What opportunities am I choosing?

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Yesterday I had the privilege to help out on the Mother’s Day Stall at my son’s school. I gave my energy and time, and generously the children showed me their delight and enthusiasm. It made me think when I wake up in the morning do I see the opportunities that the day has for me, and when I choose those opportunities do I choose opportunities that add value to peoples lives, my family, my community or even the planet?

 

When I reflect upon my week their have been days when I was selfish, and lazy, and their have been days when I have been generous with my time, energy and knowledge. The realisation for me is that it has been haphazard and random. I am not waking up in the morning thinking about this question. I am not planning my daily, weekly planner thinking about this question. I think it is important, important enough to be asking the question in my journal each day? What opportunities do I choose today, and if I say yes to an opportunity will it add value to peoples lives, my family, my community or even the world?  Or if I say yes to this opportunity am I being selfish, lazy or simply entertained?

 

Opportunities

I am curious to try this in my journal and to see if it influences who I show up as each day, and what I do each day. I want to be more intentional about how I spend my time and what I say yes too. To be honest too many times I feel annoyed with myself for wasting my time on watching too much television, or flicking aimlessly through the internet. Yesterday reminded me I want some things to change and how I want them to change.

 

The biggest question will be for me,  when I look back in 4 weeks time will I have asked the question each day and did I make that change I wanted to make? Living a beautiful life is not living an easy life, it is about doing what it takes to live a more purposeful and meaningful life on a daily basis.

 

A life without devils would be just awful, which is why today I continued my financial support for the devils by continuing to adopt a devil via the Tasmanian Devil Endangered Programme by Zoo’s Victoria. Go Devils!

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Finding an hour a week for an Artist’s date can be challenging. Do you take yourself out on regular artist’s dates, why or why not?

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The Artist’s Date is an idea from Julia Cameron, a date with yourself, an hour a week where you can do anything you want, as long as it’s fun and not related to work. It is your time, no companions allowed, just you. Whether or not you are an artist or not, we all have a creative side to us, that gets depleted and needs re-filling.

 

 

This week I made one of my adventure walks my artist’s date. This time I took my camera for a walk with me. It was about playing with my camera and seeing what images I could create. The funny thing was some one stop to ask me if I was a photographer. I thought I must have looked serious and in control when taking my photo’s.

 

 

I found a new path to follow and discover the nature of Autumn and suburban parkscape. I noticed an empty playground and I wonder where were all the children playing these days. I discovered places to sit and rest. I enjoyed being out in nature and listening to the sound of birds. I found a path to walk along and capture images of the suburban parkscape. It was a fun learning and creative experience.

 

 

It was a fun learning and creative experience which had been planed. I had this block of time scheduled in my calendar for Friday.  However, it almost did not happen, there were so many other things I could have done, more washing, a newsletter, weeding the garden, calling a friend. I stopped myself and said this hour for myself is going to happen, one hour of play to exercise and play with my camera. Finding an hour, a week for an Artist’s date can be challenging. All those to do’s like to get in the way.  Yet this hour a week leaves me feeling refreshed and inspired. It makes me feel alive and puts a bit of spark back into my week.

 

 

What’s your favorite artist’s date activity to spark your creativity?  Do you take yourself out on regular dates, why or why not?  Please leave a comment would love to know your thoughts.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day?

Ten Blessings Of The Week

Ten Blessings of the week

The highlight of the previous week was the fact it was school holidays, and got to spend lots of time with my two teenage boys.  Feeling gratitude and blessed about my previous week is something that makes me feel so much more appreciative about my life.

 

 

This weeks 10 blessings are as follows:

 

  1. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with a student sharing my clinical experience and knowledge.

 

  1. I am so blessed that they now offer a supportive holiday program for teens with disabilities, and that Mighty Mouse got to have two great days out.

 

  1. I am so blessed to have lovely music to listen to everyday, there seems to be enough music for all my different moods, from inspirational, relaxing, laid back to upbeat. Music just brightens up my day.

 

  1. I am so blessed to have access to an abundant library for of wonderful resources, this week I spent time in the magazine section and discovered some new magazines.

 

  1. Enjoyed a visit to the Museum and to see Jurassic World with my son Mighty Mouse, the dinosaurs where so big and dramatic. I really felt like we were on a tour at Jurassic Park like in the movies. So I am glad none of those dinosaurs escaped. I love how Mighty Mouse still gets super excited to go to the Museum.

 

  1. I am so blessed for lots of adventure walks around the lake with Little Miss Popularity and the boys. It been school holidays so they have been coming for walks with me.

 

  1. I am so blessed for all the sleep in’s this week, it has been so nice to wake up, enjoy my coffee and remain in my bed a bit longer.

 

  1. I am so enjoying the leaves from the lipstick maple tree changing colour, from green to yellow and red, and are now falling from the tree. It so beautiful watching them blow around the back yard.

 

  1. I am so blessed to be able to get together with my extended family for a happy occasion, a birthday party lunch.

 

  1. I am so blessed to have a healthy body it lets me get so much done and enables me to enjoy my life.

 

 

This quote of the week is for Autumn: “Every leaf speaks bliss to me. Fluttering from the Autumn tree.” Emily Bronte

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

FRAN DISHON

Living A Beautiful Life!

 

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Everyday for me is about finding a way to live a beautiful life, even when challenges arise, and even on days when I feel extraordinarily ordinary. I work as a nurse, and my work is meaningful and purposeful. Nursing is hard work however it is extremely rewarding and I have had the opportunity to meet so amazingly brave and courageous individuals. My work as a nurse has made me realize the importance of living a beautiful life. As one of my clients advised me,’ enjoy your life today, because you don’t know what tomorrow will have install for you.’

 

 

When I think about this blog I think about living a beautiful life. So I have done some re-branding. Initially it was all about journaling and walking. However, I also love talking about my artist’s dates and weekly gratitude practice of ten blessings of the week. It is about so much more.  Journaling and walking will always be the main focus of this blog.  I have so many thoughts to express about living a beautiful life, and I want to include them on the blog too. So  I have now re-branded it Living A Beautiful Life.

 

 

So today I would like to share a short video The Lake about todays walking adventure around my lake. I live by a lake, I call it my lake, but it really belongs to the local community. Today was one of those mild Autumn days with lots of blue sky and beautiful sunshine. So myself, Mr. Serious and Little Miss Popularity headed off on our adventure walk. For me a beautiful life includes adventure walks.

 

 

The Lake

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

Ten Blessings Of The Week!

Ten Blessings of the week

It is April already, how fast this year is going, and I continue to try and get the most out of every beautiful day. One way to appreciate the brightness of everyday is through the practice of gratitude. For myself a great place to appreciate gratitude is during my daily journaling practice. A daily gratitude practice helps me to see all the good in my life.I also like to share a my weekly Ten Blessings of the Week, this is where I look back on my week and see what stood out to me to be grateful for and blessed in my life that week.

 

 

It was a week with time away, school holidays, work, and enjoying the daily pleasures of life. As I sit here listening and enjoying some lovely chill out jazz music I want to share my Ten Blessings of the previous week with you. They are as follows:

 

 

  1. Enjoyed Easter Monday ‘s escape to the country and enjoyed a visit to the Albury Library Exhibition.
  2. Was extremely blessed for a safe and uneventful journey driving home on Tuesday
  3. Was very grateful that Mighty Mouse’s visit to the optometrist indicated his vision is improving.
  4. School holidays is always full of exciting activities, enjoyed a movie day out with my boys to see Superman vs Batman.
  5. Loved that my parents came over for morning tea Wednesday, so lovely to catch up with them and have cuppa and chat.
  6. Enjoyed a day at home Thursday just catching up on house work, cooking and spending time with the boys. ‘
  7. Fun washing my dog Little Miss Popularity, now she is a beautiful clean fluffy dog to cuddle. Have been enjoying lots of doggy cuddles.
  8. Enjoying home made meals, and grateful for the abundance and variety of great foods available to me to cook and enjoy.
  9. Ho ,Ho off to work I went this weekend. I am feeling blessed to have my job.
  10. Feeling blessed for everyday moments, enjoying a cup of tea, hot showers, cosy bed, rain, sunshine, and family.

 

 

I always feel so good after doing my Ten Blessings of the week, it reminds me that I am living a truly blessed life.

 

 

Here is a quote I love about gratitude: “The struggle ends when gratitude begins” by Neal Donald Walsh.

 

 

What were your Ten Blessings of the previous week?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Sparkly Journal Prompt Jar

journal prompts jar

Morning chill out music infused through my living room. A table full of crafting materials and paint. A beautiful hour is spent creating a sparkly journal prompt jar. Today I managed to combine my Artist’s Date with journaling. Now I have a jar full of beautiful questions, ready to be plucked out and answered.

 

I was inspired by a blog post at, Daring To Live Fully on  119 journal prompts, I encourage you check this post out. It certainly inspired me to make my own journal jar and full it up with journal prompts. One way to use it is to pull out a prompt and spend 10-30 minutes on answering the question. Another possibility is to  pull out a question, paste it in a art journal and answer the question with pictures and words.

 

 

Currently in my journaling I have been inspired by Laura Hollick’s beautiful post on 10 great questions to use as journal prompts to create transformation in your life. I encourage you to check out her questions. These are the questions I am currently using in my own journal. These questions have me journaling deep. I am really enjoying the process.

 

I love this quote by Laura Hollick, “ Be brave and creative. Your journaling can open space for a wildly transformative experience. Imagine possibilities.” 

 

 

I am also happy to share music that is inspiring me this week, Morning Coffee Lounge, by Lounge Music Cafe, lovely instrumental chill out music. A wonderful way to start the day.

 

 

Can not believe how fast the year is going. It is April 1st and it is time to do a quarterly goal check in,  so today’s journal prompt:    How am I progressing with achieving my goals?

 

Note: I have not been posting much recently, I took time out to spend  a few days in the country to relax in nature. Also it is school holidays and by boys have been keeping me busy. Yes I have been too busy enjoying life!

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Blessings Of The Week.

Ten Blessings of the week

I always loved doing this post at my old blog, and although tempted to go back to my old blog, I love this one more. It just feels more like me, so I am going to continue with it.  Feeling gratitude and blessed about my previous week is something that makes me feel so much more appreciative about my life.

 

 

This weeks 10 blessings are as follows:

 

  1. I am so blessed that on Monday Mighty Mouse, my self, and Little Miss Popularity were able to go for a lovely walk around the lake, we even took time out to, sit and watch the magnificent Pelicans.

 

  1. I am so blessed that on Tuesday I had a wonderful opportunity to do some online learning, and was able to send several hours doing my course. I think it is exciting to have opportunities to learn.

 

 

  1. I am so blessed that on Wednesday, we took Mighty Mouse for his new RF at the hearing place, it just looks like a pen, and works better than his old one. That means he can hear better.

 

  1. I am also so blessed to be able to trial a new communication device for Mighty Mouse, we had so much fun coming up with questions and answers. We even found a spot for Godzilla and Devil ( his favorite toys on it)

 

 

  1. I am also so blessed that Mr. Serious stills gets excited to share his homework with me, and ask for my feedback.

 

  1. I am so blessed that I got to spend some time out in the backyard under the tree, on my computer enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. It was just too nicer day and evening not to be out there.

 

 

  1. I am so blessed for warm sunny days, and cold rainy days, such variety makes getting dressed in the morning interesting. I love Melbourne weather.

 

  1. I am so blessed that my boys are still interested in watching a movie with their parents on our Friday night, movie night. This week we watch Ground Hog Day. An old movie, lovely story and funny.

 

 

  1. I am so blessed to be able to have a relaxing sleep in on Saturday morning, feeling so tired it was good not to have to get up early.

 

  1. I am so blessed that Hubby cooked Sunday morning breakfast, something special for the weekend, especially as I was working on Sunday.

 

 

Quote of the week: Love this quote, “Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, colours, sounds and work that nourishes your soul” ~SARK

 

 

What were your Ten Blessings of the week?  Leave a comment if you wish to share.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

 

Artist’s Date Excursion~Here are some ideas.

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Recently I didn’t have to go to work, I was given an annual leave day. Such days are holidays, which means they are days to be enjoyed. A day not to be wasted. So I visited the National Gallery of Victoria for my Artist’s Date.

 

 

Like always the art gallery is full of treasures and exhibitions. I appreciated being able to just sit quietly and reflect upon the paintings.  I loved just going out side in the garden, at the moment it has mist happening, and bean bags all around for people to relax in. It is a beautiful space with seating and tables, garden and sculptures, grass and water.

 

 

Above I have included some ideas for an Artist’s Date. You get to choose when, where and what you do. There are many things you can do.

 

 

Plan weekly adventures for your Artist’s Date. Plan something you think you would love and enjoy, a play date for your self. Enjoy.

 

 

Where are you going on your next Artist’s Date?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Create a mood that supports you in flowing with your life this week.

I have the power to make people feel good.Cuddle me!

When I am feeling stressed, unloved, or simply in a low mood, it is hard to stay that way after cuddling my dog. She is just a fluffy cure to the ‘sads’ with the power to make me feel relaxed and brighter.There is something about cuddle doggy power.

I also enjoy listening to music, it brings a boost of joy into my day. I love finding new music, this keeps my days interesting, but I am really liking this album Telluric by Matt Corby. Some music gets me into an upbeat joyful mood and some music helps me chill out and relax, some music helps me focus and get my work done and some music makes me think deep and reflectively.

 

This brings me to this week’s prompt which is as follows: How can I help my mood support me in flowing with my life this week? It is by Jennifer Louden from her book The Life Organizer.

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My life flow for the week contains days of high energy and low energy. Days of high emotional demands and other days of less emotional demands. Days where things go wrong, days when happy surprises occur, and days that are totally ordinary. Understanding my life flow, helps me to understand what mood might best support it. Then the task of creating a list of things like music, meditation, exercise, sleep, inspirational reading, aromatherapy, my journaling practice, and even cuddling a fluffy dag that affect my mood in a desired way. That way I have a section of things to turn to that can help my mood support me in flowing with my life this hour, day and even week.

 

Explore this question: How can I help my mood support me in flowing with my life this week?  Discover and write down your own lists of things that can help create a more desired mood that supports you flow through your life.

 

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

 

Artist’s Date~Essential oils that uplift the spirits.

 

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A box of essential oils is tucked away in the cupboard, which is full of my collection of favorite oils. I was looking forward to burning peppermint oil in my infuser. I love peppermint. It is my happy oil, the one that gives me a boost of energy, and gets me focused.

 

 

It had been a tough day. I was suffering from the, ‘sads.’  I really needed peppermint, my happy oil to lift my spirits. However, when I went to use it  the peppermint bottle was empty. This inspired my Artist’s Date, of going out in search of essential oils that would uplift my spirits.

 

 

This weeks Artist’s Date was in search for oils that uplift the spirit and get me back to my happy place.  I headed down to the natural health store, in search of such oils. Smelling essential oils was my idea of fun. There were so many oils to choose from however I choose two, that I thought would lift my spirits. Firstly, my happy oil peppermint, and an unknown oil for me, grapefruit.

 

 

With my infuser out, candle lit, I tested out the unknown oil grapefruit. I infused its cheerful smell throughout my living room. Whilst I blended it with the relaxing sound of Daintree Dreamtime by Ken Davis in the background. By this time the ‘sads’ had left me, and I was feeling good about the day. My mood had certainly been lifted.

 

 

I am not sure if feeling good came from the adventure of my Artist’s Date to the health food store testing out essential oils, or from the the time I spent infusing the oil and listening to music. I have a feeling it was both, and I am very happy to have discovered a new essential oil grapefruit.

 

 

One of the things that gets in the way of me going on my Artist’s Date is coming up with ideas of what to do. Another is I get stuck doing the same things over and over again. I hope by sharing my Artist’s Date I can inspire you to come up with ideas for your own Artist’s Date. What was your artist’s date this week? Please share your thoughts in the comments. I am always curious about what other people do on their Artist’s Date and often find this inspirational for coming up with ideas for my own Artist’s Dates.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON