Well, today I feel very honored. Hotel Confidential has picked my video reviews as the Editor’s Choice.
According to Hotel Confidential this means that I did a super job of making an informative and helpful video review and will help fellow hotel bookers make the right hotel choice.
Check it out here.
Gwinganna Infinity Pool
It’s now been five and a half weeks that I’ve been hanging out at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Queensland, Australia, and, man, do I feel amazing!
After being picked up at Coolangatta Airport on the 13th April, along with the other guests due in that day, I was quickly whisked inland through the Tallebudgera Valley and up the super steep driveway to what would become my home for the next six weeks.
The first thing that hits you on arrival is how divine the location is – we are surrounded by native Austalian bush with beautiful gum trees towering up toward the almost always blue sky. Everyday I see a wallaby taking a snack on the grassy knolls, and I can’t go far without being overseen by a cheeky kookaburra (the teddy bears of the bird world, as I can’t help see them) who will be peering down on me from an overhanging branch. Many of the buildings are old style Australian classics – wooden slat buildings with covered verandahs that add a sense of nostalgia for simpler times. These old buildings were dragged up the hill by the previous owner, and even include an old church which had to be bought up in two pieces and is now a very special venue for meditation, relaxation or pilates.
You have 365 days to complete this years novel… so make each day a good one!
I am starting the year full of so much gratitude. My blog now has well over 500 followers, and I want to thank you very much for your support. You may not realize it, but it is you, my readers, who keep me inspired with your likes and feedback. The last few days have been the most amazing, with the most interest and activity. Thank you!
2014 is going to be another amazing year – I can feel it already. I already have big plans to keep my inspired journeys blog interesting and ever evolving. I am in the process of writing a ‘Magical Life’ workbook, I am setting up to sell and give away inspiring photographs from around Asia, and there is even the possibility of inspired tours later in the year.
The New Year offers an opportunity to review the past, let go of what we don’t want, pick up what we do, and charge ahead. Below is some worthwhile advice that I’ll be trying to follow.
Sak Yant Tattoo Master, Ajahn Neng, sits comfortably in lotus position on a raised wooden platform. His white cotton singlet covers his completely inked torso. Still visible are the geometric designs and perfectly reproduced animals on his arms and around his neck. He closes his eyes and starts to chant.
I’m heading off to Nepal tomorrow to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Walk. This two week trek will take me into a high glacial basin that lies directly north of Pokhara. It’ll be a big change after three weeks of island hopping and I’m really looking forward to it. For me, there is nothing better than hiking and getting up high above the world.
So, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be offline for a couple of weeks. I hope to return with some good stories and inspiring photos.
Wishing you all the best as we head into holiday season.
And I’ll be back mid December.
I’ve become very interested in the role of the right side of the brain in our ability to live a fulfilling life. First, I did a bit of research to ensure my understanding of the left and right sides of the brain was correct, and here’s what I found.
The left-side of the brain is adept at tasks that involve logic, language and analytical thinking. It’s the part of the brain that deals with numbers and reasoning. It tends to be the side of the brain that we use most often in our daily life.
The right side of the brain, is the creative and expressive part. It is the part that is associated with emotions, color, images, music, intuition and even recognizing faces.
Over the past few months I’ve been utilizing the right side of my brain more and more. I’ve been tapping in to my creative, expressive, intuitive side, and letting my logical, rational side take a break. By doing this I have found that I have started to feel lighter, happier.
I believe that this is an aspect of self that many people are ignoring. It may seem that creativity is not what we need to get through our day, it’s often not where the money is. And yet, it’s a hugely important part of who we are. Read more
It’s cool today, overcast with snippets of blue still in view. It’s one of those days where you can easily lose track of time. Even now, in the early morning, it could be late afternoon.
From my balcony I can hear the cooing of pigeons, the distant crowing of roosters, and an assortment of other birds. It feels safe and cosy here, surrounded by a mix of foliage, mainly tall palm trees, with their skinny naked trunks reaching high into the sky. The palm fronds and coconuts are high above me, reaching toward the sky.
That reminds me, on our tour last week, our guide told us that death by falling coconut is the second biggest killer in Bali. Number one is road accident, two is falling coconut, and three is drowning. It’s strange what unusual information stays in my head.
It’s time. Well, it’s certainly about time that I started filling you in on my journey.
The My Journey site is filled with lots of interesting stuff about Buddhism, Meditation, and plenty of other spiritual and positive stuff I’ve picked up over the past few months. But a few people have asked, what about me, what have I been doing, how am I spending my time?
So, from today, I’m going to start sharing the intimate details of my life. Don’t worry, nothing scary, just a short snippet every now and then to let you know what’s going on with me. And for my Facebook friends, I’m going to post this only once on Facebook, and then if you want to get more updates you’ll need to follow my blog. I don’t want to bore the uninterested.