Friday, June 12, 2009

Give Yourself a Break

Lately it has been one of those instances of “Be careful what you wish for” in that I have landed a number of speaking engagements as far away as Atlanta, done a few stress reduction seminars, and gotten new clients. In other words I have really been busy. And then it came to me that I have been pushing myself and it is OK to exchange some of my rushing here and there for simply giving myself a break.

One thing I hope my previous posts have served to point out is taking a break does not have to involve great expense, long distances, or great planning (despite what planaholic Alex has to say). I hope they have demonstrated that your city or town has something interesting to explore if you would simply take the time to wander around a little to find it.

That said, last weekend to get away from the heat Alex and I threw some food in a cooler and headed for the beach with a little bucket to collect shells (I know Chrissy has now gotten very interested…) and I am including pictures of my haul. Alex likes perfect shells and shapes but I like bits and pieces if they are interesting. As always, feel free to click each photo for a better view.

This first group is pretty eclectic. The only thing they have in common is the lines running through each one. Strange but they remind me of miniature versions of cut away sides of mountains in Colorado.

This next group I simply liked the colors running through each one. They make you wonder how the whole shell looked and maybe what was in it. What is not readily apparent is how each one has been smoothed by sun and surf to make the colors more brilliant.

This final group fits into the perfect shell category. Each one is whole and complete and you can enjoy their features while wondering what might have been growing inside.


  1. LOL and u r right! I love both sets of shells u have posted!... Bet u don't have well polished rocks that have been tumbled by the ocean? The northern beaches in Calif. have some awesome ones, perfectly smooth!..And u are right, u don't have to spend in order to find exciting things to do... Where I live it was considered a cowboy town.. We have natural hiking trails , Vasquez Rocks where Star Trek, cowboy movies, and videos are shot.. even NCIS!.. Beale's Cut also is here... I do envy your shells tho!.

  2. You have given me all kinds of ideas of places to go and you are right that it does not have to be expensive.