Find your Inner Artist!

Now for some people drawing is up there as either a love or hate.

Most of the people who dislike come from bad influences which has given them a horrible time. I will say it is a great tool for great inspirational output. And now, I have got back to something I have not done for a while.

I made a sketch video a few years back, but with different things happening meant that no more got made. It’s always the same story of, “I will do it later.” I first decided to draw old photos of mine from my worldly travels, but never got around to another video.

My first was Sydney Harbour Bridge. I loved this photo with the couple walking between the trees, in front of the bridge.


My latest was a photo I took in Melbourne, Australia. It is a place called Yarra River, which runs through the city.



If you want to see them then click here to see my channel.


Surprises Come in Many Forms

As the title suggests surprises appear when we least expect them, otherwise they would not be a surprise.

A question that comes to me is how exactly are they to surprise us.

I for one believe that what you do is who you are. If you live healthy then most time you should be healthy. There is always room to break any chances of well being.

The reason I bring this topic up is because I have been looking for a new job since coming back to the UK. It has been tough to get going with problems here and there, but fighting through and looking on has shown me the light at the end of the tunnel.

A company in Manchester reached out to me last week. They asked me to drop by and check out their small school. It is a nice place, a little compact but new and clean. Last Friday I went for the Open Day where I met the existing staff and some of the students who want to attend.

They all seemed lovely and that’s where a problem had arose. I saw a problem in me with not working for a while, which got me down. This then made the aspect of a surprise to get something after that time so much more. But looking at it, I was working during that time all be it on creating and promoting my profile. That in turn made it possible for them to find me.

On top of this…

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So now I look to starting next week with a happy heart and lovely co workers. I now have to run through my old notes and ideas for these new students.

photo credit: USEmbassyPhnomPenh Information Resource Center (IRC) hosted a Christmas word game for English language beginners from American Intercon School. via photopin (license)

Its Time to Clear Out and Start Fresh!

Yay we are in a new year and what better time than to give your life a new approach.

If you are feeling weighed down with burdens from your self then it’s time to find out if you really need to do them.

Sometimes we give ourselves things to do in believing they are necessary for our progression to a better life. I am guilty of this with many side projects over the years.

Ask yourself, if you stopped whatever you were doing and never did it again, would your life be better or worse?

If that’s tough to answer then look at it to then filter your life and do something else. What other cool things could you be doing?

People are ​What Matter in Life

I recently changed circles. My life had changed so much that I felt I did not know what to do or who I was. It truly was perplexing and stressful. I returned home to my old town which had a few changes but is mostly the same.

After 8 years the  major difference was that they had all got older. For me time had stopped in my town but for them many years had passed. They had new friends and families had changed with people missing and new arrivals. All of it I had missed.

During my period of transition one striking thing I noticed was just how kind and welcoming everyone is. It is so humbling as my time in Korea was a place I missed dearly.

What made it worse was my family were still there. Saying goodbye to my 2 sons was heartbreaking beyond anything Ive felt before. No one should have to experience that. It was so hard in fact that my head was not okay for over two weeks. I am a programmer who could not concentrate on a computer.

And that then built up even more stress. To pile on that I had jet lag for over a week and then I caught bronchitis. And to really make my time more wonderful I fell down the stairs injuring my shoulder and neck.

But on the plus side I have been to the doctors and I am all good.

When I planned to come here I had ideas and a schedule but that all took a back seat as I never planned for people and emotion. It was something that punched me clean in the gut and knocked me for six as in my head I wanted to be ready to take on anything instantly.

So after nearly 4 weeks I have finally got my focus back. That was mostly due to friends, neighbors and family being there with wonderful advice.
So when I ask what matters it is the people around me as they surprised me in many happy ways.  And now it is up to me to return the favor.

photo credit: Leonard J Matthews pass the parcel via photopin (license)

Appreciate Life and be Happy

Recently I have been sorting out my things before my new adventure. And I have come to realize that if I am not happy then its because I am making the situation to complicated.

If you think about times when you are happy most often than not they are good because we think  simply of an event with no problems attached.

So the question is then why do we attach problems and bad feelings to something that could be so enjoyable?

My answer is to appreciate what we have more than the nagging problems we constantly carry with us.