Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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There is a cold chilly stillness outside, the clouds are still, and I can not feel a single breeze. I sense the morning is telling me to be still and write, that it is not to late to put this blog post out there. So I listen!

 

Life is so cold here in Melbourne, and I can not remember the last time Winter felt this cold. It is the type of Winter that requires layers of clothes, even hats, scarfs and coats. In saying that Winter is not that cold, that you can not go for a walk in nature, or get on with daily life. It just cold enough to require rugging up and putting the heating on.

 

The past week was a wonderful week and I felt much brighter than the past few weeks. This previous weeks Blessings Of The Week are as follows:

 

 

  1. I am so blessed for, sunshine, some fellow dog lovers to walk with and beautiful flowers of rosemary from my adventure walk this week, it was a gorgeous day for a walk and it really lifted my spirits.
  2. I am so blessed for my basket weaving with wild grasses workshop, my basket may not look that amazing but I just love it and really enjoyed the process of making it, and the company of the lovely ladies at the workshop.
  3. I am so blessed to have access to some free online learning about writing for young readers, I am learning so much, and created a second story so I feel like I am really achieving something from it.
  4. I am so blessed for Friday movie night with the boys, I just love this tradition.
  5. I am so blessed for the simple pleasure of my purple blanket to wrap around myself.
  6. I am so blessed for Hubby cooking a roast dinner on Saturday night.
  7. I am so blessed for a family day out to Cloudhill Nursery and Gardens. Beautiful magical gardens even in Winter, although I would love to go back in summer time.
  8. I am so blessed to be able to attend Yoga classes, really got to stretch my body out and relax. I always feel energised and relaxed after a Yoga class.
  9. I am so blessed that I could attend the dentist and have my broken tooth fixed, it is a costly and uncomfortable procedure, however at the end of the day I still get to keep my tooth. I am really happy about that.
  10. Finally, I am so blessed for the simple pleasure of some alone time to re-energize and relax.

 

Whilst this cold weather makes it easy for me to be a homebody and curl up in my chair with my blanket wrapped around me and catch up on some television series, at the moment I am watching Glitch and it is really weird. I get sucked in and just want to know what happens next.   I feel am also watching too much television.

 

Time to  wrap myself up in a blanket, curl up in my arm chair by the window, sip on a cup of coffee, take out my journal and write in the stillness of the morning.

 

What were your Ten Blessing of the Week or Day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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Today is such a cold Winter’s grey sky day. School holidays continue and the boys just don’t want to get out of their beds. I am enjoying the slow pace, and relaxing way time is spent during the holidays. It is a time of rest and rejuvenation. Certainly my teenage boys take that to mean sleeping in until lunchtime.

Once again I have my Ten Blessings of the previous week, which are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed that my dentist appointment  was moved forward a couple of weeks. I have broken part of my tooth and was relieved to get a quick dentist appointment.
  2. I am so blessed that the dentist that treated young Mighty Mouse was so kind and patient, and helped him deal with the strange sensations of the equipment in his mouth. It was also good that his teeth were clean and in a healthy condition.
  3. I am so blessed to come across a free writing course on Coursera so I can learn more writing skills and improve my writing.
  4. I am so blessed for a adventure to the movies with the boys and see Inside Out. It was a lovely uplifting positive movie.
  5. I am so blessed that I found a place to buy discounted movie tickets, which made going to the movies affordable.
  6. I am so blessed that I got to go out on a Saturday night with Hubby, and no children.It good to have some adult time.
  7. I am blessed for the relaxing Friday night, dinner, wine and a movie with the boys.
  8. I am blessed for all the wonderful music I have to listen to that makes me feel so good.
  9. I am so blessed for the time I spent with my family having lunch on Sunday afternoon.
  10. Finally I am blessed for heating and a blanket to wrap around me keeping me so I keep snug and warm, and my journal to escape in.

I am so blessed that my son  Mr. Serious now makes me cups of teas and brings them to me in the lounge, so I can sip on them as I write my blog.

Quote of the week: “Fill your life with tiny and large adventurous moments.” -SARK

What were your Ten Blessing of the Week or Day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Ten Blessings Of The Week.

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Life is full of happenings and joyful adventures, with a few challenges and days of hard work. So I have taken some time to reflect on the previous week and come up with ten things I feel blessed for.

  1. A lovely adventure walk in nature surrounded by suburbia, and yet it was so beautiful for the entire time I was there it was easy to forget that I was in suburbia.
  2. I enjoy a number of soulful painting classes, where I created a terrible painting however I totally enjoyed the process.
  3. I enjoyed going to my son’s school term work expo, and it was good to see his class project and celebrate.
  4. I loved burning candles and playing relaxing music.
  5. Movie night with Mighty Mouse, I so love Alice In Wonderland.
  6. My weekly yoga class, it is so relaxing and also so energising.
  7. Completing another speech from my speech manual for Toastmasters.
  8. I was delighted that Hubby cooked my breakfast on Sunday before I went to work. It was so yummy.
  9. Fresh Sheets, I just love them, they feel so good and resulted in the best nights sleep.
  10. Finally my boys for making their beds in their sort of boy way. Good enough to make happy.

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Reflecting of my blessings in the previous week always reminds how good my life really is.

Now I am looking forward to this week. It is school holidays so I am sure to get up to some fun things with the boys.

What were your ten blessings of the week/day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Finding Happiness And Relating It To My Suburban Life!

Today I ventured out in my car to go to my body balance class, only to be stopped in my tracks by roads grid locked with traffic. It all seemed too overwhelming and I sensed I was going to miss my class, so I turned the other direction and headed back home. Although disappointed, I noticed it was a bright blue sunny spring day. I opened my windows, to let the gentle breeze make its way through the house. I sat in the lounge chair all curled up with a hot cup of coffee, and watched a movie I had been hoping to see for some weeks. Finding Happiness  this is a story about a small community called Ananda that live by the philosophy that simple living and higher thinking produces the highest happiness. Ananda is a community created by Swami Kriyananda.
My big take aways were as follows:
  • Happiness comes from within.
  • Live  in a way that is focused on what can I give to the world rather than what can I get from the world.
  • People are more important than things.
  • The presence of beauty is always uplifting consciousness.
  • Happiness comes from living with kindness and love.
  • Meditation wakes up the pre frontal lobe, the positive focusing part of the brain.
  • See everything you do as an act of service from the dishes you wash at home, to the work you do for a living. Everything we do is important and requires our attention.
  • Live to be happy, then you will find things that make you happy, and be kind to people when you are kind to people you will be happy
If anything it confirmed happiness comes from within and comes from having an attitude of what can I give, not what can I take. I love the philosophy of simple living and higher thinking. This movie also re-affirmed how valuable meditation can be, and I loved the yoga. It was a story about a beautiful community that certainly knew the secret to happiness. I only wonder how best to apply the principles to my suburban life. It certainly made me think to slow down and take ten minutes to just sit in silence. The power of silence, the first thing I always notice is how fast my thoughts are racing around in my mind. It feels good to slow the mind down, and let things go. I love my yoga and could do a little more of it, and even add affirmations to my postures so as I am working with my mind as well. I can certainly work on being kind to others, and open to seeing the good in them. I can savour the beauty around me especially the  beauty of nature, and the beautiful sounds of music. I have a lovely relaxation/meditation play list that I often listen to. Mostly everyday I will start my day with an attitude of living to be happy and reframing my focus on thoughts of how can I give to this world.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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Feeling grateful each day helps me make decisions from my happy place, I just know things will turn out alright, maybe not as I had anticipated but they will be alright and so will I. My Ten Blessings from the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed that I continue to smile each day.
  2. I am so blessed that I am able to have dinner each night with my family at the dinner table.
  3. I am so blessed for a comfy chair curl up in and a warm purple blanket to wrap myself in whilst I write in my journal each day.
  4. I am so blessed for a clean fluffy dog to listen to snoring in the evenings, and to accompany me on my long walks.
  5. I am so blessed for finding a great joke that I could tell and have some fun with at my Toastmasters Meeting.
  6. I am so blessed for my nice warm bed to sleep in at night, I am really enjoying it on these cold winters nights.
  7. I am so blessed to be able to have a family lunch out at the local hotel, it was a lovely Sunday lunch.
  8. I am so blessed that the boys still want to watch movies with me.
  9. I am so blessed for morning coffee that my husband brings to me in bed. I am so spoilt.
  10. I am so blessed that my son got a friendly dentist to pull out the piece of baby tooth left. No pain. Mighty Mouse was so brave and didn’t even feel it. Just soft food for a couple of days, and opportunity to have lots of soup.

It was a week that just unfolded beautifully, focused around family and the dog. Today Mighty Mouse has a day off school so we went and got a hot chocolate and caramel slice. His favourite.

Ten blessing reminds me to enjoy the simple things in life, and to notice the  little extravagances like going out for a meal or that caramel slice, so that I can enjoy them and not take them for granted.

What were your ten blessings of the week/day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Ten Blessings of the Week!

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The weather has been cold and windy. So windy that  limbs of some trees have been blown down and scattered all over the park. The puddles are so big they consume the track, and I had been required to hike around them. Yet even though I complain about the cold days, there is a part I enjoy. Like rugging up in warm blankets as I sit on the couch, the warmth of the heater, and wearing warm clothes and coats. I love my coats, they make me feel cozy and warm. The best thing about Winter is how cosy it is in my bed, how easy it is to sleep on cold Winter’s nights. There is a lot to be grateful about this time of year.

Here are my Ten Blessings of the Week:

  1. I am so blessed for my wonderful collection of warm coats, that keep me warm every morning at the bus stop, that I can rug up in and venture outside in nature during these cold Winter’s days.
  2. I am so blessed that Mighty Mouse has wonderful teachers that provide with a lovely school environment to learn and grow. He received a glowing report, and it was a delight to hear about all the wonderful activities his class was involved in, and to see how his school work had improved.
  3. I am so blessed that I could open up all my windows and let the cold breeze blow through the house, freshening the house, and blowing out all those winter germs of the previous week. I love how a fresh breeze can blow away all the stale smells and germs, and bring a clear and uplifting energy into the house.
  4. I am so blessed that I got a lovely book on whimsical writing from the library to play with. I got to spend some time just getting lost in doing some fancy writing and simple pictures.
  5. I am so blessed that I got to spend a time out at my son’s Scout group on an activity they did at the local shopping centre. It was an interesting activity and it was good to be involved.
  6. I am so blessed for Friday movie night with the boys, it is becoming a ritual that we all look forward too. This time I came home put my pyjamas on, and made myself really comfy. It is so special to have relaxing Friday evenings, after the rushing around of the week.
  7. I am so blessed for the opportunity to have a family celebration party for my Mum’s birthday. These celebrations are small, we enjoy a lovely meal together, and a yummy cake. Mighty mouse still runs around turning all the lights off before we sing a Happy Birthday song. It is so exciting.
  8. I am so blessed that Mr. Serious cooked us Sunday breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, it always taste better when somebody else cooks it. Whilst it is so good that Mr. Serious wants to learn to cook, it is a wonderful life skill to have.
  9. I am so blessed that the boys were excited about having a family day on Sunday, they still want to spend time with us, so we made the most of it and went to the Immigration Museum. Which made me think we are just so blessed to live in a country of freedom and opportunity.
  10. I am so blessed to wake up feeling joyful and having a sense of wonder. I look forward to getting stuck into my day, and expecting joyful moments, even though I know there will be some  hiccups and hardships to be faced.

Another lovely week has gone by, full of wonderful moments and a few challenging moments to remind me not to take the good times for granted.

All is well!

Please leave a comment. What were some of the blessings of your week or day?

Wishing you a wonderful Day!

A photo from a walk in the park after one of those cold windy winters days.

A photo from a walk in the park after one of those cold windy Winter’s Days. 

Book Musings~ Find Happiness Now.

This book came from my local library, I borrow so many books from the local library. It is great and saves me lots of money.

This book came from my local library, I borrow so many books from the local library. It is great and saves me lots of money.

Find Happiness Now written  by Jonathan Robinson. 
This book offers 50 ideas/strategies for bring more love, balance and joy into your life, so I was definitely curious about what gems it had in it. I am always looking for more ways to live life more beautifully. So here is the three that I decided to apply. 
1 The Three Good Things Exercise – according to the book this exercise can increase your happiness level by 25% in six months. This exercise was originally created by Positive Psychologist Dr. M. Seligman. It consists of three steps.  These are as follows:
  1. To identify something in your day that made you feel good or happy. 
  2. Then write down that thing that made you feel good or happy on a piece of paper or in a journal. (I like to write things down in my journal)
  3. Then reflect on your role in creating that moment of feeling good or happy. 
The next step is to repeat the above three steps another two times until you have three things that made you feel good or happy. 
(Robinson, J., 2014, p.17)
Of course the book explains this in much more depth, and gives details about why this exercise works. This exercise is perfect for me because I love my daily journaling practice, and are always looking for ways to make it more powerful.
 
How to encourage yourself. –  The art of rewards. This exercises on how to give yourself rewards appropriately in a way that is encouraging. Firstly the reader is encouraged to come up with a list of 12 rewards from small things like taking a bath to bigger rewards like going to your favourite restaurant, and the author recommends a variety of rewards. Then you ask yourself what behaviour you want to encourage. Then you can work out a reward system that encourages you to achieve that desired behaviour that you wish for. Once again the book explains it in much greater detail. (Robinson, J.  2014, p.37-39)
3.The Magical Playlist.
This one is easy and I have been creating my own play list, some of my music lists  are up beat and make me cheerful, and  some are relaxing and meditative, just slowing me down allowing me to feel in a relaxed mood. It is amazing how music can influence a persons mood, for me I like quietness most of the time, however I find certain songs can get me into a good mood quickly.
There are so many great ideas in this book, and there is sure to be a couple that will jump out at you. I chose these three because they jumped out at me, and they were three exercises that I can easily apply in my life, for example I already love journaling, so I am integrate the first excise into that. I am big into self-care, and the art of rewards fits well into that, and finally the magical playlist, well I now have four playlist and it is music that makes me feel good in some way.
Also excited about doing this :

 7 DAY MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE!

It is an online challenge were they send you out exercises to do for 7 days,  I found out about it in my Happiness & Its Causes newsletter that I receive, it says to share it so I am sharing the link to the challenge wiIt is an online challenge were they send you out exercises to do for 7 days,  I found out about it in my Happiness & Its Causes newsletter that I receive, it says to share it so I am sharing the link to the challenge, https://wired.ivvy.com/event/7DAYMC/ so click on the link to register for the challenge.

I am really looking forward to doing it.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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It has been some time since I have done this post, however I have a strong internal pull to go back to writing about it. It just has a way of lifting my spirits and making me feel grateful for my life. It is now July and the weather here is cold, the past week has been a mixture of some lovely blue sky winters day, and some downpour rainy wet days. So thankful I have a lovely pink umbrella to keep myself dry.

My ten blessings for the week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to enjoy each day in good health , surrounded by people I love, living a life full of opportunities.
  2. I am so blessed for supportive parents who picked up Mighty Mouse, having him at their place for a holiday. He enjoyed the sleep ins, the movies, and going out to see the possum. As usual my parents took super good care of him, and Mighty Mouse just loves his grandparents attention.
  3. I am so blessed that I get to go to Toastmaster meetings, this particular meeting I got to complete another project, as well finding out a really good reason to eat green leafy vegetables including broccoli. Apparently it is good for your health and preventing cancer because it is high in folic acid. You could have an orange if you wish, but I am allergic to them.
  4. I am so blessed to see my other son Mr. Serious catching up with a friend, and learning about how to do a radio show. It so good to see him enjoying himself.
  5. I am so blessed that Mr. Serious’s test went well, his eye sight remains the same. He still needs glasses, but there were not any changes so that is good.
  6. I am so blessed to catch up with my Mum for lunch and a look around the antique shops, she was really bright and perky, whilst the antiques prompted Mum to tell us lots of stories many I had not heard before.
  7. I am so blessed to be able to go to a Toastmasters learning day, it was good to get so many good ideas for my club officer role, and even learn a few things about social media. It was great to interact with others, and have interesting conversations. So glad I was not working that Saturday and able to go.
  8. I am so blessed to spend a day with my Hubby and Mr. Serious at the Truffle Festival. It was my first time tasting truffle, and it tasted all right it did add flavour to the dishes. It was also good to learn about truffles.
  9. I am so blessed to have been able to go out to dinner with a group of lovely ladies, enjoy delicious food, and enjoy uplifting and engaging conversations.
  10. Finally I am so blessed that I have wipers that work on my car, because I have really needed them this week during those downpours of rain, so as I could see where I was going. Sometimes it those simple things that make a big difference to the day.

After writing these Ten Blessings I have just realised what a social week it was, that makes me feel even happier because I am on annual leave from work. Having time off has allowed me to enjoy time with my boys on the school holidays, and enjoy myself by going out for lunch, and dinner catching up with people. It has also enable me to get along to the Toastmaster Club Officer training and learn lots of new things. Most of more it has been a lovely week of simply enjoying life, and trying out a new metallic pink nail polish.

Quote of the week:

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What were your Ten Blessings of the Week/Day?

Wishing you all a great day!

 

Ten Blessing Of The Week!

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April has ended and we are now into May. I love that all the leaves have been falling of the Red Stick Maple tree in our back yard and I look forward to the Camellias coming out in flower over winter. The weather has turned cold and wet, and the days are getting shorter. I am loving get rugged up under blankets in the evenings and enjoying a TV show or simply reading a book.

This weeks Ten Blessings for the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to be able to have my boys immunised through the council programme, it is important to me that they are protected against preventable diseases. It is also fortunate for me to have such easy accessibility to immunisation programs and that the cost are covered.
  2. I am so blessed to have healthy ears, that serve to allow me to heal well. Thanks to access to healthcare and a ENT specialist my hearing conditioned is managed very well and is a small inconvenience for my twice yearly appointments.
  3. I am so blessed to have hot teas and coffees to sip upon.
  4. I am so blessed to attend a cake decorating demonstration, the lady was explained things so simply and gave lots of frugal tips.
  5. I am so blessed to find that perfect present for my son, after searching so many toy shops for it.
  6. I am so blessed to have heating on these cold days, making our house warm and cosy, and the perfect place to be on cold winters nights.
  7. I am so blessed to have a selection of coats to choose from to wear on cold wet or windy days. I just love rugging up in my coats, every time I leave the house I wear my coat.
  8. I am so blessed to have beautiful music to play and listen to, it just makes me feel happier.
  9. I am so blessed to get amazing tips from strangers, especially with some good cooking suggestions.
  10. I am so blessed for having a mobile phone, it makes so much easier to reach my destination on dark rainy nights. So glad I had it the other night, drove up and down the road, looking for the right house. In the end after a phone call or two, my husband was able to walk to the drive way entrance and I found him.

As the cold wet weather sets in, I find the days get quieter and more homely which I throughly enjoy. I enjoy the greenness of the garden. I love the opportunity to rug up in my coats and wear my long boots. I enjoy the sound of rain especially when I am in bed. Those big grey fluffy clouds, I love them too. I love the magical feel of Autumn its richness of colour, the changing colour of foliage and leaves piled on the ground. I love walking through the leaves and kicking them, it is so much fun. I love the earthy smell of the ground that comes after the rain. There is so much I love about Autumn.

 

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Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Doing More Of What Makes You Happy

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I would like to give credit to the person who took the picture of the happy lady which I pasted onto my book, but I don’t who it was, it certainly makes me feel happy. 

Last month I attended a happiness workshop, which was based on the work of Gretchen Rubin’s Book, The Happiness Project. I think you can always have more happiness in life. The workshop was organised through the stationary store kikki.K which was a lot of fun, and I started working through my Happiness Journal. I love that on the front of the journal it has the sentence, do more of what makes you happy. I also found the desire to personalise my journal by adding a picture that represents happiness. When I look at my journal I also want to feel the happiness. 
 
One of the exercises we did which I just love and is super useful in my daily life was the What Makes You Happy List. It is about listing all the things big and small  in your life that bring you happiness. I really love having this list, so if I am having a tough day I can just look at my list and pick a couple of things that can just lift my mood and energy levels. Or I could plan something later on in the week to look forward too, like visiting an art gallery, or going to a coffee shop, or setting time aside for reading. So some of the things on my happiness list are very simple and affordable, It is more about bringing more of it into my life. 
 
Sometimes I find when I am overwhelmed,  busy, or just focused on the hard stuff, or when life is just challenging, I start to feel down, and I forget to turn to these simple activities that make me feel happier.  I have to make an effort to allow myself to be happier.These ten things are small and simple, yet they make me feel happier.
 
 
Ten things on my happiness list are as follows:
  1. Journalling
  2. Adventure walks, finding new places to explore
  3. Reading
  4. Lighting  fragrant candles
  5. Wearing lipstick
  6. Perfume
  7. Smiling
  8. Drinking coffee and tea.
  9. Nice smelling soap
  10. Music, soft relaxing music.

I have many other things on my list, however  these first ten things can easily be implemented into my day and make me feel that  bit happier, and just knowing these things make me happier I feel more grateful for having them in my life. 

 

So could you make a list of all the things big and the small that make you feel happy? Then think about how you can do more of what makes you happy?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!