Jul 25, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 30 – photo of the week – pondering the world

I’ve been talking a lot about changing your mindset with all of our clients recently asking them questions about their outlook on life and whether they see problems or opportunities around them.

If in fact you do want to see the world in a different light to what you do now, pondering as I call it, is one of the most important things to do and get comfortable with.

week 30 - pondering on rainbow beach

This week’s pic was taken by C as we sat on the amazing Sand Blow in Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia. A few weeks into our East Coast adventures we were loving the freedom having our little camper van gave us. Able to go pretty much anywhere, stop whenever we wanted and do what we love doing, just watching the world go by… And pondering, questioning what’s around us, OUR reality and whether we’re happy with it or not.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and blame ‘fate’ or life in general for throwing difficulties our way and making it hard for us.

Well, let me tell yo something. Being a mindset coach and using my own and C’s journey as an inspiration and drive to help other see what we now see – our life is a result of our decisions and steps that we take and nobody else’s. Yes we do inherit our outlook on life from those closest to us (cue – family) but just as we learn from them, we can unlearn and move on if it doesn’t serve us.

A bit of a deep one this week I know, but the empowerment you get from allowing yourself to be on your own and ponder gives you more freedom that you could ever imagine.

I guess my message for today is for you to question where your beliefs and reality come from and keep hold of it if it makes you a better person, but if it doesn’t drop it right there and move on.

Till next week lovely people. Go and ponder a little x

Jul 18, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 29 – photo of the week – palm trees and barbed wire

It was still very early into our gap year adventures in October 2011. C and I have just had the most amazing couple of weeks on the Thai islands and experienced the craziness and intensity of the Cambodian tourist culture in Siem Reap. Now was the time to explore the Cambodian Capital – Phnom Penh.

We did know that most backpackers, while in Phnom Penh venture out on a day trip to visit the Killing Fields and the S21 Museum commemorating Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime.

week 29 - palm trees and barbed wire

It’s hard to write about these places as a tourist attraction and you do get that  ’lost for words’ feeling when you do go and see it yourself.

This week’s picture is taken from one of the prisoner cells at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum also known as Security Prison 21 (S21). There was something quite overwhelming about the beautiful blue skies and palm trees that you could see through the small windows filled with barbed wire.

I wondered what was going through the minds of those that spend their last days in this building that was once a high school. It is thought that over 20000 prisoners were killed within the grounds of S21 and there were only 12 known survivors.

A short one but quite profound blog today… I think the picture itself speaks a million words.

Jul 11, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 28 – photo of the week – the best way to cool down on a hot day

I’ve plenty of pictures of kids in SE Asia. All the way round the loop as we made our way from Thailand, through to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. There’s just something about them that gets me. The joy and pure happiness in everything they do is contagious.

Just look at these three.

week 28 - the best way to chill

C and I were walking around the Cambodian temples in Siem Reap and saw these little ones jumping off a tree that was at least 5m high into what looked like a big puddle in the middle of a stream… Crazy stuff!

It was an absolute scorcher of a day and we were seriously considering joining in to cool down!

We stopped and watched for a good few minutes and they obviously started showing off their well practiced skills. You could see that this was their favourite pastime. Look at that proud smile after an awesome dive.

Back home people would panic and think this was ridiculously dangerous. I remember being a kid, growing up in Poland… We never had mobiles or any other ways to contact our parent. We just went out and played until dawn and came back for dinner sweaty, dirty and tired from all the fun that we had running around with no purpose.

I could see just that in those kids in Siem Reap. That pure joy and carelessness and thrill that perfecting their jumps brought them.

I loved it!

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