Fly Away & Happy Places

On Tuesday I called Scott in the middle of the day and said, “I’d like to get away.”

He said, “Really?  I can’t.”

I said, “Well, I’m buying.”

He said, “Great! Where are we going and when are we leaving?”

When I used to sell timeshare it was always interesting that no one could ever “find time to get away”, but if the trip was paid for, time away was never an issue.  Funny how that works.

So as simple as that, I did some quick research on flights and travel dates, spent a small fortune on airline tickets (it’s only money. I can always make more), and we’re going away!

We’re going back to my happy place.  Where peace and tranquility, beaches, sun, and R & R is plentiful.

And time with my daughter is in abundance.  That’s priceless.

I don’t blog about it, but I work insane hours and sleep 4 hours a night.  I am failing big time on Item #4.

I am supporting our family.  I work 7 days a week.  It’s time to take a break and recharge my batteries.

We’re leaving in a few weeks.  And we’ll be gone a few weeks.

I will be blogging the whole time.  I have a DSLR camera this time around.   I plan to go to the beach, read, take pictures, hang out with the fam, cook island food, workout on my island path, and of course, I will blog about it all.  Hopefully with nice pictures. Between my newfound passion for photography and spare time on my hands, I am excited to bring my new camera.

From my last post about Clean Teeth and Generosity.

Seems most of you take care of your choppers.  Good!  Keep it up!

As for generosity, I loved reading what you’ve witnessed recently that shows the generous side of human behavior and what random acts of kindness or generosity you’re seen or experienced recently.  Thanks for sharing!

Buying airline tickets at the spur of the moment calls for celebratory Sex on the BeachThe drink or the shot I mean.  The other?  Not a fan of the sand factor.


Washing it down with Cheezy Kale Chips (Raw or use your oven, Vegan) sounds about right.


And making a batch of “Cheater’s” Guacamole sounds perfect right now.

Something about warm weather and tropical locales + guac = a match made in heaven


1. What is your happy place?

My happy place is Aruba.  I love it there.  I’ve been going down there since 1997, bought a house there in 2003, and I feel a great sense of peace and calm when I am there.  There is just something about it that I love.  I can be inside, it can be raining, but it doesn’t matter, I am still happy.

And if I can’t travel 5000 miles, my other happy places are:

my yoga mat

Trader Joe’s

Marshall’s housewares section

a run outside in sunny weather

2. Do you have any trips planned?

Yes, this one and one other but the other way is a long ways off.

3. Favorite trip or vacation you’ve ever been on?  Why? Where did you go?

Aruba is always my fave but I have loved traveling to Grand Cayman, St. John, St. Thomas, Mexico, Austria, Costa Rica, and many other places.  Travel makes one grow.  I posted about this and my Travel Tips.

I can’t wait to take Skylar more places when she’s a bit older so she remembers them more.

Enjoy your day!

85 comments on “Fly Away & Happy Places”

  1. We went to Aruba on our honeymoon and loved it. The hotel we stayed in had a casino which we had good luck in. The white sandy beaches and warm blue water were beautiful, and the weather was perfect during our stay. And I discovered a new beer that I like, Amstel Light.

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  3. Oh Averie, this trip sounds awesome & very well deserved :) can’t wait to see all those pretty pics. I think by now you know my happy place :)

  4. SO glad you can get away for awhile. I think it’s important!

    We just got back from Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri. The hills, blooming flowers, waterfalls, coziness = just what I needed!

  5. Averie,
    New fact learned about you is that you use to sell Timeshare. What would be your recommendation if one wanted to try to sell their’s?

  6. YAY, Aruba! Can’t wait to read your beach posts! We’re looking at going somewhere warm at Christmas this year, but we’re not sure where to go that is best for kids that are my age. I’m sure we’ll figure something out, though!

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  8. Random question….what was your wedding like??

  9. The Beach is also my happy place! My BF and I just got home from a Southern Caribbean Cruise to San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. John, St. Lucia & Barbados! Loved every second of it!!

  10. Hmmm…I don’t really have a “happy place.” Maybe just within my mind.

    I would love to go on a trip this summer, in fact I keep planning one out, but it’s just not within the budget. My whole family has a traveling bug and I’ve been to a few fun places. England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Liechenstein, Mexico, Canada, and a few random states. My favorite was Switzerland because it was the most beautiful (and clean!) place ever!

  11. My happy place is my hometown, Elk Rapids, Mi. It’s a beautiful small town in ‘God’s country.’ My family gathers every August during the Harbor Days festival for a week of kickin’ back and doing nothing but enjoying the weather and family.

  12. Contests on your getaway, sounds like you really need it! I don’t have any trips Planned, but Sam and I might try to catch a last minute Mexican cruise later this year for cheap.

  13. Hurray! Hopefully the weather is more cooperative for you this trip.

    My happy place is Barbados. Quickly followed by anywhere near a river, lake or ocean. Something about the sound of the water lapping at the shore. Ahhhhhh…

    Only trip planned is in December. Just bought the airline tickets this morning.

    Barbados is always my favourite trip. But I also really enjoyed London (UK), road trip from London to Edinburgh and back, Singapore with stops in Bali and Malaysia, and Vancouver, and a business trip to Florida’s Cape Canaveral to see a satellite launch.
    Many good memories of family car trips down to Florida, but all the above supersede them ;)

  14. haha yeah it was definitely different than the camping vacations we used to do in my family! :P

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