Taste of Venice

...Venice, Florida, that is. This past weekend I took a little weekend trip to the "other coast" of Florida - the west coast. It was a great time had by all (met up with some pretty awesome people).

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In comparison to Fort Lauderdale Beach, Venice Beach had lighter colored sand, clearer water, a larger shore, and more of a "low key, vacation" vibe to it. It was kind of nice getting out of the hustle and bustle my neck of the woods for the weekend.

On Saturday, we grabbed some brunch at a charming place called Nokomis Breakfast House. It's a tiny little yellow house converted into a tiny little restaurant. The interior was simple, but bright. Every table had a white tablecloth, and painted chairs - green, orange, pink, blue, purple, yellow, etc. We were sat at the "purple table," which matched the nail color on my toes perfectly, might I add! Aside from my table, I would estimate that the average age was 72, and I honestly would not have it any other way. I loved it. I ordered Eggs Florentine (seen below). But I'd have to say that the chocolate chip pancakes that my friend ordered stole the show! (But only if you REALLY like chocolate ;) ).

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The highlight of the trip was when my buddies and I went to the beach during sunset. At first I wasn't going to go in the water since it had gotten a little breezy. But I ended up getting thrown over someone's shoulder and chucked playfully into the water. Not gonna lie though - I'm glad I was. :)

The ocean itself looked like a sea of gold. It was just spectacular.

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I also snapped this picture of a fellow swimming in the ocean solo. It's nice to have those moments of solidarity with ol' Mother Nature. Whenever I have those moments, I feel like a tiny fleck in this gigantic world of ours. It's humbling but still incredibly gratifying each time I get the chance to feel this way.

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It was also refreshing to see so many people come out to just watch the sunset, and appreciate the magnitude of its beauty.

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This trip made me realize a few things though:

  1. I love going to quieter places to "re-charge." But I could never live in a quiet place.
  2. I have a moderate obsession with pretty skies. So I am considering getting a "real" camera instead of my 5s (iphone) to better capture them.
  3. I have awesome people in my life.
  4. Road trips are always a good idea.

I'm already ready to go back again.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Stop and Smell the Sunsets

The title of this blog are words that I live by. Or at least try to live by. Although I'm a bit of a realist, I do my best to make a point to have a positive outlook. But especially when there are some negative things going on in life, it can be difficult to do so. In fact, sometimes you want to be angry/upset/etc. There's nothing wrong with feeling natural emotions, but I think it is important to not let those negative feelings prevent you from appreciating the good in life. I've noticed in my worldly 28 years (I'm being partially sarcastic) of roaming this glorious earth that sometimes "the good" isn't slap-you-in-the-face-good. Meaning, I've learned that sometimes you need to look for it.

Recently I had an average day - not bad, not amazing. However, I went to get gas after my workout. I often end up at this particular gas station because it is right around the corner from my condo. This is a gas station that always boasts a collection of people you intentionally avoid making eye contact with. It's also filthy. And only about half the pumps work.

After I moved my car from a broken pump to another, my day went from average to amazing after I glanced up at this sky.

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I literally found myself smiling at the beauty. It was a powerful feeling to put life on pause for a couple minutes to admire the magnificence.

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So whether it is a wildly bright sunset, or a grey thunderstorm - there is something to appreciate. But sometimes it requires you to take notice.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.