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A Beachy Point Of View

First day of summer

Hello Summer 2016

It’s finally here, the first day of summer 2016. No matter where you live or where you go there is no escaping the heat. If you’re heading to the beach to kickoff summer its essential to stay hydrated for endurance. No need to waste a fun, play day with hinderances that could be avoided with a little preparation.

Summer is all about lazy pool days, spending time under the sizzling hot sun and having fun at the beach. Just find a spot with water and stay cool…

 

Beach, Ocean, NC beach pier,

Beach

While finding a place to get outside and enjoy the sunshine is a natural part of summer, maintaining a healthy fluid balance is necessary for proper hydration.

As the temps outside continue to rise, so will the need to increase fluids in your body. Feeling thirsty is usually an indication you are already dehydrated and have lost 1 percent of your body fluids. Fatigue feelings and cardiovascular issues can happen with only 2 percent loss of fluids. So use the heat as your inspiration to indulge on delicious fruits and introduce yourself to the gigantic, growing world of water options. 

Lemon water during the day and the sparkling at night works for me. Give the orange sparkling a try if you’re looking for a new flavor, its delicious! Go ahead and drink up…

12 Smart Ways To Welcome The Dog Days Of Summer

  1. Keep a small cooler filled with ice and delicious beverages in your vehicle religiously. It takes just a second to get ready and it can save your life, literally. When you’re running late or caught in traffic, but have no time to stop and get a beverage, you’ll be ready 🙂
  2. Get in the habit of wearing a good sunscreen daily. Protect your beautiful face.
  3. Hydrating food like yummy watermelon, cantaloupes, cucumber, peaches, apples, pineapples, lemons, and berries have a high water content and are loaded with nutrients that go to work for us. All of these fruits are made up of vitamins like A and C and are packed with antioxidants
  4. Save exercising for early mornings or late evening. Nothing can drive your body into a heat stroke like exercising during mid-day on a hot summer day. The hot summer dog days can put a monkey on your back that can keep you sick for days. No fun in that! Ditch the treadmill, but wait for the coolest part of the day.
  5. Get those indoor fans up and working to help circulate the air. Cleaning the blades can do wonders for your allergies and help to keep you cool.
  6. Keep your body hydrated with fluids. If you’re bored with plain water change it up to sparkling or flavored. There are so many options in the supermarket, just try something new. The #1 option is coconut water. Its full of electrolytes and great for your skin.
  7. Take advantage of the fresh produce and fruits at the local farmers markets.
  8. Drive into a gorgeous sunset. Its more satisfying than watching from a pier.
  9. Attend an outdoor activity like a lawn cinematique, a festival or a music event to make the mental connection to summer.
  10. Make a tie-dye tee shirt in bright colors.
  11. Create a summer music playlist.
  12. Buy yourself a big, beautiful new beach towel.

Red apple in the sand at the beach

 

Keep an open mind, experience new things and enjoy the summer!

Happy trails
Donna George

 

     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
 

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


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

Surfer With Big Intentions To Find The Perfect Wave

May 17, 2016

surfer with big intentions  to find the perfect wave
Inspired by his determined spirit. Never giving up on the big wave.

Falling

Climbing back on
Sounds like life
I love to watch the surfers. 

They come

They wait

And they ride.
How about you? Are you still falling and getting back up? I am. 

Happy trails.                                                          Donna George                            

Space In Between

May 15, 2016


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

May 6, 2016


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

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