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Author: Paige Friend

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The Beach Speaks is a podcast that shares stories about the beach and our connection to it. I’m your host and beach lover, Paige Friend, helping YOU reconnect with the beach, return to your soul and re-imagine your life!
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Send us a Text Message.Jen Hardy is a true beach girl - so much so that after receiving a life-threatening health diagnosis, she instinctively knew that she - and her family - needed the healing power of the beach to get through it. So, Jen, her husband, and their seven kids moved from their home in Tennessee to an island paradise off the coast of Florida, where she found the healing she needed and is living her best life - at the beach!In this episode, you'll hear about her journey to the “S...
Send us a Text Message.Today’s episode is a conversation I had recently with Jessie King Regunberg, author of the book SEARCHING FOR SEASHELLS: An Artist’s Guide to Treasures on the Beach It’s all about the enchanting world of seashells and how they have touched our lives and sparked our curiosity. Jessie’s book is a testament to her passion for shells, art, and history. It’s filled with 200 hand-painted illustrations, intriguing facts, and interesting stories about shells you might...
Send us a Text Message.I recently had the opportunity to visit one of the beaches on my bucket list—Venice Beach. Venice is on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is often called the “shark tooth capital of the world” because of the plethora of prehistoric shark teeth you can find there. Some are the size of your hand! Now, I don’t have the greatest record when it comes to finding sharks' teeth, but I know a lot of people are really into it. It’s like digging for gold—if you know where t...
Send us a Text Message.In early October 2021, when the post-pandemic world was beginning to open up for travel, we had just discovered that Ernie only had a month's vacation before starting a new job; we decided to go on a 12-day adventure in Costa Rica!It was last minute, and I had no idea how we were going to pull it off - but I knew my friend and travel agent Judi could make it happen and, true to form, she took care of all the details - from booking flights to finding the hot...
Send us a Text Message.Capturing the essence of the beach with my phone is one thing, but in a painting - in real-time - it is a whole other thing. I’m in awe of anyone who can paint in the moment - no photograph- just sitting in nature with a canvas, painting the scene in quick brushstrokes. You have to stay in the present and pay attention. This painting practice is called plein air, a form of impressionism that my guest Annora does so well. At only 19, Annora is making herself k...
Send us a Text Message.I was a guest on an Instagram live with Amanda from Northern TIdes Studio and Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind - talking about water, the Blue Mind movement, and the healing properties of the ocean. Amanda asked how living at the beach has changed me. I don’t know why that question caught me off guard - it was a great question. I wasn’t really sure I had the answer - at least nothing I felt I could articulate at the moment. If I had the chance to answe...
Send us a Text Message.When I started thinking seriously about moving from land-locked Orlando to the beach, the first three questions people would ask were, “What beach?” “Where will you live?” and “What will you do?” I would say, “I haven’t decided what beach yet, but I’m sure I’ll find one with a couple of palm trees where I can hang a hammock, and, I don’t know, I’ll make jewelry out of sea shells, and sell it to the tourists. It was a silly answer, but in my mind, I was serious - i...
Send us a Text Message.It’s February, so in the spirit of this Month of Love, I asked my soulmate, Ernie, to join me on the podcast because it’s a very special month for us.Although I’ve talked about how we met and our journey to living out our vision here at the beach on the podcast before, I thought it would be the perfect time for Ernie to share some of his own beach stories and reminisce about our beach adventures together. We talk about growing up in Tampa and always being in the w...
Send us a Text Message.I love quotes, especially the ones that when I hear them, I think, " Oooh, I can relate to that - or that is so inspiring! I need to write that one down before I forget it! " I’ll rush to scribble it in a journal or notebook - it’s like I’m attaching a sticky note to my brain - you know, a reminder, to go back to it later. And let me tell you - there are a LOT of sticky notes in there. However, there’s one quote - it’s actually a question - that when I first heard ...
Send us a Text Message.Imagine, you’re about to do what might be the craziest thing you’ve ever done. And you’re thinking this could be crazy good or crazy stupid.Then the “what ifs” start to creep into your consciousness: “What if something goes wrong?” “What if I’m not good enough?” “What if it turns out to be nothing but a waste of time and money?”That’s how I felt three years ago, staring bleary-eyed at my computer monitor, my hand nervously resting on the mouse, guiding a bold black...
Send us a Text Message.Recently on The Beach Speaks, I posted an episode sharing my beach story as a guest on Rabiah Coon’s podcast More Than Work. Today, I’m bringing Rabiah back - this time as my guest - to hear her beach story. Rabiah currently lives in London, but she grew up near the beach in California. When she said she was coming home to California for the holidays, I thought it would be the perfect time to share her story on the podcast. For many of us, this is a time for s...
Send us a Text Message.Hey Beach lover, How is the beach speaking to you today?I’m sure you have noticed that I’ve been doing a lot of solo episodes: like, how I met my soulmate - on the beach, watching fighter jets fly over the beach, and how learning to fly was a lot like moving to the beach - and while it’s been a lot of fun sharing stories about how the beach speaks to me, I thought I’d do something different this time, and share more about my journey to the beach on this epis...
Send us a Text Message.Many of you have asked me how I found the nerve to leave my job - to move to the beach - and not have a job to go to, and what beach? Where was I going to live? I would laugh and say, I’m sure whatever beach I go to, there will be a couple of palm trees where I can hang a hammock, and I’ll make jewelry out of shells! It sounded silly when I said it out loud, but in my head, I was serious. How DID I get here? I’ve done a lot of thinking about that recently, abo...
Send us a Text Message.You know I love the beach, but I also love airplanes! This fact is especially poignant because aviation and learning to fly was one of the (many) surprising characteristics that attracted me to my husband, Ernie (You can hear more about that in my recent episode “How I Met My Soulmate - On the Beach”) Ernie spent the majority of his Navy career on an aircraft carrier where he worked on the F-18s (the same aircraft as the Blue Angels) Jets aren’t a complet...
Send us a Text Message.If you are a regular listener to the podcast, you’ll know that I often talk about how I met my soulmate, quit my nine to five and moved to the beach - it almost always comes up in conversation when I meet someone new, and we get to talking about the beach. Of all three, I get the most response from the “met my soulmate” part - like “that’s amazing!” Or “How did you do that?” or “I met my soulmate, too!” - and then they proceed to tell me their story. I noticed...
Send us a Text Message.Listening to your voicemails is like going on a beach walk, picking up the messages like seashells and adding them to my collection. The voices and stories are different - but what they all have in common is a shared connection to the beach - I love them all - and I’m excited to share them with you!Thank you Terri Maxwell, Jen Hardy, Terry Brock, Meshell Baker, Keith Wilhelm and Teresa Lisum for these messages. It was so much fun connecting this ...
Send us a Text Message.Today’s guest is Pam Uzzell, the creator and host of Art Heals All Wounds - a podcast that’s changing the world - one artist at a time. Pam and I met as members of the “pod squad,” - the slack community created by Squadcast - a remote podcast platform we use to record our shows. Pam reached out to me a few months ago with a wonderful story about her love-hate relationship with the beach. It starts out in childhood and ends in her adulthood - with the series of...
Send us a Text Message.My guest today is Oneike Jackson, the beach manager at the Boardwalk Beach Resort in Negril, Jamaica. I have to say, after editing this episode, I couldn’t stop smiling! His high-vibe Jamaican energy is just that palpable. Oneike is a great storyteller; however, he did not want to come on the podcast at first. He was shy, and he didn’t know what to say - but his partner Cathi, who has been on the podcast numerous times, said “Don’t worry, Paige is so easy to ...
Send us a Text Message.I have a slight obsession with books. My house is filled with stacks of unread novels, coffee table books, and hidden gems waiting to be explored. But today, I want to focus on a specific genre that holds a special place in my heart: beach reads!A good beach read is more than just a book you read while lounging on the sand. It's a book that transports you to the beach no matter where you are. It's a chance to let go of everyday stress and immerse yourself in a world of ...
Send us a Text Message.Take a walk with me on the beach while I share some stories about what I collect there. It’s a personal journey through my experiences of collecting shells on my beach walks and the odd and sometimes disturbing things I discovered along the way.Diving deep into the world of seashell collecting, let’s explore the treasures lost and found at the beach, from mundane items to precious memories with a bit of trash thrown into the mix - and what the beach had to s...
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