We’re home! After a week in Cabo San Lucas, I feel refreshed, rested, am more tan, and am reminded of the value and importance of family. While the tan feels great to this California girl and the time by the ocean was incredible, it’s the time spent with my family and Mikey – all of us together, that I will definitely remember and treasure most. Are you ready for a photo-heavy post? Because I’ve got lots of memories-in-pictures to share and a video at the end…
And scattered throughout the post, a few thoughts from a vacation away…
#1. I am so thankful for my family.
I loved laughing with them, getting picked on by my younger brother (what brothers do best! hehe), having some good talks all together, playing in the pool together, and exploring Cabo as a family. It was really great to reconnect with my brother as well, whom I really haven’t been around since I left after high school for university. We’ve both lived a lot of life since then, and getting little opportunities to be together is awesome. He is so kind, generous, makes weird noises, and loves short shorts – things I love about my brother. 😉
It was so good to be with them again; seeing each other once or twice a year at best simply isn’t enough! I appreciate my family’s love, encouragement, intentionality, and humor, and spending that time with Mikey AND them was a gift – it always is! Plus, they’re pretty good at making friends. Check out our newest friend from the resort:
…that was fun. 🙂
#2. The resort lifestyle would get old, but it’s good for a time.
…there really are only so many slushy drinks you can drink, comfortable robes you can wear, pools you can lounge in, and cigars you can smoke. 😉
But seriously – it’s good for a time but we’ll probably be okay without a resort holiday for a while – next up, either some low key just together or a traveling, exploration-type of trip!
#3. Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area is HARSH…I love the landscape (the dry, high desert atmosphere is hauntingly beautiful to me) but it limits the natural activities you can do – there was no way we could hike through the shrubs and it was simply too hot to go for a run or workout.
#4. Speaking of workouts, I discovered that sometimes it’s great to NOT work out while on vacation (contrary to what I said in this post here!). 😉 My body needed a break. I know so because I didn’t even feel the slightest inclination to do an intentional squat, push up, or tabata workout. Instead, I relaxed. Slept in, lay by the pool, took in crashing ocean views, swam in the waves…it was perfect. Since I didn’t even want to move (which is very unusual for me; rest days are typically hard for me to take!), I decided to really listen to my body and NOT move unless I felt like it. I feel like my body’s reset some, and I’m ready to get back into a routine with clean eating, good workouts, and more structure.
#5. Having a car is great while on vacation. Not only was the shuttle at our place expensive ($10 USD round trip to get to town and back), but having our own car allowed us more freedom to explore. One of my favorite days on this trip was driving up the coast to Todos Santos with a surfing stop at Los Cerritos and then driving back with the sun setting behind us. Beautiful! And the chance to see something different…loved this time!
We also had fun exploring the Art Walk in historic San Jose del Cabo, where every Thursday night the art galleries stay open late, offering passerby’s red wine and different types of tequila (I tried pomegranate tequila – yum!). My mom, Mikey and I went and had a blast as we browsed lots of beautiful local art and shops together, finishing the night off with some gelato! Glad we had our “Mexican Ferrari,” as the valet guys put it, for the chance to get out!
Go, little Nissan, go! We loved that our car wasn’t flashy or fancy (AND super good on gas!) – it was a great ice breaker with the locals and a point of connection (“That’s a nice machine right there, amigos!”).
Some things I learned on this trip:
- Family is family. What I mean is this: my brother will always get on my nerves (sorry, Tay – I know I get on your nerves as your sister too!); my mom will never want me to sit on the 3rd floor bannister and will suck in a nervous breath of air when I climb down rocks on cliffs barefooted; my dad will continue to be put off by the myriads of people trying to sell the same thing on the beach and try his hardest to not get sand in his shoes while walking on the beach. By the same token, I will continue to “mother” my brother (oldest child syndrome I’m trying to overcome), be too-easy a target for jokes with my quick reaction time and lack of sarcasm, apologize too many times and sing off-key. BUT…my brother won’t fail to show me his growth, generosity, and kind ways; my mom will always be up early with a smile and pot of coffee ready, looking out at the waves for hours before anyone else rises; and my dad will always look out for our family and have a pen handy to take notes as he studies the Bible. I LOVE my family and am so grateful for every moment we have together!
- Time to rest is so important. Like I mentioned earlier, I have never been so relaxed about exercise and movement in general on a trip away before! I know that means my body needed it and I was glad to listen to it and let go of my image as a personal trainer and need to constantly move. Physically the rest was so needed, as well as taking the time to rest from work. My mom and dad work so, so hard and Mikey has been absolutely swamped at work recently, so I was thankful for the rest for them. I realized the rest was good for me too – although I was often up with my mom in the mornings, it wasn’t early and I rarely stayed up late. I popped online once or twice to read a few blogs and see if there were any urgent emails but didn’t respond or comment (much) and instead enjoyed the break!
- God is writing an amazing story for all of our lives and although it means living in different countries, I want to be faithful to the life God has called me to live. I am so glad to be doing that with Mikey, my partner and friend, my husband who takes care of me and loves me. I am thankful for my parents who raised me to rely on Christ for everything I need and my brother for being bold to live out his dreams in his own story.