I love the tropical lifestyle. I came to the Gulf Coast of Florida forty years ago. I was planning to stay for just one winter. Guess what? I'm still here. Why is it, that we are so drawn to the ocean, warm breezes and tropical climate?
A day at the beach brings joy to visitors of all ages. Those who love to vacation by oceans, lakes and even swimming pools can attest to the water’s power to inspire relaxation and promote personal rejuvenation. And it’s no wonder that so many hotels and resorts are situated on the water, as travelers often pay a premium for shimmering views.
The bestselling book, Blue Mind: The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do, by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, focuses on the proven scientific evidence that being close to bodies of water promotes mental health and happiness. Even just looking at pictures of the ocean, lakes, streams and ponds makes me feel calmer and more connected to nature.
Most of us have access to water, lakes or oceans in some form — and we underutilize their potential. Whether it’s a deeply relaxing vacation or a weekend getaway, water is the best way to reset. There are many locations that you can go to experience a blue mind — you don’t necessarily need to be near the ocean. If you look at a map of the U.S. or world, there is blue everywhere — rivers, lakes, ponds — and not to mention pools and what we call “domesticated water.” You don’t have to go far. “Blue mind” is not an exclusively ocean-only conversation, it’s a water conversation, and there are incredibly amazing waterways everywhere — around the world.
The "Blue Mind" is what influences my art. I believe bringing tropical art in to your home helps enhance that feeling of a "blue mind". So be like the sea turtle and remember to return to the sea every now and then!
Here's to livin' the beach life!
a.k.a. Tropical Art Chick