I left for one month. Here’s what happened.
Jordan and I spent one weekend in the middle of East Texas with trees so tall the power lines seemed tiny. Friday the 13th, the first night away, we got stuck in a hail storm with the power out in the middle of a cabin. So it’s easy to say that it was a bit of an adventure.
Even though it was a bit too cold for our liking most of the weekend and I wanted to be in bed by 10:30 every night, the two of us knocked one more thing off of our bucket list and had a great time while doing it.
That next Sunday morning, I ended up at the airport and got on a plane to Denver for a semi-spontaneous ski trip. The airport was a mess and my air vent on the flight wouldn’t close so I sat like an ice berg for two hours. But the mountains where still standing by the time I landed in Colorado.
My family spent five days skiing, driving, and watching snow fall. It. Was. Magical. Because it was mid-April and we were skiing the last week the slopes were even open, it is no exaggeration when I say that we were one of the only ones on the mountain. I had my fair share of falling down, skiing through kids adventure zones, and laughing at Rachel.
Hot tubing on the side of a mountain, in our clothes, during sunset, with faces sunburnt from skiing all day is an opportunity Rachel and I were very excited about. I really don’t think it gets much better than that.
Ellie Duhon, my best friend and soul sister, came and visited me for a whole day and wow! What a time! This gal can make the simplest day into such an adventure. We (obviously) went to Sprouts, ate some delicious Tex Mex bowls, did some backwards dancing, spent an hour in the Religion and Philosophy section at Half Price Books, and drive around (a lot). Already prepared to see her smiling face again.
After years of hearing stories about the magical place that is Crockett, Texas, Liz finally decided to pull me along with her for the last weekend in April. And I am so glad she did! We sat in the hammock for at least 12 hours, reading Harry Potter and putting our obligations away for a few days. We also found the best book collection of all time, ate some really good pie, smelled a lot of soap, and found a lot of love notes on the walls in the upper level of an antique shop. Crockett had my heart.
I needed a break during April.
April made me live a little. Regardless of having to study for AP exams and finding myself in doctor’s offices day after day, this past month was one of my favorites. I think I learned that being selfish is good sometimes. Constantly creating and sharing is not easy. The number one thing my body was asking me to do was to slow down a little bit and recharge my excitement for everything: for the now, for the future, for everything I am hoping to learn and say, for everything I am intended to do and create.
Happy to be back. Excited for what’s to come. Ready to love some more.
Love, Valerie x