Happy Fathers Day To My Dad

     My Dad

Meet my Dad. Let me tell you why he is special. His name is Samuel MIlliken, better known as Sam.And  he is Irish. He is the first man I ever loved – and still do. He loves his family more than anything else in his life. 

He always worked hard. Some of the places he’s worked are Southport Nuclear Plant, Sunny Point Military Terminal, drove boats in the ocean and owns a seafood market. 

Dad loves to build things, carpentry and such.He loves to fish, sing karaoke, spend time in church and socialize with others.        

He loves for his family to be with him. He loves the scriptures and spiritual books. Dad taught me the importance of faith as a cornerstone in your life.

He  loves sugary, sweet foods that his diabetes won’t allow, and on occasion sneaks a bite. And boy does he love sweat tea.

His favorite saying is “Shine you say”. You see, he has a big sense of humor. He likes to make people feel at ease…                                

My favorite things about my Dad is his gentleness, simplicity and his wisdom.         And I always know he’ll have a pocketful of sunshine if I need inspiration. 

What a blessing to have a great Dad in my life who made me shine on the inside and told me I was beautiful on the outside.   
 I love you today and forever❤️. You are the best!

   Happy Fathers Day❤️

   Donna George

Are You A Thalassophile, like me?

Counting the ways to love the ocean.

Sea lover, ocean baby, surfer girl, water girl, wave rider, sea shepherd, life guard, sunbather,  hippie chick, naturelust, wanderlust, fisherman, mermaid, water splasher, sand castle enthusiast, writer, photographer, pier lovers, outdoorsy, the ones who prefers bare feet. Water sport enthusiasts, shell collectors, deep thinkers, peace makers… Who are you?

A Thalassophile too, perhaps?

Happy trails
Donna George

Big Blue: Crowds Come To You

What a perfect Mermorial Day Weekend!

The Carolina Coast luckily dodged the storm over the weekend making beach-lovers and vacationers happy. Nothing but blue, sunny skies and surfs up. Riptides rode the blue, but really – was there a storm really coming?

This is a great little spot on the beach. A quiet section tucked away from the crowds. Shh, some details we don’t disclose.

The crowds came. And came…

The beach ambassadors showed up.

It was a perfect place to be.

Lumina News photo, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Happy trails                                                                   Donna George

Space In Between

In every city lives an oddity sometimes, a proverbial “space in between”. Some beautiful alley’s that many gather around while others never notice.

Every alley is unique, marked distinctly in its own way from the street and life surrounding it. The width is different, the odors, and the structures that give it dimension all contribute to the street personality.

In comparison to people, street alleys are less fearful than digging through the deepest corridors of the human mind.

Do you love alleys or avoid them? Why? Have a favorite one? Send a photo explaining what attracts you to it. A view is worth a thousand words…

Happy trails.                                                                      Donna George

Blades of Grass

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Less to have to worry about, yes?

Sometimes life confronts us with Simplicity and others times we simply stumble upon it.

Either way, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Happy Trails 🙂

Donna George

Earth Day 2016

Today is a perfect excuse to appreciate the beautiful, bountiful Earth we inhabit. A day we all share in common.

Happy Earth Day to everyone!

Happy trails
Donna George


Are You Grateful?

If you asked a thousand different people what it means to be “grateful”…..

        ” you would get a thousand different responses”.    


gratitude (Photo credit: nathalie booth)


Echos of all kinds of phrases, references, and descriptions would surface based on the background of the person who is asked. Of course – there would be no right or wrong answer. Oops, am I losing you already? Stay with me.

Webster describes “gratefulness” as a feeling or showing of kindness. To be thankful.

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gratitude wallpaper_16:9 (Photo credit: dontstealmypen)

Life can sometimes sneak up, take us by surprise, landing us in unchartered territory. Oftentimes the landing is not exactly the plan we had in mind. Usually finding ourself in a whirlwind of the ” what if’s ” and  ” what nows “. This is the launching pad of something new, something better, usually disguised by the bewilderment of confusion.

Here are some pathways to gratefulness;

* organize your possessions to recognize your blessings

* focus on other people not on yourself, you will soon find your issues puny 

* get outside in the fresh air and exercise your body, releases endorphins in the brain

* write down a list of all the (free things) in your life that make you happy 

* stand on the shore and thank God for telling the ocean where to stop

There is a bible verse that has always stood out in my memory. Not because it was my favorite or a really popular one, but I believe it was a verse of relevance for my specific life since it keeps reappearing randomly. I ran across it in my journal a few weeks ago.

Luke 16:10 “if you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large things”.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to give yourself to people who are grateful? To do things for these people because it means so much to them. It is a natural process to freely give without any expectation of any thing returned.

I remember the first time I gave someone something as a complete random act of kindness. It was such an amazing feeling that I repeated it many times with others. I will share this story so you can see that the thing I gave was insignificant, but the act itself was gratitude.

I had this huge black silver onyx ring that I wore on my middle finger on my right hand that I loved. It was chunky and matched everything I wore. It was just a perfect daily fit. I was working that day and an associate in that particular place had often complimented me on the ring. No matter how many times I saw this person she always mentioned the ring. So as she normally did, she approached me that morning and said, God, I love that ring”. I said to her, “it’s yours”. I want you to have it and enjoy it. The look on her face was priceless and it totally blessed me to see her receive this ring. You would have thought I gave her a diamond ring. She was oozing gratefulness. We still talk about it on occasion.

The point of the story is to know that to see gratefulness you must learn to be grateful. Gratitude is becoming and long-enduring. It comes in many forms. You can show it today on someone with little effort. Try telling a family member how much you appreciate them or how thankful you are that they are a responsible person. Or tell a friend how much you value their friendship or tell a coach how thankful you are for all they taught you. Look around you and count your blessings and it will lead you to many opportunities to be grateful.

The flip side of gratefulness is ugly and entitlement. Everyone knows someone like this who we try to avoid. These people are takers and always asking to receive, but never willing to invest. I say this to create sensitive to the behavior, not to criticize it.

My experiences with gratitude are profound and memorable for me. I remember these acts as times that I made someone else a little happier and me a little closer to the person I long to be.

Tell me about a time that you were grateful.

The Way to Happiness