Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Ramblings from Rutherglen

In a weird twist of fate, I live 20 minutes from the wine region of Rutherglen, yet am on an alcohol free year. Thanks to yoga teacher training, this is one of the, I guess you could say, blessings in disguise. I am slowly building up a little cellar for myself, which is teaching me a bit of delayed gratification. It's amazing at times what we are able to do if we make a commitment. I went to Rutherglen today and went riding. I rode along the rail trails to find a nice lunch spot. Not realising that Tuesdays are a bit of a ghost town here, I found one of the few places open. I sat out the back and had my shanks alongside a peacock and a puppy. It was pretty cool really. Only six months ago, my poor boyfriend was chaffeuring me patiently around the wineries as I hazily partook in regional specialities. Rutherglen, for example, was a blur, as all I remember was racing to Warrabilla (amazing reds by the way) and then dozing in the car back. Again a good thing I wasn't behind the wheel. So the tenuous point that I'm trying to get to..The unexpected curve ball that is temporary sobriety has given me other gems..being able to ride my pushy being one of them. But more than that, smelling the olive trees, embracing quiet times, seeing a town with fresh eyes. Thankyou universe for giving me a chance to push my boundaries and open new doors. Sweet dreams all.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Being a Goddess

Reminding myself how nice it is to have a sloth day once in a while - book, couch, tea. In the spirit of embracing the need to retreat, these things really do the trick. Especially as women, we often don't slow down, stop or self nourish. Which is why this blog is going to be short and sweet - as I'm not done with the mini retreat yet. Here's to taking a retreat for ourselves once in a while x

Monday, 16 January 2012

Blooming lovely

Held a newborn baby today. The surprising thing about that is that I've never really believed myself to be the clucky type. But today, I melted. And it was a beautiful moment, as new life is really an amazing thing. I'm thinking that's what caused me to buy a new plant and embrace the life in my backyard. It's so good to have one of those. So this new potted plant is a real experiment for me in properly looking after something living. Plants give happiness to so many people and it really makes sense, as its another representation of new life. Plants, like babies, really depend on the care of a responsible person. It's an honour really, as it becomes an extension of ourselves. If this plant continues to grow and flourish, maybe that is a mirror for me in my life. So I look forward to that, as I do the joy in the new life that we see everyday. Namaste folks.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Simplicity in a smile

Adjusting to home after coming back from a holiday is always a journey of discovery. I still can't stop smiling when I think about my travels and how lucky I am. But I think that this can weird others out...Everyone, I mean everyone, on Lord Howe Island,waves and smiles to one another. It's such a little thing but it really brings about connection. It's been said that a stranger is a friend you just haven't met yet. I like that idea. I think if more of us smiled at one another, it would work well for both sides. So here's to working those facial muscles and enjoying new friendships.