Western Australia

I have recently returned home from 6 days exploring the West Coast of Australia and I am feeling speechless.  I always sit here day dreaming of New York, Miami, Paris and a whole lot of other international destinations forgetting that some of the most beautiful places are basically in my back yard.

My sweet spot for WA has grown immensely from these past few days. We started with a few days in Perth city was great. Elizabeth Quay, Hillary’s Boat Harbour and Kings Park are highlights just to name a few, but once you strap the adventure boots on and head down South it’s a whole new ball game.

We first started with Busselton and walking the 1.8km long Jetty (the longest in the Southern Hemisphere). This was unbelievable, from the views to the colour of the water to the damn questioning of how the thing is still standing.  We then venture to a place called Meelup Beach, my goodness – this place is TOO good. (definitely chuck it on the ‘must see’ list).

Then we went to Cape Naturaliste light house, a winery in the Margaret River region, Canal Rocks and last, but most definitely not least, Wyadup Rocks. The feeling you get when over looking crystal clear waters and listening to the waves roll in is so mesmerising. For me, something that makes me gasp and in that moment, realise how easy it is to be happy and how wonderful life is/and can be.

And life just gets better when you head over to Rottnest Island, I can’t even put in to words how magnificent the scenery, water colour, rock detail and snorkelling sites are. Do yourself a favour and spend at least two days here cycling around the Island.

I travelled these roads with a really good friend of mine that I have known since about 12 years of age. It was so nice to just sing like absolute idiots and enjoy each other’s company whilst seeing some of the most magical sights of Australia. I will put a few photos down below for you to have a look at and please, please put Western Australia on your to-do-list. It will not let you down!

Until next time, or my next adventure..
T xo

 

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A Helping Hand

Hi all, it’s been awhile but it’s so nice to back writing about such a worthy topic.

As you may have read before, I volunteer at the Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and play with the sick children for a few hours a week to try and cheer them up and just to show a friendly face in the room when sometimes they are feeling so dark.

I have set up a little Fundraising Page with all funds going to the Children’s Hospital, I think that this is such a fabulous organisation – if you could just see what the Staff that I volunteer for do for these patients and families it would make you unbelievably happy.

I am not asking for hundreds, heck I don’t even care if it’s just a couple of dollars. But EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS, if you could see these kids and the heart break that the parents, grand-parents, siblings encounter, you would understand my need/want to set up this page.  The link is below ♥

Thank you in advance.
Until next time, T xx

[Always be kind to one another, and please, spread LOVE! A tonne of it.]

https://give.everydayhero.com/au/tara-53

 

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Goodbye Sugar..

I like to challenge myself.  I like to do things where I’m not sure if I will succeed at, or if I I will fail. Things that others may think I won’t be able to do.  About a month ago (after the holiday season) I noticed how much garbage I eat.  Compared to some, I’m not that bad but I still eat unhealthy food, a lot.  I noticed a few things lately with diets, cleanses and I thought I would perhaps purchase but then decided that I didn’t want to go on a ‘diet’ as such. I wasn’t doing this for weight loss, as I am quite happy with my figure, I just wanted to see a) if I could be strong and do it b) how my body handles it c) just how much sugar really does affect our bodies.  In the end I decided to Quit Sugar of all forms for 21 days.  I am roughly sticking to Sarah Wilson’s “I Quit Sugar” & Diane Sanfilippo “Sugar Detox” plans just for a rough guideline.

I started last Monday therefore I’m just over a week in to my ‘quit’ as such and I can’t believe how good I am feeling. So many people experience different side affects and feelings, however I couldn’t feel better if I tried.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a couple of small headaches and a day or two where I don’t have as much energy, but I still feel OK because I know that’s just my body adjusting to the change.

I don’t think I am going to stick to this forever, but it has definitely opened my mind to adjusting to a more sugar-free diet when I do decide to introduce it back in to my diet.  I am not saying it is for every one because it is hard completely cutting sugar from your diet, but it’s not impossible.  It’s hard at the start, but the more days you keep pushing on the easier it becomes.  I will put the list below that I am following in case some one is interested in giving it a go – and of course, if you have any questions then just ask!

Be kind to one another.
Until next time, T. ♥

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Volunteering 

Almost a year and half ago now I started something that has now changed my life.
In May 2016, I applied to become a Volunteer at the Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Not knowing what the program was like and coming into the unknown I was a little nervous about the whole process, but I thought to myself ‘this is a good thing you are doing, stick to it.’ I went along to the meetings and courses that I had to do before I could become a Volunteer and my goodness, I am so glad I followed through with it.

It’s not a whole lot of time, but I volunteer 2.5 hours of my Wednesday nights to do bedside play with the sick children in Hospital. This experience has changed my life, infact it’s almost a weekly reality check. Sometimes we think that we’ve had a bad day, or life isn’t going to plan, when really, life is just fine. It makes you appreciate so much in life. However, that’s not why I did it. I have always loved kids, and to me, if I could put a smile on a sick child’s face for a few minutes, or give the parents a 5 minute coffee break, that would make me one very happy lady.

A year and a half in and I couldn’t think of any other place I would rather spend my Wednesday night. Yes, the fact I get to brighten the nights of some children very much in need is great, but there is another great big bonus and that’s the friendship’s you make too. The Children’s Hospital Foundation staff are absolutely wonderful and I don’t say that lightly. They go over and above for anything and everything. It almost feels like Family.

I’ve made friendships with other Volunteers that I know will last a lifetime and for that I’ll be forever grateful. This is one thing I never want to stop doing and I hope that’s the case. If you have a spare night or a few spare hours of a weekend, I highly recommend a program/cause like this. It will change your life – for the better.

Until next time,

Tara. X

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He saved me.

There comes a stage in your life where no matter how you felt about a person or what you went through, you have to stop and say a simple ‘thank you’.

My ex boyfriend and I broke up over almost three years ago now, it wasn’t one of those awful, nasty breakups but it had its rough edges. He was the best thing to happen to me at that point in my life, he treated me with respect, love and cared for me beyond measure. I think I treated him much the same, he might think different but I would like to hope that at times he thought our relationship was as good as I saw it was.

We were having a few struggles when I encountered the most horrific thing I’ve ever been through (which I’ve written about before). My cousin was suddenly killed in a car accident. At the time I found out, I was at my boyfriend’s house, I couldn’t even really tell you what happened. I remember him just hugging me, and holding me close and trying to help me through my pain…but in my sadness and shock, I just said I had to go and I left for my Brother’s house to be with my Family.

I won’t go into depth with what happened the days, weeks, months that followed but all I can say is that if you go through such a tragic event like I did, you really need to reach out and talk to somebody. I told my Boyfriend I needed a break because I couldn’t deal with what happened, and at the time I thought that was the best thing I could do and the right thing because I didn’t want him having to put up with what state I was in.  I don’t regret making that decision, because I’m a big believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’ but if I could do it over again, I wouldn’t tell him that, in fact I would do the exact opposite to everything I did.

I would stay close, I would talk to him about my feelings and tell him I’m not coping, I’d go around when he wanted me to and I would hold him longer than I ever had. In fact, I’d take back every drink I sipped on that would ‘numb’ the pain for me but then send me spiraling into fits off distress, tears and anger that I could never handle. I would take back every one of those drinks and trade it for a night on the couch with my partner telling him I wasn’t OK and trying to work through what I felt to help better my relationship.

But, I didn’t take that path and I know there is a good reason for that. One day I will work out what that is. And I hope that if or when another tragic event like this happens to me, whoever I may be with, I hope I take the path I should have 3 years ago. We aren’t that close of friends anymore, in fact we barely talk so I have never gotten the chance to thank him and tell him that he quite literally ‘saved me’. I know I said I chose the wrong path, but the persistence of him caring for me, his love and guidance and simple words helped me in ways some people will never quite understand. And for that, I’ll be forever grateful. Hopefully one day I’ll get the chance to tell him that.

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A friend’s love.

There are so many different friendships you obtain as you grow old. Like I’ve always said, some are only a small part of your journey and some hang around for the long haul. Then there’s that rather small few that will just never change.

I met a girl on a Cruise I went on from Sydney for my 18th Birthday, since then we’ve always kept in touch.  She resides in Sydney, myself from Brisbane.  Yeah, there were times where we didn’t speak for weeks or even months, but all it took was one phone call and many minutes of conversation on the phone to pick straight back up where we left off.

That was 5 years ago and I still hold the most precious bond with this woman.

She now has a family, 3 year old boy and a 14 month year old little girl. Watching her over the past few years I have felt so many emotions. I was hopeful at the start when I found out that she was pregnant that she would be a good Mother – not because I didn’t think she would be, but that’s just what I hoped for her. I remember the night she told me when she was first pregnant, I was over the moon and so happy for her.

Now I see her walking around with her two beautiful children and being the best possible Mother whilst still being that ray of sunshine she’s always been. I am so proud of the person she changed to be so that she could provide and look after her Family.  She had a partner, however times have been tough lately and she has walked around from an unhealthy relationship. We caught up just yesterday and she let me know that they had split and she had decided to leave- and that she didn’t want to tell me over just a phone call.  I am so glad I made the drive to Noosa to visit her.

She needed me, and I am SO glad that I could be there. We sat for hours over a 3 course meal and just discussed everything she’d been through and the options she has now that her future is up in the air. It was so nice to know that she could come to when she most needed it and feel safe to talk to me, because I know I would do the exact same thing with her. Friendship is really such a special thing.

I’m not sure where I wanted this post to go but I think there’s a few things that we could all pull from it.

A) Distance doesn’t affect a Friendship when effort is made
B) You are never alone, even if it feels that way
C) Don’t feel like you have to stay if you’re in a unhealthy relationship
D) Family is the most important
E) Talk!  Let it out, as hard as it may be, you need to try.

Until next time… T x

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To the Negative’s

For being such a positive person, it’s usually so easy for me to shut out the negativity that is around these days.  However, there is only so much a human can take. I am the best at always smiling, and even smiling when sometime’s I don’t really want to. I’m always very good at taking the best out of any situation. But lately, I have so much negativity coming my way from people you really just need to grow up and get a life, but it’s hit me. It’s so hard to be extra positive when every one around you is trying to bring you down… I didn’t want to let them win – that is one of my biggest factors, don’t let the mean people win, but sometime’s it just becomes too much.

I’m a coach, a good coach at that. I’ll admit that in the least snobbish way. However, there is so many derogative comments from every one around you that doesn’t Volunteer their time, or appreciate what you do. So, to those people, I right the following letter.  I may never send it, but I had to right it.

“Parents,

Over the last few weeks I’ve heard comments that are being made behind my back. I have heard many things that are being said such as my quality as a coach, my skill level, people full of ‘suggestions’ as to who should be on the court or who is a ‘better’ player or how I lost that day’s game for the kids. I thought I’d write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I’ll start it this way: “I am a volunteer.”

I’m the one who put my hand up to coach the State League team, there’s a big start already, not a lot of people would put their hands up for that position. I understand that you all of you are too busy. I have some news for you, I’m not retired, I hold down a full time job. I’m busy too, trying my very best to teach and improve these children how to play a sport they love. And on top of that full time job that most of us have, I train hard and commit to my State League team and have only my Sunday’s free for my own self. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money.

I know. I make mistakes. In fact, I’m never going to be close to being perfect. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect; and without me or someone like me, there’d be no team for them to play on. I’m part of this community too and it’s no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It’s a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.

After this game is over, I’ll be the last one to leave. I have to pack up all the gear and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when the Manager and I waited with a player for some time until someone eventually came to get them. Many nights I’m sure you’ve already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally get home and kick off my shoes.

If I sound angry, I’m not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids and teaching them this wonderful game. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you’re out there throwing around derogative and nasty things about my persona or coaching. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don’t choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do.

Yours sincerely

The Coach”

Has anyone had this happen to them over the years? I’d love to hear your stories, or ways that help you keep a positive mind frame about it all? It doesn’t have to be sport related, this can happen in so many different situations.

So, until next time.. Be Happy, Smile, and please throw around kindness like confetti- negativity is awful, and if you can kick those negative thoughts from your mind, I guarantee you’ll become a better person.

T.. xx

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