Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beach Feels

I love the beach so much! I can't even put into words how being there makes me feel. Seeing the waves repeatedly crash into the sandy shore puts me in a trance. Smelling the humid salty air, and then hearing the sounds of the moving tide - it's all so therapeutic for my soul. I get an overwhelming feeling of ease and happiness. The ocean forces me to be present and still, making me feel at one with the elements around me. Sometimes I shed a few tears because I'm emotionally impacted by it all. I've been away from the ocean for so many years and didn't realize until recently how it's often a spiritual experience for me. 

I enjoy people watching, collecting shells, sun bathing and eating my favorite snacks on the beach. You know, all the relaxing stuff. With that being said, I don't actually like getting into the ocean - it freaks me out! All the under the water sea life I can't see, just HORRIFIES me! I mean as a kid I was unafraid because I was naive. It wasn't until the age of 9 (after moving to Utah from Hawaii) when I watched an episode on National Geographic where the killer whales come to the shore and eat the sea lions. I had no idea sharks or large fish could come that close to the shore or even move like that. I have annoying ocean stories all because I am afraid. This one time in high school my family and I were swimming at Waikiki beach and my uncle Todd took me surfing. Before getting out far enough to the waves to learn how to surf I sliced my toe open on the coral. Naturally I freaked out. I put my bloody foot on the surf board and paddled so hard to shore all the while my uncle was laughing telling me I'd be fine. I was on the verge of tears trying to convince him the sharks could smell my blood and was on their way to get me. Ignoring the pain from my sliced toe, I ran out of that ocean so fast. Also, when I was on vacation in Australia last November I couldn't even get my whole body into the water. The beaches there are incredible and the most beautiful I've seen. This one afternoon I kept trying to fully get in, but I couldn't do it. I know I'll get the chance to dip in those waters again and maybe a try a full body swim.

About 2 summers ago I did something pretty daring at a beach in Malibu. I decide that day I'd face my fears and get in the water to not only cool off, but to hang out! 
I had to talk myself into it and get hyped up and it worked. I swam in the waves and laid on my back floating for about 5 minutes. While being in the ocean I had to keep telling myself that if I get bit by something or eaten by a shark it was just my time to go. I know, so damn dramatic and I obviously survived...haha! It was liberating, fun and so scary!!! I haven't done that since and am NOT planning on doing it again especially since there's been a lot of shark sighting at the beaches I swim at here in Southern California. I can't handle thinking about how close to the shore sharks have been. 

I LOVE being at the beach, but not getting into the ocean. 2 different things for me:) Keep scrolling down to read my review on this halter denim swim dress.
  • STORE - Old Navy
  • PRICE - $12 on sale last year
  • SIZE - Large
  • DRESS - Light weight denim halter top dress. Perfect for a swimsuit cover up when going near the water. It is a thin material that is a little see-through so I wouldn't recommended wearing it as an outfit unless you put a slip on underneath the dress. This is a drop down halter dress with no cinching at the waist. Length hits right above the knee and has 2 front square pockets.

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