Why Do You Shell?

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So, why do you enjoy shelling?

Does it relax you? Do you do it because it’s fun? Do you feel adrenaline when you finally find that one shell you’ve been looking for? Is it the thrill of the hunt?

All of the above?

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For us, yes.

I don’t think there is anything better than a day at the beach after a long, exhausting work week.

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I always get excited when I strap on my snorkel mask. Whether we find anything or not, to me it’s not about the kill, but the hunt. In hunting, you can scout and track your game, but you really never know what the woods are gonna give up on any given day. The sea is the same way. Whether you’re out looking for dove, rabbit, deer, mushrooms – or seashells – for us it’s a thrill to scout, track and hopefully bag the game.

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Sometimes, you come home with just enough for a meal.

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Other times, you come home with enough to feed you through the winter.

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Regardless, we enjoy being outside. I personally enjoy the rush of the unknown.

“What will I find today?”

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Luckily, we’ve been able to learn about scouting and tracking from a local friend, and our hunts have been more successful as of late. But as I’ve mentioned many times, whether I find anything or not, I do not care. I just love being out there.

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We shell because we love the peace and tranquility we find in the water. We love being at the beach and we love finding seashells.

We got a lotta love, I think. ;)

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So, why do you shell?

Don’t Worry…Be Happy

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The Queen and I are always finding out new ways to be happier people. We travel, we have hobbies, we enjoy a few TV shows and we play around a bit on social media.

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram – we like scrolling through feeds and pictures to see what other people are doing to make themselves happy.

I get a kick sometimes when I’m scrolling through my feed and I see those words of encouragement posts or ones that get me to laugh out loud. The Queen and I both have this one printed out and pasted at our desks to remind us that:

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It’s certainly true and we’ve seen it first-hand. You may be filthy rich – doesn’t mean you’re happy….although I would like to personally put that one to the test.

Another favorite (This one is true, in my case):

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But one came across my feed the other day that got me pondering (and chuckling)….

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Not a single one of us has arrived yet. We all have our faults, our weaknesses and our areas of improvement.

Love and Compassion are valuable traits to have. Sometimes though, that love and compassion without boundaries can open us up to thinking we have to fix everyone’s problems on our own. That’s a fast track to heartburn, baby!

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I’m not saying we ignore our friends and family who are struggling. But other people’s problems do not have to become your problems. I’m not so black and white as the above picture, but the idea is pretty spot on.

So here are a few ideas to help bring happiness to your life – and maybe you can encourage your friends and family who may be struggling to try these tips:

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1. Forgive – Just because you forgive someone doesn’t make you a weakling.   Forgiveness means you’re strong enough to know that people screw up from time to time. Bitterness only leads to unhappiness and science has shown that people who carry unforgiveness are more susceptible to illness.  (Gosh – this one is difficult for me and I struggle mightily with it)

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2. Think Positive – Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Negative thinking only brings pain and hurt. Try to see the good side in all things. Smile when you want to frown. It takes effort, but it will make a difference.

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3. Don’t worry about what the world thinks of you – People are going to judge.  It’s human nature. Be satisfied with who you are. If you’re not happy with who you are or where you’re going, make the necessary changes. Don’t seek the world’s approval because you’ll most likely never get it. Be around positive people who pour good things into you. If one person doesn’t like you, there are probably two others that love you. Go be around those two people.

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4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – Remember the cookie pizza from Domino’s?

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Don’t regret the mistakes you made in the past. They are why you are who you are today. If you didn’t make mistakes, you wouldn’t be the person you are now. We all make mistakes. The thing to remember is to learn from them and use those lessons to improve yourself. I’m going to make mistakes today. It’s ok.

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5. Get out in the world! Get out and enjoy nature. Plan a trip. Take a walk. Enjoy the sunshine. Visit a beach. Fill up the tank and take a nice drive. Whatever you choose to do, go out and do it! Get into something that forces your mind to work. Sitting in front of the TV won’t do that. Neither will Lumosity. Go make some memories. Ever been sitting around and said to a friend, “Hey you remember that time we were watching TV and….”?

Me neither.

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Stop worrying.

Go be happy.