Vacation Life (A Beginning)

Morro Rock in Morro Bay Harbor

Morro Rock, in Morro Bay. You’ll be seeing a lot of this big fella.

It makes sense that after writing an entire post about “balance,” that’d I’d completely abandon my blog, right? Yeesh, have I been away for a while. Sorry ’bout that.

Obviously, I’ve been taking some time away from my computer. This happens when the weather is in the high 70s in October, and you live a couple-a blocks from the ocean. (Humble brag if I ever wrote one.)

But seriously. I guess I just felt like I needed some space. Not from you all, or the blog in general, but, like, real physical space. So, I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors, and very little time writing. This, as you can imagine, is both good and bad. On the one hand, my summer tan has extended itself into an autumn tan, which is worth at least +25 awesome-points. On the other hand, well, I’ve been completely MIA, and since writing is somewhat cathartic for me, I’m starting to get a little antsy. But I have an idea! And I think you’ll enjoy it.

(Prepare yourself for a flat-out brag.)

I live in the most beautiful place in the world. (Somewhat debatable.) It is also the happiest place in America. (Not at all debatable, unless you want to go toe-to-toe with Oprah Winfrey.) I’m blessed in countless ways, but I hold where I live very close to my heart. I’ve lived lotsa places (my “about me” page talks about some of them), and the Central Coast of California is truly special. It struck me, a couple of weeks ago, that I live where millions of people vacation each year. So why the heck aren’t I living it up more? Then I asked myself this question:

“What would I be doing differently if I were vacationing here, instead of living here?”

I felt as if I was taking this amazing location for granted, and that if I didn’t snap out of it soon, me and my family would be stuck in a rut of just existing here, rather than truly living here. Does that make sense? We’d keep on doing the work-home-sleep, work-home-sleep shuffle until we’re too old to hike 128 some-odd hiking trails in the area. And that simply won’t do.

Enter: Vacation Life!

“Vacation Life” is the tag I’m going to use for all of the posts that have to do with exploring this amazing place my family calls home. Over the past two weeks I’ve amassed a ridiculous number of photos from various excursions, but I’ll only share the best ones here on the blog. (Don’t want to spam you with 17 pictures of the same sunset, ya know.) This way I’m staying active and enjoying my surroundings and I have a steady stream of beautiful photos to share with you guys. (Gotta love a real win-win situation.)

Of course, not all of my “Vacation Life” posts will be breathtaking sunsets and seaside panoramas. Because what else do people do on their vacations? They relax. They treat themselves. They spend quality time with their family. So I’ll share that stuff, too.

So, I’m inviting you all to get to know us Godseys a little better, and join us as we try and make the most of where we live. I hope you enjoy it! And who knows? Maybe some of you will dig a bit deeper into what makes your towns special, too. And if you do, please let me know! I would love to see/read more about y’all and where you’re from!

For starters, here’s a panorama I took of the sunset last week. We were barbecuing, and suddenly: BLAMMO. Pink and orange everywhere. So I ran on up to the crow’s nest and snapped this quick photo with my iPhone. (Say what you will about the Maps app in iOS 6, but the panorama feature is totally worth it.) You can click on the picture to see it full-sized.

Sunset in Morro Bay
xoxo, mj
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  1. Alexis

     /  October 19, 2012

    Hey I’ve been reading your blog for the past 6 months and have also been sharing it with my mom. We really enjoy your perspective and occasional food for thought. My mom wanted me to comment and let you know that she liked the telephone pole in your panoramic picture. Random comment (I know), but there it is. Besides, what’s life without random comments?

    • You know what’s funny? At first I thought that the pole detracted from the image, and I was going to retouch it out of the picture. But I decided against it, because life isn’t like that, you know? Sometimes there are telephone poles in the picture, and that’s okay. 🙂 So I’m really glad someone actually LIKED it!

  2. I love this! I live in a city I love and for several years it was where we vacationed. Austin is my husband’s hometown and the city that holds my heart. It can be easy to miss things. This is a great way to rediscover and find new things. There is no shortage.
    Challenge accepted!

    • Austin is high on our list of places-we-would-agree-to-move-to-if-it-ever-happened-to-come-up. Also Boulder, because my husband went to grad school there, and really loved it. I hope you get to rediscover some of the great stuff in your city. It’s funny how we can get totally on autopilot and forget about all the good stuff going on around us. (Or, that’s what I do, anyway.)

  3. I’m going to sound like a crazy, but that panoramic totally made me cry. Just a lot of things going on right now and it helped me remember how big God is and he’s got it under control. I always love sunrises and sunsets and I’m totally jealous of your crow’s nest and that view. I have this yucky suburban-houses-and-trees-in-the-way view. Miss your posts and looking forward to more.

  4. Tom S.

     /  October 21, 2012

    Sorry for being off topic, but I wanted to share this with you.

    Zuckerberg: “We expect this rate [of sharing] will double every 10 years. So in 10 years from now, people will be sharing about 1,000 times as many things as they do today.”

    Next time you see Mark, ask him to turn in his geek card.

    • Holy moley! I’m not sure I want to live in a world where we’re sharing 1,000 times as many things as we do today! I already feel like an over-sharer! Yikes.

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