Archive for July, 2012

Energise your life!

July 31, 2012

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I’m enjoying a nice pot of earl grey after spending an hour in the garden, tidying up the veggie patch, munching on some snow peas and beans (they are so sweet) all whilst being serenaded by the songs of our resident birdlife – I’m sure they love this beautiful weather as much as we do! Everything is going wild out there since we gave our soil some high quality nutrients a few months ago – lettuce is popping up everywhere so I have to be careful where I step, we even found a lone ranger out on the lawn which gave us both a giggle. I am so thankful for the lettuce crop though because it’s one of the main ingredients in the green smoothies I make every morning and we eat it for lunch too! I often get funny looks when I share about the power of green foods, but it is a life source that I have discovered that is simply unmatched by any other food. When I am eating loads of greens, my mind and body both feel so at peace and literally bursting with energy, life and vitality. I also feel so much more light and productive as a result and am easily able to take action toward realising my goals and creating a bountiful harvest! Everyone has great ideas but for those of you wanting to reach your full potential in life as I do, developing the power to motivate yourself to act will set you apart from 90% of the population who only achieve mediocrity in life. Using the German word for over, above, hyper or super, I’ve named my green smoothie the ‘ÜberGreen’! Not only am I fueling my body and mind with amazing and delicious nourishment, I’m also setting the benchmark for my day each morning – focusing my mind on the pursuit of excellence, service to others and the realisation of my dreams. Take the time to invest in yourself, nourish your body and your inner life with good fuel and encouragement – you will be amazed at what you can achieve – serenade someone with your song this week!

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For such a time as this….?

July 22, 2012

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Winter is such a beautiful time in Ipswich, mornings as crisp as chilled apples, crystal clear days perfect for cycling, cheeks rosy from the cold air, along paths scattered with fallen leaves and evenings of jigsaw puzzles, apple & cinnamon turnovers and hot chocolate around the coffee table. I spend a lot of time reading at this time of year and find so much inspiration from the lives of those who have gone before me. When I close my eyes I imagine them like the crowd in the Olympic Stadium cheering me on as I now run my own race. Each of us are but a small piece of the jigsaw puzzle of humanity, but it’s amazing how important each piece is, you know what its like when you can’t find that final piece. Each piece has a unique design, pattern and colours, by themselves they don’t seem to stand out or seem that special but when combined in the right way, form a splendid picture. Whilst we may not all feature in the history books, our lives are precious and each one of us has special gifts to share with the world. We have all come into the world ‘for such a time as this’ and to be part of the majestic symphony of creation. By developing, enjoying & sharing the gifts we are blessed with we can find a great sense of joy, fulfillment and peace. It’s an adventure to find the gifts sometimes, like a treasure hunt and takes a lifetime….but it’s all part of the journey!

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman (1899 – 1981)

 

Mid-Winter’s Date

July 22, 2012

The perfect way to warm up on a crisp winter’s day…. an afternoon cycle in the sunshine of course. Shaun found a bicycle path that we hadn’t yet explored and decided to surprise me with a Sunday afternoon date. Taking some time out for dates and having fun together is an essential part to keeping the romance in a relationship and whilst we haven’t perfected the art, we do make an effort to invest that time on a regular occasion and both share in the fun of planning surprise outings. We both love cycling so that’s always a nice way to spend time together and get a little exercise.  The wetlands of North Ipswich (more photos here) is simply a little bit of a winter paradise in the heart of suburbia with deciduous trees reminiscent of a Victorian forest and autumn leaves scattered along paths and plenty of lush green grass to share an afternoon picnic and a cuddle. We spent the afternoon in the sunshine – exploring the wetlands cycling paths near where we live.

It was the perfect way to warm up on a crisp winter’s day – an afternoon cycle in the sunshine. Shaun found a bicycle path that we hadn’t yet explored and decided to surprise me with a Sunday afternoon date. Taking some time out for dates and having fun together is an essential part to keeping the romance in a relationship and whilst we haven’t perfected the art, we do make an effort to invest that time on a regular occasion and both share in the fun of planning surprise outings. We both love cycling so that’s always a nice way to spend time together and get a little exercise.  The wetlands of North Ipswich (more photos here) is simply a little bit of a winter paradise in the heart of suburbia with deciduous trees reminiscent of a Victorian forest and autumn leaves scattered along paths and plenty of lush green grass to share an afternoon picnic and a cuddle. We spent the afternoon in the sunshine – exploring the wetlands cycling paths near where we live.

Style Guide: One must dress the part so I put together this ensemble resplendent with autumnal tones and leg warmers to boot! He found these cool vintage leg warmers not long ago and was going to use them as arm warmers for riding but I commandeered them (plus they almost colour match my boots) – the shorts I adore and have worn in many different looks – they are Country Road with beautiful fabric imported from Europe and a classic cut – plus a vintage driving cap and scarf – one must cycle chic darling. He wears staple denim with Industrie check shirt.

Passing on the baton!

July 16, 2012

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We have three little nephews that we see on a regular basis and I always love spending time with them. The newest is not yet two months and the oldest is three but before we know it, all three will  be men and as I watch their mum and dad nourish them with love & encouragement and tend their characters with gentle care, I can only wonder at who they will be and what they will do with their lives. When I saw this photograph it reminded me not only of the boys, but of the privilege & honour we have of passing on gifts, resources, opportunity and wisdom to the next generation. It sobers me because I know that I can only pass on by example that which I have mastered in my own life.  Last Wednesday I trawled our local library for some good reading materials and found a book called “Million Dollar Habits” by Brian Tracy. There are so many gems in there I am just soaking them in and meditating on what new habits I should begin to work on. The practice of good habits and disciplines are the platform on which a secure and successful life are built, they anchor and protect us from the strife that so many people end up in: “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” (Proverbs 25:28). I shared my last week’s post with my training partner who had been in a similar zone and it was great to encourage one another and smash out a training session last Wednesday afternoon. Establishing new habits is not easy, it takes energy and can be painful, especially when we are breaking entrenched bad habits to build positive new ones! We can make excuses or we can make progress, but we can’t make both. Having someone you can be accountable to on a regular basis where there is a mutual commitment to one another’s growth is a valuable relationship to invest in – there is someone there to pull you up when you stumble, someone who has your back.  If you are serious about moving forward, take the time to connect with someone else on the same journey, not only does the synergy give you fantastic returns but you get the added benefit of enjoying the journey together – you might even have some fun!!

“Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return.” (King Solomon)

Wake up sleepy head

July 10, 2012

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I honestly don’t know where the last three weeks have gone – I have been really out of sorts and now feel as though I’ve been somewhat of a hibernating bear…..my yoga teacher said last night not to worry too much it’s just the time of year when everything is cold and all you want to do is curl up and hide. I think some of it’s been the weather but there have also been some personal challenges, obstacles that have discouraged me and perhaps derailed my momentum. Well over the weekend I decided it was finally time to crawl out of that cave and go find my mojo!

So even after almost burning the midnight oil on Sunday, I crawled out from under the duvet on Monday morning at 4am, put the heater to warm my study up whilst brewing a cup of green tea. As I did my readings and then began to journal through my check-in questions I realised that the last time I journalled was about three weeks ago, I also found that the last time I had planned my week (as is my usual practice) was also about the same. It’s funny – when you develop disciplines in your life you can actually take for granted the edge they give you and it’s only when you let them slide that you realise how valuable they are.

On Sunday evening’s I like to spend an hour meditating on the past week and then planning my week ahead, on Monday’s I journal through a list of what I call my check-in questions which I use to see where I am at with important areas in my life). Combined with my hour of power each week day morning (which began when I went raw for 100 days earlier this year) and physical training at the gym – these disciplines have become a vital platform for me and I now realise how much value they add not only to my life but others around me. When we encourage and build ourselves up first, we are then able to have an abundance which can be shared around as illustrated in the beautiful allegory from Psalm 1 about the prosperous tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.

With the new financial year beginning it’s often another chance to review the past six months, so I have been reflecting on my commitments, considering a little pruning and taking stock again of where I am headed for the rest of the year. I feel a renewed sense of excitement and invigoration and on Monday I ran faster and stronger than ever before, I’m running flat out and on the inside screaming,”Yeah baby – bring it on!’ so perhaps a little down time in the cave once in awhile is not so bad after all…..