I planned on sharing a post on how I’ve used reflection to gain perspective during or after a conflict, as well as a reflection tool today. But since I’ve had a week out of town at my in-laws, I’ve not had the time to prepare that post. 🙁
After all, I wanted to pull away and focus on my family and friends, so this week I’m going to simply share some moments from my trip along with a few words about the importance of “pulling away.” 🙂
One important thought I wanted to share is that pulling away from a routine schedule is not only important to refuel, but to gain perspective and direction whenever we are facing some confusing or uncertain situation in life. I’ll be sharing next week a bit more of what that means and looks like. So this week my words will be few and my photos will be many!
My hubby is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and his parents live in the second oldest Tennessee town of Dandridge in log cabin at the foothills of the Smokies.
So we spent part of our time visiting with them—bringing our youngest twenty year old son Braden along as well. We always want to take advantage of those rare and fleeting moments when he can join us for a vacation. #emptynesters
Here are some photos of our time with family, including a quick days trip to Smoky Mountain National Park with a hike up to Laurel Falls with Gary and Braden.
But during our weekend, we annually try to get together with our dear friends (Kelly and Nickie Kinder) that have been friends of ours since before Gary and I got married eons ago! We went to Jonesborough, Tennessee which is the oldest town in Tennessee and is full of beautiful historic architecture, quaint shops, restaurants and cafes.
We actually hit it on Saturday morning when their farmer’s market was up and wooing us to buy fresh fruit, veggies, honey and artwork. Here are some photos from that brief trip with Kelly and Nickie . . .
Be sure to join me next week as I share more on the power of reflection!
What fun trips or times of pulling away this summer are you and your family doing or have done?
What benefits have you gained because of pulling away?
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