It is not that exciting! Suburban living.

fullsizeoutput_15c8Just another ordinary day, with the highlight being a walk around the lake.  It is a fine Winter’s day, a coat day because it is cold outside. Days like today just are not that exciting.   As part of the Ultimate blog challenge today I am to share blogs that I am reading.  Well I am tired and want to go to bed so I have only one to share.

Today  I have decided to just let you know about a Suburban online  social network to connect with your neighbours and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood it is called Nabo 

Nabo is an Australian social network where you can sign up and is relatively new but is growing. I love that it is suburban focused.

A great blog post on the site  to check out is How to fall in love with your neighbourhood again.

I love its suburbia feel and how it focuses on suburban living.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Five ways to turn traffic time into happy time.

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Stuck in traffic, crazy that is what it is, crazy out there on the roads. Stop, start, beep, beep, surrounded by angry frowning faces in the cars all around me. I can feel my stress levels rising, and my frustration getting to me. I don’t want to be miserable for this amount of time. Time is too valuable to waste on being miserable.

This is my sucky current reality. The developers have gone crazy and there are housing estates going up everywhere. They are blocking roads and even closing some completely. It completely sucks, road works everywhere, dust everywhere, and potholes everywhere. The roads are a mess and the traffic is horrific and I am afraid I don’t know where all the extra cars are going to go. There are frustrated drivers, pushing in, beeping, and taking risks. I am a little over being beeped at, one even beeped me for stopping at an unmanned school crossing and letting some student cross the road. Seriously!  It should be ok to let children cross the road safely. I think this is the saddest part when people no longer are considerate of other people. The roads around here are crazy, and we are all struggling to get places on time or to get home. Yes, it sucks! It is the Traffic Jam paradise, and don’t bother riding a bike because that is too dangerous because of all the angry frustrated drivers on the road. Oh if you would like to catch public transport, good luck, you will need extra time for that too due to the rail works. Okay, that’s a big rant. At the moment you could describe me as the frustrated grumpy suburban chick.

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I have to live with it and somehow turn traffic time into happy time. This is why I have come up with five things to do when stuck in traffic.

1. Sing, sing, sing really loudly and bop away as much as you want. It feels good.
2. Listen to audio books, they can be entertaining or informative and it makes the time feel productive.
3. Practice speeches or presentations in the car, you can really work on remembering your content and practicing vocal variety.
4. Practice breathing exercises and try to relax.
5. Daydream,  about all the wonderful things you could be doing if you weren’t stuck in traffic.

 

Sometimes it is just really, really hard to be a Happy Suburban Chick. However, time is too valuable to waste being miserable and stressed. That is why it so important for me to turn traffic time into happy time.
Help! What are your tips for turning traffic time into happy time? Please leave a comment.

FRAN DISHON

( Day 3 of the Ultimate blog challenge, I am taking part of this challenge and will be blogging everyday this month of July)

 

LIVING A GOOD LIFE!

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 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

 

 

Everything you need is close to home. So explore!

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Finding a place to journal write the things I need to write about. Finding a place to think about the things I need to think about.  My intuitive lead today was: Everything you need is close to home. Explore. Just take a closer look. Be careful not to dismiss the obvious.

Suburban living can often feel like everything is actually so far away. That I need to get in my car and drive, drive, drive to get to where I want to be.

Today I went across the road to the local shopping center, ventured into a small cafe, sipped on my coffee, and tasted a delightful lemon tart. I got out my little note book and wrote a few notes. Just a little suburban bliss time, in a little cafe that was like a suburban oasis. I often feel it is hard to find these places. However, my intuitive lead is probably right. I need to explore and take a closer look. So much of what I need is at this shopping center, it is where I get my food, it is where I get my hair done, it is where the chemist is, and so much more.

After this I went for an Adventure walk discovering a new park to sit in and enjoy. Walking down suburban streets admiring some of the beautiful gardens. It reminds me if I look closely I can see the beauty in suburban life. It certainly doesn’t need to be dull or boring.

Today, for just part of the day, I got to go out and enjoy some suburban bliss, and part of the day I got to stay home and enjoy some suburban bliss. Sitting in my arm chair with a cup of coffee and journaling, getting out into the garden, listening to podcasts as I did my housework, and even taking some time out to do a home yoga session. Now that I have picked my boys up from school I get to create a meal for us all to enjoy together tonight.

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Mr. Crow here caught my attention, he just looked so important that I had to take his picture.
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Found a place to sit, rest and contemplate.

What Suburban Bliss Can You Discover?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Fabulous Friday!

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Whooo Hooooo it is Fabulous Friday, and I am excited because I am not working this weekend. I have a whole weekend to simply enjoy, and I am planning to enjoy it. I am about to crack open a bottle of wine, start cooking tonight’s dinner as my music blasts through the house. Life is good!

 

This weekend I am craving a Friday night wind down, where I can curl up into my cozy chair and enjoy a glass of wine and movie with the boys. Saturday night is out to a party, and Sunday lunch to celebrate my brother’s birthday. I look forward to time to go for a walk. Time to relax and listen to music. Time to read.

 

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Have a fantastic Friday and a lovely weekend!

FRAN DISHON

The Art Of Creating A Good Life!

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Doing my best to enjoy my day. I love Friday regardless of whether the weekend is a work weekend or a weekend off. I have dedicated Friday to being a delightful wind down day. Starting off with the Friday morning party class Sh’bam, where I can just loosen up and dance away any stress. It leaves me feeling energised and happy. Such a up beat and groovy way to start the day. The final wind down comes after picking the boys up from school. Then I come home and relax and wind down. So here I am outside, sipping wine enjoying a sunny afternoon, which will be followed by a casual dinner, just pasta tonight, and then a movie. I love that Friday night is movie night, we usually all  curl up on chairs in the lounge and watch a movie together as a family. I purposely set Friday up to be a relaxing and enjoyable day and evening. It is often sandwiched into the business of the week, so it often allows for some rejuvenation. This to me is the art of creating a good life. Whoo Hoo! I love just relaxing Friday evenings, it is so nice.
I am always looking for ways to create a good life, so please share, what things in your week help to create a good life?
Wishing you all a ridiculously amazing Friday!
FRAN DISHON

Why I Love Suburban Living (And You Should, Too!)

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I grew up in the suburbs and loved all that space to play in my own backyard. I love the gardens, cubby house, backyard cricket, the backyard swimming pool were the neighbourhood kids gathered many days. The places to ride my bike, and the freedom to walk around to friends houses. My childhood days seemed full of adventures each day, there always seemed something to do, something to play and someone to play with.  To me my suburban upbringing seemed full of neighbours I knew, and children to play with, it seemed safe and supportive. Maybe that is what has drawn me to living the suburban life.
  • I love that the suburbs are buzzing with community and interests groups to join. I love my Toastmasters group and  I also belong to a ladies group which explores lots of places in the suburbs and some awesome places to eat.
  • I love my space, my big house and open space living, that my boys have a room of their own, that it is quiet and peaceful, and most of the time I don’t hear my neighbours or traffic.
  • I love that their is a smorgasbord of playgrounds and parks to explore, and the streets are full of front yards to admire, and enjoy.
  • I love that I am surrounded by lots of dogs, the suburbs are great for dogs, that get to enjoy the backyard and walks with their owners in the park. My suburban area is a real doggy spot, there are always people out walking their dogs. It can get really busy mornings and evenings with people walking, running and riding bikes.
  • I love that there are a great choice of good schools, libraries, swimming pools, bowling alleys, gyms, and picture theatre. Lots of things to choose from. Convent shopping centers, and lots of places to eat. Maybe I am just lucky but there is not shortage of restaurants and cafes to eat around here. I love the hidden away places like the sculpture gardens and gallery, the homestead cafe, and park with the lake.
  • I love how the shopping centre across the road put a playground and seating in, I am so jealous I wish it was there when my children were younger, and most times it is a buzzing place for parents and children. Not to mention a few cafes to choose from, and a place to sit. At least some effort has been made to make it a social place.
 It doesn’t have to be boring burbs it can be social suburbs. I  really love living in the suburbs, and I just wish suburbanites speak out on how good suburban living can be, and that we work together to make it better and better.
FRAN DISHON

Bushwalking to Bushrangers Bay, Visiting the Vet, Toastmasters and Lazy Sunday, Oh what a week!

 

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Tuesday was Melbourne Cup Day, and a great excuse for a family day. We went for a long, long scenic drive down to the picturesque Cape Schanck. This has to be one of my favourite day trip escapes. Cape Schanck is known for its light house, however my favourite thing is to wander along the scenic walk to Bushrangers Bay. This walk through the tea trees along the cliff tops provides the most amazing view of the coast, rocks and sea. Whilst walking along the bush track I was delighted by the variety of bird sounds, they were like a sweat musical bird orchestra. My only fear was it was a beautiful sunny day, with a pleasant breeze, and I walk with a vigilance watching out for snakes. It was a perfect day for snakes to venture out and sun bake on warm bush tracks. Luckily I didn’t see any, although a couple warned us they had just seen one on the left of the track up ahead. I was so relieved that it had decide to slide away back into the bushes. When I made it to the end of the walking track there was a climb down quiet a number of steps. Easy going down, slower and harder going back. I enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch on the beach with my family with my feet massaging the sand whilst I looked out on the most serene view. I can only say I love this place, it is a beautiful haven for people to picnic, explore and play.

 

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However the week has not been all play unfortunately Little Miss Popularity had to undergo an anaesthetic at the Vet, to clean her teeth and have a tooth extraction, she is recovering well. It made me seriously think about pet insurance. Pet health care is so expensive these days, and as she is family to me, I want the best for her, well maybe not the best, I mean the best basic pet care for her. I just want her to be comfortable and healthy. The only problem is she is one of those breads that seems to have a list long of problems. So I guess I should be grateful that she doesn’t have a heart murmur, just rotten teeth. She is so beautiful.

 

My final highlight of the week was of course the Toastmasters District 73 Semi  Annual Convention, Reach For Your Star which I attended Saturday. What a wonderful opportunity it was to be inspired and immersed in learning and even laughter. It was also great to meet so many interesting and delightful people. I took lots of notes and came away inspired to want to achieve more on my Toastmasters Journey. I was also proud of myself for my confident driving in an unfamiliar place. (I have a confession, I don’t like driving, I am highly anxious driver, and when I am driving somewhere unfamiliar, it requires my full attention. As for the lady on the GPS, her directions could have been a little more precise, and a lot more pre warning about what lane to be in. However overall she did well because I made to my destination, and home again.)

What was the highlight of your week?

 

Finally today after such a high energy days on Friday and Saturday, it seemed only right that Sunday be a low energy day. So lots of relaxing and reading. A perfect lazy Sunday. At the moment I am reading Gift From The Sea,  by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, what beautiful soulful wisdom this lady has to offer.

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day- like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”~Ann Morrow Lindbergh 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Suburban Treasure!

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I love going on an adventure walk and discovering a new suburban treasure! As I walked through an adjacent estate look what I found. A magnificent park with this spacious delightful picnic and bbq area. This would be a treat of a place to get together with friends or neighbours.

IMG_0664A place to sit and have a picnic, a place to sit and journal, a place to sit and chat. A place to get together with friends.

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A place to let the children run wild and play, a space for them in the playground. A great place for parents and kids to hang out.

IMG_0666A grand entrance, a beautiful dramatic stairway down to a grand undercover picnic area. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has had their wedding photo’s here. Would be perfect for family photo’s not to mention imagine how fit you could get running up and down these stairs.

IMG_0679A lovely quiet place to sit and reflect, I like this little spot I could imagine myself sitting here reading a book. In fact I am sure I will revisit this spot with book and journal to spend a few delightful hours.

IMG_0672More places to sit and enjoy the day, there are seats all around this park. It just invites you to sit and spend some time in this lovely place. I could hear it calling me to sit, breath, and simply slow down. Plenty of birds chirping way in the trees and flying around.  IMG_0684Finally a work of art dramatic and bold. I imagine it to say “Stop, take notice of this space, take notice of its beauty, you are invited to rest and play here. Stop! This park is here for you to enjoy!”

Today I stumbled onto a suburban treasure, one that I will be revisiting to rest and play myself.

So go for a walk and discover what suburban treasures are in your neighbourhood.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

My Exciting Day!

Photo on 16-03-2014 at 6.23 pmSunday evening and the day has just been wasted away. I like to think that the Sunday’s I don’t work are exciting days, but this one was not one of them. It was one of those days when my family were to busy doing other things, and did not want to do anything with me. It was also wet and raining so the poor dog didn’t get a walk. The morning was nice, it was overcast and cold,  the perfect day for a sleep in. I stayed in bed curled up for a while doing some journalling and reading a book. Finally when I did get up, get breakfast and thought yes,  let’s go out and play. But no, they were all too busy!  Mighty Mouse was playing a game, Mr. Serious was playing a game and finishing of  his home work, and Hubby was too busy doing other stuff. So I did my ironing and scrubbed the floors. I felt a bit like Cinderella. I am still waiting for the Fairy Godmother to come so I can go to the ball. Then I relaxed on the couch had a rest whilst listening to the sound of roaring cars on the TV from the other room, where my husband was watching the car racing. Followed by wine and more reading outside in the cold where it was quiet. Followed by pizza for dinner and more wine. Finally followed by coffee( I think my coffee-making skills are improving, it tasted pretty good.) Followed by TV, not that there is much on TV, so I watched one show, it was funny and I don’t even know what it was called. Now it is 10pm and the day is over, and that is my exciting day of being a very boring suburbanite!

How did you spend your Sunday?  Did you make the most of it? Did you work? Did you play big time? Did you feel you wasted it ?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!