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Month: December 2016

Create your own Beauty

Create your own Beauty

 

That first summer in the Kalahari was one of the most dreadful and desperate times ever for me. And it was not because we had to adjust in a new country and community. No, I think I could have handled the heat and the sand, that even excited us, initially … a challenge! But, without beauty? How can I live in a place that is downright ugly? That was my crisis. I needed beauty. Nature, green, order, flowers  ….. oh, cleanliness …. it was not even about being happy. I thought that I won’t be able to survive.

I could not go out and walk the dogs and just be. It was like choking, the streets littered with bags and papers, thirsty cows and donkeys harnessed in pairs, struggling to just move.

I could not sit in my garden and be. There was no garden. I cringed to see thorn bushes and rubble, no lawn to lie on or throw the ball. Just sand. No beauty.

I needed beauty. We all need beauty. It is life giving. Essential for happiness. So, I planted a garden. We can create beauty – anywhere.

You also need beauty. Dream about it. Then talk about it. Create it. Work for it … it might not be a garden that you need. Perhaps you need to create beauty in your home, office or just a room. But do it!

Beautifying your immediate surroundings is the first step you can take to a True and Simple life. So then, how will you start?

Join me here for  25 steps to create your own Beauty

A true life

A true life

I always wanted a true, unpretentious life filled with happiness, harmony and purpose. But somehow I took so many turns and detours, that I caused myself more anguish than simplicity – most of the time! Over the years various stints were  part of my journey to find that point of arrival where I can call my life — TRUE.

So what was it exactly that I saw in my mind’s eye? A free spirit surrounded by beautiful things…music, art, books,nature …   a type of sophisticated “hippie mom” with my children, husband and dogs! Not so easy if you always feel that you are not quite good-enough. And worse – if you even doubt your own likes, dislikes and style!

Well, only when my husband and I moved to an isolated African village in the Kalahari dessert, where rubbish, mistreated animals, poverty, drought and intense heat, became our reality, did I find my TRUE LIFE.

This is my journey to a true and simple life through horrendous mistakes, many days of regret and tears. Hopefully it can inspire you to push through to that REAL TRUE YOU – although I have not nearly arrived and learn and grow as I travel …..

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