Wander [errer; vagare; deambular; 漫步]


Good day, Beautiful People!

It has been awhile since I last wrote. My life is so full and is quite overwhelming with so many things to accomplish before end of the year.

Winter is finally over in the Southern Hemisphere, loving the new season of Spring where new things on the horizon! Expecting new roads and new rivers in this new season.

I believe we need to take time off regularly to quieten ourselves, be alone,  recharge, relax, chill to wander into nature. Take time to date yourself, do soul searching to know yourself better, love yourself and figure out what you really want in this season or near future.

Sharing with you some photos by me and my walking troops from my recent walkabout.


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Art of Resting [Art de repos; Arte di Riposo; Arte de descansar; 休息的艺术]

  
Good Day, Beautiful People!

Sorry for not writing in as much as before.  Sometime life throws you a curve ball, you need to respond wisely. The need arise cause me to take a short sabbatical and chill. 

In our modern days, busy lifestyle, rest is the last thing we have in mind for most of us unless you’re retirees or in between jobs  or force to rest at home. 

Depends on your personality, I certainly find myself in the space that I have to labour to rest. My body is forced to rest to restore to good health. 

  
Learn to rest in the fullness of His Grace. 

Learn to sleep well and take cat nap.

Learn to declare and claim His Promises of health and wholeness.

Learn to relax and chill with good praise music, podcasts and books. 

Learn to be patient during the wait. Do constructive and productive thing like reading or encouraging someone while waiting. 

Learn not to get annoyed looking at things need to be done and yet unable to be done at the time frame.

Learn to receive help is pretty humbling experience. Especially you treasure your independence ability to do most stuff on your own.

Learn to be grateful in small things, in daily progress, in true friends that lean in and care. 

Learn to surround yourself with joy and happiness whatever that is.

Learn to run again eventually.

Whatever is worrying you, forget about it! Take a DEEP BREATHE and TRUST GOD!  

   
    
 

  
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Love; Amour; Amor; Amore; 爱

  
Good Day, Beautiful People!

Happy St Valentine’s Day to all that celebrate love.  Divine Love from above, Love for self, Love for Lovers,  Love for families, Love for friends, Love for pets and Love for community.

Without doubt, we understand not all people will be happy on St Valentine’s Day. Some people are going to be heart broken, disappointed, jealous, sad, depressed and lonely. I totally comprehend  those who boycott Valentine’s Day for above reasons and others think that is too commercialise maybe for the young and for the rich. Well, I just happen to think it is about showing appreciation of love to people you care around you even you’re not in a relationship. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm or a leg. You just have to be a bit creative like my beloved or my mom.

When a woman knows who she is. She doesn’t respond to what she is not.  Never compromise your destiny with bad company just because you are feeling lonely. There is nothing wrong with singleness. I’m a true believer of this notion “better to be single than to settle down for second best”. This is not a cliche, the right attention from a wrong individual during a lonely time can fool you into thinking they might be the one.  Finding someone worth waking up to is always going to be better than finding someone to sleep with. 

   
  

The People I know are pretty savvy just in case you need to point someone in your world the right direction. Well, the reverse is true too! Gentlemen… In case, you’re confused. God will never send you someone else’s wife. 

  
 

Friends,  your Divine Prince of Peace has died for you and love you the way you are because you are beautiful, worthy and valuable. You’re loved. So don’t let someone who doesn’t appreciate your worth destroy your future. You deserve someone better.   Maybe someone has to repeat this out loud in front of the mirror to sink in.  

   
   
My advice for the singles is never ever chase love, affection or attention. If it isn’t given freely by another person, it isn’t worth having.  The gospel truth is You don’t need someone to complete you. You need someone to accept you completely. And seriously, it doesn’t matter who hurt you or broke you down. What matter is who make you smile again.

Now listen to your heart, if you know you have found someone special or if you love someone have the courage to let the person know. Because hearts are often broken by words left unspoken. Remember, the someone maybe a great guy or great girl but that doesn’t mean he or she is the One for you.

Do something special for yourself or family or single friends. Turn it into a day of self pampering. My mom used to deck the home, get nice treats or baked for us as a family. Some years, we go out to see a movie together. Other years, we go shopping together follow by a lovely meal in a family restaurant. She pretty much influence me in a way that I feel fine to be single and didn’t feel pressure of hooking up with someone. I guess when you feel loved up, you don’t feel the need to go out with any random guys who interested in you or rush into a relationship especially you know in your heart is not right in the first place. These days is not easy to be bombarded by media, social media, celebs and peer pressure to have a relationship as a teenage. Well, my parents used to say if the guys you want to date must be able to provide for his future family. He better be paying for your dates. If you think he has potential great ask him to come back in a few years time. I think most parents will like my parents saying “if the guy is still using his parents’ money means he can’t even take care of himself. He has not earn the right to have relationship with you.” I’m not even talking about conviction and characters of person of interest yet. I guess my folks has set the bar pretty high for me to consider dating anyone they will approve.  You may think this is easy for my parents to preach on that because I’m a girl.  The truth is my brother pay for meals 90% of time with us and even with his in laws extended family.  I’m not suggesting you have to follow what we do. 
  

For those married men out there, these are some good tips: 

 

  

   
    
 

  

   
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Cervical Cancer Awareness; La sensibilisation au cancer du col utérin; Conciencia del cáncer de cuello uterino

  
Good Day, Beautiful People! 

I know most of us will support all cancer awareness and search for cure. January is a month for cervical cancer awareness.  So if you’re know any woman that are closed to you from age 17 to 70 please may this be a kind reminder for them to go for screening.  I’m talking to the real women who always put others first and tend to put self last and forget about self care.

   
    
   
The latest research is going to shock you is that even nuns are exempted. That sounds absurd as they are not sexually active. Below is the link: 

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/cancer-questions/cervical-cancer-in-virgins

http://www.obgyn.net/obgyn-nurses/nuns-virgins-and-spinsters-rigoni-stern-and-cervical-cancer-revisited

  
  

  
Fight for your future. Support in any way you can. Live in the land of Hope.  NB: 4th Feb is World Cancer Day.

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Choose Happy; Choisissez Bonne; Elija feliz; Scegli Felice

    
Good Day, Beautiful People!

Life is difficult, but those difficulties, when we face them squarely, are often the secret keys to growth and joy. -Edward Grinnan

One of my Goals for 2016 is to actively seek joy and happiness even when I face difficulties and challenges along the way. Hope and believe for many many many good days ahead. Joy and happiness seems an easy task and yet many fail to achieve that. 
My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. – James1:2-3 (NIVR)

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. – James1:2-3 (MSG)

  

Most of us know the meaning of joy and happiness so the reason I wrote definition is purely to revisit and ponder upon the words. As well as for the benefit of others who sadly never able to find joy and happiness yet.

Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness. – Theopedia 

Webster’s dictionary definition: 1) to experience great pleasure or delight : REJOICE, 2) the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: DELIGHT. 

Hebrew dictionary definition: 8057. simchah, sim-khaw’; from H8056 blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival):– X exceeding (-ly), gladness, joy (-fulness), mirth, pleasure, rejoice (-ing). 

Greek dictionary definition: 5479. chara, khar-ah’; from G5463; cheerfulness, i.e., calm delight:–gladness, X greatly, (X be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous).

 Joy depends the internal factors, something deep within while Happiness depends on external factors. 

Definition of Happiness is a state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness. The “pursuit of happiness” is something this country is based on, and different people feel happiness for different reasons. Whenever doing something causes happiness, people usually want to do more of it. No one ever complained about feeling too much happiness. -Vocabulary.com
  

You may think all these are so cliche. But at the end of the day, week, month, year and life, you still have to face you in the mirror and honestly ask yourself what you really really want short term and long term. You owe it to yourself to find real happiness because you are worth it. Happiness is a form of courage. When you express YES to happiness means learning to say NO to  the things and people that stress you out.  Choose to respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serve you, grow you or make you HAPPY. The wise Mandy Hale affirmed that “Happiness starts with you. Not with your relationship, your friends or your job. But with you.” 

   

  
This is a research done by Harvard lessons from the longest study on Happiness that may give you some insight.

   
    
 

  

   
    
 

Hope this help someone today. As for me you know what I am going to pursue. 

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Eat Clean [Mange proprement, Comer limpio]

 
  
Good Day, Beautiful People!

I’m NOT here to condemn anyone lifestyle or eating habit. Is all about what you want to embrace in your life? What is your priority? I’m not 100% there. Sometimes, I’ve indulgence as I’m a real foodie after all. I’m always a work in progress towards my goals and aims in getting the fullest out of life.

Often I ask myself, most people don’t care of what they eat until their health are compromised. Guilty charged, writer included. I had a major health scare 2013 that make me review my life. Ask myself truthfully, what changes must I make as God graciously give me second chance of life that I’m not going to waste it!  I want to live my life purposefully, consciously and intentionally not leaving to fate or my stupid choices or whatever life take over. 

These are some of my little self reminder:

  
  
  

Sharing one of my own favourite fruits and vegetables juicing recipe in the morning. I prepare the chopped vegetables and fruits the night before and put them in the blender, keep it in the fridge. Ready to juice the next morning.

  
Choose no GMO, chemical free and organic if you can. If budget constraint, or the preferred options not available soak your vegetables and fruits in 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water and sea salt for 15mins to wash off surface dirt and chemical. Better still grow some green if you can like some of my mates that have green thumbs.

Ingredients:

Garlic 1 clove

Ginger zest or grate 1tsp

Flaxseed  1 tsp

Omega 3  1-2 capsules

Beet 1 small or 1/2 big

Celery 1 stick

Blueberries or mix berries 1 small handful

Carrot 1

Chia seeds 1 tsp

Mint  a few leaves

Basil a few leaves

Parsley a few leaves

Lemon juice 1 tsp

Apple Cider Vinegar  1 tsp

Manuka or raw organic Honey 1 tsp

Coconut or organic yoghurt  1-2 tbs

Almond or Coconut or any milk 150ml

Water 150ml

Blend and drink up! 

Hope you give it a go!  Enjoy, Bon appétit! 

I leave the best for last… Can’t do life without humour.

   
 

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Seven Bridges Walk

  
Good Day, Beautiful People! 

October is flying too fast for me. Work front is demanding and not forgetting all the commitments and social engagements. Too many things to do and have enough time for everything as usual.

Here October we try to create all cancer awareness, especially pink ribbon. Some call me crazy to sign up for 27km, seven bridges walk for Cancer Council. I never walked that kind of distance before. It was my very first try.  Last year I did city to surf which 14km run for those who already following me  last year knew this. There are a few reasons why I do this walk. It is my personal healing journey, to raise awareness, fundraising, in rememberance of loved ones who fought cancer and migrated to heaven and friends that went through cancer hell and back. Some still awaiting for God’s miracle for their lives.

Every time, I sign up for something tremendous or enormous, something will play up or the enemy will try to create a havoc in order to get you. A bit anxious since I signed up, my body was not 100% again. I had bad hayfever, sinusitis and allergy itchy cough. Normally, I’m a person who love to embrace change, a challenge and try new things. Life is too short to do the same old things.

Well, I’m determined to finish the daunting 27km long walk. I prepared my heart and body for the big day, 25th October 2015.  This fundraiser event is hosted by Cancer Council NSW yearly to raise money for research and create awareness for different cancers. They’re celebrating 10th anniversary for seven bridges walk this year which is pretty special. 

Some of the word I meditate:

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. – Phil4:13

Be strong and courageous. – Deut31:6

I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Heb13:5

For nothing is impossible with God. – Lk1:37 

The fact about long walk is not only great to train your mind, body and spirit to the next level of good positive thinking, endurance, perseverance, determination, attitude of “DONT GIVE UP!”and toughen your body. It also helps you to clear your mind of all the garbage, detox your mind and focus on the things that really matter.

The map of the 27km 7 bridges walk:

So pleased to let you know I did it and complete it with my walking buddy and a few other friends. There is a will, there is a way!  By the way, age is not the limit. As I have witnessed kids as young as seven and silver hair seniors in their seventies or eighties doing it and complete the walk.  Not forgetting,  moms and bubs with prams and people who are physically challenged who managed to do this walk! 

I proud to show you some photos I’ve taken on the walk.




  
  






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Open Heaven / River Wild

 

Good Day, Beautiful People!

Just sharing my current favourite song on reshuffle. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Open Heaven / River Wild -Lyrics

[Verse 1:]

Signs and wonders from above

When You poured out Your Spirit

On the old and young

In the power of Your presence


[Pre-Chorus/Outro:]

Holy Spirit rain

Falling like a flood

Break upon my praise

As I sing of Your love

Holy Spirit fire

Burn within my soul

As I call on Your Name

As I call on Your Name

Jesus


[Verse 2:]

Dreams and visions of the Son

As I stand in Your presence

Revelations of Your love

As I look to the heavens


[Chorus:]

Oh Holy Spirit

Burn like a fire

All consuming

Consume me

Here in Your presence

Lord I surrender

To Your glory

For Your glory


[Bridge:]

Living water

River wild in me

Immerse me

In Your mercy

Open heaven

Crashing over me

Restore me

In Your glory


My water colour painting inspired by this song!


My arylic painting inspired by this song.

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