Taking a moment….

Life moves by so quickly, often without us taking the time to appreciate the good things that surround us. Something I’ve learned during my life coaching with the wonderful Sandra Walsh (check her out, she is amazing!) is to take a moment to sit in stillness and notice what comes up for me.

Sandra Walsh - a fabulous Life Coach!

Sandra Walsh – a fabulous Life Coach!

This morning I woke frustratingly early, as I seem to more and more as the years advance (well, as I tell everyone, I have jumped in age from 21 to 35!) I tried to sleep, but as I lay there tossing and turning, I kept thinking of all the things I needed to do, so I decided to get up and get on with my tasks for the day!

Washing sorted, dishes cleared, paperwork organised, emails checked…….then I stopped myself, remembering some of the lessons learned during life coaching. I took myself and a cuppa and sat out on my balcony, to take 10-15 minutes to enjoy the start of the day.

I am very fortunate in that I live in a very beautiful part of the world. You may notice that I didn’t write “lucky”. I do believe that you have to make luck happen, I didn’t land here by accident, it has been through choice and following through decisions, and I sure am going to appreciate what I have.

A beautiful start to the day with an amazing sunrise –

The gorgeous colours of the sunrise

The gorgeous colours of the sunrise

Sandra has taught me to try to use all my senses – to be “mindful”.  I sat for ages watching the colours in the sky change, the clouds move by at different levels and speeds, lasting far longer than any sunrise I witnessed when living in the Tropics!; I listened to the sounds around me, the fish market springing to life, the different birds enjoying the thermals as they whooshed through the air, the sound of the breeze, the small waves lapping at the harbour side, the  sounds of halyards clacking against masts. I could smell the salty air, the distant scent of fish and the feel of the breeze on my face. I could feel myself relax as the minutes ticked by, my shoulders less hunched and my breathing slower and more steady.

I’m now ready for the day!

I love watching the seals as they swim by searching for scallops

I love watching the seals as they swim by searching for scallops

About Jill Beckett

I hope you enjoy reading this blog, it is written purely for entertainment value! Its just a way of keeping a journal for myself as well as staying in touch with family and friends around the world. I try to "live life to the full", "think out of the box" and any other cliches for making the best of it that you can think of! I started writing this blog in 2011 when I gave up my job in the UK as a midwife ("The Baby Catcher"!) and began circumnavigating Britain in a 45ft yacht and trained as a skipper prior to going to Australia to live for a year. I then returned to the UK for 17 months where my feet became itchy once more and I moved to Bali to take my scuba diving to a professional level ("Jilly Fish") and trained as a Dive Master, then a Dive Instructor. I then sailed from Malaysia, through Indonesia diving along the way eventually making it to Townsville, Queensland, in October 2014, a 4000+mile trip, on a 50ft Catamaran! Following this I spent a wonderful year living in Australia, working on a casual basis as a baby catcher (midwife), and as "Jillyfish (dive Instructor) on the Great Barrier Reef as well as sailing as much as I can on a beautiful 44.7 Beneteau called Shazam. My newest chapter finds me back in the UK, living on the South West Coast in gorgeous Devon! Drop me a message, I would love to hear from you and what you think of my blog! Mwah x
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2 Responses to Taking a moment….

  1. Jill Beckett says:

    Thank you Sandra, perspective is so important.

  2. Sandra says:

    It can make a difference to your perspective and attitude for the day when we appreciate all we DO have rather than what we lack.

    Great post and insights Jill

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