Why The Best Place To Grow Up Is Near A Beach

Why The Best Place To Grow Up Is Near A Beach

If you have grown up near the ocean, you know what I mean
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There is nothing more soothing than the sound of the waves and shells crashing along the shore,

Or the feeling of the Florida sun beating down on my skin.

The beach will forever have a chamber of my heart and has been a special part of my life ever since I was a little girl. From the crazy beach curls I like to call my hair to finding the perfect seashells to make jewelry, it is ...

A place where memories and laughs are shared with important people in my life

A place where my family, friends, and I come together and share moments that are captured through memory and pictures

A place with an affiliation of only good times and vibes.


There is beauty everywhere you turn

This picture above was is when I watched my first sunrise and is one of my favorite pictures. We climbed to a spot that can only be reached in low tides. I will never forget the sound and the mist that sprayed when the waves crashed endlessly into the wall when we least expected it. A moment of glory with good company captured by a lens.


Growth of appreciation for the little things

Now, don't even get me started on sea shell searching. I could spend hours on end looking for the perfect shell to use as a necklace with its self-made holes. When my brother and I were little, running through the sand and throwing ourselves into waves brought us so much self-entertainment and joy. The only downside I would have to admit is finding shells and sand in our hair after countless showers.

I bring a piece with me each time I leave.

Not a moment is wasted when you're at the beach even if you're laying (most of the time napping) on a towel.

It's a place to clear your head and a time to take a step back from reality to reflect. I find most alignment and rhythm when I'm down by the sea.


The car rides to and from

We all have those go-to car ride playlist to fill each mood and nothing beats a car ride with the perfect tunes and your passengers as the hype mans.

Any songs that I would listen to on the way to the beach such as Bon Jovi, Aero Smith, Queen, Steve Miller Band, and many more classic favorites I affiliate them to good times in my life.

There is nothing better than driving along the coast with the windows down as the sea mist fills your lungs and as music flood your ears.




A place where memories and laughs are shared

Even the memories of the muddy sand fights I would have with my brother I still cherish. Siblings sometimes are there just so we can pick on each other, but we always laugh it off and continue to try to catch the next wave or the fish that was way too swift for us.

Food for thought: There are fish that actually eat the dead skin off your feet and you can't even feel them doing it! (I know sounds creepy right, but it's really a thing)

I don’t remember exactly what I see or events that take place every time I go to the beach, but it’s the feeling of rejuvenation that it leaves me lingering with each time.


"Nothing truly beautiful ever asks for attention, it just naturally exists, as it is, in confidence and boldness." -Bianca Sparacino

I think of this quote when I think of the of the beach, the sunrise, and the sunset. Whether someone may witness these wonders or not, it happens every day and we have to keep that as a reminder to also take care of this Earth.

As I currently reside in sunny South Florida, I think about the day where I may not be near a beach anymore due to moving around and living in new areas.

Little life lessons will be with me forever that I have learned by being emersed with the ocean and to always remember to float on with the unresting tides of life.

Everybody should find their own safe haven if they don't have one already.

Notice the things you are grateful for and soak them up while you have them.



Cover Image Credit: Alyssa Corneille

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11 Statistics That Show Why Your Earth Day Should Be More Than Just Reducing, Reusing And Recycling

Every day should be Earth day because if it weren't, we wouldn't be alive for much longer.
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Every April 22, we are flooded with Earth Day propaganda. "Save the Earth!" one flyer exclaims. "Turn off the water when you're brushing your teeth!" declares another poster. Most of us, at least those who don't think about protecting the earth on a daily basis, instantly feel guilt-tripped by these signs. We make an effort to turn off the lights when we leave a room, or we start a carpool with our neighbors to work.

But over time, say, in a few days or weeks, we forget about our "promises" to our environment and eventually go back to our same old habits. Do we really think about the long-term consequences of not protecting our earth? Next time, before you throw that plastic bottle into the trash, think about these 11 shocking facts.


1. The earth is losing forests at a rate of about 375 square kilometers per day.


Believe it or not, our constant urbanization, population growth and illegal logging all lead to huge consequences — annually, we estimate 18 million acres of forests and woods are cut down.

2. Around one billion mammals, sea creatures and birds die per year from consuming plastic bags.


One trillion plastic bags
are produced every year worldwide. Bad news is, these bags will eventually be tossed into landfills, where they make their way to oceans, rivers and lakes, only to be accidentally consumed by aquatic animals and birds. Use reusable bags!

3. Every day on average, five species of life become extinct.


Despite our valiant efforts to save the last remaining species on this planet, we cannot prevent the consequences of our actions. West African black rhinoceros. Passenger pigeon. What will be next?

4. At our current rate of ozone destruction, it may very well be impossible for surface life to exist on this planet 200 years from now.

In 200 years, we may only have life similar to that of 200 million years ago — bacteria and microbial life suited only to extreme temperatures and surroundings.

5. Carbon dioxide emissions worldwide have steadily been increasing and have reached an all- time peak in 2014.

In 2014, the estimated carbon dioxide emissions worldwide were over 36 million kt per year. Shocking, right?

6. Current global temperatures are the highest they've been in 4000 years.


Yet many still to this day doubt global warming. Even NASA admits that there is an ongoing warming trend and is likely to be caused by the actions of humans.

7. America produces enough trash every day to equal the weight of the Empire Building.

Not only do we produce more trash than any other country in the world, we consume approximately 30 percent of all the world's resources, despite making up only about five percent of the world population.

8. When you recycle one ton of paper, you can save...

...17 trees, two oil barrels, 4100 kilowatts of energy, three cubic yards of landfill space and 60 pounds of air pollution. Crazy, right? Although Earth Day is more than recycling, reducing and reusing, recycling really does help. Plastic water bottles, aluminum cans, paper and cardboard are just some of the many common items you can place in your nearest recycling bin.

SEE ALSO: 14 Easy Ways To Make Your Lifestyle More Eco-Friendly

9. Humans have eliminated 90 percent of all ocean predators in only 55 years.

You read that right.

Sea turtles, sharks, whales and manatees are some of the many ocean species that may go extinct in the next few years.

10. For every one million tons of oil shipped, one ton is wasted through spills.

There have been 53 oil spills from 2010 to 2017 for a total of 47,000 tons of oil wasted. That's actually an improvement from the 1990s when there were 358 spills.

11. One in 25 adults claim they never reuse anything.

Or maybe they remember to reuse only on Earth Day but eventually forget.


If we don't try to undo the damage that we have inflicted upon this planet, we may not have a planet any longer. Every day should be Earth Day because if it weren't, we wouldn't be alive for much longer.

Cover Image Credit: Facebook / One Tree Planted

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15 Reasons You Know Your A 'Country Kid' And You're In No Hurry To Change That

The smell of manure doesn't bother you.
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There are many things that kids do growing up, but there are some major differences between farm kids and city kids.

The kids that grow in the the fields instead of the basement always see things a bit more differently.

Here are 15 reasons you know you grew up a country kid instead of a city kid.

1. The smell of manure doesn't bother you, it actually calms you.

2. You have more than likely have forever dirt under your nails.

3. You slow down when driving past a field of cattle in a pasture.

4. Food with some special toppings (manure, hair, dirt, bugs) never truly bothered you.

5. Your own at least one hat with something do to with agriculture.

6. Laying in a truck bed as a date is equal to perfection.

7. You have husked corn for at least one summer in your life.

8. You learned how to drive farm equipment before a car.

9. You don't leave somewhere until a job is done the correct way.

10. Taking backroads to get somewhere is the only way.

11. In the summer you could be found out in a field baling hay.

12. Winter mentally killed you due to being inside for too long.

13. You would rather help a cow give birth than attend a school field trip.

14. You were never able to "walk" to a friend's house at any point of the year.

15. Your family is closer than most.

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