Hi friends! I'm alive! I can't believe it's almost been a month since I posted here last. Time is seriously flying. I wish I knew of a way to slow it down, but that's just the way it goes sometimes, especially in the summer. On one hand, it's been nice to sort of take a break, but on the other hand, I'm not really sure what I've done with my time other than be "busy", so it hasn't felt like a break. At all. We've had a lot of things happening - weddings, shows, days off, trips, but I haven't really been productive. I think right now I'm just trying to keep my head above water, and pump the brakes as much as I can, but it's SO hard. I'm going to try and slow down a bit though, and be more intentional, especially with posting here! Summer is one of my favorite times to blog, we have daylight until 9:30pm, and so many fun plans to blog about. I think I just need to let go of the idea of "perfection" for each post, and instead just carry around our camera more and snap photos without that pressure. Perfect or not. So that's what we have here today... a totally imperfect post with all iPhone snaps, but hey, I'm here!
So I had all last week off... which was good, and bad in some ways. The weekend started off amazing with a wedding, then we headed to Torch Lake to go camping for the weekend, and when we got home, with no plans, and no work, I just felt so BLAH. I literally napped for hours a day, didn't do anything productive at home, and just fell into a weird, sad funk. Thankfully on the last Saturday of our week off, we decided to head to Ludington and it turned out to be the best day ever. I seriously love day trips, with corny adventures, a trip to a lighthouse, delicious food and drinks, and amazing weather and company. This day seriously saved my entire week off.
Thankfully Ludington is really close (only 1.5 hours from Grand Rapids) but it really feels like you're "away". I love it there! I've always always wanted to visit the White Pine Village, so we headed there first. It was fun to just walk around and explore the historic village! 25 buildings have been gathered on 23 acres to create a museum that preserves the history of the county. It first opened in 1976. The courthouse stands very close to where it was originally built, but other buildings were moved here, like the town hall, farm houses, cabins, the firehouse, the doctor's office, the one-room school house, you name it. It's really neat to check out if you're ever in the area.
After exploring the village, we headed downtown to take a walk down the pier to the north breakwater lighthouse. We've been here before (with better photos!) but this time, we were able to climb to the top of the lighthouse, which I loved! So I was excited to do that. After exploring that lighthouse, we headed downtown, checked out The Mitten Bar for a couple of beers/wine, and then went to dinner at Jamesport Brewing. The drinks were delicious, we had the spinach and artichoke dip for an appetizer, and split the four-cheese pasta, which was SO yummy.
After dinner, we headed to the state park to walk down to Big Sable Lighthouse. This was our second time here, but I wanted to come back, because... well, I love this lighthouse. But we had a boardwalk installed with our name engraved on it! So we had to come see it. This lighthouse is the first lighthouse Eric ever took me to five years ago, so it holds a pretty special place in my heart. I really hope this boardwalk is still here someday when we're old. I also just love how you have to walk 1.5 miles down the shoreline to get there. It's just a special experience. Also, if you haven't already seen on Instagram, we got a drone! I've always loved people's pictures on Instagram from their travels using a drone, so I'm really excited. Lighthouses are going to be especially amazing to see from up above.
So after flying the drone, snapping some photos, and waiting until sunset, we headed on our 1.5 mile journey back to our car... and I honestly have to say it was maybe one of my favorite moments of my life. I know that sounds silly, but the colors of the sky (so many blues), mixed with the orange and reds of the sunset, the warmth of Lake Michigan, taking a long walk with your feet in the sand, spending time with the person you love most, I mean... that is my personal heaven. I just loved every second of that walk back, and never wanted it to end.
So, that was our day in Ludington! Pure love! Seriously made up for the entire kind of crummy week I had, so that was definitely needed. Now I'm back to work and the daily grind! I realize though that I sort of love the "daily grind". I really thrive off routine, and plans, and feeling in control. I haven't been feeling super great lately (headaches/weird dizziness) and it's crazy how much that makes you feel out of control, along with the hot/sweaty temps, and having too many plans, yet no motivation at all, and it just puts me into an anxiety-filled whirlwind of blah, if that makes any sort of sense at all. So I'm glad to be getting back to normal. Plus, I have some amazing blog opportunities coming up, so I really have to get my butt in gear around here! Thanks for sticking around, as always. xo