Thoughts From The Beach

What I have learned about life, living at the beach.


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Hello Again….

Has it really been four years since I last wrote? That is so hard to believe but I guess like everyone life has a way of getting in the way.  The last 4 years have been filled with love, laughter and of course some sadness and struggles. Life in all its forms.

As I sit here on Christmas Eve looking back over the past 4 years I feel more content and happier than I have ever been. I have learned to roll with the punches better, not perfectly but better. I have also continued to enjoy the little things around me.

I guess the biggest change in the past 4 years has been my marriage to the love of my life. Probably THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE! I’m sure that is so cliché but you know what it is true.

I learned that planning a wedding can be frustrating no matter how big or small. Even though we had a very small ceremony at our home I still went into my perfectionist mode and needed all things perfect. Though there really is never complete perfection. A lesson I am continually learning. I must admit it was as near perfection as I could have imagined. Sunny weather, in March, in the Pacific Northwest! Really?!? Who plans an outdoor wedding for March in the Seattle area? Me that’s who. The most important thing about our wedding day is we were with those we love and it was a celebration! In my mind that is what a perfect wedding is.

I have included some of my favorite photos from our wedding. The ones that make me smile every day. Let me know your thoughts on weddings, favorite parts of your wedding or the struggles and successes in your planning. I would love to hear them.

Until next time, which I am really hoping won’t be 4 years from now, enjoy this amazing thing called life!

Anita

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Lessons

There are many lessons that I have learned since moving to the beach. My most recent lessons have been through watching my yard and gardens taking shape this spring. 

The last couple of years I have had miserable spring and summers as far as my gardens go. For someone who left a flourishing garden in Portland Oregon it has been disheartening. This spring as I was watching the early bulbs blooming I noticed some hyacinths blooming from under our wood pile. You may think “why did she plant bulbs under a wood pile?” The answer is, the wood pile wasn’t there when I planted them! Due to all of the work in my yard the past year or so we needed to move the pile to its current location. But back to my lessons learned…..

AsI looked at the flowers it brought two thoughts to mind, “bloom where you are planted” and that nothing ever worth having is easy. Those flowers worked their way out from a load of firewood to bloom in all their glory! This showed me that there is hope to make this house, this garden and this life of mine bloom gloriously. With a little work I can have the life I have always dreamed about. It is getting there. Closer than I have ever been and I am enjoying the journey. I think of all the “wood piles” I needed to overcome and it is amazing to me that I am at this spot at this time living a life I couldn’t even dream about!

So I want you to take some time and think about your own wood piles and then congratulate yourself in blooming even when they should have crushed you.