I recently celebrated my 35th birthday!
I can say with confidence that this past year has been transformational and I'm closer to a place of peace than ever before.
I've deliberately created time and space this year to spend more time with my family and myself. It's not perfect, and there's still much work to be done, but I'm happy with the current tide. Specifically I'm getting 8 hours of sleep on a consistent basis, practicing yoga and meditation for an hour a day, spending more time with Harlem, teaching yoga, and connecting with people. Now I'm focusing on being ever present and experiencing the magic of each day and this beautiful thing called life. I could also use more one-on-one time with my husband, quality time with my friends, progress on my business ambitions, less worry and need to control. Hopefully I have many more years ahead of me to continue to grow.
Here are some photos from my birthday weekend in Half Moon Bay with my family.
I promise we had more fun than this picture of Harlem tells.
We left early Saturday morning and tried to beat the traffic to Lemos Farm. There were miles of backed up cars on the single-lane road to get there and the place was already packed when we arrived close to noon. Without traffic, it's only about an hour away from our home but Half Moon Bay feels like a world away.
Forever my baby but growing so fast.
There was a family-friendly haunted house with non-scary (lights on) and scary options. We did the non-scary version first and then Harlem said he wanted to do the scary one after. Going through the second time was much scarier, but I felt better since I already knew what to expect. I carried Harlem through and he gripped tightly on to my shoulders the entire time, and said when we finished "Let's not do scary again." He's continued to talk about it since, convincing himself that everything was decoration, not real. And that's it's okay to be scared, but sometimes you need to be brave and face your fears.
The farm also offers goat yoga, though not on the day we went. I'm not sure how I feel about this.
Saturday was Harlem's official half-birthday, so it seemed appropriate to cater the day to him.
The real treat for me was being able to stay over-night in Half Moon Bay. The hotels in the area are outlandishly overpriced, but we splurged for the occasion. Our room at the Landis Oceanfront Inn was advertised as ocean-view, but when we arrived, we were shown to a room that had a partial ocean-view from the deck in the corner of the room. You could hear the sounds of the waves through the door, so better than nothing, but I was a little disappointed.
We spent Sunday morning (my actual birthday) at the beach, looking for sand crabs.
The sun was out and the skies were clear.
We had lunch at Sam's Chowder House. It was the perfect meal. Oysters, beer, crab cakes, lobster rolls, clam chowder, calamari, and a chocolate cake.
Then we made the drive back home through San Francisco and took a nap back at home. Russell bought me flowers and Indian take-out for dinner.
Such a blissful day.