Snapshots of a Cottage Life – Part Three

I started to feel anxious and a bit cranky yesterday afternoon. At first I thought that it was because I’d stayed-up much too late the night before visiting with some friends, but as I puttered around the cottage getting our things all packed-up I realized that it was because I wasn’t ready for our vacation to come to an end. I wasn’t quite ready to come back to the realities of our messy home, of the side-jobs, of the business of getting everything ready and sorted for a new school year and then a new baby. I wanted more time to rest and relax and breathe.

Victoria Beach was good to us. I needed time to let-go and enjoy life. James needed time to just not be needed. We both needed time to sit and cuddle and smile at each other. The kids needed time to just run a muck and be kids. We all needed time to step-back from our chaotic year and be reminded of all the reasons why we love each other. We needed time as a family to unwind and just slow-down.

James and I always said that we would never own a cottage, we’re more of the camping folk. Well, the more time we spend up at Victoria Beach and Bird River the more I see the benefit of having that accessible retreat. I understand why people are drawn to that way of life. I think that, on many levels, it’s what I’ve been missing this past year. I haven’t taken time to retreat from the constant onslaught of what life has thrown at us. This past week has been a bit of a wake-up call for me, I need to take that time to have a re-charge. Having lazy mornings by the fire, going for bike rides to the bakery, playing in the sand at the beach, letting the kids stay up too late splashing in the water as the sun comes down…it was all. so. good.

(Snapshots of a Cottage Life: Part OnePart Two)

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2 responses to “Snapshots of a Cottage Life – Part Three

  1. Mom

    I think I need some of that! I have not taken time for me and I think one should every now and then. Perhaps I should rent a cottage one day.

  2. I’m glad you all could get away for a retreat. You’re right, that is so important to do.

    Speaking for myself, I know part of my avoidance of retreats and relaxation in general is that it’s hard to give myself permission to relax when there are things to be done. I think, “After my checklist is done, then I’ll take a break.” Of course, that day never comes. I’m learning to make self-care more of a routine, just like chores and work and everything else), and less of a once-in-a-while thing.

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