A Seaside Retreat

seaside-skye-chairThere are very few places in the world that capture my heart and truly allow me to relax.  One of those destinations for me is a sleepy little town in Florida called Seaside.  I have been blessed to be able to vacation there over the past few years and it’s such a delight to have a place where I can slow down, enjoy the hours in the day and be with my daughter.  Seaside reminds me of the simple things in life.   I recently took some time out of my hectic schedule to vacation and it gave me the opportunity to recharge my battery, reflect and renew for the fall season.   

We rode bikes, went to the beach, enjoyed paddle boarding, played Dominos and ate great food.  One of the best meals I’ve had in a long, long time was at the Great Southern restaurant on the square.  It’s such a delight to enjoy good food on vacation and just savor the moment with the ones you love.   On the flipside of that, I also enjoy a good snow cone.  I guess you could say I’m a snow cone coinsurer.  My daughter and I would enjoy a snow cone from my favorite little food truck called “Frost Bites” each day as part of our activities.  Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that can bring you such enjoyment.   Sitting on a park bench and eating a snow cone with her is one of those simple joys for me.        

I loved breathing in the ocean air and watching the waves come in.  It gives me clarity and peace.  I love to feed the seagulls, so we walked to the beach with a loaf of bread each day and to feed them. That’s very therapeutic for me.  So this past vacation I realized that sometimes we not only need to rest our bodies but we need to rest our minds.  The town’s picturesque atmosphere does that for me.  This year I treasured just holding my daughter and watching her experience new things that only the beach can offer.  She gives me such a deep joy each day.     Finding small ways to recharge your battery and renew your mind is important.  

I hope you have a chance to have a small retreat this year as I have.   I am reminded from time to time how important it is to cherish the moments we’re given.  God is good.