Florida Life

What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

If you're a lifelong theme park fan, one whose favorite childhood or adolescent memories are full of good times in the theme parks, you will eventually face losses and changes in the places you hold dear. But fear not; this can be a good and healthy thing, if you go about it the right way.… Continue reading What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

Florida Life

How to live This Florida Life

It's been five years... five whole years since I began ThisFloridaLife. Something meant as a fun hobby and a love song of sorts to my home state has became a way of life for me. But best of all it is a way for me to connect with thousands of amazing people. This year my… Continue reading How to live This Florida Life

Florida Life

The next chapter of ThisFloridaLife 

Nearly five years ago I started ThisFloridaLife. I simply wanted to share my love of Florida and use my blog as a vehicle for exploring my own beloved home state. It's been an incredible journey and it's about to get better. Over the years I've contributed to Orlando Informer and Touring Plans. Both websites are… Continue reading The next chapter of ThisFloridaLife 

Central Florida Suburbs, Florida Life

Wekiva Island Cabanas: The best way to celebrate a special occasion 

Wekiva Island is a paradise that evokes the true spirit of Florida. Natural, beautiful, a casual watering hole where sun and water worshippers congregate to celebrate the beauty of Florida. Ever since my first visit to "the island" years ago I've dreamed of renting a river cabana to spend an entire day enjoying Florida life.… Continue reading Wekiva Island Cabanas: The best way to celebrate a special occasion 

Central Florida Suburbs, Florida Life

Have your best Wednesday ever at Wekiva Island

More and more we as a society are finding ways to enjoy ourselves during the week rather than waiting for the weekend to have our fun. Thursday is now Friday Junior, Little Friday, or Friday's Eve, so what does that mean for Wednesday? Allow me to introduce you to Wekiva Wednesdays at Wekiva Island. Wekiva… Continue reading Have your best Wednesday ever at Wekiva Island

Florida Life, Small towns in Florida

A Florida must-do: Manatees in Blue Spring and Downtown DeLand

Winter is here and in Florida the cold weather brings a few opportunities to enjoy the Sunshine State much differently than any other season.  The best way to enjoy Florida during Winter is to see manatees as they migrate to warmer waters near Central Florida. Blue Spring State Park is the undisputed champion of such… Continue reading A Florida must-do: Manatees in Blue Spring and Downtown DeLand

Florida Life, The Beach

My 2017 Florida Travel Resolution

Yes, it's true. I've fallen victim to the time honored tradition of setting a new year's resolution. But I'm only setting one, a fun one, and it's all about Florida travel in 2017. My Florida-born-and-raised heart is aglow just thinking about it. I resolve that once a month I will either visit a Florida beach… Continue reading My 2017 Florida Travel Resolution

Florida Life, The Beach

Enjoying Amelia Island time 

The first month of 2016 has already come to a close and February is under way, can you believe it? I am happy to report that I’ve already checked out one of the destinations on my 2016 Florida Travel list. This weekend my family whisked me away to Amelia Island for an early birthday celebration.… Continue reading Enjoying Amelia Island time 

Florida Life

An open letter to Jimmy Buffett (and my fellow ParrotHeads)

Sometimes a thought creeps into your cranium that you wish never made itself known. When I read that actor Alan Rickman died at age 69 it hit me. David Bowie was also 69 years of age when he passed a few days ago, and they say these things come in threes. So when I remembered… Continue reading An open letter to Jimmy Buffett (and my fellow ParrotHeads)