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Beach Days: 4 Ideas to Get You There

 


 

Surf’s up!

 

Time to head to the beach.

 

Having grown up in southern California, the beach holds so many memories for me.

 

The beach days I remember most as a kid are from camp. We’d get there by big yellow bus with our sack lunches, towels and suits under our clothes. I couldn’t wait to get into the water. I’d swim out past the waves and hang with my only other friend who loved the water as much as I did. We’d body surf back in when they called time.

 

I lived near the beach B. C. (Before Children) and I’d walk along the shore as often as possible. I always kept my eyes open for dolphins. Looking out over the horizon made me feel better—sky, water, setting sun. Easy to be thankful for the bigger picture out there.

 

Balboa Island was my favorite beach to go to when the boys were little. It’s a small, manageable beach with lots of other kids. Once everything was hauled out of the car and set up, I could sit under an umbrella and relax. Not only relax, but enjoy watching my kids—nothing cuter than 2 little boys scooping sand as they dig for the center of the earth.

 

What are your favorite beach memories?

 

Burying dad in sand?

Catching sand crabs?

Looking for shells?

 

Most likely bathing suit anxiety didn’t make the list.

 

Sometimes our body image can get in the way of enjoying the warm sun on our skin and the waves at our toes.

 

I saw a meme that read, “How to have a beach body: 1. Have a body  2. Go to the beach.”

 

I loved that.

 

At it’s core, it really is that simple. But often not easy.

 

Here are 4 ideas that might make beach-going a little easier this season:

 

  1. Have a bathing suit you love. There are all kinds now. Slimming, shorts, ruching, tankinis. The time you spend finding a suit you are comfortable in is time well spent.

 

  1. Wear a hat, sunglasses and cover-up you love. Notice a theme here? When you’re happy in what you’re wearing you can focus on the good stuff.

 

  1. Remember that everyone is thinking of themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

 

  1. Have fun. What are you most looking forward to: Reading your book? Swimming? Shelling? Playing with the kids? When you’re doing something you love, self-consciousness fades into the background.

 

 

If you love the ocean and playing in the sand or surf, take your body there.

 

And do remember your sunscreen.

 

 

 

 

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