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Aug 31, 2012

Confession time … I ran away from home.

Beaches ~ A Life Chapter

Stepping in the Pacific Ocean - Living Life Marvelously

Stepping in the Pacific Ocean – Living Life Marvelously

Once upon a time there was a woman who was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, newspaper reporter and micro-business owner.   She had come to a crossroads as to what to do next in her life.  Her children had accomplished some milestones in their lives and her marriage of 25 years was . . .   She was constantly asking herself . . . NOW WHAT?

And that woman was me.  August 2010 was unusually hot in Murphy, TX. With that heat along with other life circumstances, I needed a change.  I had wanted to go to the beach for many years but simply couldn’t get there considering family responsibilities and all that entails.

A friend from college threw me a lifeline through a text message challenging me to stop my whining and get out of the heat of Texas and my household.  And so I did.  I ran away to the beach under the cover of darkness, lest someone would try to stop me and tell me all the “reasonable” reasons I shouldn’t go.  But I wanted to see my friends as we are getting older and who knows when I would get the chance again.  And they had my back!

Grand Canyon window view.

Grand Canyon window view at 30,000 feet.

So off I went on the Big Blue and Orange Bird, aka Southwest Airlines.

Pacific Baptism

Pacific Baptism with Seaweed Adornment

In less than 48 hours I was standing in the Pacific Ocean experiencing what I call a second baptism.

Bird of Paradise in Orange County, CA

Bird of Paradise in Orange County, CA

It was glorious to witness the beauty of God’s creation in the physical sense; as well as what I knew he was going to be doing in my life in a tangible way.

Classy Ride ~ Classy Lady

Classy Ride ~ Classy Lady with a Driver for the day!

I am a bolder, more colorful, more confident person from that experience.  Fear and disappointments have been replaced with assurance and this mantra ~ Living Life Marvelously!

My Beaches Soap pays homage to that trip. The Teal Blue water; the fresh invigorating scent of the air and the texture of the Sea Weed, Sea Salt and Sea Oats.  Pretty Sea Glass that is considered a treasure to find with its sharp edges worn smooth from the ebb and flow of the water and friction of the sand.  It can be purchased here.

We are all in the middle of something; the question is what are we going to do to make it Marvelous?  If you have a story about the “Beaches” in your life and how you are Living Life Marvelously, I would love to write about it on my Blog – The Marvelous Middle.  I can be reached here: [email protected]


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  • Ruth C. Bright

    Wow that is a marvelous real life story, spontanious moves lead to dreams come true. I’m coming out!

  • What a great adventure…I will sttart an adventure of my own soon…lol

  • Aprille

    Beautiful story Rhonda:)

  • Charles

    From the pool deck at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort on Barbados’ south coast, walk west along Maxwell Beach, and 10 to 15 minutes later you’ll find yourself among the seaside restaurants…I’ll share the rest later.

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