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2 Jan 2015
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The beginning of a new year always seems to send us into reflection mode, where we take stock of where we’ve been and ponder changes to make the coming year an even better one.

If you’re here now staying in one of our SC vacation rentals, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, good going!  Relaxing in a Charleston beach house is a fantastic way to kick off a new year.

Resolutions have a notoriously low success rate, although they are a boon to fitness club membership salespeople.  Instead of focusing on a single, tangible goal, it may be the best way to approach a new year is with a slight shift in how you view things… like your day.

The following came across my desk from Greg Laurie, a guy out in California who has a lot of wisdom. It really spoke to me, and I thought I’d share it here…


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. He 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.


It’s true.  Your time is a very valuable asset.  Just ask people who have very little of it left.


Speaking of time ticking away, an oyster roast is one of the quintessential Lowcountry experiences.  If you’re coming to one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, you really should try to go to an oyster roast while you’re in the area.


Tomorrow (January 3rd) is the last of the Saturday oyster roasts at Morgan Creek Grill for the season.  Starting at 4:00 p.m. until, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat fire-roasted oysters, chili, stuffed jalapenos, and s’mores.  Cost is $20 per person.  Call Morgan Creek at (843) 886-8980 for more info.  It’s convenient to all our luxury beach house rentals SC but especially our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  Morgan Creek is located at the IOP Marina at the end of 41st Avenue.


Lastly, Charleston County just released a couple holiday recycling tips.  If you happen to have a live Christmas tree, you can put it out next to the garbage cans on the regular trash day, and they will pick it up to be composted.  Alternatively, you can take it to the landfill at 1344 Bees Ferry Road between now and January 10th, and not only will they compost your tree, but they’ll also give you a free bag of compost.

Also, if you have a string of burned out lights, you can put those into the recycling bin.  This is good to know, because those little mini lights sure don’t last like they used to.  I know they are trying to get us to switch to LED lights, but they are so expensive, plus they don’t have the warm glow the old ones have.  It’s nice that at least they are recyclable, though.

If you have cardboard boxes left over from the holidays, you can flatten them and also put them in the blue cart.  If they won’t fit, just stack them next to the cart and they’ll pick them up to be recycled.

Also, now’s the time of year when you see all those little Styrofoam peanuts blowing around, left over from all those packing boxes.  Unfortunately they are not recyclable in the blue carts.  There’s actually a “Peanut Hotline” you can call that’ll tell you where you can take unwanted Styrofoam peanuts and blocks.  It’s 1-800-828-2214.  Also, many Pak Mail stores will accept and reuse them.

So use your many minutes of 2015 wisely.  If you’re planning on staying in one of our rental homes South Carolina, call early for the best selection.  EP has the nicest beach house rentals Charleston SC, but they do book up fast.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger