My little family love getting away -
and simple holidays on the South Coast at a cabin owned by my hubby's family are both a pleasure and a necessity for us.
Limited mobile reception at the cabin, makes switching off a great deal easier. We are forced to connect in with ourselves, with each other and the bush surrounding us, which is a balm for the soul.
There are so many beautiful, wild and secluded beaches as well as dog friendly enclaves that allow us to paddle under the warm sun as our cavoodle takes on her greyhound persona and tears around the sand, occasionally splashing us with sea-water in her gleeful freedom.
A little bush track takes us from the cabin to Pretty Beach nestled in the National Park, and once we arrive and kick off our thongs to start to walk along the soft sand, our stress starts to ebb out from our bare feet. I encourage my son to call out to the ocean – “aaaahhhhhhh” and I can feel the tension seeping out of our bodies, engulfed by the massive, frothy waves.
We collect rocks along the shoreline as an Eagle soars overhead. The rock pools reveal starfish and bright red sea anemones - I can never pronounce this word so I let hubby explain what the creatures are to my son.
But our time away can also be a little confronting. Having space to be quiet can conjure feelings that may have been overlooked, which without distractions demand attention. I have been in busy juggle mode for such a long time, that even the daily pockets of self-time I carve out are seemingly not enough to address all of the transformations occurring.
I can feel some familiar emotions arise as we make our way to the mystical singing rocks. My stomach feels heavy, and throat constricted. 'It's ok,' I tell myself, 'let it out' and as we reach the edge any emerging tears are swallowed up by the power of the air whipping off the swell as the rocks sing their song.
Amanda is a (reformed) lawyer turned holistic life coach, self-care advocate, workshop facilitator, writer, speaker, avid reader, nature lover, chai tea drinker and mother to a curious, active toddler. A spirit seeker who loves connecting with others on journeys of self-discovery, Amanda believes we can all find our own version of success and live an empowered life.