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The ocean has alway been an important part of my life and this image show a beach in Melros, Western Australia, which is a place that we often visit with a group of friends. Cheap accommodation enables us to stay with another three couples and we enjoy endless beach walks, the challenges of 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles, games of scrabble and Red Wine sunsets.

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I grew up on the East Devon coast of England, near the Regency town of Sidmouth. It is a beautiful area of outstanding natural beauty, sitting a short drive from the Dorset border. A twenty-minute walk, through hedged pathway and lush public open space, could have me sitting on the pebbled banks, hankering over some of my wildest dreams.

When I stare out to sea, I can be anywhere in the world and generally feel more connected to the place I still call home. It has the universal ability to tune me into an amazing creator God, enabling me to reach new spiritual depths. Problems and concerns seem to magically lighten, as the reflective waters twinkle, dancing in delicate footsteps on the ocean’s surface.

On a daily basis, the skies and oceans work collectively to bring some of the most amazing scenery. People like me revel in taking happy snaps, photos that attempt to capture an aura of the Divine and choosing just one to share was hard, as many also include magnificent sunsets. I decided on this one, as it links in with a ‘Freestyle Poem’ that I wrote at Writers Group this week.

The prompt was to write a poem linking a favorite place to an emotion. Even I was surprised by what I wrote in the time-frame we were given.

Freedom Coast

My prison holds no walls

Emotions creating their own boundaries.

Escape is a road trip

Fueled by dark days

Powered by the need for sunshine.

Sand snatches at my feet

Grabbing at my stability

Until solid ground holds firm.

Distance is unfathomable

And waves roll to my heart beat.

Space and rhythm

Washed up debris

Working to erase the shadows.

Lighting my spirit with inspiration

Encompassing all things beach.

(c)Sandie’s Snippets 2013

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I love watching the sun set over the ocean. It one of the privileges of  life that I am able to experience, as I live on the west coast of Australia. During the hot summer months, it is a treat to travel to Fremantle, which is a busy bustling area with lots of places to eat, pavement coffee shops and some of the worlds best Fish and Chips. We are never alone as we sit on a bench or limestone wall,  surrounding us are many like-minded people, all gathering to witness the close of another day and usher in the darkness of night.

Mechanically we feed food into our mouths, not wanting to miss any of the spectacle that is happening in front of us. The ocean picks up the colours of summer fruits, as the searing sun fades to a mangos and peaches smorgasbord. Cameras snap away, attempting to capture the moment for eternity and I realize how many times I have done the same. Wanting to hold onto precious times, relive a past event, often never returning to them, because we get caught up in the busyness of today and the tomorrows.

As a part of connecting with the ocean and its rhythm I have been scouring some of those snaps, it has been a happy sad time, as I’ve stared into the faces of people who have since passed away, there are holiday moments that bring a huge smile to my face and then there are those distant places that I still call home, but visit so rarely.

The bright vibrant colour of orange, has colluded with the word objective and together we are transitioning a new work in my life. In many ways, as on a colour wheel, it is completely opposite to purple and my ‘Purple Project’, where I set out to wear something purple each day and grow into my regal princess position, one of confidence and authority.

As I investigate these emotions, I find myself checking my responses in line with my Christian values and beliefs. Then as recommended in Cheryl Richardson’s book (The art of extreme self-care), navigate ways in which I can learn from the oceans continuity, allowing rhythm and routine to better schedule my life. There is a saying that goes, ‘If you want to get something done ask a busy person’. This is true on many occasions, but I recently discovered, as I set out to attempt NaNoWriNo, everyone has their limits.

Knowing who we are and what we are capable of is important. Whether we need to be stretched to explore  a greater potential, or have our wings clipped to slow life down brings many challenges.

One thing I do know for sure is, that celebrating the close of a productive day with a majestic sunset, connects me to my faith, stills my soul and sets me up for what ever life may throw at me next.

My selection of photos for you today have all been taken in Western Australia. Top right is north of Perth, near a small country town called Dongara. Middle left is in Fremantle and the bottom one is taken on Rottnest Island, a short distance from Fremantle. All are wonderful places to explore.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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If an apple a day will keep the Doctor away, what will an orange a day do?

I have happily drifted into this new season in my life, allowing the colour orange to come to the fore. It is not a colour I normally wear, so I have settled with my lovely new handbag and shoes to lead the way. My prompt to remind me of this new journey, has been to treat myself to a nice juicy Navel Orange each day. They have been beautiful, containing so much juice that I generally get to wear some of it.

This week has also had me moving onto the next chapter of Cheryl Richardson’s book, ‘The Art of Extreme Self Care‘. You may remember that last month I had to learn to say ‘NO’, something I have probably done quite well at over the last few years, but struggled with during my earlier life.

Rhythm and routine is this months challenge. This could be interesting, as I feel I am often overly structured, having way too much rhythm and routine already. Some of my friends have even been known to get a little pep talk about it when they are stressed, as I encourage them to walk along a beach and tune into the oceans rhythmic movement.

I love the ocean in all its moods, it connects me with my roots overseas and creates expensive dreams, as I imagine all the far off lands I’d still like to visit. My writing often reflects my love of the ocean, with one of my more special pieces, expressing the healing properties of walking along a shore line, gathering tiny pebbles.

Perhaps, with the added pressure of NaNoWriMo, the challenge of building a social media profile and Christmas looming just around the corner I am being blessed this month. Blessed by my Heavenly Father who wants to walk with me, hold my hand and whisper encouragement to my soul, as we wander the shorelines of life together.

One of my all time favorite shorelines is pictured above. The sun setting over Sidmouth, Devon, UK. The place of my birth.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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The Ocean’s Inspiring Tale

I stand and stare towards distant shores, the ocean beckoning imaginations gaze. I watch.

A parallel world, sits across this vastness, where women like me create unique thoughts. I wonder.

Invisible shores connecting maternal hearts, the horizon inviting fresh thought patterns. I wrestle.

En-route for my toes, waves fades away, while footprints press into hourglass sand. I walk

Weathered soles caress the fine powdery grains, soft places to respite on life’s journey. I wade.

I wake.

Soon I will write.

©Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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