Thursday, April 19, 2018

The reward


This morning as I arrived at the pool, Anthony was swimming his last lap. As I walked towards him to take my morning photo he looked at me and shook his head. 

"12.3 degrees! " he said. What? It dropped to much in one day!? 

This is the coldest water I have ever swum in! Now I do feel like I can wear the badge of "Hardcore" 

"If you really want to exercise regularly for the rest of your life, you need to exercise for the inner rewards of the activity itself." 

The incredible feeling of swimming in this beautiful tidal pool, with the sunrsing and chatting, laughing and being encouraged by friends is quite a reward.

Happy Thursday!

Shirley xx 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Find your bliss

I've been questioning  lately why I'm getting up early before sunrise and driving to the tidal pool to then jump into cold water and swim!?

Its getting to winter here in Cape Town which means cold, rainy mornings and the temperature is dropping daily. The coldest this year Anthony recorded yesterday : 14.6 degrees! It was so cold!

Then I listened to Rich Roll Podcast yesterday and he said something that really resonated with made me think deeply...and I realised that I had found my bliss.

This tidal pool and the ocean, the friends I have made in the last 3 months, the early morning routine, the habit, octopus, little sharks in the pool, dolphins ...spectacular sunrises...this is my bliss!

I have found my bliss!

Do you know what you want, what makes your really happy?

Bliss : perfect happiness, great joy
Synonym: delight, heaven, paradise, Utopia

Happy Wednesday

Shirley xx

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Be more with less

6:50 a.m.and a bit windy with a warmer 16 degrees sea temperature. It felt colder today!   There were some bluebottles around but luckily I didn't bump into any! 

Early sunrises swimmers enjoying cupcakes before a swim, to celebrate Gunther birthday today! 

A very happy place to be at the start of the day! 

Have you noticed that the solution to a busy, stressed life is almost always...less.

Get rid of something.
Lots of somethings.

Happy Wednesday!

Shirley xx 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The secret to happiness

The true secret to happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all details of daily life.
William Morris, "The Aims of Art." 

6:40 am 

This morning there was a diver in the pool. It was quite dark so he had a headlamp on.          

Another beautiful autumn sunrise with the water temperature dropping to a cool 15.3 degrees! 
Go where you feel most alive! 

Where do you go feel alive?

Happy Tuesday

Shirley xx

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


"Perhaps this sounds very simple, but simple things are always the most difficult. In actual life it requires the greatest discipline to be simple, and the acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook upon life." - C.G.Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul 

7:03 am Sunrise with dolphins swimming in the ocean in the distance being chased by Orcas! The water temperature was a lovely "warm" 16.9 degrees! Peter our "shark whisperer" has now discovered the beautiful Octopus he has named "Octavia"!  We have seen her every morning in her spot under a rock. Peter is sure she is looking after her eggs! How exciting! The water is so clear we can easily see her and all her colours and long thin tentacles as she swims. 

The sunrise swimmers as we sit and chat and swim together every morning. It is the most simple and wonderful way to start my  day! 

How do you simplify your life? 

Shirley xx 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Silence is more appealing

6:45 am with all my family - I was so excited to have everyone swim with me! This view is... bliss! 

I decided to take my brother the "sage" ( the wise one) advise and only ask Anthony the water temperature after I have swum! I really want to focus on the joy of swimming and the beauty of the sunrise.  ( 15.9 degrees) Yay ... warmer than yesterday :-))

Soaking in the first rays of the sun...

In such a high pressure lifestyle that we all lead, you may think you thrive on stress and speed. However, when you pull back, you will come to appreciate silence and solitude. 

You will lose the guilt about sitting still and discover that it is possible and rewarding to do less and be more. 

This is happiness ... all together in my very happy place! 

What are you doing everyday, to stop and just  be ....still? 

Happy Friday 

Shirley xx 

Thursday, March 15, 2018


" Consistency beats intensity. Consistency beats volume. Consistency beats passion. Consistency dictates results. Consistency is what defines character." Rich Roll  

I just love this quote!  I listen to Rich Roll Podcast podcast every week. He is a athlete, author  and motivational speaker who now has a very successful podcast. He interviews a wide range of people on a variety of topics. I find the topics relevant to my life right now and sometimes challenging but always very interesting. You should check him out.

So today it looked and felt like winter in Cape Town. The tide was again at its lowest and the water temperature was a low of 15.2 degrees!  ( Anthony has a digital  temperature gauge and he updates us every morning when I arrive at the pool) 

They have cleaned and scrubbed all the slippery algae off the sides and big rocks and then limewashed it. No more slipping and sliding! 

I have been swimming in this beautiful pool for 3 months now! This is the coldest water I have ever swum in!! My springsuit might need to be upgraded to a full wetsuit in winter. :-))

So for the first time in my life I'm realising the importance of a daily morning routine. I have started to cultivate this morning routine everyday and it really has been life changing for me!

I have always enjoyed exercise. Fanataticism is unsustainable. In other words it is not about the epic workout. Instead its about what you do daily. It's those small actions undertaken regularly that dictate not just what you can achieve, but who you are as a human.

I would never have guessed that for me it would be swimming - every morning at sunrise with my girls and the new friends I have made!

I am truly grateful...

Do you have a morning routine? Has it changed or shaped your life?

Happy Thursday!

Shirley xx