Soul Connections

Have you ever had people in your life that you instantly connected with? People that after a while of being around each other, you developed an intense connection? Not just the surface level friend connection, the kind of connection where you can sit and talk for hours, have in depth conversations on life, feelings, the meaning of things. Those friendships/relationships that you see lasting a life time, the ones where you talk about growing old together or living next door to each other and raising kids together. I firmly believe that these type of connections are a necessity to us. With the advancement of technology we have anyone we could ever want to talk to right at our fingertips but how many of those people do you actually have a connection with? A conversation through text messaging is nothing compared to a conversation in person. To sit with someone and feel the energy, to watch as their eyes light up when they get excited about things. To embrace and cry together when things are not okay, that is a true connection.

I have had some amazing best friends in my life. Friends that were there for everything. The good, the bad, and the really really hard stuff. The battles that on my own, I wasn’t sure if I would have made it out. Unfortunately, life has a crazy way of happening, moves get made, jobs change, and one day you wake up and realize you haven’t heard from your friends in a while. Next thing you know, six months, a year, and then two years have gone by. That connection that you once had, it fizzles and dies. If you both aren’t actively putting energy into the relationship, it is hard to maintain it, especially when it is long distance and over text messages. I speak as someone who has lost most of their connections along the way. As someone who is really terrible at communicating when it comes to maintaining those relationships that are long distance. As someone who watches posts and follows along with their friends life from afar.

Soul connections are a rare find. When you find them, don’t let them go. Water them, nourish them, and grow together. Be there to pick each other up, an ear when it’s needed, a sounding board, and someone that gives honest feedback even when it may hurt. One of the greatest things that I have learned this past year, is how precious true friendship is. You don’t know what you are missing until you don’t have it anymore.

Me, I have a big heart, I am a big time lover, I am all about connecting with people. However, I have been hurt deepest by some of the people that I was the closest with. Not everyone is meant to stay in your life forever though. Some people are only there for a season, to teach you something you needed to know. While it hurts, after you get through the pain, the reflection, I guarantee you will come out a stronger person. Those connections serve an even better purpose, helping you get to the person you were meant to be. We need connections now more than ever, so don’t let seasonal connections deter you from making new ones.

I have recently started something new and it has been really good for me. If I am with those important people in my life and we go to dinner or hang out, I disconnect from my phone. I put it in my purse, leave it in the truck, or just keep it out of sight. This way, I can truly give my undivided attention to those people and there is something special about that. We need more of that.

Never stop being open to making new connections, you never know who may change your life.

Share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey

Favorite Places and Mental Reset Days

The older I get and the more I grow as a person, I continue to see and realize how important mental health is. Sometimes you just need a time out. A mental health day to reset. Never be afraid to take these days for yourself. Whether you are married, a parent, a single parent, or living your best life, these days are essential. No matter what is going on, you have to take care of yourself first before you can take care of anyone else. 

I was able to have a reset this past weekend. I went to one of my favorite places and put my toes in the sand. I turned on my favorite music and watched the waves crash onto the shore. I blocked out all the thoughts and really just tried to get in tune with my surroundings. The way the sand felt between my toes, the sounds of the waves, the feel of the ocean, the open sky, even the seagulls that really wanted some of my Cheez-its. It was an opportunity for me to know and understand that sometimes, you just have to let things go and see what happens. 

The only downfall of having a reset day, is that when you come back home, all the things you left are still there. Hopefully, your reset can put a new perspective on things and you are able to find a new way to navigate them. For me, the last two weeks, I have been having trouble sleeping. Waking up in the middle of the night and having my mind just run 100 miles an hour. Stress and anxiety can do that to you. While my reset helped some, if you are unable to get a way, here are some tips that can help with sleeping through the night

  • Technology – turn it off and don’t use it before bed 
  • Regular exercise 
  • Meditate prior to bed
  • Create a calming environment
  • Journal – getting all those thoughts out and down on paper 
  • Be sure to take time to unwind
  • Read

Don’t forget, taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. You only get one life, make it a happy one. 

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love. 

XOXOXO

Casey

Corpus Christi, Texas

I recently spent some time in Corpus Christi, it was a great week, filled with meeting new people and catching up with old friends. While most of the trip was all work, I was able to check out a few activites and eat at some amazing restaurants. 

Most people with kids traveling to Corpus make it to the aquarium and the USS Lexington. If your kids love water and animals, I recommend hitting those spots too. We explored something different and went on the Pirate Adventure Cruise – The Red Dragon. While this is located in Port Aransas, it is a fairly short drive or you can always ride the ferry. This cruise was definetely a highlight for me. The crew was phenominal. They dressed like pirates, had accents like pirates, and told hilarious jokes. They also made it very enticing for the kids! All the kids on the cruise got to participate in a treasure hunt, sword fighting challenge, and a water gun fight. They do have a bar on the ship for adults interested in adult beverages. We went at sunset and the weather was perfect! You can’t beat watching a sun set on open water. The dolphins we saw just made the cruise that much better. 

My co-worker, Taylor and I, got to try some of the local restaurants in the area. Shout out to my friend who came in clutch with the best restaurant recommendations!

B&J’s Pizza Restaurant, this place makes the best pizza. Granted, most people that go to Corpus want seafood, but if you are looking for something different. This is the place to be. This restaurant served craft beer before craft beer became a thing. I will admit, I was a little hestitant walking up to this place, but don’t let the looks deceive you. The pizza is tasty. 

Water Street Oyster Bar – honestly, there are no words to describe how great this place is. We arrived around 5:30, the restaurant was already on a wait, and the bar was hopping. They had half price oysters and sushi rolls during happy hour. The spinach artichoke dip was exquisite. I am not the biggest seafood eater, so I went with the Ribeye special with bacon wrapped shrimp. Simply divine. 

Executive Surf Club – this is a must see spot. You can’t beat a surf board for a table and an open mic night. Every night they have something different going on ranging from game night to live music. The vibes and atmosphere were exactly what I needed for my last night in Corpus plus, the food was really good too. 

While I am sure there are a lot of other great places in Corpus to eat, these are definitely going to be on my list to revisit next time.

Share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey