#sunrise365

Day 57 - Clean

lots of fog this morning on the horizon, smoke and pinpoints of light from the industrial area in the distance - not the absolute best pic - sometimes hard to take photos with a dog on the leash but she does a fairly good job of standing still for me 

lots of fog this morning on the horizon, smoke and pinpoints of light from the industrial area in the distance - not the absolute best pic - sometimes hard to take photos with a dog on the leash but she does a fairly good job of standing still for me 

Clean has many connotations like most words, clean living, clean sweep, cleanliness, clean eating, but essentially I guess a blank slate to start again, a space to work from, back to basics

How I wish my house would stay clean!

I guess the opposite of clean is cluttered and this can apply to your physical environment and your mind - any sort of clutter weighs you down and holds you back from whatever you want to do/be - better get decluttering!

Stay awesome!

namaste

Di

Day 56 - Focus

Nondescript grey sky today - almost forgot to take our pic so here is one of Bella while on our way home today

Nondescript grey sky today - almost forgot to take our pic so here is one of Bella while on our way home today

Focus - clarity, purpose, drive, destination, goal, could be blurred, - some words that come tom mind

When you focus on the task at hand you get things done - need to remember this when you get distracted  in this world of email, facebook, instagram etc

Focus could be on things close at hand or focus on something in the distance, some long term goal or vision not yet in view

'You will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks' Winston Churchill

Good words to keep in mind

Until tomorrow ....

Stay awsome !!

Namaste

Di

 

Day 55 - Faith

Pearlescent light on the horizon behind the clouds this morning - still very cold !

Pearlescent light on the horizon behind the clouds this morning - still very cold !

Faith - belief, trust, promise, good, 

A contentious issue through time immemorial and still today

I like to view faith as having belief in something/someone above and beyond ourselves, a purpose, something great and good to sustain us, a reason for being

Until tomorrow.... Namaste

Di

Unusual cloud on the horizon, I guess maybe from the still very cold air - looks like mountain ranges in the distance - none exist though here - flat as a tack !!

Unusual cloud on the horizon, I guess maybe from the still very cold air - looks like mountain ranges in the distance - none exist though here - flat as a tack !!

Day 54 - Hope

Only 1 deg C this morning, extremely icy and frost everywhere! Sky clear so we took our selfie today ! As you can see not a fashion statement in any respect with warmth being the main idea - beanie, scarf, gloves, 2 pairs of socks and a big old jacket.

Only 1 deg C this morning, extremely icy and frost everywhere! Sky clear so we took our selfie today ! As you can see not a fashion statement in any respect with warmth being the main idea - beanie, scarf, gloves, 2 pairs of socks and a big old jacket.

Hope - always there in your darkest moments, what keeps you going, hope that the next day will be better, hope in your fellow human being, something to cling to

You cannot live without hope

My favourite quotes about hope are:

'Life always offers you a second chance, it is called Tomorrow."

'Hope - the only thing stronger than fear"

Until tomorrow.. Namaste

Di

Today's frost making even the weeds look beautiful !

Today's frost making even the weeds look beautiful !

Day 52 - Dream

The sun on its way up sending some golden light above the horizon to touch a sky full of broken grey cloud

The sun on its way up sending some golden light above the horizon to touch a sky full of broken grey cloud

Dream - dreamy dreams, daydream, flow, light, peace, goals, let it go, breathe, free, float, be, release,  - some words that come to mind at the word dream

"i have a dream...." some famous words that also come to mind - a speech that still resonates in today's world in all sorts of ways not just in relation to the time or the issues when the speech was given

Dream - not easy to do in the middle of he busy day to day but necessary for the soul, find space to dream, to be, to live, to float, something we all need to do

 

Day 51 - Darkness

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Darkness, black heavy, forboding, squashing out light, spirit, freedom

Our pic today from our walk sort of fits the theme today, dark forground, low grey scudding clouds on the horizon with light above them and a couple of pinpoints of light

Always try to find the light in the darkness, a little chink to sustain you, positive thoughts to lift you out of the darkness

Darkness, not a place to dwell. 

Day 50 - Light

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Light can be not just a physical thing but can be lightness of being, of spirit, of mind

Words that come to mind are: day, illumination, good, free, peace, joy, health, lift, understanding

One of the reason for the #sunrise365 project and one of the things that gets me up and out on my walk each day is to see the light on the horizon and what wonders I will see in the sky today, what colour it will be, what the light from the sun will look like today.

Light can be all sorts of colours - red, blue, golden, white, yellow - all are beautiful

 

Day 19 - Inside

On a rainy day, nothing like being inside watching the rain, listening to it on the roof, feeling safe and warm

Family time, watching movies, games together, being together, talking, spending time,  

Cooking together, pizza, calzones, stir fry, chatting, helping, learning

Day 20 - Outside

The best time of day to be outside in my opinion is early morning. Quiet except for bird calls, peaceful, the air is fresh, unsullied by activity. A good time to be alone with your thoughts, let the mind drift as you walk along.

Being outside means a four legged companion who is happy to be wherever you are and just watching what is going on.

Fresh air, activity, walking, playing, running, garden, sun, rain, plants, trees, bush, lawn space, peace. 

 

Day 21 - Jump

jump for joy

jump for exercise

jump rope

jumping is not something I do a lot after an ankle injury last year  - I am now more careful to make sure whatever I do I am landing properly to avoid any further injury that might stop me training, walking, exercising which is a major part of life for me

Day 46 - Fire

Only 3 degrees C this morning but this glorious orange horizon made it worthwhile getting out in the frosty cold air.

Some words about today's topic - fire - (this is certainly what we wanted to get back home to after our walk this morning!)  - what comes to mind is warm, cosy, comforting, home, orange, red, yellow, winter, 

- necessary for life and health,

- could also be the fire within to achieve, succeed, reach a goal, be your best

We were only out for a 10 minutes this morning but this is the sky as we neared home - amazing how it can change in such a short time - the sky now all red and purple

We were only out for a 10 minutes this morning but this is the sky as we neared home - amazing how it can change in such a short time - the sky now all red and purple

Day 43 - Garden

Garden thoughts

- green bush, peaceful, sunlight, leaves, trees, 

- nothing like fresh garden produce especially things like herbs, tomatoes strawberries, chilli

- watching birds at our bird feeders, feeding magpies

Day 36 - Love

No sun this morning - grey sky with the promise of more rain perhaps

No sun this morning - grey sky with the promise of more rain perhaps

Today's topic - Love

- the first things that come to mind at the moment are: family, friends, art, music, being fit and healthy, being outside, fresh air, dogs, our morning walks of course!

- from this springs health, happiness, freedom, creativity, friendship

- gives not takes away, accepts

Not the best pic of Bella today!

Not the best pic of Bella today!

A good start to each day - A look behind our #sunrise365 project

"Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha

This quote gives a little insight into why I started this project.

An opportunity to start each day afresh.

The project idea came to me during one of my early morning walks earlier in the year.

To backtrack ....

In February, I cancelled my gym membership. I wasn't using it to the best advantage and as a result it was wasting money and not helping me to improve be fitter and stronger. I reviewed what I was doing,  what time I had available to workout and what I wanted to improve. I noticed quite a few things had changed since I joined the gym which was why I was finding it hard to get there and in some ways it had outlived it's usefulness. 

Joining the gym had enabled me to take some time for myself and after basically doing nothing for about 2 years, I had regained some fitness. I usually went to the gym some lunchtimes during the week and often on Saturday or Sunday morning. In the beginning this was OK but eventually I realised that the rushing around at lunchtime was putting me off going and I found the downtime at lunch to be more beneficial. On the upside, I had regained some fitness and in 2014 I decided to return to return to martial arts training. It was apparent that I still had a lot of work to do on my cardio fitness to keep up. This kept me going to the gym a while longer. 

By the end of last year I was doing extra martial arts sessions and only getting to the gym once a week which was not enough to justify a membership and I felt I was getting more out of martial arts.  I felt that I could build a program to do at home in the mornings which would be the best time of day for me to tick the box and do something good for myself which would also allow me to not put it off later in the day.

So, I promised myself that I would cancel the gym and put something else in place immediately. This led me to start searching online for some resources to put something in place and I found Nerd Fitness. The more I read the more I liked their down-to-earth no BS approach and when I found the lifetime membership fee was a ridiculous $99 I signed up - I was nearly paying this amount per month for my gym membership so I had absolutely nothing to loose! It has been one of the best things I have done for myself.

Setting challenges has been awesome which brings me back to my morning walks (sorry, way off track there!!) ...... One of the early challenges is to walk everyday for 7 days. Sounds easy, my dog Bella needs exercise too so I set myself the challenge. We smashed the 7 days and kept going. Everyday became easier. I am up early anyway but getting out in the fresh air is fantastic, the earlier the better when we have the world to ourselves and all you can hear are bird calls.

Nature is wonderful and I started taking photos of the sunrise - our street is so oriented that the sun rises right in front of us as we walk up the street and i began noticing how amazing and different the sky was each day. From this - #sunrise365 project was born and the project is:

- to go for a walk every day for 365 days

- take a photo of the sunrise everyday and post it

I have since added a writing element using a word prompt to jot down some thoughts each day to post and I am finding this whole project is improving my writing skills as well as my fitness.

What taking up the challenges with Nerd Fitness has done for me I will save for another post! 

Until then,

Be awesome!

Di

 

 

Day 22 - Friendship

Our just on daylight pic this morning - beanie weather today - very fresh

Our just on daylight pic this morning - beanie weather today - very fresh

On our return home - the moon still up and one very faint last star

On our return home - the moon still up and one very faint last star

Thoughts on friendship ....

Words - happy, support, fun, life, coffee, drinks, family, events, acceptance, love

Challenging - Not always easy to make friends for someone who is shy and has trouble letting others in

Kindred spirits - people who understand you inately, who 'get you'

 

 

 

Day 15 - Secret

Today's topic - secret - the word often seems to have a sinister overtone but not everything that is secret is bad - secrets can be good too. Sometimes it is easy to think the worst, far more positive and healthy to try to think of the best first.

Continuing in this vein, words that immediately come to mind- hidden, mysterious, surprise, present, birthday, celebration, thought, feeling, impression.

 

Day 12 - Sleep

Fingers of pink cloud stretching across the dawn sky this morning

Fingers of pink cloud stretching across the dawn sky this morning

Sleep

What to write about today's topic...

- restoring, regenerating, peaceful

- not something I think about too much except at the end of a long day - I tend to focus more on getting up from sleep and fitting in my morning routine - wondering what the sky will look like today, will I get my yoga or workout in before work

 

Day 11 - Beauty

Grey out this morning with cool breeze.

Beauty

Today's topic for my  thoughts ....

- the first thing that comes to mind is 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' - i always think this is very true, sometimes it depends on what you are looking for, depends on the light, depends on your point of view. Not everyone's idea of beauty is the same.

-  is all around - you need only to look - it can be a bird or a flower or a colour in the sky, a thought, a comment

-  inspires, uplifts, enlightens, enriches

Day 10 - Happiness

Cool morning, but clear sky above a pastel coloured horizon and promise of a nice day

Cool morning, but clear sky above a pastel coloured horizon and promise of a nice day

365 journal posts

I have noticed lately a few blog posts lately listing prompts to assist with art journal writing and thought I would give this a try each day as an additional part of the #sunrise365 project so here goes.

First thought is to just see if I can quickly write down 3 thoughts/ideas/quotes that come to mind about the topic and see how it develops 

Happiness

-  feeling the cool morning air on my face

- a hug

- feeling i am making progress with my art projects

 

 

Day 9

Thinking we were quite mad, we headed out for a very short quick walk, not actually really raining, very light moisture still in the air as you can see from this pic looking down the road.

Thinking we were quite mad, we headed out for a very short quick walk, not actually really raining, very light moisture still in the air as you can see from this pic looking down the road.