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Jul 12

Our Family Trip to Southampton, and a Mental Health Check in

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We just got back from our annual family beach trip and I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it was. Located just steps from a white sand beach in the sweetest town of Southhampton, Ontario, my mom and her partner rent a family-friend’s cottage for our whole family each year. This is now our third year in a row, and it’s a tradition that we’ve all grown wildly fond of. It has proven to be the perfect way for us to reconnect as a family.

Though I had prepped a few blog posts to go up while I was in Southhampton (which is always my number one priority), you might have noticed that I stepped back from Instagram while I was gone. It wasn’t intentional, but lately I’ve been feeling the intense pull to only show up when I truly feel like it. When I really have the capacity or something worthwhile to say. I no longer have the desire or the interest to add unnecessary noise or to post for the sake of keeping up with the algorithm (it just doesn’t work for me, personally).

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I’ve been going through a lot mentally, emotionally, and spiritually lately. I’ve had a ton of clarity on topics that I’ve been flip flopping on. And having the time and space to step back and integrate my recent aha moments was really beautiful. [break]

I’ve been going through a lot mentally, emotionally, and spiritually lately. I’ve had a ton of clarity on topics that I’ve been flip flopping on. And having the time and space to step back and integrate my recent aha moments was really beautiful. So if you do follow along over there, I want to thank you. I really appreciate your support as I navigate what these spaces look like for me going forward. I’m going to be making some big changes around here across the board. I’m feeling really aligned with the direction everything is headed.

Additionally, at just over two years old, my daughter is at such a fun age right now and it was beyond special to watch her play with her older cousins in Southhampton all week long. Having a few little people to play hard with all week proved to be so beneficial for her – perhaps making a strong case for a second kid (eek). I’m fully aware that I’m in the thick of my golden years, and I’m feeling as present and peaceful as I can be through it all. I’m so glad I gave myself the gift of checking out (and checking in). For old time’s sake, here’s a little peek at our week, in photos. You can also check out the reel I created right here (I’ve watched it no less than 822 times already). 

ps – this month’s desktop wallpaper feels particularly fitting – it’s bringing me back

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  1. Lily says:

    While I look forward to your posts and carefully read each one (your work is brilliant!) and I do notice when they are not as frequent. . . at the end of the day, nothing is more important than your health and the love of your family. Taking whatever time you need is what helps to make you . . . you. Doing so makes you an excellent role model for all of us.

  2. Lori H says:

    Those little ones running and playing as if nothing else is amiss in this world…lovely!! What great captures! Take time, rest, this world moves at an incredibly fast pace so take your time..enjoy! I so enjoy your posts but am not always able to respond (remember that life pace?) These calming reminders to be in the moment are much needed..thank you:0)

  3. Time away to rest, and recharge and more importantly to be present with your family making memories is so much more important than an instagram/blog post. Happy that you were able to enjoy your holiday and to find some clarity. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Emily says:

    Good for you!! I’ve found recharging is of utmost importance to my physical and mental health. Question…does your mom’s friend rent out the cottage to others such as on air b&b or VRBO? Thank you!

  5. Ramona says:

    Luv all the photos…but my fave is Mama and Bebe on the beach! You are right where you need to be…take gentle care of yourself. 🦋

  6. Teresa D says:

    I am glad you had a chance to recharge. I enjoy your posts tremendously and they feel genuine, they do not need to be often, just original!!
    Your mental health is the utmost important specially when the little one deserves all the love and attention ♥️♥️

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