All posts filed under: Wisdom, Rants, Thoughts

A new leaf

A month ago, I handed in notice at my job of over 10 years. I’d been thinking about it for months and the time was right for me to take that step off the edge. I’m pretty conservative and risk averse and I don’t think you’re ever completely ready, but I was as ready as I would ever be. Over the past few weeks, I have written and posted a job description for my replacement, sorted through applicants, interviewed, selected and handed over my position to someone else. There was so much that I did without thinking that it was hard to define them all into step by step. When you have been somewhere for so long, it’s all automatic. Which was one of the reasons why I had to leave. I was no longer growing. I was a root-bound plant. 4 years ago, I started a design and illustration company with The Koala under the guidance of a business mentor. We got an accountant, registered for GST, made a website, and set up the …

2015 Manifesto

Good morning! Happy New Year! Each year I’ve been writing a list of things I want to more of and less of. I always found checklist resolutions too restrictive, so I prefer this more/less model. A declaration of motives to live by for 2015. I’m am glad to see the end of 2014. It was a year where some shitty things happened: I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, Tofu the bunny had 3 surgeries, The Koala was unemployed for a few months which meant we were down to one income, although The Koala quite enjoyed his unemployment. 2015 for me means focus. I’ve worked hard on various projects over the years and now I want to see them through. I’m planning baby steps so that my larger goals are fulfilled. It’s so easy to have goals and not take the steps towards them  until you look up and months or years have passed. I haven’t got any firm plans for this year at this stage. I’d like to travel at some stage. It’s been far too long. What are your New Year’s …

Do you read labels?

I actually enjoy grocery shopping because I don’t spend a long time reading labels. Shopping would take longer and be more of a chore if I had to read the label of every item. I generally have products I know and trust and those I never read the ingredients list on, things like steak, bananas, butter etc. A bargain…? We usually buy our meat at the butchers because of the price and quality. Our local supermarket more expensive and the quality is not as good, but we recently shopped at a discount supermarket (the yellow and black kind) and I was amazed that the meat was half price or less. That should have been a warning, but the bargain hunter in me said, “Woohoo! A meaty bargain!!!”. I bought a package of “steak” at the discount supermarket. The “sirloin” was on special at $10 per kg, so thinking I had eyed up a fantastic deal, I bought a pack. Sirloin steak at our local butchery is $25.95 per kg, so that should have triggered alarm bells. …

2014 Manifesto

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a clean slate. New Years celebrations has always been a big deal to me. It doesn’t matter where or what I do to mark the occasion, as long as I mark the occasion. In 2012 I wrote this list of More and Less. Five things to do more of and Five things to do less of. Kind of a New Year’s resolution without the strict goal setting or bucket list stress. This year, I’m calling it my manifesto. A declaration of motives to live by for 2014. Maybe you see things on this list that you hope to do more or less of too. Do you have any things in 2014 that you hope to see more or less of?

Voting dollars

Karma points. Call me a superstitious nitwit, but I believe in karma points. Karma is doing good deeds in this live for a better life in the next. But to me, karma points is doing good in this life and reaping the rewards and avoiding bad stuff happening in this life. At the very least, cosmic stuff aside, being a good person attracts other good people into your life. That is tangible. Every dollar you spend is a vote for something in the world. When you spend somewhere you don’t believe in, you’re taking a vote away from something you believe in. Shopping for locally made products is gaining momentum. Buying local made is considered a luxury these days and Christmas comes just once a year. Isn’t that Christmas a luxury? I can’t say I’m going 100% local this year, but I’m sending some of my votes that way. Shopping early and buying local makes me less stressed. Even if you don’t believe in karma, avoiding stress is easy to justify. Buy from Christchurch If …

5 THINGS IN NOVEMBER

It has been a frantically busy month. As expected. 5 things that have made me happy this month: NOUNS Wiki: A noun is a part of speech typically denoting a person, thing, place or idea. New people Meeting new and like-minded people. I love how friends of friends have the potential to be your instant friends. Beer We had a Beer Pong party in our backyard which was cheap and a ton of fun. Most of our friends haven’t played Beer Pong before, but we got the hang of it pretty quick. I also went to Tiger Translate which meant great entertainment and flowing beer thanks to a great bartender (one of the great people I’ve met this month). Shade Sorry to rub it in to the folk coming into winter, but it’s getting warm here and there’s nothing quite as lovely on a lazy Sunday as a book, a blanket, a pile of pillows and the flickering, dappled shade of a tree. Birthday My birthday week was spent eating out most days. Eating out is …

5 THINGS IN OCTOBER

Two things that inspired this post. First thing: On Wednesdays, Riz from Riz Made This posts a short list of things she loves. Every week! It’s her slightly altered version of a gratitude list. Second thing: The header on Writagal’s blog caught my eye the other day: This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. While we amass hundreds, thousands, millions of pins or posts on Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr or whatever you prefer, we are squirreling away things that tickle us instead of actually doing things. It’s often easier said than done to go out and live rather than thinking about living. I figure that by consciously writing and reviewing lists of things that make us happy, we won’t forget them and we have less time to dwell on things that make us sad, stressed, upset, angry, etc. Besides, I’m a list making machine. 5 things that have made me happy this month: VERBS Wiki: A verb, from the Latin verbum meaning word, is a word (part of speech) that in syntax conveys an action (bring, read, walk, run,learn), an occurrence (happen, become), or …

Buddha Bunny Brainwaves #3

I’ve been thinking a lot about beautiful souls a lot lately. A beautiful soul is a person who shines from within and gives colourful depth to everyone they meet. You know the kind. You hear about their deeds through other people and it makes you go “Awwwww…”. I bet I could sort everyone I’ve ever met into 3 categories: Love, Don’t Love, OK. The ones that I love, even if I’ve only spent a fleeting moment with them are what I consider to be beautiful souls. I wish all the beautiful souls I’ve met, know how beautiful they are. Read other Buddha Bunny Brainwaves here.

BUDDHA BUNNY BRAINWAVES #2

A mutual joy of beloved but curious foods. Finding common ground in love of unusual foods is a pastime of mine. This afternoon, on separate occasions, I related the loveliness of smoked eel with someone and later with someone else, the magnificence of good quality anchovies. I get such a buzz seeing the delight in someone else’s eyes as we share our taste for something unusual. What unusual food do you love that doesn’t get talked about enough? Let’s talk!