This past weekend I found myself in Seattle, I had been there several times for work, this was my first trip there on vacation. If you have never been to the Pacific Northwest, I suggest you try to make it there if you can, beautiful, lush, green scenery, friendly people, great restaurants, you really cannot go wrong.
I was there with a pretty big group, we had a full weekend of activities planned out and we made sure we really took in as much as we could. I am getting older, and now as a new parent I quickly found that I had a hard time keeping up with my younger and mostly single counterparts. The weekend was one big party, but I made it a point to give myself some quiet time here and there as I was on sensory overload all weekend long. During a ferry ride, I rode out on the sundeck alone enjoying the picturesque views, during a walking tour I went to the waters edge and soaked in the skyline. I was never truly alone, and there was noise all around, but making the decision to ‘tune-out’, even if for only a minute, really helped calm me in what was otherwise a really hectic weekend.
I don’t think I had ever purposely done this before in the past, but I am going to make it a point to do this going forward.