Did you miss me around here? I know I have been a little MIA lately, so please accept my apologies for the sparse posting schedule last week. I can assure you that the lack of posts haven’t been out of neglect, but to be candid, I really haven’t done anything exciting in the last week that has been worth sharing—unless you find packing and cleaning a house fascinating. And if you do, please call me. I could always use a helper!
Now that we’ve gotten the apology and explanation out of the way, I thought I would share about a quick solo excursion that I went on over the weekend. Since I’m an only child, you’d think I would be good at alone time. Well, for the most part, I am. I am fairly adept at entertaining myself, but have gotten used to having company for many summer activities that I love—beaching, brunching, and paddle boarding, mainly.
But what’s a girl to do when one of those activities is planned and there is no one available to go with you? Why, you go alone. I’m good with that…I think? Yes, I am. But what I needed work on was the whole being alone thing with no activity planned—à la, my most recent trip to Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend.
I always enjoy my time at the wildlife refuge. Target Rock offers a beautiful hiking trail through nature that concludes with a scenic beach. For me, it is the best of both worlds. So, when I ventured out to Target Rock sans book, buddy, or another person in sight, I initially struggled with the whole game plan. I enjoyed the quiet nature hike, took a long stroll on the beach, and then found myself suddenly isolated and bored. Had I become so accustomed to company that I could no longer amuse myself?
It got hot down on the beach and my legs were getting tired from walking over the rocky terrain. But I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel (no pun intended, since I was actually holding a towel). So I did the next best thing—I found a sitting area nestled under the trees and I just sat there. I didn’t look at my phone…didn’t text anyone…I just sat there in silence. I watched all of the boats pass each other in the water in front of me. I heard chipmunks rustling in the trail behind me. But I didn’t see another soul for the entire time that I sat there.
Eventually, I glanced at my phone to check the time. Two whole hours had passed since I found that respite. My legs felt limp from sitting for so long, but it was the most peaceful two hours I’ve had in weeks. I was completely isolated and removed from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. There were no interferences—emails, texts, or social media. I was just enjoying nature and truly relaxing for the first time in a very long time.
Kathrine Eldridge says
I love watching your excursion on Insta Stories! This place look so relaxing. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics.
Vanessa Steil says
Thanks, Kathrine! It’s definitely one of my favorite places to relax.
Love this. It’s so important to have alone time, I believe.
Vanessa Steil says
I completely agree, Stephanie!