The beach is my happy place. I love seeing the vast mass of water. There’s hope and dreams and opportunity in all that. I encourage you to find “your beach”. You may not have access to a veritable waterfront, but there are places everywhere where you can retreat for a moment. Connect with yourself, and a higher power, if that’s how you roll. Find that time – and you’ll feel more centered.
A good life is really made of simple things. This week mine has been about working, doing sports and connecting with my husband. Choosing to invest time in people that you value – and doing it generously – pays off. You’ll feel more supported. Someone’s got your back.
My goal for today is to live every passing moment with enthusiasm. I called my mom today. (She’s a faithful reader of this blog, so I know she’ll be reading this.) That conversation was a path of life lived together. It was nothing special yet it was very special. We were open and honest, just sharing life as we had experienced it. No need to sugarcoat or overdo. These kind of moments make the day worthwhile.
We can all invite meaningful moments into our days. By reaching out to others, the ones that our heart is leading us to, we go from a thought to actual action. Who is it that you’ve been meaning to call for a while now?
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!
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.
Sebastien and I took a long weekend trip to up North the province of Quebec. We saw the Saguenay Fjord, the city of Chicutimi and Lake Saint Jean. These outfit pics come from the lake shore that actually looks more like a sea. The below shot is of the fjord.
The landscapes were breathtaking. Such vast nature. I’m a city girl but a lovely getaway like this is always a welcomed game changer. Some relaxation was well needed. I’ve actually been MIA on the blog, because life has gotten so busy. Summer slowdown has gotten me develop my own business. Brainstorming new ideas on how to grow my English teaching activity has grabbed all my attention. It’s been a fun process. Hanging out at Starbucks – yes, I’ve kept that on the program – and jotting down possibilities to try.
Life is a journey and each period is sweet in its own way, I’m in my professional refection phase right now and I’m making the most of the ride… Sending love to y’all!
The East Coast of Oahu is something quite different from the South where Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are located. In the East, where Barack Obama is from, the waves hit the shore with mighty power. In the below picture I’m fighting the current to retrieve the beach on the very location where our president used to go surfing.
The water is super turquoise. It’s windy and often rainy in this season. We spent a full day touring the scenic points and relaxing on the beach. We also stopped for lunch at the cute little beach town of Kailua. We had really yummy, fresh and local ingredient salads at Aloha Salads. Ears full of sand and hair messed by the wind we drove home. Happy, relaxed and contented.