Are you wearing a white ribbon?

Today is white ribbon day in Australia. Wearing a white ribbon is to send a message to stop violence against women. I share this as I was shocked to hear that in Australia one woman is killed every week by a partner or former partner. I thought that ‘sort of thing’ happened in ‘other places’. I was wrong.whiteribbon Continue reading

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Remembrance Day from both sides of the fence

Since today is Remembrance Day I would like to pay my respects to all those who have lost their lives during wars or armed conflicts. I would also like to acknowledge and pay my respects to all who have been pained by wars.

I grew up in Australia and I had two wonderful Nans who nurtured and loved me always. During World War II they were both teenagers living on opposite sides of the world. They both had different stories to share with me later of the war.

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What mindfulness looks like when you drive

Mindfulness has been described as:

The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2003).

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When I first stumbled upon mindfulness I decided to test it out while driving.

The result was pretty cool, I saw a building I must have driven past several times without noticing its existence!

I wrote a post about my experience and submitted it to a fantastic mindfulness website. To read the post in full click on the following link: ‘Driving the moment’.

It gets easier every day.





The linked post was the first post I ever wrote and I was very excited when www.everyday-mindfulness.org published my post on their website.

Let me know your thoughts below, do you practice mindfulness, if so do you practice while you drive? Any tips?

Five suggestions to help make your dream a reality

In the spirit of the brave decision this week by Australian Jarryd Hayne to leave rugby league at the height of his career to try to play in the NFL, below are five suggestions to help make your dream a reality.

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1. Share your dream with others

If you tell people you trust about your dream it takes it one step closer to being ‘real’. Others may give you ideas on how to make your dream a reality and they will ‘check in’ with you about your dream, making you more accountable to yourself.

2. Break your dream down

If your dream seems enormous and you don’t know where to start then break it down.

If you are writing a book, a promise to complete one page or even one paragraph a week is much more attainable than a promise to complete a chapter. You will find your success will spur you to keep going and get to those chapters sooner than you thought!

3. Take action!

I heard on the radio that the only way to secure your failure is to never even try! So try taking a step in the direction of your dream, no matter how small.

The decision by Jarryd Hayne, the most recent winner of rugby league’s highest award (Dally M joint winner), to quit the game and move to the USA shocked many people. Why would someone quit at the height of their career? Hayne said he was “giving himself the opportunity to make it”. This is the same for all of us who aspire to experience or be something else: we must take action or we will continue where we are.

4. Keep trying

I love the quote by Thomas Edison who created the light bulb when he was asked why he kept trying even though he had failed 1,000 times:

“I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

5. Be adaptable

The world changing discovery of penicillin was made my accident! It was due to a contaminated experiment that had capsule-158568_640grown mould. With perseverance and hard work this was then adapted into the medical innovation that could be used to treat humans (thank you British Fleming and Chain, and Australian Florey).

As you follow your dreams you may find them evolving, be adaptable, you never know what you may encounter!