One of my 2017 New Year’s goals is to learn to sail. Sailing has been a long-time fascination of mine ever since I went on a week-long sailing adventure in the Bahamas when I was in college as part of a photojournalism class I was taking. The trip was part pleasure (lots of great photo ops!) and part work, meaning that we all had to pitch in doing the chores, which included cooking in the galley, cleaning the heads, swabbing the decks, and taking shifts at the helm. This excursion around the Out Islands of the Bahamas brought about a deep love for being on the water, exploring uninhabited islands, and enjoying the aquamarine and sapphire waters of the Caribbean.
That said, I need to get out on the water again! I have two paddle boards that I’d like to start using more but they are very large and a bit of a pain to transport around on my car roof. I know, lame excuse right? Living in Florida should really permit no excuses because there are lakes and water virtually everywhere, the whole state is surrounded by ocean, and you are never more than an hour’s drive from a beach, so I guess I need to step up my game this coming year 😉
I’m also interested in trying rowing as a sport and source of fitness, so I’m looking into that as well, but most of all I want to learn to sail. My husband is also interested in pursuing this hobby and daydreaming about owning our own boat one day, so we plan to take lessons together as soon as financially possible.
Speaking of all things nautical, one of my favorite sea-inspired lifestyle brands is Sperry, have you ever heard of them? They’ve been around forever and are known for their amazing boat shoes among other great sailing gear. I recently got a cute pair of topsiders and some clothing at our local retail store. Here’s me rocking my favorite Sperry tank top which I found on clearance back in July, very patriotic colors for summer. Luckily here, I can wear this kind of outfit year-round!
Santa brought Matt a few Sperry goodies for Christmas this year, including a belt and shirt, and he recently scored this pair of shoes which I absolutely love on him. There’s nothing better than quality made products that are both fashionable and functional, is there?!
I hope you all have a fabulous New Year’s Eve ‘sailing into the new year’! We’re going to dinner and a movie, hubby really wants to see the new Star Wars movie and we thought we’d just do something low-key so just having a sweet date night together to celebrate all we’ve accomplished in 2016. What are you going to do? Let me know your sunny day living goals for 2017 as well ❤