Rural Reflections #23

The light has been flickering as I have been juggling life, businesses and my own personal growth.  I have been neglecting to share my photos with you as part of my weekly feature Rural Reflections.  Guilty I am, but I am back with so much to share.  Thank you for waiting for me.

My passion to be more, and to do more, has led me to a new business and new skills to excel with.  My underlying desire for sustaining the agricultural industry still exists beneath it all, but my passion to expand and inspire people every day has become the driver in my life.  And I am loving life right now.

Remember back, only a year ago, I was suffering from depression and feeling sorry for myself.  Angry that I had to experience such heart-wrenching feelings and loss of all basic motivation in life.  Depression and anxiety had overwhelmed me… I had no idea what was going to happen and where life was guiding me.

So many of us, unfortunately, do go through these depressive numbing cycles and anxiety can consume us every day.  My gift was to experience this first-hand.  In hindsight, I now know that it had to happen.  How was I to understand if I didn’t feel it for myself?

This time in my life… was necessary to reveal my true passion and what I can do for the world around me.  I was determined and with the support around me, I made it through… with flying colours.

My new business provides freelance writing, administration services, hypnotherapy, speaking and life/business coaching.  Every day I feel so blessed and grateful to be able to share my skills with those in need.  Those that need guidance… those that need office management… and those that need the inspiration to believe in themselves.  My words are my gift and I am on a journey to share and to uplift each and every one of you.

Today marks the day, I have set up my new office.  My own room dedicated to me, my gifts, my valued clients and the changes that await all of us.  This office symbolises a separate part of my life… separate from the farming business.  This is my space, my personal inspiration and my business motivation.

I want to share with you, this photo today… taken only 2 months ago on my farm.  Still suffering from the effects of drought, yet the oats are growing despite the odds.  For me, this photo symbolises my personal journey.  I had the odds stacked against me, but I continued to grow.  I did what I needed to do.  The beautiful sunlight is captured in this photo, shining that healing light upon me.

Rural Reflection #23…

23 The Light Shining Within

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We all need to find that one thing that brings us happiness and pure joy… and share that gift with the world.  Recognise what is against you and make choices to move forward for the betterment of you, those you love and those that need you in the wider community.

The greatest joy in this world is when we can reach out and help someone else.  This gives us purpose and a vision on our horizon.  I am no different from you all.  You too have the capability to find yourself and chase your dreams.

Believe in yourself and believe you will do it.  And you will!

Take care, Karen.

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

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Outspoken Transformation & the Beauty of Speaking to Share

How can your life change in only 3 big days?  Connect with a room full of inspirational like-minded men and women.  And what better place for my soul searching journey… than the Gold Coast QLD Australia!

I had no idea the powers that be would ensure this time that I didn’t miss the obvious clues.  The solution is to take that energy and wisdom within my heart, mind and soul… release it… and allow myself to change people’s lives.  What a beautiful future before me!

How did I not see the obvious suggestions and requests over the last year or so?  People were asking me to speak at certain events.  People suggesting that I had the capability of coaching and guiding others.  But why wasn’t I forthcoming to accept this path.

I was standing in my own way… doubting myself… yet so passionate deep down to expand my circle of helping people.  How many of us become our own barricade that stops us moving forward and seeking our real destiny?

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My life has been transformed.  I now believe it.  I am a Speaker.  I have a story to be shared.  A story to allow others to be inspired, to connect and to feel worthy.  A story to lead others into my safe haven to be guided in life and business.

Real strategies, real changes… guaranteed to improve your life by following my specific techniques.  Whether it is to find your passion, strategies to identify your goals, support with hypnotherapy, writing business plans or writing a blog.  The key is to bring you back in control of your life.  I have the tools to get you to where you want to be.

My latest transformation has been unveiled at a 3-day Grow Your Speaking Biz Workshop with Sharon Jurd Events and SMJ Coaching Institute.  Our presenter Sharon Jurd is an international best-selling Author and has been awarded over 36 Industry Awards including the Australian Franchise Woman of the Year.

Her 2IC (second in charge) Diana, is the most organised and efficient Personal Assistant (PA) that one could ask for.  With her organisation skills and structure, the events progress perfectly.  Not only is she great in her work ethic, but she is friendly and helpful… and one of those women that everyone wants in their circle.

Sharon Jurd is a very knowledgeable woman in business and life.  She has a passion for helping people learn and provide real encouragement for you to step up and put it into action successfully.  Her workshop was both informative and very entertaining.  Sharon Jurd just has this unique ability to get in your head, find that soul that needs reviving and may need a little guidance in business and life.  A strong and capable woman that I am honoured to now have mentoring me.

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I was so fortunate to be able to meet one of her mentors Kawena.  A remarkably wise lady at 90 years young… living an extremely fulfilling life… still helping others.  Kawena is an Inspirational Speaker, Winner of the 2013 Psychic Hall of Fame, and a Spiritual/Personal Guide and Mentor.  She shared with us, the power of quality breathing and true happiness.  Her kind words were so captivating, extremely motivating and gave me the inner strength to follow my varied business path.  An amazing guest speaker!  An amazing woman!

Another guest speaker that we had the pleasure of connecting with was Karen Sydne from New Zealand.  She shared her wonderful story and passion for life.  Karen Sydne is a Speaker, Author and Coach.  Her words of encouragement, motivation and very helpful business advice, were all delivered with perfection.  A very inspiring woman with a real story to share and a powerful message to deliver.

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My business journey has been shared alongside other inspiring business owners.  Being in a room full of like-minded, caring and passionate people, with a desire for personal growth is simply amazing.  These are the sort of people I love to be around.  People that intrigue you, delight you with their stories and spark that little something within you that brings you to the top of your game.

My time was shared with these successful people and I was honoured to share my journey with such spirited individuals:

  • Rosemary O’BrienRosemary O’Brien Coaching, a Mindset to Success Coach.  Rosemary is an amazing woman that is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to respect and believe in themselves.  A beautiful woman with valuable skills in this industry, bringing so much value to her clients.
  • Suzanne McTier-Browne, Good Health & Pain Relief Clinic, Rockhampton QLD.  Suzanne is the Author of Drug Free Pain Relief, an advanced Bowen therapist, reflexologist and massage therapist.  An inspiring woman with so much knowledge to share.
  • Melanie Tate, CEO and Founder of Puddle Jumpers, Adelaide SA.  A non-profit organisation set up to support the most vulnerable children in need, those who do not live with their birth parents.  Melanie was inspirational in her determination to succeed with this much-needed charity and her genuine love for its purpose of allowing kids to be kids.
  • Bailee Phillips, a Support Volunteer at Puddle Jumpers, Adelaide SA.  Bailee is a kind and fun-loving young woman, with a passion to help children overcome obstacles and enjoy time to be kids.  She has a truly beautiful soul and a very caring outlook.
  • Kim BorgOzwide Photography based on the Gold Coast QLD.  Kim is an amazing Professional Photographer that shared his beautiful photos with us and spoke of his photography tips.  I loved his perfection of natural beauty captured in his photographs.  A versatile man offering his services across the nation.
  • Eliza Job, Turf Tines, Gold Coast QLD.  A renowned innovative business and home of the Phantom Tine developed for maintaining beautiful lawns and turf.  Eliza is a talented, self-motivated business woman who is very pro-active in her fields of expertise and encouraging fairness in the workplace.
  • Pauline Swain and Graham Swain, Farmers and business-owners.  They are renowned in the local farming community for their family farming businesses in Somerton, near Tamworth and Gunnedah NSW.  An inspiring couple with skills in Hypnotherapy and Speaking.  Pauline and Graham are a wonderful couple that will bring inspiration and support to the farming communities into the future.

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It was a pleasure to meet these inspiring individuals and to hear how they all want to bring value to so many lives.  These are the sort of people I hang around… wonderful people that bring out the best in you.

And of course me, Karen Weller ~ Freelance Writing & Admin Services, Tamworth NSW.  I am passionate about encouraging individuality and self-acceptance, bringing clarity and order to business and personal lives, and seeing people happily succeed.  With a background in farming and agribusiness management, I am pro-active in keeping up with resources and expanding my knowledge base.  I enjoy learning new skills, meeting interesting people and challenging myself where I can.

My stay at the Mantra Legends Hotel in Surfers Paradise QLD, whilst attending the Grow Your Speaking Biz Workshop has been wonderful… a home away from home.  Large rooms, comfortable surroundings, delicious food and lovely staff.

I ended up with a King Size bed, which was very comfortable, although I still managed to almost fall out.  Not used to sleeping in such a large bed without my hubby next to me and I slept right on the edge.

Whilst I have been enjoying myself, perfecting new skills and networking here on the Gold Coast QLD, my wonderful husband and youngest son have been managing the farming property and business.  I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to pursue something that I am passionate about.

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The next phase of my life will involve setting up my new business with more focus on the direction and the services that I now provide.  The farming business will run alongside, whilst I share my time between both businesses.

Now that I have raised our 2 wonderful sons, this is my new purpose in life and I am taking the opportunity to enrich many lives.  So now my life has been expanded as I now will speak at events or functions.

When you let your guard down, show a little vulnerability and take on the challenge… life feels magical.

As your story begins to unravel and listening ears are quiet in wonderment… changes are taking place for others.  It is beautiful when someone understands that they have the power to improve their own life and I have the tools to get them there faster.

Take care, Karen.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams

because we are living our fears.”

~ Les Brown, American motivational speaker & Author

 

Just Get Off the Farm to Chill With Men of League

A sense of gratitude displayed today, as farmers with a genuine love for the industry, gave themselves some time out, with the generosity and kindness from the Tamworth Men of League.

A Farmers Grill & Chill Re-Run held at the Calala Inn today has left farmers feeling supported, cared for and new friendships have been formed.  Strength has been restored in the local farming community, by easing the pressure of drought through the sharing of a delicious meal, sharing stories and having a good laugh.

The Tamworth Men of League hosted a free lunchtime meal and drinks in the beer garden of the Calala Inn, near Tamworth NSW.  As farmers enjoyed a cold one, smiles returned as the drought load was lightened in simple conversation with old and new friends.

The Men of League Foundation is an Australian rugby league charity providing support and assistance to men, women and children from the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times.  The Tamworth Men of League have once again expanded that support to the local farming region.  They invited local farming families to the second Grill & Chill event, following its success last year.

This was the first event that my husband and I have attended.  Feeling a little awkward at first, for just allowing others to show their support, yet quickly we were made to feel welcome and very comfortable.

We shared friendly conversations with other farmers that we had just met, feeling an instant connection and relatability to issues within our lives.  The positive discussions lifted spirits and recharged our inner batteries.

The chefs at Calala Inn provided a delicious cooked meal including steak, sausages, vegetables and salad, on behalf of the Tamworth Men of League.  The tasty meal was served buffet style.  The staff behind the scenes made this happen.

It enlightened me, to see the selfless acts of kindness in organising such an event to support farmers in a time of need.  Industry support with a personal touch, was at the grass-roots of the event.

Sponsors provided a variety of valuable lucky-door prizes for farmers to all enjoy.  The many sponsors generously provided these prizes, so to hear their names reminded us of the businesses that supported this hospitable occasion.

I was fortunate to meet exceptional people today… those that so kindly put this event together and their thoughtful family members, as well as those strangers that became friends ever so quickly, through mutual understanding or compassionate connection.

Thank you to Kevin and the Tamworth Men of League team for your thoughtful acts of kindness, your support and your gracious hearts in our local community.  It is empowering to see the difference you make in so many lives.  Today was not only a  simple meal, drink and a prize being provided… but rather the analogy of an outstretched arm of support and a gentle reminder of the good people that exist in our community at large.

It is in these tough times that we have seen so many selfless acts of kindness be revealed.  And it is with this supportive shining light, that gives farmers the strength to hold onto their passion in sustaining the agricultural industry into the future.

Take care, Karen.

“Sometimes we just need someone to be there for us.

Not to fix anything or do anything in particular,

simply so that we can feel we are supported

and cared for during the hard times.”

~ Author Unknown

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Learning by Relaxation with Modern Hypnosis

It is true… I am now a qualified hypnotherapist.

Our brains are like a sponge and they never stop learning.  As you know, I love personal growth, learning and connecting with people.  Helping individuals to feel better and to live better… brings me passion and delight.  To be able to inspire others and change people’s lives for the better… is simply exhilarating.

On my learning journey, I have just spent 3 days at a Modern Hypnosis Workshop with Sharon Jurd and the SMJ Coaching Institute.  Learning the craft of hypnotherapy, the power of relaxation and the benefits of making life changes.  A technique that brings beautiful results for the client… ending a long period of dissatisfaction in a specific way.

Most people do not understand hypnosis, mainly due to unrealistic stage shows and the fear of not being in control.  This is a BIG MYTH.  Hypnosis is an awake state, but a state of deep relaxation.  It is an opportunity for imagination, visualisation and exercise for the mind.  Hypnosis allows a connection with our unconscious mind to make positive changes in our lives.

During the hypnosis training, I learned in-depth knowledge about the operation of our unconscious mind and its purpose in storing and organising memories.  The unconscious mind brilliantly allows our body to operate, breathe and move without consciously thinking about how to do such natural tasks.  It also maintains our body’s integrity and listens intently to what we tell it.

The unconscious mind fascinates me… how it protects us and is like our best friend.  We have to learn to listen and be kind to it.  Our personal values are embedded within our unconscious mind and this is what is important to us individually.

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that everybody will experience every single day.  A naturally occurring trance state is experienced, just before you fall asleep at night and just upon waking of a morning when eyes are still closed but you are aware of your surrounds.  Hypnosis is the bypass of the critical faculty of our minds.

Accepting selective thinking and concepts through suggestion to improve one’s life, is the real purpose of hypnosis.  Hypnosis is practiced with integrity and is consistent with your values.

When under hypnosis, a person will not accept or do any suggestion that they do not want to.  The client is always in control.  The hypnotherapist is merely a facilitator in guiding their client’s required outcome successfully.

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Hypnosis is a very old technique, practiced under a number of alternate labels throughout history.  But it was not until 1958 that hypnotherapy was officially recognised by the American Medical Association.  The development and implementation of hypnotherapy over thousands of years has led to many changes.  Modern hypnosis is used for deep relaxation, to assist medically and to make essential lifestyle changes.

I am now a qualified Hypnotherapy Practitioner, after having completed the required training and I have acquired specific skills.  I am certified in hypnosis for performance enhancement for sport, personal and business success, weight loss and healthier choices, bad habits such as nail-biting or overeating, and to quit smoking.  Also, the rapid relaxation technique, arm levitation, and anchoring emotions… are wonderful tools to improve lives.  I have also learned pain control hypnosis, but a referral from a GP is required to first rule out serious medical conditions.

My first client spoke of the amazing process of hypnosis, the desired results and how this will change her life significantly.  As a qualified hypnotherapist, it is very gratifying to hear of how significantly you have contributed to a person’s life and changed it for the better.

Hypnosis is only for those people that want to change something within their lives.  There needs to be a conscious commitment to pursue change, for the unconscious mind to fully connect with the decision and the suggested hypnotic process.

I look forward to implementing my certified hypnosis training and developing more skills in the future.  Learning is always an on-going process to keep up-to-date and extend your ability to provide respected services to the community.

The learning experience was very enjoyable, full of passion and motivation with our master trainer Sharon Jurd and her crew.  It was a pleasure to learn in her welcoming and empowering environment with other like-minded and passionate people.  I was fortunate to be able to share this beautiful learning encounter with my sister-in-law.  We were able to catch-up on family updates, laugh together and learn together.  A beautiful weekend on the Gold Coast was enjoyed.

Take care, Karen.

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“Surround yourself with people

who are going to lift you higher.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

Taking Control of Business and Empowering Life

An incredibly inspiring 2-day event with knowledgable businesswomen, Katie Godden and Sharon Jurd, leaves motivation within me.  Motivation to take control, stop procrastinating and put the success strategies learned into action.  My personal experience was shared with other business attendees.

Katie Godden, a mindset strategist, business and life coach, is based in Tamworth NSW.  Her passion has given country business people access to business strategies and techniques shared at specialised events, usually held in capital cities.  This weekend business owners had an incredible opportunity to learn skills from an enthusiastic and empowering businesswoman, Katie Godden, right here in Tamworth NSW.

Together with Sharon Jurd, an extremely knowledgable growth strategist and success coach, based on the Gold Coast QLD, they shared business strategies to bring success in business.  Sharon Jurd is incredibly experienced with a passion to help people succeed.

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These two extraordinary women shared their unique knowledge and wisdom with business attendees.  Information learned ranged from management of databases to strategic alliances and client relationship building.  The networking opportunities gained by all attendees were appreciated.

I enjoyed the strategies of developing rapport and connecting with clients.  The language predicates of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic… I found very interesting.  Sensory acuity and personality profiling really intrigued me.  Client satisfaction and staff interaction is very important in business.

SMART goal setting was fine-tuned and understood to be very specific.  Personal values and business values were concluded for each of us, and an opportunity to re-shuffle our values to be in alignment the best possible way.

Limiting beliefs are the foggy cloud that dampens our positive thought process, so the strategies to challenge and remove these limiting obstacles will be a wonderful technique for all.  It is us that puts these limiting beliefs in our own path to restrict our opportunities.  It will be a relief to challenge these restricting thoughts.

Value levels thinking, a psychological model of a person’s development that influences their behaviour and views.  This introduced an interesting concept from basic human survival mode through to the greater universe.

Setting boundaries for business interactions and expectations will prove to make life less chaotic and work more effectively in both business and our personal life.  I look forward to implementing my boundaries and time management skills.

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The idea of stepping outside our comfort zone has always been a little daunting, but this new concept learned, of expanding our comfort zone is simply amazing.  The visual concept of still feeling somewhat comfortable, yet excited for a challenge, is positively accepted in my world.

These new strategies and thought-provoking notions have enabled me to think a little differently, implement some helpful business ideas, add value to my business and be passionate about the direction my business is going.  Helping people is what I love to do.

I was extremely grateful to have these two businesswomen present engaging content and useful business strategies at this 2-day event.  If you get the opportunity, I would recommend Katie Godden and Sharon Jurd for business events and life coaching.

The kindness, motivation and expertise of these two unique women, drive me to succeed in my business and my life.  I was even brought to tears today, when they offered a great deal for a magnitude of future events for the business attendees.  The generosity and heartfelt desire to help others and motivate… I did see first-hand.

My tears flowed when I realised these women had a passion to give support, business direction and advice to us.  Truly remarkable women!  I felt a connection and look forward to future workshops and seminars with both of them.  Thank you ladies!

Take care, Karen.

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“Gaining knowledge, is the first step to wisdom.

Sharing it, is the first step to humanity.”

~ Author Unknown

Rural Reflections #22

My favourite time of year has finally arrived.  The calving season!  With an early start in the birthing arena, a first-calving heifer was the star of today… delivering the first newborn calf for the year.

Ladies first… a female calf becomes the first calf born for 2019, and was also a first for this 2-year old heifer in bringing life into this world.  Hereford calves are beautiful, especially when they are newborns with their clean whitefaces, pink noses and inquisitive looks.

The start of the newborn season always brings me such delight and a smile to my face.  With excitement, and anticipation for what the next 8 weeks will deliver… daily checking of cows and weighing newborn stud calves.  This is my most treasured time of the year,  with our farming business.

The newborn season brings hope, optimism and business prospects.  Drought has brought us all worries, financial concerns and physical exhaustion.  But now, as each baby calf is born into this world, we are reminded of the love for farming and our animals.

Today, I share with you, a photo of the first heifer calf born this year.  It reflects my happiness as we come along to check the cattle and see a sweet face amongst the grass.  I also love the quiet temperament of our cattle and how this first-time mother trusts us and just eats calmly closeby.

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22 Ladies First in a Newborn Season

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I cherish these times on the farm and wait in anticipation for the next calf to be born… probably tomorrow.  The calving season brings more enjoyable times to such a hard-working industry.  Although we physically have to weigh the newborn stud calves and ear-tag them for identification purposes, these are jobs that bring more pleasure than pain.

We all need enlightening and a boost right now, an uplifting feeling to clear our vision and remember our ambitions and aspirations within the agricultural industry.  These innocent newborn calves give us that completely.

Satisfaction on-farm has returned, as I look into these beautiful brown eyes.  Satisfied that we have managed to keep our cattle productive, despite the effects of this tiring drought.  Satisfied that high-fertility in our cows is a major trait that we focus on.  And satisfied that I have a wonderful family to share my life with.

Take care, Karen.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

~ Dr. Seuss

 

Immersion Writing Reveals Passion and Truth

As my passion for writing has developed, I have discovered the style that brings my writing to life and that special something that enthrals me.  A connection with Non-Fiction Immersion Writing is where I have selected to lay my written thoughts and focus significantly on experiencing what I write about.

Why?  My lack of imagination limits my ability in writing fiction, so alternatively real honest facts are what drives me… so non-fiction it is.  Some authors are very creative in their ability to engage through their story-telling, but not me.  I am a stickler for only speaking from experiences within my life and what captivates me.

Immersion Writing is a style of journalism where the writer immerses themselves into a situation and with the people involved.  The result focuses on the experience rather than the writer.  The personal connection with the topic gives a real sense of engagement and honest exposure when writing an article.

This style of writing allows the author to throw themself into the centre of the story and describe the unique experience honestly.  Essentially you become the main character with the ability to immerse the readers in to your story.  Types of non-fiction immersion writing includes memoirs of your life, journalism and unusual travel diaries.  The focus is on the experience rather than the writer.

By writing in this interesting style, you can describe a situation that you have personally experienced, that the reader may not have experienced themselves, but can understand by simply reading your words.  It provides a wonderful sense of immersion by not only the writer, but also by the reader.

Honesty and truth is the key to writing non-fiction immersion writing.  It can be a challenge to step outside your comfort zone, remove any barriers, expose yourself and confront the subject head-on.  You can’t be shy if you want to connect with your readers.

Immersion writing can reveal blunt truths, even about yourself, and can be difficult to write about sometimes.  But readers love to see how others deal with complex or difficult situations and appreciate the engagement of sharing.

For me, non-fiction immersion writing is my choice of style because I love honesty, engaging with community members and inspiring others.  I can write about personal experiences, struggles, everyday hassles, aspirations and still be able to help someone else through my words and ability to connect with my readers.

Often people would ask me… why do you write a blog?  The answer is simple.  I love to provide inspiration, encourage others, show compassion and empathy, bring value to other people’s lives… as well as promote the future of the agricultural industry through my writing.

All my passion is wrapped up in what I do every day… whether it be writing, administration, organisation and structure, charitable activities, creativeness or farming.  My blog is a means to express feeling, emotion and coherence to other people’s lives, as well as bring value to mine.

Honesty and integrity is my driving force… so there is no better style of writing that I could choose than non-fiction immersion writing.  It is a perfect match for me.  And now my new business with freelance writing, brings my passion to a career.

The challenge as a writer… is to find that special style that suits you and brings the best attributes into your writing.  The secret is to be genuinely passionate about what you choose to write and engage with your readers through your sincere words.  Happiness is when you sincerely love your job.

Take care,

Karen

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”It is a beautiful thing when

a career and a passion

come together”.

~ Author Unknown

Rural Reflections #21

Tired, exhausted and distracted with life… that I have neglected to write for you and for me.  That underlying passion that sparks my soul when I use my thoughts and words to connect with my life… it has been simmering beneath the breeze.

But I am back, still tired, still distracted, but ready to reflect once again.  I have been busy with farming, business life, new business ventures, voluntary activities and now my health has taken priority.  Why is it so hard for women to put themselves first and value their own health status?  Usually, it is when our health fails us, that we decide to make it more of a priority.

Another sinus surgery to follow-up from last year, has left me feeling tired, as my office work started to pile up.  Starting to get back on top of it, yet distracted by means of too many roles to participate in.  I have been reflecting on the important things in life.  My health, my family and my passion.

I look back over the years… proud of success, learning from failures and connecting with many people, making a difference in this world.  Success comes in so many forms.  But so many people focus on success being an overall goal.  This is so untrue and can leave people feeling unnecessary disappointment.

Success is all the little things that you do throughout every day of your life.  Success is teaching your child good manners.  Success is ensuring your partner feels loved.  Success is bringing happiness into someone else’s life.  The small things that good people just do without a conscious thought… that is real success.

So rather than focusing on the happy marriage, the new car, the dream home or the ideal job that you will get one day… focus on those little successful events throughout your day.  And remember that disappointment or failure is just a lesson to teach us there is another way or something better around the corner.

So today I share with you a photo taken in 2010 from another farming property of mine.  A farm that holds many memories of my sons teenage years.  A farm called “Kokoda” between Inverell and Glen Innes NSW.

A farm that brings me joy when I reflect… but also sadness for a time when my husband had broken a vertebrae in his back as a result of a Quadbike farm injury, only 4 years ago.  A serious injury that my dear husband has now thankfully overcome.

Life happens, injuries happen… but it is how we get through it and how we move forward that is important.  It is during this very stressful time that I realised how lucky I really was.  Lucky to have a loving husband and lucky to have 2 sons to support us through this tough time.

Life will always have ups and downs… for each and every one of us.  This photo that I share is a reflection upon times gone by and a reminder to just appreciate the beauty and tranquil surrounds.

Rural Reflection #21…

21 Times Gone By at Kokoda

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I love this photo for the good memories it arouses in me.  The beautiful natural green pastures with a sprinkling of white clover.  The memories of our Hereford cattle beneath those trees chewing their cuds.  Memories of family mustering and enjoying each others company.  Good memories stay with us, wherever we are.

So as life moves on, our memories are retained within, and we pursue new chapters within our lives.  When you reflect on your life… you really can see how successful you are every single day.  Cherish those experiences and enjoy what life brings your way.  You never know what is around the corner.

Take care,

Karen.

“Success is not in what you have,

but who you are”.

~Bo Bennett, Author

 

CWA Conference Aspires Leadership & Friendship from Albury

Country Women’s Association of NSW (CWA) members bring an abundance of knowledge, energy and inspiration into Albury NSW for this year’s Annual State Conference.  From business meetings, honourable guests and informative workshops… to social activities, historical tours and State Committee displays… there was never a dull moment.  And I have caught it on camera, then compiled a video to share with you today.

I had the privilege to attend as a Delegate for Tamworth Evening branch along with my friend Kylie and a group of ladies from our region.  Women from all walks of life coming together with their unique backgrounds, experiences and expertise to seek a mutual resolution of motions.

CWA aims to improve the lives of women and their families through their democratic process of a policy-setting agenda and an extensive range of activities.  Many opportunities lie within all levels of CWA to be involved and seek the support of local issues of grave concern.

Starting with a combined Ecumenical Service and raising $2,884 for the Albury Wodonga Cancer Research Fund, members once again unite and connect socially.  The Official Opening entertained and inspired members prior to the Business Sessions commencing.  The keynote speaker was Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of NSW.

The CWA Medical Research Fund has raised $34,000 to donate towards endometriosis.  A debilitating disease affecting many women with symptoms of pelvic pain and fertility issues.  An interesting medical presentation has identified through research the importance of potential protein biomarkers of endometriosis.  CWA members have voted to continue supporting endometriosis through their Medical Research Fund for another year.

Interestingly CWA has opened 12 new branches over the last year; 11 Evening branches and 1 Sunrise branch.  CWA is now appealing to younger generations and working women that have a desire to become involved, having an opportunity to attend meetings that are more convenient.

Women join CWA for a variety of reasons such as friendships, social connections, educational opportunities, sharing of experiences, learning cookery skills, creating handicraft items, to discuss local agricultural concerns, the policy-setting agenda… and the list goes on.

International information was shared on the CWA Country of Study for this year which is Papua New Guinea.  Other cultures are interesting and CWA members have the ability to learn new and fascinating information.

Business Sessions continued throughout the Conference where policy motions were discussed, amended as needed and then voted upon.  A diverse range of topics arose in the scope of agriculture and environment, health and social security, transport and telecommunications and Constitutional changes.

Important resolutions were sought from CWA branches and successfully made CWA State policy for topics such as rural crime, improper use of drones, travelling stock routes, food safety standards for meat and milk, erecting a wildlife overpass, dairy industry issues, public cancer clinics, post mortems, supporting nurses, health industry pricing, drought relief funding, scoliosis, Automated External Defibrilators, horse traffic road rules, and truck-specific rest areas.

CWA, as the largest women’s organisation in Australia, plays an important role in lobbying the Government for change and improvements across so many aspects of our lives.  I am very proud to be a part of such an hounourable and progressive organisation.

As a shy individual, with the thought of public speaking terrifying me all of my life, I chose to step up and speak at this year’s State Conference.  This decision aligned well with my current journey of personal growth and challenging myself.

I spoke against a motion and explained my reasoning, without falter, in front of 500 other members.  When a Past State President asked for me (and another member) to assist in the re-wording of the motion to incorporate the relevant concerns, it felt amazing to be part of this process, working together for the desired result.  The motion was to review a weed classification, educate and research.

Another highlight for me, was winning 3rd place in an annual essay competition presented by the Honorary Editor of the CWA Journal.  This was the first time I had entered a CWA competition, so I was very excited.  The essay topic was “In modern times, do we have the capacity to harness the power of empathy for one another?”  I found this topic very engaging and relatable, therefore very passionate to write about.

Socially we had a very entertaining week away, with plenty of laughter, great meals, dancing and friendly conversations.  I also caught up with some old friends and was delighted to see them again.  CWA brings a great bunch of women together with big hearts, thoughtful personalities, compelling stories and a myriad of experience.

Since the drought has been ever so heavy upon my shoulders, I valued my week away so very much.  I spoke with my husband every night, checking that all was OK on the farm, and appreciated the time out with CWA members and the uplifted feeling that had surrounded me.

I would like to share my amateur video with you all reflecting on the fun, the engagement and the memories of the happenings with CWA State Conference in Albury… through my eyes.

Take care, Karen.

 “Don’t let anything defeat you.”

~ Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley

Video Credit: YouTube and Karen Weller

Rural Reflections #20

Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible mothers, grandmothers and maternal figures in our lives… for shaping us into the wonderful people that we are.  My greatest achievement in life has been my role as a loving mother and has given me so much joy over the years.  Yes, there were plenty of tears as well… but the joy that our children bring is beyond comprehension.

I am very fortunate to also have a wonderful mother that loved me unconditionally, provided me with advice when needed, gave me the freedom to make my own mistakes and learn from them, instilled morals and ethics within my soul, and shares a mutual passion for helping others, showing kindness, compassion and connection within a community.  She has been my guidance and her personality enriches me.

My passion for motherhood is the one thing that has driven me my whole entire life.  Our children… wanting the best for them, allowing them the freedom to be themselves, encouraging their differences and providing love, understanding and support is at the heart of what a mother does.

Today, as I think about motherhood, my adult children, my own mother and all those mothers doing the best job they can… today is in honour of you and the important role you play in shaping the next generation.

It makes me proud to be a mother and know that I have brought another human being into this world… educated them, loved them unconditionally, guided them and proudly watched them develop into their own self.  Whatever part of that journey you are on… enjoy the beautiful opportunities before you.

As I reflect on motherhood and my children, I decided to share this photo with you today.  An image of a microlight within the sky, as one of my sons, comes back to land upon our property.  My husband and our 2 sons, were taken above in 3 individual microlights for an aviation adventure one afternoon back in September 2011.

Rural Reflection #20…

20 Microlight at Sunset

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An exciting adventure that each of them were fortunate to experience.  The highlight was to see aerial views of our own farming property as well as surrounding farmland and towns.  I was far too scared myself, to go up in these lightweight machines, but so happy to see my loved ones enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I love this photo of one of the microlights coming back home with the beautiful sunset shining a light upon them.  The colours within the sky were beautiful as I snapped this image.

Sometimes in our lives, opportunities present themselves and it is up to us to take these opportunities and enjoy something different from the everyday routine in our lives.  This photo depicts so much happiness for me, as I see my family members being brought back home safely and with excitement in their eyes and an appreciation for this unique experience.

Enjoy those special people in your life… for those that love you, for those that teach you and for those that uplift you.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers and maternal figures in our lives.

Take care, Karen.

“MOTHERHOOD

is a choice you make everyday

to put someone else’s happiness and well-being 

ahead of your own

to teach the hard lessons

to do the right thing

even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…

and to forgive yourself

over and over again

for doing everything wrong.”

~ Donna Bell