Beach bliss

As I stood facing the ocean watching the waves crash before me, I closed my eyes and tilted my head toward the sun.

The sun kissed my skin, the waves lapped at my feet, and I allowed myself for the first time in a long while to open up my chest and breathe.

For a moment, all I was focused on was my breathing and the soothing motion of the waves. I breathed in and out begging the fresh sea air to heal me, to calm me and relax me.

I felt the calmest I’ve been in months and did everything I could to savour the moment and capture every intricate detail about it, so I could lock it away and retrieve it when I feel like life is closing in on me.

The past months have been hectic to say the least with me taking on an extra day of work, doing a freelance writing course and starting up a new Jamberry nail wraps business. Not to mention, I’ve had a host of pretty uncomfortable side effects from the HRT medication I’m taking.

Dave has had his fair share of hard work and stress this year too, so when I finally convinced him to take some time out, I knew I had to go back to my roots and organise a family holiday at the beach.

Last week, Dave, the kids, and I spent a glorious week away at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

Our days pretty much consisted of a beach, eat, pool, eat, beach, eat, drink, eat combo. Talk about heaven.

It was so good to have that time together to reconnect and enjoy each other and not have to rush anywhere. We threw routine out the window and indulged in the simple things in life.

The girls had an absolute ball and loved sharing a room together for the first time, although I think there was a lot more chatting than sleeping going on. It filled my heart to see them playing so well together and having a crack at doing new things and trying new foods. This holiday served as a good reminder to me that there’s nothing more important in life than the beautiful little family I’ve been blessed with.

Of course a week away is never enough, but I hope this time out has given us enough fuel to make it to the finish line at the end of the year in one piece. Fingers crossed!

currumbin collage

When was the last time you had some decent time out? Do you feel like you’re battling through to the end of the year?

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

55 comments on Beach bliss

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    October 13, 2015 at 6:02 am (2 years ago)

    Battling thru something, just not entirely sure what…..that looks lovely. There’s nothing like escaping to catch your breath.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope you get a chance to escape some time soon too, Lydia.

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  2. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    October 13, 2015 at 6:12 am (2 years ago)

    The last time we went away alone together was our honeymoon 5 years ago! We don’t really have anyone to mind our kids for more than a few hours so I’m very jealous but glad to hear you got your recharge 🙂

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

      The kids came with us, Amy. It would be lovely to have some time out together though. I hope you get to have some kid-free time soon.

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  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    October 13, 2015 at 6:29 am (2 years ago)

    Feeling the envy. We haven’t been away on a holiday for eons. Last time it was QLD and when I look at those pics, my eldest kids are tiny. Sadly, it’s been too long to recall. Looks like you had a great time!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope you get to have some time out soon, Jody 🙂

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  4. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    October 13, 2015 at 7:05 am (2 years ago)

    Looks like it was just what the doctor ordered – we had a break like that at the start of the year, and although we’ve wanted and needed to do a repeat performance, time has just slipped away. We did manage a weekend though, although sometimes just a change of pace and scenery even for a day, can make the world of difference. Be kind to yourself and pump up the jam!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks lovely! I hope you get a chance to have some well deserved rest soon xx

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  5. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    October 13, 2015 at 7:14 am (2 years ago)

    We have had little time out lately and my problem is I keep on taking on more so I can grow my business… It is a bad cycle

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

      I know what that’s like, Natalie. Good luck with it all!

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  6. Mumma McD
    October 13, 2015 at 7:24 am (2 years ago)

    Oh I love Currumbin! We were there earlier this year :). Sounds like you had a much needed break, I hope you can carry that holiday feeling around with you for a while :).

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Mumma McD. It’s a gorgeous part of the world!

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  7. Kathy
    October 13, 2015 at 7:27 am (2 years ago)

    So glad you gave yourselves that break Renee and that you feel renewed. I didn’t realise you’d taken on an extra day at work. I’ve posted before about our annual extended family holiday – a week in Brunswick Heads in the last week of November – 5 and a half weeks to go – and I am counting.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh my Gosh! That will be heaven. Bring that holiday on!

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  8. Erin@TheMumsGroup
    October 13, 2015 at 7:52 am (2 years ago)

    Beautifully written as always! Sounds like you had a wonderful and well deserved break! And how cute are those sleepy chats between the kids?! Love them!

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  9. Dannielle
    October 13, 2015 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    Ahhh Renee I hear you lovely lady, I had a very similar moment at the beach just last week, life has thrown us a few unexpected curve balls this year, nothing we can’t manage but these curveballs have made me rethink the path I’m on and what’s right for me and my little family. So glad you got to have a lovely break away, there is nothing more important than the sweet little family we have been blessed with, couldn’t agree with you more!
    Have a gorgeous week xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks lovely. Yes, sometimes we do need to rethink what we’re doing. What worked at one stage, may not continue to work. I hope the rest of the year flies past for you and you can have some well deserved time out at the end of it xx

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  10. Rebecca Senyard
    October 13, 2015 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that you had a great week away Renee. You have had a lot going on this year. We are away this week and just being out in the sunshine with the girls has been delightful! I don’t want it to end! X

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  11. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    October 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I felt exactly the same on our week at the beach. I soaked it all in. I didn’t take too many photographs or post on Facebook or Instagram, but instead really paid attention to concentrate and engage in each moment. It was absolute bliss. Glad you had a wonderful time too hun x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, that’s so important to do, Jodi. Important to live the moment rather and enjoy it yourself rather than share it with the world.

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  12. Josefa @always Josefa
    October 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Your getaway looks like exactly what I need right now 😉 So glad you had a moment to relax, sink your feet into the sand and let that salty air fill you – we move through life with such speed and anxiousness these days we forget to keep ourselves grounded which makes moments like the one you and your family just shared ever more important xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

      It sure does, Josefa. It’s so hard to stay grounded, but I’ll try x I hope you get your break soon 🙂

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  13. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    October 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm (2 years ago)

    We had a couple of nights away just two weeks ago, however it already feels like months ago. We have booked a week on the sunshine coast in January with the kids, our first family holiday, where everyone comes, in 4 years 🙂 I am really looking forward to it! So glad you got to spend some lovely time away with the family. xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh that sounds amazing, Nicole. I bet you can not wait!!

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  14. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    October 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

    We are holiday beach twins!
    Yes, definitely needed to breathe.
    Got the nail wraps in the mail BTW! Tahlia can’t wear them at school but we’ll have a play with them on the weekend 🙂 Will keep you posted!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh what a bummer about school! I didn’t think of that. I hope she has fun on the weekend 🙂

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  15. Hugzilla
    October 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Yep, we were up there just before you and as much as I whinged about the kids (LOL) it was so nice not having any plans and being able to bounce between beaches, parks and the pool. I really needed it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Sounds perfect!!! If only we could do it more often and not have to run ourselves into the ground before doing it!

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  16. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    October 13, 2015 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

    It seems like everyone is on a countdown to the end of the year, it has been a big year for most of us. Glad you got some time out.

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  17. EssentiallyJess
    October 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I love being able to take a break from routine. I’m hoping we will get away over Christmas, even if it’s just a few days camping. Glad you had a good break. xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jess. A few days away sounds great. I hope you can make it happen.

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  18. Zoe @ Adventures In Domesticity
    October 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

    We had two beach days this weekend – albeit with (occasionally whiney) kids in tow. During winter, you really forget just how relaxing it is to lie with the sun on your skin listening to the waves crash. The beach rocks!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh I know! I absolutely love it – whiny kids and all 🙂

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  19. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    October 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

    The last time we went away together was to my sister’s place in Wagga for Easter and it was a nightmare. Zee was really sick and either throwing up or screaming the whole time, it was not what you would call relaxing! I don’t think we’ll get a chance to get away together again before the end of the year, but I’m really hoping we have the time (and money) to go up the coast for a few days to our favourite spot that we’ve visited for the last 4 years. This is the first year we’ve missed going and I’ve really felt it!

    I’m so glad you have a chance to get away and relax, you’ve been working so hard, and it’s clearly paying off, and this is just the kind of reward you need x
    #teamIBOT

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww you’re so sweet. Thank you. Now that sounds like an absolute holiday nightmare! You poor thing. I hope you get to make it to the coast later this year x

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  20. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    October 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

    My only time out since I had bub was problogger. We definitely need some time out although I’m not sure if she’s old enough to co-operate on a proper holiday yet. I have this fantasy in my head that we could have a holiday at home for a week where we just plan a few days trips like the beach, underwater world, play centres etc and eat take out all week so we don’t worry too much about home stuff and just enjoy being together. Hopefully we can make it happen at some point.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

      That sounds good, Toni. I hope you can make it happen too!

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  21. Zanni Louise
    October 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds beautiful and well deserved my dear. Hope it lasts! xx

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  22. Andrea Phillips
    October 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like bliss, so glad you had such a lovely time xxxx

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  23. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    October 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I saw some of your pics on social media while you were away, looks like you had a great time! Hope the holiday feeling lasts for you xxx

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  24. Vanessa
    October 13, 2015 at 7:23 pm (2 years ago)

    What makes a holiday for me is wandering places. Not driving, not rushing, just wandering. And it has been too long already!

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  25. Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
    October 13, 2015 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Bliss! Looks like you had a lovely time! 🙂 So excited about your Jamberry adventure!

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  26. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    October 14, 2015 at 6:27 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad you got to get away Renee. It’s so important to reconnect with one another and have some time to do the simple things. I don’t recall the last time I got away and was able to breath it all out and reboot! I suspect I might have to wait a bit longer too to get my turn 🙂

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, I suspect that too. I hope it’s sooner than expected though, lovely x

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