Updated: Jul 2
We bought our place in Pawleys in the summer of 2020 during the shutdown of the world. Prior the the pandemic, I was traveling with work, and doing a lot of personal travel since I finally could afford it. It sounds fun and glamorous to many, but living out of a suitcase constantly is anything but glamorous. I was getting tired, and COVID made the decision for me. I actually enjoyed living in my pajamas, cooking and watching a lot of movies, until I didn’t. We looked at how much we were spending on travel each year, we found an affordable fixer upper, and the next thing we knew, we owned a small place on the coast. Over the last year and half we have remodeled it, and still have more projects to go. We have a fabulous screened in patio where I practically live, that overlooks a lagoon with a big fountain. The fountain even lights up at night, and its magical. We have have made some friends down there, and even more exciting, several of my friends have purchased homes down there, or are planning too.
Since I was a baby, the ocean has always been a part of my life. My grandparents had a place at the Jersey Shore. When I became a young adult, my parents purchased a place on the coast of North Carolina. I grew up water skiing, fishing, and spending all day swimming in the ocean. How amazing is it to be able to share my love of the beach now with my children and grandchildren, and to create the wonderful memories with them, that I so treasure from my childhood?
The sense of peace and calm there is like nothing I have ever experienced. My day begins with a long stroll on the beach early in the morning. I bike ride several times a week, and as I cross over the North Causeway, I stop and say hello to the people fishing and see what they are catching.
I’ve started playing tennis again. I am improving my golf game ( or trying to ha-ha). I don't think I have ever seen anyone unhappy in Pawleys Island, not even at the height of tourist season!
The lake and the mountains are nice, but the ocean owns my soul. The sound of the waves is so soothing, the smell of the salt air helps you breath better. Research shows that just being near the color blue has led to an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace. With all going on in this world, who wouldn’t want to feel this way?