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Good morning world!
This morning's sunrise!
and the reflection in a window
Make sure to read to the end of this post so you don't miss the moral of the apple seed story! So grab your favorite drink, sit back, relax and read...
Can you believe January is almost over! The first month of the year is DONE and DUSTED! Well almost! I am so excited about this year!!! Although it has arrived with some challenges, there has been lots of great stuff too!!! I feel positive things are going to work out.
To me, it’s about having an unshakable faith!!! No matter what!!!
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about goals, as my 14 year old daughter has set quite a few personal goals for this year and shared them with me…it made me think of myself at her age and how I didn’t have the support or motivation to really care! I knew I wanted to be a Journalist, but my mother didn’t support that…I knew I wanted to travel…but I didn’t really see how I could make things happen the way I wanted them to!
Although…I have traveled A LOT…I visited Fiji and New Zealand by the time I was ten, America at 20 (LA, NYC, Washington & Virginia), Fiji (again), Vanuatu, Canada and America (Florida) by the time I was 28, and since…Vanuatu again, America (NYC – for six months), and in terms of trekking my own country – I’ve lived in Brisbane, Adelaide (& Meningie S.A), The Gold Coast, and traveled as far away as Perth,Townsville, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Daydream Island, Melbourne, and a lot of little towns in between those! I drove from Brisbane to Cairns in 2013 and back again, with my little brother, and youngest child in tow. You can view many of our travel pics here and also here.
I have learned throughout my 46 short years on this planet that we can make anything we want to happen – HAPPEN! Oh yes we can!!!
But how? How can we kick goals…how do we really make joy manifest itself in our lives?
We need to speak it out loud! We need to say it, write it down and state it publicly! When we share our dreams it makes us more accountable. It’s no longer just a thought! It makes it real when we declare our intentions…and intention is half the battle I’ve discovered! It's not just something I'm saying - it's something I read and see A LOT around the place, written by people who've done it! Including little 'ole me!
Approximately one month before my little brother located me I had started a Pinterest board for New York City (and Boston and LA). I honestly had no idea why, because in my mind I had no intention of going there. But the intention must have been there – subconscious or not! I know, because deep down I always wanted to reconnect with my father. It was a long-held dream! Little did I know my brother was looking for me for nearly 15 years…and would, with the advent my thoughts crystallizing, actually find me quite quickly once that actually happened!
It’s like he said "We were calling to each other…" I truly do believe that!
So, what we intend becomes real! What we think about becomes our reality! If we think negatively we draw more negative! If we draw in the beautiful and the positive, abundance and love, that's what we'll find! I know because I have sincerely done that!
This year I covered the back of my bedroom door with intentions for 2015. I created a vision or dream board in one corner of my room – or a shrine to travel (as my kids are fond of calling it!) Last year I wrote out 'My 2014 - Leonie Dawson - Life Biz Workbook' (in Nov) and kept diaries of goals and dreams…all separately filled out, clear and concise, so I could follow them easily and then follow up on them regularly! Then in January I purchased the 2015 book for the same reason! And it’s all taking me on quite the journey!
I love this workbook so much I even purchased a copy for a friend :-)
Welcome to Wonderland!
coz I've got nothing better to do all day than
lie around in vineyards reading...yeah right!
Yesterday my daughter and I took a drive to do a work out. We go to a few all different places to mix it up - from footballs fields, to flights of stairs, to hilly suburbs and so on! Yesterday I needed to take a drive to the Vineyards so we could snap and instagram my 2015 Workbook Shot! That picture above (taken by my daughter) has received a lot of attention both on Facebook and Instagram. Leonie Dawson, the amazing Workbook creator, shared on all Social Media Platforms, including Twitter. At last count there were 124 Likes on Instagram (between 2 posts) and 208 on Facebook! And such beautiful comments! Thank you!
Previously it was one of my photographs shared by ‘VisitNSW’ on Instagram that has received 891 likes at last count. It’s so wonderful to be able to share my passions far and wide! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who find love and inspiration in what I do. I am humbled that I can reach so many (so quickly) and although the numbers are smaller than some, I am so utterly grateful for this much. It takes my breath away…
One of my goals for 2015 was to get more attention driven towards the things I am doing…from my books to my photographs, and it’s already happening…with people like Jamie Oliver’s Sommelier from his Restaurant 15 in London, liking some of my pics on Instagram too!
I am always really touched when others appreciate, and share my work! It means a lot! And it’s a great feeling to be smashing goals…
Speaking of which… I killed it yesterday doing 1176 stairs and a circuit we did as well!! We are getting fitter and stronger with every step! We went again today and I crushed my PB by doing an extra 116 steps!
It’s fast pace and it’s good fun! It really makes me feel like I’m really achieving something; we compete against each other which keeps us working hard!
When I was at school I was a runner - a sprinter…I obtained many ribbons for my hard effort, I also did AND LOVED classical ballet, as well as tap and jazz. I played netball for a school team, tennis, and played A-Grade Basketball for my church team. I was active, fit and healthy and I didn’t let anything hold me back. I was competitive and I loved the exhilaration of winning – either by myself as a runner, or as part of a team… Now that competitive streak drives me to compete against my own best self! I set pretty high standards and it’s an amazing feeling when I kick goals, and achieve the aims I’ve set! There is nothing worse than setting goals and then looking at yourself and realizing you lacked the motivation to achieve them! Really, results beget results...once you see what you can achieve, it really makes you want to keep on going! It becomes easier with time!
As we drove yesterday my daughter said ‘I can’t believe we live here. Everywhere I look it’s so pretty!’ It’s like something out of a storybook! My dear friend, Paige said on FB about my 2015 LD Workbook shot "It looks like something from ‘Alice in Wonderland!: And that’s exactly how I feel! A dream that started to evolve in 2008 became reality in 2014!
And although I never did do that Journalism degree, I did many writing courses and have ended up writing for many publications – you can view the list here on my LinkedIn Profile.
There are many ways to skin a cat, and sometimes (quite often) things don’t turn out the way we had thought or planned BUT if we truly focus, we can truly manifest what we truly desire! We can create the life we want!
Yesterday when I posted my workbook pic and Leonie shared it, someone on FB commented ‘This is photoshop right? if not, I'm so jealous!’
I said - "Nope, not photoshopped at all! Just pure unadulterated beauty and joy! It’s real!"
She said - 'okay,I'm so jealous then. It's GORGEOUS!
Yes it is, and I am blessed!
Yes, the world truly is a beautiful place! It is my oyster! And how good do I feel that I managed to take lemons…and make lemonade! And then I took the left over lemons and celebrated with tequila! ;)
On this journey I am also coming to understand how we heal! It is only by being our authentic selves that we can ever take the pains of the past and turn them into the beautiful foundations of a glorious tomorrow!
#alis volat propriis #latin
flies with her own wings
I’ve come to understand that each person (for better or worse) comes into our lives for a reason. As they say – some are the blessing, some are the lesson! It’s a case of discovering which, through trial and error, constantly opening ourselves up to more joy…and pain!
The other day, Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame – you’ll see me talk about her a lot here because she’s one of the people who inspire me!) posted this link and after I read the story, I commented…here’s what I said -
"I am coming to understand this principle of being 'contracted' to each other and learning the lessons, sometimes the hard way! I had my heart broken last year and it's actually YOUR story - Eat, Pray, Love, that has kept me afloat...kept dreaming, kept believing, kept praying, hoping, wishing, trusting...and finding my own journey similar to yours. I watch a lot of your stuff on the web, particularly with Oprah! The talks you've given, and the coffee can story which I recounted a few times on my blog and shared the links to where you told it. I believe we find what we seek, when we need it most...above all else we must have faith...and we will be blessed with the lessons and the people we need in order to become molded and crafted into our own best selves, if we seek the lesson and the blessing inside of the sorrow."
As my daughter and I drove around taking photos yesterday (before and after our exercise session) I commented to her that certain things are out of our control – but if they are meant to be, they will be! There’s no point in stressing or stewing over something…Life unfolds as it will, if we just believe! We can have whatever we want, whatever we set our minds to, if we just focus. Sometimes we have to give time to receive the answers we need…nothing is instant. Only children expect instant gratification. Sometimes we have to wait for the good things. Sometimes…we are denied something good, so something better can take its place! No matter the ups and downs, eventually all things come full circle!
In creating the dynamic we dream of, we just need to do our part…and then, God…and the universe …will take care of the rest!
In the end nature will have it's way...and we, as humans, are part of that great story of nature. One of my favorite parables is of the Little Nut Tree and the Mighty Oak!
'The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood it's ground!'
The lessons come in various ways... recently, my friend Bel posted this pic (below) on Facebook...here's one little apple that refused to give up! It refused to die! And even in being eaten will continue on living on and on and bringing joy! This is the story of two little seeds who kept on 'living' and 'growing' no matter what! "Grow or die tis nature's command!"
This is what she had to say on Facebook - I love this metaphor of life!
BB - "As I took a bite into my apple the other day these two little seeds were desperately trying to grow inside my apple. With such a desire to bring forth new life how could I not plant them! They are coming along very nicely!"
I love that they never gave up! Determined to grow....they grew! And we are the same. We can choose to wither and die in the face of adversity, or face the collision course head on and keep on going...
Anyway, on that note -
here's what the rest of my week looked like...
How was yours?
My daughter burnt her hand straightening my hair last night
and had to take a trip to the E.D.
Oh but he is glorious, my sweet baby child...
my sleeping angel!
Sisters!!! They love monkeying around together :)
It's so awesome they have such a special bond! xxx
And here's our funny for the week! - there are always several but this one takes the cake last night! :-)
My 15 yr old son picked up my laptop 'Wow yours weighs a tonne compared to mine!!!' he says.. His sister quips back with 'Yeah, that' because of all the photos she takes!' ha ha!! Her brother replied 'Do you even know how a laptop works!' lol OML!!! Those two!!!!
Ahh yep! I think his sister was right :-)
#sunset my favorite part of the day!
Til next time!