... Living inspired by the beauty of life, one post at a time.

Friday, September 30, 2011


I was once told that you should be able to count on one hand the kind of friends that are heart and soul kind of friends .... friends that know you inside out, love you despite your flaws and stick with you in the hard times. These kind of friends share all of life's moments. They don't sweat the hard stuff, they laugh in the good times and cry with you in the sad times ... they are not only a shoulder to cry on but a tower to lean on. Distance does not diminish the friendship  and time is not a barrier. These kind of friends enrich your life and make you grow far beyond what is conceivable and challenge you to reach even greater heights. Instead of keeping you small they throw open the window of providence and pull you through it. 

If you have just one friend like this, 
then you are blessed. 
I am!

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Friday, September 23, 2011


Five minute Friday with the Gypsy Mama 
.... todays theme - 'Growing'.

Yesterday we planted some vegetable seeds and come Summer time we hope to have grown a few vegetables. My son decided that caring for a garden would be a great spring holiday idea. His enthusiasm is infectious. We don't have much space for doing this so it will be an interesting little adventure. He has been carefully extracting the seeds from various fruits and vegetables over the last week. It all started with an experiment he did with some grape seeds a few months ago. He had the grape seeds lying dormant in the fridge for ages and recently took them out to awaken them from their chilly slumber. 

I have to say I am most impressed ... he was over the moon when they finally sprouted at the beginning of the holidays. This week he has dissected and examined capsicum, cucumber, tomatoes, peas and strawberry seeds. Today he was even harvesting kiwifruit seeds ... hmmm, I wont tell him just yet that it will take years for any fruit to materialise! It will be interesting watching my son develop patience as he lovingly tends his latest garden experiment. I love that he will learn how to carefully nurture hidden potential. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesdays around the world

Relaxing by the pool, reading a good book .... love spring :)

The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun's kiss glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze.
~Julian Grenfell

The sun on my face ... truly a simple pleasure.

Beyond reason or sensibility

Part 1 - Rain Falling

Part 2  
The light that pours forth is all encompassing. Mesmerised, my eyes never leave the rainbow of light flickering before me. It's rays of brilliance dance up and down in front of me. Touching my skin, it seeps into my pores, spreading to the farthest reaches of my soul.  Caressing the hidden parts of me, the secret places within that no man knows and where no one can go. This light is not only brilliant but effervescent and so incredibly tangible. Encircled by its radiance, a shiver impulsively escapes from the core of my being. Gingerly I reach out and touch the pulsating light, slipping my hand into the glowing softness. Velvety and smooth it caresses my skin reaching deep into my heart and on into my soul. The storm within suddenly dies down, the restlessness on the horizon ceases to exist. Everything within me is swept up in a sea of tranquility. Serenity surrounds me and I find myself drifting in this vast ocean of unexpected calm. Beyond reason or sensibility I am lulled into an unexplainable and unimaginable peacefulness. Time and understanding are transcended.  I am swallowed up in its beauty and care for nothing but being suspended by this omnipotent reality and infinite power.

Philippians 4:7 ... His peace that transcends understanding will guard my heart and my soul. When all else fails His never ending, supreme and divine love, so full of grace and mercy invades every part of my being. It is complete and utterly beyond comprehension. He who knows me better than I know myself. He who so intimately delights in me, is there .... always there waiting ... even in this desert place - this vast and dry expanse that stretches before me. He is there still, he satiates my being, filling me up ... His peace is a soothing balm to my weary soul. What seems impossible, unachievable and totally out of reach rests in His hands. I am safe in His embrace.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Joy with the Gypsy Mama

Joy is a bubble that wells up from within ... it is infinite elation, pure delight, sunshine and laughter. It is that never ending feeling of frivolity and unexpected surprise. Joy can sneak up on you and blow your socks off.  Joy is the kiss of heaven, a babe in arms, a glorious sunset and a mischievous grin!! It comes in many ways, when you least expect it ... you know joy has touched you because it leaves a path of delicious satisfaction in its wake. There is a smile on your face long after the joy has escaped you. It is the little things and the big things ... it brings serenity to your soul and a twinkle to your eye like nothing else can!

Linking up with the Gypsy Mama ... 
for '5 minute Friday'.
Head on over and read her inspiring post.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Heart words ... simply said.

Walk through the valley .... keep on going and don't stop! Hope is just around the corner.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Heart words .... simply said.

Meandering the village streets in Palma, Mallorca I found this little store front. So quaint!

more visual images with words here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Follow your heart

Figure out what you do best ... and do it today. 

The richness of life lies in discovering your potential 
and applying it purposefully. 
Dig deep to find the treasure hidden within.

Follow the map of your heart 
Look to the clues marked out across your soul.

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Monet's garden in Giverny ...
his gardens truly are the closest thing to what I imagine Eden must have looked like
- it really was breathtaking!

Unearth the gems buried in the secret places of your heart and soul.

Heart words .... simply said.

Visual images with Heart n Soul. 
(Holiday snaps taken while travelling in Mallorca, Spain.)

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

I did it!

I did the hike for Hope today and ran/walked the 10K's in 65 mins. It was a gorgeous day to run the coast line. Brilliant blue skies over head, sea gulls soaring, the wind in my face and my boy cheering me on. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. The cool breeze that blew in from the ocean was even refreshing. Love the feeling of achieving something purposeful and being part of something bigger than myself ... while I ran I reminded myself about the medical clinic that would now be established in Mityana, Uganda. It helped to spur me on and push myself just that little bit further. Just knowing that I had the opportunity to be a part of something that places value on humanity is so very significant. Who knows, one day I may even get to visit.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hike 4 Hope

This Saturday I am participating in a 10Km hike to raise funds to build a community medical clinic in Mityana, Uganda. Thousands of children are dying everyday from preventable diseases: the leading two being Malaria and diarrhoea. 

A work colleague recently established the charity 100% hOPE to provide ongoing support for this small African community in Uganda. 100% hOPE is bringing a hope and a future to Africa's most vulnerable by developing self sustainable communities. It is a non-profit registered charity run by a group of volunteers. All funds raised through this event will go directly to the building of the medical clinic. The goal is to raise the $10,000 required to establish this much needed clinic... hard to believe that this is all it will take to make a difference to hundreds of lives. 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

If you would like to support me this Saturday in the hike (or in visiting Uganda) then please feel free to message me for further details. Cheer me on with your encouragement, together we can make a difference.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rest for the soul

5 Minute Friday: Rest

Linking with the Gypsy Mama today. (Even though it is Saturday in Australia, so I am a bit late.)

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go a little overboard encouraging the writer who linked up before you.

so here we go ...

When my body is tired and weary there is nothing better than taking time out to just sit and relax. Relaxing on the swing outside or sitting with a cup of tea is a favourite of mine.  I love the opportunity to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, to reflect or contemplate life ... But how about the soul, how do you let your soul rest? 

When the busyness of life invades deep into the core of who you are ... right to your heart and soul ... when the breath is knocked out of you, when wounds open up or pain runs deep ... how does you soul fare?

I am currently on a journey ... and discovering how to allow my soul to rest amidst the storms of life ... to allow my soul to be still in the eye of the storm ... to pause when storm clouds threaten ...  to rest even when the horizon is dark and ominous.

Video clip - All is well with my soul.
History behind the song

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