Sunday, 21 January 2018

Home is a favourite

After 3 weeks away 2 plane trips across Australia and lots of kilometres travelled in NSW and Vic seeing new sights and meeting up with relations and friends again, some I haven't seen for more than 20 years it really makes me smile to walk into my home.



Day 1 home and Shakira doing what she loves doing anything creative and mum smiling seeing how happy everyone is to be home. After all if you are not happy home, where are you really going to be happy.



It was a nice break from routine and also very busy travelling around the countryside, most of the time it was just me and the kids covering lots of miles and the kids seeing some sights they had never been to before. We even spotted snow on the mountain tops and I am sure the kids would have had me drive them to it if we could have made it.


While over there John, Vic and the family also were there. They spent most of their time with Johns mum but we managed to squeeze in some time with them at the farm and also had dinner out with them as both families were in Melbourne the same night as well.


Day 1 at the farm and there were grasshoppers everywhere, we delighted in running through them and the hire car sure was a mess, but as time went by so did the grasshoppers.

Once again I am so happy to be home though as staying with relatives is not always easy.

Make it a great time.
Until next time.

7 year old diet tips.

We were going out for the lunch the other day and I always try to advise the kids to make a relative healthy choice for lunch though not always successful.

Shakira was in the mood for a healthy choice and told me that she would only have sorbet nothing else. When the lady at the counter ask how many scoops I gave Shakira the choice. She chose 3 scoops. Later that night she asked us what 99 + 99 + 99 would equal. Not really thinking anymore Allan gave her the answer of 297. She started jumping and going Woo Hoo I ate 297% fat free today. I still hadn't caught on and asked what she was talking about. Well she explained I had 3 scoops of 99% fat free sorbet so I am 297% fat free now.




Now I am off to go and try this new diet tip, lots of sorbet for the day should make up for all the chocolate I ate last week right?.



Just before leaving a snapshot of little baby Cody who is now 5 weeks old. It has been the last week of school holidays so we have been able to catch up with friends and relations. Thus my lack of blogging.
Just way too cute.

Make it a great Sunday.
Until next time.

Australia my way.

On my blog post below I mentioned about not living in a traditional style home. I actually didn't really think anyone would have noticed it but a message showed up in my Face book inbox and I only checked it just now. Sorry Face book messaging is not a strength I have.

The message just asked what not a conventional home meant, so having saved this image that showed up also on Face book I thought I would share. Oh dear Face book doesn't let anything escape.


This is a photo of my mums cousin on my bike, they came to visit us when my dad was working out on a property in rural NSW, I am not sure of the kids in the background I may be the one in red shirt and the man in the background in the blue is my dad.

That bus was my home for a little while and I still remember those interesting days. My dad worked for a big company planning channels and irrigation and as they owned lots of properties we moved about quiet a bit when I was a child. So this my friend is what I call not a conventional home and this is why I didn't have a telephone when growing up.

Beyond that bus is vast open space and not many trees. Ah I have progressed and if the caveman appears in me every so often you may understand why. Ask me today to move to the country and you will have to pry me away with a tow truck but as a child I loved my life, though not really sure my mum did. She had a lovely conventional home near her family when she packed up and went on an adventure with my dad.

Make today a great memory.
Until next time.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Rest if you must - but then carry on.


Rest can refer to leisure, relaxation or sleep.  The Human needs rest for many reasons but to me  the best possible reason is so you can go back and start again.  You clear the head of all that brain junk that is accumulating in there, gosh I am pretty sure we all have some stored somewhere in there, I know I do but resting actually takes care of it, it takes it a way for a while, and to me this is why rest is vital to the Human spirit.

However we can never really clear the junk unless we get up, get moving and head forward in life.  As we get older life is going to put more junk in there, that's the way it is but we need to build up our resilience to tackle it.  Its okay to stop take a rest but then move on, this is how resilience is acquired, not staying in a state of rest.  Hey I would love to rest my life away for sure, but I might miss out on something waiting for me if I don't get up, get moving and move forward so I do need to wake from my rest to face what is around the corner.



We can be certain of our past, but we can never be certain of our future, no one can yet we waste a lot of time trying to control an unknown, it really is a waste.  Our past we cant change, but also that is not a problem because hey it has got us to where we are meant to be, it has shaped the type of person we are so again a lot of time is spent wasting energy on something that cant be changed.
The present that is exactly this moment in time, the time when you should be aware of what is happening it may be good or it may be bad but remember it was yesterdays future and will be tomorrows past so it is also something we cannot can control.  What we can control is how much we are aware of it and try to make the most of it. Sure it can be pretty average the present, you could be at work something unremarkable or sad can be there, but it is the only place you know where you are for sure.  So whatever activity try to stay in the present.  Great relationships and friendships are cultivated this way.






If the present is unpleasant remember take time to rest, restore you energy and clear the brain junk
 but then get up, get moving and move on.  It is in your power only to make life the best you can, no  one else is responsible for this, you want to buy things, take holidays eat out etc, then work earn money and spend it how you want never be envious of another.  The twist and turns of life everyone has, ever wondered how some people seem to overcome them, they will take a rest and then they will get up and move on.

  Anything you want to do take a rest first then get up and move forward, life will be a lot more  fulfilling for yourself and you will then be able to share more of yourself with others.

Make it a great moment
Until next time.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Ride through the Storm.

Storms can create havoc and destruction but they can also be something exciting and once got through a story to be talked about.

Life is a bit like a storm you start out with a plan in your head and hence then the problem may arise.
As the famous quote goes "what screws us up most is the picture in our head of how its supposed to be"

This is why we need to be prepared for them,just like you would prepare your property if a storm was coming and they will and then will pass and then  will come again.  Remember storms are going to show up in life, everyone is going to experience them but if we prepare properly ourselves , we will get through them and we will realise that we survived.   We may even learn something from them and share with others,life is meant to be shared.





For me I believe we do have to have some planning in life and some routine but it must always be flexible as the unexpected can show up anytime and if you prepare you will get through.  However the preparation and planning can be in the background.  Life is meant to be lived and not sitting around worrying about the upcoming storms as we cant stop them they are going to happen and they will continue, once you get through one, another will come your way so preparation is important but living in the present moment is more important.  Our only guarantee is right here right now so with the start of a New Year about to come around again, remember don't get carried away with what might happen, instead enjoy what is happening.

Make it a great day
Until next time.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Love - Set free


Love

Love what is love. To love unconditionally it means you accept the person just as they are flaws and all. We as humans sometimes think to love another is for our benefit but to really love another is for their benefit. We are complete as we are and we are also flawed as we are through our own life experiences - deep inside we all know this. We need to first recognize this in our self and love our self (not our ego) though our self our soul. When we love oneself like this we then can truly love another human being. Been human we are going to always fall off that pedestal that someone puts us on when they tell us they love us - because no one is perfect. Think of when you 1st meet someone you accept them (but do you really) are you secretly trying to mold them into what you think is perfect love for you - again this is ego. Love is that person been exactly who they are meant to be. They are going to let you down, everyone is but that is life. Life lets you down nothing is finite its always changing. When you have true love of oneself (not your ego) you will always be able to show others what love is but until then you are only going to cause some hate bitterness, greed and all the nasties like that. Try to go out today and spread love - the world sure needs more of if as whenever we see the news today there is so much suffering. LOVE LOVE LOVE
LOVE will always speak truth though and sometimes tough love is just as important.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, it always protects, always trust,always hopes, always peserveres.

This is what I wrote some time back and I was hurting very deeply (my own family know how much), do I want other people to know how much not really but if I don't share (which itself is a part of love) then others may hide behind their mask as well and it is when we are in hiding that other nasties do make their presence known to our soul. Love sometimes becomes hate, but most people know hate is not the opposite of love only indifference is.




Unfortunately while I cant divulge much here I am witnessing another breakdown of a very long relationship between a couple with wonderful children and again appearing to the outside world to have it all. This makes me sad for them for society and for our teachings to our children. Is life so selfish that we are lazy and cant be bothered to stay when the going gets tough. I actually don't think this, for me I believe we can never really love unconditionally until we have our love of self and repaired the brokeness within our our soul. In a relationship one person may have done this and will love unconditionally however the relationship will not be complete ever if the other has not. Sure we can mimic it, we can appear to have it all but it will be a toxic love and toxic love is not love.

So while I don't advocate broken marriages I do understand that a toxic relationship is not a relationship it mimics what society says is normal so for me myself I know I wont fully commit again until it is 2 souls together that can love themselves 1st unconditionally. No offense is intended to anyone as I know we need to do what is right for our own life and sometimes staying may be the answer.

To me find yourself, be free, play with abandon like a child and live in the present.

I am grateful also that I live in a time of freedom of speech - this really is my opinion so feel free to share your thoughts.

Make the present great

Until next time.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Go from here to there.

Travel why to do this and why you need it.  Its a great way to rejuvenate oneself, its a journey, its a new experience,  its wonder, its excitement, its escapism and actually a lot of other things and this is why is must be done.
Life is a journey and if  we never travelled we would never experience it to its full potential.  You do not grow if you stay in the one place and thus if you do not visit other places you can become predictable stunted in growth.  One does not need to go far to travel though.  We think of all the exotic locations to visit, the fun spots, the tourist spots, the must do spots but any travel whether just out to a day on a local lake, a visit to a nearby suburb even, can be just as fun as that round the world trip you dream of taking.  Remember most of us probably want to make that trip but in the meantime take time to travel and it can be just close to home and affordable.  Try camping in the car if funds are tight it may be a memory you will hold dear into your older life, your kids might think it was one of the best holidays ever had, because hey camping in a car can be pretty adventurous.  We have done it, sometimes it was forced upon us, due to breakdown, tiredness from driving and other causes but we still chat about that time we camped next to our car on the side of the road in the early hours and the time we got stuck in the snow.  So travel always. It can be close or far, just as long as you go from here to there.



Flying is to me one of life's luxuries.  How it is possible to reach a destination in a quicker time, but again there must always be joy in the journey and not necessarily the destination.  Next time you think of boarding a plane and the monotony of the flight try to appreciate it instead.  Grab a book read, look out at the stars, the clouds the houses below, the ocean relax meditate it can all be done on a flight but sometimes we again miss these things.  Why is that we always seem to want to rush into the next part, remember to appreciate it all as it is, the journey the travel, the destination, one on its own is not a whole lot of worth but all together it become completeness.
Very much like life all together we become a community, a society and a world.


Each time you travel it leaves footprints in your soul, it nourishes you and enriches you so travel whether close or far, go today and make that journey. Walk the block, experience something close in your own neigbourhood for this too is travel.
I am sure most people on their death bed would say they wish they had done more, instead of saying I wish I had more.

Our time on earth has no guarantee and as a nation we yesterday witnessed how life can be taken in the blink of an eye.  My heart goes out to everyone involved in the siege in Sydney and this is when we look at life and ponder our future, we cant know it for its an unknown so while in the present remember to take time to go from here to there and enjoy it for what it is a journey.

Make it a great moment.

Until next time.