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February 06, 2014

It May Not Seem Like It…. But Life Is Good

To start at the beginning, I’ve been little quiet recently. There are a lot of personal issues that I’m currently dealing with, which will become more apparent in future posts! Watch this space !!! Blogging is hard, to have to find the space, the free-time and the energy to post…….. but that’s another story.

Ummmm, perhaps you might also have noticed a …. blog facelift! A different look, but the same outdoor passion and adventures!

I’m going through a pretty miserable time, at the moment, and to say my mood is quite low is a bit of an understatement. I’m feeling very down in the dumps and finding it hard to be up-beat and positive. But, what happened today made me understand how spending time in the outdoors can change all of that.

The weather, at the moment, is horrendous. It’s very difficult (in my work) to deliver our usual trips. The rivers are flooded, it’s very cold, biking is too wet, and so we are finding that the only activities that we can deliver are walks. Luckily, as we are based in Wales, we have the most amazing places to visit. Today, we chose the Gower. This is one of my most favourite places to visit, as I have such wonderful memories both as a child, and with my work, but also as a parent. We’ve walked, camped, gone coasteering, and food foraging, we’ve surfed…. the list is endless.

Back to today. We jumped out of our mini bus with full winter kit on, ready for the wind and the rain. We headed along the Welsh coastal path towards Three Cliffs Bay. Being sheltered in a forest, we were very lucky to stay largely dry and, as we stepped onto open ground, I was surprised when the rain stopped and we were met with blue skies!

It was had to be a sign that it was going to be a good day.

As I came out of the forest, I saw the cliffs in front of me and I let out a huge sigh. I instantly felt relaxed, as it was so nice. Two of my young people and I just stopped, stood, and enjoyed the moment.

My beautiful view

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It really was an instant hit of relaxation. After spending some time enjoying the view, we headed over to the ruins of Pennard Castle. The castle ruins are perched on the edge of the valley and show a stunning view, looking towards Three Cliffs Bay.

We spent some time exploring the ruins, talking about the history of the castle and what it might have been like to live there. It was great to hear our group of inner city young people getting into the stories, and appreciating their new surroundings.

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After exploring the castle ruins, we headed towards the stunning view of the cliffs. The wind started to get stronger, but it was amazing to be outside, and not stuck in a small office feeling very sorry for myself. The scenery was stunning, and our group just loved being outside.

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Who wouldn’t be happy seeing these views. It absolutely made my day. After lots of picture-taking, we found a little area that was sheltered from the wind, and had our lunch. We washed it down with some hot chocolate from our flasks. A hearty lunch with a beautiful view.

After lunch, we strolled back along the path, swapping stories and talking through our problems, wishing that the day wouldn’t end.

I started the day felling the lowest of the low, not wanting to interact or talk with anyone. But, after a bit of effort, it turned into the most amazing day. Getting outdoors, and being blown around by the wind, I felt so different.

OK, my problems were still waiting for me when I got home but, for a day, I forgot them.

The interaction with the young people in the group, speaking of future plans, what our dream jobs would be, but, most of all, our dream, hopes and desires, kept me grounded, in touch with the real, immediate issues of life, but also in tune with the incredible, vibrant stimulus around me.

Some days, it’s great to be outdoors!!

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The Deliberate Mom

11 thoughts on “It May Not Seem Like It…. But Life Is Good

  1. I’m really sorry to hear you’ve got some problems at the moment. I’m glad though you were able to get out today and stop them eating at you for a while. I hope you’ve got someone you can share them with at home though so they don’t have chance to build up.
    We notice when you’re quiet and not quite yourself. We’re here if we can help.
    The photographs are tremendous, especially that first view. We don’t lack for nice places in the North but that one is breathtaking.
    I hope the sun shines tomorrow and you have a wonderful day.
    xxx Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David, so much going on at work. I work for a Local Authority and with budget cuts and the Council trying to make savings its having a huge effect on the section I work in. Such a scary time at the moment so I’m putting in alot of hours to get important stuff done. First night in a long time I’ve had energy to focus on my blog. However I am spending the weekend training a group of children with a Gold Duke of Edinburgh in Brecon and staying in lovely Storey Arms outdoor centre, so be nice to forget troubles hopefully.
      Thank you for commenting I had forgotten how lovely it is to share stories and hear lovely comments, and you always say the nicest things. You have made me smile!
      Onwards and upwards, and keep on smiling.
      Thank you {I really am smiling}

      1. I have great empathy Kim having also worked for a Local Authority during stringent times and with the threat of cuts in staffing. It drove me bonkers as you can see from my writing and I got out. I hope things ease for you and any job threat goes away as I can see you love your job and of course we benefit from that. I suspect though that even if your job went South you’d find another, and because of the type of person you are we’d go on enjoying your blogposts regardless.
        Have a wonderful weekend with the Gold DofE awards in Brecon and keep the pictures coming too. Your friends will be waiting to enjoy them.
        xxx Hugs Galore xxx

  2. TheBoyandMe says:

    This is fab, just the thing to blow the cobwebs away and to refresh yourself. I’ve forced it down to Barry Island this afternoon as I needed to be grounded as well.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, was such a lovely day and a walk we should visit together.

  3. Ian says:

    Hi, you have some beautiful pictures, the Three Cliffs Bay ones are stunning, looking forward to viewing more images. I love your little stories, they really paint a picture as you are reading them. I am sorry to hear you are going through some trying times, I went through some similar things to you 18 months ago, whatever happens its never as bad as you think it will be and sometimes a whole new fantastic direction can come out of it. What helped me was getting out in the open in the fresh air and walking in beautiful countryside.

    1. kim says:

      Hi Ian, thank you for having a look in at new blog! I love Three Cliffs Bay, such a stunning place. Thank you for your comment, feeling very in limbo at the moment with work but I know it wont be forever. Just need to keep chin up and focus on new goals in life.
      Thanks for lovely comments, things like nice comments making me smile!

  4. Joanna Chittenden says:

    Hi Kim, I’m also sorry to hear that you’ve not been yourself & worried about the future-worrying times indeed. I’ve been having a bit of a stressful time of it lately too & like you have found it difficult to focus on the things that make us feel good, like getting outside & being creative but when we do we both realise that they are so important & make us feel so much better.
    Life is good, we just need to be reminded of it sometimes! And what a beautiful place the Gower is to be reminded of it, I too have good memories of camping, walking & beaching there. But never got to the castle before so a good excuse to visit again soon, not that I need an excuse! Amazing photos & your new blog is great:)
    Stay hopeful Kim, & keep doing the things that make you feel good (& sharing them with us!)
    Sending lots of positivity your way x

    1. kim says:

      Hi Jo,
      Life never seems to run smoothly; – hope things are ok with you.
      I’ve been finding it very hard to focus and didn’t feel creative. But after spending some time on my blog, and getting some lovely comments, I realise that you to need to spend more time doing the things that make you happy.
      I’m glad you like the new blog and the design. It’s always lovely getting comments from my outdoor adventures.
      Take care, and I hope to see you soon.

  5. Gen Delali says:

    i looove the outdoors, and looks like you had a great time breaking free from the issues you were facing. i love how nature has such soothing effect. 🙂

    dropping by from shine blog hop
    http://www.soaringupinsunshine.blogspot.com

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I totally agree. The outdoors really does change my mood especially if I am feeling a little down in the dumps.
      Thank you for looking in.

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