May it be fabulous! Long live the Spirit of Reveling and Resting….
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Daughter and I are off on our next adventure now, so… if you would like to follow what we get up to, feel free to tune in to www.ozsee.com.au, our Mother and Daughter adventure blog!
Reading this “Pick your Exit Strategy” article in the Weekend Australian on Sunday had me reflecting on how much input I want to have in my own personal Exit Strategy…
How planned do I want to be?
How much easier do I want to make it for my nearest and dearest?
Is it actually making it easier, if I plan what I want and how?
Is it really about shielding others, or being in control for one last time?
I’m definitely a big one for Estate Planning, as I think that is only fair given I am the solo parent. But how far does that go? How far should it go?
Haven’t decided yet…..
Congratulations on another fabulous year!
(If it hasn’t been so fabulous, then lets talk.)
Daughter and I have our tradition now where we sit down and mindmap our goals/dreams for the coming 12 months.
Exhibit A (to the left) is last years offering. I can’t wait to dig into it and see what we “asked” for, and what we got! Then we do the same thing for the next year…
A most rewarding way to spend Mothers Day morning, for both of us
Our education system places great emphasis on teaching us about facts that are already known, such as historical information or scientific tables, and then testing us in order to measure how much we’ve retained about that body of knowledge.
Those skills work perfectly well for many situations, but not when doing something new. Or creative. Or original. They certainly won’t help us invent the future.
As education and creativity researcher and author Sir Ken Robinson puts it, ‘We are educating people out of their creativity.’
But it’s still there. And unleashing our creativity, however deeply it’s hidden, begins with little bets.
Ah yes, fun and games at Daughters school… hhmmmm
(Her) STEINER school operating out of the historic Abbotsford Convent faces closure after local residents successfully rallied against its expansion into an adjacent paddock.
The Sophia Mundi Steiner School sought to build five new classrooms on Abbotsford Convent land next to the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/schools-hard-knock-over-field-of-dreams-20110611-1fymz.html#ixzz1P209kwKJ
and a new home for “Adventures with Daughter”; but first…
I discovered this in a book I read recently, and really liked it.
Something to reflect on over the season to be jolly!
Happiness Pie Recipe
(from “Belly Dancers for Beginners” by Liz Byrski)
1 cup of Confidence
1 cup of Love
in a pan of Happiness
mix the above
add a pinch of Tenderness
1 tablespoon of Trust
stir well in the Sunshine
roll out a Loving crust
flour with Contentment
keep all free from strife
fill with Understanding
and bake well all your Life…
For 2011 and beyond, all “Adventures with Daughter” posts will have their own blog at http://www.ozsee.com.au. Drop by at any time to catch up on our latest exploits around the world!
In the meantime though, top of the festive season to you and yours
ho ho ho
To clarify, and to her credit, I’m always proud BUT this morning in particular took the cake! After being awarded the “gun” trophy for mixed softball at her school awards, we settled back to listen to the rest of the proceedings.
The President and the Secretary of the local U3A (University of the Third Age – where their 104 year-old member continues next year in learning more about Shakespeare!) stood at the podium to present the Personal Excellence Award for a teacher-voted boy and girl. They then went on to explain that by selling second-hand books at our schools Thursday market, they raise money to give out as part of this award. How good are they? honestly…
Daughter’s name is the chosen girl name read out. Well you could have knocked me down with a feather! Not only did she receive a framed certificate which reads:
“Personal Excellence Award
This certificate is awarded for her pursuit of excellence in all areas of school life”
she also collected a humbling cheque of $350.
Good on her. And this is only day one of Grade 6 Graduation week.
What a girl, enough to make any Mother proud.
…Contrary to popular opinion, when a mother works she does have it all … all the burdens of home that is. This includes the burden of guilt about the lack of time she has to devote to her children. This is made worse by the constant research papers that must surely be designed to exacerbate that guilt. Recently there have been a spate of studies showing that the children of working mothers are overweight, unhealthy, unhappy, watch too much television etc. Where are the fathers in all this?…
…Many women are enablers. Equality must start at home if it’s to be achieved in the workplace. If men aren’t demanding flexibility at the office, the women who work alongside them won’t get it either and it shouldn’t then be a surprise that women will continue to feel frustrated by a society that expects so much of them and so much less of their spouse…continue
The Best Communicator in the World
by Jon Wortmann for ChangeThis.com
If you feel shy, nervous, or afraid, you’re not crazy, you’re not alone, and today is the day you stop letting ugly communication damage your relationships. Authentic communication can become as natural as breathing – when you pay attention to a few essential aspects of what connects people.
In bathrooms, boardrooms, buses, bagel shops, and everywhere else, we all need to imagine a little girl following us around, repeating everything we say and everything we do. Think about all the things you want for yourself and your daughters, granddaughters, and girls everywhere – and teach them by living it yourself.
Nell Merlino in
“Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way in Life, in Love and at Work (Broadway)
What a quote.
What a reminder.
What a fact, worthy of that constant consideration
Are you living it?