Last week, I took a vacation that went a little something like this: serene moments on the beach where a piercing hot sun and soft white sand leave you wanting for nothing but the respite of a dip in the gulf of mexico. Relaxing under a canopy of palm trees as a great blue heron and egrets frolic along the shore. Beautiful sunsets and tropical drinks followed by fresh grilled mahi mahi and crispy coconut gulf shrimp. Girlfriends who make the quiet island nights come alive. And more importantly, who make time for each other year after year as we get older and life gets even more hectic.