I’m at the SEA…

  
Hello friends! Just a quick post to let you know I’ll be back online here next week.  This week my husband and I are visiting my mother in law, so I have decided to enjoy the week with as little technology as possible.  

Wishing you a Happy Easter and a wonderful week!

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 3/19/2016

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Hello, friends on the day before spring arrives, and it might arrive here in the northeast with a wintery furor!  As of press time, the forecast is between 0 and 60 inches of snow sometime between late tonight and Monday.  At least whatever falls should melt quickly. It’s been an eye-opener of a week in many ways for me.  I’m more confident in my writing, but less confident in my health as this lupus/fibromyalgia flare just won’t quit.  It’s got me feeling very defeated right now, and the only remedy is rest.  If it doesn’t let up, I will really need to reexamine my life and my priorities, but I’m holding onto hope that the pain and fatigue will hopefully decrease soon.

Here are some interesting links from the week that I’ve saved…and of course, there are more than the usual links to things relating to Ireland, most provided by the cosmos and by one of my favorite strong spirits (the compass is pointing there, and all signs point to GO!).  Here’s hoping you’ll find something you enjoy!

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit! starts on Monday! Join me for a wonderful experience!

Fear is Boring, and Other Tips for Living a Creative Life – by Elizabeth Gilbert and recommended by Austin Kleon

Set Your Ideas Free – by Holstee

The Most Important Day of Your Life – by Jeff Goins

Thank You Ireland, For All The Words – by Elizabeth Gilbert

13 Irish Writers to Read This St. Patrick’s Day – a few days late but some great reads here

32 Beautiful Reasons to Visit Ireland – like I needed even 1 more reason?

Ireland’s Enya on How Life By the Sea Influenced Her Music – yeah, yeah!

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Every Country In The World – by Chris Guillebeau

Be a Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud – by Maya Angelou. The 2 minute video is worth every second.

Guess Which Dog Has Never Seen the Ocean Before?  This will make you smile.

and finally,

Don’t forget to enter my free giveaway!  See yesterday’s post about my giveaway and the release of Jersey Shore Magazine’s Spring 2016 issue here.

Weekly Clicks will be taking a hiatus next weekend as we will be at Del Boca Vista-Phase 2 for Easter week, and I’m sure I will return with many snippets of life that should be in a Seinfeld episode.

Enjoy enjoy and Happy Easter!

Until next time,

Jill

PS: In case you missed it, the Spring 2016 issue of Jersey Shore Magazine was released…I wrote 5 articles and provided a lot of editorial work for the issue.  Click anywhere here to check it out.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: My Published Works and a FREE Giveaway!

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As you know, I love living at the Jersey Shore, and I love writing.  I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to a local publication, where I get to write about all things Jersey Shore, as well as meet some pretty interesting people.

I am very excited to share the digital edition of Jersey Shore Magazine’s Spring 2016 issue, which you can access by clicking anywhere in this line. I wrote 5 articles that appear in the issue:  “A Voice for the Sharks” (p. 10-11), “The Monmouth University Polling Institute” (p. 12-13), “Cattus Island County Park Redux” (p. 14-15), “Meridian Health-Taking Care of the Jersey Shore” (p. 66-74) and “Jersey Shore Foodie: Rod’s is Celebrating 35 Years of Success at the Jersey Shore” (p. 91-92).  I also provided compilation and editorial work on the various directories contained in the issue, including Theater & Concert, Farmer’s Markets, Calendar of Events, Area Towns and Tourism Information.

To celebrate finding my voice and seeing my words in print, one lucky person who comments on this post about what you love about writing or what you love about the area where you live will win a printed copy of my book “Escape: Lessons from the Sea” as well as a brand new black Moleskin notebook.  Comments must be posted before 5:00 pm on Sunday 3/20/2016, and the winner will be announced on Monday 3/21/2016.

As always, I thank you for your continued support!  I look forward to reading your comments!

Something to SEA: SoulSEAker’s Monthly Newsletter Reminder

I am pleased to share that SoulSEAker now has a monthly newsletter!  Newsletter content will be a bit more personal than what I post here on the blog.  Also, if you sign up, you will receive a free electronic copy of my new book, Escape: Lessons from the Sea, containing soothing beach photos I’ve taken over the years, along with tidbits of wisdom from the sea.  It will be sent as a .pdf file within 48 hours of signing up.

If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter, please click here.  The second issue will hit inboxes in early April.

I am looking forward to sharing this new venture with you.  As always, thanks for reading and for your support.

PS: Should you be interested in purchasing a hard copy of Escape: Lessons from the Sea, please click here.

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Something to SEA: The Time Manifesto

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Time.

We think it is endless, with an unlimited balance.

We live like there’s another life with more time waiting for us in a bank somewhere, ready to protect us with an overdraft if we reach our spending limit.

The minutes speed by quicker and quicker every year, every month, every day…and our overdraft disappears.

Someday. Someday we say.  But when is that day?

Before we know it, we turn the calendar to the next month. Then turn it again…and so on.

We change the clocks.  Forward and back.  Forward and back…and so on.

Our schedule is not ours.  It is regimented by others.

Others who think our time is not valuable as theirs.

Others who put their agenda before our well-being.

Others who determine our worth by requiring a financial payment month after month, year after year.

In the big picture, what’s my balance, anyway?

I might have a few minutes left, or years and years and years…

Only the teller in the sky keeping track of my account knows.

The truth: my TIME is worth more than all of the money in the world.

Time.

It’s TIME to reclaim MY time.

It’s TIME to LIVE THIS LIFE, my valuable life filled with my valuable time.

It’s TIME to move forward with positivity, with kindness, and with compassion as I spend the rest of my time here on Earth in the most meaningful way:

LIVING.

“Sea”king MY soul.

On MY terms.

Helping when I can.

Sharing experiences with the people who are important to me.

Seeing the places I want to see.

Making the memories I want to make.

A life that is free and so full that no overdraft will be required when my account is closed.

Isn’t it TIME for you to join me?

 

 

Something to SEA: Don’t Miss THIS Opportunity

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One of my favorite television shows is “Cheers.”  The classic story lines, superb acting, hysterical moments, and witty one-liners keep me coming back for more 24 years after its original run on NBC ended. (Sidebar-How has it been 24 years since the finale?!?! It seems like yesterday!)

“Cheers” used to be a staple on TV Land, back before their original programming overtook the classics.  For several years, I could not find reruns of the classic series on any channel.  I bought a few episodes from iTunes, so I was able to rewatch those, but I missed seeing all of the episodes and couldn’t afford to purchase the DVD box set.

Thankfully, both The Hallmark Channel and MeTV started airing “Cheers” again last autumn. My DVR records each and every episode so I can enjoy the show whenever it is most convenient for me.  With my busy schedule, I rarely have the time to actually watch an episode, and more often have an episode playing just for background noise.

However, there are some episodes that are so good they make me stop what I am doing and watch it for the “nth” time.

One such episode is the series finale, “One for the Road.” I watched it last month, and the idea for this post has been brewing since then.  I struggled until now to find the right words that conveyed the magnitude of a seemingly innocent statement made by one of the series regulars as they all said goodbye to each other and to their audience.

“One for the Road” is one of the best series finale episodes ever made, with so much happening on both literal and symbolic levels. For instance, I love that Sam goes over and adjusts the Geronimo picture as a tribute to Nicholas Colasanto (who played Coach), and that Sam exits the last scene by walking into the pool room (which is how he entered the series in Episode 1, walking in from the pool room).

There is one quote by Dr. Frasier Crane (played by Kelsey Grammar) that really hits me in the gut every single time I hear it:

“Time goes by so fast. People move in and out of your life. You must never miss an opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.”

He then goes on to tell his friends that he, he, he…. he trails off, and what is left unsaid is that he loves them all.

Frasier’s simple statement got me thinking.

How many times have I had the opportunity to tell the important people in my life how much they mean to me?

A zillion.

How many times have I actually done it?

Probably never.

Here’s a haunting example.

I was in a very cranky mood the very last time I spoke to my father before he passed away in December of 2014. I let the effects of a terrible day poison my being and my soul.  When I was asked to drop something off at my parents’ house, I was not in the best of spirits.  He saw that I was disheartened and irritated.  He hugged me and said that he hoped tomorrow would be a better day for me.  I left in a huff, choosing to go home where I could mope and sulk instead of spending a little more time with him and my mother.

Two days later, Dad passed away in his sleep from a massive stroke.

Instead of appreciating the chance to spend time with him two days earlier, I allowed the poison from my bad day to infect me, preventing me from savoring a moment that, in retrospect, I should have cherished.

I never got a chance to tell him, one last time, that I appreciated him, simply because I let things that were out of my control overwhelm me.

That was, and still is, a hard lesson to swallow. I know I cannot go back to change that moment, but if I could, oh how I would…

Hearing Frasier’s words last month reminded me of the painful lessons I learned from that fateful day in December 2014, but Dad would be proud that I learned from my mistakes:

  • I will no longer allow the day’s poison to infect me.  I will leave the poison at its source, and do everything possible to rise up positively against its negativity.  I will find the good in each day, no matter how hard I might have to look.
  • I will treat everyone with kindness and compassion, no matter what negative influence(s) might be present.
  • I will cherish each moment spent with loved ones, friends, colleagues, and students, and be present during those moments.
  • I will let people special to me know how much they mean to me. For example, I might write a note or a card to thank someone for their presence in my life.  Perhaps I’ll send a picture with some words of gratitude or share a memory that I hold dear.   My goal is to reach out to at least 3 people per week through handwritten means (versus text, email, social media, or any other form of technological connection).
  • Finally, I will do my best to not complain about things that are out of my control.  Instead, I will take each moment as it comes and deal with the situation the best I can without letting it overpower me.

Frasier Crane’s words of wisdom are as poignant and true today as they were in 1992.

Don’t miss an opportunity to tell the people who mean the world to you how much they mean to you before it is too late…because you might never have that opportunity again.

Don’t wait another minute to change your life for the better by heeding these important lessons.

The time is now.

Start today.

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 3/12/2016

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What a beautiful week! We are definitely enjoying an early spring here in NJ, and I am loving every minute of it. We even have pollen on the cars already! Tomorrow we will enjoy an additional hour of daylight, the birds are singing every morning, and I even saw a cabbage white butterfly fluttering around yesterday.  I’m off on an adventure today with my niece, as it’s her birthday mystery trip. She knows the town we will be visiting, but doesn’t know all of the secret places we’ll be stopping.

I’m a bit light on interesting sites this week, as I spent less time online, which is one of my goals for this month. Remember, don’t waste a beautiful day by checking out these links…save them for a rainy day.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable – in case you missed my last post, enjoy a free St. Patrick’s Day Printable I made

Treasures of Ireland: The Burren – from The Palladian Traveller

On The Struggle with Technology – from fellow writer and one of my favorite people, Mandi Bean

No Trouble Here: Winter In A Surf Town – from Amanda Whiting, posted on The Inertia

Book Drive: Help Us Give Kids The Gift of Reading – from OpenArms Worldwide, a global charity started by my longtime friend Michael Meyers

How to Stay Excited About Being Alive – Inspiration for Your Soul – from Tower Magazine

Son Surprises Dad at Work After Serving in Afghanistan – I always love these videos

The Pending Coffee – If you know of a place that does this, please let me know.

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body, and Spirit – it starts on March 21 and it is free

and finally

Tyler’s 50K For Housing in Haiti – Tyler is one of my former students with a lofty and inspirational goal.  Even if you cannot support his cause financially, please consider sharing it via your social media outlets. Many thanks from a proud teacher!

Have a wonderful week!

Jill

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable

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I love this time of year! We’re over the hump of winter and in the down stretch heading towards spring. One of my favorite celebrations is that of St. Patrick’s Day. The green, the corned beef dinners, the luck of the Irish, it’s all good! To help you celebrate this year, I created a free St. Patrick’s Day printable for you.  It is sized for 8 1/2 x 11.

You can download the .pdf file by clicking here.

If you right click on the image above, you can save the .jpg image to your computer.

I’d love to see a picture of where you display your free printable! Please feel free to leave a comment with your picture below.

Have a wonderful day!

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 3/5/3016

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Hello and welcome once again to the end of another week here on Earth.  An interesting week, with one extra day, snow, the return of Scott Kelly to our home planet after a year in space, the beginning of a new month, cotton candy sunsets, the budding of daylilies, and more. Spring is definitely coming, and one of the yearly signs of spring that I get excited for is the opening of a restaurant in my town called Shrimp Box.  They close before the holidays each year, and when Shrimp Box opens, it surely is a sign that warmer weather is on the way.  Another sign, not so welcome, is that free parking in the meters and town lots along the Inlet and ocean, which began November 1, ends on March 1.  But paying for an hour of parking is better than deal with freezing temperatures (at least to me).

As you check out this week’s roundups of interesting clicks, take a look around your physical world as well.  What signs of spring do you see?  I’d love to hear!  Leave me a comment if you’d like, and take note of the small transitions which will usher in the season of renewal and rebirth.

Despite Mainstream Attention, New Jersey Skateboarder Still Remains Ambitious – wonderful post about a former student, Rob Werner, who is taking the skateboard world by storm.  I love following his journey and the fact a student has turned into an inspiration.

Treasures of Ireland: Along the Banks of the River Shannon – by the Palladian Traveler…oh to return there again!

Only YOU Can Create the Life of You Truly Desire – good post by the Art of Simple

15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog – by Joshua Becker over at becomingminimalist

How to Focus on the Present Moment – some practical ways to be present

90-Year-Old With Cancer Chooses Epic Road Trip With Family Instead of Treatment – I would too!

How To Read the 3 Signs Telling Your Purpose In Life – from Time Magazine

What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed – by Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Nonconformity

From the Trenches: Phlogging the Cold War Surf Contest in Asbury Park, NJ – by Eastern Surf Magazine’s founder Dick “Mez” Meseroll (one of my inspirations)

How to Read More – by Austin Kleon

5 Minutes With a Photographer: Alex Strohl – from Artifact Uprising (great company for prints and photo books)

How a Small Shift in Your Vocabulary Can Instantly Change Your Attitude – by Michael Hyatt

and finally,

Yes! We Did it! 198 Days! – The Curious Bohemian, aka Suanne Elisabeth, successfully walked from New York to Miami. Her journey was inspiring, and I hope to cross paths with her someday.

Have a splendid day!

Until next time,

Jill