Today we’re finding out a bit more about Denyse from Denyse Whelan Blogs To Connect. Denyse has recently joined the ranks of the semi-retired, and now has more time to follow her passions.
Please tell us what your blog is about and why you started it.
The current version of my blog is about me and being connected to readers every day. I started in at the beginning of 2015 with the goal of a daily post to keep a record of my first year of a completely new life since selling our house in Sydney and moving to the Central Coast of NSW. I also retired from just about all of my work responsibilities in education AND we have left our dear families ‘behind’ consisting of our grown kids and their kids…a total of 8 grandkids.
What does “zen” mean to you?
Zen means being ‘chilled out’ and taking all things in life as they come…. I am not so good at Zen (yet)
Tell us about something positive that has happened to you and how it has affected your life.
The positive that happened to me that means the most was meeting my future husband in 1970 at a country teachers’ meeting and marrying him in 1971. We have weathered many, many storms of his ill-health, loss of a business, selling a much loved ‘dream house, difficulties with secondary infertility, depression and anxiety issues for me and my subsequent early retirement as a school principal.
BUT what has always, always kept us together is the simple love of and for each other which has never waned. We are each other’s best friend.
If time and money were no object, what is something you would do to help others?
As Sydney siders (formerly) It would be housing for our kids (actually we did this to our detriment but I wouldn’t change it – we added more to our mortgage to give our kids large deposits for their first homes in mid 2000s) and I would like to be able to ensure our grandkids had tertiary education costs met and perhaps help them into their first houses.
Are you working towards anything that will make a positive change in your life?
I am indeed. Since moving and leaving employment and family had an impact on my emotional health with resultant stress-based physical issues (IBS) I have taken responsibility for making big positive changes and Mindfulness Meditation is the direction for this.
I started slowly building my understanding and awareness via on-line and in person groups and now I meditate daily (44 days in row to now) using Headspace from the app of the same name. It has made me more mindful in my daily life and helping me in the transition I am in right now.
Is your blog what you thought it would be when you first started it?
As mentioned, this version of the blog started this year. I have has a blog or three since 2010. I registered my name as a website (with great foresight I now realize!) so my name has always been somewhere in what I have blogged about. In 2010/11 it related to my husband’s health issues (now resolved thanks to a wrong diagnosis) and then I used my teaching and school expertise to blog for families and teachers in 2012-2014. In 2015 I simplified into the blog it is now and I write about any topics of current news interest, personal interest and to help families and or community.
I have so many wonderful blog favourites that make me smile. What are the 3 that brighten your day, plus one that we may not have heard of before?
Blogs I always read:
Woogsworld – Kayte was probably one of the first bloggers I ever met and I read her blog as I have become known to her and would count her as a consistently good and topical blogger. She has been very kind to me over the years. We call each other Mrs W.
Maxabella – again Bron has been read by me for years and she respects my views on schooling and education and I like that!
Clairey Hewitt – Clairey doesn’t write often these days but when she does it is always worth reading. Insightful.
One you may not know:
Aboutteaching.net by an Assistant Principal in Sydney, this blog provides insight into the daily life of a teacher and school administrator.
The Random Roundup…… just for a bit of fun.
Which do you prefer?
Beach or Country. Beach.
Pinterest or Instagram. Instagram.
Cheese or Chocolate. – can there be a dead-heat?
Flats or Heels. Flats.
Black & White or Colour Photography. Colour photography.
Cool or Warm Weather. Cool weather.
Fruit or Veggies. Fruit.
Early Nights or Night Owl. Night owl.
Tv or Radio. Radio.
Comedy or Drama. Comedy.
Denyse blogs daily, highlighting her posts with some beautiful photography of what makes her days special. Visit at Denyse Whelan Blogs To Connect.
If you would like to share what your zen is all about on The Zen Files, or what you’re dreaming of via What’s Your Dream, contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org