sunset at the beach

Sunset on the Crystal Coast of N.C.

Hi everyone,

I just returned from a final fling to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, and it’s just sinking in that September has arrived. How did that happen?

My trip, by the way, wasn’t exactly a vacation since I was up before dawn every day getting photos for a travel article I’m working on. But I have to admit that having sand and sun as part of my daily workspace wasn’t too bad of a deal.

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Sunrise at Fort Macon, N.C.

For the article I went to Fort Macon again, toured the N.C. Aquarium and visited the Maritime Museum where the treasures from Blackbeard’s ship The Queen Anne’s Revenge are on display. Obviously I have lots of writing to do now! (Check my Travel Blog at www.pastlanetravels for those once they’re written).

August was a crazy month of traveling for me, but I’ve made memories that will last a lifetime. Now it’s time to sit back and soak up the last few weeks of summer weather.

In these very challenging times, it’s important that we take time to unplug and break away from the constant cycle of work, news, and technology. If you’re looking for things to do, here are some suggestions:

  • Read! (Of course!) We all fall into the trap of being “too busy” to read (even me), and yet there is literally nothing better than settling down with a great new book.
  • Get outside! If you’re able to, even just a ten minute stroll outside can elevate your mood and help you to get out of your head. Be in the moment, enjoy your surroundings and just walk.
  • Breathe. Simple, but it works. Take three deep breaths, and on the third breath, let your stress and anxiety go.
  • Meditate or do yoga. (I’m working on these, but still haven’t conquered them)
  • Put the electronics away. Sometimes we don’t realize how exhausting the constant scrolling and notifications are – it can feel so good to unplug.
  • Look at the sky! Almost nothing is more relaxing that gazing at the clouds or at the stars on a clear night. Try it. It works!

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    Twilight with full moon rising over a pier in Atlantic Beach.



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