Trading Cobblestones for the Beach

Hello from humid Florida!  Oh man, have things changed. I have been completely MIA and probably because I still have not accepted the fact that I am not in England anymore. The beach is great, don't get me wrong....but man do I miss England and my former traveling life. I'm not gonna lie....I can't even get on Bloglovin anymore and it's even hard to look at Instagram. I feel a pain in my heart when I get a glimpse of all of you expat bloggers posting gorgeous street views and European food yummies. I miss everything about it.

But, I need to get back to what inspires me. I had a rude awakening the other day when my Dad told me that I've been slacking at my blog. L.O.L!! Crack me up! But it's true. I can't wallow in my sorrows forever. And to be honest, I still feel like I'm on a little bit of a holiday down here in Florida. We live right near the water, we have a boat, it's bikini season. There's not too much to complain about. Right? But Van and I find ourselves drinking an American glass of wine and wishing it was Croatian. Or Greek. And wishing for a charming lane or a pub to walk home from. It can be heartbreaking at times. Needless to say, England and Europe has a hold on our hearts.

The best part about being here is being near family. We've basically run our own hotel down from all over come down to visit. It's been wonderful to catch up and know that we all are just a short drive away. Another good piece of the puzzle is that I am working again and while it's extremely challenging, it feels good. I am now a Child Welfare Case Manager and it's intense but purposeful. I get a good amount of vacation days too....just need to start finding time to put them to use!

Van and I have made the statement that while we miss Europe, we are going to try and travel on this side of the world while we are here. We have a feeling that we may be back to Europe later on down the road and we should take advantage of this side of the world while we can. But I just can't help it. I have too much unfinished business in Europe. I need to see more of Austria. I need to go to Budapest. I need to be back in Croatia. The list goes on and on. The longing for travel in Europe will be in my heart forever and I think that's a good thing!

In other news, I'm starting back to school in August and I am preparing for the challenge. The challenge will be juggling an intense full time job, my house, my pups and writing nonstop for school. So fingers crossed for a good start! And hoping to throw a little travel in as well. I have plans for a little New Orleans getaway and a winter trip to Canada. Hoping to add in an October getaway as well....maybe South America?! We will see.....But for now, just know that I am alive and well and enjoying this Florida summer as best as I can!

Thanks for sticking around :)

Healthy Blessings!

Jamie xx

Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway!!'s me. Ok, channeling Adele a bit here since I've been major MIA. Moving, moving and moving some more. It's. Cray. And adding fuel to the fire....who else is just now entering the holiday frenzy??? It's been a little hard to get into the holiday spirit as I am trying to adjust to this mild weather. It just doesn't feel like Christmas! My body is patiently awaiting the weeks of blustery, cold weather. But it just ain't happening down here on the Gulf Coast! But alas, it's time to get going on my ever growing Christmas list!

Catching the Sunset at Navarre Beach Pier

Navarre Beach is a very small beach in comparison to it's neighbor beaches such as Destin or Pensacola Beach. It literally only has about 5 or 6 high rise condos and if you have ever been to the Gulf Coast, you know that this can be very rare. I grew up in Mobile, AL and saw the tourist areas of the Gulf Coast grow dramatically. But Navarre has seemed to stay small somehow.

Beach Bum Life

Ahh Florida. I really don't have much to say in words because the pictures do all of the talkin' for me.

Tintagel Castle | Cornwall

King Arthur had it made....