We just returned from our most wonderful wonderful honeymoon.
Mykonos has some of the most beautiful beaches and clearest water that I have ever seen, and the most interesting old town. It isnt a movie set or set up as a prop or a schtick it is the Old Town, still operating as a bustling place. It is overwhelmed by tourism- but that is just a sign of the times. Aside from focusing on the junk in all of the stores, we waked the winding roads, getting lost, appreciating that there are still gems like this on our planet. And the food is soooo yummy, and wine and beer is cheaper than water...
oh, and I got a ghetto gold Daytona Rolex knock off for 50 Euro... whatever. It was FUN.
Here is a peek of our set up:
Santorini is truly one of my most favorite places in the world. It was total paradise and the only thing I didnt like about it was the one morning that I woke up after three bottles of Santorini's famous Boutari wine. Other than that- Bliss. Capitol B. I want to go back, like yesterday... Being there made me really wish we werent tied down by *jobs* and anxiety and responsibility (*yes, I am aware I do not currently have a job... but the idea of it... the one I am GOING to get... first thing Monday morning).
It is so easy to get caught up in day to day life... TV, gossip magazines, fretting over napkin colors, weight, money, clothes, zits, etc... but every time I travel, and catch the "bug", I really do come back with a much better perspective on life, and what matters. Americans are seen as so uptight and high strung and money obsessed and work obsessed. I would not really describe myself as these things- but in Greece, people were constantly laughing and joking and playfully teasing and talking loud, and over eating, and drinking and kissing children and understanding and appreciating their dependence on one another, and the land, and the sea... it was inspiring. So, I am NOT going to make it a goal to be louder, or kiss Grayson more or eat or drink more (Ithink I do all of those things more than I should already) but... I am going to make a conscious effort to get my priorities a bit more where I would like them.
At this moment in time the things that matters to me most are:
-my new role, as wife. being the best person I can be for myself, him, and everyone we come into contact with.
-my family. and my new family. we are the luckiest people to have them. making them aware every single day of how much I love and appreciate them.
-getting outside of our bubble more often. truly considering what others experience in day to day life. remembering that there is SO much more than crossword puzzles and the hot new restaurant.
-finding my creative outlet again, and again, and again.
-being a good aunt, daughter, sister, friend, and granddaughter.
-making travel a priority. making saving a priority. not for a rainy day- but for sunny days so we can enjoy our super blessed life to the fullest!
-finding a job that makes me feel happy on monday mornings while also helping me to take strain off of my very patient husband.
-keeping in better touch with those that I love.
At this moment in time and in the future I am going to appreciate the things that matter most to me a lot more and keep them at the top of my totem pole.