Thailand or bust!

Cases almost finished :)

Cases almost finished 🙂

Well, this is it, peeps. Tomorrow we are off to Thailand. Yippee!

A couple of weeks back, I was turned inside out with nerves. Now, just hours away from departure day and I’m not nervous at all. I think I was so concerned with not forgetting anything and being organised and trying to preempt each and any contingency, that I just may have given myself a peptic ulcer.

I feel organised now, though. And am at the point of thinking that we can cope with anything I may not have thought to bring along (I did very nearly forget to pack undies, which could have been a little problematic).

I am not sure how much time or internet accessibility I will have, so may not be able to blog while I’m over there. But rest assured, I will be writing lots of stories and events down to be able to tell you all when I get back. Oh and photos. There will be lots of photos 😉

So, I will see you on flipside of two weeks, lovelies! Behave yourselves while I am gone or there will be trouble! 🙂

Be inspired.

Lately, I have been inspired by amazing women.

Take my 18 year old niece who is currently in Uganda for three weeks. She is with a team of older people ie none of her close friends for support, on top of culture shock and the ramifications of being in a third world country. Or my nephew’s girlfriend, who, at the age of 18 spent a month in Africa helping in a team where she knew no-one. And then there is our friend who, at 17 went on a schoolies trip to Thailand, similar to the one Chalky and I are about to embark on in just over a week. And, of course, there is Chalky herself – 15 years old and already wanting to make a difference in the lives of others; whose main concern in life isn’t boys or hair styles or shopping but a focus on world issues and giving back.

And then there are the women who just inspire me daily with their courage in their circumstances. Women who refuse to allow their situations to get the better of them and just keep on picking themselves up and dusting themselves off.  And it’s not always the big things. Quite often, it’s the small things that provide me with the greatest sense of wonderment. Like not just ‘putting up’ with their husband’s faults but really loving them through it. It’s women who, day in, day out, make sacrifices for their children that no-one even notices. It’s women doing the best they can with what they have. It’s being brave enough to cry, strong enough to scream and tenacious enough to simply keep putting one foot in front of the other.

It’s the women who come to me to talk and ‘download’ and yet I am the one who is encouraged and uplifted by them at the end of our time together. Their spark and doggedness ignites something within me, and I am better for it.

Some years ago, talking to, or hearing about, these women would have intimidated me, made me feel small and ‘less than’. Rather than being inspired by them, I would have felt guilt that I wasn’t doing something the same, or that I was less patient with my circumstances that, by comparison, were not that difficult.

Now, I don’t feel those things. I simply feel inspired and motivated by the strength and determination of those around me. By sharing their lives, their struggles, with me, my friends help me see what grit and determination can achieve, and what it can do to our circumstances.

And that all of us can do it. When I start feeling apprehensive about our upcoming trip, I just think about those teenagers I know who have done similar trips, and that gives me courage and a sense of calm.

You don’t have to look too far, or too hard, to find inspiration. Amazing people are all around us. You just have to start to see it.

2013, here I come!

Well, happy new year everyone 🙂

2012, while not as challenging as 2011, certainly was no picnic, so I am crossing fingers, toes and anything else that will bend that way, for a bigger and better 2013.

If you read my monthly column, or even this blog last year, you might know that I detest new years resolutions (you can read last year’s rant here). I do, however, like goal setting. What the difference is, I’m not quite sure, but we go with what works, don’t we? 🙂

In just under two weeks, Chalky and I will be up, up and away and in Thailand (you can read about why and how, here), so the year definitely holds an adventure or two for us, that’s for sure.

But what about when we come back? What do I want the rest of the year to look like?

I think there is a strong chance I will come back freshly motivated and enthusiastic to make money. How can I go to a country and be with children who have been sold into the sex slave industry, where most people live in sub-standard (by Western society) conditions and come back wanting to make money?

Easy. I think I will want to increase our income so we can increase theirs. I hope that once I have seen the level of need and talked to staff at Destiny Rescue about what is in high demand, I will come home with a better idea of how to help. My guess is that money is going to be a big factor. In order to give more, I’m going to need more, so I think a renewed passion for our business and how we can increase our own revenue in order to increase our giving, will be likely.

On an individual level, my two goals are to finish the first draft of my novel (my beta readers will be pleased!) and get my final qualifications for Bowen therapy.

There is also one specific change I want to make. I am going to aim at spending 15 minutes a day doing nothing but being. No games on my iphone, no facebook, no book, no music. Just me and….me. I have realised coming into the new year how little I do that. And I have a sneaking suspicion it just might do me good to simply be, even if only for 15 minutes a day.

What are your goals, intentions and plans for this brand spanking new year?