The Calm By The Sea #Thankful #BoostYourBlog


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When I lived in Florida, I seldom went to the beach. To clarify, I did not spend time sunbathing on the sand or swimming in the ocean. I didn’t like the feel of sand between my toes and the smell of sunscreen made me sick. The brutal Florida sun was merciless on my fair skin and the heat made me dizzy. Right about now, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy because I lived in what some people consider paradise {Florida} AND I did not go to the beach. It’s okay. We all have our preferences and I can tell you that Florida is not for me. I’ve accepted the fact that I don’t like the beach.

Although I am not a fan of the beach, I was–and still am–a fan of the sea/ocean. When I look at the sea, I feel serene. There is something calming about the rhythmic flow of the waves {in both sight and sound}.

The Calm By The Sea #Thankful #BoostYourBlog

Whenever I needed to make an important decision or needed time to “just think”, I often headed to the bench by the sea. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salty air, the call of the seagulls, and the orange and yellow glow of a setting sun often helped me clear my head. When I reflect on my time there, I recall three important decisions that were made as a result of having a cleared head:

  1. Saying “no” to that marriage proposal
  2. Moving to South Carolina for a year to attend Wofford College
  3. Submitting my resignation to a very toxic employer and returning to college full-time

Each decision altered my life in many ways I am thankful for.

Now that I reside in Virginia, I can no longer visit the sea/ocean but I can visit the mountains and meadows. Believe me when I tell you that the air is crisp and fresh and the trees make a soothing rustling sound as the breeze blows. The scenery is painted with hues that can astound you with their brilliant colors. Yes, it’s the perfect place to refocus, reorient and just think.

Do you have a special place that you navigate towards when you need to think?

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