2017 – My Year in Digital Travel Postcards

2017 – My Year in Digital Travel Postcards

A review of my 2017 in digital postcards. I had a year of travel which took me across southern India down to the tip of India, to Bali in  Indonesia, then back and forth to  Australia.

A journey to find a new home and to experience and see the wonders of life and living in a rich and beautiful planet. What did I learn along the way? What’s next? Read on…

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After a year of exploring and discovering new places and practising just being! Finally finding my way into creating Mala Mantra Maker – coming to you in 2018. Here’s 2018 being a wonderful year!

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Mala Making in India
Travelling in India January 2017 – Chennai, Pondicherry, Malapalapuram, Kanakamuri, Varkala, Kottayam, Kochi. Finding inspiration to make my own Mala’s – under Mala Mantra Maker
My 2017 year in Digital Travel Photography
Discovering my new home in Bali, Indonesia. Exploring the rich culture of Ubud and the island of Bali.
northern beaches the elements
Enjoying swimming in the sea.  Spending my birthday month of May in Sydney on the Northern Beaches. Thanks to Annie I spent time in Newport Beach, working on designing a new life with Screw Work, Let’s Play the course with John Williams. Celebrating my birthday and rebirth into my new life.
A year in digital Travel postcards
Starting a new life in Bali, Indonesia.
Exploring the rich culture Bali has to offer and my new home
Sound Healing at the Pyramids of chi
Discovering my one of my favourite places in Bali, The Pyramids of Chi. Connecting with the Gong and attending several Gong workshops. A big thank you to Peter and Lynn a wonderful caring couple who run the Pyramids and to the Gong workshops with Sanj Hall and Drow.
Exploring the wonderful Alassari Plantation in Bali, the most tranquil place to be. Being touched by the kindness and wonderful hospitality of Craig and Valerie Glenister. Thank you!
What you want in life
Exploring a new life in Bali, Indonesia.
Marsh the dog 14.8.2017 RIP
Losing our beloved Marsh, who we all loved very much. He was the kindest, most gentle, loving dog I have ever met. Who inspired me to love dogs and not to afraid of them. They only want love. Much love and you will always be remembered. xx
Blue Mountains postcard
Exploring the beautiful landscape of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia
NARABEEN Dog Sitting
Getting to spend more time on the Northern Beaches and caring for Milo a beautiful dog. Enjoying dog sitting and walking a dog again! The best Christmas gift I could receive this year. Thank you, Georgia and Matt!
Having time to explore the beautiful nature of the Northern Beaches region of Australia. Such inspiration and joy to see so much rich and colourful nature. I love those trees so much!
A year in Digital Travel Postcards
To top my year off spending time at Beautiful Palms, in Palm Beach thanks to Bobbie. A cottage with amazing views over Palm Beach and Barrenjoey Headland. A person couldn’t ask for a better view of the beautiful Northern Beaches, Sydney. It’s heaven!
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Mala Mantra Maker

 Mala Mantra MakerMala Mantra Maker

Introducing Mala Mantra Maker: Mala’s are spiritual beads strung on a thread of cotton or string, 108 beads all together. Historically the 108 beads represent the 108 names for god. One large bead called the Guru bead meets the bottom with a tassel. 

There are many reinterpretations of the beads. I see the thread as the life-force holding our mind, body and soul together and the beads representing the hopes and dreams of our lives; whilst we live out our life on the physical plane.

Making Mala Beads In India

When I was in India early this year (now last year as it was January 2017) I visited Auroville, in Tamil Nadu near Pondicherry and I attended a workshop to make my own Mala beads. We were given a piece of A4 paper and after a meditation, we painted or drew on our paper – writing messages – having the freedom to express whatever we wanted onto it. I loved it. I put in all my hopes and dreams of 2017 and looking back now I can see a lot of it has come true for me!

Mala making india beads


After making the painting we then drew lines across it and cut it all up into strips and with glue and cocktail sticks we slowly curled them into beads. Later we strung them together to make a bracelet or necklace – depending on the time it took to make the beads during that class.

My bracelet held all the energy and wishes I had to create a new life in 2017 and to find myself somewhere new to live in the world, at the time when I had absolutely no idea what life would bring – a blank canvas.

Mala Making in India

I have carried this bracelet on my journey and worn it from time to time. I still carry the extra strips to make up a Mala necklace – when I get some spare time which has always been an intention but never quite materialised. Last month I found it again and started wearing it and felt really happy to be wearing it and remembering my wishes for 2017 – then I suddenly lost it and when I found it, it had gone through the washing machine – all washed up.  It’s funny as now I am starting to make Mala’s myself and to share the powerful energy of wearing a Mala and repeating Mantras.

I was lucky 2017 brought me to a place where I felt at home in Bali and I lived there for 8 months last year. It was there I had the inspiration to share my love of Mala’s and the together with the power of mantra, to create my range of mala’s and I have called it Mala Mantra Maker.

Mala Mantra Maker created in Bali

My first range I made in Bali. I wanted to inspire people to connect with mantra through my mala making, not only to inspire women but men too. As once you know the power of using mantra in your life you will feel your own intrinsic harmony with your life. I use semi-precious stones that hold an uplifting energy and the power lies in the wearing of them.

mala mantra maker

Welcome to: http://www.malamantramaker.com – the website is coming soon!

I am also making them in pairs so you can buy one for yourself and give one to your loved one as a special soul gift 💝

The range will be available from March 2018, if you are interested in finding out more join my mailing list and you will be notified when the range is complete.

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Read other blogs post in Bali,  Australia, find out about Love your Work or view my digital travel postcards.

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Love is like a butterfly

New beginnings & Endings...Love is like a butterfly … a rare and gentle thing…  

All about Love and Loss

I titled this post “Love is like a butterfly” because I have just been writing this post on the bus, and the song of the same title is playing very loudly which makes me smile!  In Sydney, drivers can play whatever music they like on their buses.   It floats through the air, so loudly I am unable to hear the Go-Betweens on my iPod. The music transports back to the to the  70’s sitcom show Butterflies.  It is also very apt as I am just been writing this blog post thinking about the fragility of life and how a delicate butterfly represents this.

Part of living is about losing,  whether it’s a loss of a favourite item or a person we hold dearly in our lives. We can lose them to death, an endless non-physicality, or we can lose a relationship,  children, grandchildren, or a friend; they don’t die but are removed from our present lives. Either way, the loss can be felt deeply and is often filled with deep pain and sorrow.  Overcoming experiences of both can be a lifetime’s work.
Love is like a butterfly
 ” I have tears streaming down my face, this book is so beautiful. We think the book is lovely! ”   The Child Bereavement Charity
Losing my Dad was the biggest physical loss of a person in my family and it happened back in 1999. My sister created a story about my dying dad it was her attempt to help our nieces and nephews to come to terms with the loss of our Dad.  It was their first experience of loss. They were all young children under ten years old. I later created the book for my Mum as she loved the story and I wanted to bring our special family story to life,  share the humour and love my Dad had for us all.  It was hugely difficult time back in 1999 and sometimes one loss leads to another.  Everyone’s story is different and in our case, we knew he was going to die soon…it was a case of when. Even so, nothing can prepare you for when they do leave you.  I hope this book is of some use to you and your family and friends. Sending love to everyone who is going through loss and remembering the love of their loved ones.

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Things I have found useful relating to understanding loss

Dr Kubler Ross – and her Kubler Ross Curve can be a useful tool to explain the ups and downs of the grief process.  Meditation of some kind is a good idea to have in your toolkit as it keeps you in touch with your inner feelings and well-being.   You can find meditation in many ways whether sitting looking at the sea, being in nature, or following a set meditation practice.

Sadhguru is a big favourite of mine. He is an Indian Yogi and Mystic and he has a free app you can download to your phone and use daily,  even when you don’t have a connection to the internet.

Sadhguru says there are 3 things we can do every morning.  When you wake up in the morning celebrate you have woken up and not died during the night and check that the 5 people closest to you are alive too – then celebrate again, how lucky you are!

love and loss
Inner Engineering A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru
love is like a butterfly
Sunrising over Newport Beach, Sydney


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