The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. // Kate Chopin.


There is something enchanting and most endearing about the ocean. How majestic a small droplet can be, but when gathered en masse effortlessly collects hues and reflections, like perfectly capturing the heavens above so brilliantly. There's also a sweet serenity, despite its angry howls. Those thunderous whooshes against callous surfaces and those waves that seem to hiss, collecting but softening as it approaches the shoreline. The whole experience when one allows themselves to be present and still has a clever way of imbuing our souls.

The last two weeks, work-wise, has been overly hectic. Last weekend I was tasked to venture into Port Melbourne. A truly resplendent part of town, should you ever be down this way. But it is a part of town I no longer frequented; not like I used to in my early twenties at least. The weather was surprisingly luminous, all blue skies and no clouds. And as I passed through the Esplanade, a long stretch of road accompanied by sea and sand to its left, a considerable part of me wanted to throw caution to the wind, along with my responsibilities for the day and pull over to physically embrace the boundless beauty that spanned before me. To somehow cradle those palm tree clad footpaths and a body of water so halcyon and blue that it rivalled the cerulean skies above.

Sadly, I did no such thing and it left my Aquarian sprit and hungry soul pinning for a taste of salty air and the feel of sandy feet.

But as fate would have it, I was called back a few days later. And though the day was far from picturesque with grey stratus clouds blanketing the marvel beyond from view matched with gale force winds that threatened to dismantle my hastily drawn top knot, the pull remained. And driving through that boulevard the pull become greater. This time I halted and wandered over to the shoreline promptly. I stood there and felt the biting power of Mother Nature as she tore through town, sending snipping shards of sand into my face. It was beautiful and I felt so alive. Watching the the waves continually and rhythmically kiss the shore, while overhead palms rustled and puckered savagely.

The whole experience was especially recharging, despite being so short and sweet. A part of me yearned to reach into my back pocket for my phone. Something that has become somewhat defaulted into my system every time I am graced with something of beauty; as if capturing what lies before me makes it physically tangible. I stopped myself because I knew that once I flicked my thumb upward on that screen, that small device would draw all my precious attention away from what was actually before me. I would have become too consumed with photographing the ideal image, the one that would garner the approval of social media strangers and capture the hearts and "likes" of many. It would have served as proof that I was indeed here and that my life was a fairytale of Sunday outings by the pictorial seaside and not one that involved a sporadic weekend work event.

It would have selfishly peeled me away from the present and into that land of glossy perfection.

I've come to realise that I need not prove myself. And certainly not to the world of Instagram or Snapchat. Being present and revelling in the wonder that was before me; one that was so easily attainable and complimentary no less, was what was important. Not fickle "likes". This has been something I've come to struggle with, finding that healthy balance in being present, truly present while also being ambitious.

-Sxx
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The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. // Kate Chopin.


There is something enchanting and most endearing about the ocean. How majestic a small droplet can be, but when gathered en masse effortlessly collects hues and reflections, like perfectly capturing the heavens above so brilliantly. There's also a sweet serenity, despite its angry howls. Those thunderous whooshes against callous surfaces and those waves that seem to hiss, collecting but softening as it approaches the shoreline. The whole experience when one allows themselves to be present and still has a clever way of imbuing our souls.

The last two weeks, work-wise, has been overly hectic. Last weekend I was tasked to venture into Port Melbourne. A truly resplendent part of town, should you ever be down this way. But it is a part of town I no longer frequented; not like I used to in my early twenties at least. The weather was surprisingly luminous, all blue skies and no clouds. And as I passed through the Esplanade, a long stretch of road accompanied by sea and sand to its left, a considerable part of me wanted to throw caution to the wind, along with my responsibilities for the day and pull over to physically embrace the boundless beauty that spanned before me. To somehow cradle those palm tree clad footpaths and a body of water so halcyon and blue that it rivalled the cerulean skies above.

Sadly, I did no such thing and it left my Aquarian sprit and hungry soul pinning for a taste of salty air and the feel of sandy feet.

But as fate would have it, I was called back a few days later. And though the day was far from picturesque with grey stratus clouds blanketing the marvel beyond from view matched with gale force winds that threatened to dismantle my hastily drawn top knot, the pull remained. And driving through that boulevard the pull become greater. This time I halted and wandered over to the shoreline promptly. I stood there and felt the biting power of Mother Nature as she tore through town, sending snipping shards of sand into my face. It was beautiful and I felt so alive. Watching the the waves continually and rhythmically kiss the shore, while overhead palms rustled and puckered savagely.

The whole experience was especially recharging, despite being so short and sweet. A part of me yearned to reach into my back pocket for my phone. Something that has become somewhat defaulted into my system every time I am graced with something of beauty; as if capturing what lies before me makes it physically tangible. I stopped myself because I knew that once I flicked my thumb upward on that screen, that small device would draw all my precious attention away from what was actually before me. I would have become too consumed with photographing the ideal image, the one that would garner the approval of social media strangers and capture the hearts and "likes" of many. It would have served as proof that I was indeed here and that my life was a fairytale of Sunday outings by the pictorial seaside and not one that involved a sporadic weekend work event.

It would have selfishly peeled me away from the present and into that land of glossy perfection.

I've come to realise that I need not prove myself. And certainly not to the world of Instagram or Snapchat. Being present and revelling in the wonder that was before me; one that was so easily attainable and complimentary no less, was what was important. Not fickle "likes". This has been something I've come to struggle with, finding that healthy balance in being present, truly present while also being ambitious.

-Sxx
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88 comments

  1. wonderful sea photos... one thing I love in my country (the endless seaside)!

    Happy August :)

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  2. So inspiring photos! Love it

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  3. I think you're right, it is hard to be present and enjoy the moment, snapping away can all too often take our attention away from what we are experiencing.

    There is something so utterly relaxing about being by the sea, however brief the moment is. Just listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, somehow will always relax me. Our honeymoon on a beachfront villa was just wonderful, falling asleep and waking up to those waves.

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    1. Absolutely agree with you, Sonia (and Mica)! I have to admit I've thought about the social media addiction too! Many people are more intersted to get THAT ONE certain pic for the unreal world instead of enjoying the beauty of the real one! I LOVE water, beach, the sea and the ocean! Though I can't swim properly I really enjoy this element and so your wonderful pics and way of writing, dear! Keep it up, very inspiring!

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  4. I have experienced amazing moments where I didn't take any photos and I would regret it later. I think that you can still be present and take a photo at the same time as long as the shooting doesn't interfere with the absorbtion of the surroundings and the moment.

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  5. I like taking moments for myself and enjoy the experience without sharing is nothing wrong with that great post.

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  6. such beautiful words, I can almost feel I was there infront of the beach with you. Social media has a way of making you feel small, never let it get to you :)

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  7. I was important to enjoy the moment! It's good you haven't spoilt it with taking pics. The people are way to obsessed with Ig an SC. Happy Sunday Sonia!

    xx

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  8. lovely inspiration!
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  9. How true you no we are living in a world no a days where people are so obessed with capturing the moment that we forget to truly live in it! Great post doll x
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  10. Interesting photos! Calm and blue colours :)


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  11. I also love the ocean!! It's my favourite place to be !!
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  12. This post is absolutely stunning!

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  13. The way you describe the ocean is absolutely poetic Sonia! It's nice you were able to enjoy a respite from work even though it was brief. Hopefully you will get to have a longer one soon.

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  14. So inspired by this post. Would love it if you could check out my newly launched Holiday Style Diary!
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  15. Beautiful post, and I think sometimes we all just need to step back, take a breath and enjoy life ... all too often we are consumed by the digital world and taking snapshots of everything without fully enjoying the moment. :) Madison
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  16. Wonder if the angry and almost scary howls are what give birth to the sweet serenity effect the ocean has on most of us. I'd probably have embraced my spontaneity and stopped to take in the beauty of nature had I been in your shoes. Glad you did the second time around. I so relate to whipping out the phone to take a few pictures. A few pictures very quickly turns to 100 or more in the quest for the perfect one to share on social media. To prove what though and to whom? Fickle likes indeed that take you away the fulfillment you get from being in the moment and enjoying it fully as against looking through a lens. Being fully in the now is something a lot of people including me struggle with. This totally resonates with me. I always enjoy your write ups Sonia. Let me know when your book gets published, I'll get it, find a comfy lil corner and read it from front to back cover without setting it down once.
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  17. OMG! That first swimsuit is so beautiful! I love it!

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  18. This is so beautifully written. `It can be so hard to force oneself to truly live in the moment-thank you for reminding me to do that more often!
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  19. I hope you have more time to enjoy your blue skies kind of days Sonia. Work is been overwhelmed here too but I do treats myself to enjoy beachy of my free time as much as I can before the cold back to town:). I just got back from a very quiet beach and did my meditated and I loved it, very much of peacefully! Beautiful written Sonia. Have a happy into week:)

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  20. love these shots and your beautifully written words. I can totally relate - it's so easy to get caught up in people's expectations or the "shoulds" around. You're so right to fight it and enjoy the moment.
    Have a great start to the week! xS

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  21. Great words, lovely pics... so inspiring!!!
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  22. So inspiring post! Have a beautiful Monday :)
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  23. Amazing photos! Fell in love with this post :) have a nice day :)

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  25. Loving this inspiration! Sometimes we all just need to take moments!

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  26. Bom dia
    Amei este post e me encantei em conhecer o seu blog. Ele é cheio de estilo, ótimas dicas e tem uma aparencia espetacular! Fiquei muito feliz em te conhecer.
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  27. Cool look! Have a nice day :)

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  28. Great post - very important message

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  29. Beautiful. Glad you were able to be present in the moment and enjoy it.

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  30. I absolutely love the ocean, it's so peaceful! Experiences that are recharging and refreshing are so important

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  31. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  32. Great words and amazing photos! :) I really hope you'll have more time to enjoy your days my dear Sonia. The truth is that it is really important to learn to enjoy the moment. <3 xoxo

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  33. I have been trying to find that balance as well. It's important to enjoy the moment and not be obsessed with posting on every media outlet. Lovely post for sure!

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  34. My number 1 spot in nature is the ocean. I just love it. it is beautiful, it is calming but also can be aggressive I have so many good memories in the beach xx
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  35. Post is so great!

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  36. It's become a habit for me now, to take pictures and post on IG of everything that captures my attention. It's kinda sad to be honest...like no one is allowed to eat before I get the perfect shot. What a great read and a wake up call for me too. Enjoy the moment instead of obsessing the perfect IG shot.

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  37. Lovely words! We all try to take so many photos, we need to just be in the moment sometimes

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  38. I struggle with the same thing. It's a constant balance everyday but I always try to remind myself of the important things in life to keep perspective on the right things.
    Beautiful imagery.
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  39. Beautiful photos and writing! I usually snap a photo and enjoy the moment and then post a latergram heheh. But I totally feel ya on finding the right balance!

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  40. such a cool editorial. love the pics.
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  41. Beautiful photos and writing! Have a fantastic week!

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  42. Thank you very much. I'm glad you found the tips helpful. I got the feeling of accomplishment when I read your comment. It's great to have this as positive feedback because when I do these posts is really to give you tips that can really help in daily life.

    wooow, this post is absolutely inspiring :') congrats <3

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  43. beautifully written! I was always fascinated by the sea...sometimes we get so caught up with taking photos that we forget to enjoy in the moment...thanks for sharing dear! you're very wise.

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  44. You have such a writing talent, it's unreal. That first paragraph was fantastic! Great photos too.

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  45. these photos are just breathtaking. you have a talent dear! both in writing and photograph. this is just too beautiful.
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  46. Amazing post!

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  47. I really love the inspiration!! In love with the white swimsuit!!

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  48. I totally agree with you about the see. It really energizes me and yet calms me too. I am lucky I live on an island and have it all around me.
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  49. Sometimes I find I'm so busy snapping photos of the beautiful thing (whatever it may be), I'm not actually enjoying the beautiful thing. Gotta unplug and be in the moment, yesssss.

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  50. cool post! Your writing style is really good =)

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  51. Oh my gosh your photos are so pretty. I love the ocean so much, I feel like it is so soothing and calming. Very good therapy indeed.

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  52. You make a very good point - the real beauty is in the present and through what we see through our own eyes, not what we see through the eyes of others.. through our screens! I love the grey cut-out swimsuit you've featured in this post, by the way (totally paying attention to what you see through your eyes with regard to this swimsuit haha) :)

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  53. Love relaxing by the ocean, always so peaceful. Beautiful photos :)

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  54. These are certainly some stunning shots, sweetie! Another inspiring post! xoxo

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  55. Amazing post! Very inspiring! I love to get inspired by the sea, its life.. if I can see it like that. One Czech designer - ODIVI, made a collection of swimwear with a gorgeous sea print - the print was from her own photo. Loving the moodboard you have created! Thanks for sharing!
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  56. I love these pictures!!! so inspiring!
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  57. love how you write articles! ocean is very magical!

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  58. Hello dear Sonia, I can be more a agree with you, I do not know if your know that new app call beme? is kind of keeping your social network life while keep paying attention to your real life, I do not how to explain, but i think is great idea. anyway, I love this post very inspiring.xx
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  59. Ocean colors are my fav, sweetie

    Have a great day,

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  60. What a intense feeling :)
    I completely agree with you...


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  61. My gosh - this is the best piece of writing you've ever written in my eyes babe. Truly stunning words. I'm busy editing my book The Other Woman again - it's actually up on a harpercollins site called Authonomy and I'm looking for reviews on it. In chapter one I added a part this morning all about the ocean and surfing - I'd love your thoughts on it sometime?? It doesn't compare to your writing but from one ocean lover to another, I'd be thrilled to hear your thoughts.

    Missed you guys xxx

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  62. beautiful imagery!
    xx.M
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  63. Lovely outfit!
    I like your pose as well.
    I like how you've written this, the words you used are so enchanting. <3
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  64. oh yes. ocean is so poetic. love the images

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  65. Love this post and how relaxing the images are.
    We all need to remember and enjoy the moment without getting too attached to the future or the past, just enjoy the now.

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  66. Great photos!
    xx

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  67. These ocean imagery are stunning and yes - enchanting. Hope you have a great week and all goes well.

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  68. YES. I'm all about these colors right now! This post about the ocean and the feels you get when visiting it is so beautifully written <3

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  69. I felt the same way in certain events.. majority of the people I'm with are too caught up into capturing the moment rather than being in the moment.. I'm guilty myself of that but I always try to find the balance since you can't really go back to what's already passed and I wouldn't want to miss anything that I can't re-do.

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  70. divine and ethereal!!

    Have a great week!
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  71. I totally agree that it's so important to just be in the moment. It certainly sounds like you're in the right mindset now. Wishing you all the best this summer!

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  72. Waw such a cool post! I really love this photos, good job!
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  73. you always know how to present your thoughts and every single time you inspire me. There is such a truth in your words.. We just stopped to enjoy the moments.. that is really bad..
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  74. Reading your post I could almost feel the sea myself....

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  75. I’ve been on holiday for the past month and have really been
    looking forward to reading your blog when I got back- it definitely didn’t
    disappoint! xx



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  76. wow! great!

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