My wildest dream recently came true. After coming across a list of my life dreams and realizing that my #1 dream was to live on the beach, I decided to move back to Hawaii. Imagine my surprise when I found the cutest cottage right on the beach. So, how has it been? Was this dream of beach living worth pursuing? Here’s what it’s been like so far.
What No One Tells You About Beach Living
1. You Learn To Slow Way Down
You throw out your to do list, and instead plan your day around sun rises and sun sets, beach walks, and hammock lying. The sound of the ocean becomes your music, and the only time you’ve ever felt this relaxed is when you were on vacation. After all, what does it matter to get one more thing done if it means missing the sun set?
2. You Connect More With Nature
Yes, you connect more with ocean waves and sand (oh, yes, lots of sand!). But, more than that, you start connecting with all the creatures. Little geckos stop by, and you greet them with a snack. You notice the different birds, the crabs, the shells, and driftwood. You see the connection of all of life and your heart sings with joy.
3. You Decorate Your House With Sea Glass, Shells, And Driftwood
Your mornings used to be spent on the computer, but now they are spent on beach walks, collecting all the things the sea brought the night before. Never before has your life been filled with such color or surprises.
4. You Eat Healthier
You don’t want to spend your time cooking when you could be watching the waves, so you eat dragon fruit, mangoes, and sip on coconuts. You ponder learning to fish, so you can spend more time watching the water.
5. You Stop Wearing Make Up
Beach living is much simpler, and why wear makeup when you’re constantly jumping in the ocean to cool off?
6. You Learn Just How Fast Nature Can Change
From torrential downpours one second, to rainbows the next, you learn, this too shall pass. You learn to just watch and enjoy the wonder of it all.
7. You Give Up On Cleaning Your House
Sand sometimes even blows in on the winds, so you just shrug your shoulders, lie back in the hammock, and sip on a glass of freshly squeezed juice. You have more important things to think about.
8. You Become More Active
You start trying to find new ways to enjoy the water. A kayak surfboard? Who knew?!
9. You Learn Things From NatureYou notice that you only have a shadow when you are blocking the light. You vow to be the light, and to be love. You realize that everyone sees life through their own filter, as do you, and you learn to let everyone be themselves, exactly how they are, and to just show up for them. Your presence for them and in each moment is the most important thing there is.
10. Every Day You Feel Gratitude
You feel gratitude for each day exactly how it shows up. You feel such thankfulness that this is your life and you try to express that gratitude all the ways you know how.
I am always looking for the perfect escape, the perfect paradise, the kind of place that tosses your cares into the sea. Fortunately, I have discovered many! I created this site to show you where to go and how to get there. My goal is to show you that Paradise is only a plane ticket (or boat ride) away. I have inspired many others to travel and to create a better life. I am available for inspirational speaking, coaching, writing, travel planning, and photography.
Very nice post and wonderful photos! Missing the beach!
Thank you, Sheila! I am so happy to be here!
I love this. My wife and I are trying to figure out how to retire on the beach, when she finally retires from her job in two years. I am forwarding her your blog post to encourage a faster retirement! LOL!
That’s so cool! I highly encourage it!
Luv your list! I don’t live on the beach (have to travel two miles to Waikiki)but your comments and photos brought big smiles to my face (geckos rule!)
Thanks, Gail!! Yes, I love love love the geckos!
Nice! Congrats to you for living your dream!
Thank you, James!
I think I can live in beach, when I read this post its interesting, because your living with a natural surroundings and foods.
Gosh that sand is an amazing colour! Yes, when we lived in Australia the make up vanished. It would drip off my face in the humidity! Back in London now I look and feel much better. I’m not a tropcal flower, short stays only suit me.
Yes, tropical locales and makeup don’t mix well. I think it’s worth it, though!
Looks and sounds lovely! I love the beach and would love to have a place on the beach, it would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, it was pretty fantastic!
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My family and I are inlove at the beach. We lived in Qatar which is in middle east for 15 years. One of our hang outs is at the beach especially on the holidays, we stay there for 2-5 days haha, that’s how we love the beach :). It will take us around 1 hr and 30 minutes to get there. My family and I had this conversation about us dreaming of having a home near to the beach. And It’s been always on my bucket list or my goals to build a home for my mama and papa so that every time we will have family gathering it will be at their house. Anyways, love this article. Thank for sharing this! It makes me want to plan again going to the beach with my family just how it used to be. 😀
So many special things happen at the beach, don’t they?
Great post and photos … Life is a Beach! 🙂
We are fortunate to live by the ocean on the west coast of Canada on Vancouver Island, but I always love traveling to Hawaii. How lucky you are!
Wow, what gorgeous photographs. I would love to be able to live on the beach and spend time in the ocean whenever I want. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, it was an awesome moment in my life!!
OMG! lovely photos! thanks for sharing!