The Balance of Life

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“There is a little secret something so amazing, so miraculous and so wonderful that we should share it with everyone we know once we learn it. The secret is that there is nothing that others can do to really hurt us from the outside when we do not allow our own thoughts to hurt us on the inside. Once we take care of what is going on inside of our minds and our hearts and our souls, anything that tries to come at us from the outside simply can have no influence on our life.”
                  Bravegirls Club

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A kind of Beautiful

It’s time to face the music…

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It’s been a changing moment…or is it just one point that I’ve arrived at before, started and then found a different direction. Are we ever happy with the now? I’ll do that when…I’m feeling happy, when I’m ten kilo’s lighter, when I meet the right person, when! , when?, when. Let’s just start living the now. I’m at this point again, lift my head high and face the music, however this time I’m writing the music and my own lyrics.

Start enjoying every little ‘moment’. Enjoy the company of family, the company of friends, but most importantly know who that person in the mirror really is, the reflective you. With all the extra lines of time, the freckles, the blemishes.

My journey with Kim Klassen and Beyond Layers, ( Beyond Layers II registrations now open) has been just that a journey of peeling back so many emotions, so many feelings, grasping for air, a ray of sunshine or a falling tear. Beyond Layers is 52 weeks of encouragements, affirmations and motivations.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”

                                                                                 -Mother Teresa

Funny how sometimes the universe tells us not once but more than once. Not only had arrived my weekly lessons from Kim, but I also received my daily email from Bravegirls club.

What was a little bird telling me today?

Is there always some idea, a dream that you have always wanted to do, something you’ve wanted to see, somewhere you’ve wanted to go. Now, is the moment. Now, is the right time. We all have the potential to reach our goals, break down the barriers and face our fears. Reach for our dreams and live today.

We are all beautiful, we may not be perfect, but we can start today to be more bold, true to ourselves and make our lives more meaningful.

Today’s Challenge was to create an image with one of Kims ‘Beyond Layers’ affirmation brushes and/or textures. I used the affirmation “You do not have to be perfect to be beautiful” and the texture:’I am’.

I’m not one to take a lot of self portraits, I usually hide behind my camera, and it’s the first thing I say when anyone else takes a photo..’Can I see’ …so my self portrait was not an easy challenge for me today. But hey!, a stepping stone and beyond another layer.

Reach for Beyond, my friends






What about me?

How many minutes in the day, capture the love of a child?

How many minutes of the day capture the words from a friend?

How many minutes in the day captures a thought of a loved one?

How about a second to think of me!

With this ongoing rush of life and everyday routines, do we find enough time for ourselves. And if we do find that second is it a selfish second?

Be it child’s play…another go at bouncing the ball, an extra lolly, a kiss on the cheek, an extra hug, another piece of vegemite toast, another glass of water…in a child’s voice…What about me?

Be it adult antics…a cup of coffee, my ironed shirt?…another paid bill, a glass of wine, another cooked dinner, a simple heartfelt touch, a whispered word…in an adult’s voice..What about me?

Do we hear our own voice?

These rushing minutes within the week, reminded me to stop, look around and take a deep breath. Look outside and see the bigger picture, and also reminded me of this song.

Who remembers the 1982 hit by Moving Pictures…What about me? I hadn’t heard this hit song for sooo long. But how many times do we hear that phrase or think that phrase..What about me? Take a couple of minutes, to breathe, listen and capture a stolen second for you.

Sharing this with Simple moments make the Bigger Picture.

biggerpicturebutton-1A moment to share those simple things any way you feel fit, a story, a photo, a poem…just capture that moment of the week, which plays part of the bigger picture. Moments which put the importance of the little things and put more meaning into our bigger picture world and life.

Take a shared moment.