My Muse

Looking back on original moments …..

Coffee in France

My muse used to be coffee … if that is possible to comprehend!   It was my source of inspiration and motivation to be creative and to make things happen.

But, my digestive system has decided this is no longer so and I am not quite sure yet how I feel about this.

It is a bit like losing a loved one and not really understanding why.  Why did this happen?   Please explain it to me again?

 

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Sydney in September

Sometimes, it can be more enjoyable to wander the streets and admire the window displays when the shops are closed and the daytime crowd have gone home for the day …

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A New Way of Living

There is a new thinking and way of living and working that has been gathering a following for some time now and I have joined in.   Maybe ‘joined’ is not the right word, perhaps I should say …  I am running along beside others, soaking up the ideas and preparing to get motivated by new thinking.   In an effort to further understand this new thinking on work-life I am reading books on the topic and checking out information and blogs on-line about this wonderful, beautiful new way of living.

I have always found that learning from others is a great motivator and an encouraging process.  One of my motivating sources is The Biggest Loser TV Show (it is on TV across the nation this month) it can motivate people to lose weight, get moving and get healthy.   But, you don’t have to join a reality show to get the benefits of the personal trainers who are part of the program.   I have been learning from Shannan Ponton and Michelle Bridges for a number of years.   They give us tips on what is healthy food and good nutrition as well as the easy ways to get active – walking, swimming and (apparently) picking up heavy things and moving them from place to place as well as playing ball games with friends in the park.

But I am getting off topic.  Or maybe there is a link there somewhere …

What I started talking about was an identified new way of living and working.     So, instead of working for someone else in a job you don’t really enjoy and where you do not utilise – in the best possible way  – your talents and skills.   When, and if you feel like you are just surviving and going through the motions of turning up for work and doing the tasks just so you can collect a pay check at the end of the work week … there is another option available!   Another option where you earn a good living doing things you enjoy and delight in as well as working at the times you are most productive with plenty of time for living and loving a beautiful life.

This new way of living and working involves giving up your day job and doing what you want and love.   Sounds simple enough.   So you want to know how this new way of living works?

From my research and reading I have discovered that it takes significant planning and preparation and a BIG change in thinking.   I have listened to Alisa and read a book by Janice and started drafting some of my plans and dreams – more about that later.   One example I want to share with you today is of a colleague of mine from many years ago, who decided she wanted to do what she loved more than the paid-work she was currently engaged in and she set to making a plan and working towards her goal.   She told me that she enjoyed her work but felt that she could put her heart into making her dream a reality.  Her goal was to make flower essences and have a gift shop where she could sell the essences along with other beautiful crystals, books and jewellery.   She felt this is what gave her joy.    However, these types of dreams rarely happen over night and she set to preparing a plan and taking time to put that plan into action.  She began by saving money for her plan and building up her skills and knowledge in flower essences.   Then came the transition period from the ‘day job’ to the dream job.   She reduced her work hours and started to build her business.   That way she had an small yet regular income while she was building up her new business and creating a new way of living and working.  Eighteen months later she quit her day job and settled into her new way of living and working, doing what she loved and living her dream.

This wonderful and inspirational woman continues to provide a service to her customers and clients today doing what she loves and utilising her skills in a most beautiful way.   She is well past the usual retiring age yet because she is doing work she loves that continues to bring out her best it gives her passion for living and working in a delightful manner – inspiring self and others.

It seems to me that people like Michelle and Shannon, Janice and Alisa and my artist friends all started  in this way … making a plan and working through a transition period to arrive at a place they wanted to be where they liked who they are and what they spend their day doing and making.

Walnut.  This remedy is for adjustment to change.  It is helpful during any transitional period which may include moving house, settling into a new job or new area, or through the major milestone changes of life such as teething, puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

HOWARD, Judy. Bach Flower Remedies for Women.  Suffolk:  St Edmundsbury Press Ltd. 1992.

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Photo challenge – Close up

 orchidRecognise what is before your eyes, and what is hidden will be revealed to you.  

 Moore, Thomas.  Care of the Soul.  London:  Piatkus Books. 1992

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Photo Challenge – doors of green

A green  door with a view into the courtyard

A green door with a view into the courtyard 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”

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Photo Challenge – broken (an earthly experience)

if you look closely at this picture, passed the unearthed tree roots you will see the graves of people who have gone before.

if you look closely at this picture, in the background, past the unearthed tree roots you will see the graves of people who have gone before.

This photo seems to fit the theme of ‘broken’ for me.   The trees roots have broken from the soil and are exposed to the elements, without the warm and moisture of the earth to sustain the tree is broken and dying.

In addition, on a deeper level this photo was taken at the local cemetery one day when I was visiting the graves of family members who have left this earth year before.    In the background on the hill you will see the plaques of some graves in the lawn cemetery.   Looking at my photos when I came home that day I was reminded of  the ties that are broken through death – and the wounded hearts that struggle to cope with the loss they experience.   There is so much sadness, yet for me the cemetery is a place of quiet reflection and peace.

Someone once said to me, when talking about a great tragedy they had experienced that broke their heart, that their heart had been broken wide open – not just wounded.  They felt more pain and more joy.  They were able to feel more, to understand more and to have greater compassion for self and other.   They said that even though, they experienced a great tragedy and extreme loss they believed that is was a significant learning for them – in some strange way a good thing – that their heart needed to break wide open to see and feel the beauty and immeasurable goodness within the heart and somehow within the pain.

A visit to the Cemetery on a quiet and cloudy day

A visit to the Cemetery on a quiet, cold and cloudy day

May the light of day warm the hearts of those who are grieving and sad today!!

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”

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Photo Challenge – on the way (flowers)

glancing down a alleyway while out for a walk, I spied this cascade of colour on steps no longer in use.

… glancing down a alleyway while out for a walk, I spied this cascade of colour on steps no longer in use.

Flowers will continue to grow in the most unlikely places..

Flowers will continue to grow in the most unlikely places … delightfully

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

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Photo Challenge – on the way

On the way home ..  walking home!

On the way home .. walking home!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

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Water view – Northern New South Wales

sitting on this bench in the back garden, gives a delightful and tranquil view of the waterways.

sitting on this bench in the back garden, gives a delightful and tranquil view of the waterways.

This post is inspired by Benches Series as posted by Travel Words blog;

April is benches with a view!

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Photo Challenge – The Wall

Ah!  The delightful days of summer holidays and time spent beside the sea.   This photo was taken at Lyme Regis Bay in Dorset, England last Summer.   The days were hot and salty – and the evenings balmy and very still.     England is now getting ready for Summer and we here in the Southern Hemisphere are preparing for the cooler seasons of the year.

Our next long weekend will be Easter holidays and friends and family are already talking about their plans for a few days beside the sea while the weather is still warm.  There is still time to enjoy a walk on the sand in bare feet before a jacket and a warm scarf is required as protection from the fresh autumn wind.   That is my plan   ..  to have a day at the beach!

The beach wall and view along the promenade

The beach wall and view along the promenade

One of my favourite holidays meals was fish pie with chips and a glass of white wine at the The Cobb Arms Pub at the other end of this promenade.

Favourite holiday meal by the sea!!

Favourite holiday meal by the sea!!

This post is inspired by the WordPress weekly photo challenge.   Each Friday there is an invitation to post a March 13, 2015 on a new theme.   This one is in response to Cheri Lucas Rowlands who invites bloggers to ” … share an image of a wall that reveals something about a person, place or you!”

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