Calm Strong Kind :

My weekly diary to record how I’m doing on my  Do Less and Stay Calm goals for 2015.  A way of keeping myself accountable.





I drove for hours and hours and hours over two days this week and had one of those lightning strike mental moments.

End of term, some big changes coming in our family, exams, assignments… lots of emotions running high amongst the little kids and the young men.

‘Calm, strong and kind’ that’s what I need to be…. strong because they need a rock when their own emotions are wild, calm and kind because that’s what works.

So I made a visual to remind myself on Canva, and then found and downloaded this one below too.

CalmStrongkind (1)


Because swimming in the ocean really does help me stay sane.

The two shots below were taken last Sunday early morning when swimming at Manly with the Bold and the Beautiful swim group.

Everyone is welcome.

bold beautiful swim manly


Have to admit that I fiddled with the colour of the photo below. But the colour is just how it FEELS to me.

bold beautiful swim manly

Last Sunday, I saw stingrays and fiddler rays and lots of fish and even a couple of baby dusky whaler sharks – harmless.

If you ever have a question about swimming in Sydney, do ask. If you can get to the north and fancy a dip one day, get in touch and let’s go swimming together.

Here’s to staying calm in the midst of chaos. I’m very proud to report that I have done so a couple of times this week and it feels as good as losing my cool feels bad.

Take it easy



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Posted on: March 25, 2015


  • Reply March 25, 2015


    I love swimming in the ocean too. I’ve been wanting do an ocean swim one summer but last year I had a baby and this year I have a baby who won’t sleep. I’m hoping to train with CanToo this coming summer but really need my son to start sleeping at some stage. I love the sound of the Bold and the Beautiful but Manly is so far away! Will have to find a closer group.

    • Reply March 25, 2015

      Seana Smith

      Hello there Jess, one day we will have a swim together, we will. That boy will sleep one day and then you can throw yourself into the ocean. Not sure where you live but I hope there’s a can Too close to you. Do email if you’d like to meet up for a splash at any time, I am sure we could work out a dip before it gets too cold.

  • Reply March 25, 2015

    Lyndsay Hendry

    I am going to join you one day………..promise.

    • Reply March 26, 2015

      Seana Smith

      Yes, yes, yes Lyndsay!!! A wee dook off Shelly one warm day would be fun as a good starter. Can’t promise to join you in a marathon though!

  • Hi Seana,

    That’s so great you’re celebrating your wins. I’m writing mine down because it’s easy to forget when we do the right thing – the bad bits stick in my memory though!

  • When I’m having one of them days, I always repeat to myself, ‘The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude, so keep swimming!’
    Those are lovely photos you took and what a blessing it is to see underwater creatures on a regular basis!

  • I love the feel of the last photo also. It’s as close as I will be getting to swimming in the ocean 😉 xo

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