I spent the last week with nieces and nephews at the beach, the aquarium, the carnival, eating caramel apples and playing in the sand. It give you perspective on joy, imagination, freedom of expression, imagination and creativity. And I began to think of ways to keep that momentum going seeing as we don’t have kids and our nieces and nephews are hours and hours away now. Hopefully this will help some of you to re-ignite your sense of wonder again 💙🐬🌊💙
“A sense of wonder is the key to agelessness”
Try everything, even things that may not sound fun or appealing to you. You never know, right? I’m sure you’ve tried things you thought you’d love and ended up wondering why you ever thought of doing it in the first place. So why not try the opposite? Never thought you’d want to play an instrument️🎻️🎷️🥁? maybe if you pick it up you’ll find it was one of the missing pieces of your life. The thing you never knew you wanted!
Let go of ego ☯️. Let go of your competitive side. Let go of the need to be the winner, the best at, and being number 1. Striving for perfection is tiring and can lead you down a path of defeat when you’re trying to experience new things. Worry about actually running 🏃🏽 before ever being concerned with beating your last PR.
Travel 🚙🚌✈🚆! Somehow when you set your feet in places you’ve never walked your mind is wide open for new experience. When your senses are awakened , your mind interactive and your eyes wide open 👀 you can sometimes learn new things about yourself and how you fit into the world. This can also open you up to new paths 🐾 to creativity and invention.
Volunteering. Putting yourself outside your own ego and self can be quite liberating. It can also allow you to experience life in new ways. This could be just the ticket to being inspired or motivated forward.
⭐Be an entrepreneur⭐. Having to rely on yourself and creating a business environment that puts you completely in charge of your own destiny is scary for sure. But it’s also mind expanding and creates an atmosphere of movement and change in your life. When you take on being your own boss you realize your own potential and can see it through your own eyes, not just through some boss in an office somewhere. You become more thoughtful, and more creative in your pursuit when you are doing something you wholeheartedly believe in. You can discover all of who you are and all that you can become!
Meditate ✌️🏽. Shut things down and out and just go within. To often the world tends to put constant chatter in our heads and we need to recharge and make it all stand still for a time so you can think fluidly again. Meditation will also bring you closer to your true self and callings because you are looking within as opposed to the world around you.
Let your inner weirdo out. Yes! Get down on the ground and do some sidewalk chalk. Go to a karaoke️🎤 place and belt out your favorite song. Do your hair 💇🏽that rainbow color you always wanted. Be a child again from time to time. If you let that inner wild one go, reclaim him or her and go and play, be weird!
Visit your local craft store and browse everything!! As you walk the aisles something will call to you. It may be a color, or shiny baubles or maybe even that blank canvas will inspire you ✂🖌! You don’t have to know what you’re going there for, just browse.
👶🏽Hang out for a while with kids. Round up your nieces and nephews. Remember what it was like to imagine🦄. To use your imagination to ride the skies with 🐲 dragons and silly animals 🐤🐛 from play-doh. Again, we tend to lose that inner child as we grow up and are submerged into the adult world. We lose our sense of wonder, reclaim it!
Create a vision board. Vision boards are awesome because it can start with a couple things and then when you start envisioning things you want to do and see, more and more is revealed. I actually realized my dream of one day playing the violin ️🎼️🎻️🎶through doing a vision board. I finally found a great beginner violin and I’m now pricing out teachers!
Put yourself in positions to meet new interesting people. As we go through our day to day we tend to meet the same or similar kinds of people. Moms meet other Moms at PTA, office workers hang with fellow office workers after work, etc.. Sign up for a painting class or floral arranging. Maybe a cooking 😋🍪 class or learn to tango 💃🏽🕺🏽. Get out and meet people who are different from the norm that you meet. Not because the norm are bad. But cultivating friendships with different kinds of people from different walks of life and interests will be inspiring for you.
Release that which is no longer serving you. From clothing to jobs. Try reinventing yourself. Stop holding onto the past. My biggest hmmm 🤔 is wondering why people hold onto eras. Instead take some from an era and move on and become and eclectic soul.
Doodle, ✏draw those silly flowers 🌸and smiley faces 😛. Doodling can have a calming effect, similar to meditation. Mandalas are sometimes drawn in repetition within a meditation. It will help relax your brain and rejuvenate your though process. Coloring books are also super helpful and fun!
Eat brain healthy foods; Blueberries, nuts🥜, seeds, avocados🥑…. Keeping your mind fresh and alert helps keep the creativity flowing.
The Arts. ️🎧Music is a release and also can be inspiring. As well as art for some people. Some can find walking through a gallery very inspiring and thought provoking. So go see the ballet, your favorite band, or catch a play️ ️🎭!
Play video games, read comics, letting that inner child have some fun again 🤣
💤Sleeeeep💤. Catching enough zzzzz’s will help your mind to function better, as well as your whole body. This will help you be more creative, inspired and ready to expand your horizons.
Day 1 🌞🚙🌤️🍕
Thank you Mom, Dad, Tori and Barry for making this all happen!
We’ve been waiting for this kind of vacation a long time! And the family was waiting for this reunion for 12 years! That was the last time they were all together as a family. So this was super special. The ride there was beautiful. And you’ll hear that word thrown around a lot in this blog post 😄 So we drove from Virginia Beach to the Jersey Shore (Point Pleasant NJ/Beach) and we had great weather for the drive and very few stops. We were just excited to get there.
When we arrived, not everyone was there yet and wouldn’t be until Tuesday. We stayed at the Sand Pebble Motor Lodge in the Victorian. We were upstairs in a three bedroom suite (which was in itself two floors). We stayed with Keith’s parents, his brother Barry, sis-in-law Tori and their two littles (kids). The place was HUGE. His brother and fam was on the second floor of our suite, they had a massive bedroom with a king size bed, a huge bathroom with tub and a HUGE walk in closet that was actually used as the kids playroom, yeah it was that big. We think it may have originally been a small bedroom that they converted into a massive walk in closet. We were downstairs, where there were two bedrooms and a HUGE bathroom and kitchen. The living room was pretty big too. The kitchen was fully equipped and stocked with utensils, pots, pans, dishes, etc…. Keith’s big brother stayed downstairs in another suite (the steps in the first pic below show the entrance to their suite, we were on floor 2). Their suite was also roomy, a big two bedroom with large kitchen.
We arrived around dinner time and so we just had pizza and enjoyed time with family. After dinner we took a walk down to the boardwalk (which was open till midnight) to walk around and get some desert.
Day 2 ☀️⛱👙🌊 🚂
Sunshine and blue skies! Time to hit the beach!!! The beach was nice. When staying at the Sand Pebble you can get a discount for tickets to Jenkinson’s Beach. Now this was something I had never heard of, people owning parts of the beach and you paying to get on their beach. Here is VB we don’t have that. We either have public beaches or private beaches that you can only access if you are staying someplace on that beach.
The beach ended up being $2 a day per person after the lodge discount. Not bad I suppose. It pays for having a clean beach, and lifeguards everywhere. You feel pretty safe at this beach. It was beautiful!!
We went our own way for a bit and ended up at a cozy diner, Beach Diner and had a quick dinner while watching the trains go by.
Afterwards we headed back down to the boardwalk for the kids to all ride rides (lots of good ones for the kids), play carny games and get desert at the The Black Anchor Coffee House, which was delicious!!!!
Day 3 🌤️📷🥗
Most of this day was just very family oriented. We took family photo’s and just spent time reconnecting and connecting. The day before Aunt Kate (Keith’s Mom’s sister) and her hubby Uncle Mike also came down and joined us and took family photo’s for us.
We all went out to dinner at Frankie’s. I had a salad and was disappointed they didn’t even have bread sticks let alone bread. But my salad was good! And everyone just enjoyed spending time with each other. After all, for some it had been 12 years since they last saw each other. Keith (my hubby) had not seen his oldest brother Scott in 12 years! Scott and Nauko’s oldest was just a baby boy when he last saw them. And I had never met them. They live all the way in Washington State. So this really was a special time for all of us!
Day 4 🌥️📷🐸🦉🐧🐢🐠🐡🦐🐍🌦️⛈️
Jenkinson’s Aquarium was how we spent most of the day. It was a pretty laid back day with a few raindrops. And the start of some thunderstorms. It was a good day for an indoor experience.
To be honest, I really thought the aquarium was just going to be a roadside afterthought kind of place. I was even worried I would see mistreatment,neglect or bad conditions here. But it was the complete opposite. They were cleaning all the time, the animals looked happy and well fed. And happily I found this place to be very conscientious about animal welfare and sustainability. They had displays everywhere for conservation, animal protection, rescue, preservation and keeping the waterways clean of debris. I was pretty impressed with this little aquarium. They care a lot about their residents and the animal world.
ps….their seal, Luseal wasn’t always alone here. Luseal is a rescue and so was the other resident seal. Sadly Luseal’s companion passed away recently. From what they said they are hoping to be able to take in another rescued seal.
Day 5 ⛈️☔💦🥙🚂
Rain, thunder, lightening, downpours! But it was still a pretty awesome day. We hung around the house for a while and hung out with family and then met with one of Keith’s old friends and her hubby for dinner. We had met once before and have been Facebook friends, but I haven’t seen her since Keith and I first got together! She even got married since then and moved out of Jersey to PA and then back to Jersey. So it was time to catch up! Unfortunately for whatever reason, we completely forgot to snap any pictures. But it was a fun evening playing catch up at Beach Diner with good friends we don’t get to see often enough!
And we did make tentative plans to get together some time during the holidays! And next time, we will take pictures!!
Day 6 Headed Home….☀️😢🌊⛴
All good things I suppose have an ending, or at least a, till next time. And we’ve already decided there will be a next time. We have solo trip plans and plans that involve group vacations back to Point Pleasant. We also determined that we can’t let so much time go by with us not seeing the littles. Keith is godfather to the two littlest niece and nephew and since they are in New Jersey and us in Virginia, we decided we need to start meeting at some half way points, even if only for weekends here and there so we can all see each other. Time slips away and we may ourselves eventually move further away so we have to find the time and take the time to spend with family while we can!
We grew closer to family who are in Washington State too and we may even move there one day soon, who knows. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to live and Keith’s job could potentially come up with a transfer there. But either way we have to make it happen that we see each other more. Kids need family bonds and although it’s hard when people are so transient now and tend to live in other states, or even countries, to make the effort to remember that kids needs to know family.
We all had a quick lunch together back at Frankie’s and then a quick run back down to the boardwalk for us to grab this massive apple (we had at the beginning of the trip, soooo good!) and some taffy, as well as a new wall hanging for our ocean(esq) living room!
It was especially nice for Keith, Scott and Barry’s parents to see us all, and see us all together. Time keeps moving and before you know it, 12 years have gone by. I think we all learned a valuable lesson while having a beautiful and memorable family vacation!
💙Till next we meet….
Saw this over at Starring Pamela (a pretty awesome blog, you should go check it out!) and decided to give it a go….
Would you rather: a series or a standalone?
I don’t read a lot, unless I am. Which means when I do decide to, I want to be fully immersed in a story, a world and the characters. So for that reason I much prefer a series.
Would you rather: read only female authors or only male authors?
I have no preference at all.
Would you rather: shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
Either. But I do love going in to B&N to browse the shelves and find something I have yet to discover. I could spend hours!
Would you rather: all book adaptations become movies or tv shows?
Movies. Movies tend to be bigger and with substantially larger budgets. And since I love the series type books I also enjoy series movies (Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, etc…) Although I think Game Of Thrones has done equally well with both, I think Walking Dead is very splintered. I’m actually happy I didn’t read the comics first.
Would you rather: read 5 pages a week or 5 books a week?
5 pages. I like to stay with a story a while. I become attached. Unless of course it’s a series and even then I like to take my time.
Would you rather: be a professional book reviewer or a professional author?
Hmm, author because I’m picky about what I do read.
Would you rather: only read your top 20 books over and over again or always read a new book?
I am a re-reader for sure. Like I said, I become attached
Would you rather: be a librarian or book seller?
Book seller for sure. I’d love to dabble in older books or comics. Very eclectic and eccentric!
Would you rather: read only from your favorite genre or read anything but your favorite genre?
I am pretty stuck in specific genre. Horror, mystery, science fiction mostly. I do love personal development books and some poetry too.
Would you rather: read physical books or ebooks?
Physical. I like the feel and the smell, yep I’m one of those people.
Feel free to snag the graphic and link back too, I’d love to read yours if you do this! No tagging, I’d love you all to join in!
Hope your weekend was ️🎉️🎊 fabulous! We were SUPER busy! Between shopping 😄parties️ ️🎵 , getting my hair color done 💇🏽🤳🏽, fireworks displays 🎇🎆 and squeezing in workouts 💪🏽🏃🏽🚶🏽🏃🏽🏋️🏽 , we had a long weekend. I gave myself the luxury of sleeping in a little today. But now I have a ton of email to catch up on!
But you know, new found discipline and all, the weekends festivities allowed for a little indulgence, my favorite this weekend had to be 😋🍞Samoan Pani Popo (Samoan Coconut Rolls) that our friend Rachel made. They were soooooo good! Definitely a special treat. I’m pretty sure her recipe is a handed down family recipe but I did find this one in case your interested (Pani Popo recipe). I usually don’t eat much at all with white sugar, so this was an indulgence for sure. But when you keep your nutrition super clean it’s something you can do once in a while and really enjoy the experience!
The fireworks display at Mt Trashmore Park was really nice. I completely forgot to take a video like I usually do with firework displays 😞 but my hubby snagged a few good shots! We had rain threatening all night but the show still went on!
I hope everywhere implements what a town in Italy did this year, silent fireworks! I guess it is growing in popularity not only because of animals becoming fearful but for vets who suffer from PTSD as well. Not to mention how hard it must be for shift workers, elderly and those who may be sick to try and sleep through even if it’s only a half hour or so. More about ….silent fireworks, here.
We didn’t really get many other photo’s 📸 from this weekend though. The bbq parties were pretty chill and laid back. Just good friends hanging out eating, talking playing some 🎮 Mario Kart and wishing we could have played corn hole, darn rain🌦️⛈️. And when we worked out we really just did fit the workouts in when and where we could so I wasn’t thinking 💡 photo/video inspiration, just quick lets get it done!
Now today seriously feels like a Monday and my day started slowwwwwwly lol. Time to get it into gear!! So today I’m gonna 😉💪🏽 “Dig Deep” with more #shaunweek and try and get a run 🏃🏽🚶🏽🏃🏽 in, in between some rain drops 🌦️! I’m planning doubles all week though. A great weekend enjoyed deserves a extra attention to doing what’s right for your body post-weekend. So time to focus and get back in the game!
😢 So many people who are doing a fitness program who indulge over a weekend or party, can get mad at themselves and throw in the towel on their whole plan for living healthier and doing what their body needs them to do. They figure, I messed it all up.
This is actually the time when you prove to yourself all you’ve learned with respecting your body, your journey and the whole process. You aren’t perfect and there’s a lot of temptations out there that will steer you off your goals. So after a a little, or even a lot of indulgence, don’t feel you are defeated ️🥊😢. Instead get back at it, re-dedicate yourself. Do a little extra and fine tune your nutrition 😅🥗. This is also the time to put a mental check ✔️ in your mind that the next time an event is coming up where you know you may want to indulge…
- Do it mindfully. Don’t eat a huge piece of cake, eat a small one. Load up on the salad and small portions with the more calorie laden foods.
- Double up on your fitness the few days before and a few days after
- Keep your goals in mind and weight them against the temptations you will meet face to face. Choose wisely!
☔ I’m headed out now to get that run in, it’s looking like the rain’s coming sooner than later! I’ll be back later today! So how was your weekend?
Thanks to Pamela @StarringPamela for another “open to all tag”! I love your blog & I’m happy I stumbled across you!
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions
- Tag 11 people
- Give them 11 questions to answer
1.What’s your favorite video game?
I don’t play many at all, or very often. So there are really only four; Fable, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy and Civilization
2. Do you have any pets?
Two cats. Loki & Tinka Bell. Loki’s (the black one, has had several names. We thought at first he was a she and we named “her” Faith. When we found out she was a he, his name changed to Not Faith, which was Not easy to call him by. It was usually shortened to Not and he is kind of “off” and he never really learned that name. So since I’m a big Loki (Marvel) fan and we couldn’t think of anything that suited him, he became Loki. He is kind of dopey. He was brought to me as a stray. And he feared walking on the carpet the first week or so. Tinka Belle, is my little princess of the house. She is named after Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) and Belle (Beauty and the Beast). She doesn’t like humans at all. She was also a stray that was brought to us. We had her 5 years before she’d even let my hubby touch her. But now she’s come a long way and she is a bit social. They were both very feral and it took me a long time to gain trust with them. Now they are just happy lazy (Loki anyway) house cats who are tame as can be. But don’t expect Tinka to ever want to be near you, ever.
3. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick?
Hmmm… I’m really not much of a celebrity stalker. And we’re talking dinner here. So how about Chefs Richard Landau & Kate Jacoby owners of Vedge, an innovative vegetarian restaurant in Philadelphia PA. Or any of the many fabulous chef’s I follow!
4.What’s your favorite type of monument?
I love old burial monuments, the angels especially. I love temples and stone circles too.
5.Do you ever print photos?
I do, for wall hangings!
6.Coffee or tea?
Both! Depends on my mood.
7.Do you dance?
Not often enough!
8.What’s your favorite holiday?
I used to love Halloween, but I think I mostly loved the cool crisp autumn breezes and all the autumn scents. In Virginia Beach, we don’t really get the same kind of autumn as we did in Ohio. But I still love it because it’s the beginning of all the winter holidays. It’s a magical time!
9.Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes I do
10. How many people would you ever invite to your house at one time for a party? Is there a limit?
Well, there’s only a limit because, space you know? We have a smallish apartment. We were actually trying to plan a July 4th get together here and we were just debating how many we can fit inside. We guess at 10 max!
11. What always makes you laugh?
The sound of babies laughing, Marvel movies, SNL, Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show, my hubbies jokes
I’m going to do an opt-in option for today’s tag. If you would like to do this tag, just comment “Tag Me!” below (or whatever you want really) and then be sure to let me know so I can read it!
And that’s the Blue Sky Tag! Let me know if you do this tag or feel free to answer a question or two (or all!) in the comments below. I’d love to read your answers.
Not sure where the tag originated but, I found this over at ReadRantRock&Roll. Mischenko has a fun laid back blog about music, books and life. I love to read her blog, it’s like sitting with a good friend over a cappuccino in a cozy coffee shop! Thought the tag looked looked fun, so lets roll….
What Is the Meaning of My Name?
Angeloftheshore has been my social media name for a realllly long time. Angel is the name I dabbled with changing my name to. It was a nickname and at one time it just fit me. These days I’m comfortable in my own given name of Susan. But it’s Susan, or even Suzy if you wish, no Sue. And the ‘oftheshore” part is because at one time I was very deeply into marine wildlife advocacy. And I was Angel, on the shore (leading campaigns). I am still very much an animal advocate. But I had to step away quite a bit. People who are deeply submerged in animal rights and welfare issues witness so many atrocities day in and day out. We see so much of the uglier side of humans. I developed a sort of PTSD from it all. I’m much better now, but I was in a pretty deep depression for some time. I’ve since learned better skills to balance it all out.
What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)
-INTROVERTED – 59%
-INTUITIVE – 73%
-FEELING – 75%
-JUDGING – 32%
-TURBULENT – 66%
The rarest Myer-Briggs Personality Type – Less that 1% of the population
Famous INFJs; Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Goethe, Cate Blanchett, Mahatma Gandhi and Plato
This is pretty spot on for me
What is my Zodiac Sign? (Site for Sign)
Color: Gold, Yellow, Orange
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Aquarius, Gemini
Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 10, 19
Date range: July 23 – August 22
What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)
That link didn’t work for me 🙁
But every time I take a sorting quiz, I’m sorted into Ravenclaw. Even when I was sorted for The Hogwarts Running Club I was sorted into Ravenclaw. Usually I have placed 2nd with Gryffendor, 3rd with Hufflepuff and lastly with Slytherin.
What are my Learning Styles? (Link)
Your scores were:
I have a multimodal learning preference.
Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)
What is my Blood Type?
What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)
Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)
You belong in Abnegation!
What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)
My two siblings are 16 & 17 years older than me and both were out of the house before I was 2. So some might say I was more of an only child…but
Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.
Why it’s true: Parents are less cautious. (Hey, the older ones ate the dog’s food and lived!) And they also probably have more resources than they did when starting out. “Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention,” says Salmon.
When it’s not: “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. “They might become very responsible, like the oldest, or social, like the middle.”
“I wasn’t tagged for this and wouldn’t feel right tagging anyone else, but I would love to see EVERYONE do this tag! It’s so much fun and I learned some things about myself I didn’t previously know. I can’t wait to see every one else’s answers. It’s a good way to get to know others!
Hope you enjoy!
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