Sunday, November 23, 2014

What do you dream of?

 What do you like doing that puts a smile on your face?
Sunset seeking?

People watching?
Walking in the sunshine?


Most successful people have a great passion for something. It can be work but more often it is a hobby or an interest, which breaks the humdrum of the daily routine. Doing things you love will add to your life, not take away from it.

So, plan time for yourself every week, even if only for 15 minutes to explore, to develop your hobbies, to have fun, to smell the roses. Life is too short to always have your nose to the grindstone. Time out also refreshes the brain and the senses.So, if you have to return to the grindstone you'll be better and faster. Then, instead of just doing yet more work, you can have more time for the things that give your life meaning.

If you live with family or in a relationship, it is OK to have some "me" time alone, too.
Take time out to explore the things you love
Don't just think next week or next month. Consider ideas and dreams for the next 2-3 years and beyond. Don't hold back on this - dare yourself to dream big. If you aim for the moon and miss, at least you'll land amongst the stars.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aliens invade my garden

Bold pinks and purples invade my New Zealand native garden. Not from some mutant hebe, but from the neighbour’s busy lizzies (impatiens walleriana), which have thrust through the fence and taken root.

This garden began with careful planting to intermingle green flax and ferns with tawny tussock grass. Pukas and nikau palms were added for texture and, for colour, the hebes with their soft mauve flowers. A large puriri tree presides over all. Looking out of my study window, I love the view and the way the sun gleams on the crinkly leaves of the puriri.
Crinkly Puriri leaves above the busy lizzies

Initially I frowned at the neighbour’s interlopers. However, I have come to appreciate their bright colours and the determined way they have hustled their way in. Their boldness is an inspiration for a would-be writer’s garden, as they remind of two personality traits necessary for success – persistency and the need to stand out from the crowd.

I know that “to boldly go” is a split infinitive, but somehow “to go boldly” sounds too cumbersome for these cheerful busy lizzies. So, to quote another line from Star Trek, may they “live long and prosper”.

Copyright of all photos belongs to Eventful Woman.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In the Pink

My table
Shock, horror - Eventful Woman in pink!! Well, not quite, as I normally can't bear to wear it. Let's call it a slightly softer shade than my usual 'go for it' red.

I hosted a table today for the Pink Ribbon Bequest Society Christmas lunch, which raises funds for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. I had 7 wonderful guests on my table and there were 69 guests altogether at the luncheon.

The event was held at Parnells On the Rose Garden, which sits pretty in a garden of glorious rose bushes, all of which were busting out (get it, ha ha) in full bloom.

Pink blossomed inside too. The floral decorations on each table looked so fresh they could have been picked that morning. The hot pink Xmas tree almost shouted its presence.

Pink everywhere
Our guest speaker was Dr Barbara Hochstein, the consultant radiologist at Rotorua Hospital who specialises in women's imaging, mammography, breast imaging and CT procedures.
She outlined the amazing developments in the treatment of breast cancer over the last 25 years. While it is still a devastating disease, survival rates are much higher now and we can all have hope that one day this disease will be treatable.

Beautiful rose gardens beyond the Xmas tree
In the meantime, I'll do my best to support the work and research that will help to get us there. If I have to wear pink a few times, that's a puny challenge when compared with the one faced by breast cancer battlers.


Please click here to donate to or get involved with this cause.

The luncheon room

Monday, November 17, 2014

Get curious about quirky

Look around you every day for the different and amusing. They'll always be there - whether unintentional faces on top of a lamp post or a storm-tossed traffic cone in a tree.

If you're having a tough day or you've been working for hours without a break - look out the window, go for a walk or gaze up into the sky. Let your eyes roam for the quirky and eventful. Five to 10 minutes distraction can refresh you and provide new inspiration. At the very least, you'll crack a smile, which is always good as it makes people wonder what you've been up to.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bursting into flower

I saw the promise of a hot summer while soaking up spring sunshine on a seaside walk today. I was eyeing the fat buds on the pohutukawa trees and wondering when I'd see the first, glorious red flower.

Suddenly, I glimpsed a crimson flash amid the green. It was just a small bunch, which had burst open on the warm, sunny side of the tree. 

I got thinking about why this little group was so alive, when all of the other buds were still snoozing in their tiny, green sleeping bags. It came down to:
  • It is in their DNA, of course. However, without a number of other factors that would not be enough.
  • They had the right conditions (the sunny side of the tree).
  • They had some like-minded buddies (get it? ha ha) to hang out with. By clustering they collectively drew a little more goodness from the tree, which helped them to convert the energy from the sun much quicker so they could flower. (If you want a science lesson check out chlorophyll and photosynthesis).
It's not a lot different for us humans, really. If we want our lives to blossom we have to:
  • Decide what we want - our goals/objectives/stuff we want to do.
  • Put ourselves in the right place/take steps to make it happen. You can't just wait for the right things to fall into your lap. Even plants know better than this - they know how grow towards the sun.
  • Find people with similar aspirations, learn from them and work together to support each other.
Of course, those pedants among you will point out that most of the other pohutukawa buds will open in time. Of course, I get that. However, if you want something out of life, then the sooner you work towards it the earlier you can achieve it and start to enjoy it.

Pohutukawa in bud
Flower buds snoozing in their sleeping bags
Glorious Pohutukawa flowers. GO RED