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hope for a new generation

28 Sep

Be Love - Copyrighted

I have said it before so sorry if I keep repeating myself but I try not to focus on the news. It is after all one of the most depressing things you’ll see or read all day, especially at the moment with all the chaos happening around the world.

A lot of people think I bury my head in the sand but I believe that for my sanity and the sanity of the world that it helps not to focus on all the negativity and instead focus on love. It is without a doubt the only thing we need right now. Love would stop all this madness because when you come from a place of love it is impossible to commit the atrocities that are being committed at the moment.

If I let my imagination play havoc with my thoughts & think about a world without love, I start to fear for the generations coming up behind me. How does this endless stream of greed, control & violence affect their outlook on life? Does it desensitise them so  that it only becomes worse or will it eventually get to the point where it implodes upon itself and from it comes a period of love and happiness? I can only pray that it is the latter.

If you are a bringer of peace, a purveyor of love then I ask you to spread your story to the masses. It is time for us to focus on the possibilities that life can bring us and not on this chaos that is happening now. If what we think about, we bring about, isn’t it only sensible that we start to think about love and peace? For the sake of humanity, we have to change our way of thinking, we have to start to spread peace, not hate, make love, not war and accept each & every one of us as we are unconditionally. No one needs to change, we all just need to learn to adopt a live and let live attitude.

There is hope for the next generation but only if we start practicing a loving attitude today.

Until Next Time…Think Big & Blossom!



25 Jun

I think back to all the years behind me as I get ready to make the next move forward in my life. Throughout those years I have tried to be the best version of me that I could be, even though I have had to fight numerous bouts of depression and deal with an ego that produces fearful thoughts every time I tried to step outside of my comfort zone. Maybe it’s just the right time or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and the things that used to stress me, just don’t anymore but over the last few weeks I have been releasing the stuff from the past that keeps coming back to haunt me…mostly relationships that should never have gotten off the ground or relationships that should have been given a chance when I had the opportunity and just general missed opportunities in my career, etc. In the past I would have played these situations over and over again in my head, wondering how I could change the past, but as you all know, my learned friends, the past is in the past and cannot be changed, no matter how much you want it to. We have to be content with forgiving and moving on, hopefully to bigger and better things.

The weight that is lifting off my shoulders is a release that I thought might not ever come. This time last year I had surrendered to the fact that my life was shit and that was that! But as with all cycles in life, I am now sure that I can create the life of my dreams and that the next time I hit a low I will be better prepared to push through it and climb that hill back to happiness and contentment.

On the outside my life doesn’t look like it has changed that much in the last few weeks, but on the inside a flower that was closed is now blossoming and filling me with a feeling of anticipation and joy. I am experiencing a deep sense of peace that I have not felt in a long time and all I had to do was let go of the past. I mean really let go. You can say you have but until you really do, it will hold you back in all areas of your life. I call to all those experiencing the same to be brave and take that next step, to remove yourself from the shackles that have bound you to your past. Be free, be at peace, be true to yourself now. Now is all we ever really have. Enjoy it because all too soon it is in the past…


let’s go deeper…

23 Mar

I have been bombarded recently with so much media about the superficialities of life and it is driving me mad!! If I hear one more plastic surgery ad I will scream! If I hear one more thing about Justin Beiber or the Kardashians I will tear my hair out!! Why are we so obsessed with all this bullshit? Justin Beiber needs to be brought down a peg. He is the epitome of child star gone wrong. I would suggest he goes back to school and gets a brain because some of the things I’ve heard about him just make me feel embarrassed that we put people like him on pedestals. The same goes for the Kardashians. Why are they famous is the question I keep asking? Didn’t Kim do a porn movie???? Wasn’t that how it all started? I find it really sad that you want fame so much that you’re willing to have your sex romp watched by millions of people. It’s degrading to yourself and it cheapens what should be a very intimate and private act!

I am also saddened by the fact that in this day and age when so many women want to be treated as equals they still put themselves in positions where they can be degraded and disrespected by not just their peers but by the whole world! Really, what is going through your head when you take a semi-naked shot of yourself for twitter – “Now they’ll take me seriously.”? How can you equate that with empowerment and respect? Please don’t get me wrong I’m not saying we should all hide our bodies away and be embarrassed by nudity. What I’m saying is respect yourself.

There are so many sexy, empowered women in the world. And the reason they are sexy and empowered is that they don’t get their tits out any chance they get. What I find most frightening is that these are not the women who our children look up to because they’re not splashed across the tabloids every day. Our children are bombarded with over sexualised images of people who are famous for doing nothing! What is this teaching the younger generation?

Many of you will think I’m delusional. That wanting media representation of a world that doesn’t revolve around how you look or how many booby shots you have on twitter is a dream that will never come true, but I am just so frustrated at the meaningless that is forced upon us every day by the media that I have boycotted it. I don’t read trashy magazines, women’s magazines, newspapers or news websites. I don’t watch the news or entertainment type programs that are filled with the latest gossip about this or that star. I don’t want this bullshit filling my brain anymore!! I tried to find a homepage that didn’t sport this crap and I found bing.com.au, which has beautiful, awe inspiring photos on it. It was the only one I could find. Where do our children find positive self-imagery. Where do they see and/or read about the meaning of life? The meaning of life – being happy, treasuring relationships, doing things that fill you with joy? Where do they get to experience that?

The question I really want you to think about though is what will our future look like if this type of media representation keeps escalating? We have to take a stand now. If we don’t buy the magazines or read the stories on the net then eventually the media will be forced to give us what we want. Don’t you want to read an article that leaves you feeling inspired and happy to be exactly who you are?

Until Next Time…Think Big & Blossom!

PS. Sorry for the soapbox rant but some days I just feel like I’m going to explode if I don’t have my rant. He he he.


know your power…

26 Jan

As I reflect on what goals I want to accomplish this year and finalise the final seven I am realising that there is power in the choices you make. We have the power to choose the way our life will be. Even if you give that power to someone else by letting them choose your direction, you are still making a choice, you are still using your power, albeit in not a very positive way.

I think back to all the times I gave my power away – to boyfriends…friends…bosses…I let them make decisions for me that should have been mine to make. But the only choice I made was to live from fear, to live from a perspective that someone else could make better decisions for me than me!

The metamorphosis has started for me as I take back my power and yield it in a way that is beneficial to me and ultimately beneficial to the people around me. I am realising that I can’t continue to live as I have been, dipping a toe in the pool of life and then withdrawing back to the edge because the water is too deep and what lies beneath the surface is unknown. This year my bathers are going to get wet!

I am tired of feeling depressed, anxious and worried because I am continually living my life out of sync with my quintessential self. Sometimes I think that maybe I’m going through a midlife crisis but then maybe our 40’s and 50’s are just the age we get to when our true self loses patience and says “Enough!”. I feel that this transformation can’t come soon enough. I feel like I have been living inside a chrysalis and this year is the year I will finally emerge as the beautiful butterfly I know I am.

Everything is changing or going, from out-dated values to a total physical makeover. Come December I will be living a life more congruent with my true, quintessential self. I know some of you are thinking that it takes years of self discovery to do what I want to do in one year but dear ones this has been going on for years, under the surface and now I am in the final stages where these changes manifest into my reality.

I’m not saying it will be easy but gosh I do hope it is exciting and full of experiences that will live in my heart forever!

Until Next Time…Think Big & Blossom!



31 Aug

I love afternoons where you can chill out and do whatever you want. I haven’t had a chance to do any photography for a while so this afternoon was my chance to look at some photos I had taken in May. I have the new, yet to be released Corel Paintshop Pro X6 and have been playing with my new plug ins.

Today I have fed my soul (meditation), my mind (learning Italian, playing my flute & creating great photographs) and body (yoga) and I think we should all remember that spending time on things you love is good for your spiritual health.

Have a great weekend!

Until Next Time…Think Big & Blossom!

Kings Park WA

Tree Walk Kings Park WA

Kings Park WA 2013

Kings Park WA 2013


what to do now…

27 Jul

Wow! I have spent so many years filling all my spare time up with trying to “succeed” in life, that I now have all this spare time and quite frankly it feels weird to not have some project on the go. Since my last blog I have been trying to enjoy life as it comes. I have stopped putting pressure on myself to be something that I am not and am finding that I have all this time spare to do whatever I choose. But what do I choose to do? That is the big question.

I choose to do all the things that I kept putting further down the “to do” list because they didn’t contribute to my “success”. For example I want to learn how to speak fluent Italian and French. I want to be able to play the guitar, go to the movies on a regular basis, finish all the half finished craft projects I have in my cupboards (one down, twenty something to go…), and spend time just hanging out, doing nothing!

These are all things that I enjoy doing yet in the past I never let myself have the pleasure of doing them because they did not contribute to what I deem as a successful life. I realise that I have been deluded and that these things that I enjoy doing are what makes my life successful…to me. And as I’ve said before the only person who has to like your story is you. And even though my story now has less action and more reflection, I realise that it suits me to be at this chapter at this time.

I am finding that with all these huge external changes, also comes internal changes. My body has been getting rid of all the superfluous and I am finding I have more moments for quiet reflection than I have had in a long time. It is amazing what comes rushing in when you let your mind be empty.

The path to transformation is a long one but I feel confident that I am on my way.

Until Next Time…Think Big & Blossom!


it’s all in your perspective…

25 Jun
Photograph by Amanda French

Photograph by Amanda French

Over the last couple of weeks I have had to look at my life from a different perspective. I needed to do this so I could re-evaluate what I wanted in my life and how I would need to change my goals to get there. I basically had to weigh up what was most important to me and what things I had in my life that needed to go.

So often we cling tight to the people, things and situations in our lives that don’t work because we are more frightened of the unknown. The unknown takes us out of our comfort zone, makes us take risks we might not normally take. But it is the very thing we are afraid of that can set us free. We just have to “want” more than we “fear” and suddenly it will become easier to step into the unknown.

I have been looking at my life from a different perspective and deciding what is most important to me. I’m now working on ways to bring those things into my life. If you followed my other blog, you would know that I have closed it down because it was taking the focus away from what really brings me fulfilment. It was a photography blog and whilst I still love photography and will continue to take photographs every day, I have decided that that is enough to fulfil that part of me.

What it really boils down to is that I took a look at my life and realised that I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself to create this dream life. However when I think about my dream life, the most important things about that life are already available to me – close family, good friends, multiple creative outlets…these are all things that I have right now in my life. But because I got this idea in my head that my perfect life involved me being a successful photographer and author I have wasted the last two years or so of my life trying to make that happen. I get a lot of joy out the photographs I take and the blog and prose that I write so I think that makes me successful in those endeavours. After all it shouldn’t matter what other people think. As I have said before it’s my story and I’m the only one who needs to like it.

So now that I have changed my point of view I can see that already my life is quite successful and that I should just spend some time enjoying it.

Until Next Time…Think Big & Blossom!

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