Rebuilding Again – Seaside Park, NJ

Today was a perfect day to go “down the shore”!

Doug and I drove down to Seaside Park to see how the 2nd re-building was going – and to get a gigantic pizza at “The Sawmill”.

Here is the view from Seaside Park looking towards the boardwalk of Seaside Heights.

Re-Building Again - Seaside Park to Seaside Heights by Beth Sawickie


First the boardwalk, stores and rides were destroyed or severely damaged by Super Storm Sandy.  Then fire took out several stores, the boardwalk and what was left of Fun Town Pier in Seaside Park.

Talk about “Jersey Strong” and resilience – these folks keep pushing forward no matter what the challenge.

If they can re-build after a the drop-kicks to the gut they’ve received, then can’t we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off when daily life hits us with a few punches?  I think so!!  Are ya with me?


"Shell Vortex" by Beth Sawickie

Magnificent Shell Vortex

"Shell Vortex" by Beth Sawickie

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As I was walking along a beach mid-winter on a blah, gray day I was looking for any bits of color I could find.  What I found were shells full of color virtually leaping off of the sand.  Once I found one, then others popped out at me, then another and another.  Swirls of glorious color bringing sunshine to an otherwise drab day.  Each one kind of drew me in as if being absorbed by a vortex.

What can I learn from this “Magnificent Shell Vortex”?

Even though things might seem gray, dull, blah, boring…sometimes just looking a little closer I can find the colorful, interesting and exciting.  Just like finding that one pop of color from that shell on the beach.  I found that one and then – to my surprise – many more started appearing.  When I focus on the “colorful, interesting and exciting”…then it is easier for me to find (or attract) more of the same 🙂  Likewise, if I choose to just see the overview of gray, dull, blah and boring then that is all I would have seen – I would have totally missed the small but magnificently beautiful gifts at my feet.

Flight of Tranquility and Peace

Image by Beth Sawickie "Flight of Tranquility and Peace"


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A single seagull glides on the ocean air of a deserted beach – tranquil and peaceful.

What could I learn from this “Flight of Tranquility and Peace”?

There are places we can go to find tranquility and peace.  A beach in the middle of winter, for instance.  A less traveled path in a park or woods.  A tucked away bench or tree stump off the beaten path.

I can also choose to turn inward to find peace at times when I might feel like lashing out at the world – or times when I allow the chaos to overwhelm me. I can choose the less popular option of looking within.  I’ve learned that when I feel like loosing it during a situation I benefit from going to that spot of tranquility and peace.  For me that special place can take many forms – sitting silently in meditation, listening to music, taking the dog for a walk – even a quick walk just around the block, wandering through nature.  All give me the opportunity to detach from the hub-bub going on and re-connect with my true tranquil and peaceful self where all is well 🙂

Seagull Overlooking Atlantic City

The cold, cold weather has finally broken (for a few days at least) and we headed down to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  It is just across the water from Atlantic City.

This Herring Seagull was enjoying the 50 degree sunshine while keeping an eye on Atlantic City across the way.

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Image by Beth Sawickie "Seagull Overlooking Atlantic City, NJ"