My husband surprised me for our anniversary with a family beach trip to the Outer Banks. It couldn’t have been a more perfect gift. The beach is my happy place. It’s where all my worries melt away and life seems simpler. I don’t know if it’s the salt water, or the sand, the wind or the feel of sun on my face, or all of it combined, but I feel happiest when sitting with my family by the ocean.

The beach was just the reset I needed. My little family means more to me than anything else in this world. It’s a rare and wonderful thing to find someone who loves you faults and all. Who can hate the bad parts of you but see the good in you, someone who chooses forgiveness and love, someone who really is your partner in crime.

I’m thankful beyond measure for these four. IMG_20140825_214846[1]

This has been a very hard year, to say the very least. I made a conscious choice at the beginning of the summer to stop blogging as much. I wanted to listen rather than speak. I didn’t want my emotions and feelings written down for all to read, or even for me to read later. Thoughts and emotions change for any number of reasons and if I’ve learned one thing over the course of 5+ years of blogging it is that sometimes things you write now you may later wish you hadn’t.


My eldest two littles start school tomorrow and it feels like a good day for me to start fresh too. I’m imagining today is the last day of 2014. I’m leaving behind all the junk, all the crappy parts of me and I’m starting over. We get one life, dwelling on the past doesn’t change it, but change will help us in the future to live a life where we don’t fear dwelling on the past.



I hope you all enjoyed your summer – I’m looking forward to a “new year” tomorrow. Run happy my friends.



  1. The beach is also my place. (We stay a bit further down on the Crystal Coast in Emerald Isle.) So I get this, in so many ways.

    Listening is good. But don’t negate sharing your own story; you are important too.

  2. My family loves the beach too, ours is usually cold and windy but when that sun shines it is magical! Take care my friend, blog when you want not because you feel like you have to and keep those special moments in your soul and not on here for all of us to read! Heres to a great school year and fall which for me is that perfect time to run like the wind! XOXO

  3. We are at the Outer Banks right now. LOVE it here! It’s the first time for us and we already plan to come back next year.

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