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Monday, 29 August 2016

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” Alice in Wonderland

One of the greatest books written, and an often misunderstood book, given to children far too young and written off as nonsense, is Alice in Wonderland. There's a depth of philosophy in it for the astute reader, and a great go to guide as an inner compass for a curious and thoughtful mind. Alice bucks the status quo and questions all, including herself.

I was delighted to see these shoes in Origami Doll in Newtown. While I didn't buy them on the spot, I suspect I'll be back later in the week to add to my collection. They'd be the perfect prompt to ask myself 'What would Alice do?' when stuck for motivation.

For anyone wanting to change, or bring change in their lives or the world, it's worth remembering this one of the many dialogues on time.

“Alice:How long is forever? 
White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.” 

Maybe the change will come after our lifetime, or maybe it comes sooner than we think.

(Not sponsored, just love Alice)

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

When I'm sad....

When I'm sad, my go to pick me up is Galantis. Stop laughing. In the car, I put on Smile and blare it out, singing with conviction (obviously this is when I'm alone in the car, otherwise it would make other people sad). It is amazing how quickly that works to 'reset'. If you want some variation, go with Sunset Jesus, and have Avicii remind you that if you ' breathe for a little, breathe for a little, I'll be okay'. The important thing is to sing, and sing loudly. It does lift your spirits amazingly fast. (Another instant mood elevator is to clap - I have no idea why but you can't clap sadly.)

I went to a research talk at Macquarie Uni and as an aside the speaker said that it's now proven that exercise 3-4 times a week has the same benefit as an anti-depressant. So while all this stair running has been good for me, I better make sure I commit to some sort of exercise to replace it now that I've finished traversing the fire stairs on a regular basis.

Today I'm not sad, but I am flat. I'm tired and a little stressed, and I have a cold coming on. So to cheer myself up (and get rid of the cold) I spoiled myself with some $5 flowers that smell nice (so I keep sniffing them in the kitchen), some garlic olives that I'm scarfing down as 'medicine' and some grapefruit juice for vitamins...Not high end luxury but luxuries none the less, and no doubt should see me fighting fit tomorrow....

What do you do when you're sad?

Obviously, I'm not a doctor. If you are regularly sad then maybe have a chat with a doctor or Beyondblue  or call Lifeline.

Linking with #IMustComfess

No film clip for Avicii, sorry- and if you check out Smile, let me warn you it's not suitable for work...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Stair Challenge and Giant Steps

Last Sunday I did the big one. I ran 100 flights of stairs to the top of Westfield Centrepoint Tower. Ok, I didn't run. I walked. I had a minor panic attack at level 10, wondering if I could do it, which was stupid as I've been doing it for weeks almost daily. I think I may have discovered I have slight claustrophobia, as it's a physical reaction that feels like my blood pressure dropping all of a sudden.

By far the most popular fancy dress
Anyway, my friend charged ahead and I made my own way up, arriving 3 minutes behind her (which is actually a sizeable distance). I did it in 19 mins, was around the middle of the pack and the middle of the pack for females my age...

The view from the top is fabulous but the queue to get down was hideous. I would have walked down the stairs had they let us.

I want to thank those of you that generously sponsored me (and Giant Steps, a school for kids with Autism in Sydney). Any last minute donations greatly appreciated here.

Would I do it again? Probably not but I will definitely do Climb'n'Dine again - that distance I can attempt to run and the breakfast at the top is well worth the effort (and diminishes the queue to go back to the bottom again).

As we hit the food court for some dumplings, I can honestly say I was loving life!

I am also LOVIN' my new kicks! 
What are you loving about life right now?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

10 things I know

1. I'm tired.
2. I need more hours in the day.
3. Being a parent is hard, no matter how great the kids are.
4. I'm old but a lot of the time don't feel it.
5. I'm old and sometimes I really, really feel it.
6. I need to exercise more.
7. I waste too much time with my head in my phone.
8. I live in an amazing city and I should make the most of it.
9. This list was much harder than I expected it to be.
10. We, the human race, can do better, and must do better.

What do you know?

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

First of the Month Fiction - September

Going early because I have a big post to write and I'm just not quite ready for it (as in, I haven't quite worked out what I want to say) so here's a quick 30 worder in a hasty, lazy First of the Month Ficiton.
(Newbies, write a 100 word story - exactly in 100 words, or one less than 30 words, pop it in the comments then link your blog).

She'd missed all the signs and now he was gone, leaving her with infinite thoughts of 'if only...'.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Little Prince goes to Barangaroo

We explored Barangaroo the other day, the Little Prince and I. There is something so special about walking near the water when the sun is out. With all the terrible things in our world, sometimes it's good to focus on the small day to day joys.

In that moment, I was truly loving life.

 What have you been up to that makes you smile?

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Monday, 15 August 2016

You can't stop my shine, not today.

In my travels around the blogs lately, there's been a lot on depression and feelings of inadequacy. I have cut and pasted this response to a number of people in the last week alone.

Only "YOU think that. The mean little voice in your head thinks that. Spend today telling it to shut the %&*# up. Every single time you think something about yourself that you would NEVER say about someone else, stop and tell your brain to shut up. No one should have to listen to that, and neither should you."

I went to a talk a few years ago on depression and they talked about your need to be the keeper of your thoughts (that you don't need to believe everything you think).

' Your mind isn't your best friend. You need to tell your mind that it's wrong...People believe instantly what their mind tells them, but you need to start to challenge the negative thoughts.' 

Amy Poehler has a brilliant bit on her book with this - she's not talking about depression, just that insecurity thinking we get. Unfortunately my copy of Yes, Please by Amy Poehler  is packed up for the renovations, but if you are struggling a little with a nagging voice of insecurity, then get yourself a copy as she nails it. Put the voice in a box and lock it away to muffle it, or at least occasionally say 'Sorry, I don't have time for you today, I want to enjoy this!'

Which brings me to an anthem. I stumbled across this song by Xp, and while he's talking about the external negativity that gets thrown our way, I think it is equally applicable to the mean little voice that tries to ruin everything we do and fills us with doubt and erodes our confidence.

"They hate to see you smile, have a good time
...As soon as I step outside I can feel the hate..
Look at how they mess with ya mind"

The thoughts can tarnish everything we do. They can ruin a lovely experience and steal all our enjoyment. However, we don't have to let it. We shouldn't even listen to it. We will probably need to battle these thoughts for awhile, but we can stand up for ourselves. We can hold our head up and say:

"Today we ain't taking suggestions... I'm on my way,.. no time to waste...
I'm really feeling myself today
...You can't bring me down, not today! No, not today! can't stop my shine, Not today."

Maybe when the nagging doubts set in, when the inner critic raises it's voice to fill our ears, that's when we need to sing the anthem out loud to drown the negative thoughts out. No, you can't stop my shine, not today!

Maybe it really is as simple as that.

Check out more of Xp itunes or

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