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I come from a land down under

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Australia, Life, Travel | 3 comments

I come from a land down under

I recently returned to Australia after two years living in China. It’s fair to say it’s a big change in environment. I’m loving the feeling of ‘home’, a mix of comforting familiarity and nostalgia. I grew up in rural New South Wales and home for me is bright blue skies, animals and wide open spaces. Peeling back layers of paperbark gum trees. Breathing crisp morning air. The sound of kookaburras laughing. Kangaroos watching. Soft pine crunching underfoot. The scent of eucalyptus. Pink skies at night, shepherds delight. It’s good to be home.    ...

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Choose your words carefully

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Life | 0 comments

Choose your words carefully

We underestimate the power of our words. Our words manifest our intentions and our thoughts. Words are how we communicate, how we express ourselves, how we think. But we must be careful, because our words can create joy and happiness, or they can cause destruction and misery. You may not realise it, but your words plant seeds in the minds of others. Hearing someone’s opinion and believing it gives it power, it changes our mindset. You might comment on something and then forget about it completely, but the person you said it to has had a seed planted in their mind. We grow the seeds planted...

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Stop taking things personally – it’s not all about you!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Life | 0 comments

Stop taking things personally – it’s not all about you!

My husband is a high school teacher so his time is spent dealing with adolescents, who as you can imagine are prone to giving a bit of attitude at times. I overheard him talking about this with a colleague recently, discussing a particular student.  He said something that really resonated, that in his experience a student acted out for a reason – something might be going on at home, the student might be under a lot of stress about an upcoming assessment, in a fight with his best friend, having problems with his parents, the list goes on. Ultimately whatever the reason is, it...

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What happens when you start setting personal goals

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Healthy Living, Life, Wellbeing | 1 comment

What happens when you start setting personal goals

We often have goals or targets set for us at work, but something I’ve been thinking about is the benefits of goal setting in your personal life. Over the last year or so I’ve been setting goals for myself. Things that I want to achieve purely for my own personal satisfaction and self improvement. These have included physical goals such as doing yoga everyday, taking part in 10km fun runs and completing my first triathlon, as well as intellectual challenges like sitting HSK exams (the standardised Mandarin language test). Setting goals gives you something to work towards, keeps...

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Time for the next adventure, coming soon..!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Life | 0 comments

Time for the next adventure, coming soon..!

The international school year finishes in six months time in June, Wayne’s teaching contract is up and we’ve made the decision not to renew and move on from Beijing. We don’t plan on moving back home to Aus either, we actually don’t know where we are headed just yet! Currently our conversations with people both here in Beijing and from those at home have been going something like this: Everyone: So what are you doing next year? Us: Don’t know! *big smiles* Everyone: But what’s your plan, and if that doesn’t work out what’s your back-up plan?...

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