In contrast to the visual overload and chaos of India & Hong Kong, our mini road trip down to Melbourne was a chance to move at a slower pace. Even though this trip was a necessity for hubby's health/doctor appointment. We took this opportunity to explore new beaches that we came across on the way. Letting the days unfold easily with open plans. We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world here, so we were super glad we took the time to meander down the coast.

A true relaxing break after our overseas break.

It also meant I got to breathe in as much ocean over 3 days as I could. It's a place that seems to absorb all the stress of my busy days and inspire a restoring of my creative well. You know what I mean?

All this relaxing helped restore some burnt out creativity from 2012 - I even set up a temporary studio at my parent's home and began painting in earnest!

This has been a great start to 2013 - I wanted to practice more self-care without the guilt this year.

How has your 2013 been?

Join me in seizing opportunities for self-care (relaxation, enjoyment and anything that restores your spirit) and let go of the guilt?

xo brenda

Madison Whiteneck