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Category: Creative Living (Page 1 of 14)

HOW TO KEEP LEARNING FUN WITH THIS EASY FORMULA   

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Do you remember learning something at school and wondering how it would ever serve you in adult life?

For me it was algebra. I could understand the necessity of learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide, but I couldn’t imagine a life that would require me knowing algebra. And looking back, I haven’t used it. Not once.

The education system comes with its own set of rules and most of us are happy to leave the teaching to the professionals.

However, we all have specific things we want our kids to learn. The problem is, how do we make the lessons stick?

 

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WHY YOU NEED TO SAY ‘I LOVE YOU’  

 

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I love you.

It’s true. Though I may not have met you or connected with you, in a universal sense, I love you.

I love you because you are part of the intricate web that makes up the Universe.

Just thinking and writing those words makes me smile. I feel a sense of calm and joy – the power of those words.

Actions speak louder than words but words have their own special power and lasting effect. And ‘I love you’ are possibly the three most important words in the English language.

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HOW NOT TO RUN OUT OF PETROL WHEN YOU GO THE EXTRA MILE 

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Do you love to go the extra mile for people? I do. It’s a matter of pride for me.

However, when you do it consistently and it regularly goes unnoticed, you can find yourself running out of steam.

There is a fine line between going the extra mile and being taken for a ride. Getting the balance right can be tricky.

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WEIRD AUSSIE WILDLIFE – WHO SHARES YOUR YARD? 

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Did you hear about the Melbourne couple who found a crocodile in their yard on Christmas Day (2017)?

Or the man who discovered a giant goanna attached to his house?

How about Gigantor, an enormous eastern brown snake found in an NSW Central Coast backyard?

From trapped kangaroos to wondering wombats, remarkable reptiles and beautiful birds, it seems more Australian backyards are attracting a host of amazing visitors.

We share our yard with some of the most beautiful birds on the planet. Also possums, reptiles and a little thing we laughingly call sex fiend zombie mice.

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DECIPHERING THE DRAGON – A PERCEPTION OF POWER

perception of power pictureCould a changing perception of the attributes of dragons be a spark of hope for a better world?

I know that may sound a little ridiculous. Particularly for those who see dragons as a myth instead of a possibility.

However, when long held beliefs start to change and minds begin to open, the doors to acceptance and empathy open.

Surely more of those qualities would make a better world.

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WORDS OF WISDOM TO INSPIRE A CREATIVE YEAR

 

A CREATIVE YEAR


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Why is it important to inspire a creative year?

Taking time for creative pursuits improves your thinking, your happiness and your physical and mental health.

You may have already set your goals for the year – a healthier lifestyle and increased success at work. Did you allow some time to create? To paint a picture, learn an instrument, colour in a beautiful mandala?

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do. Or even how good you think you are at doing it. What matters is that you allow some space in your life to create. Get into that zone where everything else fades away and you are truly focused on your creative task.

Aside from the personal benefits, as the quote above says, without creativity there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.

Here are some words of wisdom to help ignite the creative spark in you.

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INSPIRATIONAL LIFE LESSONS FROM MOTHER NATURE   

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It’s a funny thing about nature. We talk about reconnecting with it like we are not part of it and it is not part of us.

The truth is, we ARE nature. It’s just that many of us have forgotten this and see it as something separate from ourselves.

Some work tirelessly trying to help nature. Others seem hell-bent on destroying it. Few take the time to really watch and listen and discover nature’s hidden treasures and lessons.

Some of those who do listen and observe share the lessons through wonderful, wise words.

I’ve paired some of those words with some homegrown pictures, hoping to share the wisdom so we may inspire nature the way nature inspires us.

 

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HOW TO MAKE THE SWEETEST SUCCULENT TREE FOR CHRISTMAS 

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a succulent tree.

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the tree. From setting it up with tiny treasures I haven’t seen in a year and enjoying the twinkling lights each night, to opening presents around it on Christmas day.

Did you know it was the Germans who thought of celebrating Christmas with a tree? They actually brought large pine branches into their homes and decorated them with cookies and candles.

These days, Christmas trees, from farm-grown pines to artificial trees, have become a booming industry.

Whatever type of tree you prefer and whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this little succulent tree is sure to put a smile on your face.

These sweet little living art forms are so much fun to make and they don’t require any special skills and only a few materials. But you will need to use a lot of plant cuttings.

 

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AWESOME GIFT GIVING – HOW TO SAVE WITH STYLE 

 

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Gift giving occasions can set off panic attacks in the toughest people.

Concerns range from how to find the perfect pressie to how to pay for it.

This can happen any time of year but reaches a peak at Christmas. It is estimated one in four Australians experience fear instead of cheer.

Here are some tips for awesome gift giving, any time of year, that won’t blow your budget.

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THE HEALTH TRAP OF SUCCESS AND HOW TO AVOID IT

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There but for the grace of God, go I.

Hard to beat that quote when it comes to putting things in perspective. Do you agree?

It’s virtually impossible to go through life without being witness to some kind of suffering.

Sometimes, we take the time to realise how lucky we are. Other times, the things we think make us more fortunate are those that stop us being truly grateful and happy.

We become so caught up in our desire to maintain what we have and build on it, that we are caught in a trap of success. It’s a trap that threatens our physical and mental health as it allows stress to be our controller.

Here’s a story that shines the light on where true happiness lies.

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