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A Beachy Point Of View

This looks so delicious!

Fly me to the clouds

quicheI feel like it’s been ages since I put a recipe on here so I really wanted to share with you my lunch today! I made a very quick and easy quiche that takes about 15mins to prepare and 35mins in the oven. Ideal for a lazy Sunday eh?

Now I know that homemade pastry is preferable but I had the ready made ones and sometimes they are just more practical!

Ingredients:

  • pie pastry (I got mine from Waitrose)
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g of unsmoked lean bacon (cut in tiny cubes)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • just under 100g of spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • grated cheddar cheese to taste

Directions:

  • Cook bacon in medium heat until slightly cooked
  • On a separate pan, place the mushrooms and cook until all liquid has been evaporated
  • Grease a tray with butter and place the pie…

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Bike at the beach

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.  – Wayne Gretzky

Did anyone ever tell you something that changed your life, or greatly influenced you in some way? Maybe they shared some valuable wisdom you keep tucked away in your back pocket. Most likely, this knowledge led to some great shortcuts for you.

Life is constantly changing. It’s either turning for the better or slowly towards the worst. The question becomes, Is there a finish line? For most of us, it’s about wanting more and more from life, and having the skills and determination to overcome the challenges and  stay focused on the goals.

We all know motivation is different for each person. There is no proverbial “one size fits all” measuring stick. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s up to us to decide if we are settling for less or if we can accomplish something more significant. There is no right or wrong answer, however those who can find a good balance seem content. Happiness means, the beach (for me) and for others, who knows – the desert.

The Ocean

I have no doubt you are a creative, brilliant person who is capable of conquering whatever your heart desires. Something to remember along the way – Stay true to who you are: If you obey all the rules you will miss all the fun.

Here are 14 strong motivators to get the most of life

  1. You can do anything you wish, and be anything you want with determination.
  2. Stop comparing yourself to others, you’re an original. No one else can be you
  3. Prayers are powerful. Pray.
  4. Laughter is medicine for the soul. Laugh everyday.
  5. Money will never buy happiness, only love can.
  6. Perseverance is a reminder to keep moving forward..
  7. Fuel your willpower with tenacity.
  8. Faithfulness keeps you devoted to what’s important in your life.
  9. Be a daily learner. Learn something new everyday.
  10. Don’t waste your time, make it count deliberately.
  11. The Truth, makes life peaceful.
  12. Kindness matters.
  13. Integrity builds a beautiful legacy.
  14. Love others, and be of good cheer.

red anchor

Motivation is the burning desire that compels us to take action. Surround yourself with great people and you will surround yourself with motivation. Motivation is compelling, attractive, and enduring. It has the power to inspire us to stretch beyond our self limitations. It says, you have put a stake in the ground, and you are committed to make something happen.

Are you motivated? What is driving your determination? Are you a motivating person for others? How do you motivate others?

Happy trails
Donna George

Life Is Better With Dogs

April 21, 2015

This is Cole, my Pomeranian is trying to play peek-a-boo with me. Oh yeah, he’s quite the little heart throb, guaranteed to make you love him.

I have a confession to make – I have 7 dogs! If you’ve read my home page you know all about this, but for the sake of those who don’t know, my “mutley crew” consist of :

  • 2 Yorkies (Grace & Mercy)
  • 4 miniature Austrailian Shepards   (Rizzo, Lizzie, Layla, & Noel)
  • 1 Pomeranian – Cole

They are all adorable and each one of them brings something different to our family. I didn’t plan to have 7 dogs, it’s a long story, for another day.

Dogs are a big commitment and there are sacrifices to having dogs, however, we think they are worth it.

What’s your dog story?

Happy trails

Donna George

   

best friends

Best friends

   “Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say”

If you are like me, you love all your friends and recognize how much each one adds to your life. Thinking about my own friends, I realize how many different kind of friends I am fortunate enough to have.. My friends are diverse, people from all walks of life. Some are from couple relationships, some are single, others are from past college days.Then there’s my beloved social media friends, very close friends, and the proverbial “best friend” commonly known as the “BFF”.

 

I can’t think of one friend I would trade :). All are different, all special. As life happens, we grow, age, change and our interests lead us to different paths.

 

Some of us are lucky enough to have a lifetime Best Friend who is usually there for us through most of our major life events. Events that build our permanent memories. Events like graduations, weddings, vacations, career changes and the whole gamut of wins and loses My best friend was with me in the delivery room, while I was in labor with my first son, who forgets that memory?

 

Others prefer to have frequent “newbie best friends” and that’s okay. This mostly happens due to promitity of your best friend. It’s hard to stay close when you are remote from each other, but it’s very possible. I often get asked the question, “How have you and your “best friend” remained together all these years”? This question alone prompted me to write this post.

This is the 12 Ways That Separate Good Friends From BFF’s… 

  1. No judgement, or over analyzing your words or actions, just be yourself.
  2. Forgiveness is a given.
  3. Truth always trumps everything.
  4. Secrets are in the vault.
  5. Trustworthiness matters. You trust them with your life.
  6. Dependable and reliable, all the time, not occasionally.

  7. Loyalty is next to “Lioness” protection at all cost.

  8. Respects and treasures the investment time of the friendship.

  9. #1 Fan, always cheering you on when others are absent.

  10. A shoulder to cry on and open ears to listen.

  11. No games, unless its cards. True transparency and honesty.

  12. Love for each other is unconditional, like family.

I’m sure you have your own list of differentiators, but these are mine. We share profound experiences with our “Best friends” that shape and influence us forever.

Here’s a poem I found that does a nice job defining our “Best Friends”.

A good friend wants to talk to you about your problem.

A best friend wants to help you solve it.

 

A good friend hates it when you call late in the evening.

A best friend asks you why it took you so long to call them.

 

A good friend thinks the relationship is over after an argument.

A best friend calls you after you had the argument.

 

A good friend has never seen you cry.

A best friend has had soggy shoulders from your tears.

 

A good friend doesn’t know your parents name.

A best friend has them in their contacts.

 

A good friend will tell you what you want to hear.

A best friend will always tell you the truth.

 

A good friend expects you to be there for them.

A best friend expects to always be there for you.

 

A good friend is someone you enjoy hanging out with.

A best friend is someone you need.

 

Now that the differentiators are clear… Go out there and find a BFF:).… If you have one already call them, and let them know how important they are to you. Don’t be shy. Expose your heart and make sure they know their place in your life.

friend sign

Happy trails, friend…
Donna George

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sea oates

Uniola paniculata, Seaside oats

The tapestry and subtle lines of the natural landscape of Sea Oats on the eastern seaboard coastline is both important and attractive. Variations of earthtone colors, sizes and textures line the beach banks in grandeur perfection. Paired with a backdrop of a blue sky and the big blue ocean – Extraordinary!

Sea Oats

Sea oats

Sea Oats, a living plant is protected in most states due to its location and habitat. These beautiful plants help protect our shoreline by holding sand and soil in place during extreme weather events such as tropical storms and hurricanes. These plants can actually catch blowing sand, who knew?

Sea Oats

Shoreline Sea Oats

And let’s not forget that beaches are always moving which makes Sea Oats “endangered”. Occasionally, I see people attempting to pull the plants from the beach to take with them, not a good idea… They are an important part of the ecosystem that keep the natural habitat healthy.

carolina beach

Sea Oats

Beach season is approaching quickly, and thousands of visitors will pour onto the coastline to enjoy the long-awaited day offs and family vacations. Considering how brutally cold the winter, it’s predicted to be a busier than ever beach season. Everyone is ready for some fun in the sun and beach time.

The ocean is a tremendous gift, a treasure, positioned as the heartbeat of summer. It’s up to us, you and me to keep it clean and abide by essential regulations.

There is something everyone can do to contribute to protecting the beaches. Small things like disposing all your trash in designated areas. I cringe when I see people bury their cans in the sand or throw bottles in the sea oats. 😦 And be warned, I go ballistic when I see people smoking on the beach. (Where do you think they dispose of the butts? ). It’s so sad…

I am the crazy lady who might just speak up, yikes, yes. I can’t control myself. My vehicle displays a license tag that declares, Protect our Oceans. How about you? Can you think of a way to influence, protection of coastline treasures? Will you be visiting the beach, summer 2015?

Enjoy the coastline and take a second to look at the Sea Oats quietly on the sidelines, swaying and dancing, playing its part in the ecosystem.

Happy trails
Donna George

What Would The World Be Like Without Bridges?

March 16, 2015

Bridge over waterway

Wrightsville Beach Bridge

What would the world be like without bridges? Primitive. These beautiful structures we often take for granted are miraculous structures that connects us in a million ways to places, islands, jobs, people, etc.

Design lines, Bridge

Beautiful lines, Wrightsville Beach, NC Bridge

I love bridges. It’s hard to find one that’s not interesting or lovely in its own way. Bridges are the “big connectors” that simplify our daily lives. Any bridge over the water is gorgeous, and so are the old rusty ones hidden away from us on roads less traveled and out of the way country roads. The mixed hues of blues, aquas, greens and browns, blend the structures into the natural surrounding landscape and stirs my desire to grab a seat and stay awhile. Just like a scene setting you would see from a Nicholas Sparks movie.

I traveled the state of Alabama for years, and yes its true, the bridges are epic. I was lucky enough to get a peek at the famous “Bridges of Madison County from the movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, (great love story).

I can’t isolate the one thing that attracts my eye to bridges, but I do enjoy them. How about you? Do you have a certain bridge that you love? Do you ever experience nostalgia when you cross bridges?

Happy trails,
Donna George

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2 beach chairs on the beach shore

Front Row Seats

A big ocean, front row seats with a big view… A perfect day. Who would you bring to sit with you?

Countdown to Summer 2015. Are you ready for to grab a seat? I am <3.

Happy trails,
Donna George

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Park Bridge

Greenfield Lake Park Bridge

Parks connect people. Everyday at parks, families, friends, festivals, parties and all kinds of celebrations are connecting people with each other. And sometimes it simply connects us with natures natural beauty.

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Park Bridge

Greenfield Lake Park

Greenfield Lake Park Gazebo and Bridge

Happy trails,
Donna George

Moon

Moonlight Solitude. Full Moon

The moon is full, bursting with light, shining bright for all the world to see. Completely alone, in “Solitude”.

The moon is faithful to shine bright, right on time every night. Tonight, time moves up an hour, the moon already knows.

Happy trails,
Donna George

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