Favourite Things: The Beach

“I need the sea because it teaches me.” – Pablo Neruda

In the first week of Vivid & Brave’s coaching program, one of our journal prompts discusses sanctuary – those places we go where we feel most at peace, most at one with ourselves.

Despite being born in Calgary, a completely landlocked city with the Rocky Mountains acting as Mother Nature’s most imposing barrier to the ocean, my sanctuary place is the beach. When I need to visualize calm, I see water and hear the gentle rush of waves. When I daydream about my dream home, it’s a salt weathered beachhouse with a view of the ocean, the grit of sand on whitewashed floors.

My favourite beaches are not white sand and glittering blue water. I’ve got no interest in laying on a beach towel with my sunglasses on. Give me a beach with tide pools, little skittering crabs and sand dollars and dozens and dozens of shells to examine. I want to explore beaches and get to know them. I want to see how many colours the sun paints on the horizon at sunset.

Standing in the surf, water spilling over my toes, might just be the most perfect place I can think of. What’s yours?


Favourite Things is our new Monday blog series.

Stephanie Ostermann

I’m the sort of girl who you meet for coffee and end up pouring your entire heart out to. The friend you come to when you need someone to call it straight. No bullshit. No extras. Just truth.

I’m a communicator. That’s a PC way of saying I like to talk, but I also spend a lot of my time listening, and over the years, I’ve developed a sense for subtext – how one or two words can change your entire message, what people are really trying to say and how to weave the varied layers of your story into one cohesive brand message that your clients fall in love with.

When I'm not acting as editor in chief for Vivid & Brave, you can find me geeking out over words here.

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