Monday, August 10, 2015


A few weeks back we brought the kids to a family trip to Sedona, AZ.  As some of you may know, Sedona is an area with lots of vortex activity.  Vortexes are "spiritual energy whirlpools" and are know for healing, great meditation spots, and overall spiritual transcendence.  Our house, in particular, was advertised as having strong vortex spots.

I don't really believe in any of that, but I was in such a bad spot emotionally going into the trip that I was game for any sort of relief from the constant feelings of anxiety and stress.

Best. Vacation. Ever.

We hiked about 25 miles over 8 different trails.  Each of them were different and amazing.  We hit the Grand Canyon.  Cliff jumps and natural water slides were taken on. We ate well.  We skateboarded and golfed.  Our house was wonderful.  K was so happy and relaxed.
Coming back to reality has been hard.  Work is especially stressful right now and as we rush towards the school year start my anxiety has once again hit full force.
When things have been really bad, I've been trying to close my eyes and think about Sedona.  Imagine the vortexes healing my stress and pain.  Remember how much fun we had as a family.  Remember how good I felt getting wonderful daily exercise and only having to focus on where my next footstep was going for large chunks of the day.

Not sure if we have any vortexes around here,  but having these great memories is healing in it's own way.


  1. I'm so glad you had a good holiday that you can take your mind to in your times of stress. Everyone looks happy and relaxed. Life is stressful - I hope you're able to find a way to relieve some of the stress that you and K feel in your everyday lives. I check in every now and again to see how you're doing. And I was worried after the last one - stress and anxiety don't go away easily - I'm really glad you're closing your eyes and letting yourself go to that happy place. Keep doing it!

  2. Wow, what a wonder respite - your husband looks relaxed in the photos!

    What this sort of vacation would say to me is: "Yes." Yes, we can do this. We will make it through to the other side. We will get to this emotional place again.

    I hope it makes you heel hopeful.

  3. What a wonderful post to get to read (and see!) today. I hope you can carve out some version of Sedona time at home.

  4. I'm so glad that you got to recharge a bit! I can imagine that it's hard to walk back into the tornado that is your everyday life, but hopefully you have better reserves of peace and energy now.


  5. Hi! I'm new over here, but I can't believe the first post I read is about Sedona! I lived there for about 7 years (not all of it concurrently) and you just zipped me back in time. Beautiful pictures! Now I want to go to slide rock, sit in a vortex or two, eat some delicious Mexican food ... lovely.