Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gratitude Day 005



Today:

I’m feeling: thankful and a bit conflicted. My mood is trending down but I am not letting it win without a fight.

I’m listening to: blessed silence

I’m thinking: that being in a down mood is tiring, that a little rest can go a long way and you don't have to wait until tomorrow for a do-over, you can just start over immediately where-ever you are.

I’m reading: The Law of Attraction

I’m looking forward to: sweet potato chili, the beach

I’m learning: that change happens in fits and starts. It takes sheer determination and will power at times to push forward with simple things. Sometimes your biggest enemy is yourself.

I’m enjoying: a glut of fresh mangoes, getting closer to myself and analysing my behaviour.

I’m creating: a new way of being for myself. I am entitled to an awesome life and I am putting in the mental work to make it so. 

I’m grateful for: Neil, Dana, John, Purch, Princess, Dwayne, who have all touched my life this week with kindness and blessings.

Around the house are: several things that need my attention but in this coming week, I think I need my own attention more. 

In my kitchen: a few tomatoes to be de-skinned, diced sweet potatoes and kidney beans waiting for the pot

I’m planning later in the coming week to: continue using plantoeat.com, use up all of the things in my pantry, monitor my thoughts and my actions, practice yoga, pilates, meditation and journaling daily and go to the beach at least 4 times. 

My quote/verse for the upcoming week is: Happiness comes from within.

I’m wishing you: contentment, good food and wonderful moods and the energy to keep trying if things don't quite go your way.

On the Menu: 001

Pappadum Bruschetta
Stuffed Sweet Potato with curried channa and stir-fried veg
Mango For Breakfast

Brown Rice, Red Lentil and Tuna Casserole

Monday, July 7, 2014

Cole's Cave

As you all know I have been conquering my fear of swimming and finding myself at the beach as often as possible. I faced another fear this weekend, the fear of being inside of a cave.

I took part in a hike through Jack in the Box Gully and down into Cole's Cave. It was a life-changing experience. I'm still sore today but it was worth it. I'll let the pictures help me do the talking.

The wall of the Gully.
 Gully are sometimes collapsed caves, this one was once under water.


The Gully

The Entrance of the Cave

Stalactites in the cave

This got a bit wet at one point it was up to my thighs!



Daylight! Seeing it again felt like a blessing.
This will definitely be only the first of many hikes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gratitude Day: 004



Today:

I’m feeling: thoughtful, sleepy and happy

I’m listening to: The sizzle of onions on the stove.

I’m thinking: that my body is a temple and I need to treat it like one.

I’m reading: The Biography of a Yogi

I’m looking forward to: more days at the beach, having a tasty brunch

I’m learning: that life is about constant change, remaining the same isn't a mark of maturity. Some good qualities we keep others need to go.

I’m enjoying: fresh breeze and learning more and more about me.

I’m creating: the life that I deserve and desire

I’m grateful for: Dana. she helps me by cooking, house-keeping and shopping. It allows me to work overtime, early shifts and late shifts and not have to worry about what I will wear or eat. I love you girl.

Around the house are: a few things left undone, cats, laundry and possibilities

In my kitchen: pan-fried tuna, stir-fried vegetable and baked potatoes

I’m planning later in the coming week to: go to the beach, restock my pantry, experiment in the kitchen, go on an adventure

My quote/verse for the upcoming week is: I have the power to manifest the changes I want to see in my world.

I’m wishing you: blessings, peace and serenity 

The Power of a Change of Scene

Just like how in a movie a move from one scene to another with a different musical score and general mood can shift your level of apprehension or emotion; quitting your normal environment for another can uplift your mood.

I am learning to fight off bad moods as if my life depending on it because each and every-day I realise more and more that it does. There is so much that you miss out on when you are too much trapped in your own mind.

The other day I was in a horrible mood, brought on I believe by too much overtime at work and a lack of progress on other projects that I feel should have been completed.

My net-book began to malfunction later in that day and my mood teetered downward still. I threw myself into a frenzy of trying to fix what was a suddenly perceived problem of not having a device that was small enough to travel with.

Giving that I often used my net-book to keep my awake on my night-shifts and I had planned to take it with me on travels, there was some validity to my worries. I realised in time to stop myself from pushing the 'Buy' button on a shiny 8" tablet that I was in no mood to be making any decisions. Far less ones that involved spending a couple hundred dollars.

Instead I took a walk to the beach. I confess having taken for granted the ability to find the sea within less than five minutes of walking. It shows the profound darkness that I have been walking around in for the last decade that I could take such a source of joy for granted.


I remember even coming to believe that I hated the beach. Imagine that?

Now I find a sense of escape and freedom in the sandy shores I professed to hate. I have been back two times since then, to different beaches, and the experience has been uplifting.

This is only the beginning of my adventures: