If you're an entrepreneurial Mom like we Mavens, you know that summer isn't all maxing and relaxing. It means a fine balancing act between kids, deadlines and client demands.
Summer also means making sure that you're carving out time to appreciate the precious moments that only the hot summer days can provide.
For this Maven, "back to school" came quick this year, partly with a sense of relief to return to a regular schedule, but also with an overwhelming feeling of needing to "hit the reset" button and get my head back into the game.
When Kina told me she was spending her last week of summer break alone at her family's cottage focusing on art, I responded with "TAKE ME WITH YOU".
Well, wouldn't you know, she said "YES"....on the condition that I don't expect to be entertained.
So with that, I booked two days off from family obligations and tagged along to the tail end of Kina's escape. It was 32 hours of unplugging and bonding with my Maven while we dumped all of our energy into just creating for the sake of creating.
Visitors to the cottage often leave behind a gift. It's a tradition that gives the cottage life and vibrancy. Check out just some of these "objet d'intérêts" that adorn the family cottage.
Every morning Kina made her way down these millions of stairs to do yoga on the dock. I myself did it a couple of times and I've never felt more alive than after a peaceful meditation followed by a quick dart up the stairs.
I also loved learning a bit about Kina's clan through the objects they leave behind. Here were some of my faves. You can tell that creativity runs deep in this gene pool.
Kina's dad is a bit of an inventor, throughout this cottage you will find clever inventions. Take these bird feeders for example. You'll notice that there are two designs for these "squirrel proof-ish" feeders. When we decided to replenish these, we approached them like puzzles that were created for us to solve. We also learned that there is one common design flaw that is shared between them: you need long, STRONG arms to put them BACK filled with seed. I learned very quickly that Kina's dad is a mighty man.
Not going to lie....Kina almost fell over the edge of the balcony while we were putting one back up. It's ok though, her mad yoga balance skills saved her and she lived to see another day.
Guess which one is the superior design?
On the final morning, Kina and I sat outside on the deck and talked about "momming" and all of the different ways we balance our lives around the children, and still remain happy and fulfilled as individuals.
Our morning together at that picnic table was the perfect way to "hit the reset" button and get our heads back in the game before the school year began.
Thanks for the perfect end-of-summer escape, Kina, and allowing me to take a moment to slow down and breathe before returning to the grind!
Do you love Kina’s art as much as we do?
You should check out her website and order prints for your own collection.