The Penguin Parade – Phillip Island

Ahhh, this is the cutest thing to see in the world.
 
Phillip Island, a beautiful spot in Southern Victoria, Australia is home to some 32,000 little penguins.
 
Little penguins are the smallest of all penguin species standing at around 33cm tall, which is what makes them so darn cute!
 
Every day after spending between a day or a month at sea, they return home to feed their little ones or make new babies!
 
The one remaining colony down in Phillip Island is protected by Phillip Island Nature Parks Australia, which is a not for profit, ecotourism organization.
 
So that’s how we, as visitors to the Island get to see the penguins without causing any damage.
 
The Nature Park has set up specific viewing areas & boardwalks so the return home at dusk can be viewed at an acceptable distance and we can watch the little critters reunite with burrows & babies as they waddle up the beach & hillsides.
 
It’s a fantastic experience for kids young & old and highly recommended.
 
Here’s some pics. Please note you’re not allowed to take pics at the event so I nabbed some of these from their website.
 

January 3, 2019

Take the Punt & Do It Anyway

Today we’re heading down to Philip Island in Victoria, Australia to watch the Penguin parade.
 
It’s a wonderful magical experience where the resident Penguins come home for the night and make their way from the sea up to their burrows in the sand dunes behind the beach.
 
There are hundreds of them all coming home at the same time and it’s an absolute delight to see them greeted by family members and chattering loudly to each other. It’s almost like a black & grey smurf village!
 
It’ll actually be our second time going, because our daughter was too young to remember the first time
 
Our only challenge is we can’t find accommodation in the area for a reasonable price due to the time of year.
 
So we said, let’s just head down there and take the punt anyway. We’ll find something.
 
It’s not a huge risk, we’ll find somewhere, or turn around and come back for the night. However, this ‘Que Sera’ attitude really underpins our life.
 
What the hell, let’s do it anyway. Let’s just try it and if it works great, if not we’ve learned something, experienced something, have grown in someway.
 
Too many friends and colleagues I know put up huge barriers from experiencing anything. There are always too many reasons why something won’t or can’t work.
 
I have two words for you – Stop It!
 
Life is for living, it involves taking risk along the way, sometimes small, sometimes big, but nothing will move forward unless you’re prepared to take a risk every now and then.
 
So next time you find yourself putting up the psychological barriers, say to yourself ‘Sod it, let’s take the punt & do it anyway’!
 
You never know where it might take you!
 
Good Luck! 🙂
 

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year from Sydney!!!

So today is the first day of 2019!!!
 
I have to be honest I’m feeling a teensy bit weary after an amazing night at Sydney Harbour last night.
 
It’s long been on my bucket list to see the Sydney fireworks at New Year and last night my most gorgeous partner made that dream come true in style!
 
We boarded a boat at 6 & spent the evening eating, dancing & being merry!
 
There were fireworks at 9 & of course one of the biggest firework displays in the world at midnight & we had front row seats.
 
Amazing!!!!
 

 
So what’s on your bucket list for 2019??
 
Even if you think it’s impossible, write down some of your greatest wishes & dreams. It’s amazing how your thought processes will start to affect your actions which in turn will move you in the right direction if you dream hard enough!
 
In the meantime make sure you’ve watched this weeks episode of MIHM, which is all about focusing on process based rather than results based goals this year.
 
Want to finally stick to some of your New Year resolutions? I reckon this is the key, check it out here – Happy 2019!.
 
Happy 2019!!!!! 😁

January 1, 2019

Make It Easy To Be Happy

I once heard Tony Robbins tell a story from one of his seminars.
 
He asked a man in the audience what his rules for happiness were.
 
The man apparently was very athletic, had a family and a successful multi million dollar business.
 
The man replied he would be happy once he had generated ‘X’ million dollars a year in profits. (I can’t remember the exact figure).
 
So even though he already had so much, his rule for happiness was dependent on him getting more.
 
Big T then turned to another guy who was as the story goes jumping out of his seat with energy.
 
Tony asked him the same question – What are your rules for happiness?’
 
The man answered ‘that I wake up alive & well every morning.’
 
Talk about different reference points!
 
The question is, which one are you?
 
Do you hear yourself saying – I’ll be happy when….
 
I’ve lost 20lbs
I’ve got ‘X’ thousand in the bank
When the kids have finished school
When I’ve achieved this goal or that goal
When, when, when, when.
 
Or do you choose to give yourself a break, appreciate the fact you’re a miracle in this world with a very short shelf life & therefore give yourself permission to be happy just because you’re alive!
 
Easier said than done right? As humans we almost seem preprogrammed to give ourselves a hard time and create reasons not to be happy.
 
So today, just for one day, take a rest from judging yourself & overthinking things & choose to be happy just because you woke up this morning! 😃
 
Who knows if you like it, you might choose it tomorrow & the next day & the next……

December 20, 2018

Go The Extra Mile

Yesterday I had my hair cut at my usual hairdressers in a shopping centre 15 minutes from our house.
 
They’re probably a bit pricier than many hairdressers in the area, but I go there because I’ve got to know the team, they’re super easy to deal with and most importantly they do the best hair washes I’ve ever had!
 
Ladies you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say going to the hairdressers is like ‘me time’ for us, not just a haircut.
 
So to feel pampered is super important. The offer of a coffee, someone running their fingers through your hair, discussing how to make you look and feel beautiful by the time you walk out the door and of course the hair wash.
 
To have someone else wash your hair is the ultimate indulgence, so add a complete head massage and hair washing experience that lasts about 10 minutes…..
 
The pleasure is so great words fail me.
 
Therefore I’m prepared to pay over and above for this hairdresser because I know they will always just go that bit extra.
 
Are you doing that in your business?
 
Do you go just that bit extra to keep your customers returning again and again?
 
It’s worth thinking about….
 
Have a great day. 🙂

December 18, 2018