Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Reflections of 2023 and #WOTY for 2024

I don't know how the Word of the Year works, but the years where I have chosen a word, the year has been in keeping with it.

Last year I chose Ikigai as my word after I read the book and liked the concept of "happiness of just being".  2023 wasn't an easy year but overall, it was a happy year. Here are some of my Ikigai happy moments:

I started my artwork again after a gap of several years thanks to my team who gave me a farewell present of art supplies and for time between jobs to relax and paint. I even got my son into artwork with me and was surprised what an awesome artist he is. I am in awe of his talent. 

My brother came to visit, and I met him after 12 years. It was nice seeing him again and we had a good time with him. I also got to visit my daughter twice so that was lovely. She lives in a beautiful part of the South Island of New Zealand.  

Even though I enjoyed my job, it was very stressful, and, in a way, it was a relief that the programme got cancelled. Felt bad for my absolutely fantastic team but happy that over the next couple of months all of us found new jobs. 

I restarted my yoga and qi gong practice and even though I haven't lost any weight, I feel more energetic. So, I hope that I can keep that going this year.

 So, in keeping with the Japanese theme, my word for 2024 is Wabi-Sabi - beauty in imperfection.  A nice reminder that not everything needs to be perfect, and that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. 

My art has clearly taught me that what initially may look terrible, could start to grow on you eventually and that what you may not like, others may find quite endearing. Evidenced by my painting above that I thought looked awful when I painted it, but it grew on me day by day. 

If you have a word or phrase for this year, please share in the comments. I look forward to how Wabi-Sabi will play out for me this year.

Wish you all a fabulous 2024.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Zoom and Zealous #atozchallenge #inthelockdown

In The Lockdown - Zoom and some Zealous seagulls

Zealous seagulls waiting for a morsel
They kept moving closer to where I was sitting
Taken a couple of days before the lockdown was announced
The seagulls must be wondering where the people have gone
Or perhaps there are more fish in the sea!

How strange it is that it took a pandemic to bring together my relatives that are scattered all over the world through the wonderful world of Zoom.

Each Saturday night 10 families from five countries  "meet" up through Zoom for a 40 minute chat.  It's good to see everyone since I haven't met them for nearly 10 years (and some for even longer).

I think my mother enjoys this the most as she gets to see her children, nieces and nephews.  

How are you keeping touch with your families / relatives?

Today I leave you with My Heart Will Go Onfrom the movie Titanic, one of my favourite movies and one of my favourite songs. It's a reminder to reach out to those we love and care for especially at a time like this.

Far across the distance and spaces between us
You have come to show you go on

Near, far, wherever you are ...

Sadly the A to Z has come to an end. 

I truly enjoyed blogging this year and I have discovered new blogs that I've thoroghly enjoyed visiting.  I hope you enjoyed my posts.

Thank you to everyone who dropped by, read my posts, left a comment.

I will have to do a wrap up post with my thoughts on the challenge. 


Warm Regards

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Yes! and Yellow #atozchallenge #inthelockdown

In The Lockdown - Yes! and a bit of Yellow

Bees in my garden
Insects are not my cup of tea 
and usually I will run a mile from bees.
But in the lockdown while walking through my garden,
 I found some bees buzzing and filmed them
I kind of lost a little fear of them.
If you aren't a threat to them, 
they pretty much leave you alone.

I am writing this a day before this post will be released. 

Today is April 28 2020 and today is the first day New Zealand has moved from a full lockdown (alert level 4) to alert level 3. 

NZ has contained the virus but our Prime Minister still alerts us that we need to be very vigilant so that it does not get out of control. 

Level 3 means that socialising isn't much different - we still stay home and largely within our household "bubbles". We can expand them a little if absolutely necessary. 

But the economy opens up a little - non contact trade can start and people can return to work but only if they can't work from home.

Schools open up for primary and secondary schools for children who can't be supervised at home. In New Zealand children under the age of 14 can't be left unsupervised. 

Malls, playgrounds, gyms, libraries, theatres are still closed. We can move out of our houses for essential items or for walks etc but we need to remain local and maintain the 2 meter distance.

Restaurants and cafes can trade only for takeaways.

So Yes!  New Zealand has started on its path to economic recovery. 

Today I leave you with this song from the movie Prince of Egypt. When You Believe is a song of hope and miracles. We need them both. I pray that soon we will find a safe and effective vaccine, an effective treatment and cure. 

Many nights we've prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song we barely understood
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains long before we knew we could.

There can be miracles when you believe
Though hope is frail it's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe.


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