsibilities in child raising have been fulfilled.
We are back to being a couple.
I am grateful our marriage
has been able to weather some pretty harsh storms
that can come with parenting.
I am so grateful to do these next chapters of life
with this man I have so much history and love for.
I realize even though we are back to being a couple
pieces of my heart will always belong to my children.
My heart has been stretched to be bigger
than I ever expected.
For that I will always be grateful.
So for me
here's to the next chapters in life and marriage.
I have every intention
in investing as wholeheartedly in the times ahead
as I did being all in
heart and soul
in raising my family.
Here's to celebrating
each season in life all in
focusing on the very best of each life chapter.
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy
as you style your life