Something to SEA: A Free Summer/Ocean Printable!

Summer Wave Tides

It is officially summer!  I am excited because it’s my favorite time of year. I love all things summer, even the heat. Summer always seems so much shorter than the other seasons, and this year, I plan on making each day last as long as possible.

To celebrate, I created a free summer printable for you about the tides, the ocean, and the sea. You can download the .jpg file by clicking on the image above. A .pdf file, sized 8 1/2 x 11″, can be downloaded by clicking here.

Enjoy, and feel free to share with your audience, feeds, and friends.

Don’t forget to join my 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016 challenge! All of the details can be found here.

 

Happy summer to you and yours!

 

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Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 6/18/2016

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What an emotional roller coaster of a week, and a paradoxical one at that.  It is quite a week of new beginnings, both intentional and unexpected, for so many. There’s the happiness of graduations and the sadness of immense loss. There are those spouting judgment and those calling for compassion. There are the helpers and the hinderers. I am trying to wrap my head around the state of so-called society and civilization we all live in, and I have not liked most of what I have seen this week. I believe it’s time to put the human back in humanity, and instead of just saying that as an empty phrase, I’m working out an idea that might help. Somebody’s got to do something, and while my idea might be small, perhaps it will be the push many of us need to overcome the negativity and just be there with each other and for each other, sans judgment and shaming. More to come…

This weekend’s roundup of links has a beach/shore/summer feel to it, as it’s finally my favorite time of year and we all need a bit of a mental escape right about now. Enjoy and please check back often as I will be posting more now that summer is here…

Ten Beach Commandments: 2016 Edition – by Kevin Williams of Townsquare Media.

NJ Dad: Here’s Why I Hope My Kids Summer Vacation Is Boring – great read by Brian Donohue

The Ultimate NJ Summer Bucket List – from NJ.com. Great ideas but the site is a little wonky.

Sea Scallop Fishing Off the NJ Coast Thriving – short video from NJTV on one of the Viking Village vessels showing how scallops get from the ocean onto your dinner plate.

Stingrays in Tampa Bay – what a wonderful sight!

The Surfer Alone at Sea: A Tale of Love and Perseverance – by Joao Salgado, posted by The Inertia

The Ultimate Jersey Shore Beach Guide – by NJ Monthly

and don’t forget…

Join my 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016 challenge! It begins on July 1. 

Until next time,

Jill

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Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/30/2016

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And just like that, April is over. One-third of the year is behind us, but I believe the best is ahead of us. I’m feeling a little more grounded this week, more focused and more positive. I love seeing the beautiful cherry trees in bloom, as well as the leaves sprouting and the clover growing. I already need to mow the lawn, which is a sure sign that spring is doing its thing. The goldfinches have changed to their vibrant yellow summer feathers, and the house finches are as red as ever. It’s a great time of year, one of my favorites!

Today’s blog photo gives a clue as to some of my exciting plans for the summer, which I can finally talk about since the reservations have been made. Sometime during the week of August 14, I WILL be sitting on the James Joyce Balcony at Bewley’s Oriental Cafe in Dublin. The cosmos (along with a special spirit) are leading me there with a mission, and there will be a lot more coming about this amazing journey.

Hope you enjoy some of these interesting links I saved for you this week!

11 Reasons Why The Beach Will Always Be My Happy Place – shared by a friend, it’s a little jumpy but I agree with all of the reasons

Soul to Soul // On #39 – Love Stephanie Watanabe’s bucket list!

When Something Has to Change – by Megan Forrest

Putting Work In Its Place – by Kate Keifer Lee and recommended by Austin Kleon, another great outlook

33 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Fear…Right Now – there are a few fears I hope to will overcome this year.

8 Reasons Why We All Need to Unplug And Get Outside More – stop reading this right now and go outside! Seriously!

The Ultimate Road Trip: A Proposed Superhighway Between London and New York – can this be real?

Song of the Seashell – by fellow blogger Linda at Spiritual Dragonfly

and finally,

MotivateMe! Podcast Roadtrip hits the road next week!  Follow my friend Lynette and her MotivateMe! team as they travel to all 50 states this spring! Best wishes to Lynette, Chelsea, and Cassie!

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

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: SoulSEAker’s New Monthly Newsletter

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Fresh off the presses!  I am pleased to share that SoulSEAker now has a monthly newsletter!  Enjoy content that 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.  It will be sent as a .pdf file within a day or two of signing up.

If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter, please click here.  The first newsletter hits inboxes this week on March 1!  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.  Thank you!

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 9/26/2015

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Another week in the books, and it went by so fast.  I am still adjusting to my schedule, and it sure seems like there aren’t as many hours in the day as there were before for some reason.  Here’s my roundup of interesting links from the week.  As I am heading out to celebrate the life of a friend today, I ask that you hug those closest to you and let them know how much they mean to you.  You never know when it is going to be too late.  The Links:

Creating the Season Ahead – A good list of autumn journal topics by Jamie Ridler

12 Pieces of Advice from Graduates to New Students – Even if you aren’t a student, this is a good read to put things into perspective.

25 Free Fall Printables – compiled by Kendall Rayburn

Collaborating with Inspiration – a reaction to Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic by Dal Kular.  I have Big Magic and MUST find time to read it!

9 Ways to Transition Gracefully Into the Fall Season

Behind the Yogi-isms and Driving Mr. Yogi (This is on my Summer 2016 reading list) – Thank you, Yogi

No One Lives Forever

The Sea and He

and finally,

One Summer in Jersey teaser – a film by Tom Larney

Have a splendid day!

Jill

DISCLAIMER:  Unless otherwise stated, I do not endorse any product or service in any of the links I provide.  I merely found the page to be interesting in some way, and thought you also might find it interesting or that you might learn something from it.

Sea Therapy

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One by one, things are added to the “to do” list all day long,

and as quickly as things get crossed off, two more get added.

It’s a never ending cycle.

Drowning in work, with no time to come up for air, I suddenly stop in my tracks.

Enough.

I can cross nothing more off the list today.

I leave everything on my desk, with no guilt or doubts,

and trade cinder blocks for the fresh air and sunshine.

Instead of heading home, I take a familiar detour.

East.

As soon as my feet hit the sand, my therapy session begins.

I just sit there.  Nobody else is in sight.

I listen to the waves and the shore birds,

and inhale the sweet nectar of the ocean air.

No writing, no playlist, just sitting and being.

For 20 minutes,

I can escape from the noose of reality.

I am devoid of any lists or responsibilities.

I can return to myself.

For 20 minutes,

I am me.

Sea My “Pebble” Jar of Life

One of my favorite writers/authors is journalist Bob Greene. I have been a fan since I was in high school, a mere 26-plus years ago.

During the summer, some of my favorite books make their way into my reading rotation, four of which are by Greene (and yes, I’m a HUGE creature of habit and most times would rather re-read a book I’ve read a hundred times rather than read something new…one of my many quirks…and it’s tough to read for pleasure during the school year).

Anyway, one of the books I re-read in June is “When We Get To Surf City: A Journey Through America In Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams” by Greene. In a nutshell, the book chronicles his time spent touring with the legendary Jan and Dean and Surf City All Stars each summer. However, one page really encapsulated both the idea of holding on to each little piece of summer and to the importance of living our life’s best moments. Greene writes on pages 313-314:

“Once someone told me that we should regard the best moments in our lives as pebbles in a jar. The assumption should be that the pebbles are finite – even if we can’t count them by looking into the jar, we should assume that one day they will run out. We should withdraw them with care, one by one, never doing it by rote or distractedly. If we withdraw them too rapidly, we are being greedy, and will hasten the day when they are gone; if we hoard them, if we are miserly in keeping them in the jar, then we will rob ourselves of the experiences the good things should give us.

So it is with summers. If all of life were summer, then our world would have no texture, no context. Summer would not taste the way it does if we thought it would last forever. There’s no perfect way to remove the pebbles, no foolproof timetable. The closest we can come to perfection is to know just how precious those pebbles are, and to value each one.

I know that Jan [Berry] did. More than anyone I think I have ever known, he never took a single one of those pebbles for granted. He withdrew each one of them from life’s jar with gratitude, and with love.

The plane lifted off. Savor every day, every summer night.” (Greene, Bob. When We Get To Surf City: A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams. New York: St. Marten’s Press, 1998.)

When I want to really remember a moment, I will take a rock or a seashell from where I am, write the date on it with a Sharpie when I get home, and put it in my memory jar.  In addition to taking the pebbles out and using them, like Greene describes, I also add trinkets that are now memories to my jar.

This is My Pebble Jar…Full of Memories

For the pebbles I have spent, the memories I have collected, and the pebbles left in my jar, I am eternally grateful.

With only a few weeks left in summer, my wish to you is that YOU savor every day, and every summer night.  Use a pebble, then replace it as a memory.

Until next time,

Jill

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 8/15/2015

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What a whirlwind of a week!  I will be writing about all of my wonderful excursions and lessons I’ve learned over the past few days in upcoming posts.  Until then, enjoy these Internet finds when you are tooling around or just need a break.

I love her too

Using Your Senses to Be Carefree

I absolutely adore this cabinet

I always wondered how mobile alerts were generated…

15 MORE things not to do on the beach

When you are on the edge

Why not just ask? (I love this)

Become the superhero you are meant to be

I might need to get this stylus

and finally, an oldie but a goodie… (warning: some adult language is used in the last 3 links…)

Strap in, shut up, and hold on…we’re going back to the 1970’s via JC Penney’s catalog…Part 1 (the best, Jerry!  The best!)

I hope you are having a spectacular day, and if the weather is grand when you read this, please bookmark these links to look at another time…get out there and enjoy the day!

Until next time,

Jill