wild swimming…

There’s a movement (mostly middle-aged women) in Burlington, Vermont to jump into Lake Champlain regardless of weather conditions. Wild swimming is what they call it in the UK. I love that term, putting “wild” in front of anything makes it more interesting—Wild Netflixing • Wild Potato Chip Eating • Wild Bubble Bathing.

Wild swimming helped me through the pandemic and life’s challenges this year. I took a few dips in Cape Cod Bay as well. Swimming on the north side of Cape Cod didn’t feel all that different in January. Those waters are still cold in July.

I read that it takes roughly six swims in cold water (now the lake is about thirty-nine degrees) for your body to acclimate. I no longer have any hesitation. After a dip I have more clarity and an electric feeling all over. Hey, and a test of bravery that can be completed in about 20 minutes door to door works for me.

Winter swimming would never be something my Dad would’ve considered. However, I often think of him because he appreciated athleticism in any form. I’m quite certain he would’ve loved hearing about my adventures and seeing the photos.

These cold water leaps make me feel athletic, courageous, and a little more capable in other areas of my life too. And now that I’m in what I refer to as the middle-school of adulthood, any way to reduce inflammation seems like a good long-term wellness strategy.

I don’t suffer from diagnosed depression, however, genetically & creatively I do experience more than what I scribbled on a drop cloth many years ago…an episodic hump of the blues. Wild swimming has been a very efficient form of therapy for me.

I’m so grateful for the early swimming adventures with friends that got me hooked. Saturday I took a delightful early morning dip with the friend who got me started in last October. Thank you Parm for introducing me to this crazy sport? activity?

“It brings centering, peace and joy.” —Parm Padgett

Cold water swimming is a mental reset, mad energy and sparkles all over…every single time. —Genevieve Henry, friend & fearless fellow wild swimmer

Thank you to the whole cold water swimming community in Burlington. I’m grateful and proud of maintaining our quirky Vermont reputation. Cheers to many more inspired dips in the future.

Here is a link to a beautiful film by Hannah Maia about womanhood, body image, and the joy of cold water swimming. Thanks for sharing it Katharine.

It’s an incredible endorphin rush. I found that once I had dipped in cold water everyone I met that day looked 10 times more beautiful and the world so much more awesome. It was a real pick me up. —Hannah Maia

https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/cold-water-swimming-why-an-icy-dip-is-good-for-your-mental-and-physical-health/

seek love, beauty & kindness today

“I’m big because I’m connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are all BIG.  We can all affect big CHANGE even in the life of one other being.  We are so much bigger than this election.  We are bigger than we can possibly imagine.  The hardest part is BELIEVING this is so.  WE can solve the biggest issues before us and our families, it’s not our government.  It’s not ONE person.  It’s US.  It’s ALL of us working together.  The AMERICAN SPIRIT has proven this over and over.

We all want to THRIVE and to do so it takes TEAMWORK. 

SEEK LOVE, BEAUTY & KINDNESS TODAY.

We’re all going to be just fine, no matter what the headlines are tomorrow.

a week of wonder…awe, amazement & admiration.

WONDER

[wuhn-der]

verb (used without object)
1. to think or speculate curiously
2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe   
3. to doubt
 

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Red Moon/Lunar Eclipse—Sunday, September 27th

“Wisdom begins in WONDER”
—Socrates

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Sunset/Lake Champlain Ferry—Sunday, September 27th

flawed & resilient

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October 12th was my 48th birthday.  I took this photo in the late afternoon yesterday overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State.  I was so struck by this image when I downloaded it from my camera. It simply reflected the way I feel at this stage of my life—flawed, unique, resilient, independent and surrounded by wonder and beauty.