Wishes for our grandson, carved on a wooden plaque.
It’s taken me a few weeks to decide on a challenge for this year. I wanted to shake it up, something different, whilst keeping a balance of themes – people, places, creativity, commitment, new things, health and lifestyle.
So here goes…
1 – Take a photography course and learn to use my camera to it’s full capability.
2 – Post on blog at least twice a week and keep up with blog reading.
3 – Connect with nature at least three times a week.
4 – Times 3 – Try to do something new each month, something out of my comfort zone.
5 – Learn to identify five different types of gum trees by their bark, leaves and size.
6 – “Pay it forward” on at least six occasions or give an unexpected gift.
7 – Times 3 – Twenty one days in the UK in March, catching up with family and friends.
8 – Introduce eight new things into our diet, not all alcohol based!
9 – Do something memorable on nine public holidays.
10 – Times 10 – Complete #100 Happy Days.
11 – Read eleven books this year, paper books, interesting, thought provoking books.
12 – Experiment with twelve new creative ideas this year.
13 – Send a hand written letter each month, more at Christmas.
14 – Lose at least fourteen pounds and maintain it!
15 – Exercise more. Complete 15,000 steps a day at least twice a week.
16 – Go to sixteen events, art exhibitions, festivals, movies or shows.
17 – Discover seventeen new places in Tasmania that we haven’t yet visited or explored.
After two years and two months, husband and I are both now working full time. We stretched our “gap year” out as long as possible, having a fantastic time exploring, enjoying a new place, a relaxed life style.
Now it’s time for a different reality, earning a living, work schedules, reduced leisure time.
Priorities are changing. I have to manage time again, make choices on how to spend it. So with study deadlines, summer months approaching, beaches to walk on, social events to attend, family and friends to keep in touch with, general household admin and chores to keep on top of …..
…. Blogging will inevitably move down my priority list, along with daily photos and keeping up with other blogger’s posts.
Time is like water
It finds it’s own level
it is running through my fingers too fast
Some precious things will have to take a back seat for a while.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads this blog, who likes my posts and comments on them. It’s been fun and a pleasure to “meet” you all.
I’m not going away totally, I will post occasionally, pop into this wonderful community a few times a week, to check on posts as time allows. But apologies for not giving your blogs my full attention. We’ll catch up again soon, I hope.
Has your blog taken you in directions you never anticipated?
I began my blog to share photos and our new Australian life with family and friends back in the UK.
New friendships developed in the virtual blog world and in reality.
Through fellow Tasmanian blogger, Claudette at to search and to find I got the volunteer role, which I have thoroughly enjoyed for the past three months.
Now that volunteer role has evolved into a six month paid contract.
My blog has taken me on an unexpected journey from gap year to employment.
But first ……. a week’s holiday and trip along the Great Ocean Road.
N is for new.
New places, new things, new skills.
What would life be like without new books, new music, new experiences.
So lets step outside our comfort zone and try something New.
Some I Never dreamt I’d get to see.
India was never on my bucket list.
I went there with work.
And managed to include a trip with my husband to New Delhi and the Taj Mahal.
An iNcredible experience.
Nuances that make a house a home.
kNick kNacks that iNvoke memories.
I’m a Novice at Night photography, but keen to learn.
New Year, Night lights, Night sky.
This weeks challenge has two options:
~ Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric
~ Capture the beauty of morning or evening half-light in your corner of the globe.
So I’m combing the two and sharing some song lyrics by The Script.
Firstly – dawn and dusk photos to go with lyrics from the song “Hail, Rain or Sunshine”
We start to wake
Maybe it’s gonna be our day
We start to smile
The sun is out for a while
And you may see this place and find no worth
But it’s a little piece of heaven here on Earth
We’re all living the good life
Whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine
Secondly – from the song “Millionaires”
I’ve spent the past eleven months living by the beach and these lyrics reflect how I feel about that…..
If time was money, then we’d be worth a fortune
I swear, you may think you’re rich
You can have a million euros but you can’t buy this
Spendin’ our time like we were millionaires
We arrived in Tasmania eleven months ago today. At what point did it all become so familiar?
We ensured our rental apartment felt homely, right from the beginning. But when did Hobart change from being an extended holiday place to home?
~ When we could drive around town without using a street map and got our Tasmanian driving licences.
~ When I started recognising brand names and knew what to choose in the supermarket.
~ When strangers stopped me in the street and I could give directions and information.
~ When I recognised dolphins and seals swimming in the Derwent estuary from our lounge window and balcony.
~ When I chatted to people who had been in Tassie less time than I had.
~ When I began to identify local flowers, trees, birds and animals.
~ When my route to the local doctor was a walk along the beach. And I could walk on the sand without collecting shells every time!
~ When we had visited most of Tassie’s top locations, places and attractions.
~ When I could leave the cinema after watching a UK based film and not be surprised to find myself in Hobart rather than London.
~ When I went away for a week and felt the return flight was “coming home”.
~ When annual bills arrived in the mail. Renewal notices for car registration, car insurance, home content insurance.
These past eleven months have transitioned from gap year, non-working, time exploring our new surroundings, to part time work for Aussie Mate and online study course for me.
We need to change gear again and experience “normal” life here with both of us working full time. I’ve dragged my midlife gap year out as long as possible. Initially a year off work, which expired last September. Then a full calendar year, 2015. Now as a year in Australia approaches, I must get back to reality and earn a living again.
We’ll renew our lease for another six months as we haven’t got bored of this view yet.
I have been nominated for this challenge by Claudette of to search and to find
For my final day I have chosen quotes relating to life balance.
The Rules of the Quote Challenge are:
1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Challenge three different bloggers per day.
I am asking these 3 bloggers if they wish to participate, and I won’t be offended if they choose not to.