Monthly Archives: October 2013

Recharge the family

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As a family we all took time to get away this long weekend, a 3 hour drive later saw us relaxing in the country air near Bathurst. We made no plans we just went to relax. Everyone was in need of recharging their batteries.

My children ran around the farm without a care in the world, flying paper aeroplanes and riding their bikes down the dirt road, they watch a little chick be hatched and hoped it would survive after being rejected by its mother, thankfully it seems to be doing well. The main thing my children experienced this weekend was FREEDOM, freedom to be who they wanted to be, to be stress-free, free to explore and participate in life, FREEDOM TO BE A KID, I can tell you know as I write this they are still asleep in bed even though they should be getting ready for the first back at school.

IMG_1822My husband and I got to relax and unwind as well, no phones ringing, no deadlines to meet, not a care in the world just a chance to stop and breath and just be in the moment. Both of us like to dabble in photography, my husband I believe has a great talent for this me, it’s just a hobby he jokes “I am a point and shot photographer”. No matter what skill level we both enjoy the relaxed focus it gives us. By that I mean that we need to focus and breathe and wait for the right moment to take the picture and by doing so we get to zone out the outside world and be present in our world.

As a family we laughed and played and relaxed all weekend  and found time for each other, time that gets pushed to the side all too often in our busy lives.

We all spent time connecting in with nature recharging the batteries and soothing the soul. It’s important to take time even if it’s just pottering around you own garden connecting back and recharging, and it’s important for families to connect to one another.

I encourage you all to get away from it and spend time in the moment with your families, with yourself and recharge. Often when this is done the problems that you left behind before heading away is no longer as big as what they once seemed and new energy allows you to tackle the problems left behind without the same amount of stress and grief. So go connect lay under the stars and laugh with you family your soul will thank you for it and so will theirs.

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Stepping Stones

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“A Bag of Tools”

Isn’t it strange that princes and kings,
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And common people like you and me,
Are builders for eternity?

Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, a book of rules;
And each must make- ere life is flown-
A stumbling block, or a stepping stone.

by R Lee Sharpe

To me this poem sums it all up, we are each creators of our eternity, no matter what start one have been given in this life the choice is ours to make, we are able to define who we are, how we shall live and who we share our life with.

Will the journey always be easy, fun, simple of course not, there will be many a bumpy road, set back, tears and tantrums; yet amongst this there will be moments of absolute bliss, euphoria and triumph.

Some will make it to the finish line of life happy with what they have achieve and others will get there and look back wish they have done something more. Each will have accomplished what they were prepared to put into life, nothing more, no need for regret as at that time it just is what it is.

But what if one is looking back now and wishing they had done more,  time travel at this stage is not on option so the past remains the same, however today and tomorrow can contain so much more if that is what one wants to give to life.

For me I looked back at the year that has been and I am happy that I took the time to look back. While I loved most of what I saw there was a big yucky feeling surround some things I saw, and when I looked forward I could see that nothing was going to change unless I was prepared to step up and give more. So in May this year I made my choice that no longer would I work in the daily grind of 9-5 (or in my case 7.30-3.30), I had to leave my financial security to allow myself and my family to flourish.

Scary choice for me, as it would be for most, financial security or lack thereof it scars the crap out of me but for the sake of my youngest child things needed to change. Thankfully my partner is very supportive; while it has been a massive adjustment to just one wage we are already seeing the dividends role in with a happier, healthy and balanced family life and two very happy children.

The bonus of this choice to change and give more to life is that now I am able to finally further my study allowing me to carve out the career I am passionate about, helping others, helping children to see their full potential. Helping them create their dream and set out to achieve it.

So starts Stepping Stones, Dare to Dream, Believe, Create and Succeed.Fotor0100313461