As July rolls in August, I begin to feel many different emotions. August to me is that bitter sweet month-it's still summer, yet I know fall is right around the corner. Literally. And for me, fall means back to school and the reality of adhering to schedules, deadlines, and meetings. Most importantly, spending my days building literacy with adolescents who are teetering on that fine line between childhood and adulthood. Embracing the last month of my summer vacation, I prepare for 2 weeks at the beach with my family as well as enjoy lots of time for myself.
Family traditions are important to me and this is one of those traditions that I anticipate all year long.
My family and I get together every August at the jersey shore and it is here, where we truly are the most realist versions of ourselves and really relax. We all work so hard throughout the year with our demanding jobs of running our own companies, teaching, nursing, real estate, first responders, and an artist, that we get to recharge our batteries and have fun.
As we enjoy our vacation, we not only spend time on the beach, we also spend time at the dinner table or on the deck, reflecting over the past year. Sharing memories and laughs from the previous summer, catching up on what we have been up to and creating new memories truly makes this an amazing vacation. Especially the laughs we have on game nights.
Now, I, like many of you hate packing and tend to overpack. (What fashionista doesn't?!) This usually leads to oversized luggage that I have to sit on to close. However, over the years, I have learned a thing or two, so I decided to share some of my tips with you.
- Make a List - you need to think of what you will need. You don't want to forget something important!
- Pack Lightly - plan your outfits. You only need a few statement pieces and the rest you can mix and match.
- Roll, Don't Fold - I actually learned this tip from my cousin (he travels the globe so he knows what he's talking about!) You can squeeze a lot in your bag and have room to zip.
- Organized Packing - Invest in packing "cubes." These have literally saved my life!! I have so many different sizes and colors (OCD, I know) but I can pack certain things in each and know where they are in my luggage. Or I can pack certain outfits into the cubes, that way I don't have to go digging through my suitcase for that leopard tank, white skinny jeans, jean jacket etc.
At the end of my vacation, I pack up all of my clothes, shoes, bathing suits, and memories and stroll out of our beach house.
I say goodbye to my family, goodbye to the beach, goodbye to August, and goodbye to summer as I say hello to my students and roll into September.