HAPPY 2016

The years slip by like pages in a book. It’s January – a new beginning – and before we know it, it’s December again. We go to work, to school, take care of our families, do what is necessary – what is expected of us. This is all good, but we need to remember to enjoy our lives as well. This is important – to us, to those we love, and to those around us. We who live in Brunswick County, NC have the best of all worlds as our many visitors will tell you. The ocean is here – always – not just in the summer. It is our constant companion.

Southport is a walking meditation in the off season. We can begin at Waterfront Park where at any time of the year you can park your car and enjoy the view. You might sit on a swing or stroll down to the City Pier where most every day someone is fishing. You can walk through the tree lined streets, visit history in the Old Brunswick County Jail or the peace of the Old Smithville Burying Ground.

You might stop at the Southport Visitors’ Center (it’s not just for visitors), check out the museum and pick up a brochure for the Southport Trail which will guide you on a two mile walk through the town and its attractions. And don’t forget to enjoy nature’s free show of sunrises and sunsets.

NEW BEGINNINGS

A new year brings us much to think about. We need to decide to let go of those things that have not served us well in the past; to consider with what things to continue to move forward and improve; and what new things we might enjoy learning to do that will also expand our lives in some way. This is what new year resolutions are really about. Letting go is usually the most difficult decision and yet it needs to be the first step because trying to move forward with heavy baggage dragging us down is next to impossible. However, sometimes it is easier to first think about what we really want to do, which will in turn give us the impetus we need for letting go. There are numerous opportunities in Brunswick County, NC for learning new things – for turning our lives around – for learning who we are and how we can be an integral part of other lives.

A good place to start is at Brunswick Community College (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/college-university/schools/brunswick-community-college/profile/). At the college you can learn just about anything from learning to paint, to playing the guitar, to earning a GED or an associates degree, to estate planning and much more.

If you have an interest in local history, you might consider becoming a docent at the Old Brunswick Jail in Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/old-brunswick-jail/profile/). The jail is administered under the auspices of the historical society and is a good starting place to more information.

If you have always wanted to learn to surf or to sail a boat, check out The Sail Shop on Bald Head Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/boating-water-sports/surf-kayak/island-passage-the-sail-shop/profile/).

 

Happy New Year 2014!

BE JOYFUL

Trust so you may be open.
Be open so you may embrace life.
Embrace life so you may live in the moment.
Live in the moment so you may live fully.
Live fully so you may love.
Love so you may be loved.
Be loved so you may give comfort.

Listen so you may learn.
Learn so you may risk.
Risk so you may grow.
Grow so you may flourish.
Flourish so you may share.

Be still so you may meditate.
Meditate so you may become wise.
Become wise so you may share your wisdom.
Share your wisdom so others may learn.

Be thankful that you can create beauty.
Create beauty so you may bring joy.
Play, dance, sing, dream, be joyful.
Be joyful so you may share your light.

Rebecca Pierre

It’s Never Too Early…..

…to make your resolutions for the New Year. Here are some suggestions for you:

1.  Watch the sun rise…

(Photo taken by Jus Messin Round Fotographie)

2.  Walk on a beach…

3.  Visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport…

4.  Jump for joy…

5. Visit the Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC…

 

6. Dance beneath the moon…

7.  Visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC…

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8.  Breathe…

9.  Go to sea with the Hurricane Fleet in Calabash, NC…

10. Watch the sun set…

(Photo by Peggy Kirk)