Llangennith, located on the Gower peninsular just west of Swansea, is a very special place for my husband and his family. ‘The Howarths’ have been coming to this part of Wales for generations! His grandparents took his parents, his parents took him and his two sisters, and now his sisters are taking their children! We also had our first holiday together there, when he told his parents that he was taking a ‘friend’!! And we have been going there ever since, including when Lee whisked me away for a surprise weekend, when he proposed! (more on that another time!)
There is something truly magical about the simplicity of this place. We stay in his parents’ static caravan which overlooks the beach. We BBQ in the rain, read in the suntrap sand-dunes, play cards inside when it’s pouring outside, have campfires and toast marshmallows on the beach at night and body-board in the ocean (wearing wetsuits obviously, because it’s bloody freezing!).
It’s a simple, yet beautiful, life there. And the lack of phone reception means that you can truly unplug from the world. Sometimes it is when we remove all these material things that surround us, and stop us from seeing what is actually important in life, that we can really be happy and appreciate what we have. Just listening to the waves lap against the shore is all you really need…
Our most recent visit was over the long Easter weekend. It’s under a four-hour drive, which is perfectly acceptable for a long weekend away! It was our first break of the year and it was wonderful to escape and recharge the batteries, especially as my working life wasn’t particularly inspiring. We went on some gorgeous walks, played cards, read, painted in watercolours and ate some yummy cakes! We had great fun making friends with wild ponies and little lambs (what Welsh trip would be complete without seeing some sheep!?), and taking in the fresh sea air.
It was this particular trip when I decided to make a change. I wasn’t happy in my current job (and ultimately career) and I needed to do something about it. Unplugging from the world and getting my thoughts down on paper really helped me to see clearly. The corporate world and its values just didn’t appeal to me. I had a real longing to be creative and be free to make my own choices.
I returned from Wales with a clear and inspired mind, positive about the future and the next adventure.