A Morning Dose Of Happiness!

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
~ Lemony Snicket


Something wonderful happened to me yesterday morning!

I woke up with energy. After months of being unwell it was a precious gift. So we did something with all of that feel-good. We took an early morning drive down to the beach for a walk and then some breakfast.

Byron was golden with the early morning light. The sun was warm, the water too, and Ben and I walked hand in hand as Cafe Dog frolicked in the shallows. Meanwhile young Rufous was home having a big puppy sleep-in. He is still so excitable on beach walks, and seeing it was my first in a very long time, and being still weak as I recover from my recent illness, we left him napping – and he didn’t mind at all!

As we walked I found just the right beach rock. It felt good in my hand so I asked permission of the beach, and the Elders and the nature spirits, and I brought it home with me. I have a lovely little collection of Byron Bay beach rocks here that I have gathered over the past twenty years, just waiting for a special project I have in mind for them. I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.

After our sunshiney walk we headed into a favourite haunt – Dip Cafe at Byron Bay. If you get a chance, do pop in! They have a fabulous $15 French Specials menu right now, as well as their regular delicious repast. I can highly recommend the savoury crepes, which I had for breakfast. So good. 🙂

How about you, dear friend? What acts of self-nurture and care are you taking for yourself this week? Please be good to yourself and live from kindness. For yourself and for others.

I’m slowly recovering, and grateful to be back to my regular morning meditations and blog writing sessions.

Sending so much love your way, Nicole <3 xoxo

Rufous, napping on the day bed. And yes, he’s managed to thoroughly coat himself and the day bed in mud!!!

Ben and Harry racing ahead while I stop to admire every shell and rock strewn before me…

Follow the paw prints!

A lovely beach rock, just waiting for me…

This one felt so good in my hand – a perfect meditation stone.

Delicious savoury crepes from Dip Cafe, Byron Bay

Cafe Dog, just waiting for a bite of something to fall from the sky…

Extra Links for You!

I’ve been singing the praises of Dip Cafe for a while now. Want to know more about the magic? This post pretty much sums it up: Magic – Byron Bay Style

Have you met Rufous yet? Find out more about our latest pup here: Meet Rufous – Brother to Harry Dog

And details on Harry, our Cafe Dog here: Harry – Cafe Dog!

Magic – Byron Bay Style


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”
~ Plato


After a few days of being housebound I was looking forward to an early Saturday breakfast yesterday at a favourite cafe, so with the weekend papers tucked under our arm off we went, just after dawn.

The morning started out overcast and cool. We went for a quick walk on the beach but decided not to swim. Coffee was calling and rain clouds were lowering in the sky above us.

Uplift Festival is on in Byron right now so the cafe quickly filled with diners, all of whom sat solo or in small groups, sipping their fresh juices and hot drinks, lost in their own little worlds. It was a quiet and thoughtful group of paper readers and journal writers. Rain began to fall, the temperature dropped, and all the while music played softly in the background. It was a restful and relaxed vibe. And the coffee was sublime.

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The cafe uses Pandora for their music, which often gives a quirky mix. Yesterday it seemed to be mostly Eighties playlists. A few times I caught the sound of someone quietly humming or singing along to a particular tune while they ate their breakfast, seemingly unaware of where they were. It made me smile.

But then something magical happened.

Queen’s beautiful and very long Bohemian Rhapsody came on. One by one the voices joined in, softly singing the familiar words. One of the staff cranked up the volume…

Dip Cafe in Byron Bay

Dip Cafe in Byron Bay – Photo by Trevor Scott

Soon every person in the cafe was singing along.

The cafe owner, standing behind the counter, caught my eye and we smiled stupidly at each other, after which he played some awesome air guitar. Truly, this song lends itself to air guitar.

We all sang louder. A few more air guitars and some hand drums joined in.

By the time the song finished we were collectively cracked open with joy.

No one said anything. The music got turned back down. We all just smiled and went back to drinking coffee.

The happiness was tangible.

I love my town!