By Dawn Bright
I’m a frequent visitor to the Destin area. The entire experience is always nothing but wonderful. I spend a week each summer in Destin, as well as the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. I’d honestly spend the entire summer there if I could, but unfortunately I have a job and have to work. Do you have any advice for me as far as how I can get more days in Destin?
– Olivia A., Shreveport, Louisiana
Thanks for your question, Olivia. I had the same problem 20 years ago before moving here. All I did was plan my life around “When can I go back to Destin?” They don’t call it “The Greatest Little Fishing Village In The World” for nothing. And I don’t even fish.
So I solved the problem by moving here. Maybe you should do the same. Yes, I’m still working, but I’m working in Destin! The unemployment rate in Destin, as of February 2018, is only 3.2 percent, so there are more jobs here than fish in the water. And there are a lot of fish in the water. So cast off and best of luck!
I’ve been married for 15 years to a wonderful man who has been a great provider, a loving husband, and a pillar of the community. The problem is he’s boring. He bores me to tears. His hobbies include stamp collecting, bird watching and origami. Really? A grown man who sits around making paper things? I can’t even tell what the things are half the time. I’m tired of this mundane life. Any ideas as to what I can do to keep from losing my mind?
– Shelly E., Milton
Hello, Shelly. I’d strongly suggest adopting some pets from the local shelter. When you have pets, life is never boring. You can focus on the pets and completely ignore the origami thing. You can teach them tricks, you can learn to make their own treats (this is something I do weekly for my pets—it’s time-consuming and takes the focus away from my own boring husband whose highlight of the day is doing the daily crossword puzzle), and the love and devotion from your pets is unimaginable.
If you’re a dog person, visit paws.org. If you’re a cat person, saveourcatsandkittens.org. Both are fantastic organizations in our area, and your new pet will provide you with a lifetime of love that is never boring!
I’m a local who loves it here, but the weather is often very frustrating. What’s with all the thunderstorms? Do you think it’ll ever calm down in this area?
– Harold D., DeFuniak Springs
Oh, Harold. No. It’ll never calm down here because Destin is on the Gulf Coast. Did you know it rains an average of 22 days in September in Destin? So get used to it. Read a book, take a nap, try a new recipe, or just simply enjoy the rain.
I moved here from an area where a thunderstorm made the front page. There are plenty of places in the world where the weather is calm and mild year-round. Destin is not one of them. So embrace it. Get out in it! Love where you live, and stop all that grass is always greener stuff. Because it is definitely not greener when you don’t have rain.
Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her.
- A Dozen Works Selected for Second Round of Underwater Art
- Art Classes & Workshops
- Art Events
- Art Galleries
- Call to Artists
- Chef Jim Shirah: Fishing, Cooking, Lionfish
- Restaurant Guide
- Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
- Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life
- Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You
- Live Music
- Live Music Review – Dwight Yoakam
- The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup
- Crafty Snowbirds Give Back
- Fore Her Breast Cancer Support Group Begins March 16
- NWF State College Nursing Program Earns Top 10 Honors
Where the Rubber Meets the Road…Meet the Team from Destin’s Rick McIntosh Memorial Bike Shop
By Bill Herrin Most times, when you think about people that have made a positive impact on your life, the ones that come to mind are cherished and remembered fondly. This...
Chef Jim Shirah: Fishing, Cooking, Lionfish
By Bruce Collier Some people just get born into their life’s work. Chef Jim (“Jimmy”) Shirah is executive chef at Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant. Area residents and visitors are well acquainted...
Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life
Recently, there have been two songs I have listened to on repeat. I couldn’t make it through either of them without crying—and crying like a baby! Eventually I did, and now I...
Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You
By Nikki Hedrick Group Therapy has been spreading their musical remedy for only two years, but the band has familiar faces on deck. “Our first gig was January 30, 2017,” says drummer-vocalist...
Thursday, March 14 AJ’S ON THE BAYOU, Fort Walton Beach CHRIS HAYES, 5-9 PM CAMILLE’S, Destin, CamillesAtCrystalBeach.com DEAN SADOWSKI, 3-5 PM CAPT. DAVE’S ON THE GULF, Destin, 850-837-2627 BRANDON DAY, 5-9 PM CLUB LA, Destin...
A Dozen Works Selected for Second Round of Underwater Art
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) are proud to reveal the 12 sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the second...