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A Tribute

This is a tribute and an expression of all my crazy emotions from today - it’s all about the feelings. It’s been a tough one - stay strong D.

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Human death is not something that you or I generally like to think about. But when it comes, it crashes. And sometimes it burns. You have no way out and you’re forced to be confronted with it.

Tears are shed but should not be prevented. This is at a time when you should be crying. There is no judgement but only compassion and empathy.

Be sorry for the loss but be grateful of the love and memories. Let the sadness and suffering engulf you - but only for this moment. Don’t let it conquer you.

Make peace with death and use it to remind you of your future ahead. Don’t take it for granted. If the rest of the world is waiting for you to explore it, why don’t you? Live it.

Be thrilled. Be fearless. Be grateful. Seize the days to come and slow down to enjoy every moment.

Life works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it? The yin and the yang. Loss and hope. Life and death.

Image credit: Monika Majkowska, via Unsplash.


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Goals & Resolutions 2014

Hello 2014, I’m back! I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year, who’s excited??

I’ve been spending my last few days of rest trying to get myself in a good spot to start the new year. This means getting in the right mindset, by planning the year’s goals and resolutions.

Here they are for 2014 and I’m going to try my best to see them all through! 

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I know it’s not easy to publish personal plans because it’s always so easy to keep them to yourself and secretly fail, but then what’s the point really? You’d only be lying to yourself. Beginning last year, I decided to go public and throw it all out there and I’m really glad I did.

I encourage you to do the same. If you haven’t done something like this before, why don’t you give it a try? There’s always a first for everyone and you feel really great afterwards, like you’re ready to take on the year.

In a follow up post, I’m going to go into a bit more detail to help you set your own goals and resolutions. So if you need some help on how to start or improve from last year’s, look out for it coming soon!


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Nature Captured by VSco

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Life has amped up spectacularly the past several weeks and looking at the date right now… wow, it’s practically the middle of the year… already. Is it just me or is time flying faster as you grow older?? 

Weekends are flying by as I’ve been upping my time spent “socialising in-person”, to enjoy life more. Gareth often complains that I spend too much time holed up in front of a screen, so I put a plan into action where we organise at least two outdoor adventures per month!

This past week has been a superb example of doing just that, which included a visit to Parramatta Lake which features several walking/bike tracks. It turned out to be a great spot to hang, sort of like a small taste of the Blue Mountains scenery. On a social side note, we also went to see The Rubens in concert at the Enmore and they were fantastic live!   

But getting back to nature…. I’m a big fan of Instagram but I much prefer using VSco (Visual Supply Co) who have their own mobile app called VSco Cam to edit photos. They often produce that dreamy, faded look and the app provides you with plenty of ways to tweak it the way you want. The norm for me these days is to snap and edit via VSco and then from there, send to Instagram to upload and share. 

All these photos were taken using VSco in the past month: the first above and second below were of the scenery at Parramatta Lake; the flowers from a corner store at Katoomba and the last one featuring seeds sprouting taken from my balcony garden.

Let’s hope this coming month becomes easier to bear, but just as exciting!

If you have any suggestions of things to do on weekends, I’d love to hear about them to get more ideas :)

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Paper Wasps

Have you had a scary run in with wasps before? It wasn’t until last week that I’d had a bit of a waspy situation… right outside my bedroom!

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After some searching online, we worked out that they were Australian Paper Wasps. They’re known to build their paper-like cell-shaped hives, which I must admit are quite beautiful.

I’d seen them flying about when I’d been gardening a few weeks back but didn’t realise that the nest was right here within our own balcony. Scary right? Luckily, wasps don’t attack you unless you aggravate their home and for that, I left to Gareth and his father to do with a special wasp elimination spray we got from Bunnings. 

Seriously scary stuff!

Have you had to get rid of a wasp or bee hive before, and what did you use to do it?