As a kid, I bounced out of bed on beach mornings like most kids do for Christmas, Disney World or, in my husband’s case, all things baseball. Living in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the beach was just “over the hill” about 30 minutes, but you could never count on the sun to be shining as much, the temperatures to be quite as warm or the fog to have lifted.
But you could count on the magic.
The air was always going to thicken with the salt, instantly clinging to my arms, a film that welcomed me like a warm ocean hug, filling my nose with a tang and waving my never quite straight, never quite curly hair.
We’d always be greeted by the sound of the waves, a rush to meet the shore — a synchronized push and pull of cerulean power.
But it was the sensation of first slipping off our shoes, racing through the sand to the water — often chilly, as the Pacific is known to be — and allowing ourselves to be a part of something bigger, stronger and more beautiful.
It is this experience, this ability to feel beautiful and alive when surrounded by people and moments of magic, that I strive to pass on to my small people.
Admittedly, it starts with compromise and honoring what matters to everyone in your family. In ours, this includes not just the beach but baseball. On a recent family vacation, we did both. We traveled to South Florida, where we could experience Spring Training up close and personal — moments that made each member of my family giddy.
Especially the serious baseball fans.
St. Louis Cardinals — Matt Adams
Next, allow yourself to be enchanted by the moment.
For the full beach experience, this means to breathe deeply, collect shells, play in the sand and embrace the time you have together.
And finally, put yourself in the picture. Don’t hide — be a part of every beautiful moment. Your family wants you there.
I’m confident my hair never quite loved the sea as I do, but together we’ve learned to adapt. I’ve always been a longhair-down kind of girl. It’s just how I’m most comfortable. Finding hair care products that allow me to feel like me when I’m having the time of my life are important every day — and especially so on my ocean adventures.
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