Camping in the wild

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The rustling of the leaves
In the wind at twilight
The gurgling of the river
As it runs gently by
The heat from the camp fire
Burning orange at its core
Emitting warmth to campers
All huddled up close
A kookaburra cackles with laughter
From his place high on a tree
As though he were eavesdropping
On the campers chatting quite quietly
Flickers of head lamps
Guide them through the night
As they head to their tents
To sleep in till first light
Being one with nature
Feeling it in your pores
The very essence of camping
This, I adore

(c) Over Cups of Coffee 2014

***Linking with Write Tribe for their 100 words on Saturday prompt***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!


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U is for the Universe and its magic #atozchallenge

Living life as a worrier is pretty damn stressful. Trust me. I know.

I have been a worrier most of my life. Mostly about things that are out of my control. My head can go completely nuts when I am invested in something and I worry about how it might turn out. The problem with anxiety is the unpredictability and the lack of control. And well, at the end of the day, life is unpredictable. So for anxious people, it’s like a death sentence!

In the last few months though, in addition to getting some therapy for my anxiety, I learnt something else. To start to leave things to the universe. And I have been making an effort with that. There have been so many things since December that I have just managed to let go and trust the universe.

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It’s like I said about not having any regrets. Life is unpredictable and we cannot control everything. But when things happen or when we choose certain actions, we don’t really know if the outcome will be good or bad. So what is the point in regretting? And what is the point in worrying?

Worrying about things that are out of control just wastes time and energy. And in the process of worrying, we forget to live life. Sometimes, trusting things to the universe, trusting that eventually we will be where we need to be can be the most helpful way to live life. It can help us explore. It can help us take risks. It can help us be imperfect and be ourselves. Most importantly, it can help us enjoy life and live in the moment. 

Do you trust the universe? How do you deal with worries?

Do share!

***This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. You can find my previous posts here***

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Cheers!!!

 


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16/52: Easter

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Here’s what I was doing over Easter. We camped over at Barrington Tops National Park enjoying hikes during the day and some wine and food over the campfire at night. We did have Easter eggs with marshmallows but unfortunately, did not take pictures of those. That’s as Easter-y as we got! :)

How did you spend Easter?

***Linking up with Toni for 52 Weeks of Memories***

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Cheers!!!


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T is for Thankfulness #atozchallenge

I am in awe of this world we live in.

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Yet, there are several days when I forget about it. I forget about the beauty around me when I am caught up in my daily humdrum. I forget about the amazing things in my life when I am caught up with my sorrows and worries. I forget the love of friends and family when I am drowning in politics and paperwork at work. I forget the power of a smile or a kind word when I am consumed by anger about injustices.

Just like most of us.

It is easy to get caught up in the sorrows, the anger, the hatred, the worries, the frustrations and to complain and whinge about everything around us. It is even easier to grumble about what we don’t have…what we want…what we think we are entitled to and deserve. And consequently, it becomes easy to forget what we do have.

Gratitude hits me at times taking me by surprise. Like on a drive back home after a frustrating day. As I drive across Tom Ugly’s bridge towards home, I am forever grateful to be living in a beautiful part of this world. At other times, it takes more effort. Like to be thankful to have beautiful places close to home to unwind. And even just being thankful for good health. I know I am forever grateful for the family I have. And the lovely friends I have made. I can dig deeper and be thankful for the opportunities I have had. That I have been fortunate in life. And I am grateful for having a job that I love that also helps me pay my mortgage.

There is so much to be thankful for in life. We just have to make an effort to realise it. And to remember to not take it all for granted. Personally, I haven’t gotten into the whole gratitude journal thing. But I often wonder about it. Will it make me more conscious about being thankful? Or should I just let the moments of thankfulness come as they do every few days?

I am not sure yet.

But I do know being thankful about what I have makes me content with living my life.

How about you? Do you keep a gratitude journal? Or do you  just prefer to be thankful in other ways?

Do share!!!

***This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. You can read my other posts here***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!


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S is for Sun, Sand and Surf #atozchallenge

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Soaking up the sunshine is one of my favourite things to do. There is nothing more incredible than being outdoors and more so, in the presence of pristine blue-green waters with white surf hitting the sand. I have said it several times on this blog but I am eternally grateful for living reasonably close to the beach.

One of the most ideal ways for me to spend my summer is soaking up the sunshine and working on my tan {for real!} while reading a book and listening to the sound of the surf. I will usually go in for a swim — try my best to not get caught in a rip — and then lie in the sun with my book to dry off. Only to repeat the routine again once dry. It’s amazing just how many hours you can spend just reading and listening to the waves.

I am hoping that during my road trip down south next month I will be fortunate enough to have some glorious days of sun, sand and surf. Even though I know we are heading towards winter. Give me sunshine and summers any day over the cold weather.

Tell me, is there any better way to live life?

I think not!

How do you feel about soaking up the sunshine?

***This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Check out my previous entries here***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!


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R is for Regret nothing #atozchallenge

When I was younger, I remember wanting to go back in time to change a number of things. Change my early childhood experiences. Change the way I treated my first best friend. Change how needy I seemed at some stage. Change the devastating public speaking experience that shredded my confidence to bits. Yeah, I had a fair few regrets.

As I matured though, I began to realise that all that I regretted had in fact made me, me. If it weren’t for those experiences — good or bad — I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

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If I reflect over my last few years, I have had a major failed relationship, some other potentials gone wrong, tried and tested private practice, quit a job after trying it for 7 months, met new people and lost touch with others, crashed a car, travelled, not travelled and well, lived a varied life.

I could mope over the time and effort spent in the long-term relationship. But instead, I choose to take lessons from it. I know what I don’t want in a partner now. I know what I am not willing to put up with.

I could regret the time, effort and money spent on trying out private practice. But instead, I now know that I prefer to work with a team where I can bounce ideas or debrief after a difficult client. I know now that private practice isn’t for me.

I could regret putting myself out there and dating guys after the relationship break up. But I know it has only made me stronger and well, more confident in meeting newer people.

I could regret not having travelled much at a younger age. But instead, I know now that when I wander, I will be doing so with my whole heart and looking forward to intriguing and exciting adventures.

All our experiences shape us. The good ones tend to stick because we can look back on them fondly. But the not-so-good-ones are equally important. They make us resilient. They make us confident. They make us stronger. They help us learn. They teach us lessons.

They tell us we can survive.

And that we are living.

Because after all, life is short. It’s better to live it wholly than to exist with regrets.

Are there things about your life you regret? Or do you believe in regretting nothing?

Do share! 

***This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. You can find my previous posts here***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!


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15/52: Making

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Making my dinners for my camping trip. Thought I could make do with some more wholesome this time instead of just couscous and veggies. Plus it’s car camping which means I don’t have to carry all the weight on my back. It’s not the healthiest of meals but when hiking, I need sustenance. And wine! :D

***Linking up with Toni for 52 weeks of memories and The Ultimate Blog Challenge***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!


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