it’s the little things…

by Kaylah Stroup

like spending time doing the things that make you happy.

This post? It’s really just an excuse to share some photos from recent beachcombing trips. My love of the beach has a natural ebb and flow dependant on not only the season (cooler weather is always better!) but based on what I’m finding. Obviously, there’s no rhyme or reason to what you find on the beach on what day. It’s all random and no one can control what the lake decides to wash in. But one good day of finds will lead to me being there a lot more often the following days.

That’s what happened here. I spent the afternoon at the beach with my husband and sister-in-law over the weekend. She’d never been beachcombing before so Jeff and I were both very excited to share with her how fun and relaxing it is. I did not expect to hit the jackpot like we did though. Aside from lots of great blues, a couple red and yellows, and other awesome odds and ends, we found marbles! I’ve never seen a marble on this beach so when she raised something green in the air and said “what’s this?” I never expected that’s what it would be. I was super jealous but very excited for her and very excited to know that it was something I could possibly find some day.

Ten minutes later, I’m squatting down to grab a piece of beach glass that caught my eye when I watched a marble get washed in with the waves. It was SO incredibly exciting. I spend the next couple days going to the beach each day. Not specifically to look for marbles, although I certainly wouldn’t be upset if I found another, but because it reminded me how much I enjoy being there. Consider me 100% addicted to the beach at the moment.

I realize it’s just trash. Trash that the lake has tumbled and washed back onshore but there is just something so darn satisfying about it all. I love spending even the smallest portion of my day beside the water, listening to the waves, and searching for treasure. It’s so relaxing. It’s easy to just stay in, lay on the couch, scroll on my phone, and call that relaxing but actually getting out and doing something I love really does wonders for my mental health.

Lake Erie, I love you!

rainbow beach glass, lake erie beach marble from lake erie

Life is busy and can be stressful but don’t forget to take some time for yourself!

For more of life’s wonderful small moments, check out the tag “it’s the little things”
If you’d like to find some beach glass of your own – 7 tips for finding beach glass & 3 best spots for beachcombing in Cleveland.

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