I recently had the opportunity to go to San Diego, CA for the first time and I fell in love. I can’t believe that after living in California for almost five years, I still had never been. I drove down on a Friday afternoon and after sitting in traffic for two and a half hours I was already pretty upset with how this trip was turning out. The night before I fell asleep without packing or doing my hair. I woke up late and was already frazzled. I wanted to get on the road early enough to see the sunrise as I drove along the coast and it was already noon by the time I managed to get down my driveway. I got in the car, put my driving playlist on the speakers, popped on my biggest shades and tried to make the best of it – after all, I couldn’t turn back time. As I made my way on the 5 highway, no amount of good music could get me out of my funk. I was starting to get frustrated with the amount of traffic but something was telling me to just stay positive. I had planned to do some early morning touristy things and go to the beach but I like to think everything happens for a reason, so I decided that I should try to relax. With that mindset, I was able to enjoy the drive instead of rushing to get to SD. In about an hour’s time, I finally reached my hotel, just in time for check-in. I grabbed something quick to eat from the hotel and laid down for a nap. When I woke up, I decided to make the most of my late afternoon/early evening. I fixed my hair, put on some makeup and got dressed. I drove down to one of San Diego’s beautiful beaches, kicked my feet up, and enjoyed some much-needed alone time. And what initially was supposed to be an hour-long walk, turned into me sitting on the beach for a few more hours and watching the sun set.
When I made the decision back in my hotel to enjoy my evening, I truly changed the course of my day. I could’ve allowed myself to stay worked up but instead I chose to be thankful. Thankful that I arrived in one piece, thankful that I was healthy and safe, and thankful that I was able to experience something as beautiful as watching the sunset with my toes in the sand. It allowed me to have serious talk with my self about my perception of situations when things don’t go as planned. And I was able to make the decision to change how I approach things that take place in my life. Needless to say, the remainder of my weekend getaway was amazing. From the food, to the scenery, to the shopping. I spent the rest of my weekend enjoying my freedom with a big smile on my face.