Our house is a home, we live in it, so therefore it sometimes also looks like a cyclone (aka children) has torn through it.
Some days the view from the outside is not much better, we seem to have come to a halt with renovations, and need to finish off some painting, tidy up the tools lying everywhere, and deal with the never-ending weeds, as well as the destruction that two very energetic dogs make.
This all gets me a bit down at times, but then I chose to focus on all the great things that can be found in our garden, and decided to share them with you (cause nobody wants to see pictures of the not so great things there!)
Storm and Zen, our two beautiful, and crazy dogs.
One of the Willy Wag Tail birds that frequent our garden.
Our frangipani tree, silhouetted by the sunset
One lone flower, that survived the destruction rampage of our dogs.
There is all kinds of life cycle’s and events happening in our yard, I just need to remember to open my eyes and look up and around.
Dew drops on a leaf
Tree Orchid, only flowers once a year.
Cute Lady Bugs
Raindrops on frangipani in our front garden
View from our front porch of neighbors stunning palm tree
The garden is the perfect place to enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake!
Our shed was once used by a sunbird to build one glorious nest
The current sunbird hanging around our place, I caught him in the car port today checking himself out in the side mirror on the car and having a chat to himself! Thanks for giving me a much-needed smile birdy!
View from the backyard at a sunset over the mountains
Technically the Singapore Daisy is a weed, but I still think it is rather pretty!
Someone once told me that life will continue to throw the same lessons at us, over and over again, until finally we learn what we need to know.
I have said for years that one of my life lessons is to become more assertive.
Over time, I have become much better, starting to stand up for myself more than I have done before, but I have so much further to go.
I am by nature a pretty outgoing person.
Regularly I will strike up conversations with random strangers, sometimes these are some of the most beautiful, enlightening conversations you can have.
Everyone has a story, and I love hearing what people have to say.
I love to be around people.
There is so many wonderful souls out there.
The kind ones
The Caring ones
The loving ones
The giving ones
The happy ones
The beautiful ones
Thankfully on average I am mainly surrounded by the lovely souls.
The people that uplift me, and bring so much into my world.
Life isn’t perfect, and as much as we would love to, it is impossible to surround oneself in a protective bubble that the negative ones cannot penetrate.
Normally I will just let peoples bad moods and nasty comments wash off of me, I remind myself some people just have their own issues, it is their issue, not mine.
I also admit that sometimes I have been known to fall under the negative category myself, no one is perfect.
A few times lately I have been really put down and pulled apart in some really unfortunate events.
You know what though?
The thing that upsets me the most is not what these people have done or said to me, it is the fact that I have not stood up for myself, that I have not been more assertive and told them that they are out of line.
So I have decided.
Time to be my own hero.
No more being pushed around.
No more being put down.
No more being walked all over.
I may be nice, but that does not mean you can use me as a doormat.
I realize that some times people put others down as they are insecure in their own skin, or sometimes they have had a bad day and take it out on others, or maybe simply they are just a jerk.
Heads up world!
I realize that I have spent so much time fighting for others,
that I forgot to remember to fight for myself.
Now it is time to be my own hero.