I am back in Princeville Kauai. The message on my phone this morning was “Welcome back to paradise” I do love it here. I think this is the fifth year now that I have been coming here to write and to play. This is the first year where I haven’t set any deadlines or routines for myself. I really have come to enjoy the place and relax.

It has been a different year for me. My one year full time contract is almost over. I have been getting up early and going to work regularly for nine months now. It has been exciting and fun and I have learned so much and met such wonderful people. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. What it has helped me realize is the importance of down time and time away.

Running my own business and accepting shorter contracts here and there left lots of down time in the middle and I don’t thing I ever felt like I really needed a physical, mental and emotional break from it all because it was just part of who I was and what I did. This year is different somehow.

I didn’t bring my BEACHs book to finish (although the file is on my iPad) I didn’t even bring a journal to write in (although I may go and buy one). I just brought bathing suits and a smile. I will let you know how it goes.