Reflecting on 2013

The last twelve months have been full of some exciting adventures, a few major challenges, the birth of a couple of ‘babies’ of mine, some significant losses and quite a lot of grief. It has also been a time spent with family, and trips overseas and interstate for friends, family and advocacy work. We cannot go back to it…

Slow down and be present…

We’ve had one day of family, friends and feasting, and to say my girth has grown ever so slightly is possibly an understatement! Yesterday was our family Christmas meal, also shared this year with a special niece and her fiancé and three special friends, so with our two boys,  one with his girlfriend, there was ten of…

My first virtual Christmas party

Today is Christmas Eve in Australia, and I had the fun of attending a virtual Christmas party via Facebook!  Woop de doodle, it actually was a lot of fun! In fact, this is the only party I personally have been invited to, and so it is even more special. As a girlfriend Robyn blogged The Christmas…

Would you like you, if you met you?

I published this image with a blog some time ago, and talked about how it is our responsibility to care for our own needs, happiness and health included. I firmly believe it is up to us, although looking in the mirror with complete honesty can be quite painful, and taking responsibility, for everything you feel, is often…

My thoughts on how to be a writer?

Start writing. Today, tomorrow, and the next day… Don’t stop, not ever. These are my thoughts on how to be a writer, and what works for me might work for you. The goal of daily blogging was my key to setting up the habit. The experts say it takes 30 days to set a habit, and 90…

12 Online Scams to avoid

As well as a haiku today, I thought I’d add these 12 tips to avoid online scams. We are all suspect to receiving them, and in fact I received about 5 emails yesterday that were Shipping Notification Scams, which had I not seen this and been reminded of the criminal, inhumane scammers, I might have fallen for their trap!…

Dementia and Christmas

December is the time of year we often take stock of our friendships. For most people, the diary is full of social commitments, racing towards Christmas day when families and special friends are together. Christmas time is either something you love and look forward to or dread, and for many people, it is a time of…

SA Dementia Forum: Consumer experience and expectations

This video interview was made for the recent South Australian Dementia Forum held on 5 December 2013. At this event, a large number of experts, health care professionals and consumers, including carers and people with dementia attended to listen, learn, and workshop about how to improve the care of people with dementia and mild cognitive…

The Big Issue: Helping people help themselves

Most of you know one of my favourite organisations is The Big Issue. People with dementia who are homeless are also a very marginalised group, as they don’t have the funding for health care, and the public sector is a much slower pathway to diagnosis  for them than most others. This morning I watched a short…

Relax…

The last two weeks touring three states with the Whose Shoes? communication tool created by my friend Gill Phillips of Nutshell Communications saw us much too busy most of the time to do more than sleep, and then not for long enough. Along the way, in part due to two very quirky senses of humour together…

Friends for life…

I met the young woman in this photo when we were both not quite 17, and this year, we have both turned 55. She is in the photo with the young man who she was engaged to in this photo and married, and they are both my lifelong friends. Jac and I nursed together, and…

Mrs Phillips and Mr Blair

She entered the shores of Australia In search of our cuddliest Koala, Blair Gum leaves galore But so much more And nothing like The other Mr Blair! We teamed up So much within our reach Creating opportunities For learning and transformation In between hysterical laughing And Master classes galore Gumby and Pokey slightly bored The Woodentops making up for…

Experts by experience…

One long poem.. It’s so great to know everything and even after years of diagnoses lacking in investigations and not finding genetic malformations or real diseases changing life from one of health to pain and malfunctioning always told the same thing there is nothing wrong with you other than you are a type A personality or going through a stressful…