Good

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Well, that wasn’t good!

Not what I hoped for,

Not what I imagined.

Felt pretty bad.

But, maybe I needed it.

Got me thinking…..

What if I did it differently,

Changed it up a bit?

That could be good.

Doesn’t seem easy,

Bit of a challenge,

Questioning myself.

Got me thinking…..

Trying new things,

Challenging my normal,

Pushing some boundaries.

So was it good?

Maybe not what I imagined,

But good…..yes!

 

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Any Excuse

 

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Are You Living Your Happy?

 

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If you’re a regular reader of  Deb at Home Life Simplified, you’ll know that she’s started a new chapter. She recently launched Inner Compass Designs, and is celebrating with a new collaborative e-book. I’m so thrilled that she asked me to contribute a piece for this book, and feel very grateful to be in such fabulous company.

We were given the brief to work from this Steve Jobs quote as our inspiration:

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

 

Today I’m sharing my contribution to Deb’s book.

 

When we are kids, we’re basically told how we should think about what we can achieve in our lives. Nothing as sinister as indoctrination, but just the ordinary “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, followed by the appropriate responses.

If you hear those responses enough times, whether they’re positive or negative, you tend to end up thinking in a certain way, and adjust your expectations accordingly.

Just imagine if there were no expectations, no preconceived ideas, and only the freedom to travel the path your heart truly desires.

I wonder how many people would actually choose the path they have followed. How many would do something completely different, with no guilt at having not lived up to societies’ hopes for them.

The families of doctors/lawyers/architects that are one generation after the next of the same occupation. Would they all be doing the same thing if they did the thing their heart told them to? Of course many would, but probably not all. And do they regret it somewhere down the line? I wonder.

The same goes for hobbies and interests. So many learn to play a musical instrument that they don’t really have a passion for. I know that was my reality.

Every piano lesson as a child, was a chore for me. I simply couldn’t grasp how to read music. So many times my piano teacher would ask me to point to the spot I was playing; only for her to tell me I was actually playing the part over the page. I was fine playing by ear, but those written notes were just a muddle to me.

We’ve given Bella the choice to learn an instrument and she’s studied both piano and guitar. The way she picked up the art of reading music totally blew me away, and I was more than happy to take her to the lessons. But if she’d hated it as I did, we would have dropped it pretty much from the beginning.

No matter what stage of your life you’re living at the moment, it’s never too late to try something new and test that intuition of yours. Think of the thing you’ve always been told (either by someone else or yourself) you couldn’t do, and give it a go. Don’t go into it with any expectations; open heart and open mind. You may very well wonder what the initial attraction was, or you could find yourself soaring, enjoying every minute!

Maybe make a list of the most outrageous things you can think of, that you would like to try. Go through the list and put them in order of “why haven’t I tried this before?’ to “do you seriously think you could do that?!!”. Then work your way through that fabulous list. Some you’ll like, some you’ll hate, but at least you won’t be wondering “what if?”.

Then there are the people who have a try of everything, and surprise themselves what actually appeals to them. They never look at it as a waste of time, and usually end up discovering at least one lifelong passion.

So how about you? Are you following your heart? Are you following your gut? Or are you following someone elses’ lead? Are you really living your happy?

 

ICD ebook

 

If you would like to read all the other pieces in the book, and I can recommend you do, click through here to Deb’s new space. I’m pretty sure you’ll find something you like at Inner Compass Designs, and as a bonus you can keep up with the amazing work she’s doing with her new love of jewellery design.

 

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Mine, mine, MINE!

Not yours, and I don’t have to share!

I’m playing,

So much fun.

Look at me,

Can you see?

Hey, where are you going?

But this is fun,

Watch me play.

You’re playing with her?

But I’ve got this,

And I’m having fun……

Hey, wanna play with me?

I’ve got this, and it’s fun!

Yes, you can play with it first.

Hey, we’re playing together,

Ooh, that’s more fun.

I love to share!

 

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Strength

 

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Two

 

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Two best friends.

Looking for you both all my life.

Along the  way,

Many found.

Partners  in adventure,

Fun and drama.

Sometimes alone, never lonely.

I knew one day we’d find each other.

Cross paths, and just know.

Meeting one,

Slowly realizing our partnership.

Creating the other,

Our combined image.

Two best friends.

Looking for you both all my life.

My John, my Bella,

Two.

 

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Idea Overflow

 

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I’m a dreamer.

No secret to those that know me. At school, the main thing I got in trouble for was talking, and second to that was daydreaming.

I’m not sure I could change this about myself, and don’t really know if I want to. But I do annoy myself sometimes, when one idea after another pushes itself into my head. I’ll be going full steam ahead with something, then out of the blue something else that seems really awesome makes itself the main event in my brain!

It’s exciting, but frustrating at the same time, and I can easily find myself wondering if I should bother with any, if I’m not going to focus on one thing at a time. I have trained myself to write down even the smallest details of each idea, so I can get back to it when I have the time. But I still find my mind wandering off onto the new thing even before I’ve completed the previous task.

In some cases I don’t have complete control, as I’m working with others, and collaborations have to move at a flexible pace.  This is also one of my most favourite things to do, working as part of a community is incredibly satisfying, so I can’t ever imagine not operating in this way.

I’m think I probably have two options of how to handle this. Either set aside particular days of the week for each different idea, working on everything at the same time. Or make myself complete one thing before I move onto the next. I can see merit in both, but really wonder if one would be more practical than the other.

The one thing I do love about this habit, is that the passion is there for every idea I have. It may dwindle once I’ve figured out the logistics for everything, and the negatives are getting heavier than the positives. But up until that point, I truly believe that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Really, if I’m encouraging others to believe in themselves, it’s only fair I do the same.

So, I would love to know if you have the same problem. And if you do, what’s your way of keeping it all on track?

 

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What’s Your Dream? // Lara Cain Gray

 

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The lovely Lara from This Charming Mum is sharing her dream today. And with the passion she has, I have no doubt she’ll make it come true. Lara’s beautiful space celebrates books in a way that someone who is passionate about the written word would appreciate.

What is your most incredible dream?

I would like to earn a solid living from writing. I used to think that meant penning The Great Novel, but these days it’s more reasonable to assume it might come from regular article writing and commercial copywriting, and maybe my blog, in one way or another.

 

Do you think it’s attainable?

I currently earn a nice little part time income from my writing, but my dream is to make it a serious black-polo-neck-and-hipster-specs lifestyle. At present, I’m being held back from living the full fantasy of a writer’s life by the intrusion of things like loom bands and random socks into my home office. Not to mention the incessant chatter of little people reminding me to get over myself and lose the existential angst. Right now, writing is just one part of the bigger, chaotic, glorious thing that is being a Working Mum.

But, again, a ‘real’ writer nowadays is not a haughty intellect in a garret, but a busy multi-tasker with fingers in all kinds of networking pies. A ‘real’ writer can write on any topic at a moment’s notice and sell an idea. I’m learning how to do this broader kind of writing and I do think making it my ‘real’ job will be possible, eventually.

 

How long have you been holding onto this dream?

It sounds like a cliché, but it really has always been my dream. Trouble is, in my late teens I was lead to believe that literature and writing were things one only did as a hobby, not a job. I detoured via academia and librarianship, so writing has always been a part of my work, just not the main part. As a serious ‘let’s do this!’ dream, I’ve been working on it for about 3 years – since I left full time work to have my youngest child.

 

What will it take for your dream to become a reality?

Practice, practice, practice, schmoozing, and more practice.

 

Who are the people that encourage you the most?

My family; the various lovely people I contract to and write for at the moment; and everyone who leaves a comment on my blog!

 

Who inspires you, and makes you want to chase your dream?

There are lots of muses that come and go, but this week I’m going to randomly say Tara Moss! I’m reading her latest book ‘The Fictional Woman’ and have been reminded of the importance of women’s voices in the online space (amongst many other things).

Great book! Read it!.

 

Take a wander through Lara’s blog, and see how this hipster-to-be is working towards her dream. With a plan firmly in place, I’m pretty sure that dream is not so far away.

You can find Lara here: This Charming Mum, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Linking with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

Leaf

 

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Just a leaf.

Nothing special, they’re everywhere.

Look around,

Leaves sprout as far as you can see.

Trees, bushes, flowers,

All dressed with them.

Nothing special.

But aren’t we just like leaves?

All around, as far as you can see.

Different colours,

Varying sizes.

Each one of us special.

So, look around.

Leaves finishing the painting that nature made.

Colour, texture, shape.

All unique, just like us.

So, just a leaf?

No…..

A beautiful finishing touch!

 

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More Than A Job

 

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So much is shared in the media about bad service, but we hardly ever hear about the good.

I’ve been helped by medical people in the last few weeks; firstly a surprise trip to the emergency department of our local hospital after an allergic reaction, and then to Breast Screen Qld for a routine mammogram. These visits were made so much easier thanks to the fabulous attitude of the nurses, who look at their profession as more than just a job.

Both times, these beautiful ladies went out of their way to not only help me, but also make the whole process as easy as possible. We hear so much about negative situations, and it makes a nice change to be able to put the word out about such compassionate and helpful people. After both instances, I had to let them know how much they put me at ease and helped me. And I also made sure to pass this info on to their employers.

I don’t mind complaining if I get bad service, faulty products or a negative experience , but also believe thanking someone for a positive one is the thing to do.

Medical professionals in particular are exposed to people at some stressful times, and can suffer a backlash even if they’ve done nothing to deserve it. I’d hate to think how much more stressful these times would be if we didn’t have compassionate souls looking after us.

The same goes for life in general. Some people out there just make life that little bit easier; little actions, with big consequences. Their demeanour is comforting in some way, and they can put you at ease. I love it when one of these characters crosses my path, and know that they’ll have an impact on my life.

Every now and then, someone like this will walk into your life; maybe for a short amount of time, maybe permanently. Don’t forget to appreciate them, be grateful for their presence and most importantly, let them know they’re making a difference.

Has someone made a tough time easier for you through an act of kindness?

 

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