I’ve been in a bit of a funk just lately. After the surprising high of January, I’ve crashed a bit this month and had a major bout of homesickness. Despite keeping up with the gym, I’ve lacked motivation to surf or blog and I completely caved in on myself and hid away at home.
Thankfully, I have some amazing friends who helped to pick me up off the floor and get me out of the house. Last week was a good opportunity to revive the Cornwall bucket list so when Jenny suggested checking out a waterfall, little did I know when I met up with her that she was talking about St Nectan’s Glen.
I usually hate January. It’s so depressing and the weather’s usually varying shades of grey with lots of rain and wind thrown in the mix. I’ve usually failed on all my resolutions by the second week and spend the rest of the month beating myself up.
This one’s been a bit different. Whilst I’m not all smug and saying I’m smashing it (because let’s face it I’m human and everyone has off days), my determination to look after myself more in 2017 has primarily kept me on track.
Here’s a few things that’s helped to keep me motivated and made January pretty awesome…
Granola is my absolute favourite breakfast. It’s simple, delicious, nourishing and a healthy way to start the day.
I’m always on the lookout for a really good granola, but there’s so many out there on the market that are either bland and boring, or scrummy but just packed with way too much sugar.
So when Spoon Cereals founder (and Kernow surfgirl follower) Jonny contacted me recently (to ask for some non cereal related advice), he sent me 3 boxes of Spoon Cereals granola as a thank you. I was pretty blown away and curious to try it!
When I turned 40 last year, my friend Kelly set me a challenge – 40 things to do in my year of turning of 40. One of those things was to blog about something that scares me.
If you’re scratching your head and wondering what that’s got to do with ’30 things you didn’t know about me’, welcome to one of my fears – ‘selling myself’, revealing things about myself and writing ‘about’ pages and blog posts! It makes me feel very uncomfortable and exposed as I’m not someone who likes shouting about themselves.
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.
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;
Surfing in the UK in the winter is hard. Scraping ice off your car, getting changed on a freezing car park and jumping into the icy cold sea isn’t for the faint hearted but at the same time, it’s an exhilarating experience.
I’ve surfed in some pretty cold conditions but with the right kit, warm clothes and a few little added extras, it makes the whole thing a lot more bearable!
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.
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.