Saturday, July 28, 2012

My weeks in instagram

I've been a little remiss lately in taking many photos and sharing them on instagram.  Life is full and I've been prioritizing time with people and being present rather than focusing on capturing the moments.  There's pros and cons on both sides of this, but on a positive note I've had some fantastic conversations with people who have just shared of themselves, their lives, and their wisdom.  The are ideas, and challenges swirling around my brain that I'm just letting percolate for the moment with the hope that the important ones will take root and develop, and the 'nice to haves' will just drift away.  Life is sometimes like that.  Things get busy and we can fall into the trap of trying to do everything, rather than just the important things.  The things that have meaning.  The things that have impact.  The things that matter to us, and those around us.

PS - here's some instagram pics from life over the last few weeks.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

21 day challenges galore

I've posted about 21 day challenges before.  In fact the early days of this blog were all about a 21 day challenge I set about trying to get into a regular blogging routine.  The concept is pretty simple.  You focus on a change in your life that you want to make, and commit to making that change every day for 21 days.  At the end of that time you've hopefully made lasting change in your life and either,  created a new habit or behaviour, or given up an old one.

Sadly 21 day challenges don't always last beyond the initial 21 days.  Often after 21 days you give up the mindful behaviour you've been following and slip back into bad habits. Nevertheless I've found that while I don't always have the same level of commitment after 21 days, I have moved myself further along the path I've been trying to achieve.  And if I keep persisting eventually that habit or behaviour grows into the fulness of what I'm trying to achieve.

Recently I came across this great notebook from Kiki.K which helps you list out your habits and tick them off day by day.  I've been doing this for a week now and am beginning to be able to identify patterns of both success and failure.  Now that I'm becoming more aware I'm trying to adjust underlying behaviour to help me succeed in the goals I have listed.

What do you do to help you create a new habit or break an old one?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My weeks in instagram

It's been a while since I've shared my week in instagram so there is a bit of catching up to do.  Tell me do you see a theme emerging?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Discovering purpose

When I started this blog in April last year I wasn't really sure why I was blogging or what it would be about.  I just knew that I needed a place, a space if you like, to share what was going on in my life.  The things I was thinking about.  The things that were important to me.  The things that were bugging me.  It was just a place to be myself.  As I look back on the past year or so an underlying theme has emerged.  Nearly every post I make is centered around a theme of living life to the full, of embracing every moment, of being who you were meant to be and giving yourself space to experience more.  So with that in mind I've decided to refocus.

I've got a new header.  Very simple (can you tell I'm not a designer), but something that sums up what this space is about for me.  simply sally - embrace life & live with passion.  What does that mean?  Well basically I'll still be sharing my thoughts and ideas - the things going through my head as I explore life and all it has to offer me.  I'll be sharing my inspiration, by motivation, my passions.  I'll be seeking to engage a community of people who are on the same journey - living life one day at a time, but seeking to live it as fully & honestly as possible.  For those of you on that journey, I want to connect and be inspired by you.  Come on over to my facebook page and start a conversation about life.  Share with me your tips and tricks for embracing every moment that comes your way.  Send me your photos, your quotes, your song recommendations so that we can encourage one another to do something new.  I'll also be sharing more of the things I love to do - that includes links to my other blogs aka obsessions in life - wine and craft.  

I'm not really sure where this journey is going to take me, but I'm excited to have recognised what it is I'm really passionate about, and I hope that in some small way what I share here encourages you in your journey.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

In celebration

Yesterday I had the wonderful privilege of attending the funeral of the most amazing woman I've ever known.  I know that it may sound strange to some of you to regard a funeral as a privilege, but bare with me while I explain myself.

This dear woman is someone who has made a lasting imprint on my soul.  She lived life with joy, compassion, kindness, and most of all love.  In all that she did she was honest, she was real, she shared her heart, she shared her gifts, she shared her sense of humor, she shared her family, she shared her faith - all that she had and all that she was - she gave to others.  She laughed with many.  She cried with all.  She sang in joy, and in sorrow.  She lived life with a passion that I can only hope to emulate.  She cared for many.  She impacted thousands. She made your world a little brighter for having known her.  Her funeral was filled with laughter, tears and much singing.  We remembered funny stories from her life.  We remembered the times we had been blessed by her love and her care.  We remembered her spirit, and her tenacity.  Most of all we celebrated all that she was to each one of us.  She left a deep mark on my life, and will be treasured for ever, even though I have no more time to share with her.  

The thing that really impacted me was the number of people gathered together to celebrate her life.  There were hundreds.  People couldn't fit into the church and spilled out to the verandah and car park.  There were people from every generation, whole families who had been touched by her life and her love.  It was a true testament that a life well lived, shared with others, has impact - for generations.

It really got me thinking.  How astounding that one ordinary woman, living an ordinary life, could impact so many - truly extraordinary.  Sometimes we think we need to change the world to leave our mark.  We need to do something so noticeable, that hundreds of thousands would be amazed by our legacy.  We think big... of lasting change, of doing the impossible, of writing wrongs and changing lives.  All these things are good, and all of them will make a mark, but I think it's much much simpler than that.  If yesterday taught me anything its that to live a life full of love, and loving others, you can leave a legacy that lingers.  You can change people's lives, by changing their hearts for ever, and change generations to come, even after you are long gone, by living with love and grace.  You don't need to cure cancer, eradicate world poverty, fix global injustices - although these are all worthy and noble causes - you just need to love others, and show them what it is to live life with passion, conviction and compassion for all around you.

The challenge I ask myself today (and you) is how are you living your life?  What is the legacy you are leaving?  Are you leaving a mark on the souls of those around you?  Will they be forever changed (in a good way) for knowing you?