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Monday, October 21, 2013 by Amanda

Last weekend I attended a local Ted Talk event – TedxChristchurch – and was privileged to hear Matt Mulholland work his magic. With only his voice and a looping machine, he built up some amazing songs in a matter of minutes. It was hilarious to watch and listen – a real top class event.

In actual fact, the whole day was built up from one top class act after another. From the deeply moving and inspirational stories of Daniel Walker, whose mission it is to combat human trafficking around the world, and Verna McFelin who learnt from the deepest darkest period of her life that she was being called to support others who found themselves in the same position as her, with a family member in prison. Jen Turner also shared a little of her short life and the trials in her life that had inspired her to write the songs she shared with us. Slavko Martinvo talked about Propoganda and how he is now defending the lead actor in his movie, Eugene Chang, against the claims that he is a north korean spy. We were lucky enough to have Eugene in the audience. Ellis Emmett shared how he conquered his fear of heights by climbing to the top of mountains that most of us would never even entertain the idea of attempting.

Along the idea of entertaining, there was a great lineup of people who interweaved ideas worth sharing with a barrel of laughs. Dai Henwood started and ended the day with a laugh a minute or should I say a second. Ian Shaw had us laughing through a very serious subject of how the toxins in our environment are affecting our health and our ability to reproduce. Danny Syme wowed us with his acrobatic abilities. Ben Uffindell in his very low key way described how The Civilian came about and the misunderstandings that are out there about the satirical news website he founded and how that has affected his life and wellbeing.

Jessie Hillel needs to stand alone. This 12 year old singer wowed us with her opera, her poise, her beautiful smile and her vibrant energy. Wow, is all I have to say.

The list goes on of talent after talent …

The whole day was perfectly orchestrated with Kathryn Ryan as the MC and a team of volunteers working in the background. Thank you TedxChristchurch for an inspirational and entertaining event.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 by Amanda

I am sad to say that I will not be able to launch the Weekly Specials Newsletter as planned for the middle of July. Thank you all for your interest. I am needing to focus more of my energy on my family at the moment.

The Directory will run as usual with limited input from me.

Thank you for your understanding.

Warm regards,

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 by Amanda

When I was young I decided to change the world,
but the world would not be changed.

So I decided to change my country,
but the country would not allow change.

So I decided to change my community,
but the community was set in their ways.

So I decided to change my family,
but my family would have nothing to do with it.

So I decided to just change myself.

Then I found that when I changed myself,
my family changed.

And when my family changed,
they changed the community.

And when the community changed,
they changed the country.

And when the country changed,
then the world changed with it.

Anon.

Amanda’s Comments:
Change really does start within. An easy way to test this is to smile. Smile at everyone who crosses your path for a day and just notice whether they smile back. You will find that most do and some will also smile at someone else as a result of your smile. You may not see this but believe me, it will happen. Something so simple as a smile can brighten people’s day and it’s yours to give any time you choose!

I would love to hear your smile stories or any other change experiences you have.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011 by Amanda

A Friend …

Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say “Hi”
Doesn’t give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you without being asked
Invites you over
Just stays with you
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Picks you up
Quiets your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
X-plains things you don’t understand
Yells when you won’t listen and
Zaps you back to reality

Amanda’s Comments:
I received this via email some time ago and wanted to share it with you as I head off on holiday for 2 weeks to catch up with several friends up north. One, a very good friend, who now lives in France and I haven’t seen for many years. With families coming along for both of us, and living on opposite sides of the world, we have helped to keep the telephone companies in business. We are both looking forward to introducing our families to each other although my 2 girls are not that happy that she has 2 boys! Roll on another 10 years and the prospect of meeting two French/Italian/Kiwi boys may appeal!

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Monday, December 27, 2010 by Amanda

Now that the excesses of Christmas are over, you may find that you have a little time and space on your hands to consider the upcoming year. What would you like to do different this year? What would you like to accomplish? Who would you like to spend more time with? What thinking would you like to change? What would you like more or less of this year? …

There are a hundred (or more) questions you could ask yourself but the real key is to think about what you would like for the coming year in each area of your life: Family; Work/Vocation; Finances; Relationships; Health and Fitness; Personal Growth/Spirituality. These categories are not static and you may define the areas of your life in a different way. Just make sure that you set your intentions for what you want in each area.

I used to think that there would always be at least one area in my life that needed working on but I have realised what a limiting belief this has been for me. It has meant that I was always striving in at least one area of my life. Now that I no longer believe this, I find that it is possible to experience peace and to be comfortable with my life just as it is. This has also allowed me to live in the present moment and enjoy life – moment by moment. It has also meant that things come easily to me because any actions I undertake are inspired actions and therefore working towards my life purpose. What a wonderful feeling!

What are the wonderful things you would like to attract into your life? Do you believe you can have them?

Monday, December 20, 2010 by Amanda

Dream what you want to dream.
Go where you want to go, be who you want to be …
And remember to enjoy every step of life’s journey,
For the essence of each day is unique and fleeting.

Minutes are grains of sand that slip all too quickly through our fingers,
Leaving only memories …
So follow your dream wherever it may lead you,
And remember to cherish each and every step along the way.

My comments:

We are quickly approaching the time of year where we start to review the past 12 months and think about what we want for the coming year.

This year has been one of massive personal growth for me. I have been focusing on following my intuition, being in the present moment and enjoying everything I choose to do (or choosing to do things that I enjoy). At the same time, I have launched a business and thoroughly enjoyed it. My children have grown a year older and I am blessed to have had lots of time with them. Before my first daughter was born, we decided that I would be a stay at home mum and although that hasn’t always been an easy decision, this year I enjoyed it – most of the time!

My biggest realisation this year has been about the importance of joy in my life. This will be at the forefront of my mind when I set my intentions for 2011.

What have been your biggest achievements this year? What are you most proud of? What has given you the most joy?

Monday, December 6, 2010 by Amanda

ASTRONOMER
becomes
MOON STARER

DESPERATION
becomes
A ROPE ENDS IT

THE EYES
becomes
THEY SEE

THE MORSE CODE
becomes
HERE COME DOTS

SLOT MACHINES
becomes
CASH LOST IN ME

ELECTION RESULTS
becomes
LIES – LET’S RECOUNT

SNOOZE ALARMS
becomes
ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S

A DECIMAL POINT
becomes
I’M A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES
becomes
THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO
becomes
TWELVE PLUS ONE

PRESBYTERIAN
becomes
BEST IN PRAYER

MOTHER-IN-LAW
becomes
WOMAN HITLER

My comments:
I was searching through my email folder of ‘Funnies’ one day when I found this.  It was not long after the earthquake and ‘that queer shake’ particularly appealed to me.  Aren’t some people very clever.

What have you done or seen lately that is very clever?

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Monday, November 29, 2010 by Amanda

Dr. Phil proclaimed the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started.

So I looked around my house to see things I started and hadn’t finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Cardonay , a bole of Baileys, a butle of Kehuha, a pockage of Tim Toms , tha mainder of bot Prozic and Valum scriptins, the res of the Chesescke, some saltins an a bax a cholates.

Yu haf no idr who gud I fel.

My comments:

I can really relate to this and laugh a lot whenever I read it. After years of attempting to finish everything that I started, and not only the food and alcohol, I was still no closer to achieving inner peace or all of the things on my To Do List. I recognise the alcohol, food and other indulgences for the crutch that they were. Now, I find that healthy food, guided visualisations, breathing and staying connected to my inner guidance is my formula for achieving and maintaining peace.

How do you achieve inner peace?

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Monday, November 15, 2010 by Amanda

It’s been said that life is like a garden.
Every small work of kindness and every thoughtful gesture is like a tiny seed,
and when you plant these seeds, wonderful things can happen.
Smiles appear, dreams blossom, and love takes root and grows.
Before you know it, happiness is all around you.

Please share your favourite quote or saying.

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