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How to Spend a Year Writing

Happy 1year birthday to amywatsonsmith.com

Well, today is the one-year birthday of this blog.

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday…

I don’t think that I ever really believed that I could actually spend a year writing on a regular basis. Okay, I use the term “regular” rather loosely. But despite my best attempts at procrastination, I still managed to write. No, I needed to write. And apparently I needed to write in this format (i.e., blogging).

The actual look and name and feel of my blog has changed several times as I learned more about blogging but the content has remained consistent. I have attempted to write about my life in an authentic way–not white-washing it as I hope many of my posts and photos demonstrate.

I have learned quite a bit about blogging along the way and even more about myself. I feel as if I am just beginning to hit my stride, so here I go. I am going to spend another year writing this blog. I do hope you will continue on this journey with me.

Below you will find links to my top ten blog posts from the past year. I invite you to read them again–or for the first time.

Thank you and God’s peace and blessings to you.



1. How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit

Spring Break Survival Kit


2. Lessons from Miss Frances: On Living, Loving and Laughing

"Lessons from Miss Frances on Living, Loving and Laughing" on www.amywatsonsmith.com


3. How to Silence the Voice of Doubt

How to Silence the Voice of Doubt: Just write


4. When Everything Has Gone to the Dogs

"When Everything has Gone to the Dogs," Chester, one of the "twins"--English Springer Spaniels


5. Game Day Done Right

Ole Miss Road Trip

6. The Love of a Dog

A dog's love


7. Bee Smitten: Banner Celebrations

Oliver's banner


8. Time Flies When You are Living Life

Daddy-daughter chefs in "Time Flies When You are Living Life"


9. How to Have the Perfect Vacation

"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." -Robert Orben How to Have a Perfect Vacation on www.amywatsonsmith.com


10. Bee Smitten: A few of My Favorite Things

"Bee Smitten: A Few of  My Favorite Things / Photo of Judith Ann Entrican Kirkpatrick

How to Have the Perfect Vacation

"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." -Robert Orben How to Have a Perfect Vacation on www.amywatsonsmith.com

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” -Robert Orben

Spring Break is finally here. We have escaped our normal lives and gotten away for a few days to lie about on the beach in Florida. Unfortunately the weather has not cooperated as we had hoped. But I have a secret. I know how to have the perfect vacation regardless of the location or weather.

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.


As simple as that.

Well, at least it is that simple for me. I am perfectly happy doing absolutely nothing: reading, watching a movie, chatting, napping, snacking…there are a lot of of us out there.

But then there are also those of you who are like my husband–someone who prefers to have something to do or something to see (at least on vacation). The idea of doing nothing all day is torture to someone like that.

Our first day in Florida was beautiful so of course the girls (two teens and me) headed straight for the beach to soak up as much sun as humanly possible. My husband joined us but kept suggesting a walk. Eventually he left us to do some exploring. Two hours later he returned with shells and several interesting encounters to relate.

Day two at the beach was overcast and rainy. The girls were disappointed at first and frustrated but soon realized that without the sun they were now released to do the thing they really wanted to do: nothing all day long. I was thrilled as well (we had all gotten a bit too much sun the day before). Even my husband managed to enjoy it.

Once you realize that you really cannot do much of anything, you just have to relax and give in to it.

There it is.


Having nothing to do and all day to do it in.

Once you release yourself (or someone/something releases you) from the pressure to do and to see and to go go go, you can really enjoy doing nothing.

So regardless of where you are or what your situation is, it is possible to have the perfect vacation. You do not have to even leave your own home if you can release yourself from the drive to do things. You do not have to have a full day–even a few hours will do.

So block off some time, turn off your phone, grab a book or a magazine, find a comfortable spot and settle in.

It is time for your perfect vacation.



Edisto: Old School Beach Vacation, Part Two

The second half of our week away at Edisto Beach was just as great as the first half. The weather at the beach held out for most of the week. Unfortunately our friends in Charleston were not so lucky and one friend who was expected to join us was stuck in town. In the end we hosted lots of friends–and loads of God sons! We are truly blessed.

Now, back to the real world…

Click here to see part one of Edisto: Old School Beach Vacation


Not all sunshine

Not all sunshine


Sweet George

Sweet George

Morning ninja moves

Morning ninja moves

Sea turtle nest


Where are they?

Where are they?

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sea oats



Impromptu picnic below stairs

Impromptu picnic below stairs


The race

The race





Boys / Photo by James McKinney



Good bye

Good bye

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Packing up

Packing up


Until next summer

Until next summer / Photo by Michael K. Smith, Aug 2013

All photos are by Amy Watson Smith unless otherwise indicated (August 2013)

Edisto: Old School Beach Vacation

The August Break 2013, Days 10-14

A week away at Edisto Beach, South Carolina with family and friends–old school.

Edisto Beach 1

Trio of teens

A trio of teens

Trio of teens up close

Trio of teens totem

Teen totem

Edisto Shag

Afternoon at beach followed by the shag. Classic Carolina.

The Girls

Boiled peanuts, wine and girl friends…

Water station

Edisto tap water is only good for cooking grits.

Water station 2

Reverse osmosis water at the fire station


Water play

Water play 2

Shark Week is Scary

Shark Week is scary.


Edisto beach view

Wake up teenager

Only these two can wake this teenager with out getting hit.

Shark boy

Shark boy ready for the beach.

I Hart the Beach

Godbrother Godsister

Beach view

Edisto Beach 2





Storm approaches

Time to go

Clouds gathering

Vegetable stand

Cheating on tomato pie

Always moving

Take flight

Apparently everyone on Edisto goes to the Piggly Wiggly when it rains

Apparently everyone on Edisto goes to the Piggly Wiggly when it rains