If you ever asked me if I would stay in Corpus Christi, TX after I get married or for a career, I would say no, very enthusiastically. Having grown up in CC, staying in town for college and now after I graduated, I feel like I am being suffocated sometimes. But compared to some of my friends, I got sort of lucky with hometowns.
During summers and spring breaks, or just when it was an unnaturally hot day on the weekends, all my family, or as I got older, my friends and I had to do was pack a cooler, a couple of towels and drive about 15 minutes to get our beach. I grew up with beach almost right in my backyard, where as some people weren't as lucky.
As I've gotten older, I actually grew to not love the beach as much. The sand irked me and I hated the ocean. I blame it on the fact that I was upset about still being stuck in Corpus Christi, but recently, I have fallen back in love with the sun on my skin and the waves licking my toes.
I think growing up, for me at least, is all about falling back in love with the little things. I use to hate things I loved as a kid (naps, family cuddles, impromptu dance and singing sessions, spending hours outdoors, etc), and now slowly, I am learning that the little things are what I love most again. It's learning that sometimes your family embarrasses you, but its how they show you they love you, its learning that not everything can be bought with money and that the best adventures are the ones that are unexpected.
So here is my advice to you lovelies, if you are still stuck in your hometown, remind yourself what you love about it. What places or things hold the fondest memories or just even bring a feeling of nostalgia for you? What makes you feel young and alive again?
As for me, if you need me, I'll be at the beach, soaking up the vitamin sea and dancing with the waves.
Until next time lovelies,
Photos by Bri England
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