Monday, 11 May 2015

A morning in photos

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rum

Sunday, 10 May 2015

A life tip - bring on the flowers!

Give someone - anyone - flowers of any kind at anytime. And enjoy.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul - Luther Burbank

Top five Saturdays

Preparation for Saturday night

Oh Saturday, how I once loved thee so!

My top favourite Saturday activities of years gone by.....

  1. Indulging in long and lazy sleep ins
  2. Brunching with friends at the latest hip cafe
  3. (Clothes) shopping, pampering and primping
  4. Catching up on gossip and ... the laundry washing
  5. Preparing for a Saturday night of fun, adventure and excitement
My top favourite Saturday activities of today.....
  1. Fantasying about a long and lazy sleep in
  2. Enjoying a latte SOLO in a cafe on Lygon Street
  3. Getting ALL the laundry washed and dried
  4. Escaping into a social media coma 
  5. Preparing for a Saturday night of binge-watching the latest hip TV series
I do not feel as excited by the thought of Saturday as I once did. But maybe not all that much has changed. 

What do you do with your Saturdays? 

I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks - Barack Obama

    Books, books, books, everywhere you look!

    I always have a stack of books sitting on my bedside table, on the floor in my lounge room and taking up space on my kitchen table. Fiction and non-fiction.  Chit-lit. Self-help. Cooking. You name it , I've probably got it.

    I've read some of these books. Others I've browsed through. Some are completely untouched.

    Just recently I suggested a friend read one of Brene Brown's books. Not a specific one - just go read her stuff!  We were discussing being vulnerable in a professional environment and what's appropriate and what's not.

    So it's time I follow my own advice and I plan to read Brene's Daring Greatly this week. I'll let you know how I go.

    What about you? Are you a book horder or a borrower? Is there a must read on your list?

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read - Groucho Marx

    Thursday, 7 May 2015

    I write everywhere man!

    Today's writing view

    Where do you write from? 

    Do you have a special space? 

    Does it help you write more effectively or efficiently?  

    Is a special space just for you? 

    A place to dream and create? 

    I write/blog anyway I can. On the go. When time and demands allow. I am still writing on an iPad mini. My hearts desire is an MacBook Pro and a room with a view. One day......

    Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing - Benjamin Franklin

    Blog link to come later - a problem with the linky! 

    Wednesday, 6 May 2015

    Me .... recently

    I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you - Frida Kahlo

    Tuesday, 5 May 2015

    How to no longer feel self conscious by REALLY doing something ...... anything!

    In my many years as an acting coach and facilitator the most important lesson I have ever (and will ever) teach is the ability to really listen.

    The second most important lesson is how to really do.  And when you really do you will discover the freedom from self consciousness. You will discover that when you truly put all your attention onto something outside of yourself you will no longer feel self conscious. You will discover that once you start really doing you will become more available to your creative impulses, others, the fullness of the moment and you will no longer be existing just in your head.

    I can hear you laugh. 'Really do! Why would I need to learn how to really do? All I do is DO!'

    Yes that may be so - yet I will still question 'are you really doing whatever it is you do, 100% in this moment?'

    It does not matter what your creative pursuit is. It really does not matter what it is you do. These next four steps will transform how you do
    1. Ensure the activity you intend to do is physically involving and you know what it is you are going to do - be specific (Thinking is part of the planning not the doing)
    2. Know when you have achieved what you have set out to do - an end point
    3. Give yourself a reason why you are doing - give meaning to your actions
    4. Set a time limit - immediacy is vital otherwise you could waste your time avoiding what it is you need/want to do
    Don't just trust me - do this and experience the difference for yourself!

    And you must listen to this for more inspiration on how to do! Don't forget to leave a comment to let me know how you go. 

    Don't think, do! - John Kennedy