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My goals and intentions for 2017

By January 2, 2017 Thoughts
Flight

New year’s resolutions, goals and intentions are great aren’t they? Write a list of stuff you want to achieve in a single year, crack on and do them. But for someone like me who loves to create lists, I often get a bit carried away and put far too much stuff down. Then after a few weeks, I beat myself up for having failed on most of my resolutions well before the end of January.

Last year, I avoided making a list and had more of a mantra in mind. I found a quote which really resonated with me about being curious and having adventures. I’m not sure if that approach was a bit half arsed but it worked. I had lots of adventures, explored a fair bit of Cornwall and had a fantastic time.

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December

By December 30, 2016 Thoughts
Polzeath surf

I’m not sure how I let December pass by without a single blog post. I guess sometimes I just don’t feel it, and I’m not a blogger who churns out 2 or 3 posts a week to keep the numbers up or get more followers. I write and post stuff because I want to, not because I should.

Whilst I temporarily ducked out of blog land, here’s what I’ve been up to;

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How I changed my life and moved to Cornwall: one year on

By November 20, 2016 Thoughts
South Fistral October

I’m an honest person. I don’t believe in bullshit or painting a rosy picture when I’m having a crap time. I’m also a realist, and knew that uprooting my life and moving it 200 miles away was never going to be easy, but I knew with all my heart that it was the right thing to do.

This is a very honest post about my rollercoaster first year of living in Cornwall.

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Winter surf goals

By October 14, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts
Watergate Bay in October

I feel like I’m on the cusp of change which is pretty appropriate given the time of year and the change of seasons. It’s a good opportunity to set some new goals and intentions, and do things a bit differently to how I usually approach winter (which is hibernate!)

It’s the end of a busy season here and my summer job will soon come to an end. Luckily I’m fixed up with some winter work which will free up my daytimes to focus on my freelance work and surf!

So far Autumn’s produced some fantastic surf and it’s an incredible time of year to be in Cornwall. The line-up’s so much quieter, the weather’s still relatively warm and with a pretty focused surf goal in my mind, I’m fired up to get in as much as possible.

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Flying solo

By September 8, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

September swell at Watergate Bay

For ages I’ve had this ‘thing’ about surfing alone. Not an ‘I love it’ thing, but a total mental block.

I’ll check the forecast, see good waves and think “right, I’ll go for a surf”…and that’s as far as it goes. It’s like I’m stuck to the chair or there’s an invisible shield that prevents from leaving the house.

Typical fear reaction!

I’ve spoken to people about it and tried to work out why I feel so scared. I thought it was primarily fear of getting stuck in a rip and not trusting myself to get out of difficulty, but on lifeguarded beaches that should be far from my mind.

Then during a conversation this week, it really hit me (or maybe I just didn’t want to admit it until that point) – I’m totally self-conscious.

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My first summer living in Cornwall

By September 7, 2016 Escape, Thoughts

Towan Beach Newquay

Woah….where did that go?!

I can’t believe it’s September. The Autumn swells are rolling in and summer came and went in a crazy busy blink of an eye.

As first summers in Cornwall go, it’s been amazing.

In between work, I’ve made the most of the long hot days by surfing, building up a pretty impressive wetsuit tan and exploring my relatively new home.

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Everyday is day one

By June 13, 2016 Escape, Thoughts

Big wave

Starting my own business feels like taking on waves like this!

Since publishing my last post about dealing with stress and anxiety, letting go of my job and moving onto the next chapter of life in Cornwall, I’ve had an overwhelming response.

I’ve had so many messages from well wishers telling me how brave and honest the post was, from people who have been in similar situations, and from others supporting me and telling me I’ve made the right decision. It’s been my most popular blog post to date and I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read it, comment and contact me. I’m hugely grateful.

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Letting go and moving on: Cornwall, the next chapter

By May 22, 2016 Thoughts

Sea

I had planned to do a big update on how life was going in Cornwall after a year, but as so much has happened lately, it seems appropriate to share what’s been going on and explain why I’ve been a bit quiet.

I would love to tell you it’s because I’ve been surfing so much that I haven’t had time to blog, but that’s not the case.

Some of you who know me well and read my blog regularly will know there’s been a lot going on in my life over the past couple of years. I lost 3 family members in a very short space of time, including my Dad 2 years ago. This coupled with relocating to Cornwall, buying a house here 3 weeks ago and recent pressures at work have taken their toll and my stress levels went through the roof.

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A surf of firsts

By March 27, 2016 Love, Thoughts

Kernowsurfgirl at Polzeath

Sometimes a surf session doesn’t have to be your best for it to still be amazing.

I’ve been waiting for the evenings to get light enough for me to surf after work and with a run of smaller waves, offshore winds and sunny days last week, I spied my chance to head to Polzeath straight after work.

Polzeath sunset

It was the first time I’d surfed after work.

It was also the first time I surfed alone.  I’ve always surfed with other people but my other half was too ill to join in yet despite being the only one in the white water, I didn’t feel remotely nervous or wierd.

It was an amazing evening and really special. I sat out there in the ocean and watched the sun go down feeling so grateful to call this beautiful place home…

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All in the mind

By February 28, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

Watergate2

The smaller of the two specks is me!!

This weekend has been pretty epic. Despite it being February, the coldest month in the UK to surf, I pushed myself out of the warmth of the house and into the icy Atlantic – twice. Why? Because of this head over heels in love relationship I have with surfing and my desperate desire to get better at it.

I rarely suffer from lack of motivation but my confidence needs some work. So this weekend, I was determined that things would be different, and with clean small waves forecast, it was the perfect opportunity to try and get out back which still freaks me out. Once my feet can’t touch the floor anymore that’s it, the nerves creep in. I’m frightened of rips, wearing waves on my head and drifting out so far I end up in America.

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