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Blogroll Update

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I have finally got around to updating my blogroll. A big thanks for all the support over the last month or so. I’m excited to get back into blogging this year and to building stronger relationships in the blogging community.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I’m about to go out with Hubby and the dog for a nice walk to the beach and perhaps some coffee. Doesn’t get much better.

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I truly love to read. It’s the one thing that features in my memories from every stage of my life.

  • My father teaching me about the Solar System from the age of five and the quantity of books I collected about the Universe from a very young age. 
  • My mother reading to me every night before bed – Arnie the Darling Starling, The World of Christopher Robin and The Velveteen Rabbit
  • The weekly visit to the school library with my second grade class and being taught how to carefully turn the pages by the long-standing librarian.
  • Devouring every book in the house throughout my teenage years, often appearing rude when I couldn’t even put my book down for Christmas lunch.
  • A trip to a cafe and browsing a second hand bookstore becoming my favourite outing.
  • Attending any book-club that would fit into my schedule. 
  • Producing a mega list of all the books I want to read before I die. It’s currently about 700 books (and growing) and at my current rate I’ll need to live well past 100 to finish them all.

I have books in pretty much every room of the house, and usually have more than one on the go at a time. I like to read non-fiction in the lounge room and a novel before bed. I have reference books and photography books lining the shelves in the study. When I have children I hope they become avid readers. I can’t imagine a better or more accessible way to learn about the world.

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Why I’m already rich

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  • I have a roof over my head
  • I have food in my belly
  • I have clean water to drink
  • I have clothes on my back
  • I have access to health care
  • I have people who care for me
  • I can read
  • I do not live in fear for my life
  • I have work that does not make me sick
  • I have the ability to help those who don’t

Happy New Year

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by Cherie Carter-Scott

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”

4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.

6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”

7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this. 

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One Month down

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Living My Rich Life has now been live for one whole month. A few months back I had started seeking out personal finance blogs to feel some connectivity with other people who might be suffering pain in the current economic turmoil. Misery loves company after all. In the process, I found some wonderful blogs on frugality, simple living and going green. Early one morning I sat bolt upright in bed with the idea of starting my own blog. I had too many things running through my head and no-one to share them with. Within a few hours I had set up this blog and had about five posts drafted. 

The thing I most wanted to get out of this blog is a sense of community with like minded people. In that aspect, this blog is already a success. I’d really like to thank those who have stumbled across this blog and cared enough to leave a comment. Thankyou. You make my day. 

This month I’ve also participated in a few carnivals.

A big thanks also to those who added me to their blogroll. I’ve really enjoyed this first month of blogging and can’t wait to share opinions with more like minded people in the future.

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I came across this video on One Green Generation the other day. It was the perfect reminder of what I want my life to be about. Why do I need to have a million dollars so I can retire and live the good life? Why not reassess what a good life means to me and live it now?

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Last week we watched The Bucket List on DVD again. For those that haven’t seen it, it’s about two strangers who meet each other in hospital, where they are both told they have only months to live. They decide that there are things in life that they would like to do and see before they kick the bucket, and they commence a journey around the world to see all the big sights like the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids. Their travels are really only part of the journey they are on, and both make some big realisations in the process.

While this movie inspires me to create a bucket list of my own (I have one, but it’s in my head) what really hits me is is that most of us don’t know how long we have left. Knowing this, if we have big plans, why would we put them off? Why not live like we have 6 months left: Make up with lost loved ones, tell people we love them, see those things we must see, experience as much as we can within our means, and leave a legacy to be proud of.

I think that being reminded of our own mortality ensures that we don’t get complacent with our dreams. There is no better time to pursue them than now.

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