I have the great fortune of living my novitiate within walking distance of the beach. And it's southern California, so it's nearly always nice enough to go for a walk, even in January.
My favorite part is that the beach always helps me get a little perspective on whatever might be bothering me. There's something about the waves, the power of the water, that reminds me that I'm not in control of any of this, and that God can handle all of the "whys" in my head. Plus, I can ask those whys out loud and no one but God (and maybe the gulls) will hear them!
(I took the picture in November, but it's my favorite right now!)