Christmas Time Frenzy

Christmas Time Frenzy

Christmas Time Frenzy

Christmas time frenzy, it turns up every year and in the last few years, it’s been a very different experience for me and I never really know what to expect or where I will be. Alongside that, I  never really know how I am going to feel on the day.

This year I have found myself in Sydney, Australia. I was here six months ago and I will be dog sitting on Northern Beaches. So one or two dreams will be coming true for me. Firstly I will be able to experience the beautiful beaches again, surely some of the best in the world and secondly, I will be caring for a dog, so in effect will be getting a dog for Christmas, be it a temporary one.

mala mantra maker
Mala Mantra Maker – Making Mala’s for creating harmony and well being

I have just returned from a trip from Mudgee (more about Mudgee in my next post) where I came across a Centre for Loss and Grief (NALAG) where you can just pop in and have a chat with someone. I just thought what a wonderful idea, no pressure just pop in and have a chat and connect with people. We often forget that Christmas can be a difficult time for a lot of people and these are there five tips for coping strategies from NALAG :

  1. Do something in memory of the person who has died. (Light a candle, place a special ornament on the tree)
  2. Plan your time so that you are under a little amount of stress as possible.
  3. Plan your “escape” if need be, don’t over commit.
  4. Let your friends and family know that you need to take things slowly and as it comes.
  5. Share your memories and stories – as it’s okay to cry or laugh
  6. Do something special for yourself – treat yourself to a massage or buy yourself a present.
  7. Seek professional help if required.(copyright of NALAG National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW) inc  www.nalag.org.au

To find out more about how to help people or yourself download this brochure

For those of you who have lost a Dad or Grandad, I have attached a link to the little book my sister and I created some years ago. It’s always nice to remember the loved ones we have lost at this time of year and offer a thought or prayer for their well-being and express our continued love for them.

My Dad used to dress up as Santa and give out presents at the local Catholic club, which he loved.  We used to celebrate our  Xmas on Christmas Eve and stay up late opening presents, and chatting after Midnight Eve Mass  –  those magical moments have gone. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing – how we choose to remember the past!

Here’s to wonderful adventures in 2018

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Finding home

Finding home…

Finding Home Ubud, Bali

Currently living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Finding Home: It’s nearly a year since I left the UK in search of a place to call home. What actually is a home? Is it a place, or the people that reside it in. I guess I was thinking that it would be a place, as I have only myself to live in the home. Without going in to any unnecessary detail I have suddenly found myself, single again and in search of a new country and place to call home. For now I have found myself unexpectedly and happily living in Ubud, Bali, a place where I feel a sense of belonging and connection.

It came as a surprise to me that I would feel so at home in Bali, a  place centred around family life when I am alone.  I think it must be the people as they so friendly, happy and kind.  The place has a feeling of acceptance and encompasses people from all over the world. It feels here that it doesn’t matter what has happened in your past life, it’s all about new beginnings and living in the moment, alongside the daily Balinese rituals of gratitude through their offerings. 

Finding a  place to call home?

I have realised I am looking for a place to settle for a while to call home but the real home is the search within myself, it’s more a feeling, and an emotional connection that makes me feel at home and maybe it’s not the actual place after all. Although living in Bali helps a lot as it’s such an uplifting beautiful place to be, especially Ubud as it seems to draw you into a vortex of positive energy.  I am finding a place within myself, a place to feel safe, a sense of belonging, a sense that people care and in return I can get to connect and care too! 

This month Reading:  Lion by Saroo Brierley

“ As a five year old in India, I became completely lost. Twenty five years later in Australia, I finally worked out how to find my way home” Saroo Brierley

I have just read the book Lion by Saroo Brierley and I found it quite an emotional book. You can easily connect with Saroo and his journey to find his previous home and family.  For me having gone through the long process of adoption myself,  I felt a deeper connection with the book that I had expected.  I can also relate to him in being lost and trying to find a place of safety and the right people to help him.  It is quite amazing how a young child of 5 years old and me as an adult can relate to the feelings and dilemmas of this small child. I often find the book I happen to be reading relates directly to my current life. Find the book here

Excited about: Ubud Writers Festival coming up in 25-29th October 2017

Buy tickets here and get 20% off

Lineup:  Check out the writers who will be speaking including Ian Rankin, Saroo Brierley… to name a few.

If you can’t afford a ticket you can always volunteer 

If you need help with finding some nice Accommodation try www.booking.com – I find it really easy using this app on your phone/or their website and you often have the option of a free cancellation so you can change your mind too! Click on my link and you get £15.00 your next booking.

There are lots of lovely Guest Houses in Ubud.

Here are some of my favourites:

Merthayasa Bungalow 2 – Jalan Hanuman – Central Ubud – with a pool

Uma Kutuh 2 – Jalan Tirtar Tawar – overlooking rice fields – 10 minutes out of town – with a pool

Junjungan Guesthouse – Jalan Tirtar Tawar – overlooking looking the jungle – with a pool – 15-20 minutes out of central Ubud.

If you fancy a place to get away from it all in total luxury and relaxation visit: Alassari Plantation 

Bali, Indonesia

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