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Sunrise on Sunday.

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Sunrise.

I saw the sun rise this morning.

That does not mean that I normally sleep late. I am always awake early, but I don’t rush outside to see the sunrise. Even if I did, I wouldn’t quite see it actually happen as my house is surrounded by a lot of tall trees.

This morning I took Daisy for an early walk out in the countryside with 2 other acquaintances, and I saw the sky lighten up until the sun peeked over the horizon. It was kind of magical. Food for the soul.

I think I should do it more often…

About Mondays and staying sane.

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Walking on the Excelsior Wine Estate in the Robertson district of the Western Cape.

The weekend is done and dusted.

Monday, in other words.

Today I am seriously going to start getting ready for the ‘building’ that will hopefully start happening on the 22nd of this month, to divide my guesthouse into two units. I need to have a meeting with the builder to make sure we are on the same page, I need to get the quote back from a cabinet maker, and I need to go and look for some hardware. I also want to go and have a look at wallpaper that a friend has (she used to renovate houses, and she has some rolls of wallpaper left over) because I think that it will make a room a lot more interesting than just painting it.

My real estate job is a serious bust at the moment, but thankfully the guesthouse has been doing very well, so I am really hoping that having two units will make it even better.

As I’ve told you before, I do like time on my own, but I am not quite hermit material yet. Although, in all honesty, I do find it more and more difficult to leave my house, even for grocery shopping… There comes a time when I’ve had enough of being alone, and that time has come. It helps a lot to know that my SO is coming down here in two weeks’ time! Happy days! Now all I have to do is try and hold onto my sanity for another 10-12 days…

To get through the weekend, I took Daisy for a nice long walk on Saturday, through the vineyards on a wine estate in the area. We both enjoyed being outdoors and in such beautiful surroundings. There are not many things that come close to a bit of mild exercise in nature to make you feel better. It gave me the necessary boost for the rest of the weekend.

There really are many benefits to walking everyday, and I really try to do just that. The advantages are not only physical, but also mental. If you don’t believe me, have a look at this article. I must admit that there are days that I just decide ‘I don’t wanna’ and then I block my mind off from the advantages, even though I know I should just get on with it. Maybe this week I’ll get myself to walk everyday…

Good luck for the week ahead, be happy, healthy and safe! 🙂

Wind in my hair…

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Daisy.

My mind is blown…

Figuratively! 😀 We went down to the beach today, and walked a few kilometers on the beach, while the wind was doing its wild dancing thing again.

We live about 150 km from the coast , and we enjoy going to the beach whenever we can, or whenever the weather allows it (our favourite beach is Struisbaai, Western Cape) . Lately, the weather has been atrocious, so when it looked like today was going to be a nice day, we decided to take a chance and go. The closer we got to the beach, the stronger the wind became. By the time we arrived, we were quite disappointed at how bad it was.

Nevertheless, we decided to be brave – we took off our shoes, put on our jackets, and we walked for miles! The wind tried its best to upset and uproot us, but to no avail. Daisy the border collie x was beside herself from excitement and joy, and ran herself ragged chasing waves, greeting people and smelling kelp and shells. And us? We breathed deeply, threw things we found on the beach for Daisy to chase, enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, talked and walked, all while the wind was pulling and pushing against us.

It was exhilarating!! It was what I needed. I feel the better for having taken the walk in the wild wind, next to the crashing waves with fresh air in my lungs. I should do that more often…

"To the beach I go,
to clear my mind and get thoughts to flow,
to the beach I go
to kill the stress and heal my soul..."
Windsurfers enjoying the windy day.

You have to try it sometime – when you’re feeling down or low, go the beach (if possible), whatever the weather, and walk all of the demons out of your body. If you cannot get to a beach, just walk, it makes such a difference to your state of mind.

Until next time, walk, walk, walk. 🙂