That's the place that brings me complete solace, peace, and happiness.
I have loved the beach for as long as I can remember. Maybe just not loved, but I guess you could say obsessed.
I breathe and dream the sand, the water, the salty taste, the smell of ocean air. . .
Living a good 12 hour car ride away doesn't make for frequent visits. Even though I go every year, I cry each time I leave because I know I'll miss it so.
I have always had family that lives in Florida, so I have been fortunate to have a places to vacation to, and we have always gone to the gulf for family vacations each year as well. But that's not good enough. I want to be there more than that.
I knew I always wanted to get married on the beach and my dream was fulfilled in '08 when I got married in Jamaica. I have also always wanted to live by the beach.
We want to move to the beach soon and when everything works out, but since I have signed a 2 year contract with the hospital I'm working at, it won't be for at least that amount of time.
Big bummer. But, oh well...things happen for a reason.
So anyway, I was sending my cousin a message earlier on facebook asking for her phone number, as I lost all my contacts recently, and that's when I realized that about exactly a year ago, we were messaging back and forth about my upcoming trip to Florida.
Eric and I made our way there for my spring break and a much needed getaway. We stayed with my Uncle, who lives in Tampa, and also visited my cousin and her husband who live there, also. It was an awesome trip and we had so much fun. I didn't get to visit the beach as much as I liked, but I fell in love with the area. We knew we wanted to move there as fast as possible and even looked at places to live.
Even though moving isn't an option right this moment, I know we'll get there soon. I guess we can put it in our 5 year plan.
Until that time, I'll keep dreaming, planning, and vacationing.
These are some photos of our trip from last year. I mean really, who wouldn't want to live here. And for those that do, please don't take it for granted!
To me the beach is such a magical place.
What place makes you the happiest?