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Resetting the psyche

March 18, 2019

There’s no telling when an emotional slump will hit. These days I feel more able to root out the cause but it’s often not a single event, instead a few tiny insignificant things will collide in the psyche at the same time then snowball. Living slowly means I’m not hurtling into another project or drama or deadline without the time to check in with myself, which is the most amazing self-care self-gift. We’ve had a magical few days but still,…

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Bodyboards & wetsuits

March 16, 2019

I love him because he says ‘let’s get the bodyboards and surfboard and wetsuits out,’ even when the waves look a bit big. I love him because he can’t swim very well but still catches more waves than me. I love that we laugh so much we gulp saltwater and choke until it runs in rivers out of our noses. I have a bruised knee and two swollen big toes. We are such surf amateurs but we have so much…

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Olive tree insights

March 10, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about connections recently – how we make them, or break them, especially with the earth. One of the things I’ve struggled with is worrying that the ways in which I connect with nature are not the ‘proper ways’ and that I ‘should’ (there’s that word again 🤦🏻‍♀️) be doing it x y or z instead of whatever comes naturally. Shamanic drumming and the journeying used by these processes don’t work for me (fuck knows I’ve…

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Sunset swimming

March 4, 2019

Watching my body, I am beginning to understand all the ways in which I shut her down; all the tiny actions each day that negate what she is communicating. This evening, intuition called for a swim and I dithered because it was getting dark and the water was cold, but I’ve learned that when I close off this voice, and a potential positive action, I create a void that instead is filled with negativity. Today, intuition and body led me…

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My power animal

February 24, 2019

This is a journey about friendship as much as anything. Our hounds are wonderful companions who thrive on being outdoors in all weathers. They just love hikes, bikes and the sea. Bonnie’s favourite game is sticks thrown into rolling waves. I’ve never know a whippetx love the water in this way. She is fearless. She is my power animal ✊🏻💦🐉 photo by @andyrgarside 💚…

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Nature calling

February 22, 2019

Wild water on naked skin is utterly sublime. Stumbling across this hidden cove on our hike today was a gift I could not turn down. Feeling thoroughly grateful and inspired by the Cretian landscape at the moment. I look at the land & know she is beautiful: with her barren, angular rocks & scars, or her deep round basins of water & carpets of white & lilac wildflowers. I am learning to think of my body & mind in this…

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I can do this

February 20, 2019

For weeks this rock has called me to swim out to her. But the waves have been too big, or the water too cold, or I was not ready to swim that far. Today I asked for bravery so that I can write the words this novel requires, and no matter how much I searched within, I began to understand it is time to ask the water. The sea is calm. The sun is warm. I can do this I…

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