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Happy Abundant New Year 2018


Happy Abundant New Year 2018.

Happy New Year 2018

2017 was beautifully abundant. I feel blessed to have enjoyed such a year. I firmly believe my 365 days of gratitude led to the abundance. Being mindful and appreciative ultimately manifested into good things. My last seven days of 2017 wound down my 365 days of gratitude that I began in the hope of a wonderful year. Most of my thoughts have been positive which has reaped positive outcomes. Each negative though was quickly turned away (mentally). As I am learning our thoughts become things. My biggest thoughts were on enjoying writing. I have written copiously. The passion for it grows the more I write. I’ll admit that things didn’t fall in to place exactly the way I expected. It’s important to stay fluid in accepting a different version. If I am open to new opportunities they will come to me in exciting, unique, surprising ways.

Those last seven days included:

  1. A Christmas Day shared with my wonderful, unique, quirky, adorable family. Too much food, bad cracker jokes and a not-so-secret Santa. Love them!
  2. Boxing Day with extended family and friends. We have a yearly water volleyball challenge that’s always filled with fun and laughter. It’s something to look forward to every year.
  3. My son and his girlfriend arrived after a long, but safe, drive from Canberra to the Gold Coast. We miss them when they are not here, but are grateful that they follow their dreams and kick goals.
  4. Finally, a few hours at the beach, reading the The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Hot summer sun, warm salty water, soft white sand and cooling ocean breeze. My happy place.
  5. A nightly card game of Hearts that brings the family together and makes me smile.
  6. A relaxing day with our grown children and friends coming and going (eating lots of food). Everyone is content and happy. No conflicts. Just jokes, fun-loving pay-outs and contagious laughter.
  7. New Year’s Eve – a night full of hope and possibilities. A near full moon in a starry sky, spotted with billowing clouds left over from a short summer storm. Everything smells fresh and new. Friends chatting on the damp deck, the balustrade is wrapped in colourful Christmas lights that reflect off the water of the canal below. Home before midnight to share the first minutes of New Year’s Eve with my husband and dog. Moments of wonder at how 2017 played out and what endless possibilities are in store for us in 2018.

And what of my New Year’s Resolution? I have many; get fitter, drink less (alcohol), drink more (water), eat more, play more, sleep longer, sweat less, publish Kendwa’s Secret, edit better and write, write and write. I hope you keep to yours.

Wishing you a marvelous, love-filled, healthy, joyous, abundant, beautiful 2018.

Posted in Family life, Happiness, The Zanzibar Moon, Writing tips, Year of Gratitude

Positivism can reverse negativity


Positivism can reverse negativity

Change is all around us. One instant in time, the blink of an eye and you can end up in a negative or positive situation. No two people see it the same. Some are glass half full and some half empty.

If something bad happens and you’re sad, angry, grief-stricken, annoyed, frustrated, hurt or a multitude of emotions. It’s a negative experience but what if you turned it positive?

There’s the saying you can’t get any further down so you must go up.

Positivity quote. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow

It’s not always easy to find a positive thing but it’s best for your emotional wellbeing if you at least try. My mum always says, “There’s always someone worse off.” It’s an apt saying. You have nothing to complain about when you compare yourself to the heartache others face.

Look at inspirational people like Turia Pitt. She looks to the positive to get through something most of us could barely imagine. She has her wonderful bubbles of happiness and humour, and she’s thriving. Yes, she has more guts and determination than most of us would be able to summon, but if she wasn’t positive she’d never get through it (oh and congrats to her and Michael on expecting their first child).

How do you find a positive in a negative?

Let’s give a simple example. You’re a guy and you lost your wallet (no I’m not talking about you Blake). It’s annoying and it makes you angry. You must cancel all your cards and then wait for new ones. You worry about identity theft and you freak out a little about people sifting through your treasured family photos.

Where’s the positive? You can start laughing because if anyone tries to use the credit card they’ll be denied as you just maxed it out (karma). What if you hated the wallet and your coins always fell out of it? You now have an excuse to go buy a new one. Let’s go one step further. That cute girl you’ve been passing on the street, finds your wallet, hands it back and your hands brush at the touch. Electricity and sparks fly. You lock eyes and a happy ever after love affair begins (okay I admit the romance writer in me got carried away with that scenario, but you get the point).

Think up your own positives to negatives

Negative: Stub your toe (ouch!)

Positive: Swear (that always makes you feel better) look what you kicked your toe on. That old diamond ring you had lost.

Negative: Get sick with the flu.

Positive: You’re not the only one and now’s your chance to recover in bed and be pampered by the family.

Negative: Prang your car.

Positive: No one is hurt and it’s just a car.

Negative: It’s raining and you wanted sunshine.

Positive: It’s been dry and the plants need it (and may prevent bush fires this season). They are doing a happy rain dance. I’d probably curl up with a good book.

Negative: The dog ate your homework.

Positive: Well haven’t we all wanted to use that excuse?

Negative: Your flight was cancelled.

Positive: They found a fault in the plane and you’re are very lucky it never took off  (because it could have crashed).

It’s not always easy. Somethings are just too sad (like death and grief). Just try these strategies to get through it and find the more positive aspects of your life.

My own negative thought today is I haven’t had time to blog and keep up with my 365 Days of Gratitude. The positive thought out of that is; the amount of writing work I am embarking on now, is the reason I’ve had no time to blog. Yay me!

365 Days of Gratitude

I’ve missed from Day 191 to today, which is Day 248. I have plenty of gratitude during those 57 days. I have bucket loads of gratitude. Some crappy things have happened (two broken-down cars, an almost fried laptop (yep this very one), but there’s been so many more wonderful moments they outweigh the negative).

  • Visits with the grandkids
  • A free holiday in Noosa
  • Enjoying a writing festival and networking with other creatives (Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival)
  • Meeting writing goals
  • A friend recovering from a scary illness
  • A visit from my son (he lives the furthest away from us)
  • Coming second in a footy tipping comp (thanks Roosters)
  • Reading some wonderful books
  • My big dog’s lapdog moments
  • Warmer weather
  • More The Zanzibar Moon sales
  • Getting three-quarters of the way through my next manuscript

What are your positives or moments of gratitude?