A Reset

Sometimes we need a reset. Time away from the ‘everyday’ and having different scenery to fill the senses as well as a break from the daily routine. Our family holiday came at a crucial time- tension was running high, the noise was always too loud and the whining from the children was a little more than I could bear.
I’m so grateful for the few days we had in Hawk’s Nest NSW. A beautiful spot with a bay, surf beach and river. The town is typical of holiday spots I visited in my childhood but unspoilt by commercialism.
It is here that I finally regained a sense of what I needed to do in the next quarter- how I can progress beyond merely getting through each day.
There is something magical about a holiday- new places to explore, being kinder to ourselves than usual, as well as the new creativity that comes away from the distractions of home.
I longed to find a way to spend time with my kids without longing for alone time and I finally had a holiday where they had more of my time than not. We went in the spa, played on the sand at Jimmy’s beach, travelled on the ferry to Nelson Bay and were fortunate to see lots of water birds, fish, some Hawks as well as native Australian birds such as kookaburras, rosellas and wrens. Seeing a dolphin jumping out of the water near the entrance where the boats come in was something special to share with the kids, too.
I coloured in with both kids, did my son’s homemade activity book and had several fun sing alongs. I giggled at my toddler’s silly songs and sayings like ” I’ve got cutey hair” . They clambered up the giant sand dunes at Dark Point (Myall Lakes National Park) and fed farm animals and kangaroos at the Oakvale Wildlife Park about a 40 minute drive from Hawk’s Nest. I could go on but I am just counting my blessings as I travel home now, wondering how I can take this restful self back with me.
It is so important to stop and enjoy life’s moments rather than waiting for a perfect day to come. Everything else can wait but living cannot.

Published by mezruth

I am a wife and a mother of two beautiful and spirited young children, living in Australia. Unashamedly, I am a follower of Christ; He is my daily hope and inspiration. I enjoy dabbling in a range of hobbies ! These include (but aren't limited to) gardening, cooking, making cards, playing piano, singing, writing letters, journalling and walking in nature/ identifying animal species. I find it hard to make time for myself but I'm learning that life is too short and sometimes things must be scheduled in or the days slip away without much change. Family and friends are very important to me and I am happiest when I live my life in community.

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