Easter Sojourn

For the last three years, our family has been fortunate to be able to getaway for Easter to visit family. The last two years has been difficult since my dear Uncle passed away just days before Easter two years ago. I feel drawn to spend the time with my Aunty who is still grieving and is trying to live her life since his passing. Each time we have visited and stayed with my Aunty, I feel my Uncle’s spirit and we have a restful, relaxing time – enjoying each other’s company as well as remembering some happier memories of my Uncle and the times we spent together. It has also been nice to hear more stories of the love and life my Aunt and Uncle shared for 46 years.

This year, our family really appreciated the break and time to get away and relax. We are grateful to my Aunty for allowing us to visit and stay with her. My Aunty is a great cook and enjoys cooking meals, inviting family and friends over for dinner. It is always nice to enjoy and share great food, conversation and laugh together. I feel this provides great comfort for us at this time of year.

We also have two sets of friends who live in Victoria who we try to catch up with each year we have been down. Luckily for us, we have been able to see one couple for the last 3 years. Our other friend, we’ve been able to catch up for one of the years but not the last two. We’ll need to organise something at another time. This year, my Aunt’s friends took us to Mentone . We enjoy visiting new places and my Aunt’s friends shared a little about the history of the area. We visited a beach house gallery where my Aunt has some of her watercolour paintings for sale. We were able to view her artwork alongside the owner’s artwork, other local artists and handmade jewelry. It is nice to see and appreciate creativity.

We were told that the Heidelberg School was coined here where Australian Impressionist artists including Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts & Charles Conder painted and sketched ‘en plein air’ – ‘in the open air’ of Australia, particularly Melbourne and it’s surrounds.


We walked along the coast from Mentone to Beaumaris. It was so peaceful and beautiful to see the cliffs, coastline and beaches as we walked. It was also interesting to see the local flora and fauna in the area. We visited a rocky ledge where many fossils are still found today. We were told by my Aunt’s friends that there used to be a forest that went kilometres out to sea but is now mainly rocks and cliffs. There is still petrified wood to be found which are the reminders of the ancient forest that once dwelled there. We enjoyed exploring the rock pools, discovering different forms of sea life.

We also saw a beautiful old building that used to be the Great Southern Hotel which has now been converted into luxury apartments. The original building facade has been renovated keeping it’s original design but newer structures have been added on either side which I feel, takes away from the original beauty. Below are pictures of the original building and the new renovated apartments.

It was a relaxing trip and one we were appreciative to be able to enjoy and share with friends and family. I feel my Uncle’s calming yet mischievous spirit was with us as we relaxed and enjoyed the break. We left feeling relaxed, calm and peaceful and grateful to be able to visit somewhere new. It is a reminder to enjoy life, the simple things and to remember to Laugh, Love, Live! Remembering my Uncle’s life, seeing the love my Aunt still has for him and enjoying time where he lived before his passing is a reminder that he is always with us and our love and memories of my Uncle means he is always with us in spirit. He is forever in our hearts. It was lovely to be away and I felt we could have stayed there longer. However, as the plane headed back to Sydney, flying over the CBD and Sydney Harbour (which is a view I never tire of) – it felt good to be home! Sydney is my Uncle’s favourite city even though he visited, lived and worked in many around the world! Peace and blessings – I hope you also had a relaxing, peaceful and restful Easter.

Waiting to exhale


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My posting has been a bit scattered as I’ve been preoccupied over the last five to six months working to improve my daughter’s health and well-being. I have mentioned to my friends that when our children are happy, then we are happy. The same is true when it is the opposite! This has been the case regarding my daughter for the last 5-6 months. Her father and I have been trying to find the source of the issue so that we can work on a resolution but it has come with much frustration (and tears!). We have not been able to locate the source of her unhappiness until just recently and it breaks my heart.

My daughter is in her last year of primary school – her friends are ones she has had since Kindergarten or even pre-school. This year is also a confusing year due to hormones and the body changing – puberty/ pre-puberty. As a result, the girls are changing as well as their behaviours. I’ve been observing my daughter and her friends over the years – they are all lovely girls but lately some of their behaviours have not always been so lovely. This has caused my daughter to be very unhappy – to the point of losing her appetite which is a great concern for her father and I. My daughter is petite, she always has been and cannot afford not to eat – she is very active so needs her nutrition for energy.

I am saddened by what is happening and that it is affecting my daughter in such a detrimental way. I do not accept the ‘girls will be girls’ or ‘boys will be boys’ mentality because you cannot stereotype and assume the behaviour that every girl or boy is explained by this statement. I feel this is what evolves and becomes an issue in high school and adulthood especially in the workplace. It is something that I feel needs to be addressed when our children are young to prevent these behaviours occurring as they get older. We advocate that women should support and encourage each other in the workplace but yet it is not happening in the school yards. The saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ is very true in advocating the type of behaviours in our children that we would like to see in adulthood.

I have explained to my daughter that I hope that her and her friends support and encourage each other as they get older as this is very important. Her father and I have also explained that if a girl is not being nice to another friend, then it is sad for that particular child. We’ve also explained she does not need to feel she should display the same behaviours if she does not agree. We’ve explained that friendships can change and that is okay, she may feel saddened by this and that is okay too. We’ve also said that things make her too upset, she can advise her friends so they are aware of how it makes her feel. We’ve suggested to bring a book to read quietly on her own or her sketch book to draw as she enjoys art. This way she can remove herself from the situation and ensure her well-being is not affected.

This situation is new to my daughter and I am saddened that she has to become accustomed to it but as her father and I explained to her, she needs to make sure she takes care of herself. She needs to ensure she isn’t affected detrimentally by what is happening outside her control. My daughter is very loyal to her friends and doesn’t like what is happening. She also doesn’t want to be a part of the drama unfolding. She knows what she likes and doesn’t like and I feel she is conflicted as they are all her friends. It is a learning phase for her and also for us as parents.

I feel it is important for us as parents to display the behaviours that we would like our children to display. As their first role models, their behaviour is learnt from us. However, it’s not always easy! As parents, we are also human and often emotions can get the better of us and we may display frustration or behaviours that we are not proud of either – it’s a learning curve for us all!

As a parent though, it is heartbreaking to watch your usually happy, cheerful child become sullen, upset and not enjoy things they used to – whether it be food, activities, outings, family gatherings, etc. As her parents, we hope we have caught it early enough and can maintain the open communication with our daughter to ensure we can help provide strategies so she is able to cope with what is happening around her. It’s early days and we are starting to see an improvement but we are still waiting to exhale!

I hope that no child is affected detrimentally by the behaviour of others, as a parent it is not something you wish on anyone. I hope by sharing this experience, it helps us to continue to Laugh. Love. Live! We are working through this one step at a time and waiting to get to the other side – maybe a little scarred but hopefully stronger as a result. As the Dalai Lama said; Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace. Wise words from a wise man and it is something that I am yet to master especially in regard to family! Peace and blessings!


Gratitude Moment!


Recently I had a need for a Graphic Designer, in my line of work I have worked with and have access to Graphic Designers but this was not related to a work client. This piece of work was where I would be the client. I reached out to a good friend who is a successful Marketing Director to ask advice. He advised what information I needed to provide to the graphic designer so they would know what I needed and what applications I would need it for.

I have a cousin who would know someone or even he could do the work but wanted to see if I could use someone closer at hand as he is based in the UK. I reached out to my sister who lives interstate to see if she knew anyone who would be willing to take on the work and provide some quotes. I wrote an email with all the details required to assist with the work involved and the applications for the work.




My sister reached out to one of two friends by forwarding my email, this friend was not interested in taking on my request so I asked if she could try with her other friend. He was such a delight to deal with and made the process so easy! He asked that I pay it forward and I feel this post is one of the ways I can do so. I have previously written about paying it forward and being grateful – I’m a firm believer that the energy you put out, will be the same energy you receive. I am very grateful to my sister and her friend for their assistance and if you are ever in the need of a Graphic/ Web Designer, please look him up. A link to his website is below:


Please feel free to recommend or contact Steve if you or someone you know require his services. Steve has done a great job for the piece of work I required and highly recommend him. His assistance is greatly appreciated! Continue to Laugh, Love, Live and share the love! Peace and Blessings!




Somewhere in between,

Finishing one thing, in the midst of another but also starting something new…

It feels like a fog, not sure where I am or meant to be,

Trying to find my way, feeling unsure but hopeful,

Working things through, one by one,

Trying to ensure that there is also some fun,

Family is priority, love is there,

Friends become secondary, becoming aware…

Life is a roller-coaster, riding it’s ups and downs,

One day you’re smiling, the next in a frown,

Will one day pull myself out of the fog,

Slowly, but surely it is true,

Being somewhere in between,

May bring out something new!



At the end of the day



At the end of the day, there’s no need to compare

At the end of the day, you need to love yourself

At the end of the day, remember your worth

At the end of the day, remember you are loved by many

At the end of the day, remember your support network

At the end of the day, you don’t need anyone’s approval

At the end of the day, the only acceptance you require is your own

At the end of the day, it’s YOU vs YOU



Find your passion…



I was having a conversation with a dear friend who leads the R.C.I.A (Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults) at our parish. In short, R.C.I.A is primarily intended for those who are unbaptised and preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

My friend is very passionate about her work and has been working at the parish for a number of years as an R.C.I.A Leader and is also the Sacramental Coordinator. She is great at what she does because she loves doing it – she has a passion for it. Our conversation regarding people who were undergoing this faith journey led to a discussion of showing your passion, enthusiasm and desire for something. My friend said she feels irresponsible if she can see that someone is not wholeheartedly on this faith journey. I said that when someone wants something – whether it be joining a faith, wanting to study or pursuing a hobby it is because there is a desire, a passion or love of what they are trying to achieve.

When speaking to my friend, I used an example from a children’s movie I just watched with my daughter, called Ballerina. In it, the main character says “ever since I can remember, I wanted to dance”. When she is asked “Why do you dance?” She is able to provide a multitude of reasons, including that it makes her feel alive. She has a passion for dance and it propels her to continue learning and achieving her goal of being a dancer at the Paris Opera.

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Finding your passion may give your life some purpose to help you to enjoy and appreciate the smaller things. Usually, we discover these small things turn out to be the most important in your life. Your passion could be something that others may think is ordinary or small but it may be what makes you EXTRAORDINARY! Your passion is unique to you and nobody can take that away from you.

My passions are my family and learning – ever since I was young, I have had to learn and keep learning. My mum was always learning something since having had to leave her home country due to war and resettle in a new country. I feel that has rubbed off on me. My mum was always trying some new food, recipe or volunteering somewhere new or finding employment in various occupations, making new friends, learning new skills and having to find her way to a new location. My choice of career is in adult learning and as a result, I am constantly learning something new and evolving. My family is my rock, my comfort and is usually at the centre of most decisions I make. If my family isn’t happy then I’m not happy.

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What is or are your passions? What makes you feel alive? I hope you find your passion to Laugh, Love, Live to the fullest and enjoy whatever that may be – great or small. Sometimes it may push you outside of your comfort zone but as I’ve said previously, without that we don’t grow. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith but follow your passion and enjoy – Peace and blessings!


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A Healthy start!

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but is often when we have the least amount of time ie. with work, school, study, etc. I savour weekends where I have more time to prepare a delicious, healthy breakfast. On one such occasion during the festive period, I prepared some gluten-free banana pancakes with blueberries and Greek yogurt for my family that went down a treat! We enjoyed them so much I thought I’d share them with you. They were inspired by watching Tia Mowry on the food network so I decided to make them by tweaking my own recipe to be gluten free.

Gluten free pancakes with blueberries and Greek yogurt.

Ingredients (makes approx. 10):

  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground to a fine flour – I did it by pulsing them in a blender (if you have a food processor then it will work too).
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • melted butter (approx. 150g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 large ripe banana,mashed (or 2 very small ones)
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk, then add extra if required
  • blueberries, blistered


Melt butter, then add sugar to the melted butter. Mix with beater until sugar has dissolved before adding the egg and mix well.

Stir in the vanilla extract then add the oat flour, baking powder and mix until smooth. Add the mashed banana and then the almond milk and mix until it is smooth and if required, add a little more almond milk so the consistency is runny but still thick so that it holds together when pouring into the pan.

Heat a frying pan with a little oil or melted butter on medium heat, then turn the heat down lower so that the pancakes don’t burn – I learnt that the hard way before I got the heat to the right temperature (as you can see from my photos). They still tasted awesome though!

Pour in the batter to required size and when the batter is brown on one side, turn them over to brown the other side. Place cooked pancakes onto a plate and continue until all pancakes are done. You could pop them into the oven to keep warm while you blister the blueberries.

In a clean frying pan, put in the blueberries on a low heat and continue shaking the  pan until the blueberries turn a dark blue/ purple colour and then pour onto the pancakes where the juices should run over the pancakes ( I didn’t leave mine in the pan long enough so the juice didn’t run over the pancakes but once you touched them, the juices oozed out!).

To serve, place a couple of pancakes on a plate with blueberries, add a dollop of Greek yogurt on the side and a splash of maple syrup – enjoy!

You could also replace the oat flour with coconut flour if you prefer something a little lighter but still gluten free. You can also use regular flour and milk if you have no food intolerance. As with all my recipes, the quantities are approximate and I encourage you to play around with the quantities to taste. Enjoy this healthy start to enable you to Laugh, Love, Live – Peace and blessings!