My three week long winter break was positively delicious. Between spending time with friends, baking Christmas cookies, the Nutcracker in San Francisco, Disneyland, a spa day and a quick trip to the Bahamas, I savored EVERY moment of my long, luxurious vacation. After working in the “real world” for a couple of years I find winter break so much more satisfying. In high school and undergrad winter break was just part of life, but a couple of years in the working world and I realized how positively lovely a winter vacation really is. After a quick trip to the Abacos islands in the Bahamas, I had a full day of travel (more than 18 hours from door to door) on Sunday which gave me plenty of time to reflect on my break and 2018 moving forward.
I cozied up in the Miami airport with a latte and my property textbook and realized I wasn’t dreading the end of break. Of course I wished I could have just one more day to unpack my suitcases, do a couple loads of laundry and grocery shop for the week…but I didn’t have a pit in the bottom of my stomach begging me not to return. Surprisingly, I was actually kind of excited. I was excited to get back to school, excited to see my friends and classmates I hadn’t talked to over break, I was excited to sleep in my own bed, and to fall back into my routine. Since I am headed to Los Angeles this upcoming weekend I don’t have too much time at home to get settled and organized, which makes my thirst for structure and routine that much stronger.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE vacation. I am so grateful for the time spent with family in California and the Abacos islands, but it was a gentle reminder of how much I love my life here in Seattle. I am really happy with where I am at, which hasn’t always been the case.
Life ebbs and flows. There will be days in the future I dread going to school and work in my future career. I know I’ll find myself staring out at the Seattle rain and wishing to be somewhere else! I’m certainly not pretending everything is sunshine and rainbows every moment of every day, but day to day I am happy. I like the life I am living and that means something.
Partially by choice, partially by privilege and partially by happenstance, I have created a life I’m happy to return to. I like my law books, the baristas at my local coffee shop, my fuzzy soft blankets and my bestie-boyfriend that I get to have a sleepover with every single night. There are challenges but I am so happy.
Moving forward this year (and beyond) I want to remember this feeling. I know come April I’ll be in over my head with new legal concepts, I’ll be tired of long gray days and I’ll miss my friends. I want to remember how good it felt to fall back into my routine, the freshness of a new semester and I want to fully appreciate the life I lead.
If you’re in a place where you dread the end of vacation or Monday morning like the plague, I’ve been there too! I hope this year you have the power to tweak and adjust aspects of your life (little or big) to ultimately create a life you’re happy to return to. Enjoy the rest of this week, xo!