Thursday, July 12, 2018

Go for consistency

We woke up to the sound of lovely rain today in Cape Town. Its a wonderful sound as we are experiencing a terrible drought. 

But it was really hard to get out of my warm bed and go for a cold swim!! 

I was motivated by the fact that I had friends I was meeting at the pool, and we would swim together. 

This is a big help on the cold rainy days...

I also have friends who have been swimming all year round for 7 and 8 years!! They keep on reminding me and say..."Don't think about it, just keep doing it everyday. Try not miss a day!"

This too is a great motivator.

 I also feel "addicted" to the morning cold swim! I have never regretted a swim in the 6 months I've been swimming. I always feel soo much better after the swim. I  really want to challenge myself to keep going everyday! 

I'm going for consistency! 

13 degrees sea temperature ...another beautiful swim.

What is your morning routine?
Do you have an exercise that you have been doing everyday for years? 

Happy Thursday

Shirley xx 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Inside an out

Make room in your life the for the stuff that lifts you up!!

This morning Anthony our "temperature" guy was back swimming. He has been off for 6 weeks recovering from having a stent put in after a mild heart scare. Its so lovely to have him swimming with is again! Todays temperature was 14.4 degrees... I'm getting used to the cold again!  

The bare essentials. springsuit, goggles, basket, towel, tea ... 

This beautiful art gallery is  a quick walk away from the tidal pool.

Artfark Gallery in Kalk Bay is one of my favourites! 

Happy Wednesday! 

Shirley xx 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Take your time

Take your time. 

I'm learning to stop rushing, stop being so busy and when I swim every morning to actually stop .... 

to breathe and take in the beauty and be in the moment. To really enjoy my swim, it doesn't matter how many lengths I swim. Tomorrow I'm going to take my goggles and look around and see the starfish and the beauty that is in the tidal pool. It's ok to go slow. 

14 degree sea temperature. 

Happy Tuesday! 

Shirley xx 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Let go..

I have been away on a holiday to visit my Mom, friends and family in Durban.

It's always good to go back and visit old friends and spend time with my Mom who is so frail at the moment. But what I realised when I was away were all the things I missed! The things that I value. The things that are so meaningful in my life. 

This gave me perspective on my life...and it was such a good thing! 

This tidal pool that I have been swimming in everyday for the past 6 months is one of the things I missed the most! 

It is so good to be home. 

We live in paradise..

Hold on to what matters. Let go of the rest. 

Sea temperature: 13.4 degrees ( it felt so much colder ) 

What do you value in your life?
What makes your life meaningful? 

Have a wonderful Monday 

Shirley xx 

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