With no real work today and no pressing things to do outside the house, last night I decided to write down my list of challenges I wanted to complete today. My list had 12 items on it ranging from meditating, cutting Shanes hair, sort out some of my jewellery supplies to doing the washing and completing my mosaics. My day started with a calming 30 minutes of guided meditation which got my mind and body ready for the rest of my Tuesday. Usually when I decide to have a day of getting stuff done, somewhere along the way I get sidetracked and end up doing things I didn’t plan on doing and sometimes leave more things that need to be completed than when I started. But today it was different, was it the intention of completing my list or was it starting the day of with meditation or was it both? I am now sitting here feeling pretty good about my day with having finished 11 of my 12 goals and the only reason I didn’t finish the 12th was because it was an internet based goal and the website I needed to go on was down. I’m really happy to share my photos of my mosaics, the 1st is my mirror, and I am very pleased with it. The 2nd is a called a gazing ball (I think), it should look a bit shinier tomorrow when I give it it’s final shine.
Challenges, Challenges, Challenges I have them surrounding me. I did successfully complete my Sunday goals but I had IT issues and couldn’t update my blog. I completed my first mosaic project and started my second. I will take a photo of them tomorrow and share. I really enjoyed learning and doing my mosaic projects, but from the class experience and looking at some books I think there is a fine line between what can be mosaiced (not sure if this is a word) and where the line should be drawn. Today I worked all day at my girlfriends shop (Homing Instinct) and I had great intentions of completing a challenge tonight but I have a lovely sinus headache, so I will just get into it tomorrow. Sinus headache – this time next week I will be getting ready to go into hospital and have my sinus operation – hopefully I will never have infected sinuses ever again.
My “10 Tasks in 10 Days Challenge” is progressing really well.
Wednesday & Thursday -
Clean out and declutter linen closet. I now have a lovely smelling and looking linen closet.
Plant my Lemongrass into a pot.
Friday - Finish all of my ironing. No I didn’t have that much ironing.
Saturday - Go for a nice drive and a relaxing lunch. Today we went for lunch to a pub in the country called “Donnybrook Hotel”. When I was a child my Mum and Dad were friends with the then owners of the pub so we would go there fairly often. As it so happens I haven’t actually been back to this pub for about 20 years and I must say it bought back lots of childhood memories. Quite often when I go out for a meal I have some sort of seafood, but today I felt like I needed to eat meat so I ordered a steak. When the steak arrived I think my jaw dropped to the floor, I was laughing so much I had tears running down my cheeks. This has got to be the biggest steak I have ever seen. I think it is a “Brontosaurus Steak” from the Flintstones!!!
Now just to push myself a little bit further I accepted another challenge. This challenge has been thrown out there by lovely “Goddess Michelle”. The last time our group had a week long challenge I was in Cairns, so my accomplishments were all me and holiday related. This time some of them are a bit more practical. Due to time most days both of my challenges will have to blend in together. Can you tell I love a challenge, plus putting my intention out there actually makes me more accountable to complete my challenge.
Gina over at "The Shabby Chic Cottage" has thrown down the gauntlet to complete a "10 Tasks in 10 Days Challenge" and I think this is just the motivation I need to get some things on my (way to long) "To Do" list completed. So here they are, I may not get them done in this order but I will get them done.
1. Clean the fish tank.
2. Clean under carport.
3. Spend a full day completing jewellery pieces
for the two events I have coming up.
4. Finish my first mosaic project.
5. Clean out kitchen drawers and cupboards if i have time.
6. Scan the rest of my photos.
7. Finish all of my ironing.
8. Clean out and declutter linen closet.
9. Plant my Lemongrass into a pot.
10. Go for a nice drive and a relaxing lunch.
As I am a day late starting I guess I am going to have to do two on one day. If you would like to join in, it's better late than never. Just head on over to "The Shabby Chic Cottage" and link in.
Every morning when you wake up, you have a choice.
Do you want to be a Creator? Or do you want to hit the ground running as a Reactor?
If you chose the latter, then Bravo! Perfect for blocking your creative impulses!
When you wake up and run to the computer first thing, you shut off your deep creative voices as they come to the surface. You tell them, "No no no! We'll have none of that! This is more important."
And by THIS, you mean "Everyone Else's Agenda."
When you do that, you're simply saying to the Universe, "I'd rather just spend the day reacting, thank you."
And the Universe says, "You got it."
2 - Worry about results before you begin.
Now, THIS is a good one.
Spend lots of time obsessing about whether your final product - be it speech, book, song, or business idea - is any good. If you're careful, you can burn up as much as 8 hours each day with this thought -
all the while getting NOTHING done!
When I got the idea for my song, "No Such Thing as Girls Like That," I lost a good two days listening to thoughts that said, "This is a lame idea."
I called my friend Kathy hoping that she would help me kill my creativity.
I shared my idea and asked her if she agreed it was a bad idea.
Alas, she did not join in.
She said, "Tell you what, Christine. Why don't you write it, and then we'll decide if it's good?"
(Friends like Kathy will only trick you into actually doing the work! Don't call them!)
3 - Try to be perfect right from the start.
"Books are not written, they are re-written," said Michael Crichton.
Aw, what did he know anyway?
If you want to keep that creativity at a stand still, then believe this instead:
Ask any Creative type. They'll all tell you: Their art always comes out perfectly and fully formed the first time!
And if you can't figure out how to get it perfect on the first try...
Then there's no hope.
Go grab some Cheetos and watch Sponge Bob.
4 - Worry about what people will think.
I've gotten loads of mileage out of this one.
In fact, allow me to tell you about an old music review.
I got ripped apart. BAD.
The critic was out for blood, telling her readers that I had become the "Critic's Darling" - but she was here to set the story straight. (It was like my own private showing of "Mean Girls.")
That was years ago.
But even now, if I ever want to stay stuck for hours, I invite that reviewer to hang out. "C'mon!" I say. "Tell me what you think of this verse! In fact, tell me what you think of ME while you're at it!"
Let ANYONE have a say about your wild creative side -- critics, friends, parents, siblings, mentors, bosses, co-workers -- and you've got yourself a life-long, sorority-sister, BFF relationship with being blocked.
5 - Require a Guarantee.
Sit down at your desk. (Or at your piano. Or in your studio.)
Roll up your sleeves.
Rub your hands together and say the following out loud:
"This had better be really good. In fact, this had better win a big
huge award of some sort and make me really famous."
6 - Struggle.
(Like you need me to explain this one.)
7 - Wait til you're INSPIRED.
Everyone knows how it works if you're really truly creative:
And you wait some more.
You stare at clouds.
You eat some bon-bons.
Out of nowhere, the "muse" comes to you. She takes your hand and leads you seductively to your desk. (She looks a lot like Liv Tyler in Lord of the Rings.)
Dreamily, you ask the muse what, oh what, should you write.
And she tells you. It's like taking dictation. And you know for sure that you are,
indeed, one of the chosen few. The ones who are... CREATIVE!
That will surely happen if you wait...
Christine Kane is the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She helps women uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly LiveCreative eZine goes out to over 12,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription at http://christinekane.com
My day today was one that could be named “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. My day definitely started with the “Bad and Ugly” with an early visit to the dentist. Now I have never been a fan of the dentist and I must say my dentist, Daniella is very nice, a great dentist and extremely gentle, which is a bonus for a wimp like me. It’s not the filling that is my main worry it is getting that bl….. needle jammed into my mouth. Today the job she had was to replace a filling in one of my back teeth. Now I was extremely nervous, because last time I had a back tooth filled (by another Dentist) it was really painful as the first needle of anaesthetic didn’t do the job properly. Well to my joy (NOT) once again the first injection felt like it had worked until she was poking around the nerve and I almost jumped out of the chair!! Poor Daniella got such a fright she couldn’t stop apologising and gave me another injection – Yeah great another needle. Then the grinding – oh the grinding was fun too!!! Anyway finally my time with my dentist came to an end, I paid, and when the receptionist said “OK we will see you in 12 months” and I nearly hugged her.
But as the saying goes “Behind every Cloud is a Silver Lining” because the rest of my day was filled with fun stuff and now I am sitting watching “Desperate Housewives” with Rachel.
“Living to Learn” – Slugs eat twice their body weight each day –
now I bet you all are so excited you now know that info.
“Davine Time” update – Today I set myself a goal of scanning some old photos and
During my life I have tackled many many crafts such as leatherwork, patchwork/quilting, scrapbooking, calligraphy, porcelain doll making, knitting and quite a few others but today I had the first of my two day class on one craft I have never tried. Yes this morning it was Mosaics that was on my agenda. There were eight of us in the class and the frames and most of the tiles were included in the cost. I did have a little supply of tiles compliments of a girlfriend “Vicki” who works in a tile shop. I actually enjoyed it more than I expected and the tiles were much easier to work with than I thought they would be. It did get quite messy with some of the girls spraying the rest of us in tile chips as they did their cutting and trimming. So now I have my mirror half done with all the tiles adhered to the mirror frame and next Sunday morning we complete the project by doing the grouting.
“Living to Learn” – I just love learning new things wether they are big or small. Today’s Mosaics experience was really fun. As some of you may have noticed from my post, I really believe we should all learn something new every day. If you can’t get to it every day then please at least every week.
“Davine Time” update – Last night I had a great night out with some girlfriends for
As I have mentioned on previous posts, I find it amazing how I can feel fine and then all of a sudden the passing of Dad can hit me with an enormous wave of sadness. Well that was how I felt as my day started today, but today I had things to go, do and see - so on with my day. This morning I had my pre-admission visit for my sinus operation that I am due to have next month. I was a little bit nervous as I didn’t know if they were going to use the “nose probe” again, as they did on my last visit. Then as I waited for the Dr. I knew all was going to be fine when I saw this lovely print on the wall. I just felt that the heart and two shells was telling me that I had two passed loved ones there with me making all OK. In my mind those two loved ones were definitely my Mum and Dad. I know there are a lot of people out there that only believe what is actually there in front of them. But being through what I have been through the passed three years I just know when there are signs from my loved ones and guides that are put in front of me the lead my way.
“Living to Learn” – The bible doesn’t say the forbidden fruit was an apple. Now I am not a religious person and have never read the bible. So can anyone out there confirm this fact for me?
“Davine Time” – Had a lovely lunch and some shopping time with my beautiful daughter Rachel. I just love spending girl time with my now adult baby girl.
I must admit I am a bit of a “tech head”. I love all things – well as much as I know – techie. I love my mobile phone, I have it on me all the time, my friends and I text each other, I take photos with it all the time, I record many things that I want to remember, I use it for my diary – so much so if I lost my mobile I wouldn’t know what I was doing. I also really love my desk top computer and laptop. I love having access to programs such as email and my blog to communicate with old and new friends from Australia and all over the world. They make keeping in contact with everyone just so easy. Now where am I going with this I can hear you ask? Today I called; yes I dialled a number and actually spoke to my lovely friend Michelle of “Joy Express”. When Michelle answered the phone I actually had a bit of a revelation of how nice it was to actually hear her voice and talk and have an actual “in the moment” conversation with someone. As we talked I realized that when we write or talk on our blog or email, we write differently, more structured that we do when we speak. When we are actually speaking to someone we don’t do any spell check and proof reading we just say what we feel in that moment. I know and it has been pointed out to me that I do sound different when I have a conversation to when I am writing. I wonder if anyone else out there thinks or have been told they sound different when they write compared to when they talk. I would love to hear your answer and your opinions.
“Living to Learn” – The first couple to be shown in bed on prime TV was
Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
“Davine Time” – Actually talking (not texting or emailing) to a couple of friends and family.
I decided to give my creative juices a bit of a work out today. It’s been weeks since I sat myself down and got stuck into actually making something. After sorting through the beads, jump rings and other supplies I have bought recently I enjoyed creating a couple of bracelets and a necklace. I also took myself out into the garden to plant some iris plants a girlfriend gave me. Not that it was a warm garden day by any stretch of the imagination. Today’s top temperature was only 15c (59f) and it is currently a very chilly 4.8c (41f).
“Living to Learn” – The greatest height a chicken egg has been dropped without cracking is
213 metres (approx.) 700 feet.
“Davine Time” – I just love Monday nights when Rachel and I have our date watching
After my lazy Friday, yesterday was back to living life to the fullest. I spent the day at “Mind, Body, Spirit Festival” in the city. This festival is held once a year and I find it a really uplifting day. I always just wander around checking all the stands out a couple of times and I always book in to have some sort of reading done. This year I opted to have my Tarot Cards read by Chrissy. I’m not going to go into all she said – way to long - but a couple of things that were touched upon and that really resonated with me were that I am a creative person and I need to go with my gut instinct and get into it more. Chrissy also said that it is the time in my life to do a lot more for “ME” as I have given a lot to others in the past few years. Hey has this woman been reading my blog or what? Then last night I went out for pizza with a few girlfriends. That was such a civilized way to spend a Saturday.
Today was somewhat different, as I haven’t even left the house. It is freezing cold and I feel like I am catching Shanes “Man Flu”, although if I do get it, mine will only be a cold. Shane doesn’t believe there is such thing as “Man Flu” as it probably with most men, but girls we know better don’t we. So even though my day was quiet it wasn’t a total loss my football team “Saints” won.
“Living to Learn”: “Pepsi” was originally called “Brads Drink”
“Davine Time” update: I bought myself a lovely piece of amethyst jewellery from the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival. It’s nice giving myself a piece of jewellery that I haven’t made.
I have had a fairly lazy old day today, doing not much of anything really. It has been really cold and I was in my PJ’s early and now I am relaxing while watching “Masterchef” on TV. I love this show and I must say the guest chefs and the contestants are very talented and create some wonderful meals but being a good cook is not something that has ever or is on my “To Do” list. I do also love eating but I will just leave any kitchen master pieces to the chefs of the restaurants I may visit.
“Live to Learn”: All Aussies would know this fact, but I thought I would share it with my international friends. Lost Prime Minister - In 1967, Harold Holt, the Prime Minister of Australia went for a swim at the beach and was never seen again. Theories about his disappearance include kidnapping by a Russian submarine, eaten by a shark or being carried away by the tide.
“Davine Time”: Spending a lazy day and not feeling guilty about it. Life is Good.
I spent today completing some bathroom painting that is something I have been meaning to do for ages and just kept putting it of. It is such a great feeling getting a job finished. So seeing that is what my day consisted of, I thought I would share a couple of photos I took while I was away on my scrapbooking weekend.
Biggest Morning Tea
“Living to Learn”: Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt.
“Davine Time” update: Tonight we had a yummy crayfish for dinner.
Jack bought it over from Tassie and it was delicious.
Tonight I thought I would share a couple of interesting Buddha location beliefs that I just found online – well, I find them interesting anyway. Problem is, because I have so many Buddha’s in my collection, I have broken most of the no should do’s already. Mmm I think I might check out some rearranging tomorrow.
The Most Auspicious Feng Shui Buddha Location
The feng shui Buddha location can vary, but some are more auspicious than others are. Here's a closer look at where to place the Buddha:
1. Facing the main door: Many feng shui consultants recommend placing the Buddha opposite the main front door of a home, on a table, that is about thirty inches in height. This location allows Buddha to interact with the chi coming in from the door. From this position, he can neutralize the chi, and make it lucky.
2. In the living room: Buddha is also quite comfortable in the living room. The best position for Buddha in the living room is facing towards the front door.
3. On a desk: For all the students out there, placing Buddha on a desk is perfectly acceptable. He can help in assisting you in fulfilling your goals.
4. Office table or reception's desk: For those that own a business, placing Buddha on a reception’s desk can help bring prosperity to your company.
While there is no bad spot to place a Buddha in, this is the one caveat. Some feng shui experts frown upon placing Buddha in a bedroom or dining area. Other than these two locations, however, you can place Buddha just about anywhere.
Some Final Notes
Some final tips about the feng shui Buddha location involve his height placement. Avoid putting Buddha on the floor; doing so is disrespectful. The Chinese say that Buddha prefers being placed high up, and when he's happy, hopefully, the home is happy.
Additionally, don’t forget to rub Buddha’s belly. While it's not a requirement (and should be taken in good fun), many claim that rubbing Buddha's belly everyday (and the fatter the belly the better), will bring luck and prosperity to all in the home. Experiment with it today. After all, the only thing you stand to lose is luck and prosperity.
I am so enjoying my life at the moment. After my Dad passed away I decided I didn’t want to go back to fulltime (real) work. With already having experienced the career 9-5 every day job, I decided I want to work - but not do a real job. Once I had made my decision it was like the planets aligned themselves and I started getting offers from various people to do some work for them. So the last 7 days I have been busy working but it has been for four different companies and they are also in different areas and I am really enjoying it. I asked myself why am I enjoying it so much and it was obvious to me, I am definitely not and have never been a creature of habit. I have always gone out of my way to do something different so I don’t fall into the same old same old. So what on the agenda for me tomorrow – no not work – lunch with a friend. Did I say already how much I am enjoying my life at the moment?
“Learning to Live” – With all my different and varied jobs lately I have been learning heaps of new stuff.
“Davine Time” update: Letting myself enjoy every minute of every day, no matter what I am doing.
Some of my Garden Toadstools - Please Do Not Eat!!
I had another great day at the “Good Food and Wine Show” yesterday, but I was so tired when I got home I couldn’t even be bothered turning my laptop on. But it’s now Sunday and I am all set for another day. Unfortunately I didn’t get anymore kisses yesterday but it was still a good day. Even though our stand isn’t food it has still been extremely busy. Anything on Tasmania always seems to draw a crowd and Joyce, the girl I am working alongside and I always tend to have a lot of fun too and neither of us is short of a word to say. When I have been wandering around while on my break I must say the food tastings are really really yummy. Yesterday I tried some “Honey Duck” and not being a duck lover I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I tried it anyway – hey it was free! But to my surprise it was really delicious, so I bought some tomorrow night dinner. I got a couple of celebrity shots, but the crowds were so large it was really difficult to get a clear shot of anything. The show finishes today at 6.00pm and then Shane and I are going to go out for dinner, so it may be tomorrow again by the time I get to tell you about my day.
Fast Eddie from Better Homes & Gardens
George from Masterchief
“Learn to Live”: Mental note from my observations at the Good Food and Wine Show. If I am there and not working, don’t have too many wine tastings and try to talk to the stand holders at the end of the day!!
“Davine Time”: Walked in the pouring rain and didn’t stress about getting to wet.
I have started doing a bit of consultant work and today and this weekend I am working at the “Good Food and Wine Show”, representing a company called “Maria Island Walk” (I will give you an over view on that in another post). This show is held every year and is really quite big. There are heaps wine and produce providores and almost all of them have tastings on their stands. Yummo – I didn’t even need to buy any lunch, I just wandered around and enjoyed all of the nibbles. I didn’t have any wine seeing I was working, but maybe when I finish work on Sunday I may indulge a little. At the show there are lots of well known Chefs doing presentations and classes. I have watched a lot of them on TV and one that I really like, not only for his cooking talent, but also his great sense of humour and he is also pretty easy on the eyes is “Miguel Maestre”. Well now to my exciting news, I was walking around after I finished working and came face to face with Miguel. Me being me, I started talking to him and told him how I enjoyed his show on TV. We talked for a few minutes and then in his gorgeous Spanish way as we said goodbye I got a kiss on each cheek. OMG I felt like a teenage girl, I am sure my cheeks were flushed and wouldn’t you know it, not only didn’t I have my camera with me I didn’t even have my mobile phone to take a photo. So I am of to the show again tomorrow to work and do some more tastings and see who else I can get a kiss from. One thing for sure I am taking my camera tomorrow.
When I was on my holiday in Cairns I had a list of attractions I really wanted to visit, some I had seen on TV and some I had read about. One such attraction was a shop, but a very different shop called “Crystal Caves”. This attraction is basically a shop that has had some imitation caves built into the basement of the building. It is situated just an hour from the Cairns on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. The Crystal Caves is one of Australia's most spectacular private mineralogical collection with over 600 specimens such as Crystals, Gemstones and Fossils on display. But there was only one reason I wanted to visit the “Crystal Caves” and that was to see the “Biggest Amethyst Geode” in the World”. The “Empress of Uruguay” is the most amazing, breathtaking crystal or for that matter anything I have ever seen. This incredibly beautiful deep purple amethyst geode stands well over 3 metres (11 feet) tall and weighs 2 ½ tonne. The tens of thousands perfect, deep purple amethyst crystals are mesmerizing, and whilst in the presence of this truly amazing geode it was like time stood still. I cannot really describe how I felt looking at the crystals shining but I do know after sitting looking at it for what seemed like seconds but was actually about 30 minutes I found it very difficult to leave the room. I know that my next trip back to Cairns will definitely include a return visit to the beautiful “Empress of Uruguay”.
“Living to Learn”: Today I thought I would share another Australian word.
“Cobber” – A Friend.
“Davine Time” update: This morning I had a little sleep in.
I have just finished watching a show called “Who Do You Think You Are?” which has been on weekly and it features famous people researching their ancestors. Tonight it was the actor Matthew Broderick’s turn. He was able to with help trace his lineage back 150 years. I find genealogy fascinating and would love to get into it more but that is one of the things in my life I keep putting of. One of my cousins has partially put together my mother’s family tree, even back to the original prisoner being sent to Australia from England. I would like to try and fill in a few blank spots with that side. Then there is my Dads family tree!! As I am an only child and my Dad was an only child you would think it would be easy, but oh no not with my ancestors. You see I don’t know for sure who my Dads father was and it’s a long confusing story – way to confusing to go on with here. But one day I will get to it and find where I come from in all the branches. There is so much information out there where do you start. Luckily I did get lots of information from both Mum and Dad before they left me. One time I was asking Dad about his Aunties and Uncles and he started telling me about his Auntie Tina. I was madly writing everything down that he said, so I asked “Oh, what was her surname”. Dads answer got me laughing for a while but he didn’t know why. Her surname was “Turner” – so his Auntie was “Tina Turner”. Not the real one of course, but it still gave me a chuckle, but of course Dad didn’t realize who I was referring to until I explained. Mum got it and had a laugh along with me.
“Living to Learn” – I found the website www.ancestry.com.au which may help me get started on this journey.
“Davine Time” – Shouted myself Chinese Takeaway from my Dad and my Chinese Restaurant.
I think I may have mentioned previously, one of my very best friends (Jennie) has a wonderful home decorating store called “Homing Instincts”. Well, today I have had the best day as it was my first day of working Tuesdays in her store. I was a little bit nervous at first but once I got in the swing of the day I had an amazing time. She has the most amazing eclectic assortment of products, it’s like I have spent my day in Aladdin’s Cave. Without fail all the customers that come into the store comment how great everything is. I am so looking forward to spending next Tuesday there again.
“Living to Learn”: My whole day today was a fantastic new learning experience.
“Davine Time”: Even though I was working – just allowing myself to love and enjoy my day.