Coming Off the Vacation High 

Welp, vacation is officially over. It’s back to work tomorrow morning. Back to inside all day, back to meetings, back to waking up early, back to long days. Back to “reality.” I hope that one day my day-to-day “reality” is something that I’m excited about and feel good about myself doing, but for now, I’m sure you can feel my level of excitement through my words– not thrilled. 

I did, however, do a good job concentrating on the days and moments I had while I was having them. Sometimes on vacations in the past, I’ve spent too much time thinking about how much time I have left or how much work I’ll have when I’m back but if thoughts like that entered my mind, I tried to bring my thoughts to what was going on right now instead of focusing on days ahead. It makes a difference.

So now, as I have begun to stress out about the week ahead and am beginning to feel like I’m drowning in negative thoughts, it’s time for me to remember what an amazing 10 days I’ve had. 

Days full of kayaking with my love.

Lobster, fried clams, clam chowder and more lobster.    

Days starting with Mary Lou’s Coffee every morning. 

Fishing off the dock.    

 Playtime with my favorite puppy    

Playtime with my beautiful, crazy, hilarious, sass monster of a niece.    

Swimming in the amazing ocean.    

Relaxing and taking in the gorgeous scenery around us. 

And overall, just enjoying moments with my wonderful family. 

It ended today with a day celebrating our little Princess Elle, who turns 4 this Wednesday. 

What a lucky lady I am. So many memories made this past week with the people that matter most to me. Blessed would be an understatement.




8 thoughts on “Coming Off the Vacation High 

  1. I am so happy to see that you & your wonderful family had time together to have fun & relax! I have Cape Cod on my bucket list – it seems so beautiful! I wish you/we would win the lottery & we could buy a couple of beach pads & live happily ever after…….. 🙂 It sounds funny but the “after vacation letdown” seems to be a common phenomenon. We put so much effort into the planning & preparing all year long for one week of bliss, that naturally, everything pales into comparison upon returning home. My 2 daughters just experienced the same thing after a beautiful 2 weeks @ Lake Winnesquam & the other, a stellar honeymoon in Cancun! They are coming off the “high” as they get themselves back into the dayto day norm. I too think each day of my summer break that the clock is ticking & each day I count the days left……. While I still work each day, it is with my elderly friends so I don’t have the level of stress I do workingat school, planning, preparing, & being “on” non stop from 7:30-2:30. (I do love my job, but it is all consuming). So, I will take your advice & try not to think about the future, & embrace the present. Thank you for the reminder. Best wishes in the transition. (Perhaps planning a future weekend getaway might help?) xo

    • Funny you should say that, mike and I have decided that we’re going to try to go to Italy next summer when I’m finished treatment as a celebration. So last week, I began the planning process of that which got me SO excited! 🙂

  2. Awesome pics, Jess! Looks like you and Mike had a blast. Vacation let down is a terrible phenomenon but keep the positive thoughts flowing! PS: Look quickly at the picture of Mike holding the fish – I really thought he got an entire chest tat of a giant fish for a second!

  3. You are, indeed, blessed to be able to spend your life with such amazing people. But, we are blessed to be the recipients of your optimism. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with others. You are a constant source of encouragement; I continue to cheer you on.

  4. Hi Jess. What great pictures of your vacay! It certainly looks like a good time was had by all! So happy that you had that special time together. 😎 We are still in Montana. Slooowly moving our way east. Very very slowly lol. We spent over a month in Glacier NP and fell in love with Montana. So much that we will be summering here. Kayaked the beautiful lakes there almost daily. Hopefully we will see you soon. I’ll be in touch. ❤️ Aunt Cathy

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