Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Living In My Zone of Genius

I came across Lisa Sonora's website through a friend's blog and I absolutely fell in love with this journal page of hers.  For years I have been working with and delving into what my strengths and joys are, or as she so beautifully words it, 'zone of genius', and I just love how she has made such a powerful, encouraging and inspiring commitment  to herself and the world.

As I have mentioned before, I firmly believe that in following your joys and committing to them, you are serving the world in the biggest way possible, for that is where your genius lies and through your genius, others can but only benefit.

Yet it is hard for so many of to allow that genius to surface.  I think the ego comes up with so many creative obstacles that block the path and that magnificent genius that resides in all of us just keeps lying there, dormant beneath the ice, waiting for its opportunity to shine.  I have definitely found that with my writing.  There are always so many other things that just 'need' to get done and then there are also the bigger life events that slow us down; while time then just keeps ticking along.  So I feel inspired and motivated by Lisa's magnificent commitment to her genius!

I have signed up for her 30 day journal project which looks like a whole lot of fun.  Maybe it's something for you too? 

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Doorway Into Thanks

Roger Housden shared this beautiful poem in his weekly newsletter this week.  Paying attention and deep gratitude for the small wonders around us can transport us to another world.  

by Mary Oliver


It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

On our recent trip to Namibia, on the banks of the Kunene river, my husband, a true explorer by nature, started observing the stones and pebbles in the river bed during his walk, and this is what he discovered and shared with us  .... 

All the stones and pebbles are covered in a thin layer of grey dust, but as soon as you wash them in the water, their magical patterns and colours emerge.  We had such fun and definitely slipped into a world of magic and gratitude.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Epic Journey - Namibia

On Sunday, I arrived back from an amazing three week camping trip with my family in Namibia. The sheer vastness and magnificence of the landscape is quite something to behold and take in.  It completely envelopes you. 

We also met such interesting people along the way.  I really do enjoy that aspect of traveling very much.

Over the next while I will share some lovely insights and pictures into our trip.  In the meantime, here is my favourite camping spot of the trip.  It is our own magical little 'boskamp' (bush camp) out in the middle of nowhere.  It was full moon that night and the land stretched out for miles around us with not a soul in sight.  We chose the spot because of it's beautiful open fields (and we had been listening to an audio of "Little House on the Prairie" and here we were, camping out in a magnificent Namibian Prairie) with Giraffe, Gemsbok, Springbok and Zebra!