You’re Always on My Mind

THE KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT

Between Athena and I, I don’t know who is more obsessed with the beach. We think about it all the time. It’s the number one place that comes to mind when we think about family, peacefulness, and happiness. I could spend an entire day at the beach doing absolutely nothing and I would still leave feeling fulfilled. It was calling our name so we made the 3.5 hour journey to Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina for a weekend of beach heaven.Β 

We opened the balcony doors and stepped out side at 9 am. The beach was perfection already. A few people were enjoying a morning walk along the shore as the soft waves rolled in. It was a cool morning, but that’s why jackets were invented.

THE KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Athena, Darren, and I got dressed in the warmest clothes we brought with us and made our way to the beach. Athena’s face lit up when her feet touched the sand. It was cold and damp but our hearts were warm.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Beach

By mid-morning, the temperatures had risen to a comfortable level. We danced and sang summer tunes and we were able to live in the moment. Work, computers, and even cell phones were non-existent. Only the camera was from this earthly world, everything else was a dream.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Beach

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Beach

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Beach

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

We go to the beach not to get away from life but to live it more fully, which is also why I have a bucket list.

Share this post and live in the now with us. What is your happy place?

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69 thoughts on “You’re Always on My Mind

      • I believe, that although the memories for our children may not belong to the conscious mind, they do build a deep well of happiness within. So the more happy body memories you create as your daughter grows up – the happier she will be inside. That’s my belief from experience anyway πŸ™‚

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      • No, I’m from lLoveland, OH (Cincinnati area). We have stayed at The Sanctuary many times, as well as renting various condos. There is nothing quite like being pampered at the resort. We’ve also stayed in Charleston. It’s a totally different experience. There is so much history there, as well as the market, the bay, great restaurants. The architecture is amazing. Are you from the area?

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        • I live in North Carolina now but we’re planning to move back to California. I visited Charleston last year and truly enjoyed the stay. It’s such a unique city.

          Do you travel to other parts of the country too?

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          • Yes, we love Washington DC and go whenever we can. At various times two of our sons have been stationed there (officers in the Coast Guard). Our oldest son is now out of the CG and living in Boston with his family. We love Maui, San Fran, Scottsdale, Vegas, and on and on. I love northern Michigan.

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      • Thank you. My weekend was very special in the way, that I used a half day Friday at the emergency, caused my boyfriend should cut firewood and cuttet his own leg too and Saturday my dog became hurt at our walk in the morning, so veterinary hospital with him. I feel very lucky to have had a peaceful Sunday. Both are much better now πŸ˜‰

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  1. I believe we’re drawn to beaches because, as humans we rely so much upon water. The world’s oceans, seas and rivers gave us life in the form of food and helped us to explore and build civilizations. Without that we simply could not exist. It’s why island or beachfront societies almost always seem to feel at peace. The sound of ocean waves can soothe even the most troubled mind. Besides, we’re 75% water and can swim before we can walk!

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  2. I could listen to the waves all day long, I am like you and find so much peace while there. Unfortunately, I do not live anywhere near the ocean, but just thinking of it can bring me to my happy place. BTW, her toothy grin is precious! Treasure these young years!

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  3. I feel fortunate that I grew up close to the ocean and have always lived within a short distance. Just knowing I can get down there whenever I want is comforting. Lucky Athena that she gets to feel the sand on her toes.

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    • I could always see the ocean from my front door so to live a few hours away is difficult. We’re planning on moving back to California to be close to the ocean again. Do you like swimming or more just relaxing on the beach?

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  4. My happy place is also by the sea, listening to the waves, and preferably with few (or ideally no) other people around. I grew up inland so have no idea where this love came from, but when I moved out of my parent’s home, I moved to the coast coincidently and now I hate being too far away from it!

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  5. My happy place is just being outside…whether that’s running on the road or trail, skiing, snow shoeing or relaxing at the beach. As a family, my happy place would be the beach. As an individual it would either be on a soccer field or running anywhere.

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  6. The beach is the place for me, too, any beach. Anywhere. And the times that I spent with my young children on the beach are memories that I will always cherish. Athena is lucky, and so are you!

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  7. Nice post! I think I follow your blog as much for what you write as to watch the little one growing up (my kids are grown up and away, and I miss their toddler days) πŸ™‚ I noticed, Baby’s got lots of teeth now πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! She is growing quickly, right πŸ™‚

      I can now see why people continue to have more and more children. The time goes by so quickly and the next thing you know, they are talking to you like they are adults. She started saying, “You’re funny” when we do something to make her smile and it warms my heart. I’m in a constant state of happiness when she’s around.

      How old are your children now?

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  8. Lovely photos of the beach, a breath of much-needed fresh air, especially during the cold and dark Alaska winter. My favorite place? Lost Lake Trail in Seward, AK. Most beautiful trail in the world.

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