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50 Latitudes (USA) Feature

The 50 Latitudes Feature will showcase Latitudes from a resident of each US state in their own words to illustrate that despite age, sex, location, or occupation, every living being on the planet has a favorite Latitude.  A person's favorite Latitude is not restricted to their home state.

Entries in Florida (1)

Tuesday
Mar012011

Florida

I’m a Florida girl through and through. Born and raised.

I left the state after college and lived in the New England area... 

...but I circled right back to Florida 3 years later.

Why?

Because my Latitude has three basic elements: sun, a cool breeze, and water.  

  • The sun brings a smile to my face (plus gives me a vitamin-D boost!).
  • The cool breeze (although elusive in the South Florida summertime) is refreshing.
  • The sound of the water, whether from the canal outside of my home or from the waves crashing on Ft. Lauderdale beach, brings calm and relaxation.

The desk in my home office sits right next to a large window.  I take conference calls sitting outside in the shade.  I take walks around the lake whenever there’s too much chaos and I need a 10-minute mini-getaway.  I sit by the pool to read.  My dear hubby even gave me the nickname “Sunshine.”

Living in a place like Florida is a dream for a girl like me.

Although I reside in one of the warmest places in the United States, the place that says “serenity now” and provides a mental escape for me is in Cape Town, South Africa.  Cape Town (and more specifically Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope) is the most stunningly beautiful place I have ever been blessed to visit.  It is one of those places you go where you can spend a few hours in awe and silence, captivated by God’s brilliant handy work....long stretches of sandy beaches and breathtaking coastal cliffs overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

Spending time in Cape Town - my Latitude - whether physically or mentally/visually is an ever present reminder of God’s splendor, goodness, and vastness....and with that reminder comes joy.

Not happiness, but true joy which is present amid chaos or turbulent times.

Joy.

Knowing that, no matter what, He cares for me and that I’ll grow through whatever it is that I go through.

If I could bring all of my loved ones with me....all the precious people who make life wonderful, I’d live in my Latitude all year long.

Until then, you’ll find me among the palm trees in Sunny South Florida.

See Shae Bynes at her Latitude HERE in the Gallery

(click on Shae's Latitude banner above to visit her website)