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Some days just make me smile

I guess I’m lucky that I’m a fairly upbeat person. Most say I smile a lot but like everyone I have my down days. Like the other day I was rushing here and there and getting a tad stressed. I was just about to back out of my driveway and saw the most exquisite flower in my garden.

I believe this flower is a Hippeastrum cultivar in flower - growing in my own garden.

Suddenly I was smiling. There’s nothing like something beautiful to make you smile. Later when I came back home I took a photo of it. Then I saw two others about to bloom.

It reminded of me of a couple of days before that. I’d been walking (yes back into the fitness regime) and saw a flock of white Cockatoos fly overhead cawing (as they do). I thought isn’t that awesome as they perched in a large tree like white Christmas decorations. Again, I smiled. In another day that had been rush rush it reminded me that nature goes at its own pace and we should observe it and be grateful. It made me take more notice of everything else that day. The sun setting in the west, the smoke haze from the bushfires in the valley, the smell of the burnt bush air with fires so near, the gentle spring breeze on my skin giving me the warm glow of the nearing summer, children giggling as I passed their front yard, an old lady smiling as she took her daily walk and the good aches of my body as I exercised it. Smile.

Then there’s my great-niece Ella who just turned two years old. Her mum Hayley had organised a barbecue down by the river near The Anchorage at Tweed Heads. I hadn’t been down that way for years. It was picture perfect with the sun high in the sky, the water clear blue-green, boats and jet skis passing in a flurry of excited boat goers in swimwear and caps, and soft white sand in the little bay where Ella and her older cousin played. I’ve missed the river (we used to be regular skiers) and I looked yearningly at the slick boats and thought about one day (when I have spare money…) I’ll buy a boat and anchor it on the river so I can laze back and read a good book (if it’s a ski boat a bit of skiing would be fun too). Dream on…but smile anyway!

Ella playing with the 'Dora the Explorer' facewasher I gave her for her 2nd Birthday - the simplest things keep kids happy

On the weekend my sons made me smile. Blake because he spent the whole day with his family (he is 16, say no more). Joel because he played his Grand Final (Rugby League Q Cup Fogs Colts) and lost but graciously. Though he was concussed and can’t remember the game or much afterwards. Actually his whole team played an awesome game that went to golden point and accepted their defeat with dignity. Coming from fourth spot they accomplished a milestone and had a great season. Okay I wasn’t smiling when they lost because I was sad for them but later I smiled because of how well they handled it and what a great bunch of young men they are. Also my daughter in law, Elise, joined us at the game. It was priceless watching my son, Blake looking out for her and warning men off her – cute. Smile.

The next thing to make me smile recently is (actually yesterday) I finalised my website and completed artwork for my business cards. I emailed this artwork to my brother, Brad who is a printer at Inky Graphix. Very soon, along with my new website Donna Munro Writing Services I’ll have business cards to hand out. Officially – WRITER!

So, if anyone needs some writing done just direct them to my website which is and I’ll provide the write (right) service for their writing needs.

Anyway since I’m on reason’s to smile there’s plenty more:

  • kindness
  • beautiful things
  • intoxicating smells
  • adorable babies
  • nature at its best
  • gratitude
  • respect
  • accomplishments
  • family (Kris coming home safely from Afghanistan)
Joel and mate Zeke after their grand final at Suncorp. I'm glad I took this because both were concussed and may not remember this classic moment otherwise.

Here is the artwork that made me smile but I can’t wait for the actual business cards:

My new business card for Donna Munro Writing Services


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon, Kendwa's Secret and Elephant Creek, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life and other smaller publications. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and the current Administrative Assistant. Donna lives in Queensland and is addicted to beaches, reading, Peanut Butter, elephants, koalas, Sydney Roosters and Home & Away. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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