Saturday’s Grateful and not so Grateful List. 

Today I am grateful for my busy busy week. 

Today I am grateful last Sunday I did a small river loop on my bike with David. 

Today I am grateful for doing The Happiness Program through an organization called The Art of Living last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I learnt a lot about meditation, breathing and other strategies that contribute to happiness. It was a wonderful program that I would recommend highly to others. 


Today I am grateful for doing Pilates on Monday and having very sore muscles the next day. 


Today I am grateful for attending the launch of the 150 year celebration of the Royal Brisbane Hospital.


Today I am grateful for going to Ladies in Black at the Playhouse on Wednesday. If you get a chance to attend the season go – it is wonderful. 

Today I am grateful for doing yoga yesterday. Well I am sort of grateful. I have a lot of trouble sitting on the floor these days and I used to be able to do yoga quite well. Yesterday I couldn’t do many of the poses and it did my head in. I cried a lot. It reminded me how much I broke myself 18 months ago. It reminded me I am different now. It reminded me that I probably will never go back to the way I was. It totally sucked and so I cried. I cried for what I have lost and I cried for being different. I am ok now and hopefully it was good to get it out of my system. It caught me totally by surprise which also sucks. Anyway I am better today.

“Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”

~ Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor


Today I am grateful for doing my first park run this morning. I registered 12 months ago. I am exhausted but in a good way. 


Until next time

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Saturday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful I got in a 7km walk before the heat of the day. 


Today I am grateful for the things I saw along the way. 



Today I am grateful for the lovely chai latte I had on the Goodwill Bridge. 

Today I am grateful for the lovely City Cat ride I had after my walk. 


Today I am grateful that I was able to blog on my phone while riding the City Cat. 

Today I am grateful I caught up with some beautiful cycling friends at the Regatta after my walk. 🙂

Until next time 

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Monday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful that I am doing Prac for my Graduate Diploma of Counselling at Hilda House. Hilda House provides bereavement support services to the people in and around Ipswich. It is situated next to Ipswich Hospice which is a seven bed private healthcare facility providing quality end of life palliative care to terminally ill people, and support for their families in a caring home like environment. (Taken from http://www.ipswichhospice.org.au/). 


Today I am grateful that all the people I am going to be working with at Hilda House are so nice. Supporting people who are grieving is a pretty hard thing to do and I know all the people I will be working with are pretty special people and  they have shown that already by being so welcoming to me.

Today I am grateful that I have already learnt new things. I spent two days last week do a training course about child centered  play therapy. It was wonderful. We learnt that adults are able to express their thoughts and feelings through verbal communication. Children work through their experiences through toys and play and this is how they express themselves. In child centered play therapy there are no evaluations, no requirements to do anything in a certain way, no judgements about whether the child’s play is right or wrong or bad or good and no reprimands or criticisms.(Taken from the information we were given at the training day). I love the rationale behind this form of therapy that you are helping to develop a child’s self esteem. “You never do for a child what they can do for themselves as you take away the child’s opportunity to feel competent and their joy of discovery. You will never know what a child is capable of until you allow them to try things for themselves”. 

If you would like to know more about Play Therapy you can follow this link : Play Therapy.

Even though this is a form of therapy it reminded me of how important play is in children’s lives. I am so grateful for this reminder. It does make me feel sad for the direction our early childhood education is taking with increased testing, greater emphasis on curriculum and less emphasis on play. 


Today I am grateful that their are such special people in our community. People who work in and care about the quality of life for people who are dying and people who work in and care about the development of our children. 


Until next time

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Saturday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for being sore. Yesterday I went to yoga. It was a very active class and I am very sore – especially my shoulders and back muscles. It felt really good to work hard, get my heart rate up and stretch lots of muscles. 


Today I am grateful for walking this morning. I love having no pressure to walk at a certain pace and I often stop to appreciate the little things. This morning I stopped at Fannings Corner. I have lived in the Gap for fifteen years and never stopped there. 



Today I am grateful for the delicious meal that Nicholas cooked last night. He offered to cook and it was so lovely to sit on a Friday night with the family and Nick’s girlfriend Madi while Nick cooked a delicious meal. 

Today I am grateful I am sleeping so well at the moment. I have been sleeping extremely well since we got home from overseas. My sleep goes through phases where I have patches of very poor sleep so to be in a phase of very good sleep is something to acknowledge and be very grateful about. 

Today I am grateful for mobile phones. 

Today I am grateful to be alive and to be able to appreciate that all the things life has to offer.


Until next time

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Saturday’s Grateful Post 

Today I am grateful for  our differences. 

 


Today I am grateful for our similarities.


Today I am grateful for those things that connect each and every one of us.

Today I  feel it is time to celebrate our differences but work together to find out what connects us.


Today I feel it is time to understand things can be done differently. 

As Audre Lorde said: 

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences”

Today I am grateful that women and men are different. Men cannot fall pregnant and carry a child. But men and women can raise a family together.  It is time we recognized those differences and had conversations about what makes us different, what we are good at but how we can work together to raise our children in the best possible way.

Today I am grateful for science and spirituality and religion. Science provides an explaination. Religion and spirituality recognize that things happen that cannot be measured or explained. I like having an explaination but I also appreciate that life can be a mystery. I think it is wonderful to be able to observe and be inspired by both science and mystery. Let us continue to allow science to provide explaination but recognize the need for faith and mystery. 

Today I am grateful that we are a country of many people of different origins. Today I am grateful for our beautiful country. It is a land filled with contrasts – beautiful landscapes and harsh environments, cuddly animals and the most dangerous animals in the world. Today I am grateful for all the different cultures that contribute to what Australia is today – the different foods, the different people, the different religions, the different cultural experiences, the different languages. Today I am grateful that we have all survived in this harsh land despite our differences.  All the cultures have a story. Many have experienced difficulties. The aboriginal people have experienced much hardship including European settlement and the Stolen Generation. Our country has refugees from war torn countries. Let us all work together to recognize what has so far been accomplished in this country and continue to work towards a country filled with hope and optimism where we can all live together. 

Today I am grateful for people in our world who work to recognize our differences but acknowledging our shared humanity. Some of my favourite people who do this on a regular basis are Maria Shriver who writes the The Sunday Paper and Nicole Cody who writes a blog called Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Today I encourage you to celebrate your uniqueness but take time to listen to others and find out what it is that connects us. I believe when we do this we will be much closer to a peaceful world. 

Until next time 


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Wednesday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for the beautiful Suchting family who we stayed with in Whistler. 

Today I am grateful for the day I met Kerryn. I was new to The Gap and had just started my children at swimming lessons at The Gap Primary school. I had my youngest in a pram. I walked into the pool area pushing the pram and thought who looks like a nice mummy to talk to. I chose Kerryn. I sat down and introduced myself. I also introduced Sophia to her and she introduced her daughter who was also in a pram as Sophie. I then said to Kerryn “and my daughter Lucy is in the pool”. Kerryn laughed and said “my daughter Lucy is also in the pool”. My son Nicholas was also in the pool and her son Jack was in the pool too. We have been great friends ever since and our children are great friends also and a lot more grown up! 

Sophia and Sophie

Lucy and Lucy

The girls all grown up.

Jack and Nicholas all grown up


I am so lucky to have worked with Kerryn on many fundraising activities together. Kerryn works hard, is great fun and makes very little fuss. 

David has travelled with Kerryn’s husband Peter and they also get on very well.

Our children have all gone to the same primary school and high school and although they all have different friends we are so lucky they all still get on extremely well and still love spending time together. 

After my accident Kerryn was absolutely wonderful and coordinated many people to look after our family. 

Our holiday in Whistler was great fun, we shared great food, wonderful company, great accommodation and continued to cement our special friendship.   


Until next time

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Friday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for a delicious dinner last night and my lovely day. 

Last night we went to Araxi for dinner with our friends Kerryn and Peter. It is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Whistler. It was excellent! 





Today I had a coffee at a place called Pure Bread. It is a fabulous bakery just off the market square in Whistler. 


After my coffee I bought a visitors ticket to go up the mountain. I went up in the gondola, had lunch with all the skiers and then went across the valley on the Peak to Peak Gondola. It is the longest and highest lift in the world. 

 
We said goodbye to Harry tonight too. He is a  lovely school mate of Nicks who travelled from Silverstar to stay for a couple of days. 


Until next time 

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Thursday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for the excellent care Sophia received at the Whistler Medical Centre yesterday after breaking her humerus.  She was reviewed on the mountain by a doctor, transported down the mountain safely, and taken directly by ambulance to the Whistler Medical Centre. David and I were there to meet her. Once she was in the Medical Centre she was reviewed by a doctor, xrayed and then placed in plaster. She was given adequate pain relief and treated kindly. I am grateful that she was also reviewed by an orthopedic specialist while we were there. I am grateful that we have a follow appointment with an orthopaedic specialist here next week. 


Today I am grateful that our friends Kerryn and Peter looked after Sophia while on the mountain. 

Today I am grateful that I was able to send the X-ray to a very good orthopaedic doctor from Brisbane who is here in Whistler at the moment. He agreed with the present management of Sophia’s injury. 

Today I am grateful that Sophia was able to find two things to be grateful about yesterday – she was grateful she didn’t have a broken leg and she was grateful that the staff where able to remove her ski jacket and fleece without damaging them at all. 

Today I am grateful that Sophia slept all night. 

Today I am grateful that I have a good amount of excellent pain relief available if Sophia needs it today. 

Today I am grateful that even though this really sucks and Sophia will have a quiet holiday from now on,  she is now safe and comfortable at present. 


Until next time 

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Tuesday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful to be in Whistler, Canada. 

Today I am grateful that I didn’t step foot outside yesterday. I had a day of sitting by the fire, reading, drinking tea and sleeping. 


It was a very a very restful day topped up by a home cooked meal of steaks and salads. Nick cooked the steaks on the outside barbecue. 


Today I am grateful that my morning  was spent wandering around the village. I started by having a chai latte at Mount Currie Coffee with my lovely friend Kylie. The company was lovely and I believe the coffee very good. I had done quite a lot of research and decided that this was the place for coffee in Whistler. 

I think the skiers and snowboarders had a great day too. 




Today I am grateful for the beautiful scenery here in Whistler and the sunshine! 



Until next time

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Friday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for our last few days in New York. This post is a few days late because my blog was offline but today I think it is working again. 

On Thursday the girls decided the day was to be a wandering day in Soho with nothing particular planned. David was very happy to come along. We had a lovely day. 

SoHo is an area that has beautiful shops with beautiful fit outs. 

                                                                                                                                
We did start the day by visiting the New York City Library – a beautiful building with a beautiful Christmas tree in the foyer. It was well worth the visit. The bookshop in the library was filled with incredible books and it made me feel hopeful that reading proper books is still revered and that the possibility of being able to read and purchase books will continue on long into the future. 


The streets are cobbled and it is a little bit similar to the Marais area in France. We had lunch at a tapas bar called Boqueria. It was delicious and warm! it was very cold in New York yesterday. 



Our day finished off with a Broadway show – Wicked. It was absolutely wonderful. One of my favourite show tunes is For Good. 

We got back to our room after the show and were tucked up in our pjs when it started to snow! We woke up to a dusting of snow all over New York. 


We are now sitting at the airport waiting to board our flight to Vancouver. 

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