I awake when the sunlight begins peaking through my windows. The roosters have been crowing at random moments for the last two hours, but now they're beginning to crow in unison. I would bet that roosters out number humans in my village. But I don't mind, I'd much rather wake to roosters and sunrise, than to an alarm clock. I check the time, it's just past 6am. In another life, I would have cursed the early hour, but I welcome it daily. I rarely sleep beyond 7am. I snuggle with my love for a few minutes before finally rising. I grab my grocery bag, and head to the market. (I probably didn't bother to brush my hair or change out of my pajamas, but I fit right in with all the locals doing their morning shopping.)
It's takes just a few moments to walk to the market. I buy some peanut butter, hot chocolate, oatmeal and fruit. Then I walk a few steps to a local house to buy some local bread. It's made fresh daily.
At home, I enjoy breakfast with my love before we both head off to work. Then, I change into some “beach clothes,” Though they are now my “every day clothes.” I'm wearing a swimsuit, t-shirt and board-shorts. Then I brush my teeth, put in my contact lens, wash the dishes, and off I go.
These days, I am the epitome of low maintenance. I don't “fix” my hair, I don't iron my clothes, I don't wear make up, I gave up moisturizer and mascara for sunscreen and aloe. I'm a natural beach girl.
You know the hair you get after you've been swimming? The wild mess of waves and fly aways... That's my every day hair, and I think it's pretty dang fabulous.
I missed the early morning dive today, otherwise I would have been at the dive shop before 4am. As it is, when I arrive I greet some divers returning from the sunrise shark dive. They had a lovely dive and I am almost envious that I missed it. But, I've already had the luxury of becoming well acquainted with them on all my previous sunrise dives.
I spend my day relaxing on the beach, chatting with divers, riding boats and diving. I'm a perma-vacationer. Many of my customers spend an entire year working in their offices, so they can enjoy two weeks on the island paradise that I call home everyday. I'm a part of so many vacation photos.
When the evening comes around, I'm pretty tired from all the sunshine and diving. I'm home long enough for some dinner, shower, cuddles with my love and I'm asleep before 10pm (sometimes as early as 8pm).
It's a pretty fabulous life and I thoroughly enjoy it.