Today will you Dare…? Autumn, Courage & Sunrise.

It is 5am in the morning and I have been up all night attempting to teach myself some edit skills…it is Autumn and everyone is feeling the change from an amazing summer, the air is chilled, we have had snow down to 1800m, the leaves are starting to turn.

I finished 3 reasonably serious physical challenges since June, the Cross, the Haute Route and climbing two of my first 4000m+ peaks in Switzerland. My final goal was an attempt to summit Mont Blanc mid-September – thwarted to some extent by weather (wind, & snow down to unusual levels)…yet in reality the prolonged physicality finally caught up with me around the ridge above the new Gouter Hut.

So Autumn seems to be ruffling a few feathers…the long summer days disappearing in the beautiful deep blue autumn light which is perhaps less than enough to keep people smiling. Quite frankly, a few people are feeling a little out of sorts…which is kind of normal. It is a time of transition and not only of seasons. Global economics and the planet in the midst of an uneasy, and unknown future. The prolonged and heart breaking atrocities in Syria.

One thing I do when these grey days to remember that whatever is happening or not…there is always beauty around you, it can be the simple things, in nature, in the eyes of a friend, even in a gesture of the hand, and there are people who genuinely care…I look for beauty wherever I am and whenever I can. Search out the good, and the nourishing.

Remember, also to be courageous! Courage is so very important. The courage to try new things, to speak up, to move, to stay still, to ask for help, to take on new challenges, to let go of things that no longer work.

People have been telling me I am very brave, since I was a child. It is a perception they have about me. Yet, I have fears and sometimes they appear like a wall in front of me….what I do though is always take a deep breath and step, run or jump into the fear…and somehow that step leads me to the pathway of courage. So if there are others out there…wondering about what now? or what’s next?

Take that deep breath and step, run or jump into YOUR own life and YOUR own dreams…something will happen, and there will be people who support you. Look for them. Keep your eyes open and see the beauty.

Recently, I was feeling pretty grizzly in the valley with low cloud and rain, and wandering whether to go walkabout. Was it time to hot foot it on the next aircraft to Dubai or Australia, again? Or what about Crete or Malta for that matter? I do love my travel habit :). Yet, it occurred to me, staying still would be different from my past behaviour & experience. Who knows what I might learn by staying in Chamonix/Switzerland for awhile? No aircraft, exciting destination, or earth shattering adventure. Mmmmmh..???! After another 3 days of rain & cloud I almost jumped on an aircraft to go work from somewhere warmer…then I woke up one morning and saw this:

I hope you like it.

Best Regards,

Live your dreams, Share your story:

This entry was posted in Uncategorized.


  1. Tommy October 4, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Nice words Kat, I couldnt watch clip as its says you need vimeo plus, Hope you are well, may be out in chamonix end of Month, do you have any recsent pictures of the Frendo spur.

    Tommy x

  2. Kathleen Swalling October 4, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Hi Tommy, Thank-you so much for reading and your nice words, yourself! The video should be viewable now. Hope you like it. No recent. Last I saw it had a bit of snow on it. Great to see you coming to Chamonix, again. Best, Kathleen

  3. Tommy October 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    amazing Kat, watching that just put a smile on my face and just made me miss Chamonix even more, lots of snow by the looks of things.. X

  4. Kathleen Swalling October 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    saw somebody on the Frendo tonight T – bit of snow around for sure now.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *