Tag: Bronte Beach

R U OK?

“R U OK?” Today is R U OK? Day. R U OK? Day is an initiative designed to start conversations, connect people, and prevent suicide. It’s all about asking that simplest of questions -“Are you OK?” – and being present and ready

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This is all you have.

“This is all you have. This is not a dry run. This is your life. If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won’t get it back later.” – Laura Schlessinger

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Out of suffering

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran My daughter is suffering a bit now, with her illness. She’s OK, but just uncomfortable. Late last night it got me thinking

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Life is a travelling to the edge

“Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.” – D.H. Lawrence So it is. I’ve been blessed by a few soft landings from said leaps recently. Either way, it’s important to remember that we must,

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We have to be greater than what we suffer

“We have to be greater than what we suffer.” – Gwen Stacy This quote is taken from the speech given by Spiderman’s girlfriend in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It is a cracking film, but it has left me utterly hollow

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Get up early.

“Get up early.” It might seem that I’m going all Sergeant Hulka on you (nod Bill Murray and Stripes) telling you to LOOK UP and GET UP EARLY and stuff like that… …but it’s all coming from LOVE. I have

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If the world seems cold to you

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” – Lucy Larcom I am struggling with winter. This happens every year, and every year I struggle with it. I think it’s a combination of a 1910’s-era home

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt Happiness lies in other places, too. But right now, I have to agree with Roosevelt. I’m getting an enormous sense of enjoyment and

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Nothing is as powerful

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo Well, actually, the original quote is: “On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées.” Translation: One resists the invasion of

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Forgive yourself.

“Forgive yourself.” I set ridiculously high expectations upon myself. I have done it my whole life. I have always been driven to achieve, and I always feel a keen sense of failure whenever I don’t measure up to my own

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Those who are at war

“Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.” – William Hazlitt I had the most horrible nightmare last night. I dreamt that I had a chance meeting with someone I’ve not seen in years, and the

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Either You Decide

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” – Christopher Reeve So much of the way we live our lives comes down to this exact choice. Do I want

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Allow yourself time

“Allow yourself time to recover.” The thing about recovery is that it takes time. The other thing is that you have to allow yourself to recover. You can’t force it. You can’t skip it. It must be a surrender of sorts.

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Switch off.

“Switch Off.” My apologies for a late dispatch this morning. But here’s the reason, and subsequent inspiration for today’s IQ: Background: I deleted the Facebook app from my iPhone (again) around the middle of last week, and I think it

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Every rejection is a gift

“Every rejection is a gift. A chance to learn and to do it better next time. An opportunity to figure out how to bounce, not break. Don’t waste them.” – Seth Godin I don’t want to bore you with intimate

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Learn to be quiet enough

“Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.” – Marian Wright Edelman For some time now, I’ve followed the work of Louise L. Hay. She is, I guess, a

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Life is a mirror

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” – Ernest Holmes Thanks Ernest. I have nothing to add except this: Ernest speaks the truth, and I have witnessed it first-hand countless times. With love,

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The walls we build

“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” – Jim Rohn I think the key here is to embrace our sadness, our down days, our insipid feelings, as much as we embrace the

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Mistakes

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee We all make mistakes. It’s the nature of life, learning, exploring, and basically just being human. Sometimes, they’re big ones. Sometimes, they’re little ones. But,

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The early bird

“The early bird catches the worm.” I lead the Eastern Beaches Photo Walk again this morning. The above frame was taken on my iPhone just prior to creating a time-lapse video. Do yourself a favour – watch the timelapse video

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Beach Portraits and a Little Chaos

A few months back I wrote this post about a dear friend of mine, and her bumpy road to family portraits. My friend MJ, who was the subject of that post, has a cousin whose best friend’s Mum read that

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The Truths of Family Portraits

I am eternally grateful to Nicole and her family for letting me showcase her beautiful portraits. I am writing this story as a detailed insight into the truth of what really happens on real portrait shoots with real families.   Every

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