Gratitude Challenge Day 11:
What is your favorite place, and why?
I like a lot of places, and this question could be answered a million ways. Of course, MY HOME with my family is very, very high on the list.
But I have to go with the answer that came to mind instantly. It’s the place that, when someone says, “What’s your happy place?” I think of right away.
For me, that place is Panama City Beach, Florida.
Specifically, the family owned hotel that we always stay at, and that my parents first went to back in the 70’s. I have been there probably…. at least 10 times in my life? Maybe 15.
We don’t go every single year, but my family went there a bunch of times as a kid, Ivan and I went once alone for a getaway when the boys were little, and now we have been there at least 4-5 times I’d say with our boys (and my parents).
I absolutely LOVE it there. We all do! It is not a big, fancy resort. It’s tucked down at the quiet end of the “beach” strip, and it’s just easy. It’s casual, relaxed and feels like home.
Generally we go in August, when the Gulf of Mexico water is like bath water and the days are HOT. It feels so wonderful.
But, it’s tricky, because we like to travel other places, too! It’s a constant struggle to decide if we should go back to PCB, as it’s called, or travel to one of the many other destinations we’d like to explore with the boys before they leave home.
We don’t have an “up north” cabin or lake house or anything like that (like many people around here do), but this place in Panama City Beach is the one place our family goes back to again and again. I have the BEST memories from here, and the boys do too. They absolutely love going here!
So there you have it. My favorite place in the world.