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Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Chickens and the meaning of life

Finding our family owning and caring for 2 chickens (the gorgeous Penny and Jenny) continues to be somewhat of a surprise…even after 2 and a half years. Luckily they stay outside, produce the freshest, tastiest eggs ever (even if they don’t quite look as perfect as supermarket eggs), and they make great conversation starters. But …

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10 ways to tame the “bad mood” beast

The “bad mood” beast is part of all of our lives. When we get moods like feeling angry, down, anxious, frustrated, cranky, miserable, worried, agitated we know the “bad mood” beast has dropped in for while. The “bad mood” beast likes to visit and hang around…and can’t take the hint about when it’s time to …

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How to find yourself…and other secret dreams

Want to find yourself? Want to find out who is the real you? Have any other goals in mind? Places to visit? Other dreams to pursue? Well, whatever your goals or secret dreams, here’s four steps that can help you get there. These four steps can help to stop yourself floundering, wandering around in circles, …

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Don’t take it personally…

Have you ever been in sticky situation with a loved one, friend or colleague? Perhaps heated words were exchanged? Or perhaps you weren’t invited to something you should have been? Maybe you’re feeling excluded, insulted, bullied? Or all of the above. Sticky situations It’s more than likely we’ve all been in these types of sticky situations …

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10 lessons from photography

By: Miriam Lowinger ONE: Patience and perseverance – the photo doesn’t always turn out right the first time TWO: There is beauty in everything –find and capture it in a photo THREE: Never give up – usually it takes two or three tries to get a perfect photo FOUR: It takes work to make things …

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Can you see the truth behind the label?

What are labels? Labels can be incredibly helpful. By boiling things down to a single idea they help us make sense of the world. They can help us make sensible and informed choices about all sorts of things we need to do or buy.  They can help us compare, define and categorise things like cars, works of …

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Impossible expectations and other “shoulds”

Impossible expectations Do you ever set yourself up with impossible expectations? Probably most of us do at times. I certainly do. Here’s some typical examples: I “should” be expert at something the first time I try it. Once I’ve learned a new skill I “should” never slip back into old habits. I “should” always know …

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10 lessons from karate grading

10 lessons from karate grading Discipline, stamina and courage are required to succeed It doesn’t matter how big you are It doesn’t matter what gender you are Fighting is not meant to be pleasant It doesn’t matter if you cry or bleed If you get hit remember to breathe You’re not supposed to feel well …

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How do you do mistakes?

Stop making mistakes… Are you mistake proof yet? Immune from things like burning dinner, or running late for work? Immune from more cringe worthy moments like forgetting to make your kids lunch, or blurting out something embarrassing in front of your boss? No more “oopsies” moments like forgetting to save your work before your computer resets? I …

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Who is the real you?

I bet we could all describe a sunset with a reasonable degree of similarity. We may use different words, but we’d probably all end up saying something like “lovely colours”, “awe inspiring”, or “wish we could paint it”. That sort of thing. There’s probably the odd person who’d say it’s the change in refraction of the …

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