Last time I posted, I told you about the mystery writers conference a friend and I attended. While we had a wonderful time, our long weekend away wasn’t over.
We weren’t far from Palm Beach. My friend had wanted us to visit there together, so she made reservations at a lovely hotel called The Chesterfield.
In the short time we had, we visited the Flagler Museum, walked up and down Worth Avenue and made it to the beach at sunset. It was a typically sweltering Florida day, so we made sure to carry plenty of bottled water. It was only two days, but we packed a lot into our visit.
When you can’t take a long vacation, a mini vacay always refreshes the spirit and makes you ready to approach the next obstacle in life. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of scenery to change your mindset. For me, the weekend was some much needed downtime, which, if you have a busy life, you understand how important that is.
It also made me think about priorities. While we didn’t have to take a side trip, the two days were what I needed to gain fresh perspective and get back to writing. Perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to spend a few days away from home, but you’re wavering. The big question is, do we take that trip? Or visit with family? Or go to the beach or a park just to get some fresh air or maybe read a book? Each one of us has to judge how we manage our time and what we put place value on.
For me, I’ve been so busy with deadlines, this little trip reminded me that there is more to life than just sitting at the keyboard. Getting out, talking to people, seeing new sights; it makes a difference on how we view life.
I have to say, instead of rushing home, I’m glad my friend suggested we spend a few more days away after the conference. Now, looking ahead to the next vacation…
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. Family values, a bit of mystery and of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her next Harlequin Heartwarming romance, HIS SMALL TOWN DREAM, available AUGUST 23, 2022. For more information about her books, visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TaraRandelBooks. Sign up for Tara’s Newsletter.