If you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms (or in a Folly Beach house Charleston) right now, you’ve already chosen a fantastic way to kick off the new year.  There’s something very healing and wholesome about being near the water.  And most of our beach house rentals Charleston SC are just steps from the ocean.

New Years

Speaking of the ocean, as I covered in THIS blog, you may have decided to plunge into the ocean today on either Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach, into the latter dressed as Bill Murray.  David Quick, who writes for the Post & Courier, wrote this helpful article outlining the 16 reasons why the Sullivan’s Dunleavy’s polar plunge is a great holiday tradition:  http://www.charlestonscene.com/article/20151231/CS/151239933

And hopefully you rang in the new year last night in a fun way, perhaps by watching the flip flops drop on Folly.  Who needs the giant Times Square ball when you have sparkly flip flops dropping?  In case you missed it, here’s a recap, complete with video:  http://abcnews4.com/news/local/flip-flops-drop-on-folly-beach-to-welcome-new-year

This is the time when you break out the new calendars and think about starting new good habits.  Resolutions have such a low success rate that I resist talking about them  –  unless, of course, your resolution for the new year is something along these lines:  “I resolve to spend more time with friends and family, and the best place I can think of is a getaway in a Charleston beach house.  I’m going to contact EP soon about their portfolio of SC vacation rentals, and book one of their beach rentals Charleston early so I’ll get my choice of the perfect luxury house on Isle of Palms!”

Chocolate --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Chocolate — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Isle of Palms luxury rentals aside, there are certain easy things one can do to improve your general quality of life.  There is a local wellness expert here in Charleston, Dr. Ann Kulze, a respected author and teacher of seminars who is dedicated to improving the lives of others.  I receive her newsletters, and they are filled with practical, healthy advice.

We all have to eat.  Her ideas help turn the daily activity of eating into a force for good health.  In many cases, by eating better food, you can avoid the need for medicine.

Here is her latest installment, which has ten simple suggestions for a healthier new year (or the rest of your life) ahead…

The New Year offers a sensational opportunity to harness the unrivaled goodness and power of healthy living. Here are 10 easy, delicious and totally-doable New Year’s resolutions that come with a science-backed guarantee to guard and improve your health and vitality.

  1. Enjoy a handful (about 1 ounce) of any variety of nuts (raw or roasted) each day.
  2. Incorporate some form of dark leafy greens (raw or cooked) into your diet each day. Salads are perfect for this.
  3. Substitute 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat bread products for their white, refined counterparts.
  4. Consume a serving of any variety of beans (canned are fine) at least 4 times a week.
  5. Within every hour that you have to sit, incorporate at least 2 minutes of light activity like standing up to walk to the restroom.
  6. Enjoy a prudent portion of dark chocolate (up to 1 ounce) as your dessert or treat of choice.
  7. Include at least 3 servings of oily fish like salmon (wild is the best) in your diet each week. Canned salmon and frozen salmon burgers make this a cinch. 
  8. Plate every morsel of food you intend to eat (including snacks) and look at it before you let it cross your lips.
  9. Adopt the attitude that sleep is sacred in your life and strive to adhere to a stable sleep and wake schedule.
  10. Seek the inspiration, motivation, and perseverance to stick to your New Year’s resolutions or any healthy living changes you may otherwise make from the very best source-the things that give your life meaning and purpose.


This time of year does makes one very aware of the concept of time and the value of it.  I have shared this before, but it bears repeating.  It comes from Greg Laurie, who is based in Riverside, CA.

Let’s say that one day your phone rang and it was the president of the bank that you use. He told you that an anonymous donor who loved you very much had decided to deposit 86,400 pennies into your bank account each and every morning. At first, maybe that didn’t seem like a lot. But then you figured out that it was $864 a day. At seven days a week and 52 weeks a year, those pennies add up to almost $315,000 each year! But the bank president added one thing: “The anonymous giver said you must spend all of the money on the day you receive it! No balance will be carried over to the next day. Each evening the bank must cancel whatever sum you failed to use! Remember, what you don’t spend is lost.”

That may sound like fantasy, but here’s the reality: Every morning, Someone who loves you very much deposits into your “bank of time” 86,400 seconds, which represent 1,440 minutes, which of course equals 24 hours each and every day. God gives you that much to use each day. Nothing is ever carried over on credit to the next day. There is no such thing as a 27-hour day.  It’s called time, and you can’t escape it. Time is ticking away right now. The Bible tells us to “redeem the time”—to make sacred and wise use of every opportunity.

Make those minutes count!

So remember when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely luxury beach house rentals SC, to call EP (and please do so in a timely manner to get the best selection).  Our Isle of Palms vacation rentals are the best around.

All best in 2016,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger