I have been reading my little book on living the mindfulness life.
I have enforced a few changes into our home life to try and make it a little more calm.
A big one for me is social media and our phones we are always on them. Now when we get home we make a effort to have tea at the table and when we sit down to watch a show on the TV no phones. I personally love it cos when I do speak to MK then I get a focused response and not a grunt and also works the other way.
All so made a effort to pick a show and watch it together and I had to work on not watching mindless shows that don’t have any content. This mainly involves not watching reality TV. Even at work I have stopped listening to podcast while I work as am focusing on being present at the task on hand. It does work I feel a lot more focused at work and I feel at home I’m more productive and really enjoy the TV show we choose to watch. The conversations with MK are no longer ones while one is looking at their mobile.
It is incredibly hard to break the habit of a life time and this is what its about. Your first thought in a morning is more then likely a negative thought… so trying to change that to a positive thought sounds easy but its not. I am enjoying the book and what I am learning I believe is the right way for me to live so I am training myself to change the way I think to have a more positive and calmer approach to life. Yes I do still get stressed but I will learn to manage it in a better / productive and not destructive way.
I have started Yoga twice a week to work on inner core strength. I just do it at home for half an hour when I gt in from work. Right now i feel no benefit apart from I have 0 balance and its hard work!
Summer is starting to appear which means… camping season is here!!!
We have already dusted off the tent and went away the long weekend at the end of September.
Having left it last minute we really struggled to find a campsite…FYI long weekends in Australia book up so fast don’t do what we did. Luckily our friends who are also tent warriors went camping to Kiama and let us know about a site they stayed on and it so happened to have a few spots left on the long weekend.
The campsite Killalea is in a national park which is home to two Surf reserves. It’s only a hour and a half drive out of Sydney. Perfect for a weekend escape out of the city. There is a locked gate if you arrive late at night and your access code is in the confirmation email ( we did not figure this out and tailgated someone in) don’t tail gate as you can get a fine. The sites are all marked out with logs and have a fire burner on each site. The reception sells fire wood. There is also a kitchen and a bathroom block. We didn’t use the kitchen apart from the kettle and the sinks to wash up. But the grills were always busy so must be in good working conditions.
You can walk to both beaches. We walked to Mystic beach and then drove down to “The Farm” beach. The beaches are beautiful long stretches and obviously the sea is full of waves and surfers. It is not a swimming beach but its great to go and lay out and watch the surfers. You are provided a map and there are also signs to the footpath for the beach. You are a 10 minute drive into Kiama which is the nearest town.
Kiama is well known for the blow hole (also Kiama is aboriginal for blow hole). It is a small coastal town very pretty and has old style shops. There are lots of places to eat. We ate at the Hungry Monkey for breakfast – great food and great service. Ritzy Gritz for dinner – the food was okay nothing special but we did have good service. Thai @ Kiama – we had our last dinner there which was really good Thai and good service. You just need to book on a weekend in this town. We didn’t on the first night and struggled to get in anywhere.
We spent the day on the beach at the campsite on one of the days. Sunday we explored the area. We walked over to Cathedral Rocks which are a jagged rock formation on the coast. There were lots of fisherman on the rocks so watch out for there catch of fish in the rock pools. To get to the rocks we walked through Boneyard Beach. We tried Bombo Beach but again it was rough seas for surfing not made for a dip. We decided to head back to Boneyard beach as the water was calm and we could lay on the grass. Added bonus there were loads of dogs around. MK was brave enough for a dip and did a but of snorkeling. He said there were a few fish but it was to cold to stay in there for to long. The shops in Kiama are full of vintage treasures, home made food, English treats (yes there is a English shop), candles, dream catchers and many more well being hippie type of shops….which we love!
We will be back down in Kiama in November with the surf board and hopefully warmer water 🙂
Few more activities to check out this weekend. Fingers crossed this good Autumn weather does not end!!!
Enjoy this weeks Weekend Warrior Addition!
Cockatoo Island – You can jump on a ferry from Darling Harbor and explore Cockatoo Island. There is a lot of history there to explore. The island has a cafe and bar (only open in summer). Also if you fancy a over night stay you camp at the island. There are two options; to camp with your own equipment or take advantage of their camp equipment. Last time I visited the Cockatoo Island there was a art exhibit on. Check out the website to see whats happening before you head over.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk– Its a classic…Everyone has done the coastal walk at some point. Its still a great weekend activity in most weather conditions.
Luna Park– Go and be a big kid at the retro theme park. My favorite part is the fun house at the back of the park. I don’t think you are ever to old for rug slides, mirror mazes and wobbly planks. If you go at night fall the park is lit up with the city sky line as the backdrop. You can enjoy the fair ground rides with a up close view of the harbor bridge.
Marrickville Markets – The market is every Sunday 9AM-3PM. It is on Addison road just after the Addison Rd and Illawarra Rd junction. The market is made up of organic food stalls, coffee stands, candles, oils and massage stands. There is a field at the back where you can grab some food and chill enjoying the atmosphere. There is a Chai Tea stand which has rugs all over the floor for you to sit and relax. You can do your Sunday shop and grab some food on the go. Note: Take cash there is a ATM at the market but it charges $3.50 to draw money out.