The secret to happiness

Gratitude

I love this TED talk.  People always seem to think there is some kind of secret to being happy; a kind of tangible thing that if they find it, THEN they will be happy.  They think that if they have a good job, only then  will they happy; if they have money, only THEN will they be happy; if they found a partner, only then they will be happy; if they find success, then they will find happiness. David Steindl-Rast turns all of that upside down in … [Read more...]

9 Lessons on How to Live Life to The Fullest

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I stumbled upon this inspiring speech by the talented Tim Minchin, recently accepting his honorary doctorate from his Alma Mater, UWA.  It's already done the social media rounds but just in case you missed it, it challenges everything personal development devotees tell us and I utterly love it.  My particular favourite quote is "I advocate passionate dedication to the pursuit of short term goals.  Be micro ambitious; put your head down and work … [Read more...]

The Sadness of Greatness

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I'm in transit for the month of October.  I am on my way to a school reunion (eek) and the boy's playing a bit of tennis.  I will check in  when I can but in the meantime, if I don't get online, here's a fabulous article about one of my all time favourite tennis players, the super mad and super talented John McEnroe The Sadness of Greatness There is so much in this article to think about; from the fact there was an actual moment time where … [Read more...]

The biggest test of friendships

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  I've just got back from Sydney where I've been for the last week.  It seemed like a nice place; I liked the hour I spent around Circular Quay looking at the Opera House anyway.  The rest of the time I spent either cooped up in a small self catering apartment in Parramatta or surrounded by concrete all day.  Why would I do that in the first week of the Spring school holidays when most people are off for their first camping trip of the … [Read more...]

There are muscles in my body I didn’t know I had, but I’m glad I found out …

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So, hot on the heels of my congratulatory post to Tony Abbot, here's another post. I'm in agony.  Sheer agony.  I have discovered muscles I forgot I had and I think I've discovered muscles I'm sure I never had before.  It's a good pain though.  A satisfying pain. Not that anyone who sees me walk today will think that as I shuffle along the street. Is there such a thing as good pain and bad pain?  Bad pain is like toothache and earache.  The … [Read more...]

Apologies for radio silence. I hid in the shed until it was all over.

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Sorry I haven't posted for a bit.  I considered writing and posting about the recent election as that's all that was in the air at the time but every time I sat down to say anything I couldn't untangle what was going on in my head to write down on paper. So I gave up.  Aussie politics (and all other 1st world politics) drives me insane to be honest, and is clearly not my bag and not for my audience (whoever you are).  So all commentary about the … [Read more...]

I lied. I do care. People like James Hird should take the rap …

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Yesterday I tweeted here that I’d had enough of the Essendon Football Club scandal (if you don’t know what that is and you live in Australia you should come out from under that rock; if you don’t live in Australia, just google any Australian newspaper and you can read all about it). I meant what I tweeted at the time, in a, “How. Long. Does. This. Have. To. Go. On. For???” kind of way, but the thought kept haunting me throughout the day. Do I … [Read more...]

Gratitude

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My posts seem to be going down the deep and meaningful road at the moment but as I promised to write from the heart I guess I must follow what I am urged to write. I was feeling pretty low this morning after a pretty average weekend.  You know those weekends where nothing goes right?  Where everything you do or say feels wrong and scratchy?  The children are bickering, the husband is remote because he has a lot on at work, it's all down to you … [Read more...]

I Will Be Awesome: Run For Connor

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I am truly delighted to announce that What A Racquet will actively be supporting a fantastic new charity recently set up to help young people with brain tumours. I’ve created a page about Connor Dawes and the charity set up in his name, ‘The Robert Connor Dawes Fund’. Read all about it on this page here . You can also click the logo to the right of my blog to go through to the RCD fund website to find out more about the amazing work this charity … [Read more...]

I Need A Stunt Double Part II

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Last night I was driving down the road on the way to pick up a child from an activity when I had this split second moment of pure panic. I wonder if other parents have moments like this? Although I knew where I was and what street I was actually driving on, I completely lost track of where I was going and why. Which child needed picking up? What day was it again? Was I picking up anyone else and taking them home? Was I supposed to go to the … [Read more...]