Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My dearest and nearest, Nico, is doing a propagation course this year. After the beekeepers one last year he's on a roll to get the farm all snazzied up with eco stuff, being self-sufficient and sustainable. The thing is that he's had his eye on having a glasshouse since before we shifted to the farm. As you know, stuff always takes time and usually a lot longer then one is comfortable with. About a month ago he showed me an advertisement in the local newspaper. It showed a section of 580 m2 and it also showed having these mega glasshouses on it. I said you're joking! He said: no, not really. So off we went to have a look...
After looking, we (ofcourse) ended up seeing our lawyer and doing all the homework stuff a common sense person is able to. After having done that it's now officially ours. Now the work begins. (Did I mention we have enough to do already? Never mind eh. All in the spirit of fun and growth!)
So there you have it: never stand in the way of a Dreamer, they usually end up getting what they want. And to be honest I quite like the beaming smile on his face.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Every day we may be running around trying to all on our 'to do list' and by the end we always feel we have forgotten something still. We collapse in a chair, either with wine in hand, watching some funny sitcom or falling asleep.
Tonight though I will be doing something different: I will be trimming Harry's hooves again (pic above). They have grown so quickly that he's been having some troubles. Aside the fact that I know how to trim goat hooves (yes all the things you don't think of when getting on a lifestyle block but eventually get the hang of anyway) it's good to have a 'refreshing course' on it. It's actually not always so simple to clip them right back as the goat may have developed a funny shape hoof over time, so it's better to get the right shape back by continuing to clip them with a few weeks in between the pedicures.
So too after winter I think, looking at my physique and squeezing some extra bits around the middle. I had started running again in the weekend. The next day I was so sore I could hardly walk properly and Nico was making fun of me. Of course our sheepdog Glennie who had accompanied me was fine and keen to go again!
The necessity of maintaining both hooves and my shape made me realize the importance of keeping up with things regularly which is not my strong suit. There for I have been scribbling things on a board in our hallway and in my diary to ensure I keep more consistent tabs on re occurring activities. Because if I don't it creates more hassle and soreness...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
How do you communicate? Have you dived into Facebook, Hyves, as well as write a blog or follow others? What do you read? Online newspapers/magazines or blogs? Both? Are you on twitter too, do you run an online business? How does typing away everyday make you feel better? Why do you do it? One connection on my twitter professed to be hooked and wondered why no one was sending him a tweet for 18 minutes! Communication moves at an ever increasing speed nowadays. We wonder whether we can we do without the tool that is the internet, as it is practically everywhere.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Today it's raining. The end of winter, the end of grey... we hope. The thoughts of wanting to nest ourselves under a duvet by the fire snoozing. So! I thought right: it's a deep pink-tangerine orange and plummy-red kind of day! Definitely. Don't you? I can just tell....
The interior world has the same ideas. Osborne & Little came up with their latest Sariskar collection...
So what are you waiting for? Kick winter's butt with a big dose of fluffy cuddly cushy cozy warm stuff. (That and a glass of red) Have a good one!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
- Be changed and all dandy: it's all attitude right?
- Win lotto!
- Find the perfect man/woman (you know they don’t exist right….. oh you still hope …ok )
- Retire and buy an exotic island and drink martinis
- Make millions with your own company
- Have the perfect figure and wear a bikini again
- Have a massive walk in wardrobe and lots of shoes. Finally.
- Learn many languages and travel and travel
- Live blissfully ever after.
But…. If you DO want to learn, how about listening to what the people around you think? (if they have the guts to tell you. They might and also say things which can surprise you.)
So here’s a fun exercise to learn how others view you: feedback
Select 3-5 people and ask them to send you a written reply and give them a promise you will not pummel them no matter what the outcome will be.
Questions to ask others who know you quite well:
1) If you look at my life up till now, what can I:
Be proud of? (Qualities, attributes, accomplishments)
Be happy or pleased about?
And why do you think that?
2) If you think about my future
What do you think would be good for me to experience in regards to:
Challenges to overcome and
Give time and attention to?
Why did you think that would be good for me?
3) Why do you think it could be hard for me to realize all the above?
So: do you really want to know what people think about you or rather not? Do you look in the mirror from time to time or does it freak you out? Do you want to know? Or happily not to? I think I'll try this exercise just for the sheer fun of it. There's always stuff to learn, whether it's about me or others as well. I don't know but I reckon it could be hilarious.
With many thanks to the Dutch magazine Flow and the websitewww.debaak.nl If you need a coach (in Holland that is) go check them out.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
A company in the US sepcializes in 'shushing' and transforming pads for educated single men. The guys haven't a clue or do not particularly care how their place looks, but generally they DO like company at night... so what to do? How to fix the predicament? Get an interior designer in who specializes in creating sexy bachelor pads... the solution to fizzy and cuddly bliss. Their website reads: "Sexy bachelor pad is a full service design firm, working exclusively with male clientele in the nyc metropolitan area." (Brilliant idea.)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Why do we network? To increase business, relations and get to know people ‘like us’.
Steve Pavlina: “First and foremost, I look for shared values. I seek out people who are happy, growth-oriented, open-minded, self-actualizing, and willing to try new things. People who are unhappy, inflexible, immature, or highly judgmental don’t make good friends or contacts for me.”
I’ve tried different networking routes and decided: hey I’m not going to join ‘a club’, a group or whichever else for quite a while. I’m momentarily “grouped” out. Naturally it makes sense when you sport, have a hobby etc to then meet people who are ‘like you’.
Thing is I have a problem: I enjoy meeting people, who are also “not quite like me”. Why? We learn only from someone who is not like us and from situations that force us to push our boundaries and think. The famous ‘point of difference’ comes to mind.
Meeting people ‘you know’ or who are ‘like you’ can be comfortable, cozy and great fun, but may also be limiting. Friends for example are beneficial if they have the guts to be in your face and say hey do you know what you are doing? Have you thought about this? Why do you do that? They keep us on our toes bless them. Networking is not about friendship, but it is about mutual respect and wanting to know what the other person is about and to exchange and learn.
On Linkedin.com there was a discussion about whether friends can limit your business growth. This I found interesting because yes, generally speaking: don’t involve friends in business and if you do partner up with someone you get on with well: get a lawyer in and the paperwork sorted to the max. Otherwise ‘no way gose’. Things can get too complicated however tempting.
“One of the Ferengi (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) "Rules Of Acquisition" goes as follows: #123 - A friend is only a friend until you sell him something. Then he is a customer. Another one of the "Rules Of Acquisition" states the following: #21 - Never place friendship before profit.
In the Star Trek series many people thought of the Ferengi as "over-the-top" capitalists, but there is a lot of truth to many of their "Rules Of Acquisition". When people are faced with conflicting loyalties they frequently wind up doing harm not only to those they are trying to help but themselves as well.”
Consider for yourself whether indeed your networking is the arena for work, benefit, exchange of knowledge and mutual growth. Are you being professional or friendly? Where do you put your boundaries?
Monday, August 3, 2009
Adding on to above I'm going to bowl you over with something else entirely: language is generally not so much the words, it's what's being shaped in our mind when we hear and see, that draws the associated emotions. What is our inner radar telling us about what we're witnessing? What are we interested in? What is our make up? What really matters to us? Who are we really?
For me the various 'explanations' of how crop circles could be physically made were interesting but not the most fascinating. What is incredible is the science and the visual aspects of it: over time the crop circles have increased to manifest in intricate and ever so complex patterns. The assumption that they are man made as an 'of course' seem doubtful when you realize the enormous size of them and the fact it would be a humongous and impossible task to manufacture them in the dark using rope and the like without denting the surrounding stalks and also without being caught. I'm not advocating some fluffy daisy theory but rather am open minded about alternative sources and the possibility and likelyhood of things happening in our world we may not yet comprehend. (It wouldn't be the first time and it would also be more interesting.)
Whatever technical evolved society we may end up in living, the basics are always, the human story, the interaction, the effect it has on us. The Power of Visuals in a nutshell.