here are a few good reading links for your enjoyment. I have been head down lately and quiet on this blog; apologies for this. Time can feel short and so at times we have to prioritize what matters most and lately this has been my clients, my studies and research, my triathlon training and my home. How do you choose to focus your time?
Doonane, Keeper Hill
My favourite place
Carbohydrate Periodization: Fuel For The Work Required
Take a few minutes to reflect this Christmas and New year…. make it meaningful
There were just too many thoughts flying around my head this morning to share with you all, so I did the quickest thing and got them down in a video. I am not a fan of the old here I am look at me 🙂 and the video clearly agreed with a cut off after a few minutes!!
So here is a short video message from me reflecting on Christmas and goal setting for the New Year followed by a mash-up on voice recording to complete the message.
Please do take the time to ponder what Christmas means for you, how to be present in all the chaos, and take time to be mindful of your New Years goals.
Please enjoy and add comments about your own goals and desires. Lets make them happen in 2016….
and please click here to continue 🙂
There are no prizes for counting the number of “so’s” and “you know’s” haha!
Please enjoy the very random photos that I had to select to get this recording online. The last approximately 20 shots are taken locally from the University of Limerick, St Mary’s Cathedral, and local Limerick in 2010 when we had our big freeze. This is the effect of freezing fog and not snow; there was no snow and isn’t it incredible! And the final few are taken from Keeper Hill back in 2004 (oh gosh).
Be brave and add feedback and if you like some of your goals… no better time to start having a think and sending the message out to the universe that you mean business!
And enjoy this wonderful art by Josephine Wall; take a moment to see all that is in the image
PS In my self consciousness I omitted what to me is perhaps a significant reason for my goals and aiming to grow all that I am, and that is for all I can be and give in my relationships. Most importantly in my relationship with my boy :-). I spend a lot of time reflecting on my relationships with others and myself and what true connection means. It would be remiss of me to not add this here because for me my relationships and connection to other people give the meaning to everything that I strive for in my life, work and profession. Relationships and connection are the purpose for my passion and desires to become my most loving, giving, expanding and aware me. ❤
Last night, December 22nd 2014, we went to a beautiful Christmas Carol service in Abington Church, Murroe (County Limerick). Mum, Dad, myself and my love all bundled into the car after a long day; it was one of those evenings when it would have been easier to stay at home.
The service was an ecumenical service and the little picturesque church at Abington was packed to the rafters with locals from all denominations including representatives of the Catholic church, the Protestant church, and Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman and Father Anthony from Glenstal Abbey.
There were readings, prayers, a collection for the St Vincent de Paul Society and carols. There were lots of carols and LOTS OF SINGING. The roof was almost sang off with hearty lung-filled performances and the organist Koki was close to heart failure more than once as she attempted to contain the competitive fractions vying for hymn speed. I had the biggest smile on my face; I wonder was God laughing too. There was Christmas spirit in the air in abundance and it was beautiful. Just the singing alone was enough to shift the weight of worries from every shoulder.
We all headed back to “the big house” as tradition would have it for too much mulled wine, far too many biscuits (cakes, pies, and tarts) and colourful chat and entertaining stories. There was enough Christmas love for it to not matter that one car never survived the parking in the mucky field.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about India from Father Anthony; he seemed more Indiana Jones than Monk if you ask me and confessed to wanting to be Hindu. He had me sold on India; one more mark on my world map of travel destinations.
There was no religious separation tonight;
just people and stories and
The rekindling of old and forging of new connections.
Just how it should be!
I have a summer rule that I abide to; if the sun shines I get outdoors. Work can always wait and I will work hard into the evening instead to make up the time. Sun is a precious commodity here in Ireland and if the golden rays shine then count me in.
I live close by Keeper Hill in County Tipperary and I have spent almost 40 years playing in her playground. I have run, walked, biked, horse ridden, and driven every corner around her and journeyed often to her summit.
Did you know that you can see 9 counties from her summit? On a sunny day the views are a sight to captivate the soul.
This has been another busy week, leaving very little time for writing so I am sharing some highlights and lowlights and well, issues that are worth placing some attention on.
I am both heartbroken and terrified as the extent of the damage to our planet and survival posed by Fukushima, unravels into my reality. It would seem that we have pushed and shoved mother earth to the point of almost no return. What can we do? Own it, be responsible for it, pray for it? There are only a few solutions available to our own personal control and I see these as shopping responsibly, and supporting the movement of sustainable local and organic food producers. Dr Mercola has some helpful information and tips here