World Mental Health Day

All right, it was yesterday, but I was feeling like the picture (left)…dark, damp and chasm-y… 

Everything the Royals are doing with Heads Together is so inspiring, and everywhere I go it seems there are conversations, promotions (Lloyds Bank today) and just a bit more understanding.

With the funeral yesterday of a 32-year old killed locally there was a lot of sadness around, and many people barely know how to deal with the more negative of their emotions. You don’t have to be happy all the time, or strong all the time. Getting drunk might help, but it’s not a lasting solution. Mates are important. Family.

I think Heads Together have got it so right with their new digital ideas too – online help and support is the way to go. If I want to explore possibilities for what the fuck is going on, those resources (especially other peoples’ experiences) are so useful.

For me this month, focusing over-hard on what I want to achieve has frightened me into inertia, and a lack of sleep in my nights and rhythm to my days has unhinged me a bit.

So tonight is an early one, and tomorrow will be better…like tonight’s sunset (same place, different focus).

Seaglassing

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Carreg Bica in the making

After a hectic summer working hard, I’ve finally had time to get back to seaglassing. I had a few chances to go seaglass collecting, and was pleased and surprised to be approached by people asking for jewellery. So I got back to the bench and spent AGES working out a new process for making better Carreg Bica silver pendants. I am so happy with the result!

The awesome Beach Hut in Llangrannog supports local artists, and they now have a limited stock of my work. I am sounding out some of my other favourite places locally, so there will be more stockists soon. If you want to visit my workshop, get in touch, and my Etsy shop will be updated soon. I plan to hit the Christmas markets hard too!

See the Surfergirl’s Seaglass page for loads more photos.

Faceache

Today I went onto Facebook for the first time in a long time. I saw some funny, cute and cool stuff. It was great to ‘catch up’ with close friends who I don’t see any more due to massive distances. I learned a few things.

But in general, I was reminded why I don’t really use Facebook. My feed is full of adverts which are not relevant to me, timewasting bullshit and too much negativity. Life itself is very much like that, I suppose, but it’s not something I want to voluntarily submit to.

When I looked up from my phone, an hour had gone, and the light had changed over the hillside. I wish I’d watched that instead.

I’m torn, because there are some things I’m really glad I got to share in, such as hen do memories…but much more that was sad, confusing, dull, insipid, self-righteous…and so on. I think I’ll look at my friends list, the pages I follow and groups I’m in, and cut out a lot of it. And I’ll limit it to once a week or so, and make it a part of my business strategy rather than a random waste of time.

Then maybe I can go on Facebook and not get that Facebook-hangover feeling – overwhelmed, a bit dirty, a bit annoyed, and even more exhausted. It can be a great vehicle for change, for promotion, for stories and celebrating life, but unless I can filter the lows, I won’t have the energy to enjoy the occasional highs.

Brains

A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed‘ – it’s brain function. A good article…but I think it is often discussed! It’s certainly something we talk about a lot in the online gym I’m a member of. Julia B draws people in with the promise of fat loss (and free workouts!), then hits them with loads of other benefits including improved mood and ability to focus.

My recent round of one of her programmes, Forge, hasn’t seen me lose much fat at all (I’ve gained it, if anything). This is down to several factors including medication, but I’m not stressing it because I still have all those other benefits. Digging trenches last week showed me how strong and fit I am, and I feel better about everything when I work out, even if it’s only 3-4 times a week with the current crazy building/working schedule.

Smuttony

I just read The Times Magazine (from July – it takes me a while to get to this nonsense). I’m actually unimpressed by the whole thing – the journos are sneery about pretty much everything and everyone. (Don’t touch Joanna Lumley.)

The Style spread was two pages of a description of ‘Smutton, pronounced “sch-mutton”: the tendancy to dresses [sic] younger than you should when the sun (finally) comes out’. Instantly I don’t really care what this person (presumably female) says, and, obviously, neither does the poor sub-editor required to police this trash.

So here are the things that are smuttony, and whether or not I regularly wear them:
    Hot pants: Yes. Hey, my ass is one thing I’m happy with.
    Bra-less: No. Does anyone? Even though they still pass the pencil test, thank you very much.
    Side-boob/Under-boob: Er, no.
    Bikini top as bra: Yes, because I am a surfer. It’s allowed. It’s one of the best things about summer.
    Cutesy girly kitschy sunglasses: Er…do mirrored gold aviators count? 😉
    Shades, never mirrored: Oh, they do. But mirrored means I can check out hotties unseen!
    Henna tattoos: Okay, I’m kinda with this one…it’s for 18 year old festival-goers. But I still got one in Marrakesh…it was shit, so I suppose it served me right.
    Anklets: I’m sorry, but I LOVE anklets. In school ‘only prozzies’ wore them, but now, while still slutty, I think they are more often cute and sweet. The write admits she has a gold one from Urban Outiftters and isn’t taking it off. Fine – mine are handmade by me from local seaglass, and I’m bloody well wearing them.  
    Selfies of your tanned self: Hm, not till I have completed Forge. Not to say I wouldn’t, though.
    Tan. Tan more! This one goes without saying; I need more tan.
    Nose piercings: Not for me, but I can’t see why not in general. As long as it’s not septum.
    H&M. Not sure why. Not a massive fan anyway.
    A splash of electric pink in your hair: I would…but the boss wouldn’t like it.
    Air-dried beachy waves: This is literally the only way I CAN dry my hair.
    Tattoos: Fuck off. I’m getting another one, to go with my hairdresser’s car.
    Frayed sawn-off denim: Check. I wear it. Fuck it.
    Crop tops: Hahahahahah no. Most teenagers look shit in them, let alone apple-shaped me.
    Loose arm-hole vests: This is surfer style, not smuttony.
    Hair wraps: Oooooh, I must get one.
    Peasant blouses: Have just chucked some out. Don’t flatter me (anyone).
    Pieces of string as belts: Guilty. And strings of shells as belts. And bits of suede, and scarves, and anything really that will fit around my hips.
    Nail art/glitter: Check and check. And I DO NOT CARE. Nail art is one of my very favourite things.
    Bikini should be from the ‘big-girls shops’: Don’t fucking patronise me, I know more about bikinis than you.
    Caps with ‘embellishment’: Again, this is surfer style. And is essential in my tin-top car. Which is probably also smuttony.

So in summation, I am about 80% ‘summer mutton-dressed-as-lamb’.

Instead I’m supposed to wear a kaftan and straw bag? Kakhi and a white vest top like Jen is okay by me, but I’m not as old as the women I’m supposed to copy according to this, and I never want to look boring and ‘classic’. The summer is about having some fun, goddamit.

There’s Elle McPherson, looking great but wow, she must miss food, in a black dress (oh God, what is wrong with colour??), big classic shades (like), and ‘barely-there’ sandals which are cutting off the blood supply to her toes – ‘no ethnic prints or clogs’. I love clogs…and ethnic boho…must contact brother in Africa to remind him of this.

Cindy Crawford – monochrome. I’m not in my 50s and again, WHAT IS WRONG WITH COLOUR.

Jen: Her I like. Always. I think I need a pair of cute kakhi pants in my life.

Off to put on my leggings with lace at the bottom and slightly glittery Roxy vest top with bikini underneath, plus my mismatched Havianas to show my blue nail art off. Mirror shades, top down, shaka.

Truly, though. The only good thing in this mag is Caitlin Moran (and not always her).

Llyn Brianne

Llyn Brianne is a stunning place, simply stunning. (Also bitterly cold and windy!) We walked around the RSPB reserve which is also beautiful. The icy cold, clear air and peacefulness was just perfect.

Christmas and New Year has left me exhausted from lots of work and too much food, so it’s time to get myself moving again! I was hit by a horrible week of vertigo – everything spinning when I moved or even just lay down, all due to some ‘bits’ floating in the wrong part of my ear canals. The Epley manoeuvre, a strange sort of kata, has pretty much sorted it out though, so I have no excuse but to get back to training with Julia and eating properly (impossible when on double shifts or dizzy).

But I really want to get back to full fitness and enjoying my running, surfing and yoga too. So I am simplifying life to reduce stress a bit – no classes, no timetables apart from work shifts, giving myself more time to think about writing, training, surfing…

Trashed

Surfergrl is back…

You get what you pay for in the world of web hosting, so I have moved from the shocking charlatans 000webhost, who trashed my site for no reason, to the so-far amazing 1&1.

I think I’ve lost most if not all of the previous blog, which was 15 years + of ramblings, but it might not be such a bad thing in some ways.

So there will be more fitness, surfing, dogs, Wales and Welsh, Mac and tech and general rants and ramblings soon.

If you want to work out with the best online trainer around, try Julia for free via this link: http://surfergr1.juliabfit.hop.clickbank.net/ and help keep surfergrl.co.uk running!!