Keep Calm And Plan

Do you thrive under pressure or crumble at the thought of it? Does your best stuff surface as the deadline approaches or do you need to iterate, day after day to achieve something you’re proud of?

When I have a deadline “keep calm and plan is my motto.” I plan my timetable to make sure the job gets done on time and I allow enough extra time for life to get in the way as it invariably does.  I cannot work all through the night to get the job done as my head doesn’t work when I am tired—I need a plan. I break my task down into small achievable chunks that I can join together to succeed.

For me the secret is working out a way that I can look after myself by doing everything I want to and still meet the deadline. Recently I have been given a weekly deadline at work for one of my managers reports each week. As this was initially thrown upon me I struggled the first week but got the job done. Moving forward I plan my week around long and short days depending on what night I am attending Toastmasters. Each week the task is getting easier and I feel myself getting more organised as a result.

Another secret I have for dealing with deadlines is to complete the most difficult task first. I find this takes up the most time and once the difficult task is completed I am usually on the home stretch which motivates me to keep going.

Soul Mate

Got a soul-mate and/or a best friend? What is it about that person that you love best? Describe them in great detail — leave no important quality out.

Finding your soul mate isn’t a journey you can plan. For me it happened when the time was right and I had to adjust my plans accordingly. Why we connected however, I have never considered—everything just fell into place. Personally I think it relates to having similar qualities and values that compliment each other including:

  • Honesty
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Loyal
  • Decisive
  • Hard Working
  • Independent
  • Trustworthy
  • Trusting
  • Humble
  • Forgiving
  • Eager
  • Encouraging
  • Empowering
  • Secure
  • Special
  • Considerate
  • Caring
  • Talkative
  • Listening Skills
  • Humourous
  • Articulate
  • Fun Loving
  • Passionate
  • Adventurous


Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

This week, share a symbol with us, and tell us what it means to you.

I loved this symbol of creativity I found at Lithgow’s McDonald Restaurant. It may be an “only in Australia” moment but it works for me. It is an example of simple, practical fun.


Special Person Day

Many countries celebrate Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. If you could dedicate a holiday to a more distant relative, who would it be — and why?

Why limit ourselves to one type of person. Let’s celebrate diversity and all the special people in our life—whoever and whatever they are. If I had the power I would add Special Person Day to the calendar. A day for everyone to thank and celebrate the special people in their lives. Every has someone who is important to them. No one gets to judge and I have added some options that may already have another day because if they are your special person they shouldn’t miss out because of a generic day. There are no rules — your person can be:

  • Aunt
  • Brother
  • Cat
  • Charity Worker
  • Child
  • Dog
  • Fake Relatives
  • Father
  • Friend
  • Faithful Companion
  • Grand parent
  • Health Care Professional
  • Mother
  • Neighbour
  • Nephew
  • Niece
  • Partner
  • Religious Leader
  • Sister
  • Support Person
  • Travel Companion
  • Uncle
  • Work Colleague

Let’s have fun with this idea. Leave other ideas in the comment section and let’s see how big this list can become.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

Ready to walk on through? This week, share an image of a door.


More information on our visit to Quebec’s Holy Door can be found at


Front and Back Entrance



Fake Doors from TV series being filmed in Citadel during our visit.

Obsolete Communication

Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?

For me, technologies have been a great addition to my life however I think they have been at a cost. It’s the art of communication that I miss. The planned time to communication what is going on in my life with family and friends in personal or by personal letter.

I love sitting down regularly talking one to one with others, getting to know them or keeping in touch on a personal level. The problem is everyone is so busy these days that this doesn’t happen regularly anymore.

I used to love the anticipation of waiting for an expected letter in the mail, the joy of reading about their lives and thinking about what to put in my letter in return mail. The motivating factor for me was remembering the quicker I wrote back, the quicker my next letter would come. Email doesn’t have the same excitement for me as although I still receive them, these emails get lost in my sea of daily emails and I fail to reply quickly.

Christmas cards are another nearing obsolete way to communicate I enjoy.  Last Christmas we were away so  my excitement of receiving regular mail that weren’t bills and hearing about family and friends lives didn’t happen. Neither did our Christmas letter telling them and reminding ourselves what happened in our world during the last 12 months. I find this a great memory jogger and as all the family is involved in its creation, we know it is an accurate record for our future.

While technologies continue to advance us in so many ways let’s make regular plans to make dates with the special people in our world—even a 5 minute “how was your day catch up” can make a difference and may open the doors to longer more personal conversations.