Toes in the white sand, warm sun kissing her cold winter skin, she felt complete. She could feel that winter was finally ending and spring was beginning. Clear aqua colored waves kissing the white sands before receding back into the ocean. Time standing still.
 
How I wish to bottle up that feeling and take it with me for the spring season!
 
One of my favorite books to read every summer is A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. What a wise woman she is and what a fascinating life she lived! If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Below is one  of my favorite quotes from this book:

 

 

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea. 

 

Three Ways I Plan to Bring the Relaxed Beach Feel to My Daily Life:

 

1. Exercise and maintain a good diet. My diet is usually pretty good, but it can be struggle. Snacking in the late afternoon when I must begin cooking dinner is my pitfall!

 

2. Simplify my days. Continue to not over schedule the family schedule or my own. Having down time daily to think and be still helps soo much. My husband travels quite a bit during the week. The children’s afternoon and evening activity schedules is a change in motion.

 

3. Continue to practice meditating for 10 minutes daily. (Thank you Headspace app.) The first program I chose was a 28 day session on anxiety. I’m still making my way through it 6 weeks later. It is  a game changer! Each lesson builds on the next. Yes, some weeks I may only do this app twice a week. Something is better than nothing. Who doesn’t love a soothing Australian man guiding you through a 10 minute session? The Headspace app has taught me how to re-frame my thinking with the negative emotion of anxiety.

 

 
 
If you have any comments or tips to share on any of these three things, please do! We are all working to become better versions of ourselves and would love to hear your tips and ideas.