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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - January 2016


North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - January 2016

I love the New Year. It’s a start date for new beginnings of new ideas. It allows for us to bring in those personal changes to our health, our personal life, and our daily patterns. Personal is the key word. It is about you! It is also time to clean out the clutter, clean out the negative, and bring in the good around you so you can shine. I want to personally wish you all a great year ahead with many blessings to surround you. One idea I want to share with you I learned this last year is to take an empty jar and write notes of good things that happened in that day or that week so I will remember those good feelings and the big and little moments (after all it is the little things). On the evening of the 31st or the first day of the year I will empty this jar to look back at all those blessings. I encourage you to do this as it reminds us what a beautiful life you have.

Getting OUTdoors

The international movement to get outdoors starting the year off with the “First Day Hike” is now becoming a tradition for many people on our coast. If you are reading this before January 1st, 2016, please join Fort Ross State Historic Park at 10:00 for their fun and educational hike or join Salt Point State Park for their walk. Visit the website for all the needed details at or call 707-847-3286. I know many of you already work outside, but getting out and walking with a family member or a friend is very relaxing, welcomes conversation between you and others, is a great way to meet a few new folks, and offers a great way to burn a few calories. So come on now, step out of the house and take in this beauty that surrounds you! You don’t need hiking shoes, or all the ‘right’ gear. You can come solo or bring a friend. 

Out and about on the coast the Gualala Art Center The Thursday Ramblers is a wonderful hiking group to join. Dates are often listed in the ICO. Another place to hike on your own is the new Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a unique and one of a kind area that includes access to 12 coastal miles of undeveloped federal and state-managed public lands, coastal bluffs, the estuary of the Garcia River, sandy beaches and dunes,

YOUR TIME - your most valuable gift

I would like to make an appeal to all of you in our community regarding Volunteering. I capitalized this as it is a “title of a hero”. Volunteering at your local parks, the schools, our pet rescue areas, or with many of the non-profits in our area is such a gift to those on the receiving end. I know you might be thinking “how would I fit this in” but even four hours in the weekend or every other week, or one evening a week or once a month makes a huge difference. Volunteering with your kids is a bonus as they learn about community and how it feels to make a difference. Bringing your talents and skills to your volunteer service is great, but you don’t have to be an expert in the areas you would like to volunteer for. It might be that you will learn a new skill in your volunteer service which is also great. 


If you are a local business and would like to be highlighted in this ever growing popular paper on our coast please contact me.

THANKS to Liz Perillat, you can pick up a copy of the Gazette at the following locations. If you want her to deliver the Gazette to your business, please contact VESTA at 707-887-0253 or * = Newsstand

Fort Ross Store
Timber Cove Inn
Ocean Cove Store*
Ocean Cove Bar & Grill
Sea Ranch Lodge

Surf Market*
Gualala Post Office
Breaker’s Inn
Sea Trader *
Gualala Hotel & Saloon
Redwood Coast Chamber

Anchor Bay Store*
Upper Crust Pizza

Arena Market & Cafe
Point Arena P.O.

I sincerely wish you all a wonderful New Year.