Be Adventerous

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Life, as I know it, is an adventure in and of itself.  Without risking adventure and accepting new challenges life would not be the exciting journey that it is. One should never be limited by being too young, being too old, being single or in a relationship.  Or being restricted by the figures in your bank balance.  Don’t even to wait for a better time or or a more suitable location.

You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
-Barbara Sher

If your life is anything less than interesting and inspiring not only to yourself but to others – you’re doing something wrong.  I love the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt which, quite simply, summarizes the purpose of an adventurous lifestyle. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Throwing yourself out there. Have you dreamed of doing something for years?  Have you always wanted to complete a task or goal but never quite had enough courage to get out there and do it?  Break down the reasons as to what lies between you dreaming and actually doing.  The range of choices and adventurous is at your disposal.

You are only limited by your dreams and imagination.  What’s holding you back?  Your job?  Your friends?  Your location?  Perhaps its time to take a bold approach and talk to your boss about more flexible hours or an earlier start and finish.  Are you friends restricting you with their philosophy of what like should be about?  Are the habits which they possess influencing you for the better or worse?  If its the latter, now is the time to go solo and create new friends.  Despite popular cultural thinking, you don’t need a ton of friends to feel loved and appreciated.  One or two close companions can bring more joy and happiness that a handful of individuals who don’t know the real you.  Your location, be it Tokyo’s Shibuya or in the middle of Hanks, North Dakota there are always options for taking on an new adventure.  Don’t allow your location or situation to starve you from a fascinating  lifestyle!

Try something new.  Are you in a routine rut?  Despite the fact that routines are a very positive and beneficial exercise, being in a non-flexible routine can have the opposite effect and can actually be more damaging than helpful.  Try mixing up your daily routine by driving to work a different way.  Eat breakfast on the porch in summertime instead of by the breakfast bar.  Enjoy an evening walk instead of the traditional morning routine.  Today, I decided to add a little adventure into a normal weekday’s evening meal.  Instead of eating dinner at home around the table as usual, I wrapped up our mashed potato and sausages in foil, packed them in our picnic basket and drove done to the beach with my boyfriend for an impromptu weekend-style dinner in the middle of the week!  It was fun and relaxing at the same time and it added a little spice to the normality of a weekday.

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Need some more inspiration to get you started?

You know that little local town you’ve been meaning to explore? Explore it.

Learn a new language with your significant other and speak it at home

Buy an amazing new cookbook and try recipes from it for a week

Order something different than “the usual” at your favourite cafe

Explore a bit of the city you’re in on your next business trip

Join Toastmasters, and learn the art of public speaking

Smile and say ‘hello’ as you pass people on the street

Try that new ethnic restaurant around the corner

Learn to play a new musical instrument

Train to run/walk a marathon

Change your haircut

Dare to dream

What’s your favourite everyday way to be adventurous?

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Send a Little Love this Christmas

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Can you believe its only 15 days until Christmas?  For me, there is so much to look forward about the Christmas season.   Be it cosy evenings with family and friends, an over-abundance of delicious food, the much-loved tradition of gift-giving and last but definatly not least, relaxation in the truest sense of the word.

Christmas is all about the things that are closest to us, especially our friends and family.  During the break from work and the normal routine of life we can find solace and comfort in the company of our friends and family.  Christmas is about connection.  And one of the most delightful traditions our family has experienced since I was a child was sending and receiving Christmas notes and cards during the weeks leading up to Christmas Day.  I hold many fond memories of our family opening piles of cards from loved ones and finding places for them around the mantlepiece of our brick fireplace.

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
― Charles M. Schulz

 

Sending Christmas cards to family and loved ones is a tradition that I have continued when creating my own home.  Despite the cultural incline towards more modern and convenient forms of communication there is nothing quite like carefully unsealing a well-traveled envelope to delight in writers correspondence.  Our modern forms of communication are possibly more of a incentive to follow the snail-mail of contact for just one time each year!

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Organisation
Remember… I love lists, right?  Yes, you’ve guessed it!  The easiest and most efficient way of sending all your lovely Christmas notes out in a timely fashion is to compose a list of who they are going to.

I create mine in Excel, sorted alphabetically by Christian name, and then first name.  The next column holds the address details.  Don’t forget to check who’s moved and update the address!  If you have friends and family that reside overseas I’d put them on the top of the list and then work your way down.  That way you can ensure an on-time arrival.

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
― Bob Hope

Purchasing
Work out the total of cards you need to send and purchase the stamps in advance.  This makes the mailing process much smoother and efficient.  Don’t forget the postage for overseas items.  Purchase next years Christmas cards during the discounts after the Christmas season is over to get a better deal.  Preferably buy in packs of 10 or 20 to save on costs.  Not only will you save but you’ll also be prepared early for next year!

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So, go ahead!  Be ‘old fashioned’ for this special season –  put pen to paper and share the joy!

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Queen Elizabeth II: the epitome of sophistication and style

As The Queen wraps up her Jubilee Celebrations I thought this to be the perfect opportunity to look back over the years in a tribute to Her Majesty’s ever-glamorous style and regal sophistication.  From a young princess to becoming the Queen of England she has proven that good grace and a sense of elegance never go out of style.

“I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”
– Queen Elizabeth

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
– Queen Elizabeth II

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.”
– Queen Elizabeth II
“Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”
– Queen Elizabeth II

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”
– from the Queen’s Christmas message in 2008

A New Standard of Beauty?

I recently read a news article featuring photography of Philip Toledano and his proposition of introducing a new kind of beauty.  Over the years our perception of “beautiful” has been warped into some altered figure of plumbed-lips, wrinkle-free face, copious amount of cleavage and stick skinny legs to boot.  With the incredible rise in women choosing plastic-surgery we now have a plethora of women having the opportunity to shape, form and create their own version of beautiful.

Should we re-define beauty into something that is designed by a surgeons hand?  Stretching, pulling and tucking which make a normally natural look become ageless and immovable.  Those who find their beauty by altering their appearance will find that after time even that appearance will fade and in most cases need to be re-touched and altered as time goes by.

Beauty, I believe is much deeper than the outer appearance of a woman.  It can’t be defined by the size of someone’s waist, the amount of cleavage one has or even how tall one is.  I have met women who are naturally ascetically beautiful, yet their personality was oftentimes catty and they were constantly jealous.  Their focus was always on their outer appearance rather than their inner beauty.  Then on the other hand I know some truly beautiful women.  No, they will never win the Miss America Beauty Pageant but what they lack in physical appearance they defiantly make up with a vibrant personality and a zest for a fulfilling life. Their beauty shines from their warm, loving personality and is reflected in their smiles and actions.

How do you define beauty?  Do you measure it by some Photoshopped look on the front of a glossy magazine or do you hold a higher standard of beauty?

The Incredible Value of a True Friend

Recently I was gifted with two little books filled with inspirational quotations on friendship, love and life. My thoughts turned to ponder just how blessed I was to have such wonderful, caring friends in my life and also gave me inspiration to be a better friend to those that I care for.

I often see young women let jealousy, greed and immaturity creep in and steal their friendships. Even friendships they have treasured for a lifetime.  Without notice something small and seemingly insignificant tares their love and divides their friendship!

“There are many faces of love.
Love many things,
for therein lies the true strength,
and whosoever loves much
performs much, and can
accomplish much, and what is
done in love is done well.”

One of the most treasured values of a good friend is loyalty.  Loyalty is a rare commodity in today’s world, but it’s an absolute requirement in true and abiding friendships.  Recently I had the honor of being asked to be my best friend’s Maid of Honor at her wedding.  I was ecstatic and incredibly thrilled to say the least!  As we started creating the wedding plans I took a few moments to reflect on our friendship over the past few years.  It brought tears to my eyes as I remembered the times we have shared together facing some incredibly tough challenges and of course reveling in the fun, happy times.  It’s actually ironic how sometimes the hardest, toughest challenge can actually bring someone closer to you than if life was just smooth sailing?

 Don’t give up on someone just because their human.  Don’t give up on someone just because they make mistakes.  Believe it or not – you do the same things.  Maybe not in the same way but we all can offend, we all can let our tongue slip, give that unneeded look or let jealously take over from the real problem.

Be humble and confess.  Share you thoughts, problems, and feelings.  That is what friendship is really made of.  If someone has confessed to you – reach out and touch them.  Let them see your love and appreciate their vulnerability.  It takes an awful amount of strength and courage to apoligise.  Recognise this and respond in appropriately.

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness,
a tender look
which becomes a habit.”
-Peter Ustinov

These thoughts provoked me to strive to be a better friend even though miles, countries and even continents may separate you and a loved one that doesn’t mean your love needs to be separated too.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our post on the
10 Commandments of Friendship!