20 Things to Do in Charleston Before the End of 2019

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20 Things To Do Before the End of 2017

By Minta Pavliscsak

1. Call an old friend who you haven’t spoken with in a while.
It may take you a few minutes to dial that number. Take your time, just don’t back down. Someone has to open that line of communication; it might as well be you.

2. Go for a sunrise walk on Folly Beach.
We have some of the most beautiful sunrises you will ever experience, and if you haven’t yet you are missing out! So drag a friend out of bed, or just go spend some time by yourself and enjoy the majesty of the morning. (Roasted is a coffee shop inside of Tides that opens at 6am. I like to stop by there first and take my coffee on the beach. Plus, on these chilly mornings it will help to keep your warm!)

3. Send Christmas cards.
Everybody loves getting mail! …as long as it’s not a bill. Sure you could just send an email or a text, but doesn’t your loved ones deserve a personalized, handwritten card that they can treasure for years to come?

4. Forgive that person who may not deserve it, but needs it most.
This ain’t easy, but believe me when I say you need this too! We all make mistakes, we all forget things, and it honestly might not have even been on purpose. The past is the past and as long as it’s not habitual or destructive to the relationship, forgiveness may be the only thing keeping you from having that amazing relationship.

5. Hug your parents.
Do we really do this enough? I feel like hugs are things we tend to take for granted. Humans need touch, and sometimes this is the only way we know how to communicate our emotions towards each other. A simple hug can go a long way.

6. Visit at least one touristy attraction.
This is the best time of year to do it! Places aren’t as crowded, it’s not blazing hot, and some places will even have discounts on admission.

7. Pour a glass of wine or pop open a beer, crank up the music, and dance around the house in your underwear.
Yes, this is just as fun as it sounds! Don’t worry about how you look, you’ll be alone so who cares. Just move your body in a way that feels good. You might just find yourself carrying this tradition over to the New Year!

8. Make the decision to Let It Go!
We carry so much with us from one day to the next. Most of it we cannot control, or is not our burden to carry in the first place. Stop worrying so much, things have a way of working themselves out without any input from you. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, just let it go.

9. Do one random act of kindness.
This can be something so simple like paying for the next person in line’s coffee, or putting $10 on a pump of gas. There are also many opportunities around the community, such as donating to Toys-for-Tots, volunteering at The Lowcountry Food Bank, The Ronald McDonald House, or at an animal shelter, and many area businesses are collecting canned food for the local food bank.

10. Watch Love Actually.
This film is about an eclectic group of characters who all seem to be connected in London during Christmas time. It is charming, funny, and will pull on your heart strings all at the same time. Trust me on this one when I say it is a must see, and even better when you watch it with a good friend or loved one. Doesn’t sound like you? Then make sure you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special instead!

11. Take a “me” day.
Although they do not happen very often, I absolutely love having my “me” days. You can do anything, or nothing for that matter, that you want to, as long as it is stress free and makes you happy. I prefer to get a nice massage, then take a stroll down King Street or the Market to find something, no matter how small, for myself. My favorite “me” day trinket is a small ceramic dragon with a silly smile on his face. Enjoying a nice light lunch outside somewhere and people watching is also a great idea.

12. Change the batteries in your smoke detector.
This is your friendly service reminder courtesy of Charleston Daily. Come on, when is the last time you checked those batteries?

13. Get outside of your comfort zone.
Do something you wouldn’t typically do. Go somewhere you wouldn’t typically go. Sing karaoke with friends, climb the ropes at Wild Blue Ropes, put on that sexy dress you never wear and have a night on the town!

14. Finish that project.
We all have some project, big or small, that is sitting somewhere waiting for us to complete it. Slow down, make the time, and finish that project.

15. Choose to be happy.
This can be tougher for some than others, and that’s OK! Surround yourself with things, and people, that make you happy. When those negative thoughts come up, replace them with positive ones. Practice self-love, such as telling yourself that you are enough, reminding yourself how beautiful you are, and say daily affirmations. Don’t forget about the simplest thing you can do…smile.

16. Re-evaluate your priorities
Life has a tendency of taking over and we tend to get off our course from time to time. It is important that you bring your priorities to your conscious and see if where you are is where you want to be. This is how we stay connected to ourselves and move forward in life and in love.

17. Eat at a great Charleston area restaurant.
We are so lucky here in Charleston to have so many amazing restaurants. How many have you been to? No more excuses not to go to that one you have always wanted to go, but have never made it.

18. Disengage from the opinion of others.
You are you, and you are wonderful. Who cares what others think about you?! Here’s a little secret…if they make you feel bad when you are around them, then they probably shouldn’t be in your life. Once you learn to separate who you are from who you think everyone else thinks you should be, you will be amazed at how much happier and stress-free you will be.

19. Go play.
We have easy access to tennis courts, basketball courts, Frisbee golf, putt-putt, laser tag, paintball fields, trampoline parks, and open fields where you can play a pick-up game of whatever middle school/high school sports that you can think of.

20. Tell somebody you love them.
We don’t say this anywhere near enough. You never know what tomorrow may hold. Today is the day to tell your friends and family how much they mean to you. And keep it up; personally I have never gotten tired of hearing someone say they love me, nor do I tire of expressing it. Both make my heart smile every time!

GALLERY: Life is a Beach: Sunday Morning in the Lowcountry

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There is nothing more meditative than a Lowcountry sunrise to start your day.? It also puts balance in your life as you prepare for brunch, your first mimosa and a day of festival hopping.

Not everyone has the luxury of waking up with an endless ocean by your toes.? We wanted to share with you the true magic feeling of experiencing a Lowcountry Sunday morning starting with the perfect sunrise.

Sun, sand and the soothing sounds of crashing waves…Priceless.

Sunday Morning in the Lowcountry – Photo Gallery

Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon

GALLERY: Tribute to The Charleston Sunrise

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By Mark A. Leon

One of the most remarkable treasures of the Lowcountry are the miracle of the sunrise and sunsets.? Throughout our gorgeous terrain lies some of the most memorable experiences, nearly every day and night.? So often we are in process of a commute to work, sleeping in, showering or working that we lose such a precious opportunity to see these spiritual treasures of life.

As our personal tribute, we want to share some of our favorite captures of the Lowcountry sunrises.
























If this doesn’t motivate you to wake up early, I don’t know what will.



GALLERY: We Will Endure – A Charleston Sunrise To Remind Us

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By Mark A. Leon

Even in tragedy, the timeliness and absolute stunning nature of a Charleston sunrise continues to remind us of our strength as a community. Its beauty, diverse colors and artistic impression in the sky is sometimes all we need to know things will be okay.

This morning once again served as nature’s way of saying, we have your back. Look to the sky and you know you are being protected with warmth and security.

Mornings are a sign of new beginnings, a fresh start.
They keep us balanced and put life in perspective.

Thank you Charleston for another light show and for continuously reminding us of the love all around.














Keep spreading the love of nature an one another.



An Independence Sunrise for the Ages – Folly Style

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By Mark A. Leon

This article will be short on words, because the images will speak for themselves.? Charleston is known for memorable sunrises filled with rich color, texture and most of all, inspiration.? They fill our skies throughout the Lowcountry with hope, faith and peace.? This morning, Folly gave us an experience to remember; and on a weekend of celebration.? Most sunrises are enchanting on Folly Beach, but there was something special about this one.

We will just let you witness these images and decide for yourself.? These images were taken between 6:10 AM and 7:20 AM on July 3, 2016.

Sit back and relax and try and picture a cool morning breeze racing up against your face as the sun peaks out from the ocean and through a mix of peaceful clouds hovering above.? Listen for the sounds of seagulls and crows making their presence known as they fly up above.? Flags wave across the pier and all is calm except for the anticipation of a swarm of beach goers preparing for their journey to the soft sands of Folly.

Sunrise on Folly



Now go enjoy that Sunday mimosa.

Have a safe and memorable Independence Day.



GALLERY: Waking Up to a Lowcountry Miracle

What were you doing at 6:30 AM this morning?

I imagine most of you were in dream land fast asleep comfortably under your sheets and comforters.? While most of the Lowcountry was sleeping, a few of us witnessed another beautiful miracle; a Charleston sunrise.? Like a cinematic IMAX in the sky, the minute by minute reel was filled with colors, depth and warmth.

A Lowcountry sunrise is a gift we are blessed with most mornings.

For those that could not witness this remarkable dawn, we were able to capture and share with you all.

Enjoy this morning’s sunrise











Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon

GALLERY: A Charleston Sunrise for the Ages: Morris Island Lighthouse Presents a Fire in the Sky

By Mark A. Leon

We don’t have bad sunrises in the Lowcountry.? It is one of the many subtle and mesmerizing things that make this place a special home for so many.? Yet, every now and again, something happens.? Like that rare view of a comet or lunar eclipse, we get an occasional sunrise for the ages.? One of those that make you question your vision, because the tapestry of color, sounds and peaceful serenity make for the perfect moment.

When you have the chance to be a part of that, there is no turning back.

These are the moments we live for and the reminders of what a gift life is.

Today was one of those days.

Sit back in your lawn chair and experience this through a photographic recap.? A Charleston sunrise: February 18, 2017











GALLERY: Sunrise Over the Charleston Harbor

By Mark A. Leon

Ever ask yourself where the best sunrises in Charleston are?? We have asked posed that question and done some extensive research.? There are a number of memorable spots to absorb the magical moment when the sun rises in the Lowcountry.? One of the more unrecognized spots is right by the SC Aquarium and Water Taxi docking area.

This quiet spot is inhabited by locals walking their dogs or taking a brisk jog by the clipper ships.

Very few take advantage of this hidden spot situated between the Cooper River Bridge and Waterfront Park to take in the sunrise.

We want to share our sunrise morning with you in pictures.











Now get out of bed and share this moment with someone you love.





Why a Folly Beach Sunrise is the Most Therapeutic Experience You Can Have

By Mark A. Leon

In a community focused on beauty, balance and family, where yoga and puppies rule and wellness is a state of body and mind, Charleston offers some of the most stress relief moments of therapeutic tranquility.? One that stands out is a Folly Beach sunrise.? It is often overlooked due to late nights or work obligations, but the few that make it out for a picture or surf cannot deny the power of the sun and ocean and how it puts you at complete peace.

If these words do not convince you,? I think these images will.









See you on the beach