LIVING A GOOD LIFE!

Suburban boardwalk adventure

 IT IS FABULOUS FRIDAY!

 

It had been a late Thursday night at Toastmasters enjoying learning public speaking, leadership, and catching up with Toastmaster friends, and I was feeling tired. I decided a quiet day was what I needed today and so I had declared Friday as my day off. Like every Friday, I did some journaling in my car as I waited for my gym class to start just allowing all my thoughts to get dumped on the page. Then it was time to look after my health by getting some exercise and my happy on, with an energetic Sh’bam class. I then squeezed in some grocery shopping. From here I discovered a lakeside boardwalk to meander along, and took some time out to de-stress and relax. I have planed a delicious meal to enjoy with my family tonight which will be followed by a family movie. I am excited because no work this weekend, it is going to be a weekend off.

 

When I think of living the good life, I think it includes:

Work I love doing.

Taking care of my health and exercising

Spending time with family and friends

Relaxing, walking and journaling

Learning and developing new skills.

Appreciating all the good things in my life.

Also a little disappointed in myself, this year I was going to plan my weekends more so I don’t waste them. Some weekends are good and some just happen. This weekend I have only planed a dinner out for Mr. Serious’s birthday! It looks like being a weekend that is just going to happen.

 

What do you think living the good life looks like?

Have a fantastic Friday and a lovely weekend!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

The Yearly Review! 2014

I chose this picture because I just love the vivid red colure of the flower. Beautiful!

I chose this picture because I just love the vivid red color of the flower. Beautiful!

Yesterday I took some time out to pen my yearly review in my journal. Unfortunately it was an  unremarkable year and no where as sparkly as I would have liked it to have been. It was one of those years where life got in the way, or more likely I let it get in the way. It was what you call a mediocre year. I certainly enjoyed my year, however I didn’t achieve a lot. So here are some of the interesting musings of the year I noticed:

  • It was a relaxing year, I diligently made an effort not to over commit. I also purposefully sort out time during my day to relax.
  • I was proud of the work I put into my volunteer roles.
  • Continued to attend my Toastmasters group give speeches, take on roles, and attended events.
  • I enjoyed doing lots of online courses, and continuing to learn.
  • My family embraced the Friday night movie night, and we enjoyed a family day outing at least once a month.
  • I went on two family holidays Philip Island and Sydney, both full of exploring and having fun.
  •  Little Miss Popularity and myself went on lots of walking adventures.
  • I continued to work part-time in my regular job.
  • I re-joined the gym and got back into Yoga and Sh’bam classes which I just loved.
  • I continued with my blog, and hopefully improved the quality of my images, this is one of the things I did purposefully try to do over the year.
  • Did oodles of journaling, and wrote in my journal most days.
  • Did way too much housework, especially cleaning up after other people.( This has to change)
  • Finally got my fire blanket hanging on the inside of my kitchen pantry door.
  • Got outdoor comfy chairs to relax on, relaxed a little too much.

 

In 2014 I successfully slowed down and enjoyed life, especially spending time with my family and dog.

 

It is an interesting exercise reviewing the year, and one that I recommend, so get out your journal and explore 2014, what was it for you?

 

The dog is sleep soundly snoring her head off as I sit here writing this post. The year is almost complete, with a New Year ready to begin. I have started penning my goals for the year ahead. What I hope for in the following year is to be focused on my goals and taking actions to move towards them, and doing this on a consistent basis.

Happy New Year to you all,

May 2015 be an amazingly good year!

FRAN DISHON

 

Write Everyday! December Challenge.

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She was woken out of a heavy sleep by the shaking of the house and bed. It was an earth tremor, and a huge wake up call as she contemplated her life.  Her life had become stale and stuck. She was contented, grateful for everything that she had. She was even happy at times. Yet something was missing, some juiciness , some daringness, and some action in fact a lot of action was missing. She would constantly write the words ‘ I think’, ‘I wish’, ‘If only” and ‘I hope’ in her journal pages. She had forgotten how to be, and to do. Things were about to change; she decided she would do something different, she would actually write each day of December. It didn’t mater what she wrote as long as it was something. Soon the words poured out onto the page. Most of it was crap, but how she enjoyed her time writing such crap.

 

My challenge for December is to write everyday in my Evernote pages, it doesn’t have to be good work, the words just have to make it onto the page. It is about establishing a practice of writing.

 

My motto for the month, will be just do the work.

Wishing you all an amazing day!

 

 

Just do the work

How Do You Make People Feel?

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Today I have heard this quote from several different people.

“ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”~Maya Angelou

It is like the universe is trying to make a point.

“Focus on how you make people feel”

So I have been wondering about that throughout the day.

How do I make people feel?

Then I pause to wonder how do I want to make people to feel?

Good, happy, loved, listened too, important, respected, motivated, inspired, positive feelings anyway.

So before I say or do anything I will pause and ask this question

how do I want people to feel?

What are your thoughts about this quote? Please leave a comment.

Wishing you all a wonderful Day!

FRAN DISHON

The Journaling Life!

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My Journal is imperfect, a reflection of my imperfect life.

It is unique, boring and juicy another reflection of my life.

It includes stories about my surroundings, and the weather of course.

I write about my days and happenings. Today, right now, at the moment sort of stuff.

It also includes sentences and paragraphs about hopes, dreams, concerns, annoyances, anger, love, and goals.

Plus it includes silly stuff that can be confused as important at the time.

I write about stuff, any sort of important and unimportant sort of stuff.

I write to clear my mind, record my life, and reflect upon life.

I write, because I simply need to write!

Are you are journal writer? Why do you journal? Would love to read your thoughts on journaling so please leave me a comment.

FRAN DISHON

Living A Life Worth Examining!

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Loved this afternoon as we collected Little Miss Popularity.  She had been having a holiday with her Grandparents, full of lap time, walks and lots and lots of attention.

We of course have just got back from our own holiday, and have missed her so much. Currently she is in the rumpus room, having lap time with Mr. Serious.

Loving tonight, as the young Mr. Serious cooked us a three-course meal, garlic bread, cheesy bacon macaroni dish, and chocolate pudding. Yummy! Also he did the dishes, scrubbing all the pots. Loving that.

Definitely enjoyed today!

To the Ultimate Blog Challenge: Who do you most admire and why? 

I admire Julia Cameron, for her work especially the books that  she has written to help her fellow creatives to break through blocks and get back in touch with their creative work or hobbies

I admire her for her own creative body of work. Mostly I am grateful that I have been exposed to her books and tools. My life is so much more deeper and enjoyable now that I do my morning pages daily and go on weekly Artist’s Dates. I have enjoyed the process of getting back in touch with my creativity.

“We’ve all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way.

She encourages her readers to live fully, and live the life that is true to who we are, not the life we think we should live, rather the life that our soul calls us to live. We are encouraged to listen to that quiet voice inside us, and allow it to get louder and stronger. Our quiet voice is the inner voice of the soul, it guides us to really live life in a way that supports who we authentically are.

I continue to work through her books, to learn a little bit more about myself, and to know that my age doesn’t mater. It is never to late to work on your own creativity. Thankfully this opens the way for possibilities.

“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too sill to work on your creativity.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Reviewing September Adventures. Planing October, With The Theme Enjoying Life!

Sydney Holiday, visit and tour of Government House. Beautiful Sunny Sydney!

Sydney Holiday, visit and tour of Government House.
Beautiful Sunny Sydney!

I looked back on my journal notes today and I noticed I penned to ‘seek out more adventures’, in September. It was certainly a month full of activities and adventures. How fast this September has gone, it has been full of:
  • Education, with me attending a two day nursing course.
  • Being more involved with school council and fundraising day.
  • Being involved in Toastmaster activities, judging and organising a contests for my own club.
  • Reading wonderful books on my kindle.
  • A wild and wonderful adventure to Sydney for a short sunny holiday.
  • Attending gym and doing more exercise, regular journalling and guided meditations.
  • Completed my Writing For The Web Course.

Looking forward to October, with lots of things planed such as:

  • Ultimate blog challenge for October( Getting back into my blogging)
  • Becoming a Confident Trainer course
  • Being involve in a speech craft course for my Toastmaster club, and also having a fun night to promote my club and invite visitors too.
  • Being involved with my son’s school
  • Getting back into my weekly Artist’s Dates and playing more
  • Enjoying longer days with daylight savings commencing this Sunday.

This month in my journal I have put ‘Enjoying Life’, as the theme above the page. I think it is the thought of longer days and the hope of more sunshine and sunny warm days in this up coming month of October, that promises  enjoying life more. To get outside and play more, to read my books out under the pagola, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee outside, and to get out into the garden all sound delicious things to do. Also you may have noticed I have been struggling with my blogging, I am hoping a little push from doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge will get me back into the habit of writing. I do love my blog and I am not ready to give it up, it certainly needs some more attention.

Back to my suburban day, washing on, ironing done, and now to organise and cook some dinner. Although I have enjoyed the hour curled up on my chair in the lounge as I created this blog post. It is all part of ‘Enjoying Life’.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Benefits of Journaling.

Benefits of Journaling

Today is another one of those cold wet Winters days, and it is lovely to sit at the table with a burning candle, soft relaxing music in the background, and my lap top just tapping out some more thoughts on Journal writing.
Journal writing is more than recording facts about your daily life, it goes much deeper than that. It delves into your emotions, beliefs, stories, dreams and desires and so much more. It is a powerful tool for self discovery and creativity. The benefits of journal writing are enormous, and it is one of those tools that cost very little, and you get to decide where and when you will do it. 
 
Today I am going to provide a list of the benefits of Journal Writing:
  • Journals are beautiful places for discovering and percolating your dreams.
  • Journal writing can assist you to access your subconscious and unconscious ming and tap into more of your own self knowledge.
  • Journals are excellent places to delve into goal setting, actions steps and tracking your goals progress.
  • Through you can identify your own strengths and weakness.
  • Journaling can help you to discover what you like and don’t like. 
  • A Journal is a wonderful place to explore gratitude, and document all those things in your life that you are grateful for.
  • Journaling builds personal confidence, through self exploration and self mastery.
  • Journals are a great place to identify patterns and trends in your life.
  • Journal writing is a great place where you can explore how you want to be treated and how you wish to treat others.
  • Writing in ones Journal can help you to explore relationships and difficult conversations through open mindedness, the asking of questions, and reflection.
  • Journals are safe places to vent, allowing you to release your frustrations and tantrums onto the page, without regretting your actions or hurting someones feelings.
  • Journals are a great place to capture ideas and thoughts.
  • Journaling can hop you develop a writing practice each day.
  • Journaling can be fun, silly, creative, as well as serious, you can express all of your self on the page.
  • Journals are also a lovely place to practice creative writing, to describe the world you live in, and the characters you encounter.
  • Finally a Journal can be a trusted companion, that is with you throughout your life, and choosing.

So there are many wonderful reasons to Journal. My biggest reason for journaling is I really enjoy doing it, and it is a special joyful practice in my day.

 
It you are into the practice of Journal Writing, why do you journal, and  what benefits do you get from journaling? Please leave a comment, I would love to know what your thoughts are on this subject.
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Winter Journaling

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In the morning hours I light a candle, grab a hot cup of tea to sip on, and then curl up into the lounge chair with my journal and pen. Firstly I take a moment to close my eyes and simply breath, 5 minutes is all that is required, then I just let what ever is in my head pour out on the page. No judgments just kindness, and lots of self- discovery. So many things to explore in my mind, thoughts and ideas fly off in all directions; it is just like a big jumbled mess. My journal allows it all to unravel the mess, clear my mind, and even revels insightful discoveries about my life and myself.

Today I penned about my tulips, I can see them just starting to sprout. It occurred to me that the cold chilly days and frosty mornings are exactly what is required to stimulate tulips to grow. It is the harshness of winter that leads to the colorful blooming display in spring. The cold winters days provide ideal conditions for me to curl up on my comfy chair and do some journaling, and take notice of those words; ‘ I wish for…………………..’

Today I asked myself, what wishes is winter stimulating me to cultivate into my life? One of those wishes was writing and the desire to write more and to write well. I have been thinking a lot about writing these past few weeks, and yesterday I fell upon a writing course, which I promptly enrolled in. It will teach me the basic techniques about writing and assist me to write more creatively. I wish to develop writing skills, be motivated to write more, and even do more intense courses in the future. Winter journaling has allowed me to notice, ‘my wish for…..’, and stimulated me to start somewhere, at the beginning with baby steps, and who knows what colorful  Spring blooms will appear.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

This Blog It Is Imperfect Just Like Me!

Sitting on my chair putting words on the page again.

Sitting on my chair putting words on the page again.

I am sorry I have been away so long without explanation.

My only excuse was a feeling of stuckness and that my blog is not  good enough.

I felt I had nothing important to say.

I felt I was not living up to the expectations of the blogosphere.

I have constantly been thinking, do I continue or erase it from existence.

I feel an urge to continue with it, and work through my stuckness, and get over my imperfection.

This has always been a personal blog for my silly ramblings and thoughts on life.

It is imperfect just like me!