Escape ... to your heartEscape to where your heart beckons, where the air you breathe seeps deeper into your lungs and where you come back to you.
A getaway to this place is where you go and return feeling re-inspired and re-energised, and reverse back into you.
Just have the courage to follow the stirring - I did.
Lately, I've found myself escaping more and more to the southern end of the Gold Coast.
The expansive beaches, slower pace and relaxed vibes ... they are calling me.
Maybe you didn't know, perhaps I hadn't mentioned before, I'm actually a Gold Coast girl at heart and there's something about this place that keeps pulling at my heart strings.
(Or maybe it's my new gorgeous nephew Henry, who will probably get a blog post dedicated to him in the future. The obsession is real.)
For now, I thought I'd dedicate a few words to this place that is nestled somewhere between my heart and soul.
The beach can be yours every morning; you'll only pass a few souls on the way (if any), and all you'll leave are your footprints on the sand.
The crashing of the waves dissolves the crazy thoughts circling in your mind, and if you sit and soak in the water swirling around, you might just hear a few sounds you haven't heard in a long time.
The vibrant blue sky is not filled with chaos and highrises, merely clouds sweeping by.
After a walk, you'll probably want a dip. In winter, the water sits around a cool 20 degrees, but jump in - I promise you won't regret it, because you'll kick around and your body will adjust and feel invigorated. And the sun - which is always around on the Gold Coast, even if it's tucked behind a cloud - will warm you right up.
You'll probably get hungry at this point, so if you're around the area I'm talking about, head to Tugun.
I have a few favourite spots to find a cosy corner and catch up with lost friends. I sometimes even run into the guy I used to have a crush on when I was 15. (Seriously.)
My first favourite spot is Good Day.
It has the best toasted sandwiches I have ever, ever eaten! Think of bread toasted to the perfect crispness, add smoky ham, a dash of chilli and a medium (not too thick, not too thin) layer of cheese oozing across a layer of sweet onion mustard. Serious perfection. And it doesn't even contain avocado.
Oh, and they are also about coffee - it's seriously delicious.
Second is House of Hubert.
This place is a mix between the Hamptons & Bahamas, yet located in Tugun. Imagine velvet green couches, wooden tables, mixes of gold and brass, and a spot outside to catch the sunshine, even on a cool winter's day.
Oh yes, and because you are here for the food, let me tell you that it's delicious and 100% gluten free (which suits me perfectly). If you prefer to feel light and bright, a green bowl is the way to go, or the bacon and egg bacel on a Saturday morning hits the spot. And the owners are pretty sweet as well.
Now I've let you in on this little secret, I hope you go. If you do, prepare to fall back into your heart and come alive again. This place does something to you.