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Beaches

“The Voice Of The Sea Speaks To The Soul.”

One of the most beautiful sites in Pensacola are the beaches.  Regardless what side of town you live on, a sandy waterfront view is just a short drive away.

This is one of the things that makes our area an attraction to visit and a desirable place to live.   Beaches aren’t just a great place to bask in the wonderful Florida rays.  They can also be places of great peace.

Some days  listening to the Emerald waves crash against platinum sandy beaches is all it takes to relieve your soul of the rough ride of life.  So take a moment to enjoy a blissful moment on your way home and let it wash away the worries of the day.

While you’re at it, schedule your own serene beach session today!

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Voyage To Joy

“To learn to play, seriously, is one of the great secrets of spiritual exploration.”~ Rachel Pollack

Children are natural explorers. They see things with fresh, uninhibited eyes that savor and revisit their experiences often.  Working with these little adventurers reminds me that even though I have lived a while, I am not always living.  As an adult, I often forget what it means to just be in the moment and especially, how to re-visit those moments of sheer joy.

The little ones I work with and others who are in my life, remind me that life is a quest, but not one which the final destination is most important.  This voyage is more about the steps, the inventing and reinventing yourself as you connect with others on similar paths.

So push yourself with open eyes.  Smile at the gifts around you and enjoy the view as you climb the mountains of life.

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Family Is Important

Family means different things based on who you are.  In mixed groups, personal definitions could mean anything from direct blood relatives to those whom you’ve acquired unique, close bonds with.

For me, the both are true.  Growing up in a military home, I learned first hand that limiting “family” to just genetics doesn’t always work.  Sometimes you have to rely on those who’ve earned your trust by being committed to the mutual success of all involved.  They start off as friends, but gradually through motivational words and inspiring acts, prove to be much more.

Now as an adult serving families similar to my own, I see the struggle of families (especially military ones) even more clearly.  Remaining united and strong happens with constant communication, plans for visits, and (thanks to technology) video chatting.  So as you like that IG post, watch the latest Snap, or “react” to the last Facebook message, remember family is important no matter how you define it.

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The Kindness Challenge

When was the last time you took pictures? If you’re like me, it wasn’t that long ago as I was practicing facial expressions in this morning’s “selfie adventure” lol. Chances are though, that you are among the more common side of the population who generally avoid personal photos for as long as they can.Shooting your star moments!

Far more frequently as adults we opt to avoid the photographic opportunities we seek to capture. Thinking that the moment, perfectly framed, frozen in time is better in some way without our presence. I hear the excuses all the time; “not today”, “let me get dolled up first”, “I want to loose a couple of pounds” or “I just don’t like how I look in pictures” we opt to remove our countenance from joys of today with the hope that tomorrow will be different.

And yes, tomorrow will be different, but the moments will be gone. With every excuse, we keep ourselves out of the visual archives of family history that our children will return to and share for generations to come. The photos they will use to describe who we are and our roles to their children will be left to just words.Shooting your star moments!
Not to mention, the idea that in denying ourselves these opportunities, we are also in a way saying that there is something lacking in who we are.

As a woman, I know that being self-conscious about my appearance can be a difficult struggle, but as a mom, I know that to my son, I AM PERFECT. He doesn’t care if I’m wearing makeup or in my pj’s, he thinks I’m beautiful and if he’s like me, he will always think his mom is beautiful. Our families are not looking to see the latest styles or the skinniest version of our physical selves. They want to enjoy the memories of love in our eyes and bliss in our smiles.

So whether you want to loose a few pounds or need a tan or don’t like your freckles; take your mind off those things and put yourself out there any way. Take your mind off what you think are imperfections and allow them to be the things that make you beautiful!

Today is random acts of kindness day and I challenge each of you to be kind to yourself!Shooting your star moments!

Remember: “you may not be perfect, but you are an original, limited edition!”~author unknown