Archive for May, 2012

A most beautiful May

May 28, 2012
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Has May not been the most lovely month! I trust you are enjoying this glorious weather, crisp mornings that put a spring in your step, brilliant clear days full of sunshine and evenings perfect for snuggling up with a good book, a puzzle or just some time out with your thoughts.
At the beginning of May we had a treat that’s been on my wishlist for sometime now. We enjoyed the most beautiful Opera in the Vineyards recently – an annual Rotary event at Ballandean. It was simply divine, music, fashion, breathtaking views, gorgeous weather and a great cause (raising funds to accommodate rural cancer patients whilst in the city for treatment). An event that could definately become an annual pilgrimage.
It must be the month for personal rewards because I also had a week in Melbourne recently which was wonderful – it was just the time out I needed with lots of long drives in the countryside, wandering the laneways, galleries, a day trip to the inspiring CERES environmental park (a community driven 10 acre environmental space 7km north of Melbourne CBD) and some special discoveries one of which was a beautiful town in the Yarra Valley named Marysville. As I came over the crest I was overcome by it’s raw beauty and felt tears warm my cheeks. It was not until I was reading a historical plaque telling the story of a family that had resided in the valley for over a century, that I realised where I was and suddenly felt as though I was standing on sacred ground. I spent the afternoon hiking and pondering these amazing people that from the ashes of such tragedy, had found a way forward together as a community to rebuild homes and lives. It reminded me how precious our relationships with others should be to us and as I hiked upon her hills, amongst the trees standing tall with blackened trunks, Marysville whispered to me of the secret that one must discover to live in the fullness of life’s beauty – the courage to be vulnerable, to fall again and again, but to keep the faith and despite all… rise one more time.
“To appoint unto them that mourn ….. to give unto them beauty for ashes.” (Isa 61:3)
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The Power of Team!

May 10, 2012

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Whilst the temptation to stay warmly wrapped up under the duvet can be enticing, there is nothing like waking up before dawn to embrace the day. I love starting my day with a good fast run to get the blood pumping, a strong session of strength training, a relaxing few moments in the steam room and a nice warm shower. I met a new training partner this morning at the gym and we did a training session together so that was a double session for me today as I also had my afternoon session with Kerri from Step into Life at Limestone Park. It always helps to work in community with others, whether it’s physical training, professional work or business, goals seem to be achieved more readily and life just seems to be more enjoyable. We also experience the joy of encouraging others to grow and develop themselves and in the process experience the highest level of success in life. I happened upon an opportunity just yesterday through online networks to help support Aaron get to Spain to represent Australia in an orienteering competition. The online forum participants suggested setting up a paypal account so that everyone could donate $1 to the cause and funds are now rolling in! It was easy and fun to be part of contributing a few dollars toward such a worthwhile cause and helping open a door of opportunity for a young community member. I have to remind myself of connecting in with others as I always have a few projects on the go at once so it is one of the points I make a conscious effort of planning each Sunday evening when I prepare for my week ahead using my Cara’s 9. Tap into the power of team today – T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves Miracles!