I’m a Finish Line Kinda Girl

Maybe the reason I pride myself on being a runner

is because I live for the finish line.

There’s nothing like the feeling of a crapton of hard work

paying off at the finish line of a race.

That feeling of ahhhhhhhh it’s finally here!

A blessed reward that is greatly deserved.

It makes it all worth it.

Like I said, I’m a finish line kinda girl.

I need something to look forward to,

something to dream about when life gets a little nuts.

For example,

this girl is trying to plan a wedding,

prep her kiddos for the state test that is quickly approaching,

keep the apartment clean, buy groceries, eat healthy,

try to ease back into a workout routine,

yada yada yada.

The list goes on!

Needless to say, my head has been full.

Almost on overload.

And it’s annoyingly accompanied by consecutive nights of insomnia.

Luckily, the finish line is in sight!

In exactly seven days, my boyfriend and I will be headed to Capitola

to camp beside the beach.

I can’t wait to fall asleep to waves crashing,

to feel the sand between my toes.

Better yet, to drink a cold beer and watch the sunset.

So far, the forecast is nothing but sunny skies and a perfect 70 degrees.

I. Can’t. Wait.

So when my kiddos are driving me bonkers

or when the wedding to-do’s start to overwhelm me,

I dream of the sounds of the ocean.

The finish line is near!

I can do anything!

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30 before 30…Beach Camping!

#10. Go beach camping.

There really isn’t anything better

than falling asleep to the crashing of waves.

I tried to take it all in,

the crisp air, the clear stars, and the soothing sound of the ocean.

Growing up, I didn’t spend a ton of time camping

so I can’t say I know all of the tricks of the trade

or even how to plan the ‘perfect camping trip.’

However, this was seriously everything I wanted

this idea of “beach camping” to be.

Though the weather wasn’t our ideal of perfection

(it sprinkled on and off throughout our stay)

it called for a little more creativity and resulted in a little more fun.

We spent most of our time either walking by the shore

or glued to the radio listening to the baseball madness

of the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s Game 4s

as well as the Sacramento Kings first preseason game.

We played cards, cooked delicious food, and enjoyed tons of laughs.

It says a lot to me when you can spend your time with just one person

and never feel like you need some “alone time.”

This was our fifth camping trip,

but our first one with just us.

And I’d have to say it was one of my favorites.

Brighton State Beach,

thanks for making my first beach camping experience

a good one to remember

and one I hope I get to relive and revisit sometime again.

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