Utopia

Utopia was a term that was introduced to me back in high school. I can’t remember now what it was that we were studying, but the idea of utopia was suggested, in which a place or situation is perfect.

Lately I have been wondering what my utopia would be? I’m sure if you asked a number of people everyone’s idea on the ideal world would be considerably different. Now please don’t get me wrong, I am not as naive as I use to be, and I am well aware that this world is far from perfect. However, there is nothing wrong with a little imagination or daydreaming of perfection!

What does my utopia look like?

The earth is clean – fresh air, free from pollution, the purest of water, fresh produce that hasn’t been exposed to harmful chemicals.

Animals roam freely, where human’s don’t disturb or destroy their natural habits. No creature great or small is in danger of extinction.

Human’s are just good, decent beings. The type that care and look out for one another. That have each other’s best interests at heart and are not motivated by personal gain.

That the earth was free from illness, and natural disasters.

That truffula trees actually existed., and Brown Bar-Ba Loots in Bar-Ba Loo Suits (thank-you Dr. Seuss).

All food and beverages were actually healthy for us.

Every Friday and Saturday evening were used for wining and dining, and rock and roll style/folk dancing was to be had within the local community. Everyone ate, drank and were merry. Everyone was happy.

Ahhh life could be a dream – shaboom shaboom.

Oh, and of course! Every day was filled with sunshine, lollypops and rainbows!

❤ Melissa

Music is in the heart <3

Music is such a powerful thing. It evokes so much emotion – happiness, excitement, sorrow, anger…There is a melody for every possible emotion I am sure!

I love music, I love all kinds of music…except for maybe heavy metal, that’s a bit much for me, but if it is something that you enjoy – then good for you!

I’ve always been aware, but maybe I have become more consciously so, about the effects different kinds of music has on your emotions. Lately I have been drawn to listen to some old school stuff that transports me to my late childhood days. I’ve been belting out tunes to Hanson, Spice Girls, Peter Andre, hitting those high notes with Mariah Carey and Celine Deon, as well as busting out my best boy band moves to 5ive and Backstreet Boys. These artists and their songs from the 90’s put an instant smile on my face and I just feel good all over! Those were the days my friends!

When I just want to chill or am feeling a wee bit melancholy I invite my good friends James Bay, Jack Johnson, Nora Jones, Passenger, Angus and Julia Stone, Missy Higgins, David Grey (plus a few others) to join me for a sing-a-long (or am I joining them? hehe).

Then there are the tunes that transport you to another time and place, where you could literally close your eyes and be any where in the world, or reliving another moment in time – dancing in your parents kitchen, sharing a tender moment with your lover, celebrating with your besties, mourning the loss of a loved one, rocking out at a concert – you could be anywhere! That is the beauty of music, that it is able to evoke these emotions and memories like they happened just yesterday.

So my friends, sing at the top of your lungs, dance like no-one is watching, let your hair down and let the music evolve you!

Sunshine, Lollypops and Rainbows,

Melissa xo

P.S Can’t wait until it is acceptable to start listening to the Hanson ‘Snowed In’ album. Oh Christmas carols, how I love you so!

 

All the small things

‘All the, small things’ sang Blink 182; “It’s the little things” someone once said (and some of us still use this quote today). “Big things come in small packages” – why yes we do 😉

I have always been one that has appreciated the smaller things in life. Back in the day the things that made me smile, and made me feel happy may have been deemed as ‘corny’ but I feel as we all age, we all show an appreciation for the smaller things in life.

Being a almost 31 year old (when did that happen?) all of us have experienced shite of some kind. The universe decided for whatever reason to make sure shite hit the fan and rained all over you, testing you, saying “what are you going to do now?” I refuse to let this smile be turned upside down into a frown and instead make the most of the challenges I have been presented with, and be grateful for what I have and the life that I have been given.

Obviously there are the bigger things in life that I appreciate and am grateful for – my family, my friends, my job, my health, material things such as my house and car, but what about the small things?

So what are the small things that set my heart a flutter? I love flowers – walking down the street be it flowers in the gardens of others or in the park, in a vase, I don’t care how they are – they will always make me smile. Oh, and the sight of the first blossom, signalling that spring is coming. Beautiful blue skies and warm sunny days, they can’t help but lift your mood. Although I am partial to the sound of light rain on the roof, wrapped in a dressing gown with a warm cup of tea in the cooler months.

Nature – the bush, the beach, a river, a creek, a lake, a forest, trees and leaves. I am my happiest when out in nature. Not only am I my happiest but I am also my most relaxed. When out in nature for a little while all of worries drift away, and for a time I don’t need to be anywhere but where I am.

Babies and Animals – the two things that you are advised not to work with – I love them! Babies in prams, their giggles, their little cries. Animals – the sounds of the birds, cats chasing butterflies, dogs wagging their tails happily, little ducklings following their Mumma in a pond. Babies, children and animals all have a wonder in life that I think we can all learn from. They appreciate what they see, hear, touch and taste. The expressions on their faces say it all!

There are lots of small things in this life that can make us happy and be appreciative. What are your small things?

Until next time, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,

Melissa xo

My year of yes!

Recently I finished reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. This self-help book was about Shonda’s experience of living a life where she said no to pretty much everything. One day her sister said to her “you say no to everything.” This simple statement changed Shonda’s life, where she decided to say ‘yes’ to everything that scared her for a whole year. Shonda’s year of yes changed her life for the better – she began to enjoy things that she never imagined, she did things that she never imagined, and demonstrated exactly what amazing things can happen when you step out of your comfort zone.

I found this book fascinating, and it made me think – what could I start saying yes to? Obviously saying yes to absolutely everything is not practical, nor do I want to compromise my own values and beliefs – so I’m not going to hit up my local drug dealer for a cheeky hit, start smoking cigarettes, or sleep with the next bird or budgie that comes along – I still have my dignity people! But what could I say yes to???

Yes to trying new things

Be it a new fitness class, a new hobby, a different café or restaurant, a new course, cook a new dish – who knows what else? And I am not going to write myself off as being ‘bad’ at something before I have even tried. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time, practice and patience to find the ‘groove’ of trying something new – but who knows what is out there and what possibilities trying new things could create?!

Yes to socialising

It is so easy to fall into the same work/home routine. It’s so easy to say “I’ve had a big week, so I’m just going to stay in.” I’m going to get my butt off that couch (not that I sit on the couch often…I’m going to get my butt out of the house) and hang out with family and friends. Sometimes just hanging out with your nearest and dearest, or like-minded people can boost your mood and be just what you need.

Yes to self-love

It is so important to love ourselves in order to love others. How can we possibly love others if we are our own worst critic? We are often quick to point out or flaws, and talk down compliments from others, but what is so wrong about acknowledging our strengths? Absolutely nothing!!! As a Kindergarten Teacher, our program plans are based upon children’s strengths – so I am going to apply this to my life too. This does not mean I’m not going to acknowledge my flaws, but use my strengths to help improve my flaws.

Yes to self care

Self care and self love come hand in hand. This year I have been working on self care and it has been brilliant for my own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Therefore, I am saying yes to continuing my self care practices – writing in a journal, meditating, going to the gym, reading a book, using body lotion after a shower, watching Netflix – what ever helps to recharge the batteries and heal the mind, body and soul. I have found doing a number of these things has helped me not only feel better about myself, but has made me more available to others.

Yes to healthy eating

For those who know me, I have the biggest sweet tooth. I’m the person who goes to a restaurant and will read the dessert menu before anything else. I am also notorious for not drinking water…or really much of anything else for that matter. So yes to the fruit and veggies, yes to the water and herbal tea – load me up buttercup!

I think that is a great start for my year of yes! As time progresses, and as new situations arise I am sure I will become more aware of other potential ‘yes’ moments. I will keep you posted on what else I stumble upon – wish me luck!

I hope my fellow readers join me – what will you start to say yes to?

Until next time – Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbow’s

Melissa xo

 

Welcome to mindful.mel

Hello everyone and welcome to mindful.mel.

What is mindful.mel about?

I created an Instagram account that I named mindful.mel. It was just an idea, that I was going to use it to write down my thoughts and feelings around different things that mattered to me. It contains quotes and my ramblings on life, happiness, love, and my ways of being more mindful in this constantly busy world. So I decided to take it one step further and turn it into a blog.

I look forward to seeing where this new journey is going to take me!

I hope you enjoy reading!