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pay it forward

I asked my Facebook followers this week to let me know what they wanted to read about, what was catching their attention in the media or what was bothering them at the moment that they’d like to talk about. Unfortunately I didn’t get a very good response but one that did resonate with me was from a girl named Kristy who said she had been affected by what she saw on the news about troubles in the Ukraine.

We all see stories on the evening news or in the media that disturb us sometimes. I often sit in front of the TV wondering what I can do to help communities in need or countries in crisis. For us as individuals of course the problems are too big, what can we do as ordinary everyday people to change things?

Kristy wanted to write a letter to the government about how Australia could help with what is going on in the Ukraine but she felt that it would be pointless, because what difference would a letter from one person make? My advice was to go ahead and write the letter. Yes, maybe Kristy’s lone voice won’t make a difference but imagine if everyone who had the same idea followed through with it.

Ghandi said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. If everyone who was affected by the trouble in the Ukraine, the war in the Middle East or the crimes against human rights in the Congo put pen to paper, government houses would be flooded with mail and would surely have to take notice.

Kristy’s simple message made me wonder, what sort of world do I want my son to grow up in? What can I do to make a positive change in our community?

giveMy husband and I were having lunch last week at a local café and when he went to pay the bill the cashier told him it had already been taken care of. To this day we don’t know who paid for our meal, although we have our suspicions. Without knowing for sure, we can’t repay that person or thank them properly. All I could do was write a heartfelt thank you on social media hoping they would see it and now we’ve commit to paying it forward.

I know the world’s problems and my free lunch may not seem connected at all but imagine this, if every time someone did something good for you, you paid it forward to someone else. All that means is that you do something good for someone with no expectation of being repaid or even thanked. If everyone carried on paying it forward, we could change the world.

So next time you think you are powerless to make the world a better place, think a little closer to home. Do something nice for a stranger and when they ask how they can repay you simply tell them to pay it forward. Or if someone does something nice for you, make a point of doing something nice for someone else.

We might not be able to change the world on our own but one kind act at a time, we can make it a better place.

mysterious ways to happier days

I have shingles… Most of you probably think, what the? Isn’t shingles something old, sick people get? No, this is my second episode! I’ve also had gout… not just oldies get that either. I spent most of last year incredibly sick and miserable and this last little kick while I’m down has lead me to one conclusion, the universe agrees with me that something needs to seriously change in my life!

Last week I shared my decision with you to unpack all my beautiful things from storage and you’ll be very happy to hear we are now using our wedding china as our everyday crockery and loving it! Now all the things our friends and family generously gave us in celebration of our marriage is being used and appreciated each day.

I also told you about wanting to chill out and get back to my barefoot dancing days. This illness has made me realise the universe agrees with me that it’s time to slow down, take care of myself and my body and get back to basics.

So I’ve ordered my Noni juice and have been reading my blood type diet book and am back on the health wagon. This is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.

It’s time to start feeling the best I’ve ever felt in my life.

likeI hope you’ll join me on this journey and find something here that will resonate with you. My 365 days of gratitude already forces me to see all the blessings I have in my life every day, even when I am sick in bed and it would be easy to feel sorry for myself! I hope it’s inspired you to look at life a little differently and appreciate the things you might take for granted.

Today there is nothing that has left me to wonder, today everything is crystal clear. I feel better, I have better, I am better.

let it rain

We’ve all heard the terms, “saving for a rainy day” and “taking a rain check”… I am guilty of using both far too often. I have a house full of beautiful things still hidden away in their boxes for safe keeping and wrapped tightly in their dust bags for special occasions. It seems like no event is ever elegant enough for my beloved vintage Chanel and no visitor is quite important enough to eat off the Royal Doulton wedding china. I spent my whole life working and saving to have these things and leave them locked away waiting for the right time to use them.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about making some changes in my life to get back to being the woman I wanted to be when I was young. I always thought I’d end up living in some sleepy little hippy town, running an organic stall with a few wild haired, free spirited kids running around. I ended my highschool years dancing barefoot under the stars in Byron Bay and had it all within my reach.

Image courtesy of Google

Image courtesy of Google

Somewhere on the journey from her to me things changed. I lost a beautiful soul from my life and started chasing the wrong boys, making the wrong friends and letting the wrong things become more and more important to my happiness. We all get influenced by people as we grow and we all change but lately I’ve really started to wonder, what sort of mother do I want to be to my son, how do I want him to look back and remember me when I’m gone? Will he be able to say he was proud of the woman who raised him and the values he was taught?

I don’t want to be remembered as some uptight snob who could only find worth and happiness in materialistic things. Growing up with so little has made it so important to me to never go wanting but thinking about it recently I realised, I never have to, and having it all is so subjective anyway. How much more time will I waste wishing I had more when I already have more than enough.

So I’m taking steps to get back to living a more modest lifestyle, focussing on what’s really important and teaching my son the lessons I learnt as a kid. That being rich has absolutely nothing to do with how many shoes or handbags you have in your closet or how much money you have in the bank.

As for that wedding china, I realised that the most important people in my life are right here in this house and we’re the ones who should be enjoying these things. What’s the worst thing that can happen, a piece will break? All that stuff in replaceable, the people in my life are what’s priceless.

I’m not going to pack my bags and move to Byron Bay any time soon but here’s to more rainy days and dancing barefoot under the stars again!

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