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Today’s Warm Witty Words


Smile

Today I’m smiling because my daughter-in-law sent me a cute picture of my granddaughter Larabella. She’s dressed in a little outfit I bought her at Eumundi Markets, on the Sunshine Coast. Any photo of Larabella makes me smile.

Larabella in hippy outfit from Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast, Qld. Age 14 months.
Larabella in hippy outfit from Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast, Qld. Age 14 months.

Grateful

I’m grateful for my husband. He went away for a golf weekend and I kept busy (re-siliconing the shower), housework, running the dog, catching up with girlfriends and spending time with my son. On his return his emotions always show how much he misses me and I realised I missed him too. I’m very grateful he’s by my side, still appreciates me and is my best friend.

YOU

Set time aside for your health and happiness. No matter how busy you are you need to time manage YOU time. Whether it’s to walk in the sunshine for half an hour, or to curl up with a relaxing book. We need this time to rewind and reboot.

Motivation

Make a commitment to yourself to achieve whatever goal it is you wish to achieve. You can take small steps as long as they are steps towards this goal. Write it down. Pin it to a board or put on your fridge to remind yourself of how important the goal is. Whether it’s writing a novel or starting a fitness regimen just take that first step and move forward.

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Happiness

I’m happy right now because my dog has chosen not to eat my mum’s budgie, Sunny. I’m bird sitting the adorable little bird and Mahli cocks her head to the side listening to the bird talk and talk. It’s hilarious.

I’m happy that I have some wonderful friends who are supportive, funny and captivating. We can talk through issues in our lives and help each other resolve things with compassion and humour. We’re all very different and we embrace that too. That makes me happy today.

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Get up early and embrace the morning


I’ve always been a morning person, but in recent times (I have turned 50) it’s been harder to get up. This morning made me realise that it’s worth it. I remember now – I LOVE MORNINGS!

First I went to boot camp with Fusion Outdoor Fitness for a kettle bell and running session. I felt fit and health and, as always, glad I made the effort to get up at 4.45am. There is nothing like a bit of outdoor exercise to start the day off on a good note. Unfortunately (or fortunately, you be the judge) there is a smoke haze over the Gold Coast, which didn’t make breathing during our runs pleasant but the mist over the fields, as eerie as it looked, was well worth a bit of smoke. It reminded me of that Stephen King novel ‘The Fog’, spooky! I wish I had my camera then and there.

My camera was, however, in my car. I always take the scenic drive home, through Koala Park, over the Tallebudgera bridge and home. Today I stopped over the bridge at the Tallebudgera Creek/Beach School car park. I could see an orange orb rising and with my trusty camera in hand, I raced along the path to the beach. I didn’t want to miss what was sure to be a spectacular sunrise.

So here is some proof of good reasons for waking up early in a few pics:

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And that was just the sun.

Pandanus trees and beyond Tallebudgera Creek entrance.
Pandanus trees and beyond Tallebudgera Creek entrance.
Mist over Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Mist over Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Morning traffic on Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Morning traffic on Tallebudgera Creek Bridge.
Reflections and high mist over the Palm Beach canals.
Reflections and high mist over the Palm Beach canals.
More of the stunning, glass-like water on the canals at Palm Beach.
More of the stunning, glass-like water on the canals at Palm Beach.

So, in case you didn’t get up this morning to see the beauty in our world I hope you’ve enjoyed it through my eyes.

Maybe tomorrow morning you won’t hit the snooze button. Perhaps you’ll get up and enjoy the best part of the day – morning.

And just in case you missed it, here’s another reason to get up early in the morning:
https://donnadmunro.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/theres-a-whale-on-my-doorstep/