My beautiful and wonderful friend Carolyn belatedly celebrated her birthday by renting a house on the water in Malibu and it was absolute perfection! Despite the clouds and rain, it was still wonderful and relaxing to spend hours watching the waves crash and walking along the sand. Also, if you've never sat in a jacuzzi next to the ocean, I highly recommend it!
Being with a group of people that you don't have watch your words with, that you can tease and joke and laugh until your entire body hurts...that's magic. I feel incredibly blessed that I have kind, genuine, incredible people who have made room in theirs lives and hearts for me.