My journal book adventure.

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During Journal Club by Jamie Ridler, I was inspired to grab a book off my self and start working through the exercises and prompts in my Journal.

 

The Happy Suburban Chick likes to journal, I am currently doing Journal Club and delving deep into the practice of journaling. The last week we explored using books off our shelves for journal prompts. This inspired me to get one of my books off the shelf.

Some books are really good for being part of the journaling process and discovering parts that you can apply to real life. I recently got Julia Cameron’s book Finding Water- The Art of Perseverance, this is the book I have chosen to do over the next 12 weeks.
Like Julia Cameron’s other books you need to know about a number of tools, Artist’s Dates, Morning Pages and Walking. You can find out about the tools in a previous post I did for Walking in this World.

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I have already done the Artist’s Way and also Walking in this World and have found the prompts and exercise excellent for exploring in my journal. Also each time I work through one of her books I discover a new perspective and initiating changes that make my life so much enjoyable and in a much more positive direction.

Today I have chosen this prompt from week one which is uncovering a sense of optimism. It is easy to focus on the shoulds, however, those shoulds can limit us and get in the way of what we really want to be doing. This exercise is about focusing on the coulds to discover new possibilities. This is about completing the following quote and doing it as fast as you can. It is important not to overthink it or try to rationalize rather for the answers to just flow on the page unedited.

O ften we do things because we should, what this is about the things we could do. Julia suggests we come up with ten answers to the following prompt.

Journal Prompt: I could try…………………………………………………………..

I love journaling and I love journaling with books I write more about this in my blog Living a beautiful life- journaling and walking.

I really recommend taking a book and not just reading it, but also live it and see what works for you. What book could you read and apply to your life today?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Ten Blessings of the Week

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Sunday night and I am taking a moment to reflect on what I feel blessed for this week. I feel it is important to take the time to appreciate all that is good in my life, as the days and weeks could go by without me noticing.

This week 10 blessings are as follows:

1. I am feeling blessed to be able to access friendly and helpful people when submitting in my son’s complex forms.

2. I am feeling blessed to be in good health and able to enjoy my life.

3. I am feeling blessed for a cold chilly weekend, blue skies and fine days and no rain.

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4. Feeling blessed for a wonderful dinner meeting for the start of my Toastmasters Club new year.

5. Blessed with the arrival of a coffee machine, and all the yummy coffees I have been enjoying since it arrived.

6. Feeling blessed that my football team Geelong won on the weekend. Go Cats!

7. Feeling blessed for my Husband cooking dinner for me Saturday night and buying me some nice crisp white wine to enjoy with a lovely meal.

8. I am blessed for books for adding wisdom into my life and opening my mind to expanding possibilities

9. I am blessed for music for lifting my spirits and giving me hours of enjoyment.

10. I am blessed for a weekend off, it great to have time off when the rest of my family has time off. It great to be able to spend a weekend together. Appreciating weekends off.

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Sunday  afternoon drive to Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges  and for coffee and cake.

Reflect. What are your Ten Blessings of the Week?

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

FRAN DISHON

 

Another day bites the dust.

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Saturday evening and I am sipping wine, munching on dip and biscuits, listening to some very strange chill out music. I have been trying to convince my husband to cook dinner tonight. He has gone to the kitchen and is making a lot of noise, so I am very hopeful.

The day has been spent organizing paper work for contests and trying to use easySpeak for my Cranbourne Toastmasters club. It is my personal project for the weekend to work on.  My new role of VPE ( Vice President of Education) requires me to set up the agenda for the meetings.  I am struggling with create a template for the contests.  There is always that one thing I don’t know what to do. Solution after some Couch Carol videos, and playing around, I find myself growling at my computer. It is at this point I grab my phone and make a phone call and ask for help. I find my fellow Toastmasters are always willing to help.

It Saturday evening, the chill out music and wine, give a real Saturday night feel. Still I need to get this blog post done as part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, so here I am on my couch computer on lap, my fingers tapping out the words.

This is  a personal/lifestyle blog, I tend to blog about life. I love journaling, Toastmasters and personal develpment. My newest hobby is photography.  My biggest learning curve has been navigating the resources, funding and programmes for my 16 year old son with a disability. I am not an expert rather a Happy Suburban Chick trying to improve each day and be the best person I can be.

Got questions? Ask me anything!

Today I invite you to ask me anything and leave your question or comment in the comment box.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

 

Weekend Off! Wow weekends are special when you work a lot of them.

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Friday evening, excited for I have the weekend off. Winter time is tough, so much time spent indoors, short days and long nights, its cold and I don’t want to go out. Spending what few weekends off I have wisely helps prevent the Winter Blues from getting to me. I work a lot of weekends so having a weekend off is pretty special. This weekend is particularly special because it is the first weekend in a long time where I have nothing planned. All that free time I wonder what I will do with it. I check out the weekend forecast that just tells me it will be cold and wet. I will be needing a coat and umbrella, and will probably be spending a lot of time inside. My thoughts are it should be a productively relaxing weekend, with family time, exercise, personal project time, and even some free time. I often find that I over book my weekends with activities and events, and come out feeling tired at the end of it.

I found a couple of blog posts on the internet that may help when it comes to making the most of your weekends.

Things Successful People do on weekends

53 Fun thing you can do this weekend

Are you trying to do too much this weekend?

Weekend wish list- my list of things to do for this weekend.

Friday family movie night. ( family ritual)
Family time an afternoon to do something, go somewhere and enjoy some family time.
Yoga class
Reading( curled up on the couch)
Work on a personal project, ( 2-3hrs)
Go for a walk and take my camera out and take some photo’s( I really want some time to play with my camera.)

 

Nothing too exciting, just a casual, relaxing weekend, is all I want. What sort of a weekend do you want to be enjoying?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

 

FRAN DISHON

 

Bookshelf Review- The Art of Living

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Wednesday bookshelf review is running late this week. This blogging every day is working out to be quite a challenge and  I am already one blog post behind.

This week’s book was The Art of Living, by Bob Proctor and Sandra Gallagher.
It was very much based on the law of attraction, thoughts+emotions+ actions= results.

My takeaway from the book was to choose a big idea for a goal.

“Your setting the goal to raise your conscious awareness. That’s the real purpose of a goal. It’s to bring more of you to the surface. And when you do, you enjoy everything you do more” Bob Proctor.

A big worthy idea that you really want, something that is exciting and so big you don’t know how you are going to achieve it. The important thing is to focus on it, imagine it and imagine achieving that goal. Then continue to focus on it and take action. The opportunities and people will show up. By focusing on our big idea, we are likely to have more awareness of opportunities and people who can help us when they show up. The most important concept was that the purpose of a goal is to help us grow.

 

The next thing is to come up with the big idea! The book suggests expanding our awareness by taking a small idea and turning it into a bigger idea. Still, I have plenty of goals I am working towards but I don’t have a big idea goal. I guess I will just drink coffee, journal and let my ideas percolate until a big idea shows up. This is the next step to figure out what my big wonderful idea goal is.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

The Problem With Housework!

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The Happy Suburban Chick must come face to face with her reality of housework. It certainly does not fit into the area of domestic bliss. Here is a list of 5 housework problems that every Happy Suburban Chick must come to terms with. They are as follows:

Housework is like Groundhog day, same thing day after day. I empty the wash basket, and the next day it is full and I start all over again. I make the beds and the next day I make them again. I do the dishes and the next day I do them again.

The biggest problem is nobody really appreciates it especially when it is done well, things run smoothly everyone is happy and life just goes well.

When it not done, you soon hear the complaints, the inconvenience is well and truly noticed. Like where are my jocks, did you buy me my deodorant, post my letter, and I am hungry what is for dinner tonight

I don’t get paid to do it, even though I work hard and put a lot of hours into it.

It doesn’t require much skill, but rather takes up a lot of time. I can not develop my skill and knowledge.

Being distracted by housework when I could be doing something more interesting, challenging and fun. Yet somehow that housework is very persuasive because I find myself doing it.

So what’s a Happy Suburban Chick to do! Put on the music and get stuck into for a start. Acknowledge that it will never be complete it simply and ongoing project with no end date. If no one appreciates your work you must be doing a magnificent job. They can sack you, and give your job to someone else. Funny thing is I have never been given the sack from doing housework even when I suck at it. That’s right it’s unpaid work. Finally when you find yourself being sucked in by the persuasiveness of housework, set boundaries and give it definite time frames, and say no when it demands more.

A Happy Suburban Chick must learn to control the times she spends on housework so she can spend more time doing what makes her happy.

How do you cope with housework? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Also check out a previous post on do you struggle with housework?

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Photography Bliss : Alfred Nicholas Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges

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Wow! Magical, Picturesque, Amazing colours, these words all describe the Alfred Nicholas Gardens. These gardens are situated of Sherbrooke Road in the Dandenong Ranges. They are run by Parks Victoria now, and entrance is free.
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I went at the end of Autumn and the Autumn foliage colours were just gorgeous. It not just the colours it is also the ornamental lake and boat house with a couple of small bridges that just make this place so picturesque. Whilst the gardens are surrounded by rain forrest. It is a delightful place for a walking adventure with a camera.  I was in my happy place taking lots of delightful photo’s.
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This day was the perfect day, late afternoon and slightly cloudy for taking photo’s. I am a new hobbyist photographer and are still learning how to navigate the settings of my DSLR camera and take good photo’s. All I know is I need to get out there and practice and take a lot of photo’s. This place makes it easy to take pretty photo’s because it is just so delightfully beautiful.
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You can discover the Alfred Nicholas Gardens for yourself by going to Dandenong Ranges,  Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, Victoria. Admission is free, and the photography opportunity is great. To find out more go to Parks Victoria’s site. 

This post has been inspired by the Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 11, which I have been encouraged to share some photo’s. This year I am also sharing a picture a day on Instagram, which are mostly iPhone photo’s, because that the camera I always have with me.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Ten Blessings Of The Week.

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Sometimes it can be a challenge to remember the blessings in the week, however it is a beautiful challenge to just spend some time reflecting on the week, to recall at least 10 things to feel blessed for. It can become a positive check of how you spent your time and how you were feeling. The days and weeks can pass us by with out us even really thinking about how we spent our time, and all the beautiful moments life has to offer. I think  this is just a beautiful exercise to encourage a positive outlook to life.  Ten blessing was an exercise which was in the book “ Be Happy” by Robert Holden. You can check that book out if you would like to know more.
Here are my Ten Blessings of the Week:

 

1.Feeling blessed to have a city day with my boys, and go to the movies, then go to a public place like Federation Square enjoy our lunch and  watching kids movies on the big out door screen.

 

2.Feeling blessed to have a really warm home to live in with great heating because it is cold outside.

 

3.Feeling blessed to enjoy another city day, and go to the Wallace and Gromit exhibition, and create our own little mini movie. Attend my first film festival which was for  young film makers and wow they made some excellent short films. The future is bright!

 

4.Feeling blessed and happy to notice one of my camellia’s budding in my garden.

 

5.Feeling blessed to be able to attend my Toastmasters Club Officer training, meeting great people, learning how to improve my skills and abilities, and feeling inspired to be a better person.

 

6.Feeling Blessed to have lots of family time with my boys on school holidays, even though they are teenagers and have their own interests, we still find things to do together and have fun doing it.

 

7.Feeling Blessed for books and reading time, hard cover books and also audio books. This week I have been enjoying both, and it is good to notice my oldest son is really into books.

 

8.Feeling Blessed to relax in a comfortable home, enjoy a love home cooked meal and a glass of wine with family.

 

9.Feeling Blessed for two clothes horses, because everything is being dried indoors during the winter months, and also grateful for a few fine days to wash and dry sheets and towels. Fresh sheets and towels always feel so good.

10.Feeling blessed to so easily enjoy the experience of walking around the picturesque Australian Gardens, which is close to my home and free of cost.

 

What are your Ten Blessings of the Week?

FRAN DISHON

 

 

Another Day Bites the Dust.

Saturday nightIt is Saturday night and once upon a time I would have been out partying. These days I tend to work a lot weekends, working the late shift getting home late at night. It takes a couple of hours to wind down. Here I sit in my lounge with my cup of tea relaxing and winding down.  I think I head off to bed and listen to some music. As part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge I need to share a video. So here is a music video. Something you should know about me is I love Jackson Browne, and have been listening to his music for years. Which is why I have chose this video. Jackson Browne this is one of my favourite songs, of my favourite album. The Pretender.

At times thought provoking, because it makes me question my own life, and I am still working on my paint by number dreams.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON