Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Choosing Your Memories

“Memories are the architecture of our identity”

MEMORIES

Kathy from SMARTliving365.com wrote a post about the importance of choosing the memories from our past she states that: "every person’s life is usually filled with a collection of both good and bad experiences. What we individually choose to focus on, highlight, and repeatedly tell others, and ourselves, can either lead to a happier life, or reinforce the past negatively."

Monday, 16 January 2017

Midlife Monday ~ When Your Internet Sucks

There was a little girl,  Who had a little curl,  Right in the middle of her forehead.  When she was good,  She was very good indeed,  But when she was bad she was horrid.

LIFE IN THE COUNTRY

We live in a large country town which is 20 minutes from a good sized country "city" and a couple of hours away from Perth - the capital city of Western Australia. We see ourselves as living the dream - all the mod cons without the traffic and stress. 

Out our way, we have several internet providers to choose from and I thought the one we chose did a pretty good job.....until recently! The last few months have been a roller coaster ride of great one minute and AB-SOL-UTELY useless the next. I'm beginning to think our internet provider has a curl right in the middle of it's forehead......because when it's good it's very, very good and when it's bad it's HORRID!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Things I Wanted

Five things I really wanted and how my life has moved forward since then

A few years ago my life was a mess. I was in a boring job working with a boss who thought he was God and a co-worker who was a complete narcissist. It reached the point where I had to take two weeks off on stress leave. At that exact moment in time, my husband of 32 years told me he didn't want to be married any more.

I remember reading a poem about longing, and relating to it so strongly because it held such a sense of peace and serenity - something I sorely needed at that time. I felt that when I had these things in my life again I'd be back on track and I'd know I'd made it through. 

I'm happy to say that a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and I can look back and see how far I've come. The poem still strikes a chord with me and reminds me to appreciate what I have now and never take them for granted. I thought I'd break the poem down into five things that meant so much to me back in that dark time. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ The Face You Deserve?

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.” ― Coco Chanel


A THOUGHT TO PONDER

This quote pulled me up short because there is enough truth in it to make me wonder how much my face looks like the face I deserve. Does all the living I've done over the years sink into my skin and reflect back at me in the mirror? If I had an easy life do I stay looking young and carefree compared to older and more haggard if the going was tough?

Monday, 9 January 2017

Midlife Monday ~ What did 2016 Teach Me?

Midlife Monday ~ three lessons 2016 taught me

GOODBYE 2016

Well, another whole year has flown by and now we're into 2017 already. Part of me wonders where 2016 went. It seems like only a few weeks have gone by since I launched into 2016 and that's not the case at all, it's been and gone and slipped into history. The question I've been asking myself lately is what did I learn from the year that was?

Friday, 6 January 2017

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Quotes on "Enough"

Five Things Friday ~ 5 quotes about why we are "enough"

With the beginning of a new year and having chosen a new word to define 2017 - ENOUGH. I thought I'd share five quotes on what "enough is all about" for Five Things Friday - I hope you enjoy them. I'll be remembering them throughout the year!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Being Myself

be yourself, own your voice, don't follow the crowd - shine in your own right.

FINDING MY VOICE

One of the side benefits of starting a blog is learning to hear my own voice. For a long time my voice was lost in the noise of what everyone else was saying, shouting or declaring. I didn't know that I had anything different to offer until I took the time to stop and settle and put my thoughts down in a coherent fashion.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Midlife Monday ~ My word for 2017 - ENOUGH

2017 is the year of contentment - saying "I am enough, I have enough"

A NEW YEAR AND A NEW WORD

Last year I chose "Embrace" as my word to describe 2016. After releasing my grip on a lot of things in 2015 I was open to new ideas and new experiences, and ready to embrace change and being a little bit more adventurous in my choices.

Now that 2017 has rolled around, I'm ready to take a step back and say "ENOUGH" - I am enough, I have enough. I don't need to strive, or prove myself, or compete. It is sufficient in itself to just "be".