Those New Year traditions…..

Happy new year 2017

Skin Deep ~ Mandy Moran

Those feelings we all had last night, the dramatic build up,the suspense.
Whatever or however you celebrated the coming in of the new year, we will all have different memories stored from the year gone before us.
Some wonderful, some dreadfully painful or sad……
Either way we can not hold back time, on we go!!


I personally have fantastic fond memories of many a New Years Eve celebrating with my family when I was young at the working men’s club so to speak.
Back in the day of pork scratchings, snowballs and babycham……
The beer mats with my lemonade and salt and vinegar crisps spring to mind.



The long dresses that all the women wore, men with their flares, large knotted ties and collars, not forgetting the hair and moustaches……
“Those were the days…..”


Old traditions

We had a tradition in our household of putting money outside on New Years…

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“8” childhood Christmas memories from the 70s!

Skin Deep ~ Mandy Moran

I was recently reminiscing with friends about our precious Christmas memories from childhood.
How we felt that excitement, anticipation, sheer wonder of Christmas night.
I remember we had pillow cases and we left them on the landing!
Waking several times in the night, thinking has he been yet, is it light yet……

Those amazing perhaps outrageous decorations, balloons on the pictures, concertined paper strings of all vibrant shades hung on the ceiling. Tinsel, all things sparkling!

What wonderful times they were, Nostalgia, vintage, call it what you want but one thing I remember is a warm happy feeling of a simple life without worries or complications.


Presents didn’t arrive from a courier, we didn’t buy on line, there were amazing toy shops and then there was Woolworths……..


I have complied a list of all the favourite things we received, the presents we remember, the ones that have stayed in our…

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You are responsible for your own happiness!

Skin Deep ~ Mandy Moran


This can be a hard concept to swallow, a difficult one to accept but either way its completely true and the sooner you realise this the easier and happier your life will become…

Taking responsibility!

Thinking about everyday situations and simple things that disappoint us for example ~
• we are having a picnic and it rains.
• We miss the train to work!

These are annoying but if we start with the small things and condition our minds to take responsibility and realise that it’s our own responses in adversity that determine how we feel and not blaming others, then more complex issues when faced with them will eventually be able to be dealt with and won’t eat into our happiness.

Thinking of extremes like Gandhi and Jesus who over came problems and remained positive is a fantastic example but for you to get to that level takes…

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How eating healthy and regular exercise can change your life!!

Just 15 months ago I decided to join the gym and really my reasons were mixed but never ever did I expect the amazing outcome that has now become a reality and a lifestyle, which has changed my life forever for the better….

Starting with small steps

I must admit that I do now constantly obsess to all my friends and family about nutrition not that I’m an expert or anything but the difference that my body feels from being correctly fueled is mind blowing.

I so want to inspire all of you to make these same changes in your lifes, small steps have been my secret and being realistic and patient are key points.

One thing my son has said to me all through this is,  ‘How long did it take to put the fat on and become unfit ?’
and I then think to myself….
‘Why yes years!!!’
so obviously he replies
‘You have to be patient

what took years to happened, will also take time to put right……’



Wedding fever

Photograph ‘Flickr – Lovilee’

We all dream of a fairy tale wedding, the glamour, the romance, pure delightful bliss, love, lace and lavish splendor….

Where magical memories are made to be etched in our minds for a lifetime!!

So its no real surprise then with all this in mind that planning a wedding does endure a huge amount unfortunately of stress and pressure.
Difficult times can be inevitable, disagreements and much more can erupt, but don’t despair before you have even started because I’ve put together my five top tips for a stress free wedding plan and day.


Image ‘Flickr – Purple Marker’

1. Preparations, dates, venue, etc – listed in a book or laptop for easy access and continued reference.
Having a data reference of all the particulars, including the financial dealings with budget included, will help keep you focused and organized.
You can refer back and almost use it as vision board, even sticking fabric swatches for the outfits and imagines from venues and flower ideas to help you build the wedding you dream of.

2.Keep it realistic and don’t set yourself unreachable targets.
Being a realist in the process of planning your wedding isn’t the easiest task but you do need to keep to budgets and timelines. Without sensible decisions within reason of your vision you can find yourself in hot water. Trying to achieve the unachievable is like banging your head against a brick wall, so in a nutshell don’t expect a castle if its not within your budget. The smallest of occasions can be as wonderfully enchanting as a banquet….

3.Be willing to consider others differences – flexible on your ideas, keeping an open mind.
That stubborn ego can surface and want all his own way, admittable it is your day but do remember its about others too. Do take their ideas and feelings into consideration. My experience from many years ago now was a real head on disagreement on the actual time of the big day with my own mother. With her wanting the preceding later than I did became silly, but looking back I now understand she was considering others traveling from a distance on the day and actually your guests are incredibly important.


Imagine ‘Flickr – Fairy Heaven’

4.Taking care of your own health -nutrition, sleep and exercise.
We have all heard the story about how the bride tries her beautiful gown a week before the big day only to discover in horror that shes lost huge amounts of weight and now needs it adjusting and this is usually due to stress.
However take heed and look after yourself both in body and mind.
To ensure you have the natural glow on the big day, consider your diet and drinking enough water is paramount. Exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep.
All of this might seem like common sense but once you fall head first into wedding fever you will forget these important facts.

5. Keep calm and let go of those nerves on the big day but more importantly stay in the moment and savor every single minute…..

And they lived  ‘Happily ever after’…….


Fear’s face of disguise!

Let’s look at fear in the face,
Examine its crushing expression,
Let’s feel that fear and release its grip,
Who feels it strength?
Only all of us!!!!

Never be a victim of fear!


Go out and take fear by the hand,
Grip it back and then abandon its wrath,
Be free of doubt, be free of control,
It’s disguise is fooling you,
It’s loyalty is blinding,
Release and flow down the stream of life…..




Deep within all of us is the ability to manifest the life we dream of!


We must change our subconscious connections, change our wiring, its years of bad thoughts, bad remarks that have lead us on this path, this path that doesn’t flow, moreover its kicking and screaming to stop the natural flow and its blocking the life intended for you!!!

Think about nature, think about a spider weaving his web, he doesn’t shout and scream if his masterpiece is destroyed by chance, he doesn’t blame anyone or anything he simply starts over again…


 Our ego our conscious mind is always unsatisfied!


In order to manifest the life we deserve, the life meant for us, we must change things, change our minds, beginning with letting life just be, stop controlling our own life and others….


Love is indestructible!


This life we live is precious,
This life we live is pure,
Could it be just an illusion,
Or am I dreaming from a nightmare!

Take nothing for granted,
Tomorrow is of no significance,
The moment is all we have,
Yesterday but just a memory….

Memories I often remember,
A smell, sound, sight evoking a thought gone by,
Let my mind wonder,
Holding on to the past for far too long,
For now she’s leaving me,
Her memories all but destroyed…..

So instead of tears, pain and misery,
Take this moment of now,
For time is just an illusion,
What is this time but now…….

Love I hold in my heart,
She gave me this and it will hold forever,
This feeling, this grief of missing is just an illusion,
For the strength of her love will never fade,
It’s memory is indestructible,
Our love eternally stored inside me, Gratitude of having been so lucky to have her as my mother……


For you.

Beautiful emotional poem, wonderfully expressed…
Originally posted on ‘prospermind’


And then,
sometimes I wonder..

If you’ve even heard,
my voice crying for you.

If you’ve even felt,
my soul dying for you.

If you’ve even touched,
my heart breaking for you.

If you’ve even tasted,
my tears falling for you.

If you’ve even smelled,
my desire burning for you.

If you’ve even seen,
my guard melting for you.

If you’ve even read,
my mind singing for you.

If you’ve even noticed,
my eyes starving for you.


If you’ve even known,
that I’m living,
just for you.

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Good or bad vibrations?

Photo credit – Flickr

Do you ever feel like all around the vibrations are suffocating you, like the negative feelings of others touch you, affect you, drain your energy, surrounding your existence.

I do, its tiresome and its making me dizzy and sick with nausea,
Sounds, chaos of others emotions entering my physic, taking away my peace and harmony, encounters become deafening, buzzing, deep into my mind, into my soul…..

Noises swirling, eyes heavy,head banging,panicked thoughts……

Breath, breath long and deep….. take away the negative, wash away the dirt, protect against the urban playing field of life.
Dilute, erase,cleanse the mind, find a different place to focus.
You can find tranquility just practice, calm still thoughts against the metropolis…….


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