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Welcome to 2015

2015 is well on its way nine days into the New Year! The weekend on Hilton Head Island had warm springtime-like temperatures teasing me with its warm breeze and bare-arms weather. It was a cruel taunting of the season beyond our reach. Now bundled for warmth and mystified at how Northerners survive, I spend a few moments looking ahead at 2015.

I personally have not made New Year’s Resolutions this year except to enjoy the year ahead. My goal was strictly to cross the 2014 into 2015 hurdle. Once there, embrace what is to come – riding the peaks, the valleys and exhale on the straightaways in between. “Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it.”

The New Year’s Eve Pre-party and Polar Bear Plunge with the Spinnaker Recreation staff at Waterside included a “Resolution Tree”. A table-sized silver tinged tree was dotted with little blue papers where Spinnaker Resort owners and guests jotted down their New Year’s resolutions and hung on its limbs.

Many spoke of healthier living and getting closer to God and family. Others included:

  • Spending less time on the computer.
  • I will do what my mom says.
  • Buy more bacon for my husband to eat.
  • To say one nice thing (at least) to someone each day!
  • Be more positive
  • Be more patient

If I had to reach deep and choose a self-made resolution, it would be to be a better listener. Not just to words spoken, but to the unspoken words layered in between that speak volumes if paying attention. If I were to be less introspective on my New Year’s resolution, I’d say I want to get a darker Lowcountry tan and clock more miles on my motorcycle!

2015’s arrival on Hilton Head Island means that spring (and my golden tan) is not too far out of reach. Does the brevity of winter in the South make you green with envy? I have to say a slight smirk crossed my face at the thought that it might. We’ll be sitting at the beachside bar sipping a frozen daiquiri thumbing through Northern friends’ Facebook statuses lamenting of snow and ice. We islanders have it tough, I admit!

March will bring the Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival, the 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country in Savannah, Georgia as well as the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day parade, the RBC Heritage PGA Golf Classic and college Spring Break Tennis to the island.

That’s not to say January and February won’t produce some braggable shorts-flaunting weather for more than the Canadians here! But for this week – I’ll be layering up in flannels and fuzzy socks (when not at the office) sipping hot chocolate and daydreaming of the Caribbean!

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