Last week I woke up and I didn’t feel like being me.
I didn’t want to go to the gym or run errands or finish my work.
I wanted to go to the beach.
I spent 10 minutes daydreaming of what a day at the beach with just Jude would feel like, before finally rolling over, getting up, and packing for our day at #AsburyPark. I sent out a text to my friends and asked if anyone else felt like playing hooky, and as luck would have it, Devon and Natalie did.
I don’t know what your Wednesday looked like, but ours looked and felt like heaven.
I think the combo of sun, ocean, sand, and sky, is healing.
When I find myself overwhelmed with this beautiful life, I need to see nature do what nature does. I spend much of my time arranging nature to look a certain way in #familyphotos, but it’s rare that I enjoy it and accept it for what it is. I love my job, but in order to remain good at it I have to try new tricks, look at new places, and photograph for fun. Just for fun. Just fun.
We arrived to 70 degree weather and an entire beach to ourselves, and it was wonderfully cathartic.For their part Jude and Natalie were the happiest I’ve ever seen them.
Natalie is calm and reflective, where Jude is high energy and completely insane ( in the best way). She is a lady and he is part caveman- getting completely nude and rolling around in the sand like a small puppy. The beach is his home, his vessel. I have always believed my children need to return to the ocean- like visiting heaven or a place you’ve been before and will return to again someday.
It’s days like this, where I am reminded that we can always come to this place where nature and wild curiosity will refresh our creativity and remind our spirit just how to feel again.
I am so grateful to have stopped the world, for just long enough to enjoy it. If you’ve never played hooky from your life, you should.
Don’t think, just go.
Don’t plan, just show up.
Eat some sand, jump waves, and stare at the sky. Live like Jude does, wild and free.
A special thanks to Devon and Natalie who ran away with us.