I have been what you can call a traveler, expat, immigrant, outsider (sometimes it feels that way) since I left school and went on my first adventure to the big city London. Since then I have traveled the world and settled in Portugal. Six years and two kids later, the time has come, to see if “Home” is on the other side of the world, Australia…
It was not an easy decision, after all, it is on the other side of the world, far away from everything I know… Sure I have traveled, around Europe, to the States, South America and Africa. But never to “the other side”.
A great adventure is about to begin…we are excited… I have no rose-tinted glasses on, I know it is not easy to move to a new country and start from scratch, but we have one advantage, we have done it before. And this time it will be in a country were we understand the language.
I am a great believer in; ” When in Rome, do as the Romans…” So I try my best in embracing the culture and customs. But I believe the beauty about have had the opportunity to live in more than one country, is that you always take some new traditions and customs with you when you leave.
I like to think with knowing more cultures and customs, you become a more adaptable and accepting person.
Filed under: Health, Meditation, nature, positive, Thoughts, Uncategorized | Tags: self-sufficient
I have not been very active here for a long time, but have decided to make a change…
We recently went on a little mini break to the Alentejo mountains, staying in a little self-sufficient cottage, surrounded by olive and cork trees and mountains. To spend your day strolling on ancient footpaths and swimming in a natural river pool, is very healing.
On our last morning while everyone was sleeping, I tiptoed outside with the mornings first cup of coffee and a book. Lying in the hammock taking in all the morning sounds and smells, made me think of what I really want out of life. I just wanted to pause in that moment, make it last longer…
I don’t think there are many things that can be so soothing and relaxing as nature, you really feel you belong.
This made me wonder, how I can get a little bit of this peace into our busy everyday life.
I have things in mind; yoga, meditation, gardening or just plain positive thinking. So this is what I have decided to dedicate this space to.
Positive Thinking & all things relaxing.
Just about half way through 2011, what have you got to show for this year so far?
I was thinking of that the other day. My plan was to be positive about it, BUT, instead my thoughts started… I have not done this and that I planned at the beginning of the year. So I decided to start again, and look at what I ACTUALLY have done instead, and then suddenly it didn’t look so bleak after all. So what if I have not started a new career or bought a house with a garden. I have regained my fitness levels, although not my waist goal and I have learnt some more Portuguese. The best part of it all, I have been watching my kids grow a bit older, learning new things and playing together and I have shared this with my husband. And the beautiful times you have as a family, beats all the “BIG” goals. Somewhat bitter-sweet, as we would love to have more of these moments with our extended families too…
The last week my boys have been so giggly and I just love to hear them laugh… That is the best medicine to absolutely everything. And I think all parents will agree on this one.
We had one of those idyllic days on the beach this weekend, a happy smiling all play and games family…. No fighting over who is going to have what towel, not too much sand throwing. Could not have been better, a little treasured memory, that you will remind yourself of when the rain is pouring and you are all getting cabin fever and the bickering starts.
I like to believe that what happens is meant to be, but not in the sense that you will just sit on your bum and wait for things to happen. More in the way that you come to a cross-road, and the road you choose is the path for you, easy or hard. Like you are handed a set of tasks, then it’s up to you to decide how you are going to deal with them.
So here’s to another six month filled with laughter, surprises, everyday stuff and a step closer to your “big goals”.
…I’ve been a bit absent recently…
I think I might be allergic to my laptop? is this possible? I just find I can not force myself to sit in front of my computer after work…is it just me? Or is it the weather? Or am I ACTUALLY allergic?
As for example, right now I am just dying to wrap up and log off.
But I will be back, I know I will. I hope it will be soon. So many things I want to share, but will save it for another day.
But I leave you with this thought…
How can we live in the present and at the same time plan for the future?
Have you ever thought of what you would do for a living if you could do what ever you would like, without taking risks and finances into account?
I have… and of course this “dream” job has changed over the years; as a 12 year old I wanted to fly fighter jets…but I gave up that dream when i found out you need 20/20 vision. Then shortly after I wanted to be a pop star, and that lingered for quite some time. In high school I wanted to become a tourist guide and travel to far-flung places…
In my adult life my dreams have always hovered over health and fitness related professions, until recently.
Right this very minute I am dreaming of my very own cozy yarn shop with a little cafe. Yarns in all the colors of the rainbow, in all fibres available packed to the rafters. A cafe with muffins a la Sprigs SA and a knitting club of course!
I love to create things, when I was younger I used to draw… But I think I made my last sketch in 2005!
About the same time I started to knit. I find it so relaxing and at the same time challenging. There is always something new to learn. A fantastic hobby to have, where you can get a fabulous and useful end product. Although it doesn’t always work out like that. But don’t forget practise make perfect!
AND some useful studies has proved that it can lower your blood pressure and get you to the same relaxed state as if you were doing yoga. Not bad if you ask me.
I went to my first ever knitting workshop recently, I really enjoyed it. And came home with a few new tricks to my repetoire. My teacher for the session was Zelia, she got crafts in her blood, she sews, knit and crochet, and I’m sure many other things to that. Very inspiring! If you want to see any of the things she made, pop over to her blog; http://zstitchin.blogspot.com/
I have a feeling that I am not the only one who want to make a living out of a hobby I love…
What’s your dream?
Happiness is NOT a destination,
it’s a way of life…
” Love does not consist in gazing at each other , but looking outward together in the same direction.”
(Antoine Saint Exupery)
I have a lovely card that my husband gave to me years ago, with these words. Since then I have had it on my notice board in my office. I love the words, anybody can fall in love…but can that love stand the test of time and the challenges of life?