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Easter by the River: 10 on 10 Photo Circle, April 2015

I love participating in this photography circle. It's a real highlight for the month. I was particularly excited about April's challenge as we always camp at Easter and it seemed a perfect opportunity to capture a special day in the outdoors.  I chose Easter Sunday as my 10 on 10 photo day but sometimes the conditions are just not quite right for this less than proficient photographer.

I pressed on regardless and in the interest of positively reframing the challenges of low light, moving children and a misbehaving camera, I learnt a little more and decided to get creative with my editing software.

So here is Easter Sunday 2015 by the Murray River.  When  you're done please follow the link to the lovely Jenny's photos at Love Wednesday.    

We woke to a foggy morning

We woke to a foggy morning

There was bunny for breakfast

There was bunny for breakfast

and eggs to collect.

and eggs to collect.

The bunny knew this one is footy mad.

The bunny knew this one is footy mad.

Some morning Uno for the kids, 

Some morning Uno for the kids, 

and a cuppa for the grown ups..

and a cuppa for the grown ups..

A writer never leaves these behind.

A writer never leaves these behind.

The sun is out.  It's time to play.

The sun is out.  It's time to play.

River cruising.

River cruising.

Girls having fun.

Girls having fun.

I hope you enjoyed our little camping adventure.  Jenny's photos await you here but before you go, tell me, how did you spend Easter Sunday?

Positive Life: Monday inspiration - A Clever Woman Doing Clever Stuff

I love hearing about women - and men - who decide that regardless of the risks or challenges, they are going to go out there and try something new.  Start a business.  Build a community project.  Move the family to a foreign land.  Be adventurous.  Follow their dreams.  

A little bit of their enthusiasm and daring rubs off on me.  I feel their passion.  I am excited by their excitement and I want them to succeed.  Hey, I'm an optimist!.  

Recently my enthusiasm for start-up watching has led me to the crowdfunding sites that have popped up on the Interweb.  Some  people lose hours on Pinterest.  I disappear down GoFundMe, Kickstarter and my favourite, Pozible, holes.  So many people with so many great ideas (ok and some kooky ones too) and they're out there not just giving it a go, but asking for your help to make their dream reality.  They are do-ers and I love do-ers so I've sent some cash here and there to help out.

Last week, while doobing about in online land I came across Kasia Gospos who is a go-getter. In 2011 - only three years ago - she started a blog that has grown like wildfire to become the online community and magazine, Leaders in Heels, which now has over 20,000 community members, over 30 regular contributors and is staffed by a team of seven.  

Kasia started Leaders in Heels after arriving in Australia and, in an effort to understand the variety of cultures and how women operated in the corporate world (she was working in the Mining Industry as a Management Accountant) she set about interviewing senior women to connect with them, develop her leadership skills and then share the experiences with other women. Now there's a go-getter! 

Kasia and Leaders In Heels are now launching a new project - a crowdfunding campaign to produce some super cool inspirational notebooks, specifically designed to spread the 'You Can Do It' love to other women. More than just a notebook, they're really a self-development tool infused with quotes, thoughts and assignments to get you thinking about how you can make your mark too.

These are not just for the corporate woman either - or those who wear heels (count me out).  This stuff is designed for women who are and aspire to be leaders in any and every field.

You can learn all about it here on the StartSomeGood web site and for the crowdfunding period only (finishes on 9 November so not long to go) you can buy one of these cool notebooks for AU$27 with free postage and get the Leaders in Heels Manifesto card included.   

Right, I'm feeling inspired!  Off to get my notebook and make my mark (after I've had a coffee).

P.S. No sponsorship going on here.  I just like supporting cool people doing cool stuff. x

Things I Learned This Week - 2 November 2014

It's time to review the week and see what I've learned!

  1. Men love lawnmowers.  Well my man does at least.  It was his birthday last weekend and he was as happy as a pig in mud spending the day mowing his new lawn with his new lawnmower.  In fact while we're still renting AND have the new house - so technically two homes right now - AND it's spring so lawns are going crazy, he can just go back and forth, mowing away.  Happy man.
  2. The stealth head cold is a thing and I've had it this week.  Smallest boy was snotty last week but I thought I'd escaped - then BAM - a week spent with tissues and Codral and a kind of slow motion, someone's filled my head with cement feeling.
  3. Mums are the best - even when you're in your 40s.  I was taking Mum to lunch in the big city but due to train dramas my one and a half hour trip turned to three  and I was beside myself by the time I arrived.  She force fed me champagne (ok, only minimal force required) gently encouraged me to make phone calls to ensure kids were looked after post-school and distracted me with chatter and shoe shopping which made the whole day so much better.  Thanks Mum.
  4. People love happy stories.  This photo of my shoes (theme anyone?) was my most seen Facebook post this week.  Go figure.  
  5. You should ask for help.  I'm not very good at this but this week, after working myself into a state (again) about work, writing, kids, packing up one house, cleaning and painting the other house and the diabolical state of my front room (still) I called upon the assistance of my wonderful babysitter, some gorgeous girlfriends and my mum (again).  The next couple of weeks now look a whole lot more manageable.
  6. Laundromats! Hadn't been in one for years but this week, thanks to a broken washing machine, I have been frequenting the local laundromat.  What have I learned? Lugging baskets of dirty washing around town is poo BUT if you pick a quiet time you can get four or more loads of washing on the go simultaneously and there's something kind of joyful in that.
  7. In a town of almost 100,000 people there are only two degrees of separation between you and just about everyone.  In the course of one weekend I've met a woman at a friend's Halloween party who also made an offer on the house that we just bought, a mum at the same Halloween party whose son goes to daycare with my son, a daycare morning tea (attended by the aforementioned mum) organised by another mum who lives a block from our new house and a lovely blog reader who told me that she used to know a lady who once lived in our new house.  This stuff happens ALL THE TIME.
  8. All kinds of fun stuff from fellow bloggers.  You might like to take a look at these:

And the week in pictures including Halloween, my first of many forays to Masters, the new garden and hanging at the gym with my littlest man.