So happy I've had the chance to spend time at the ocean a few times this year. This may not seem to be a major sensation to many, but living in north Texas, it isn't often I get to enjoy it! Our nearest coast is a 6 hour drive, but it was the only coast I'd seen growing up and there's so many more beaches I have yet to see! I'd much rather fly a couple of hours and see the rest of the US coastline!
I love visiting beach towns... the sense of carefreeness, leisure and hippie vibes completely places me in a different dimension. It really does give you the sense of being completely disconnected from reality so that you can rest and refuel. Isn't that what vacation is about?
In early July, we ventured with my husband's family out to Santa Rosa Beach, FL. We stayed in a peaceful neighborhood about an 8 mintes drive to the 30A- if you've never been to Seaside area you must know this is the main cluster of beaches, shopping, eating and things to do in Seaside. It was a great area for walkability, biking (which I hope to do next time), and just enjoying being outside and taking it easy.
One particularly unique thing about Seaside Beach was the white sand. From what I have heard, much of Florida has the lovely white, powdery sand (as you see in the photos) that is much saught after by vacationers. The water was pretty clear in the morning (before the tide gets high) so you can see the little fish--and if you're lucky, a sea turtle--swim around your legs. That was my first time to experience that kind of sand... it was beautiful! I will say though, I wasn't quite prepared for the brightness of it; since it is white, it reflects the already intense sun! I was a lobster by the time I left.
My choice of reading for this trip was Mindset: the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. I read this book a few years ago at the recommendation of on of my favorite bloggers Wendy Nguyen. I was floored when I first read it; but having just completed my first Psychology course the week before our trip, I was motivated to read it again. I am so glad I started re-reading this book! I feel as though I could even read it again in the future... it's one of those evergreen resources; no matter how you've grown over time, this book will always be a source of new growth! I have been able to recognize the areas that I did grow after first reading it, yet the book is revealing new areas of improvement still. I will say, having taken a Psychology class (which was an intro/overview to the field) has helped me to understand the content of the book even deeper. However, that being said, Carol Dweck writes in a way that is so practical, you can pick up the tools and use them right away... that is, only if you want positive change in your life!
Without spoiling the book too much (you really should read it for yourself!), Dweck lays out the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. The lessons in this book can be applied to every aspect of life, no matter who you are! It covers all accross the spectrum... even down to the normal, everyday responses to situations. In fact, everyday reactions are most important because its the accumulation of my everyday thoughts and words that shape my outlook and success in life!
Thankful for a little time to relax, enjoy family, and listen to the waves, and go for the occasional dive. It's moments like these that are necessary to refuel before getting back to the day-today of working toward dreams and goals.