Hiking is hard going where I live, so many hills! Hiking the South West Coast Path every day keeps me (relatively) sane.
It’s sometimes difficult to find solitude when you live in a vacation destination, but if you are prepared for some climbing, slightly dangerous steep drops and don’t mind getting your feet wet, there are a few quiet spots available to watch the sun set or enjoy some quiet time.
I’ve taken to wearing leggings for my evening walks, so many biting insects in the woods feasting on me if I forget to apply my insect repellent. These are from @bamboo_clothing and I absolutely love this design, the fabric is super stretchy and very comfortable.
How lucky was I to capture the moment Ginger & Bird both looked in the same direction as me…?!? I have a new tripod which is a game changer, such a good purchase.
My belly looked better in other shots, but then I remembered this is my belly and even though it doesn’t look that great, it does a great job keeping me alive.
I follow other hikers and enjoy seeing all the different scenery, check out @the_fashionable_hiker to see some stunning scenery in northern England.
More hiking and litter picking today – it’s never ending! I know some people have been inspired to start collecting trash on their walks – it becomes a little bit addictive, and for the moment, there is (sadly) a never ending supply.
Are you a glass half empty or half full kind of person? How many times have you been asked that question? For me the answer is, “I am just happy I have a glass”.
I wake each day just grateful I am alive, it’s a good place to start.
I don’t worry about all the things I don’t have or everything I haven’t achieved, I am grateful for what I do have – such as comfortable home, food and access to unlimited clean water.
I am a very positive and exceptionally determined woman, my husband will tell you I am too determined! Theres a song, Tubthumping the lyrics are ‘I get knocked down, but I get up again, you are never gonna keep me down’. This is the theme song to my life.
Never give up, keep going, be persistent and ultimately you will reach your goal. Aim high, be prepared to compromise…a little.
Back in my office today as it’s cloudy and I have lots of admin to do.
I’ve launched a lovely Warrior Woman T shirt today which I am completely smitten with and can’t wait for the first one to arrive through my letter box. I will post a photo as soon as it arrives as I’m so excited!!
Thank you to everyone for all of your incredible support. I’m completely bewildered how I’ve reached the heady heights of almost 26k followers.
When I started this account I thought I’d bore even myself and I would spend a lonely few months posting pics, before I surrendered my dream of inspiring women to enjoy ageing and embrace midlife and beyond. I thought this idea would probably to be added to my filing cabinet archive folder full of crazy ideas which appear in my head all times of the day and night.
Thank you to the wonderful women who send me feedback and comments which enable me to improve my page and reach. A big thank you to @sheglowsagain who has cheered me on since day one and continues to encourage me – often. Thank you.
Here I am with a lovely pot belly and squidgy under arms, I simply don’t care, I’m posting it anyway. I love my body no matter what. I found happiness caring less about what others think and more about my ability to be positive about every inch of this ageing body.
Do you like spending time on your own? I do. I can be gone for hours, hiking the coast path, investigating the woods or sitting close to the water’s edge, watching the world go by. Fishing boats, paddle boarders, wild swimmers and sailing boats float on by, not knowing I am watching.
I haven’t ventured into town since lockdown ended, there are just too many people. So I go and find a hard to access little spot and sit there with my ginger girls, just breathing and letting go of all my stress. There are always little stresses that come to niggle away, it’s important to let them all go.
I have several secret spots not far from home where I can switch off, listen to the wind and sit on the earth to feel connected.
I think I am turning into a middle aged She-Rah Princess of Power! I spent so much time my whole life (up to the age of 50) worrying about my weight, and zero time concerned about my health or strength – both mental and physical. I am still wobbly, have bingo wing arms, a marshmallow belly, wrinkles, crinkles, stretch marks and scars, but I am strong! Life after 50 is not how I imagined it would be. It’s so much better. We still have the power and time to change. Every day is a new beginning, a chance to start over. It’s raining, I’m swimming – no excuses. What will you change today?