Living Simply

Explore & Inspire, Living Simply, Outdoor Education

If not now, when?


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Care a little more.

Show up.

Embrace possibility.

Tell the truth.

Dive deeper.

Seek the truth behind the story.

Ask the difficult question.

Lend a hand.

Dance with fear.

Play the long game.

Say ‘no’ to hate.

Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.

Risk a bigger dream.

Take care of the little guy.

Offer a personal insight.

Build something magical.

Keep your promises.

Do work that matters.

Expect more.

Sign your work.

Be generous for no reason.

Give the benefit of the doubt.

Develop empathy.

Make your mom proud.

Take responsibility.

Give credit.

Play by a better set of rules.

Choose your customers.

Choose your reputation.

Choose your future.

Thank the ref.

Reward patience.

Leap.

Breathe.

Because we can.

It really is up to us. Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.

All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.

Credit to Seth Godin. You can find this on his blog here

Explore & Inspire, Living Simply, Outdoor Education

We are so busy giving our kids what we didn’t have, we forget to give them what we did have!


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As adults, most of us have fond memories from childhood: intently watching ants on the march, building a cubby house, collecting tadpoles from the creek, making mud pies or daisy chains, grabbing the rope swing and swinging out over the river and letting go, exploring the neighbourhood and stopping for a Sunny Boy at the milk bar. Whether we realise it or not, those moments in the outdoors helped shape our view on the world around us. As I speak with parents, we all have fond memories of our childhood being one of freedom and exploration and yet these days, we are reluctant to allow our own children have that same experience. Here some worthwhile reading about the ‘Me Generation‘. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Living Simply, Outdoor Education

Kids travelling vs staying at school: Part 1


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Ta Prohm in Cambodia

Clearly I love to travel but do my kids? They’ve travelled to Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia including climbing Mt. Kinabalu, climbing in Vietnam, volunteering at orphanages in several countries, crossing Sumbawa and seeing only three westerners, exploring Komodo Island for dragons, snorkelling with giant manta rays and hanging out with orangutans. Not a bad list by the time they were 13.

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15 Signs You’re An Adventurer, An Explorer, A Traveller


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I’m always so glad to home to my own bed and the next morning, I’m thinking about my next trip. What’s it like for you? How do you know if you’re an Adventurer or an Explorer or a Traveller? I know because of the list below. You may have more to add. Some of these might not fit with you. But I guarantee that some of these will sit with you deeply and connect with you.

So here goes:

1. Planning the trip is gets you excited and revved up for travelling

Whether you make it up as you go along, go through a travel agent to book it all or are part of a tour, it’s all in the pre trip stuff that gets the juices flowing. What route will I take, where will I stay, who will I meet, will there be toilets and so on. The exploring of what is ahead of you is so much fun. I remember travelling to Burma on an Intrepid Trip and was buddied up with another woman of a similar age. We got along well without living in each others pockets. When you fart on the en suite and know your new travel buddy heard it – the barriers are dropped and a different friendship begins. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Living Simply, Travel Tips & Ideas

Top 10 life lessons from travelling


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Having travelled to…..well lots of countries, I know the benefits of unravelling your life amongst strangers and unusual locations. It definitely puts me outside my comfort zone which means I learn more about myself and the world around me. As I get older I get braver, but in some ways more conservative as I’m no spring chicken anymore.

St Marks Square Venice 2016

Every trip is an adventure and I learn more about myself sometimes than the country I’m visiting. What I do know is that travelling is the best way to expand your view of the world, take you out of the bubble that is your home town and explore different food, cultures, traditions, religions, celebrations and more.

Here are some of the reasons I believe travelling will bring your some wonderful life lessons.

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Living Simply, Travel Tips & Ideas

Why you should take your kids camping


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Yes, I know I work in the outdoors and it’s my profession but I see everyday the benefits of spending time outside of the confines of four walls, particularly looking at a screen (which yes, I have to do like most people too). 

More importantly, I recent went through a traumatic experience and the event that got my head back into a good space was a day in the outdoors with some colleagues. We drove, we walked, we talked, we walked some more, chatted with locals, explored, had a lovely toasted cheese and tomato sandwich and latte for lunch and picked some pine cones from under a large tree. It was the best tonic anyone could have prescribed. Time in the outdoors. (more…)

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Clothes vs Fashion


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My clothing needs are simple. Comfort and practical. However, I have a job that requires me to dress corporate and fashionable on some days and in fleece and walking boots the next. So how do I buy clothes for corporate wear without comprising my personality of being a relaxed, easy-going kind of person. I want to present myself professionally but also authentically.

I’ve put together below a bit about my wardrobe and how I pull this off with as little fuss as possible. (more…)