One day not too long ago..2 Australian mamas were sitting on a back deck, sipping wine.. and talking up all the oxygen available.. when the conversation turned to life lessons.. and what they thought were the ones that certainly and without doubt needed to be learned. The two teenage daughters of the 2 mamas were, in turn, amazed, amused, and repulsed, by the words of wisdom tumbling forth from the mamas' mouths. These are, in no particular order, those words.

Monday, September 13, 2010

not "hopless".

A note found by one of the 2 mamas on a rainy day outside a suburban shopping centre:

Plans to make friends with her:
1. spy on her and find out what she likes
2. write a mesege that will win her hart
3. give her my nuber (when I do 2)
HOPLESS.

To my little note-writing buddy: it is not hopless.  I hope she sees in you what we all see in that note.  Go for it. 
Be brave, display your courage, particularly when it comes to parenting your babies.  The world needs more brave parents right now.

Be grateful for every passing year that you do not need to take regular medication, because that time will come. 

Celebrate the changing of the season.  It is Mother Nature’s way of offering new experiences. (Although she could dial it back a bit for summer in Oz.  Just saying). 

Do not stress over events like Christmas.  They should not be times where you flip out, they are times for you and your family to celebrate whatever is important to you. 

The media is a toxic entity whose sole purpose is to speak to the lowest common denominator, particularly morning television. 

Never go on national TV without at least a shirt, good bra and proper shoes on.  UGG boots are not proper shoes. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

look after your back.. you will miss it when it is gone.

decorate to make yourself happy.. not to  impress occasional visitors.

it is ok to be the black sheep.

make something with your hands.

collect something.

there is a huge difference between strange.. and creepy.

spring clean something.. even if it is only your mind.

repurpose something.. and then use it.:)

paint your toenails.

blow some bubbles.

cleanse and moisturize.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

make something. create something. read something.

life is too short to not follow your heart.

own at least one piece of original art.

embrace your healthy working body no matter what form it takes.

floss.

visit an art gallery regularly.

see an opera  and a ballet at least once.

go on a road trip. you will see something great every time.

go to itunes and buy 5 songs from your youth. revel in the memories, or alternatively, be thrilled you never have to go back there.

people who are/were the "popular" ones at school are/were quite often peaking at that very moment.
Spring is the time to fling open doors and windows and clean.  Let the energy flow again.

If you haven’t worn it in 12 months, you will never wear it.  Give it away or up-cycle it.

If you work in an open office and you have a cold, stay home.  Your colleagues will thank you.

Occasionally in life, you get to a point where to go back is impossible, but to go forward is very scary.  Breathe and trust in your instincts to guide you to the place you need to be.

Nothing is as disappointing as a cup of tea that has gone cold.

You know when the time is needed for you to have a stern conversation with yourself.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cherish those friends whom you might see once/twice a year but you pick up the conversation where you left off last time.  They are true gems.

No-one else can make you happy but yourself.

If it takes less than a minute to do something: close a drawer, put clothes into a dirty clothes basket: do it.  Do it NOW.

If you can’t find something, tidy up.

Long term relationships are sometimes hard, sometimes glorious and sometimes routine. The trick is to keep the balance.

If there is something fishy going on and it involves a child, it is your business to do something about it.
It won’t happen tomorrow unless you do something about it today.

No matter how hard you try, you will watch your waist disappear sometime in your 40s.  Wave it farewell and get on with life, albeit with a slightly larger circumference.

There will always be someone who’s car is newer, house bigger, income more disposable.  Don’t try to compete.

You are not qualified to give advice unless you have lived it first (or happen to write a blog about life lessons, then knock yourself out).

Do you really want to be a part of the moral majority if that majority is bigoted and selfish?

Being a part of a herd is important for warmth and security when you are growing up, but once grown, you will find there is more sweet pickings to be found outside of the herd.

Good music is often found lurking outside the “Top 40”.  There is huge fun to be had in hunting it out. (www.wearehunted.com is a great place to start).

Ask those important to you to write their favourite recipes or advice to you by hand.  You will treasure this once they are gone.

People who espouse hatred are not to tolerated, not matter how famous they are (see Mel Gibson).

Living quietly has virtue.
 
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