With a new year among us, I can't help but feel inspired more than ever to set goals for myself and encourage you to take on more of a coastal lifestyle. "I don't live by the coast so I can't really have a coastal lifestyle" you might say. Well, I'm here to tell you that if you desire a lifestyle that will make you happy every day, fulfills your purpose, and helps others be the best they can be - make it happen.
This is a no-excuses year ladies and gents! Get ready to immerse yourself into total coastal living even if you don't live near the coast by committing yourself to at least 5 or more of these ways to have a coastal state of mind.
#1. HARVEST THE SUN
Make sunshine your favorite accessory and get outside more. Plant a garden, explore a state park or wild life preserve on a hike, swim at the pool, join an outdoor yoga class, roller blade in a local park, fish local bodies of water... you choose.
Read more on why Mr. ArtSea Chic and I love to fish here.
#2. EAT LIKE AN ISLANDER
Create a meal plan inspired by fruits, juices, non-processed meats, wild-caught fish, earthy green veggies, and glasses of water (ehm, no sodas allowed). Throw in a pina colada or bloody mary every now and then, maybe some white wine too.
Feast your eyes further on this dish cooked up on Captiva Island here.
#3. PROTECT YOUR WAY OF WALKING
Update your flip flop collection from flat to supportive soles to keep your feet in good health. Buy a pair of stylish arch supporting sandals from Juli here.
#4. SEW YOUR IDEAL BEACH TOWEL
Sew your own beach towel bag with pillow insert to fit your unique coastal style and comfort needs. Bold print towel with a plush pillow? Polka dot pillow case with a protective storage pocket? Solid color handles with a beach scene towel? Possibilities are endless.
Follow the beach towel bag tutorial here.
#5. HAVE VIRTUAL WINDOWS TO YOUR DREAM DESTINATION
Daydream with every piece of tech you put your hands on. Set your computer, phone, and tablet backgrounds and screen savers to a picture of your favorite coastal destination.
Download some seriously beachy device backgrounds from Salty Pineapple for FREE.
#6. TRANSFORM SPACES WITH COASTAL COTTAGE ZEN
Declutter spaces and create an airy flow throughout your home. No one likes to feel trapped in a place with mounds of things scattered across on every counter top or belongings that won't be used again piled in a closet.
Read more on how I started my room makeover here.
#7. BRING THE BEACH TO YOUR BATHROOM
Decorate your bathroom to become your in-home spa retreat. Loving the simplicity of decor in these bathrooms shared by Studio M.
#8. PAMPER YOURSELF
Now actually relax in your bathroom for once.
#9. REDEFINE YOUR WELLNESS STANDARDS
Invest in non-toxic cleaning and hygiene products to have a safer, more natural, and ocean-approved living environment. Read more about the ingredients used in my homemade DIY cleaner and beauty products!
#10. STRUT YOUR BEST COASTAL STYLE WITH NO SHAME
Make sure you have a sea of fashionable coastal apparel and accessories to wear no matter what the temperature is outside. A woven palm leaf tote is essential.
Read more on what my essentials are here.
#11. HAVE YOUR SUITCASE READY
These style must-haves also need to be on-call for getaway vacations to the nearest body of water.
#12. MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE SEA
Volunteer in a local trash clean-up with your community. Every waterway leads to our ocean. Help keep it clean! Read more about my experience with the Adopt-A-Beach program's trash cleanups here.
#13. HELP KIDS LIKE COASTAL THINGS TOO
Do you have kids, grand-kids, young nieces or nephews? Do ocean-inspired crafts with them, watch Disney classics with coastal scenes, read books together that talk about marine animals, dress them up in the cutest nautical outfits, and most importantly - take them to the beach before they turn 10 years old.
Browse my favorite coastal ideas for kids and pin your favorites!
#14. BRING A LITTLE ART INTO YOUR LIFE
Invest in a couple staple pieces of coastal art and hang them proudly on the wall. Better yet, try painting your own if you're feeling artsea!
This is my all-time favorite painting that I found on sale for $50 at Garden Ridge (now called At Home).
#15. SET A REALISTIC TRAVEL GOAL
Set a goal to fly or road trip to a coastal destination this year. Pick a destination, time to travel, select activities, then create a budget that will get you there. Turn in your PTO at work and tell others about your exciting goal to hold you accountable all the way through.
I did all of the above for my trip to St. Thomas USVI, see the attractions I went to here.
#16. HOST A LUAU TO REMEMBER
Host a party with your closest coastal-minded friends and family. Tropical drinks, pineapple pinata, ocean water slushies, fruit palm trees ....I mean, who wouldn't want to be at your luau?
Check out OH Lovely Place's DIY pineapple pinata tutorial.
#17. SLEEP HAPPY
Give your bed a pop of resort styled bedding and comfort with a new mattress or foam topper. You'll have the best sleep and dreams of the beach to date.
An ideal cottage by the sea bedding set and DIY headboard shared by The Lily Pad Cottage.
#18. VISIT ALL THINGS THAT CRAWL, ROAR, SWIM, & FLY
Immerse yourself in a little wildlife from around the globe and visit your local aquarium and zoo.
Don't have a zoo or an aquarium near you? Find an Aquarium Restaurant instead, read more here.
#19. CREATE A COASTAL TABLESCAPE
Own dishware, glassware, utensils etc that make you feel like you're going to be prepping a table inside a coastal cottage by the sea.
See how I styled a coastal inspired Easter table with wine glass coasters from Mystic Knotwork here.
#20. KEEP YOUR EYES STRONG
If you don't wear contact lenses, next time you see the eye doctor ask if your insurance will cover a pair of non-prescription UV blocking sunglasses in place of the coverage for contacts. You'd be surprised how less expensive it is to get big name sunglasses plus a protective case from your eye doctor than at a shop in a mall!
Read about how we protected our eyes with COSTA Sunglasses fishing with SoulMate Charters here.
#21. STAY INSPIRED TO HAVE A COASTAL LIFESTYLE
Discover at least 3 new blogs, websites, or influencers that will help you stay inspired to live in a coastal state of mind. Thanks for reading mine! :)
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