15 Dec – Happy Place

Where is your happy place?

I find that I can have all different kinds of happy places…

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Daily Prompt – Feeling Fancy

You’re given unlimited funds to plan one day full of any and all luxuries you normally can’t afford. Tell us about your extravagant day with as much detail as possible.

So… how am I meant to do all different things all over the world, when I’ve only got 24hrs in a day, and it can take 18-20hrs just to get from one country to the next?

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Daily Prompt – Sparkling or Still

What’s your idea of a perfect day off: one during which you can quietly relax, doing nothing, or one with one fun activity lined up after the other? Tell us how you’d spend your time.

That’s hard because I love doing both.
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Daily Prompt – Local Colour

Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?

Living in a monochromatic world is something that I have always dreamt of, but everything has always been black and white.

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Daily Prompt – Sudden Shifts

You’re at the beach with some friends and/or family, enjoying the sun, nibbling on some watermelon. All of a sudden, within seconds, the weather shifts and hail starts descending from the sky. Write a post about what happens next.

When Hayley and Lucas ran towards the water, it was the absolute perfect summer day.

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Daily Prompt – Nosey Delights

From the yeasty warmth of freshly baked bread to the clean, summery haze of lavender flowers, we all have favorite smells we find particularly comforting. What’s yours?

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Daily Prompt – A Tale of Two Cities

If you could split your time evenly between two places, and two places only, which would these be?

In a fantasy world where money is no object, I’d say something ridiculously obnoxious like, ‘oh I don’t know, I wouldn’t mind spending my summers on the yacht in the Hamptons, and the winters at our Chalet in Aspen’ but the reality is, I’d need to actually go to either of those places FIRST before I could make comment.

Besides, I’d no doubt hate every minute of it, because I’d be constantly surrounded by wealth-self-obsessed wankers who all think the world revolves around them. I’d probably snap and go on a murder spree.

If I could, I would just split my time between two places where it’s warm… and coastal. Somewhere where I could swim at a beach all year round, whether it’s a place here in Australia and somewhere overseas, I really wouldn’t care. I just want to be near the ocean.

The reality is though, I’ll never be able to afford to split my time between two cities. Ideally, I’d love to have a holiday house somewhere either coastal (again, near the beach) or rural – I’m talking farming country; rolling hills of lush greenery etc. If I was more pro-active (and I guess, single) then I’d want to be spending long weekends at my getaway house so I can just switch off; go ‘off the grid’ – no phones, no internet. Just me and my laptop so I can write.

Oddly enough, even now, more than 15 years after my mum sold the house in the country, I’d still want to buy it back. There was something magical about that house. I still often find myself thinking about it; wishing I could go back there; wishing we still owned it so I could take a week or so off at a time throughout the year and just go back there to de-stress, analyse my life, refocus and re-centre.

 

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Mar 31 – Monthly Lesson

Tell us one thing you learned about yourself this month.

It’s interesting to be writing this post almost two weeks after the date of this prompt, because on this specific day, I found myself away on a work trip down on the coast. It was the first time that we’d been included in a work-trip such as this, so it was somewhat exiting and intriguing.

One of the best parts about this trip was the resort where we stayed. 5-star resort and I was fortunate enough to find myself in one of the most incredible rooms I’ve ever stayed in. It was absolute heaven. The room was also one of the few rooms that actually had a balcony, with a view overlooking the resorts’ golf course, and then looked out to the ocean.

I really did enjoy being in an environment such as this – and it’s a place that I would certainly come back to of my own accord in the future, but in the context of this work trip, it was nice to just be out of an office environment, and actually get to spent time with, and speak to other work colleagues.

The one thing that really hit home for me though, was a realisation of just how much I miss being around water. Given that my star sign is Scorpio, it’s also a water sign, which creates a natural attraction to bodies of water… predominantly, the ocean. I love it. For me, there’s something quite therapeutic and healing about even just being near the water. But to actually be in the ocean, is something really special. Whilst we were there, I actually took an opportunity to go for a swim whilst we were there, and despite the water being incredibly cold, it was quite a liberating moment for me.  I was there by myself, enjoying this moment of peace, serenity and pure happiness. The morning that we left, I got up quite early to go for a swim. I knew that the water was going to be cold, but I really didn’t let that deter me at all. I wanted to make the most of this rare opportunity.

Watching the sun rise over the ocean was an amazing (and freezing) experience, but one I’ll never forget. For a moment, I felt so completely alone. It was a moment of solitude, and a moment I’ve never experienced before. Being neck deep in refreshing icy-cold salt water was incredible in itself, but when you’re all alone with your thoughts and the beauty of nature, it can become quite overwhelming, and a realisation that almost brought me to tears.

As I walked away from the beach, I realised that I need to have more moments like this in my life.

Without a doubt – I need to.

Daily Prompt: The Best Day Ever

You get to enjoy the best day ever — describe in detail what that means to you. Where are you? What will you do? What’s the weather like? What will you eat? Who will you see?

Best day ever??

It’ll involve being here:

With Hulk.

Having a couple of massages or one big 3-hour massage

Swimming with some turtles and / or dolphins

The sun will be nice and warm, I’ll actually be getting a tan, rather than just burning and peeling like I always do. I’ll be enjoying lots of fresh fruits and rain water – it will be absolutely perfect in my own little piece of heaven.

 

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