A Beachy Staycation in NYC

I really needed a staycation this weekend.

It sounds super indulgent. Who am I to complain about the daily grind? I’m not in an office 9-5 these days. My weeks don’t always add up to 40 hours of work. I’m not even taking classes for grad school at the moment.

But what I actually needed was the permission to do less. To not have the constant guilt hanging over my head that I should be productive every waking moment. It’s something I struggle with, especially because my “office hours” are non-existant. Oh, living the freelance dream.

So, I indulged in a glorious beach day [more on that below!] and spent far more hours outside than inside.

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I’ve never been to the Rockaways before and hot damn I’m in love. My friend Kelly and I took the A train, transferred at Broad Channel to the shuttle and got off at Beach 98-Street, Playland. There’s now a ferry you can take too, but I’ve heard it’s super crowded.

We walked the block to the beach and I instantly fell in love.

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There was excellent food — I got the below chicken on fresh flatbread and there were TONS of other food choices. Even avocado toast 🙂

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I sipped fresh watermelon juice, because what screams vacation and beach more than watermelon juice?

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We spent most of the time lounging (and reading) on the beach because the water was freaking cold. I give people that fully submerged a lot of credit. For me, wading up to my legs was MORE than enough.

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And of course I got my first sunburn of the season. #PalePeopleProblems.

We didn’t stay all day, less than four hours total, but it was the perfect getaway. I kept think how crazy it is that this beach is accessible via the subway. And the whole day — food, watermelon juice and travel — cost me $20. I will be back. With a beach chair this time and more sunscreen on my back.

Besides my beach excursion, I also I gave myself permission this weekend to ignore my inbox. Ignore social media. And reconnect with myself. Cuz I’ve been feeling a bit more lost than usual lately.

And for the first time in awhile I feel recharged. Okay and I’m real sunburnt. But more importantly I do feel recharged.

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I’m trying to figure out how I can continue to harbor this feeling. Maintain these good, vacation-y vibes. I don’t know how at this moment. But now that I know it’s achievable, I want to take those ingredients and apply them to my daily life. Or at least the warm, summery version of my daily life that I’m currently living.

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