This weekend, I took a break from reality. I returned to my home state and attended my best friend's wedding in Marble Falls, Texas -- a place where wildlife is in abundance, hills are rolling, and speed limits are a mere recommendation.

As a suburban dweller for the majority of my life, I've never been one to classify myself as a country gal or truly appreciate the beauty of a landscape void of being. But as I sat out on a porch sipping wine with dear friends surrounded by lush greenery and a boundless starlit sky, I began to relish nature's nothingness and the serenity that accompanied its presence.

This break from the hustle-bustle of the city and technological interruptions, forced me into a cliche -- nature compelled me to 'stop and smell the roses.' This simple experience allowed me to come to the realization that life has more to it than simply getting your ducks in a row. Nature, good wine, and good friends have of way of reminding you from time to time that pleasure should override all else.