beach withdrawls & florida memories

It’s been raining for about 24 hours straight.  This was the view from out my back window this morning:

It seems like good ol’ FB is just blowing up with pictures from people on their fabulous spring breaks.  It really makes me miss that beach town we used to call home, Destin.


(Photo by Chris Frey, found on Destin Chamber of Commerce’s website)


White sand beaches…Blue/green water….good friends…amazing seafood = MAJOR WITHDRAWLS.

My memory takes me back to a week after graduating from college, with my silver Cutlass stuffed to max capacity with all the clothes and necessities I could fit.  I remember what it felt like to drive away, looking back at the home I grew up in, one last time.  I didn’t know how much my life was about to change at the time…I just knew I had a dream, and I had to chase it.

I got to FL and the first 6 months of my life was like a vacation: beach everyday, killer tan, exploring all the great spots to eat, drink and be merry.  Being a tourist was like my job and damn was I good at it.

It’s like one day I woke up, it was 2011. It had been 3 years since I moved to the Emerald Coast.   I was working full-time, couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the beach just to lay out and tan. Probably had been months.  And the next thing I knew Nate got that job offer and we were moving to San Antonio.  Ironically, three short weeks later, I was driving away from a place most people dream of living, starting all over again.

I guess my point from this random babble is that we get so caught up with our day-to-day routine that we take things (& people) for granted.  Don’t forget to live in the moment.   You never know where life will take you – so when you have something beautiful right within your reach, take it.  This weekend I encourage everybody to do one thing they absolutely LOVE, no matter what.  No excuses.  Life is too short not to play (even if it’s in the rain). 🙂


  1. These pictures are fantastic! They make my heart ache for Florida, but they’re fantastic!

    Your suggestion to live in the moment is taken to heart. I do not do that nearly enough. It takes a conscious effort for me to do it, but you’re so right. It has GOT to be done. Thank you for this post!

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