Since it’s easy for me to neglect making self-care a priority, I’ve decided to introduce a new recurring post dedicated to self-care Sunday. When work is Monday through Friday (or I assume it will be once I start working again) Sunday seems to be the best day to rest and reflect.

This particular day began with walking the dog, during which my husband took this beautiful shot of the sun rising in our neighborhood. Of course I couldn’t resist doing a few photoshop enhancements.

Then I headed off to the Upper Newport Bay. This place is an estuary, which is defined as an area where a freshwater river, or stream, meets the ocean. The salty ocean mixes with a freshwater river or creek, resulting in brackish water. Brackish water is somewhat salty, but not as salty as the ocean. So as a result, there’s an interesting mix of marine and bird life here. In fact, I took a photo of this sign that describes some, but not all of the birds that call this place home. I did see a few herons when I was walking about, but couldn’t get a good photo of them.

Due to the stingy amount of rainfall we get, the native plant life is more subdued than what you may find in more lush locations. But I still managed to find a few photogenic plants and scenery.

Above is part of the fresh water creek that meets the salty ocean water. I didn’t have the stamina to walk all the way to the ocean side to take photos of that view. Maybe in another post! 😀

I don’t know why taking walks like this that calms me down and makes me feel grounded again, but I know it works, so I’m definitely making this part of my self-care routine. And yes, I realize how blessed I am to have such nice walking weather in mid-February. Many other folks aren’t so fortunate right now.

So how about you? What do you like to do to feel calm and grounded?

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