Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes.

This photo is from a very memorable time in my life when I had the privilege of meeting this special little boy and teaching him at his school in Itzapa, Guatemala.  Through my eyes I am met by his smiling cheeky expression which touched my world so much.  For even though his circumstances were very under-privileged and tough, his courage and spirit were incredibly humbling and inspiring.  I am glad I made the time to experience his world through my eyes and was able to help him in the small way I could.  The world through his eyes at that moment was my beaming face and camera pointing at him.

Little boy looking up.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape…

Wow!  The Honeymoon Escape!

Truly a once in a lifetime experience.  Hopefully because you only get married once and also because it is a holiday that certainly costs a little more than your average break.  It was a complete escape from reality, no phones, no internet, no tv and no responsibilities or decisions.  The only choices to make were when to swim, eat and sleep and really they weren’t decisions they just kind of happened.

After all the excitement and flurry of the wedding planning, organising and then the event itself a honeymoon is exactly what’s required.  No more questions, up-dates or conversations with friends, aunties, uncles, cousins, parents….. Finally just the two of you escaping into each others love to absorb everything that just happened and revel in the new warm feeling of being married; peacefully and alone together at last.   This opportunity may not come along quite like this again for some time!

So what an escape it was, we traveled to the Maldives for an idyillic 10 days of warm sunshine, clear blue turquoise ocean, spectacular snorkeling and delectable cuisine.  We could well have been in heaven and I would give anything to escape right back there!

Here are some photographs I think display escape, including one of my friend the crab who would subtly escape underneath the deck whenever we ventured out to sunbathe.  He also knew we needed our privacy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above.

I certainly saw Fiji from above when I went for a wonderfully tranquil and breathtaking parasailing trip back in 2011.  It is a great experience, so long as you are not afraid of heights!  You can flail your feet out in front of you whilst taking in the amazing perspective of looking at the landscape as if you are a bird!  The motorboat is so far down below the sound of the engine disappears and you are left floating along in awe and feeling pretty much on top of the world!

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Today I am celebrating….!

It is my Birthday today and I am turning 36!   I am not one to worry about the number going up so long as I feel as though I really have lived as much as I could for each year of my life that goes by.   If the Birthday comes when I feel like one year is just blurring in to another then I hope the alarm bells will start ringing.  However, to date, I have to say all 36 years have been unique, elaborate, progressive, enlightening and a personal expansion of my mind, body and soul.

I am sure there is always going to be more that could have been squeezed in (maybe I need another year for that!).  However, so long as I feel like I have given it my best shot and significantly moved forward, maintained a skip in my step, aimed to hold my head up high even when the going got tough, and kept a light touch in my dealings then I am hopefully on the right path.

I must add to this the art of enjoying each moment for what it is and trying to live in the moment.  Something that is not always easy when the past can haunt and the future can sometimes seem scary.  Time is precious and there is little point in worrying about things you cannot change.  Instead live to love, learn, breathe, share and cherish every moment with valour and dignity.

I am really loving the thirties and don’t feel the desire to go back to my twenties, teens or childhood. This is exactly where I want to be and I hope to make the most of the new year that lies ahead of me, all 365 days and nights!

On reflection, to make sure the last year wasn’t just a blur (and doesn’t turn into one!), and so that I can review this post in a years time, I am making note of the journey it has been.  It’s just a snap shot but the summary below captures 36 highlights that I am going to celebrate and cherish today:

  1. It started on my birthday last year climbing the Great Hawe in North Yorkshire.
  2. Followed by discovering a quintessential English pub with the worlds best ever scotch egg I have ever had with two of my favourite people!
  3. Watching the Royal Wedding and the Queens Diamond Jubilee at my mother’s house in North Yorkshire whilst eating home-made cake and sipping on the finest blend of Yorkshire gold tea and feeling thoroughly moved and proud to be British.
  4. Keeping fit and having good health.
  5. Learning hatha yoga and a combination of tai chi and yoga in body balance.
  6. Laughing with friends and family, and crying with friends and family all over the world!
  7. Traveling around the globe twice.
  8. Dancing like the world was going to end and thankfully it didn’t as a result of all the dancing I did I am sure!
  9. Taking my beautiful mother on a wedding reconnaissance mission to Ibiza and generally plotting, planning and spending time together.
  10. Attending the opening and closing parties of Space in Ibiza (more dancing!).
  11. Planning and organising my wedding whilst upside down on the other side of the world in Australia!
  12. Driving an RV the size of a house across California and Nevada, USA.
  13. Whipping up an almighty amount of magical mayhem at Hotel Ashram Galactica, Burning Man.  Where my alias as Feather Dusta Sista, Tzar of all Hotel Chambermaid services, aims to serve all those who reside, visit and enjoy the pleasures of the Grand Hotel along with my dusty crew.
  14. Meeting new and old friends, sharing stories and living in a society where monetary transactions don’t exist and there are no rules for one week.
  15. Sharing love, light and peace at an intimate blessing with my family and new marital family in the small Chapel of a moated, medieval, manor house deep in the Yorkshire countryside.
  16. Getting married!
  17. Watching and feeling the four elements create magic around our wedding wknd and embrace us entirely from start to finish….  Hairs standing up on my arms and neck type of magic!
  18. Learning and performing a dance routine with my husband….. now this does not come naturally to the two of us together.  Maybe separately but not as one!  We kind of pulled it off…. Well we made people smile at least!
  19. Hanging out with my awesome amazing american godmother, I love you Elaine!
  20. Having an amazing time on the white isle with family and friends, you all rocked my world.
  21. Honeymooning in the Maldives and Dubai.
  22. Escaping an encounter with a trigger fish twice!
  23. Eating dinner by candlelight with my husband in the middle of the desert all on our own…..  except for the spiders, beetles, scorpions, snakes, praying mantis and glistening eyes of various other desert creatures…..  they kind of stole the romance but it was an unforgettable experience!
  24. Having dinner on a secluded beach with my husband under the stars, this time the breeze was warm, the food uninterrupted by creepy crawlies and it was an amazing evening to be treasured forever.
  25. Causing mischief at the Eclipse Festival in far north Queensland, (Australia) working and playing with the fabulous Coco Poco Loco Crew.
  26. Watching the Eclipse in far North Queensland.  An amazing experience albeit sharing it with ants and their hills, dangerous spiders, crocodiles, dust, dirt and scorpions.
  27. Learning to become a better cook… now that I am a wife and all.  The proof is in the pudding!
  28. Becoming the godmother of my best friends baby boy, a very special and wonderful honour.
  29. Learning to give proper head and body massages.
  30. Learning to use photoshop and illustrator…  the next year will be the test of my progression.
  31. Learning to ride a motorbike and conquering a huge amount of fear in the process having been involved in a very serious motorcar accident when I was a young girl.  I now have my motorcycle license.
  32. Learning to carve a pendant out of bone and make jewellery, producing my own pair of earrings and a ring.
  33. Starting this blog!
  34. Traveling to Cape Town in South Africa to explore new horizons and make some very big decisions.
  35. Getting my South African visa stamped in my passport… literally three days ago!
  36. Feeling so much love, happiness and gratitude for being alive and having the privilege to live this life.

The incredible things people can do…

Last Friday I took my husband on a date to celebrate five months of being married!  Two weeks prior he was cordially invited out for the evening by a hand written invitation from myself, with instructions to be ready at 7.30pm however no details were provided on where he was going!  I should let you know that I had told him to be prepared to be amazed ….and advised shortly after it might not just be my cooking that would amaze him!  The element of surprise seemed to add a certain suspense to this particular evening I had planned.   Now it takes a certain amount of trust to be involved in feeling confident that a surprise doesn’t end up back firing and the subject of surprise is not a disappointment or not really what your person being surprised had imagined.   Perhaps women are harder to surprise than men who are usually more malleable to go with the flow…..especially when their wife commands it!  Perhaps after all the surprises he experienced on our Wedding Day I have earned his trust….. oh yes and the small matter that we decided to get married….trust certainly being one of the most important corner stones involved!!  So if I can confidently decide to surprise anyone hopefully it should be my husband.

Anyway, back to last Friday…. after serving a two course (amazing!) dinner made by myself at home I lead him to the tram stop (sounds great doesn’t it!) which subsequently took us to the front door of the casino!  I could see he was questioning the unlikely choice of destination when we are definitely not gamblers nor inclined to hang out for thrills over the pokie machines.   Before he could question too much I took him by the hand and we slipped past the poker tables, emerging at an elegant and sophisticated champagne bar for a slip of decadent bubbles. Relaxed and giggling I then whisked him up the escalators to the rooftop of the casino.  This was a spectacular vantage point to see the twinkling lights of the CBD along the gleaming river before arriving at our destination for the evenings grand highlight and entertainment……

There upon we entered the fabulous world of the Spiegeltent.    If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit a Spiegeltent be sure to do so if one comes to a place near you.  For they do traverse the planet containing a fabulous host of entertainment where ever they go.   Tonight it was an incredible performance called Empire.

It was nothing short of awesome!!

Excuse the photographic quality as the pictures were taken on my phone but images really are the best way to give you a flavour of the experience we had and hopefully amaze you too…

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An absolutely spectacular feast for the eyes….

Three ladies balancing on each other.

Three ladies performing an acrobatic balancing act

Such impressive strength, beauty, co-ordination, talent, humour, positivity & energy….

A man balancing a spinning top on a tree branch.

Outstanding…… this guy is balancing a spinning top on a branch and moved it from one length to the other and all the little outcrops in between!!

Woman balancing on a man by the hands.

Woman balancing on a mans head.

This couple were unbelievable if it hadn’t been before our very eyes….  for she is balancing on one hand on his head!

I can safely say the surprise was a success and he, well we were totally amazed!  The next morning we sprang out of bed with a determination to work on rippled muscles and strength with more enforcement than even the enthusiastic pre-wedding work out vigour we had!

With effort, commitment, determination, and hard work it is amazing what we can achieve.   We are all incredible and so lucky to be alive.  Even if you are not a world class acrobat (I certainly wish I were), you have your own incredible talents.   Go forth and amaze!