I should blog about the conference, but…

May 26, 2011 at 7:34 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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Ok, so I know I promised to report back about the conference I went to last week, but unfortunately it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be.  There was a great line up of speakers but the attendance was very low which decreased the networking opportunities significantly.  But rather than harp on what the conference wasn’t, I decided to take the opportunity to enjoy Miami.  I was there with my best friend and fellow blogger Dezolutions, and we both were really in need of a vacation anyways, so what better timing did we have?

We both fell in love with Miami.  It was beautiful and fun and really gave us the impression that anything goes when it comes to South Beach.  It really did seem like a judgement-free zone.  And beyond the palm trees, the sand, the shopping, the food, and the night life,  I found real relaxation in the ocean.

The ocean is my new happy place.  It’s so blue and warm, and the waves are huge.  I spent a significant amount of time just floating in it, happy enough to let it take me away.  All of my stress just melted away and nothing else mattered.  I was weightless and therefore so were my worries.

I love New York, don’t get me wrong, but the ocean up here sucks.  Every summer my friends and I say we need to go to the beach more, but we never follow through, and I think I now know why.  The return on investment is not big enough.  For us to go to a “good” beach, we need to wake up early on the weekend, pack up a cooler and then drive for 45 minutes. From there, we need to pay to park and then lug all of our junk onto the beach.  Then, you stare at gray, cold water and low waves.  Nothing relaxing about that!

And now I am going to crave that water down south. I’m going to dream about it, especially when I am stressed like I am this week at work.  And once my tan fades away, I’m going to need to find a way to bring myself back to that worry-free zone.  Somehow, one way or another, I will reunite with an ocean as beautiful as South Beach again soon.  At this point, it’s going to be hard to settle for less.

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  1. I know the feeling! I was in Sarasota a few weeks ago, and yes, I’d always thought of Florida as a) full of giant bugs and strip malls, b) too humid to sustain human life at a reasonable standard, and c) the place where New Yorkers go to die. In some respects, these impressions are justified. And yet I had the most relaxing time – beautiful beaches, a slower pace of life, warm sun, and all of this right outside your door. I love living in DC but when I was there I didn’t want to come back!

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