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Something about a beach…

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There is just something about a beach.

Being at the beach. Toes in the sand, playing in the ocean, camping on the beach, having a bbq at the beach. I think you know what I mean. It’s peaceful. It makes life seem so simple.  Your worries seem washed away in the continuous waves that crash at the shore.

It’s at the beach where I love “people watching” the most.

Everyone seems happy. I especially love watching little kids at the beach…they just seem so happy with not a care in the world. The other day Tom and I had BBQ on the beach for a little date night dinner… it was so fun to watch the sun set below the mountains in the background. I got to watch kids play in the sand, people swim in the ocean, and people of all ages walk by chatting for a few hours. It was lovely. It was fun to be at the beach, but also not be “in the action” just observing this time. It was also the perfect end to a long day at work! I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE living by the beach. I wonder how I ever survived living without plentiful mountains to hike, and gorgeous beaches to visit. I thought I would share some of my favorite beach moments, and thought it was the perfect time to do so… Now that beach season is in FULL EFFECT! To start off some oldies…but goodies:

The most beautiful sunsets in Fiji

The most beautiful sunsets in Fiji

Just another beautiful Fijian sunset.

Just another beautiful Fijian sunset.

Bonaire Island (Just to the East of Aruba) visiting a friend from high school who lived in this little slice of paradise.

Bonaire Island (Just to the East of Aruba) visiting a friend from high school who lived in this little slice of paradise.

View from the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!

View from the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!

Like I said... always happy at the beach! Our wedding in the Dominican Republic.

Like I said… always happy at the beach! Our wedding in the Dominican Republic.

Jangdeung beach. Yeosu, South Korea. (My favorite!)

Jangdeung beach. Yeosu, South Korea. (My favorite in Korea so far!)

Hard to see because I had to zoom in so far...but check out the cute little girls walking arm in arm (on the left)

Hard to see because I had to zoom in so far…but check out the cute little girls walking arm in arm (on the left)

Jindo, South Korea

Jindo, South Korea

Cute kids playing in the sand/sun! Jindo, South Korea.

Cute kids playing in the sand/sun! Jindo, South Korea.

Ungcheon Beach, Yeosu, South Korea.

Ungcheon Beach, Yeosu, South Korea.

Love the feeling of sand between my toes. Please excuse my crazy tan lines!!!

Love the feeling of sand between my toes. Please excuse my crazy tan lines!!!

Camping (nearly) on the beach. Namhae, South Korea.

Camping (nearly) on the beach. Namhae, South Korea.

Stumbled upon these deserted beach in the fog. Jeju Island, South Korea.

Stumbled upon this deserted beach in the fog. Jeju Island, South Korea.

Do you love the beach? Or do you prefer the mountains?

In the midst of the Wisconsin winters I would close my eyes and picture myself at the beach. I think I was born a beach lover!

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Bonaire Beauty

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It’s been far to long since I have posted last. That’s far to many memories and days that are lost in the sands of time. It is my promise to myself that I will strive to update much more often. I also eh hem… forgot about this until a wonderful person gave me a friendly nudge in the right direction.

So here I am. In April I decided on a whim to visit an old high school friend who lives in the beautiful island of Bonaire. It is truly a slice of heaven. My temperature from island fever remains to rise as I returned to the homeland. After living in Fiji for 7 months, visiting the Bahamas, and then experiencing true Bonairian life I realized a piece of my heart lies in the islands. Now, also in Bonaire. I experienced scuba diving for the first time and felt like I had been missing out on such a beautiful part of life. It was one of those experiences of complete serenity. Seriously, I can’t even find the right words in the English dictionary to describe what scuba diving was like. I was apart of the underwater world and there is nothing like it I have ever even come close to experiencing. I was able to tour the island. I was able to each day go out on a massive sailboat and snorkel for hours on end seeing sea turtles left and right (which has been a dream of mine.) I laid out in the sun for way to many hours and just breathe fresh air. I was able to most importantly…spend time with a long lost friend who I dearly cherish.

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I decided to take this trip because I thought I deserved it. After, I got back I was reminded that I deserve NOTHING in this life. Selfishness. It’s an interesting topic. I think humans are all to selfish all to often. More to come on this later..

The Bonaire trip though, couldn’t have come at a more important, and vital time. I am now head on into the application process for “real” teaching jobs. I have had interviews and just received a call back for a second interview. It is for a kindergarten position…and while I couldn’t be more excited I think I would have taken all of these job opportunities for granted if I wouldn’t have taken this trip. I came to understand how precious life is, how much I am in love with the man I am marrying, and that I deserve nothing.

I decided on this trip that although my heart and some of my passion is in traveling I now know that life wouldn’t be life without my Tom in it. I don’t want to leave him to travel the world and I don’t want to live life without him. That goes to say that I will continue to travel in the summers and I will continue to hope that we may go to South Korea to teach or join the peace corp. BUT right here…right now… this second….life is pretty amazing. Even from this itty bitty-wisconsinite corner of my world.

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