Anzac photography

In light of our recent commemorations of Anzac Day I thought I would share some photographs by a photographer I have followed on Flickr for a while now.  For reference the building is the National War Memorial here in Wellington.  There is only one building, not the multiple that the images look like.  I loved these as soon as I saw them and wanted to share his work with a wider audience, so here they are.  I just love what he has done with putting multiple images together in this instance.  Let’s see if you do too.

20150425 Anzac troop

20150425 Anzac poppies

There are a couple more, including one with all of the medals.  He’s a great photographer and well worth looking through his other images too.  Lots of sports for those who love to see bodies in motion.

Today’s Life Lesson by Ms Oh

The Oh Waily family is currently enjoying a family holiday in a hot and sunny location.  It involves a lot of sun, swimming pool time and random acts of self-care.

Usually, in my rather self-effacing and understated way, I avoid anything that might make me look slightly silly in public.  I’m a life-long ‘sensible’ person after all and could not let the SP team down by doing anything remotely out there.

Today I learned a very simple and powerful life lesson.  The world will not stop turning if I show up at the swimming pool wearing a bikini.  Everyone will not drop their morning coffee in their laps and the small children will not exit the pool running for their Mummy’s protection.
Finally I have broken that mental barrier that says I need to have no cellulite, wobbly bits (other than those bits that are expected by general society to wobble attractively), and be somewhat bronzed.  You see, I fail pretty much on all those counts. There is definitely cellulite and childbearing has resulted in areas of remaining wobble that is not of ‘the attractive’ kind.  I would qualify for the finals of many ‘whitest person’ awards and other than a healthy spattering of freckles that are trying to merge into a bronzed one-ness, I am unlikely to ever join the healthy tan brigade.

So today’s life lesson for you all to take on board is…. don’t let some silly mental story about what ‘looks right’ stop you from enjoying something as simple as letting the sun and water wash over your body.  I promise you that the world will not stop in its tracks and the Earth will not suddenly turn out to be a flat disc on the back of a giant turtle (although that could be fun).

Be yourself, and take this attitude into everything you do in your life !

Vision Board 2015 – the concept

Hey ho!  It’s been four years since I last wrote about my vision board.  It has happily lived on my dresser for much of that time, so every morning I wake up and see the images before I start my day.  But today I thought to myself, it’s about time I overhauled it.  I created a digital one for myself that is my current laptop wallpaper, but I’m thinking I’d like to get something big and bright back out on show for myself.

It’s fair to say that my current board is overwhelming to do with relaxing holidays in the sun, preferably involving water of some sort.  It works.  We have an annual family holiday which meets that goal.  I will be keeping that in the new incarnation of my board too, since it is so important to us all.  There was a minor component around being fit, running specifically, and around having a nice home.  Those areas have fluctuated since creating the board, so it’s time to give them a bit of status too.

I no longer buy magazines very often, although I do have a few strays hanging around home at the moment.  I will be trawling through those for appropriate images today and clipping out any that strike me as a good match for what I want to achieve.  I have a new, supersized batch of paper just waiting for me to get my glue stick out, then tomorrow I shall pop out to the local art supply store and pick myself up a new foam board upon which to mount the whole shebang.

To achieve some of my ideas I am going to have to go digital, as I simply don’t have printed options around the house.  It will be interesting to see how much needs to come out of my computer and just how well that turns out.  I can see myself creating the words to go with the images, I’m just not sure how the printed paper will hold up to use on my board.  Let’s just see how we go and then re-evaluate once I’ve given everything the once over.

In the meantime, this board is going to focus on getting fit, finding the perfect home and keeping a strong connection to our preferred holiday option of tropical, sunny, hot and wet.  And while I’m thinking on it, I think I might make another, smaller board for the family.  In this case using our own photographs to highlight those things that I’d like to see us doing more of.

Yep, it’s a creativity and future-planning day here in the Oh Waily world.

What about you?  Do you envision your future?  Do you have visual reminders of what you’d like in your life?
If so, I’d love to see… if you’re willing to share.