Recently, I headed to Cornwall for a couple of weeks. I needed the break – my head felt stale and I felt like I was just doing the same thing and not getting anywhere. So I thought I’d head to my favourite place – and some new places – to get re-inspired. Funnily enough, just before I left, perhaps because I knew I was going away, I became entrenched in my newest novel writing project, obsessively creating backstory and family history – but more on that another time.
In short, I had a fantastic time. I came back feeling reinvigorated, re-inspired, and determined to get on with things.
While I was away, I did a few different things.
Firstly, after a pitstop in Exeter to revisit some old student haunts (see picture to the left) and catch up with an old friend, I went on a long weekend retreat with a small group, hosted by the wonderful Sarah Morrison, focusing on SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding), which I love and is a GREAT workout. It’s great to be out on the water and practicing a new skill, and I’m hoping to join a local club to keep it up. It was great to be climbing in and out of a wetsuit again!
It was also a weekend of Yoga, with four sessions in total. I’ve done the odd bit of Yoga before and I’ve always wanted to give it a proper go. Well, thanks to a truly inspiring and encouraging teacher, I got it and now I’m practicing (at least a few poses) every day – and have been for the last three weeks! It’s funny how something can slide into your life at the right time and you find that you love it. Doing it daily means that it starts to become part of my routine and I can’t do without it.
It’s a great way of stretching out post windsurfing/watersports and is the perfect compliment. It’s also a great way of centering yourself, giving yourself a focus and relaxing – as well as building up strength and connecting your body to your brain. There are so many benefits and I’ll admit that I’ve become a complete convert and probably won’t talk about much in the coming months. I’ve already got myself a mat so I can keep practicing at home – and over the summer I hope to take it outside and also join a local class! In the meanwhile, I’m following Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. Now that I’ve got over my fears of a) hurting myself and b) looking stupid, I’ve realised how rewarding and relaxing yoga can be and I’m determined to keep it going.
I met a great bunch of people on this weekend, who were all really inspiring and encouraging. It was the perfect way to start off my trip!
Part Two: St Ives coming soon.