What's in a moon?

The moon brings me into a different state of being.

That giant's fingernail, a sliver of goldenness, hanging low in the sky.

Or a full white orb. Blazing its' light like a beacon in the wee hours of the morning.

I'll stand outside, regarding the moon from my porch, wondering at it from the garden, wherever there is the best view.

Or I'll grab our kids, pajama'd and ready for bed, and show them the sight, pick out some stars, and enjoy that special moment of moonlit cuddles.

The moon makes us realise that we are small creatures, yet part of something bigger. It's the best reminder to pull us out of ego and into the picture on a grand scale.

Lately I've been watching a loved one, helpless, as they chart their course into illness and ours into grief. It's a journey with no return. We are sad, impossibly sad, but also grateful for small moments stolen together, for family time, for the kind words from friends, and appreciative of the little things that mean so much.

We don't have much time, and none of us know when our clock stops. It feels at times like these, kindness, love and care makes the world go round.

At times like these, the moments we can spend watching the moon and feeling it's unique pull, somehow helps. Reinforcing that it's time to seize the now, and let your people know just how much you love them.

Current mood: wistful, heartfelt

Drinking: tea (in a Wills + Kate wedding mug)

Wearing: Fabletics pants, Bering watch, Arbonne Intelligence lip treatment

Listening to: Dora the Explorer in the background

Traveling to: Perth 

Reading: The Obstacle is the Way

Fave Quote:

"Love always protects
Love always trusts
Love always hopes
Love always perserveres
Love never fails."

Impossibly Imperfect

Whenever I travel overseas something happens.

Maybe it's the long haul air travel, and the fact we have no phone calls, emails, messages, notification or texts coming in.

I get inspired.

Lately I've been thinking and learning on so many topics.

Mastering mindset, the power of the universe and how we fit in, living in the moment, and lots more.

It's a meander down Development Lane - a daily practice - I'm indulging a new interest in getting to know oneself better, getting comfortable and confident with what's on the inside and the out.

At the same time, here's an idea floating around in my brainbox, around wanting to make a more conscious contribution to my blog, creative and fulfilling and of use to others.

On the way to the airport, I casually remarked to one of my fave bloggers and people and biz partners about another blog I had liked, which was of the lifestyle variety, except that of course my life was "impossibly imperfect."

This week, taking flight above Sydney's silken harbour, there was a moment, probably evoked by the sight of the waves woven together into one tapestry, where it seemed like the individual drop of water and the greater mass had all become one.

And so an idea was born. A new blog direction in the hope of sharing some topics that inspire me and hopefully you.

I thought, why not document some of those individual moments of enlightenment and learning, or even if it turns into a hot mess? 

So, as with many things I've done - from running a publishing venture to having my own wellness business - it's going to start with one small step.

The vision is to riff on the topics, themes and issues - triggered by real-life experience - and showcasing a bit of our fun, zany, big-dreaming, and often crazy lives in the process.

I hope you manage a look-in occasionally - that it inspires you to dream and imagine where life can take you, push yourself outside the comfort zone, be creative, laugh, practice what makes you happy. Maybe even to learn or try something new, or to look at the possibilities within life in a different light.

I'm off in America for a week, and while it will be busy, it might present an opportunity for more moments like these, captured in the air, on the phone, literally on the fly.

View from The Bellagio

View from The Bellagio

Love and light, 

sar x

 

Current mood: inspired, reflective

Looking forward to: blue cheese dressing on everything in the USA. And a run.

Go to air travel beauty staple: Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment

Carrying: two iPhones. And loving it

Next purchase: a power adaptor

Next read: the new Huffington book on The Sleep Revolution

Next watch: Joy

Wish I'd: changed the batteries on my Bose noise cancelling headphones before flying

Drinking: water (for now)

Looking at: my wedding rings. I love them and they remind me of our family

Today's quote: "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)" - E.E Cummings

 

What are we here for

I'm not on this earth to be popular. I'm not here to be a pleaser. I'm certainly not here to whinge about my life and do nothing about it.

I'm a do something kinda gal. I'm here to make a better life for my family and loved ones.

I'm here to give back. Im here to serve and help others - should they wish to help themselves first, that is.

I'm here to find out what true happiness is and find ways to live it every day.

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Face-to-face and heart-to-heart

I went to a conference for my new business. In Las Vegas.

I mean, a girl's got to go there at least once in her life, right? But it was also for work. I wanted to see the Chief Exec of the new company speak, get a sense for the leadership and culture first hand.

And I wanted to drink martinis, eat at Hooters and get some new boots at the Outlet Mall.

(That's what you do in Vegas, of course)

So off I went, and loved every minute. Apart from the heart-wrenching feeling missing the boys on Mother's Day, the day before I was due to come home.

But I was there for my business and my family (and my wardrobe) - I had another, higher purpose than just drinking martinis and eating buffalo wings (which were, just incidentally, deep fried with a side of blue cheese dressing).

I heard so many great people speak that week on the stage at the MGM Grand, and committed it to memory.

There was this one phrase that I still can't let go of.

"This is a face-to-face, heart-to-heart business."

What does that even mean? Why did I like it so much?

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Put your dreams back on the table.

The other day I was at an event and heard something from a dear friend and biz partner that's had me thinking ever since.

"You can put your dreams back on the table." 

It was like a shock of electricity. It awoke childhood memories, ideas from years past. I recalled places I dreamed of travelling to, like New York and Antarctica and South Africa. I recalled the folder of homes from when we first married.

But most of all, it created a feeling inside me, one that hasn't subsided since.

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Float like a butterfly.

Many moons ago, as a Comms chick at our nation's most iconic performing arts centre, I had the opportunity to work with some like-minded, big-thinking, collaborative colleagues.

Some of these colleagues passionately love working in the arts sector, so much so that they consider it a vocation, and wouldn't trade it for the higher paying corporate sector for quids.

Sydney Festival, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Film Festival, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia... many friends are still working in these venerable institutions, almost a decade on.

And in this way we became the recipients of tickets to the media preview of Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour.

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