For as long as I can remember I had been pulled and determined to travel to Antarctica one day. I can still remember the excitement when we booked our travel package through Webjet. You know how you felt as a little kid before Christmas? Eagerly waiting to see what surprises were under the tree and of course the experience the magic. That was me when we booked.
We first had to travel from Perth to Sydney to catch our flight with Latam through New Zealand to South America. In Sydney it came as a shock to us when the lady at the counter told us that we had not been booked on this flight and that she would have to contact customer service in South America to get our booking fixed. At that stage my heart of course started raising what if we would not be able to get on this flight? Would we still be able to make it in time to Buenes Aires? After an hour of waiting and listening to our friendly lady at the counter trying to communicate with someone in South America that spoke little English we finally managed to get seats on the plane. What a relief.
Flying as a vegan with Latam was an experience. Let’s just say in South America they believe that eggs and fish are vegan. I was not impressed with the food at all as it didn’t meet my dietary requirements or was burned even though we had put in a request at the time of booking the trip. So often I would end up with a small bowl of fruit.
On our flights to South America we met a lot of fellow travellers that were just as excited to be experiencing Antarctica very soon. Once we arrived in Buenes Aires we were tired but happy knowing that we would be able to have a night’s rest before catching a small charter flight to Ushuaia the next morning. We were meant to be picked up by a coach which to our surprise never showed up. We ended up teaming up with another couple to take a taxi to our hotel. The journey to our hotel should have taken 45 minutes but took over 3 hours. A Mardi Gras and two sporting events were taking place that made it near impossible for our driver to get to the hotel. You know the saying you never know what you have got until it’s gone. Let me assure you we did regret it that we did not take advantage of the toilets at Buenes Aires Airport.
We only had about 4 hours of sleep when we got to the hotel before we had to get up in order to grab breakfast on the way to catch up charter flight to Ushuaia. There was tea, juice and fruit that I could have. After our short charter flight we decided to take the optional tour to explore and see Tierra del Fuego National Park. I can only recommend it. The landscape is stunningly beautiful.
While there we also were able to get stamps in our passport at the post office “at the end of the world” (Argentina).
Watch out for my next post where I continue from when we board the Ms Midnatsol…
Whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you are right. Our believe system determines our actions or the actions that we do not take.
For example if I am a smoker and I say “I will try very hard to stop smoking but you know I have been a smoker all my life”, then this means that we are highly unlikely to achieve our aim. The reason is because early on I decided that I am a smoker and that this is part of my identity.
If you are struggling in any area of your life, I challenge you to examine your believes. What do you believe and is there something that may be holding you back?
One of the crucial steps we need to take in order to change our actions is to shake up our old believe systems and replace them so that they support our goals and ambitions. Once our believes are aligned with where we want to go it’s like that road block diminishes and the road becomes clearer.
Do you know those mornings when the alarm goes off and you wonder how you will ever make it though another day at work? When you drag yourself out of bed because just the thought of work has kept you up. When you start counting down until the next weekend before you have commenced work on a Monday.
I came across this interview on the weekend on how to be Happier at Work. They talked that surprisingly studies have shown that you do not necessarily need to love your job or be passionate about to be happy at Work.
People with a best friend tend to be the happiest at work. First this came as a surprise but as I thought about it, this idea fell into place.
I thought back to the places I had worked where I was happiest and in all these places I had very close friends that I looked forward to seeing every day.
In addition you can create a happier workplace by getting together with friends for walks or socialising to encourage a community feel.
Please let me know your thoughts on happiness in the workplace below. Perhaps you have figured out other ideas that have made your workdays brighter; please share.
Most of us have found ourselves at times wondering what happened. Where we just wonder which way to go, feeling lost and confused. Most of us have also felt depressed at times, almost like a part of themselves was missing. We wonder how we lost ourselves and how to feel like ourselves again.
Those feelings stem from our expectations from what our life should be like. Perhaps we have pictured our lives to be married and in the most loving relationship with kids happily ever after. If we then have worked ourselves up the corporate ladder and are living on our own, we often find ourselves feeling unhappy and depressed.
Our expectation, also called our blueprint, paints the picture of what we imagine our lives to be like and can cover all areas of life. As soon as our current situation does not meet the criteria of our blueprint we will find ourselves feeling confused and like something is missing. Perhaps we even feel like we do not know what decision to make or what path to take next.
But how do we find ourselves again and turn things around? First of all we can take the route the majority will take which is to blame someone else for their life or their current situation. However according to Tony Robbins this is like we are drinking our own poison and expecting our enemy to die. It does not make sense and will not make us feel better.
So the only two viable options are to first of all change our blueprint of what our life should be like or work on our life. If we go back to being married happily ever after with kids then perhaps we need to dig deeper to discover the core feeling that we want to feel. Any of our expectations are based on feelings that we want to feel. In this case perhaps we are seeking unconditional love. When we decide to look further we might discover that we already have unconditional love but in a different form. From here we can change our blueprint.
The second option is to work on our life. If we aren’t happy with our body or our health then we can decide to work on it. We can choose to have a workout plan and work on our bodies. We can pursue to eat healthier or we may choose to work on self love. These options are about taking responsibility of our lives and going deeper. This path is not easy and there may be a bumpy road ahead but our happiness may well make it worth while.
When I first heard about Li Ching Yuen, a Chinese Herbalist, that had lived to the age of 256, I was intrigued. I am always interested in the secrets of people that live well beyond the standard and love studying their lifestyle.
Li’s favourite herbs were the following
He Shou Wu
Goji berries, which are also known as Wolfberries have been used by the Chinese for thousands of years. The little powerhouses of nutrition have also been attributed to being some of the longevity secrets of the Chinese and help support kidney health, blood health, liver health and lung health.
Let’s dive deeper and let’s look into some of the components or nutritional facts that that gives Goji berries its health promoting and immune boosting properties:
Polysaccharides – a long chain sugar molecule and primary source of fibre in the intestinal system that
helps to enhance mineral uptake
helps to stimulate the immune system
helps to stabilise the blood glucose levels
helps to promote colon health
offers antioxidant protection
Zeaxanthin – a fat soluble pigment and antioxidant from the carotenoid family that
supports the immune system
helps to protect eye health
Beta-carotene – an orange pigment that is important for the synthesis of vitamin A and that
supports eye health
supports cell structure
supports healthy bones and teeth
supports healthy looking skin
Plus Goji berries are a complete source of protein! These berries are truly little nutritional powerhouses that anyone can benefit from.
Two easy ways to take Goji Berries every day
Eat a small hand of goji berries every single day to support your health.
Drink 60ml of NingXia Red daily, which is my favourite drink that contains goji berries (if you decide to use the link below, I thank you for supporting this blog) www.worldofoils.com.au
Some days are about gratitude for the small things in life. Even though it is currently winter in Perth Western Australia, we were lucky enough to enjoy another 20 degree day.
What a better way to get outdoors than to explore a never before discovered trail; the Rose Trail in Yanchep National Park.
We spotted a few roses and wildflowers along the way while we listened to the sounds of the black cockatoos in the distance. Throughout our 3.5 hour hike we only saw one more person that was hiking.
A fair bit of wildlife was out enjoying the weather too such as a few kangaroos, a legless lizard and a brown snake we spotted on our way back. I was happy that the snake was rather small. We decidedto throw a few rocks next to her to help her gently continue into the Bush.
It seems to always amaze me how the vegetation continues to change in the outback. As we returned home I felt happy and grateful for our nice hike.
We all too well know the impacts a crazy week at work can have on us. In today’s world pressures are increasing and it seems to be expected to accomplish more in less time.
All the more important become strategies that help us to look after ourselves. The believe has been around for long enough that taking time for yourself is perceived to be lazy or selfish by many.
Yet those people that do know that they need time to balance themselves out and look after their needs in many cases are healthier and happier. This type of practice does not have to be fancy or hard.
It could be as easy as taking a long walk in nature. Have you ever noticed how you feel when you spend time in nature? Many believe that it helps to return our body to balance and support our health. Some believe that is helps to bring out more positive emotions.
On a personal note when I experienced a complete burn out a few years back I spend lot of time in nature and it helped me cope. My walk was what I looked forward to every single day and I still continue walks almost daily.
Last weekend my husband and I went for a roughly 12km hike on the ghosthouse trail at Yanchep National Park. I was quite amazed on how the landscapes kept changing. And after our achievement we had the best night’s sleep.
As always I would recommend to try out spending time in nature for yourself and see whether it works for you and how time in nature makes you feel.