We just got back from our annual July 4th week at the beach. It was different this year. Friends and people that we are used to seeing weren’t there. The beach wasn’t as crowded as it usually is. Repairs are still underway from Hurricane Florence last September. Over half of the condos in our complex are still uninhabitable but they’re slowly coming along. We are one of the lucky ones that had minor damage but it has still taken over 9 months to get to this point.
It was different this year. For the first time in 13 years I wasn’t trying to get a menu up. I wasn’t worried about what was happening at the store. I wasn’t answering emails or returning phone calls to customers and suppliers. I wasn’t placing orders for products. I wasn’t reading magazines and cookbooks looking for some recipe inspiration. I wasn’t posting on Facebook or Instagram.
It was different this year. I was truly on vacation and all I had to do was hang out with my family and friends. It was amazing! I slept late, sat on the beach, floated in the pool, spent lots of time with my family, read two books and had one of the most relaxing weeks I’ve had in a long time.
Now my vacation is over and it’s time to start thinking about my future. I woke up early this morning but for the first time in 13 years I don’t have anywhere I need to be. Today is a new beginning for me and I’m not sure where to start. For the first time in over 20 years I have to start thinking about a resume and interviews and finding a job. I’m feeling scared but at the same time I feel some excitement. It’s a new beginning and a new opportunity. So I started my day with some advice from the book Unafraid by Adam Hamilton that my small group is currently studying. I prayed and talked to God about my fears about this new chapter in my life and surrendered them to him.
Now I’m going to start working on my resume and do a weekly meal plan so I can go to the grocery store later!