Good morning! I hope you had a nice weekend. I had one mission for these past several days and that was to HAVE FUN! I really didn’t want to find myself moping around the house and worrying unnecessarily about the future, so I made a deliberate attempt to get out there and enjoy life.
Friday started with a long walk with a good friend who gave me some good advice about working on my emotional health to stay strong in difficult times. She brought her little one along in his stroller and we got some great exercise while making time to stop and play on the playground swings.
On Friday afternoon, Alan and I went to our neighborhood farm stand and strolled the pumpkin patch while picking up some gorgeous apples, lettuce, carrots and spinach.
Lately I’ve been taking Saturdays as my rest days from exercise and it works out great so Alan and I can go to an early morning farmers’ market in San Luis Obispo. I found something new at the market this week, but the description of these wasn’t enticing enough for me to purchase:
I went with something sweet instead:
We found ourselves at Moonstone Beach in Cambria a few hours later where we took a brief walk while enjoying what ended up being the quintessential California day:
Lunch was at my fave vegan restaurant in Morro Bay, the Shine Cafe. It’s such a funky place and I just love the vibe, not to mention the food. Alan had the hummus wrap (bottom left) and I had a black bean taco, hidden under a ton of salad:
After all that fun on Saturday, we did have to run a few errands, but then we made it home in time so I could Skype with my new friend Laura who I met at Dr. Fuhrman’s Getaway and who lives in Australia! It was so much fun to catch up with her (i.e. hear her adorable accent) and meet her husband and kitty. Thank goodness for technology so we could connect that way; how awesome is that?!?
By the time Sunday rolled around, I was still working on having fun and doing the things I love, so I went to an early morning community yoga class at a local studio. I had to be a bit careful with my neck, but overall it was a great class and I’m glad I made the effort to get there. Since I don’t go to church, there’s something special and spiritual about doing yoga on Sunday mornings.
I had to do some classwork yesterday afternoon, but the weather was so nice and I really wanted to squeeze more out of the weekend, so Alan and I took a drive back to the beach. We ended up at Shell Beach where we often go walking, but then took a side road that we’ve never taken before. Uh-oh….unknown and dangerous territory!!!
The views were too enticing not to proceed:
We kept going and reached a new height:
We then traipsed further along the trail, around a bend, through some dry brush, along a rock wall and out to a point and came across this…a cave!!!
That’s a sheer drop-off at the end there so I can see now why the warning signs are there. The wind was really strong coming through the cave just off the water. I got as close as I could to the edge to fully enjoy this unspoiled view:
This experience of doing something different, pushing into unknown territory and being rewarded with something so beautiful was a great analogy for me to not be so scared about the undiscovered and new parts of life that may seem challenging, scary and overwhelming at first, but can end up being life-changing, beautiful and truly memorable. I am so glad that I focused on squeezing more out of life this weekend and I hope to carry this attitude with me going forward.
Thank you for your kind words these past several days. I’ll be back here on Wednesday with more food pics and maybe, just maybe, a new recipe.