While I was away from the blog, my husband and I took a few days for vacation alone and I was really thankful for the break (and to our parents for watching our girls!) It was low-key, relaxing, and full of little adventures and lots of naps and lounging around. My favorite part was when my husband rented a fast little boat for us to ride around a small bay area for four hours. We powered through the bay in circles for about 30 minutes and it was amazing, beautiful, and so thrilling. We parked in the middle of the lake, took in all the stunning views surrounding us, and had absolutely no idea what we were going to do for 3 and a half more hours. I thankfully brought two books to help us out, and he said he almost got the boat for 8 hours. In the end, it was still amazing and beautiful.
It's great to be back now and I'm excited to get the blog up and running again to talk about some new topics. While I was away, I thought a lot about what I'd like to discuss next. I had a few people ask me recently about my identity and where I feel like I fit in today as an observant Jewish woman. That's something I'm always pondering, and I think it's safe to say that we all have our own beliefs and places where we feel like we "belong" more, but I don't think anybody has 100% confidence in who they are and what they believe in at all times when it comes down to it. Oftentimes we wish it could be that way, but it seems as though this kind of perfect security doesn't really exist. A good friend of mine who is studying to become a psychologist at Stanford said to me, "Every human being goes through times where they feel sure of their identity, and then times when they reach a patch of darkness and feel lost again". How poetic and true is that? I think it's hard to talk about identity without acknowledging this vulnerability we each possess in our search for meaning. I'm looking forward to hearing from you guys about your own thoughts on identity and to having some thought-provoking conversations in the future!