Develop Your Intuition

The other day I read this lovely quote. It made me stop and think. This is how it went:

“A bird in a tree never fears the branch will break because her faith is not in the branch but in her own wings”

Two thoughts entered my mind. Firstly, how wonderful the quote is; how it boils down to self esteem and confidence in our own ability, and how security and happiness must come from within and be centred in ourselves and not from others or dependent on external factors.

Secondly, the quote made me question when we learn to trust our wings? The answer is simple. We are all born with that trust; deeply rooted in our blueprint. As toddlers we explore the world with little fear until something or someone triggers insecurity and fear. Throughout life, we then reinforce fear every time we experience small set backs in life, and we are taught to trust and rely on external factors and people (our grandparents/parents/teachers at school/friends/pets). “Mummy is so proud of you” rather than “You should be so proud of yourself”. And with the passing of time many of us forget to trust and pride in ourselves – living more for others or for external pats on the back (the big house/big pay check/recognition).

What is interesting is that the likelihood of external factors changing; or people leaving; or being wrong or misguided is high. Let’s face it. If you look around yourself, now, how much of what surrounds you has changed during your life? A lot right? I thought so.

Change is phenomenally important, and at times it can be hard. Change drives new paths, creates opportunity and opens the mind. Change shakes the earth beneath your feet and may leave you empty handed and scared and scarred. This is when you need your wings.

When you find yourself in between; that distinct place where your old self and new self are balancing on a thin wire. This in between space is where change begins. It is where your inner voice will clear its throat, dust itself off and whisper, if it can’t shout, for your wings to open and fly. If you trust it to.

Don’t rush this stage, as tempting as it might be. Turn off the clock watching and the impatience and let your intuition guide you. Trust your wings; they are there and will carry you.

Thai Impressions

DSC_0508Thailand was never a place I wanted to visit. I yearn for some destinations, dream of them, plan holidays in future years but Thailand has never made that list. Not sure why.

Then, my mother in law bought a house there, and suddenly it was the next destination. That was four years ago and we have just been back for our second holiday. How do I feel about the country now? I could live there, permanently, without giving it a second thought! Why? Well, the list is long but topping it….it has to be….it has to be:

  • The Food. It has to be the food that tops the list! The colours, the flavours, the philosophy under which meals are prepared, the scents that tickle your nostrils and massage your palette. Amazing. If you dare to let go and try things that look strange; things that come out of odd leaves, containers and pots then you are in for a treat.
  • The People. Respectful, not pushy, at peace, not stressed, happy, kind, accommodating. Always a smile, always ready to help. We have a lot to learn in the west
  • The Weather. Average 30 degrees C in February. Nice. No further comment.
  • The Activities. Diving, kite boarding, snorkelling, go-karting, fishing, cooking classes, animal shows, morning market, night markets, fish markets, walk-in streets, trekking to tops of water falls and skinny dipping in them, riding elephants…. We did all of these and could easily have done more.

We took a few hours worth of cooking lessons from a fabulous Thai lady who ran a much acclaimed Thai Restaurant in Australia for 20 years. Short, stout, strict, and bossy as anything, but passionate about ingredients. About when to stir and when to leave, about pestle and mortar, about using every little bit of the raw materials – out of respect for both nature and the client who is to eat the dish. From the lesson came three dishes and I will share them on the blog. Mouth-watering yet so simple and quick to cook!

Before I start recipe writing I want to share my favourites pictures from our trip. Hopefully they will draw you in and let you feel just a little of the magic that is Thailand. It truly is a place where your soul can rest and re-fresh; when you have time to think and focus; a place where stress does not seem to exist and most importantly, to a food lover like I am, a place where the food you find at little road stands is simply divine and different. Where the best local restaurants are nothing more than a wok on fire and you walk through the chef’s living room to be seated. Completely different; completely fabulous!

Enjoy the gallery….and share your experiences! Have you been to Thailand? What was your best bit?

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I am so happy! Thank you; thank you; thank you so much for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. How lovely to know that you find it an inspiration; makes every post more meaningful.

Your blog brings not only a smile to my face but makes me think  – and I would not classify myself as particularly religious. Really enjoy your blog.

Award Guidelines:

1)      Display the award logo on your blog.

2)      Link back to the person who nominated you.

3)      State 7 things about yourself.

4)      Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5)      Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

So – 7 things about me!

  1. I am a “cup half full” person – will always find the positive in every situation eventually
  2. When I enjoy a good book there is almost nothing that can get me away from…escapism!
  3. Running always gets me smiling – if ever I am in a bad mood I go run it off
  4. I love my three children and husband more than anything in the world
  5. I find cooking and baking both therapeutic and relaxing and use it as a great de-stressor tool
  6. I refuse to iron…it is probably the one thing I really avoid in life! Cannot stand it and always burn myself 🙂
  7. I am very clumsy – if there is something to walk into, fall over etc…that’s me….

Now to my nominations – not out there that much yet so may not reach the 15 – I promise to get there eventually so for now my list will have the ones I am inspired by to date….