This is my beach. This is where I used to hang out. The sand is so fine and powdery. Okay, so there are many gorgeous beaches in Florida. I just happen to have a special relationship with the one in Fort Myers.
Memories are precious. They are like jewels stored in a hideaway box. Yet, what really matters, in the long run in our days, is here and now. Visiting my old beach was fun. I did also realize that since the way back when times, I have discovered other magnificent places as well. I live in Canada now. I can’t get to the beach as often as I used to. I’ve adapted to the new reality. I take joy in other things. When I do get to hang out on the sandy shores, I truly appreciate every moment.
Being joyful really is a question of attitude. Each day brings us things that are nice, and then the ones that aren’t so much so. The way I handle what comes really sets the tone. Life is also about alternation. There’s time to relax, and time to work towards paying for that time to relax. It’s my job to make every step a happy task.
A new year is always a new, exciting beginning. I’m thankful for each year that rolls along. I’m grateful for little things that line up, one after the other. That’s where true happiness is found.
I went on a journey to find more relaxedness in my life last year. This year the same quest will continue. I long to counter the luring feelings of anxiety that sometimes try to pollute my otherwise happy outlook on life. We each have our challenges – and I know that mine is dealing with the restless thoughts that could hinder me did I not pay attention on dealing with them.
These pics are from the Intercoastal Waterway between Lantana and Lantana Beach, a hop up from Miami. Water is such a powerful element. I need it in my life. I was born in a city by water. I love gazing into the ocean horizon. It lets my dreams fly.
As the new year dawns, dreaming is important as well. Goals and plans push us forward and give us wings. I dream of vacations in the USA – home sweet home with so much to discover – but also important conversations around coffee with friends. I long to learn to appreciate every passing moment be it at work or at play.
Thank you my dear reader! Thank you for all these years of blogging since 2007. Thank you for appreciating what I create. Sharing it with you is what blogging is all about.
Hugs from Florida!
We had fun strolling down Clematis Street, the main action street in town. West Palm Beach is a small city with true Floridan charm. The ocean shore adds to the magic. There were luxurious yachts docked at the harbor. The sweetheart and I admired them and stopped to sit on a bench. The city had provided a lovely holiday décor. We also popped in a library on Clematis. If I lived in West Palm Beach, that library would definitely be my favorite hangout. They had cozy reading nooks and even a cafe.
We spent the day on Palm Beach. As we drove there, we passed by Donald Trump’s mansion. Needless to say that the police were there. Palm Beach is very luxurious. Palm trees are of abundance. I met some really nice folks down by the water. The waves were present but I dove in anyway.
In the evening we walked in Palm Beach and admired store windows of Chanel, Macy’s and well, you know, the Fifth Avenue crowd. The hubs and I talked about being rich, and agreed that as much as money is important, we were happy to be middle class. Appreciating what you have right now is the key to happiness.
Our hangout together also included Starbucks. We took the time to relax and enjoy the holiday spirit. It’s really precious just being able to kick back and be. Taking in the restful moments. Not having anywhere to go or things that need to get done. Just him and I. A yummy drink and love between us.
Our first days in Florida have been about morning runs and spending the rest of the day on the beach. The first one we tried was the Lake Worth Beach, a stone throw’s away from where we’re located. It felt good to be feet in the warm sand again. The waves hit the shore powerfully but I went in anyway.
It’s resourcing having time together with the sweetheart. We went to get Starbucks and just chilled together. I’ve also had interesting conversations with people I’ve met on the beach. I’ve danced by the water and enjoyed hearing the sound of the waves.
I got invited to snap some pics at a photoshoot. It was a foggy and damp-chilly Sunday morning but once I entered the library of the Morin Center, Quebec City, where the event took place, the warm ambiance invaded me from within. My friend Olivia and her boss Angela were busy doing hair. Some girls were snacking on dried fruit and babbling relaxedly. That’s what chicks do, right? The coordinator and the creator of the Capelio hair accessory line that the shooting was for, Audrey, was there overlooking the fun. We got to talk a bit, realizing this wasn’t the first time that our paths crossed. Quebec City is quite unique in the sense that it is big yet every once in a while you run into peeps you’ve already been in contact with somehow.
I left the photoshoot jumping giddily. This is fashion – you, I, anyone willing and capable, creating something that transforms Sundays, lives and who knows what else. Most importantly, something that brings people together. Here’s where you can see more about Audrey’s creations: website, Etsy store and Instagram. The new Murder Mystery hair accessory collection will be released next spring. At Audrey’s Etsy store my season’s favorite is this red flower crown – perfect for the holidays!