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HOW TO DRAG YOURSELF OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS CREATIVELY

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We all get sad but we don’t have to stay there. Here are some tips to drag yourself out of the doldrums.

It was one of those days. The sweetest little white possum was being pegged as being our first climate change extinction.

This headline was closely followed by the news that Russia was pulling the plug on a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with the US, creating fears of another nuclear arms race.

Meanwhile, Tassie was burning, parts of Queensland were flooding and parts of New South Wales were sweltering in record-breaking heatwaves.

On the other side of the planet, residents of Michigan, USA, were being warned of possible record breaking wind chills in the wake of the polar vortex.

Yet, world leaders were bickering about creating more weapons of destruction. As if we need weapons when it is so clear we are managing the murder of our planet just fine without them.

Another day in paradise. It could be any day. Depressing, right?

It doesn’t really matter how positive your attitude is, sometimes things just pile up to send you into a state of despair.

That’s why it’s vital to have a bag of tricks to drag yourself out of the doldrums.

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ORDINARY WOMEN WHO ARE DOING THE EXTRAORDINARY – PART TWO

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It’s a fact, life gives us lemons.

Sometimes the bitter taste leaves us with a gaping hole in our hearts.

Other times, it’s a dissatisfaction – with our relationships, our careers or our lifestyles. How we deal with those challenges is largely up to us.

Surrounding ourselves with people we respect and admire, people who also support and inspire us, can make all the difference to how we choose to react to life’s challenges.

I’ve made it a conscious choice to surround myself with these kind of women – ordinary women who are doing the extraordinary.

Each of these women has a story to tell. A story that inspires me to do better – to be better.

Do you have friends who are ordinary women doing the extraordinary?

They may not be famous. They may not even be leaders in the traditional sense. However, if their actions fill you with admiration, then you know these women.

This is part two of my celebration of ordinary women who are doing the extraordinary.

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ORDINARY WOMEN WHO ARE DOING THE EXTRAORDINARY

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We women are amazing. Truly.

I’m not saying we’re better than men. With three sons, a grandson and a husband I adore, I don’t take sides with genders.

But in so many societies and for so long, women have been considered the ‘weaker’ sex. What a load of rubbish.

Women all over the planet are doing incredible things and showing amazing strength. Strength that many men are in awe of.

Some are famous. Others work in the background to transform lives and the planet.

You don’t have to look very far to find ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

It’s not always on a huge scale. Sometimes these women are influencing just those around them. But then, there’s that ripple effect….

You probably know some ordinary women doing the extraordinary. One may be sitting next to you right now.

I know many. I’ve known these four women for decades and am blessed to call them friends. This is part one of a two-part series that celebrates ordinary women who are doing the extraordinary

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5 CLEVER AND CREATIVE WAYS TO USE CHILDREN’S ART

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Ever feel like you are storing enough children’s art to wallpaper your entire house?

Between school, pre-school and home art activities, that pile can grow so quickly.

It can be tricky to work out what to do with it all. Sure, you can throw it in the bin. But that doesn’t honour the effort that went into creating it. And it’s a huge waste of resources – including paper.

So what can you do with all that beautiful artwork?

Here are some fun and useful ways to transform it.

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THIS IS WHY YOU BELONG IN THE ZOO 

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Ok, not just any zoo. One of the good ones.

I stand with the anti-zoo groups when it comes to those that do not care for their charges and do not contribute to animal welfare.

I’m grateful to those who rally to have unscrupulous zoos closed.

However, suggesting all zoos should close is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

It is thanks to zoos that some species have been brought back from the brink of extinction.

The argument that wildlife should be allowed to roam free is a valid one. However,  the reality is that what little space we humans have left for wildlife is riddled with threats to their wellbeing.

Let me ask you a question. What’s your definition of freedom?

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THESE FOUR LESSONS ARE ALL YOU NEED TO SUCCEED AT LIFE 

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What if learning just four lessons could help you succeed at life?

With so many important things to teach our children, how do we choose what matters most?

We are constantly bombarded with information and advice about what we need to know about life success. It makes a complicated and, sometimes, contradictory, mix.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to simplify all of this into four main lessons?

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DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SUPERPOWERS?    

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Have you ever dreamt of having the power to save people, animals, plant life, – the world?

Have you thought about what you would do if you had the powers of Superman or Wonder Woman?

Well, we might not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but we all have superpowers.

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HOW TO MAKE A MAP FULL OF HOPE FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

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Did you hear about the ant that moved the rubber tree plant? He did it because he had high hopes.

The song High Hopes, sung by Frank Sinatra, was one of my childhood favourites.

Just as the ant did the seemingly impossible, so can we when we operate with a mind full of hope.

More than just a feel-good emotion, psychologists agree that hope is a dynamic, cognitive motivational system.

Hope has been credited with helping to control emotions, boost the immune system and improve general health, reduce stress and improve relationships.  It can even help with divergent thinking.

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28 Yuletide Trivia Trifles You’ll Love    

 

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It’s a crazy time of year when many of us are making our lists and checking them twice. If we aren’t, then we probably should be.

The whole thing can become hectic and stressful. Do we even know why we do what we do?

Take some time out from the pressure of organising everything for Christmas and distract yourself with these Yuletide trivia trifles.

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BEWARE THE APP TRAP, IT CAN BE A THIEF 

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I was walking the other day and saw the most beautiful flowers on a plant I didn’t recognise.

So, I pulled my smartphone out, snapped a picture of the plant and used an app that identifies flora for you. I love that app.

Apps give us access to a whole new world of information with just the push of a button. With such easy access to learning, one would think they make us smarter. I believe they can.

However, they can also be thieves that steal our intelligence, our intuition, our creativity and our motivation.

If we let them.

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