For My Baby Girl

Dear Baby Girl,HMC Writer

Most advice that people give you will fall upon deaf ears until you’ve experienced it for yourself, so go make your own mistakes.

Regardless of the fact our advice is useful only AFTER you’ve made those mistakes, (you’ll turn and say, ‘oh that’s what you were talking about’) I’ll still give it to you anyway.

Learn to laugh at yourself and others, but never put yourself down to make others feel better.

Never try to achieve the ‘body’ the media is telling you should achieve. It will change, and you’ll always be unhappy. Treat your body with love and respect, and it will do the same for you.

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Sharpen the Saw

sharpen the sawWe run about all over the place like headless chooks, madly trying to get things done, work, kids, food-shop, tidy-up, wash-up, eating, work-out, sleep! The problem is, in this ‘conveninet age,’ it’s getting worse. Down time is limited. And as soon as we get five minutes, we feel like we need to fill it up with … stuff.

‘Sharpening the Saw’ would have to be one of my favourite Stephen Covey habits.

It means looking after yourself.

Not just eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep, but also taking time-out for ourselves. Many of us function with the idea that there’s not enough TIME and so resting is often the first thing we eliminate.

But at the end of day, is it making us more effective?

Here’s the story Covey used to get the message across:
A man sees a woodcutter furiously trying to cut down a tree with an obviously dull saw. So he asks, “Hey, why don’t you stop for a minute and sharpen your saw? Your work would go much faster!”.
The woodcutter replies, “Stop and sharpen my saw? I don’t have time for that! Look at all these trees I have to cut down!”
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On Growing Up

dover fairy and frog talkingI always want to be young at heart.

Always.

It’s part of the reason I work with kids. It’s why I love Disney. It’s not just the nostalgia.

When I think of the term, ‘young at heart,’ I think of light-heartedness, being care-free, spontaneity and most of all loving with every fibre of your being. To me, being young at heart means letting go of fear.  A child is compelled to do what they want to do, no matter the risk, or what others think. They’re not bound by the fear of others, and it’s only when they start listening to US, they start doubting themselves.

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