Island Hopping on the Sun Coast

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, the landscape of Florida is diverse, and beautiful. Taking road trips throughout our state is a regular occurrence for us and we are especially partial to visiting the coastal areas.  The Sun Coast was the focus of our attention during this three-day trip. On average there are 251 days of sunshine on this coast. There are also twenty barrier islands and miles and miles of sugar white sand beaches to discover. We have been impressed by many things during our quest to visit all of Florida’s Ten Coasts, but most notably, our State Parks. On a recent trip to Tamps and St. Petersburg, we found two outstanding parks among those unique barrier islands, that we want to share with you. Continue reading

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Social Saturday at Cresting the Hill

Leanne LeCras at Cresting the Hill  has a very thoughtful blog that connects and encourages women who are experiencing mid-life and all its challenges. One of my favorite features there is Social Saturday, which is written entirely by guest writers.

                                      Today, I feel fortunate to be her guest writer. 

The piece I wrote is a total departure from the typical travel guide/photo journal posts that you will find here on my blog. This post shares my thoughts regarding  life and contentment. I know the struggle is real for many women, as it used to be for me. It takes reflective time and an honest evaluation of ones self to possess the knowledge and willingness to define our own rules for happiness. I firmly believe that it is within us all to do so. I also believe that having a philosophy, or beliefs or a definition of what is good for you is not enough. You must make choices that are consistent with your beliefs and put your words into action, every single day. Only then, will you cease to feel like a stranger in your own skin and achieve true contentment.

For me, contentment means accepting the past, being true to myself by creating balance in my everyday life and looking forward to the future with a positive and grateful attitude.

I hope you will take a moment to visit Cresting the Hill and read my humble thoughts today. Leanne and I are happy to respond to your comments.


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Finding Your Passion

A few weeks ago I was asked by Sue Loncaric at Sizzlin’ Towards 60 and Beyond to write a guest post for her amazing Blog. She has a weekly “Over 50 and Thriving Series” where she regularly includes guest writers.  I am thrilled to be among these interesting women.

When I considered what to write, I looked no further than Sue’s comment on a recent post about our travels to Europe. She said that the photographs in that piece made her feel as if she were there. That, is the ultimate compliment to a photographer – that it made you feel…..

I hope you will zip over to her space in the universe today and read what I wrote about finding your passion, at any age. Linger awhile , she is someone you will want to get to edit2

May light and love surround you!

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Captured Moments – Necessary Deception

When my daughter turned sixteen, she and I began a tradition of celebrating her birthday together, just the two of us. We typically went  for an overnight stay at a nice hotel nearby, where we enjoyed a spa treatment and dinner out. It was our special mother/daughter “bonding” time and a treat that I always looked forward to.

The year she turned twenty-two, she came to me with a different request, “Mom, I want to go skydiving for my birthday this year.” My logical response of, “You want to do what?” fell on deaf ears as she laid out the plan. The plan, had to be loosely based on truth while not revealing all,  since she knew her father would not be pleased. Continue reading

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The Power of a List

I am a list maker. In fact, the practice boarders on an obsession. I have a list for books I want to read, movies I’d like to see, things I need to do, food I’d like to cook and places I want to visit to name a few. At this stage of life, my lists serve a variety of purposes. I have a Pinterest site with rows and rows of Boards that span several topics. Those boards, along with the Instagram accounts I follow, are the ultimate feel-good lists; no words – just inspiration. My other lists provide focus, accountability and motivation.

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Making a list reduces the clutter in your mind and gives order to things that matter. Whether it is a list of what you want to do or what you need to do, the act of writing a thing down implies commitment. Inevitably, that commitment will narrow your focus and lead to clarity, accomplishment, and growth. Lists can easily transform the way you think, act and feel.  Continue reading

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