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Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Full On

Yes, today was full on.

Lots of customers. Bookings for treatments with The Gypsy. With the roof in the process of being replaced, SO MUCH NOISE! Rearranging the jewellery displays. Visiting a prospective supplier and selecting some items for the shop. Ordering online from a new supplier. Repackaging some jewellery items for display on the table. It was a big day.

The Gypsy gifted me a scobie for making kombucha and a 'starter mix' to make real sour dough bread, which, because of the natural fermentation process, is supposed to remove the gluten and make it safe for celiacs and gluten intolerance.

I'm excited to get started on both of those, but they have to wait until tomorrow when I can get the remaining ingredients while I'm in The Bay. I need some unbleached flour for the sour dough and some organic raw sugar for the kombucha.

The Gypsy also gave us some dried celery leaf in a ziplock bag and has offered us a number of herbs that she grows in her garden - all organic of course. I'm feeling healthier already!

It was 5.30pm by the time I arrived home this afternoon and luckily for me, Adoring Husband had roasted some chicken wings and all I had to do was make up a salsa salad with mango, watermelon, cucumber, onion, baby spinach, rocket, mint, coriander, the last little bit of feta cheese crumbled over the top and then dressed with ACV. It was delicious.

This evening I've done two loads of washing and brought in the load that I hung out this morning, folded it all and put it away - such a boring, time consuming chore.

I watched a 30 minute video on manifesting in business and life, cleared some emails (so many to get through) and I almost created my vision board, but the tennis won out in the end.

It's now after 11.30pm and I'm feeling exhausted - again - so I'm off to bed. It will be another early start tomorrow.

Nite all.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thanks for Nothing

The world of business is competitive.

It seems that we have inspired people to compete with us in our field. One local business owner has changed her line of stock, which puts her in direct competition with us and has completely changed the original focus of her business which has been in existence for years.

Another has just started a new business that directly competes with our most popular range of stock. This one hurts the most because we have supported her and held her art work in our shop, promoting her and selling her wares.

Competition is always a good thing, and it will make us work harder to get it right and keep it real for our loyal customers. It will also make us a little more wary of the people with whom we do business in the future.

You live and you learn and hopefully the lessons along the way don't hurt too much!

I will RELEASE the initial negativity that has swamped me this evening.

I will wish her well and send love and acceptance her way.

Everything happens for a reason.

I will move on and only focus on my own destiny.

I will fill my world with love and light.

Meanwhile, we had a quiet sales day in The Happy Abode, but a productive day with business appointments, business planning and rearranging stock.

Now that we get to spend some quality time together, The Motivator and I can focus on the business and make some solid plans about how we are going to grow and improve and get our name 'out there'.

We have some exciting times ahead if we get this right.

But first, I have to clear my desk!

I spent the day dumping onto my desk, anything that I wasn't sure what to do with, and now it looks like a disaster area.

An early start tomorrow should get it cleared and ready for hard work for the remainder of the day.

I arrived home so late and so tired today, that Adoring Husband suggested take away! I had a GF steak sandwich which was delicious and very light. Then he made me a cup of tea, which was lovely.

I think it's time for bed!

Nite all.

Monday, January 15, 2018


First of all ... Happy Birthday to Number One Son!

I took a video of myself singing happy birthday to him and sent it - which I won't share with you because it's quite embarrassing.

I had the day off work today and drove into The Bay with Adoring Husband to pick up some supplies for our Vision Board Workshop, which was a lot of fun because it meant visiting my favourite shop 'Office Works'!

We did an Aldi shop. They had a lot of school supplies on sale there too, so I was able to stock up on some folders and felt tip pens and other such fun stuff.

Go Natural took some of our money for some healthful items of my choosing. After watching a seminar on gut health, it was recommended that Slippery Elm, Aloe Vera, probiotics and fermented foods should be included in a diet full of whole colourful natural foods to help heal any gut issues.

It doesn't take much these days to flare up my gut issues. Every so often I have a slip up and feed on sugar - very bad move - or on carbs like potato, rice & bread (which the body converts to sugar) - also a very bad move. These are the foods that cause inflammation in my gut and digestive tract. These are the foods that cause discomfort and pain. It takes a couple of weeks for my insides to settle and then it takes extra help to heal the damage.

Of late, and over Christmas/New Year, I have been particularly bad with these foods. The pain has been 'almost' unbearable causing disturbed sleep and difficulty in focussing even on conversations. Sometimes it's difficult to even find a comfortable sitting position.

So I've decided to get serious and take better care of my health. I don't know why I felt the need to punish myself that way, but it stops today. I have all the healing tools in my kitchen and I'm going to hit the peak of health again soon!

We stopped in at Tinkerbells, on the Esplanade across the road from Enzos, to check out their selenite lamps which they have on sale ...

I fell in love and bought it. Selenite is good for cleansing and clearing the negative emissions that come from technology and in a business should be kept near the cash register to clear the way for incoming prosperity.

While I was there, I found the most amazing and beautiful large circular pendant of turquoise. For the entire time that I was in the shop, my eye kept being drawn to the pendant until eventually I had to ask how much it was and if I could get a closer look. Once it was in my hands, I couldn't bear to part with it. I put it on lay-by. It's going to take a while to pay off, but it will be worth it. It almost looks like our Happy Abode logo!

Just as we were about to return home, I decided to stop in at Stocklands so that I could get a pedicure. It's been more than three months since I had my last pedicure - I got sparkly red nail polish for Adoring Husband's big bash birthday party back then. My feet have been looking pretty terrible the last few weeks.

Now they look fresh and clean. I chose to have clear polish this time - I prefer shiny clear nails to colours.

We stopped at The Happy Abode on the way home to drop off the new white board for the training room. The Motivator was still there working hard and we caught up with each other's news, of which, surprisingly, there was a lot!

It's been a pretty big day and I STILL didn't get my chores at home done!  

Does anyone remember Val? The very elderly lady who played piano at Zabe coffee shop in Tewantin? The first time I saw her play, I went next door to the florist and bought a Gerbera to present to her with thanks for her beautiful music. This may trigger your memory ...

There was a notice on the Zabe Facebook page today that Val had passed away. She lived a full and honourable life with music at the very heart of it. She will be missed.

Rest in Peace Val.

Nite all.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sleepy Brain

I stayed in bed until after 2pm today!

Not sleeping.

Even though I woke at 6.30am, I spent all of my time in bed watching business development videos as well as some motivational videos of Oprah (she's pretty amazing). I also caught up on some Denise Duffield Thomas manifesting exercises.

I decided that I should probably make an entrance into the living room and join Adoring Husband for part of the day.

I prepared dinner nice and early and set it aside for later while Adoring Husband and I watched a DVD from our collection. "A Knight's Tale' with Heath Ledger. It was a good movie.

Surprisingly, it's just 8.30pm and I'm feeling incredibly tired!

I think I over used my brain this morning and it just can't take in any more information or give OUT any for that matter.

All the things on yesterday's 'to do' list didn't get touched today, so I may have to fill tomorrow with those errands and chores. Nothing like a good dose/case of procrastination to make things not happen lol.

I'll be going in to work early for our Monday morning meditation class before taking the remainder of the day off to GSD.

So for now, I'm off for an early night. My pillow is calling me.

Nite all.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

It's HOT!

The weather is ridiculously hot.





Tomorrow will be even worse.

Thank goodness for air conditioning.

We had another quiet, but also productive day in the shop and again, it was good to be working together! We make a good team.

I rode directly home, because it was too hot to do anything else.

Ironically, I made a curry for dinner!

It was only Butter Chicken, but it was made from scratch and it was delicious, especially with a generous scattering of fresh coriander on top.

We watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before Adoring Husband went to bed.

I then watched 'Mean Girls' - I've never watched the entire movie before and there are a lot of famous actors in it. I had a few aha moments, when I recognised scenes that have been stolen for various TV series over the years. Surprisingly, it's been fourteen years since the movie was made.

Tomorrow is Sunday and will be my first day off in ten days. I also have Monday off. I have quite a bit to catch up on, a few things that I've put off, a few errands to run in The Bay and some chores to do around the house.

So I guess they won't really be days off will they?

It's 11.30pm and feels much later.

I'm done for the day.

Nite all.

Sis Time

There I was, sitting on my couch, watching the movie "Jerry Maguire" (even though, as a rule, I refuse to watch Tom Cruise movies) and about to start writing my blog, when up popped the 'FaceTime' icon and my sister's name!

She has been trying to FaceTime me since Christmas, so it was fabulous to finally come face to face with her looking so relaxed and happy in her new house on Magnetic Island.

We chatted for about an hour - until her phone went completely flat. It was good to catch up.

It was nice to spend the day in the shop with The Motivator. We had a lot of catching up to do and a lot to plan for the next couple of months, including some workshops, courses and some business travel.

Luckily it was a slow day in the shop so we were able to achieve quite a lot. I phoned the people who had expressed interest in our meditation classes and ticked their names off the list, while The Motivator booked our flights and accommodation for Sydney. She also made up some new signs. I posted our vision board information sheet on our Facebook page and started a newsletter for our email list.

I spoke to a few people who are interested in the photography course and had them fill in my questionnaire, but I still have a few more to contact yet.

It was another nice, but losing night at the Club. The same lucky people still winning while the rest of us watch on!

Now, it's after midnight and I need to sleep. I have work tomorrow!

Nite all.