Saint Petersburg Daytrip

With my Lovely Friend Fran

This post was originally published on April 11, 2015 on On February 3, 2017 it was migrated to Medium.

Hometown Feels

Ever since I left St. Pete in 2009, it has become quite the little hidden treasure of Florida. Brimming with beauty and small town charm, it’s difficult to ignore the urge to visit. So in efforts to cross off some long overdue bucket-list items and celebrate my birthday (a month late…), a friend and I planned a day trip.

Early Sunday March 15th, Francesca and I picked up some coffee and croissants in Thorton Park and started the two hour drive toward my good ol’ hometown. Here are some glimpses of the trip.

Oxford Exchange

Coffee shop, book store, tea house, and cafe….cause one of those isn’t enough.

The Dali Museum

Collection of Dali’s work, a wish tree, a hedged maze and the Locale Market.

St. Petersburg Beach

Sunset hour on the beach I grew up on.

A sum of our experiences

Over 500 photos from shutter-happy Fran, a handful of wonderful experiences, and a couple souvenirs.

But, that’s not all I left with:

I also left with the satisfaction of being able to explore, even with the limits of work, finances, and responsibilities. Far too often I use say, “I would love to do _____, if I had time / if I had money.” Hence I came up with a list of things I want to accomplish this year.

This was one of the first items I got to cross off and it started the momentum for me to invest in more of my other list items. Since then, I’ve been more involved in side hobbies, ventured to Colorado, and recently booked a trip to Oktoberfest in Germany! So I’ve definitely been on the move, and hopefully I’ll continue with the same momentum.

All it takes is consistent determination and courage to invest in other facets of life. And why not?

These experiences are as much a part of us as anything else.

“Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.” — Salvador Dali
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