Monday’s post was about the sunset and today’s is about the sunrise. I always like to get up and watch the sunrise while on holiday especially when the sun comes up over the sea. It’s a truly magical sight and symbolises the start of another beautiful day.
We set the alarm for 06:15 and made our way on to the beach to get our spot. It’s amazing how quickly the sun moves from the first glimpse over the sea to emerging fully and rising high in the sky.
The waves are really strong in Cape Verde and the combination of watching the sunrise and the waves crashing is a strangely calming experience. Being so focused on the waves forces everything else from your mind and in that moment you can completely switch off from all your other thoughts.
As we only had Wi-Fi in the reception area of the hotel, we’d go along to check what was happening in the world and to keep in touch with family etc once or twice a day. It was amazing to have a complete detox from social media and the constant checking of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook hundreds of times per day. I feel completely refreshed as a result and apart from the fact it’s been hectic and there’s been little free time available, I’ve not really been spending much time on social media since I got back. I didn’t post anything on Instagram for over a week which is a first. It also gave me a chance to rethink my blog strategy and social media presence. Instead of putting myself under pressure to publish 3 blog posts per week and 3 Instagram posts per day, I’m going to try and be a bit less regimented about it. If one day I have 3 pictures to post that’s great but if the next day I only have one, that’s fine too. If one week I publish 3 blog posts and the next only 2, it’s not exactly a big deal. I think it is important to have a target to aim for and I will still strive to publish new content 3 times per week but if there’s simply not enough time or if life gets in the way then it’s ok, I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I’m a very disciplined person which has it’s positives and negatives, one of the negatives being that if I have a set routine, I tend to meticulously stick to it with no room for compromise. This adds unnecessary stress and in general, defeats the purpose of what I’m trying to achieve.
Anyway writing this post has felt like a bit of a therapy session so I’ll leave it here for today and I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday post.