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what I think.... what I feel.... my emotions... my gut feelings... what I eat... what I believe...what beliefs are changing... what I am doing....where I am going... what I am creating...recipes I love.... books I read.... poetry I write....things that rock my boat and interest me....and also the other way around...our conversation together...our learning together...our sharing together... WELCOME

Friday, April 30, 2010

Coalition Of The Willing

This is a picture of our front yard 
 that is not our house in the background but our neighbour across the road.

Today is a full two months of not smoking - 61 days in total. I am doing very well. Funny though as even yesterday I had finished a cuppa and got up to do something and I went to reach for the smokes. I just stopped and laughed at myself. I actually thought it was funny and I definately didn't want one but WOW - does that show you how addictive they are. So tomorrow I start my third month of not smoking. Only 939 days to go to get to my target of 1000 days of not smoking.

Yesterday I spoke of replacing purchased items with homemade items as they appear on my shopping list. Yesterday I also went to the shops and tryed to buy a common item from my local supermarket that I have been purchasing for years - washing soda (the powdered one and not the crystals) They have deleted the item. I stood my ground and told them that it just wasn't good enough and that if they want me to shop in their huge supermarket then they better get this back in stock asap. I did say this very nicely though but with my clear intentions made. I was getting frustrated because I had just been into Bunnings to get my Borax. They didn't have any and told me that they firstly didn't know what it was and secondly that they don't stock it. I explained that I got the last two containers there and I want it. I live in a reasonably small town and my choices are limited on where I can get these items. They ended up getting 6 packs sent to them and I can pick them up on Tuesday. These are ingredients I use in making my own washing powder and I was going to be making my own dish washing liquid yesterday. Does anyone else find that they are having trouble getting some of these basic items to make your own cleaners etc. I am going to now do a search and see if I can buy some of things in bulk.
Our one Chilli shrub - so many chillies of one plant 
 when you think of the price they charge in shops it is Criminal

Anyway I ended up NOT making my homemade dish washing liquid yesterday but instead I attempted a recipe for homemade sesame seed crackers. YUK. I think I need to find another recipe. But I have mastered the most yummy and perfect homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce to use in cooking or just as a dipping sauce. I also processed all the ripe chillies of our bush. I think I will get one more crop of it before it closes shop for the winter. I have experimented this year as it is the first time to do this. I tried to research it, but seriously I didn't know so many people had so many differing opinions on how to preserve and use up their chilli crop. So I have jars of whole chillies in oil. I assume I will be able to use the oil in cooking stirfrys etc and use the chillies as needed in whatever. I also have made a really hot hot chilli sauce that I can use as a base for other chilli sauces. I have minced chilli in jars in the fridge in a little vinegar. So it is all very exciting and I will see how it all goes. What works will be done again and what does not work will not be done again. Pretty simple really.

These Chillies are HOT, HOT, HOT. A little goes a long way.

I am going to add a list on the side here of things that I am going to make - one at a time as I think of them - from scratch. It isn't always about the money saving of making something. It is, for me anyway, about knowing what is in something, learning the skill to be able to make something myself, which is empowering, and also and really the most important part - about not using heaps of resources to manufacture something in copious amounts of packaging that I can easily make myself.

I am off camping this weekend and will be back online on Tuesday. I hope everyone has a good weekend. Mick and I have waited for a weekend away for quite a while now as the money was tight and my daughter was due for a baby and I wouldn't leave and go anywhere until I knew she was settled at home and is fine with her little family.

She is by the way - her and Charlottes Daddy are doing so well. I am so proud of them and will do a bit of Grammy Photo Bragging next week. Oh OK here is a photo of my Charlotte my precious gorgeous Grand Daughter.


Now to finish of here - I would invite you all to have a look at the link to the site added below - Coalition Of The Willing - it is am animated movie being made in sections which is free for everyone to view. The site will explain more about it but I highly recommend a viewing. It isn't completed as yet and you can be updated as to when a new section has been added but I just watched it (again) from start to finish of what is there so far and it is an awesome message with some seriously great animation. I find one the most amazing things about this project is that these very talented craftspeople are doing this for FREE and sharing for FREE and doing it with open hearts and are truly Co Operating to bring us and as many out there in the world this message. ENJOY and share.


Peace to you,

Wendy


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

TIME FOR ACTION and fresh cotton hankies


Well what a wonderful day. I feel at the moment that my mind is going to burst as it is so full of ideas and thoughts. I don't even know where to start with writing and trying to get into words what is in my head.

Over the past few months I have had many things happen in my life to make me stop and consider where I am heading and what was the purpose of it all. I started this blog and in the beginning I listed what my ideal persona would be - what did I really want to be like - I just read it again and it hasn't changed. My list of goals for myself hasn't really changed and I am content to leave them the way they are.

Broad Water Haven, Rules Beach, Qld

For many years - most of my life - I have always wanted to go - just get going - go somewhere - do something - but under no circumstances did I want to stay at home. I didn't want to be boring and honestly held the belief that home was just somewhere to sleep and entertain friends and get ready to go to some place else. This is not the post to get into on why I was like this. The fact is that that is what I was like and since I have moved to my new home a few years back I HAVE CHANGED.

I never want to go out any more - I love my home - I feel safe here - I enjoy myself - and I enjoy my life.Yes there are things that I still want to do but that list has changed slowly over the years as well. My beliefs have come into line gradually with how I am living. Or should I say my life is gradually coming into line with my beliefs.

Since finding blogs and finding a whole world out there of information on how to achieve living the way I wanted to and learning more about the things that I believed in MY LIFE HAS SETTLED. I didn't have labels for my beliefs. I just read about stuff and investigated something further if it interested me or if I wanted to be able to have an opinion on something. I am now finding others who can express so eloquently what is in my head. The biggest challenge at the moment is to walk away from the computer and do the stuff I am learning. I have realised that it has come time to start doing what I have learnt. I can still keep exploring and each day brings something new but it is time to truly start to ACT.

Country Church in Country Queensland, Australia

Like I said, I am a big believer of self education. If you don't know something and want to know then go find out. There is no excuses in this world of information at your fingertips and free librarys and classes etc. I get very frustrated when someone just says something is so just BECAUSE. Tell me why you believe that - tell me where you learnt this information - let us discuss what I have heard and what you have heard and then lets learn more together. Well that is my utopia in my head. People communicating and sharing and learning together.

Then today in a ramble of a conversation I was having with my wonderful husband and my wonderful friend my brother I realised something. I have always been a person to stand of in the shadows. I don't like to be up front. I don't like people to think I think better of myself. I am afraid of saying something in case I don't have all the information correct the first time. And yet I have always been a leader in my work and family and friendships. I lead without even trying. So instead of sitting around my little home town complaining there are no other like minded people - or events - or anyone trying to help others understand our world and how they can make a difference and help themselves and our planet - well maybe I have to step up and start something. I have no idea what that would be but I do know where I can start.

Local Sugar Cane farm being burnt of

On the weekend I spent sometime with some old friends and it was a wonderful weekend. It was good to actually get away and it did me no much good. It was very interesting because this was a catalyst for my final pondering and writing this tonight. My friends and I have known each other for many years. We have not seen each other very often and we last caught up 12 months ago. They work very long hours and their lives are very busy and getting a weekend that suited everyone was interesting to say the least. I was part of that life up until about 3 years ago. I had started to question things before that but it was about 3 years ago that my husband and I put the wheels in motion to make the change we did and move away from the city and become self employed. I had so many things I wanted to do on our 3 acres and we have achieved a fair bit but it is really time to start doing what I set out to do and have fun along the way.

What's that saying that goes something like this - "Knowledge without action is just knowledge". Not having some action seems pointless.

The below link is one of the blogs that I love to read. So much that inspires me and so many beliefs that I have. Take a look around this blog when you have the time.

One Green Generation

One of the things that I have been thinking of and gradually doing is to look at my shopping list and see if there are any items on that list that I could make myself. I find that often I can make an item cheaper but it isn't always about the dollars. It is about not buying another piece of packaging when I can make something at home and recycle containers I already have. It is about knowing what is in my food and products I use in my home or on my body. It is about feeling like I am just that little bit more self suffient. It is about learning new skills so I know I can manage when times are tough. It just just about doing things for myself and it it simply makes me feel good.

I purchased myself a second hand sewing machine recently and have finally sewn some straight lines. You see I have simply no sewing skills at all but I am going to learn. One thing at a time. One of the items on my shopping list was tissues. No more tissues in my home. I had an old sheet in a lovely faded lilac colour and it has now been cut into numerous squares and will each be hemmed into hankies tomorrow. I have a lovely cane basket and all the freshly washed hankies will go into this basket and when me or Mick need to we can just grab a fresh hanky. I just cannot consciuosly use tissues - even if they arer labelled "Green". I don't care how recycled something is and even if the packaging breaks down in my compost - it had to be manufactured and it is truly something I can do without.

Anyway this blog is getting very long so I will say goodnight or good day - whichever is the case and will follow on with this tomorrow.

Peace to you all,
Wendy

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nothing much to say tonight...

The photo above is taken from an Ultra Light flight I gave my husband for his birthday. It is an awesome shot of just the tip of world heritage Fraser Island near Hervey Bay Qld.

The new quote  is one I just added tonight - speaks for itself.

Peace to you all,

Wendy

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lost Generation

Hi to all,

I was sent an email with the link to this video. Many of you may have seen it but there is going to be a few of you who have not. It is truly brilliant.

A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite..


This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant. Make sure you read as well as listen...forward and backward.

This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old. The contest was titled "u @ 50" by AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause. So simple and yet so brilliant.

Take a minute and watch it.







Peace to you all,

Wendy

Friday, April 23, 2010

Jack Johnson & Donavon Frankenreiter - Heading Home



HEADING HOME - Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter


You try sell something that just cant be brought

You said it's the latest and the greatest but I know that its not
Be somebody you don't want to be
Didn't even exist last year but now its what we need

Oh no not me, oh no not me
Because I'm heading home, I'm heading home

You try to tell dad something that you've never been told
I guess it wont be agreed around here when they're born
Once it's really gone, then it's really gone for good
Just because you can doesn't mean that you should

Oh no not here, oh no not now
Because I'm heading home, I'm heading home

Go somewhere you've never gone
Sing something that you've never sang
Think about something that you've never thought
And if you're going to give him everything you've got


Oh yeah right here, oh yeah right now
Because I'm heading home, I'm heading home
I'm heading home, I'm heading home
Oh yeah right here, oh yeah right now
Because we're heading home, we're heading home
We're heading home, we're heading home


Just thought I would share one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite entertainers,
Donovan Frankenreiter.

Peace to you all,

Wendy

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Toast To The Volunteer and a huge THANKYOU




THE FAITHFUL FEW

They're in your own community,
Just scattered here and there,
The faithful few who carry on,
In every fete and fair.
They're in the little sewing guilds;
They're on a Red Cross Stand,
Or working for a Church Bazaar,
This faithful little band.
Though others falter, fail and halt,
From Inland to the Coast,
You'll always find the faithful few
Are standing by their post.
Not glamorising for a day, nor putting up a show,
But for a cause they know is right,
They're always on the go.
They're often past the prime of youth,
Their hair all tinged with grey,
But service that they choose to give,
Still keeps them feeling gay.
They seem to have the happy knack
Of making life worth while;
The secret of these faithful few,
Lies 'neath each pleasant smile.
They've crowded out the God of Self;
They've learnt the way to live,
Their joys aren't found in what they get,
But simply, what they give!

By Hope Spencer
Who do I admire? Who do I look up to? Who would I aspire to be more like?

The volunteer - the helper - the giver of time - the giver of hope - the giver of a hand to hold - the giver of a smile - the giver of friendship - the giver of patience - the giver of understanding - the one that stands up for what they believe to be right.

I wonder if the person who fed my son a lunch today at a local charity knows that he made such a difference in my son's life today - I wonder if the young man who listened and gave advice and offered some sort of solution and hope realises just what a difference he made in my son's life today - Probably not.

If you are one of these wonderful helpers in our community or if you fight for a cause or if you donate money or if you help your neighbour or donate your time and skills in any way then I would like you to realise and stop and think and KNOW - REALLY KNOW - that you make a difference.

I admire you and say thankyou to you and take my hat of to you. You are part of The Blessed Unrest.

Peace to you all,

Wendy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Don't Panic

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
I say, let your affairs be as two or three,
and not a hundred or a thousand;
instead of a million count half a dozen,
and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail".

Henry David Thoreau

Today was tiring and a bit of a struggle. Anyone with children will know that the worry never ends and that the older they get the harder it is, as there problems are just to big and cannot always be just fixed up by Mum or Dad. So today amid worry and some tears my wonderful husband Mick just listened to me and held me and just WAS with me. Then he said something profound that stopped me in my tracks. He said " remember when we talked about JUST KEEP SWIMMING well now I want you to think of - DON"T PANIC". And how true this was. The day did not end out in a field of roses with all the problems solved but it did have at least a sort of satisfactory outcome and tomorrow is another day. So now I need to have DON"T PANIC stamped across my forehead.




I was reading through my followed blogs and I would like to point you in the direction of Rhonda at her http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/.  This is the comment I made on her latest post " The Geniune Article".

"This is an excellent post - if it is alright with you I will put a link to this post on my next post. That sounds funny. I get caught out so many times with not knowing what people are talking about as I do not buy any popular magazines nor do I buy newspapers or own a TV. I seriously do not know how people find the time. I have no idea why people would want to waste precious time following someones elses tripe on twitter or spend hours wasted on games and drivle on facebook. I had a facebook account but I just had to close it down. Once I worked out what it was all about I just couldn't be bothered. But it did lead me to blogs. I have found writing and reading blogs that interest me has been so much more inspirational and useful and enjoyable than anything else I have come across. I have found a whole world of souls that I can relate to and the world just seems so much smaller and friendlier. Cheers, Wendy"

Laughing Baby



Hi everyone - I think I have finally worked out how to put a video on here to share. I have this saved and if I am feeling down and I remember, I will go and have a look at this video clip. It just makes me laugh and melts my heart. I hope you all enjoy. Thanks, Wendy

Monday, April 19, 2010

10:10Global - take a look

Hello and a good evening to you all

Today is  50 days of not smoking. How good and great and awesome is that !!!!!

Today there are many things to be thankful and grateful for. Just a few of them are
  • the wonderful dinner I made tonight out of whatever I had in the cupboard and fridge and it was devine.
  • the awesome phone call from my eldest son.
  • the time spent with my husband talking and sharing.
  • the tears I didn't cry.
  • we won two more jobs today.

If you would be so kind as to go to my followed websites at the bottom of this blog and click on the 10:10 website. Have a look and maybe you are already signed up or maybe you don't think it is important or that it will not make a difference BUT then maybe just a few more people will start to investigate. You will also see on there a little bit about a project being planned for participants from all around the world on 10-10-10 this year. I am deciding on what I will do on this day and what I might be able to offer. I will post here once I have decided. I am going to sleep on it now and just let it simmer in the background of my mind. The correct idea will show up and I will let you know when it does. Please let me know if anyone reading this decides to organise something themselves.

Have a great day tomorrow or evening whichever is relevant to you.

Peace and love to you all

Wendy

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thanks for all the WRITING

My eldest son looking at my new grand daughter Charlotte (4 days old).


Hello, Hello, Hello

Firstly again I would like to thank again all the wonderful people who write on their blogs and share with me. It helps - it really helps. I have changed the quote on my home page. Have a read above. I would like to add to this quote  - BLOGS - and not just books.

I am currently reading a book that I came across while reading a blog that sent me to a U Tube video on Sustainable Street Projects. I decided to read the book after seeing a short video of the author speaking. Now without that one person sharing on their blog - and I cannot even remember who or when - I would not have this wonderful book in my hands. I believe the universe wants me to read this book. And when I saw the quote that I have written above I just had to share it as it sums up exactly how I feel. I am absolutely amazed at the knowledge and the skill and the passion of this author I am currently reading and also the blogs I read that move me daily and help me get through some difficult moments. I don't write about each and every thing - who can - we would be on the computer typing our hearts out all day every day. But I do want to acknowledge and show my appreciation to authors everywhere.

Now the book is called "BLESSED UNREST - How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and WHY NO ONE SAW IT COMING" and is written by Paul Hawken. You can look him up on his website. This is one highly intelligent man who I find makes me think. I like being made to think. I will comment more on this book as I finish it but I would just like to point out that you all - readers and writers alike - are part of this movement. Here is a small bit taken from this book just to give you an idea of what the author is saying.
Maybe the best way to understand the future implications of the movement's daily actions is to remember Emerson's moral botany: corn seeds produce corn; justice creates justice;and kindness fosters generosity. How do we sow our seeds when large, well-intentioned institutions and intolerant ideologies that purport to be our salvation cause so much damage? One sure way is through smallness, grace, and locality. Individuals start where they stand and, in Antonio Machado's poetic dictum, make the road by walking. Thoreau insisted in Civil Disobedience that if only one man withdrew his support from an unjust government, it would begin a cycle that would reverberate and grow. For him there were no inconsequential acts, only consequential inaction: "For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever."
So have a look at this authors website and have a read of the book and see where you and I fit in in this "movement".

Day 45 day of not smoking. Still going strong. I was very edgy today and 45 days ago I would have probably smoked 2 packets of cigerettes with the false belief they were making me feel better. Anyway I did it on my own. I probably drank a few extra cups of tea and ate a few extra cookies but they don't don't give me asthma and stop me from breathing and they certainly help in calming my nerves and taste a whole lot better. Nothing quite like a cup of tea and cookie. I think I will just go and get one now........

Now there is one more recommendation I would like to make and that is the DVD of the movie Parenthood with Uma Thurman. I know that the media said it was a flop but I take no notice of box office takings and media reviews. I personally liked it. I got exhausted just watching this mum and it reminded me of being a mum with children young and still at school and having a very busy and messy and lived in home. I got angry at her husband and I cried with her and with him. I wish everyone with a family like this could be given the same ending as the movie but that is not life and we have to remember that this is just a movie. But personally I think it has enough lessons and issues in it to give you and your partner something to think on. Let me know what you think if you watch it or have seen it.

On a last note I would like to say that my day was WORTHWHILE because I was breathing, I was learning, I was sharing and I was and am being honest.

Peace and love to you all,
Wendy

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Just Sharing

Pearson Lookout - View from the top - Mudlo National Park Qld


Hi there Everyone

Well as you all know my daughter had her daughter on the 8th April. She has named her Charlotte Alexia (spelling?) and she is just adorable. Both Mum and daughter are doing well and Daddy is feeling very proud and protective already. The miracle of life. Simply a MIRACLE.

Lots of steps - Mudlo National Park Qld

Today is 1 month and 10 days of not smoking and I have to say that the past months have been very tough in many ways not written on this post and that I am very proud of myself for giving up the smoking while being quite stressed at times.

walking - walking - walking

Last weekend I went for a lovely bushwalk and an afternoon out with Mick. I have finally got some photos on here to show you. As soon as my daughter is home and safe and sound over the next few weeks Mick and I are taking of for a weekend in isolation somewhere. I am craving sand and salt air and mountain air so maybe a few places to get my fix.

Does this make you want to sit and have a cold beer or what - Woolooga Pub - Qld

I have just read through all the blogs I follow and caught up on some reading and again I have been touched and taught through those words shared. There is a post I would like to share - see this link - http://simple-green-frugal-co-op.blogspot.com/ - This is a very interesting post about being yourself and that we are not perfect and that it is ok not to be. Have a read and enjoy her wisdom.



THANKYOU

Wendy

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Baby Grand Daughter


Introducing my brand new grand daughter born the 8th April 2010 at 9.1lb and 53cm long. Isn't she just gorgeous. My daughter is doing very well and I will post more photos soon.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Feeling Like You Don't Fit In Any More

Hi there everyone

Today is 1 month and 6 days since I stopped smoking. Still going strong. There is something I thought I might discuss though with regards to making changes in your life. Over the past year and half I am gradually becoming a non drinker and in the past month have become a non smoker. There is an area not discussed much at all when people talk about changing habits like these, and that is "feeling like you don't fit in anymore". It is all about learning to do things a different way with your peers and family.

Let me try and explain. The other week my husband made a joke and said I was the Fun Police. It was a joke but boy did I take it seriously. He had no idea that I was so sensitive on the subject. Because I do not drink alcohol much anymore and do not get drunk like I used to and use alcohol to have my fun it definately has changed my perspective on others drinking and my ability to get into whatever they are doing at the time. I just simply do not feel like I fit in. I try so hard not to be judgemental and mostly if it is within my power I will just go to bed or move away from the situation but sometimes I just can't do that. Not all times does it invovle people actually being drunk. It is just the fact that my husband and quite a few of our friends all drink socially and I do not any more. Hubby and I would sit down on a Friday night or on the weekend and I would drink my wine while we talked or watched a movie and I would end up tipsy or drunk. It was what we did together from the time we got together when we met. Don't get me wrong, I didn't drink every night but it was definately a major part of my life.

Since giving up smoking this has created the same area of concern between us. I am better now though as the weeks go by and I can sit in the same area as hubby while he smokes or while others smoke. It is not that I want one now  - it is that it smells so bad. I cannot have a go at others as only a short time ago I smoked and all I can do is move away from the smell and lead by example. Hubby doesn't smoke as much now and he doesn't drink as much either.

I was reading one of my followed blogs by Aine ( http://theevolvingspirit.blogspot.com/ ) and her last post was very interesting reading and was about how others hold us back and sometimes they don't even realise that they are doing it. It got me thinking about these issues I have been talking about. It is definately something that can be overcome and there are strategies I am learning to deal with different situations but sometimes the changes in me are just to great and I realise that I am just not ever going to be on that level again with that person or situation. That's when I mourn sometimes for the old ways and this is where I think people usually give in to their old habits to fit in.

I am learning to find a new way to be and I am really enjoying the new me. At first I was apologising and going along with things I didn't want to do anymore just to make sure I was still fitting in. I was getting angry with my poor husband and getting very uptight about what I was perceiving as things I was missing out on somehow now that I didn't drink or smoke.

After the comment about being the Fun Police I decided not to get angry anymore and just live my life the way I want to. I can't judge others and they have no right to judge me. I am happy with the changes I am making and I will find my groove.

I have soooooo much respect for alcoholics who have stopped drinking and smokers who have stopped smoking or people who have stopped taking drugs of any kind. When you have stopped doing something that defines you and is just so habitual that it is all you know how to do and then you STOP - And you stay STOPPED - it is such an amazing achievment. I just have so much respect and such admiration for their strength.

I am sure that most people reading this post would say that they would support a friend or family member wholeheartedly if they were trying to break a bad habit. Just remember that sometimes we don't even know that we are subotaging someones efforts in something they are trying to do.

Thanks for listening. That was a hard thing to try and get into words so I hope it makes sense.

Thanks for your support,

Wendy

Sunday, April 4, 2010

It Has More Punch

I thought today I would just share another poem. Again the theme is to lead and teach by example.

IT HAS MORE PUNCH (  or  Sermons We See)

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day,
I'd rather one should walk with me  than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine council is confusing, but example's always clear,
And the best of all the preachers, are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put into action, is what everybody needs.

I can soon learn how to do it, if you'll let me see it done,
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run,
And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness I am eager to be kind,
When a weaker brother stumbles, and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be,
And all travellers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold,
One deed of kindness noted is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honour learns to hold his honour dear,
For right living speaks a language which to everyone is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day.

Edgar Guest

And finally - It's not much use looking ahead, unless you walk that way.


Peace to you all

Wendy

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Proud Of My Choices

I am now into the second month of non smoking. So it is 1 month and 3 days. Big pat on the back for Wendy. I am truly proud of myself.

My eating plan is a bit all over the place but there are so many changes I am making and I am happy with my progress. I fitted into a pair of pants that were tight so I must have lost a little weight around my middle - that's good. I can clearly see and feel what happens when I eat dairy products of any kind. That's enough to stop me even being tempted with a bit of cheese. I don't like milk so that is easy but cheese, yoghurt and butter are another love story. It has now been about two weeks since I have touched dairy products and I am not exaggerating when I say that I don't care. I even made cauliflower cheese for my husband and daughter last night. It smelt good and I know they really enjoyed it but I actually felt so guilty feeding them that rubbish but I am not their keeper and have no right what so ever to tell them what to eat. What I can do is lead by example and that is what I will do.  I won't bore you with all the other finer details. I think this explains well enough how those changes are going and the benefits already being experienced.

In one of my very first posts I talked about finding my bliss - what rocks my boat. I had commented on how hard it is to know what excites me and then I had remembered Yoga and Bushwalking. Well I got up this morning and did a Yoga routine and loved every minute of it. I did some balancing and just whatever came into my head. I just went with the flow of it and I am so glad I did. I had made another pact with myself that this is now to be a daily practice and today was the first day. I am gradually introducing things one at a time into my life and making them permanent changes. I will try and find a Yoga class somehwere nearby that I can attend once a week at least but the rest is up to me each day.

The second thing I did today is cross one of my bushwalking goals of my list on the right hand side of this blog. I wrote previously about how I enjoy walking in nature and that led me to finding at least 10 places that were fairly close to home and could be done on day trips. Well it was drizzling with rain again today but I just went anyway and it turned out perfect. I would post some photos here but the program is having a meltdown and I don't feel like fixing that until tomorrow. Mick and I had a lovely afternoon together and it honestly felt like a mini holiday. Just left our problems at the house and went for a drive and then a great walk. It was quite steep and had loads of stairs and boy did it get me huffed and puffed and the sweat pouring of me. I loved it. And best of all I COULD BREATH and didn't use any asthma spray. YAY !!!!!

Anyway I just wanted to say it was a great day and it was very WORTHWHILE for me and my husband. The thing I have just realised though is that I am making some good choices and it is so true - those choices are mine. As the saying on my fridge goes -







"We either make ourselves happy or miserable, the amount of work is the same"











Peace to you all and thanks for listening,

Wendy