On Monday night, I was sitting in my office chatting with a friend whoâ€™d had a hard day. An hour into catching up on life, I blurted out, â€œYou know what I love most about you? How spontaneous you are. Youâ€™re always up for anything. Wouldnâ€™t it be funny if we decided to get up tomorrow and drive to the beach?â€
A moment of silence hit.
Then, she responded with, â€œThis is really weird but I was just meeting with a mentor earlier today and she said that I should go to the beach or forest to clear my mind and take a long walk with someone I trust.â€ I took that as a sign and we wasted no time setting up an out-of-town adventure for the next day.
I packed the bare basics and we were sitting in the sand by noon.
We first visited Manzanita and then Cannon Beach, which was calm and serene mid-week. The most beautiful flowers lined the sides of the road.
I love the weathered, quaint look of houses and businesses at the beach.
After the long walk my friendâ€™s mentor had recommended, we found a log along the edge of the beach and spent a few hours just chillinâ€™. I still had some work to do via email but anyone that needed anything immediately was met with, â€œSorry, I canâ€™t work right now. My feet are in the sand.â€ Luckily, my clients are cool and laughed it off!
No stop to the beach is complete without some sweet indulgences. This candy shop is always a favorite.
The one and only Haystack Rock.
Every time I visit Cannon Beach, itâ€™s a personal tradition to snap a photo of this place. So unbelievably cool.
As we said goodbye, I was happy I made the time to get away, spend time with a good friend and ignore all the things that needed to get done, at least for a day. If you, a family member or friend is having a difficult time, I know how hard it can be to work through an issue when your mind is spinning and just a day out in the world exploring can provide you with some much needed clarity.
â€œEvery adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.â€ â€“Napoleon Hill
Have a great weekend, friends. xo