Mommy Blogger Collective: BLOOM

In the last few weeks Northern Virginia has really blossomed. The trees, which were barren and brown when I first arrived in March, are now thick and green. The sun is shining and the weather is fabulous. I thought this would make my outlook on life in inland Virginia a little more positive, but I still can’t help but feel… stuck. I always get this feeling when I’m too far from the ocean. It’s an underlying anxiety that remains, even through smiles and laughter. 
In all the places I’ve chosen to live and travel, the ocean has been my constant- my home. It’s the place I can run when I’m feeling overwhelmed, or feeling anything at all, really.
The ocean has always been part of my routine. Like going to the gym or taking a shower. It was part of my life on an almost daily basis. Even on my busiest of days when I couldn’t make time for the beach, at least I knew it was there. Now I don’t know what to do with that part of my day that has a huge void in it. 
I watch my daughter run around at the playground and look down at my new son. I worry that they won’t know the beach like I do. I know we’ll only be here a year or two (hopefully), but these are critical years. I worry that I’ll have kids that scream when they are placed in the salty, turbulent water. I doubt Eva will ever be that way, she’s already too fond of the beach. But then I feel so guilty for taking her so far away from it. The occasional weekend trip (which hasn’t even happened yet) is simply not enough.
I drive around this beautiful area in awe of the massive trees swaying in the wind. But it doesn’t take long for my mind to wander to a place I’d rather be. I’d rather be driving somewhere with a towel on my seat, wet bikini on, salty skin, windows down, sun shining in, and boards in the back…
So although Virginia is blooming in all the glory of Spring, I’m not. I miss the beach. I need it.

“Bloom” is the May writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Misty of Momista Beginnings.
A few words from Misty — I’m Misty, the southern California blogger behind Momista Beginnings. I began this blog while pregnant with Mia over two years ago to create a space for mamas out there to connect with their inner “momista.” According to me, a momista is a devout follower and lover of motherhood who takes her role to the next level. She uses her strengths to create the best childhood for her kids through activities, traditions, adventures, exploration and experiences. My blog aims to inspire all of this. Other bits of me make up my blog as well, like my passion for photography, art, crafts, my love for baking and cooking and family updates. I’m an ex art teacher of over 10 years and my art projects for kids make appearances from time to time, too. You can also find me on Bloglovin’, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at my photography website and its Facebook page! /// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///


  1. I hear you, Erica! While I’m no surfer (ha), I love to be around water. I’ve lived in a coastal state all of my life, and love jumping in the car and driving there whenever we can. Sounds like it’s in your blood, and you’re meant to return soon! 🙂

  2. Oh no 🙁 I live in NJ an hour from the beach and it’s too far for me. How far are you? Do you guys maybe have like a lake or something? It’s not the same but maybe could help a little? I can’t imagine having lived the places you have and then ending up where you are now. I’m sure you can make the best of it, though!

  3. I grew up in Northern VA (about 30 mins from where you are) and I love the beach. Don’t worry the kiddos will be fine! Love of the beach is all about the parents transferring their love not about proximity.

  4. Oh, Erica! This post is beautiful and honest… and heartbreaking at the same time. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you to have always been near to the sea and now to be pulled away. I, too, feel most alive on the beach and in the surf, but I’ve always lived an hour away. I hope that you find beautiful alternatives right where you are to make you feel alive and content. <3 Keep looking, sometimes the magic of nature will surprise you, even if it’s not exactly what you had hoped for.


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