V-Day

The shops were full with heart shaped boxes of chocolate, flowers and advertising about making sure you buy something nice for your Valentine were everywhere. Every year it gets me. And I admit I did it too, I advertised my products in connection to V-Day in a different way too. Trying to make a sale, trying to convince someone they need to buy it in order to make their loved ones happy.

But is the gift really what matters? Is it really only about an item to purchase and then gift? Is it how we show our affection and love? Is this entire hype not much more about making a sale? Filling tables in the restaurants, selling the bubbly? Do we really need to buy stuff to show our love to each other?

I don’t think so. V-Day is part of our society. It’s nice to have a day to celebrate relationships. Just like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I don’t have an issue with that. But where does it stop. You have birthdays, Christmas, name days (who celebrates them?), Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas in July (yes that’s a thing here in Australia) and so on. They all have one thing in common: They make us believe that we have to head out and buy a gift or gifts for the people we care about. And we expect to get a gift too.

Recently I heard a statement of a young woman: “And you know what he did? He bought me the handbag and told me what it is before he gave it to me. That was it. My day was ruined…” So that guy heads out, spends heaps of money on a handbag (heaps!) and then gets so excited because he knows that she always wanted that handbag that he can’t wait any longer to give it to her and then her day is ruined? Seriously?

So much pressure! Pressure on people buying things, wrapping it right, presenting it right and in the right moment, the right day, the right time. Instead of going with the flow and gifting a gift when you feel like it. Out of the blue, unexpected. Just like that. Because we want to. Not because and ad tells us to.

I’m not saying it’s all wrong. I love all those special days too. But keep it real. Keep in mind what it’s about. It’s not about filling the bank account of some company. It’s about a genuine gift for someone you care about. It’s about appreciation for each other. And that you can show in any form at any time… no need for a special day… Buy that special something on that odd day, when you feel like it. Write a card on Valentine’s Day to let them know how much you love them. Don’t get blamed into having to run after a gift. Tell your special person what they mean to you. In your way. In your words…

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Share Your World – February 5th and 12th, 2018

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I am surprised to see that Cee comes up with more and more questions for us to answer, week after week, for her Share Your World Challenge. Quite often they seem so “harmless” until you start answering and then your mind keeps going and going and reading more and more into it… Let’s see what we have in stock this time, combining this week’s and last week’s Q&A.

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Tour Guide

“What do you recommend us to go see?” A harmless and yet so challenging question… I’m not a tour guide and therefor I really don’t know if I would give the best advice. I don’t even know “my” city well enough to give good enough pointers. Usually I start with all the things further away to then realize that I should mention things in the city… Here just a little peek of what I think is worth having a little look at in Melbourne…

Stroll along the Yarra River… my favorite time is when the sun sets…

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Walk along the beach… (one of them…)

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Check out the view of our city… and of course take a picture of our colorful “boxes”…

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Take a tour of Melbourne Olympic Park…

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Relax in one of the many parks…

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And don’t forget to have a coffee (maybe with less chocolate on it…)…

Blast From The Past – Be The Change

I mentioned previously in a post: I’m in a really good place at the moment and I feel there is a lot of good heading my way. A lot of things have changed and will continue to change and I’m so ready for it.

While change is not always easy, it’s necessary. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it feels easy but most of the time it’s also scary. It needs a little push, a deep breath, maybe you need to close your eyes and “jump”. But once the first step is made things start falling into place. I like to share a post from a while back with you sharing some thoughts about change and how you can be the change…

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Tell Me Something Good #96

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It’s Monday again and I finally remember to put this post up. It’s a still a bit crazy here as I’m super busy with my volunteer role and with that somehow one day blends into another… Have you ever considered that you want to change something in your life? What keeps you from doing it?

Let’s not get stuck there just wanted to trigger your thoughts about it. Let’s start this new week on a positive note.

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Before I share my good thing let’s do another happy dance. As you know I love my happy dances and so I decided to just keep doing it. Hope you’re having heaps of fun!

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Well I know… maybe we can’t add the extra with the closing elevator door, but hey, let’s keep the moves up and have some fun… and when you are ready, here is what I’d like to share with you:

“While my mantra last week was a simply “people are stupid” I got over it. I feel extremely energized and I know the next couple of weeks will be huge for me. I’m in a really good place at the moment and even the difficult people don’t get to me at the moment. While I could bang my head against a wall on a regular basis the issues also make me laugh… so I decided to take it with a smile and a giggle and just go with it…”

Tell Me Something Good #95

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I wonder what it is with me and Monday at the moment. School is back on here and so are all the activities after the long summer break. And yet I don’t seem to find back into my rhythm… Maybe there is a part of me that simply doesn’t want to? Who knows… Well, thankfully it’s still Monday somewhere and so I can still get away with this 😉 Let’s kick off the week on a positive note.

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Before I share my good thing let’s do another happy dance. As you know I love my happy dances and so I decided to just keep doing it. Hope you’re having heaps of fun!

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Hey, loosen up 😉 Give it another go, relax, dance as if nobody’s watching… or as if you are a toddler… they don’t really care either… and when you are ready, here is what I have to share with you today:

“I just found out that I we will catch up with friends living on the far (and I mean FAR) other side of this world soon again. I’m so looking forward to it.”

The Best

Why do we let others get us down? Why not being unbeatable although we had to cave in? Why not feeling untouchable although that jerk got to us? Why not feeling the best although we had a shitty day?

Just because I had to cave in doesn’t mean I’m beaten. I was just smarter or kinder…

Just because someone got to us doesn’t mean I’m hurt.

just because we had to deal with stuff that is not great doesn’t mean we have to feel bad!

Be unbeatable! Be untouchable! Feel the best!