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When is the best time to start something new?

When is the best time to learn something new?

When is the best time to change something?

When is the best time to put yourself out there and
open yourself up to praise/judgement/criticism?

When is the best time to follow your dreams, achieve your goals, live your best
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The best time is now, right now, right this very minute.

And so with the above in mind I am planning to launch my second website/blog in the area of something I am deeply passionate about…the wonderful world of Lean and Positive Change!!

Is my website as pretty as I would like, does it contain every functionality that I would like, is it as professional as other bloggers?
The answer to the above questions is no but I am happy it has everything I need and so will launch it and will work on the finer details as I go along.

If there is one thing the past 6 years as a Travel Photographer has taught me, it is that you are never really ready, nothing is perfect, nothing is 100% and there is really no time like the present.

And so I look forward to the launch of my new website/blog at the end of next week.

I will continue to post here on my Travel Photography blog and all of my social media channels will remain the same.

Are you ready to launch your own passion/dream/website/business/new venture?

Is there something you have been meaning to do but are waiting for the right time?

Don’t wait another minute – the right time is NOW!

 

The above post is dedicated to the memory of the late David Mc Carthy who designed and built my Travel Photography website. David was a gifted website designer, a dream to work with. He was patient, kind and ever generous with his time. David sadly passed away in December 2016 which is a reminder to us all that our time here is limited and there is no better time to follow your dreams than the present.

 

Safe Travels,

Siobhain

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The Lottery Of Life

February 19, 2016 — 2 Comments

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When we think about any type of ‘Lottery’, money is mostly what comes to people’s minds. Whether it is the Local Lottery, the National Lottery, the Euro Millions or any other lottery, lottery is mostly associated with money.

But what about the other lottery, the lottery of life?

Isn’t where we are born, to whom and in what circumstances also a type of lottery?

Is there such a thing as winning the lottery of life?

Here are 10 things you may have that suggests you have won the lottery of life!!!

1. You are alive

2. You are healthy 

3. You have a loving family

4. All of your immediate family and extended family are healthy

5. You have great friends (which are an extension of your family!) and they are all healthy

6. You have your 5 senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell

7. You were born/raised in a country free from war and discrimination

8. You were born/raised in a country that supports and celebrates freedom of speech and freedom of choice

9. You were born/raised in a country that supports and celebrates equality of all kinds

10. You are educated – the fact you are reading this means you are educated enough to read and use a computer/mobile device and that’s educated enough to have take advantage of many opportunities in the world we currently live in

Chances are you can relate to most if not all of the above.

If so CONGRATULATIONS on winning the Lottery Of Life.

What are you doing to celebrate your win?

Ironically, there isn’t a monetary lottery on the planet that can buy any of the above!!!

The list above is actually infinite as there are so many wonderful things to be grateful for that do not cost a thing, I’m sure you could add a few more items to the list yourself,

Safe Travels,

Siobhain

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2 years ago I wrote a blog post on Gratitude.

Gratitude for the good fortune I had been blessed with, gratitude for purpose in my life, gratitude for my love of travel and photography and the amazing opportunities it was affording me.
In the 2 years since I wrote that post I have learned that having gratitude for the challenging times in life is just as important as having gratitude for the happy times.

 

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Each challenging time leaves us better than it found us.

It is through these times that we grow and learn life’s lessons that serve us well for the challenging and happy times ahead.

Do we like challenging times? Possibly not.
Could we do without them? Possibly.
Would we then grow? Possibly not.

 

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As I type this blog post I’m grateful for all the challenging times that made me who I am today.

 

I’m grateful to everyone who deceived me as you gave me strength to leave unhealthy situations and made me more aware that unfortunately not everyone is sincere and genuine.

 

I’m grateful to anyone who stood in the way of my dreams (that should possibly be tried to stand in the way!), you taught me that there are many paths to fulfilling your dreams. I’m ok with whatever route is required. As one of my favourite Chinese proverbs says ‘The journey is the reward’!!

 

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I’m grateful to everyone who told me ‘you can’t’, ‘you won’t’, ‘it’s not possible’ ‘you will fail’- you taught me to believe in myself and my place in this world, you taught me to find the strength to believe I can, I will, everything is possible and yes I fail but I bounce back as quick as I fail which brings me to another of my favourite Chinese proverbs ‘Down seven times, up eight times’.

I’m grateful to everyone who tried to change me, show me a different way, guide me down a different path, you helped me learn I am perfect just the way I am and I am well capable of choosing my own path thanks very much!

I’m grateful to everyone who treated me unfairly and criticised me- you instilled in me a resilience that knows no boundaries. This resilience has stood to me in my personal and professional life and helped to ensure I always stuck up for myself, my beliefs and my values even when that made me unpopular. I’d rather be disliked for being myself than be liked for being somebody I am not.

 

Online trolls who have nothing better to do than criticise and judge…I’m not hugely grateful for you but I’ll mention you nonetheless – you have taught me how to be patient and with some self restraint helped me see the wisdom in the Dalai Lama’s words ‘An eye for an eye and we are both blind’!

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I’m grateful to everyone in my life who would never, not in a million years, treat me in any of the ways above, my soulmate, my treasured family, my incredible friends and colleagues, you are all 100% AMAZING!!!!!

 

I’m grateful to mentors who have helped me see the wood from the trees in difficult times and continue to fill my life with their wisdom,  Eckhart TolleDeepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Robin Sharma among many others.

 

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What are you grateful for today?

Safe Travels,

Siobhain
X x

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Creativity

 

The Oxford English dictionary describes creativity as the following

‘The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work’ 

 

Creativity and the birth of creativity requires space. Space to allow the creative idea into our busy lives, to be processed by our busy minds and become reality in our busy worlds.

A few months ago I took a well-earned rest from the creative process of being a Travel Photographer. An ear, throat and chest infection stopped me in my tracks and reminded me that I had not taken a break from working in almost 4 years. Since becoming a Travel Photographer, as much as I love and enjoy it, holidays had now become more work less play. Carrying, charging and cleaning equipment, shooting, downloading and editing images while traveling is not really the break the mind and body needs. Lesson learned!!

From this lesson, here are the 8 R’s that I have found are critical to being creative and sustaining creativity.

1. REST

Without adequate rest your best ideas will remain hidden. It’s highly beneficial to know when your most creative time is, whether it is early morning, mid-day or late at night and plan downtime and quiet time around this time. My most creative time is early morning even though those who know me best know I’m a complete night owl!!!

2. RELAXATION

It is essential that you find time in your busy schedule to relax. Whatever you do for relaxation, whether it’s reading, listening to music, meditating or just being, it is so important to schedule this into each and every day. This will not only fuel your creativity, keep your mind and body healthy, it will also keep you sane!!!

3. RECONNECT

Reconnect with whatever or whoever you may have lost contact with that gives you joy. This can be family, friends, God, Buddha, Source or The Universe. Whomever or whatever grounds you will also nourish your creativity.

 

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4. REPLENISH

Replenish your body, mind and soul with what it needs – your creative soul requires constant nourishment.
Figure out what feeds your soul and schedule this into your day.

For me, the following ‘soul food’ are the basics required to be creative, solitude, time with family and friends, reading, writing, meditating, journaling and exercising.

Only you will know what feeds your soul as we are all unique – over feed your soul, then stand back and watch creativity be unleashed!!!!

5. REMIND

Remind yourself and reflect on what your driver to be creative is. Why do you need creativity in your life? Why do you need to create space for creativity? What positive benefits will creating this time and space bring to your life? For some creativity is a ‘nice to have’, for others it is as important as the oxygen we breathe.
6. RESEARCH

It’s always interesting to see what other people in your field of interest are up to and also interesting to broaden your horizon and see what creative people outside your field are up to.
This not only opens your eyes to different perspectives but also saves you heaps of time as you learn from other creative souls.

 

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7. REACH OUT

Now that you know what people in your field and beyond are doing, how about reaching out to them, introducing yourself and striking up a conversation on what you have in common or maybe what you don’t have in common?

I have many friends that I have met in such circumstances and these people inspire, amaze and motivate me, all key ingredients for creativity.

Don’t be afraid to reach out, everyone at the other end are just like you, creative and inspirational people!!!

 

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8. READING AND WRITING

Ok so writing starts with W but phonetically starts with R!!!
Reading will give you more knowledge –  knowledge thought of, created by and beautifully packaged by highly creative people – authors.
Writing will help you move your creativity from your mind into the physical world, try it, it’s a game changer!

Whatever creativity means to you, I hope the above helps you find time and space for it in your life.

 

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Safe Travels,

Siobhain

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CHANGE

November 29, 2014 — Leave a comment

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The Oxford Dictionary defines change as the following.

Verb – Make or become different:

Noun – An act or process through which something becomes different:

I love the word ‘change’ and as an Enneagram 4, I more than love the word ‘different’!

Change is inevitable; day changes to night, Spring changes to Summer, we grow older each and every second, change is an integral part of the human journey.

‘THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IS CHANGE’  – Heraclitus

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Change can occur in many forms.

For example a welcome change that you have planned to do –  landing your dream job, buying your first home, moving in with a partner, getting married, having children. These are all blissful positive changes.

Or change can come as an unwelcome change, something you have not planned….illness of a loved one, a loss of any kind or an unplanned event.

The predecessor to planned change will almost always be pain or pleasure. This internal compass when consulted, guides us towards what the Universe knows is best for us.
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If you are in a painful situation, this pain will not cease until you make the required change to release the pain.

This is your instinct telling you to change direction. If your instinct were the captain of a ship he would be shouting…..CHANGE DIRECTION, SAIL THE OTHER WAY, TURN AROUND NOW!!!!

Life does not come with a Sat Nav or a Lonely Planet Guidebook and so the best way to know if you are on purpose is to listen to your gut/instinct/inner guidance, you may not like what this wise entity has to say but the message will continue to be relayed until you take notice and LISTEN!!!!

Not listening to this inner guidance can have an almost unimaginable effect on your physical and mental health, that dull ache that won’t go away of knowing that something, somewhere is fundamentally wrong will without a doubt deteriorate your health at a speedy rate.

I think we underestimate the power that our emotions have on our physical health.

A few years ago my body was giving me signs that I required urgent and drastic change and my head (as the head does) was ignoring them and telling me ‘don’t worry, this will pass’ and ‘it’s not as bad as you think’ and ‘it will be fine’. It wasn’t fine and I ended up in ill health, brought on purely (in my humble opinion) by the stress of being in a situation that wasn’t right for me.

Recently I received these same signs that urgent and drastic change was required to stay on the right path, to continue to follow my dharma and purpose. This time I didn’t wait until my emotions created ill health, I placed my trust in The Universe, planned life altering change and kept moving forward until that ‘dull ache’ was replaced by feelings of joy and bliss as I regained my direction with the help of my internal compass.

Are you on path to your purpose/dharma? Are you listening to your internal compass?

 

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DREAMS…..

September 12, 2014 — 1 Comment

The Oxford Dictionary defines dreams as the following…..

A cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal:

Everyone has dreams, whether it’s to find a dream job, travel the world, fall in love, win the lotto or simply to wake up in the morning healthy and happy, we all have dreams.

 

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As we dream big dreams, work towards them and achieve milestones towards those dreams there always seems to be something else we want to achieve, something more to add to the enjoyment of this incredible journey.

Along the way we may lose sight of the amazing achievements we have accomplished and so it is worthwhile to reflect on results achieved and dreams realized no matter how big or small.

Robin Sharma wisely says

 

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Rewarding ourselves for a job well done, a goal reached, a dream realized is just as important as setting those goals, dreaming those dreams and working towards them.

Anna Neilsen’s ‘Follow Your dream’ print eloquently advises to follow your dreams and a while ago I promised myself this would be my reward for my first online sale.

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I didn’t think it would take 3 years but that is how long I waited to build my Travel Photography portfolio, share it with the world and welcome my first online sale!!!!

Payment hit my PayPal account while I slept peacefully on a flight from Kuala Lumpar to London..
This irony of this made me smile even more than the payment did!!! It is a great feeling to know you can make sales while doing two of the things you love most, traveling and sleeping!!! 🙂

 

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And so I look forward to my reward for realizing one of my dreams, I look forward to reminding myself of the journey it took to reach that dream and the confidence it instilled in me to continue to pursue my dreams.

I hope you are following your dreams and rewarding your success 🙂 

 

 

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