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What have you done on a day of spontaneous fun and adventure?

I spotted this bit of graffiti in the toilet when we visited the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne last year.
I hope Odette and Laurie had a wonderful day.
Obviously they ended up at the convent, but I wonder what else they did??
(By the way, yes, it was a bit strange to pull out the Nikon and take a pic in the toilet, let me tell you but it was too cute not to!!)
I think we all need more of these kinds of days, don’t you.
As mothers and women in general, we don’t have too much time to loll about but I for one put my hand up and say, YES, we need more of these kinds of days.  Let’s call it “Womenly Nourishment”.
All we need is a good friend, a car with $20 petrol in it or a all day train ticket,
 a little picnic and we’re off.
 Who knows what kind of magical spontaneous things might happen?
I make it a point to always talk to people in queues and on trains now.
I might seem like the mad lady, and some people look away, but most people are happy to chat and sometimes you learn the most amazing things and hear about the most amazing places.  I’m waiting on a dinner invitation.  Wouldn’t that be something?
I also love the idea of couch surfing. If it had been around in my backpacking days, I probably would have done it.  I just love the fact you meet locals, and hear about local haunts and cool spots and are led on wild goose chases to meet their friends and family.   95% of the world is made up of good or great people, and I believe we’re much more likely to run into these lot. Most people are just like you and me.  A good good thing!
Abbotsford Convent is one of those kind of places.
Not far from the CBD, yet a totally different world.
There is the most gorgeous bakery here, and we ate red sauce drippy lasagne here with fresh salad.  Divine.
Around the corner, there is one of three Lentil As Anything  restaurants.
I like their philosophy.
Lentil as Anything is a unique not for profit community organisation. At our core are the pay as you feel restaurants where customers give what they feel the food is worth and have the opportunity to donate towards the philosophy. We would love to welcome you as part of our community. We extend our hospitality offering you vegetarian cuisine cooked with love and gratitude. Our unique financial model functions independent of any government funding and we rely on your generosity in order to pay our rent, utilities, wages and stock. Make an agreement with your conscience on what is reasonable, how much you enjoyed your food, our philosophy and our community. Be part of a unique financial model that is centred on the values of trust, generosity and respect that gives people the opportunity to eat out and be social regardless of their financial situation. When you pay MAKE A WISH because you will be surprised with a little lentil love what happens!
 I wonder if Odette and Laurie ate here?
But they definitely found this.The Convent Toilet Door Project, where two artists donated their time to beautify the space.
Happy, happy, joy, joy.
Makes a nice change from boring old white.
Just around the corner is a little art gallery, and also the Collingwood children’s farm.
More groovy surprises and hidden treasure.
What a place!
So, here is the question: Can you find a free day in your schedule, and an available friend?
Are you ready for a day of spontaneous fun and adventure??
Let me know what you do!!

10 things you can do RIGHT NOW to set your creative flame free!

Sometimes, our brains are so filled with ‘stuff’ that it is just not possible for new ideas or story concepts to agitate or be released into the ethers for us to grab hold of.   Sometimes, we just have to quieten down somewhat and create some new space for fruits to grow.
It’s not that hard to do.  Really, it’s not.  And if we do these things on a regular basis, we can almost guarantee that our wellspring of article and story ideas will be overflowing!  I am NEVER without ideas. The biggest difficulty is finding time to bring all the ideas to fruition but it is really affirming that by taking care of my biggest asset, my thinking, my mind comes to the party and gives me gifts of insight and inspiration every single day.   Take care of your mind and you’ll be brimming with enthusiasm and gold drops too!
Here are my top 10 things to do to fire up your creative flame and set it free!
  1. Sit outside quietly. No book, no tv, no friend to chat to.  Just be with yourself.  Notice your thoughts.
  2. Tip out the rubbish. Yes, that stuff in your brain that no longer needs to be there.  Old worries, things you can’t do anything about, money concerns, what you did (or didnt do) last year, regrets…   Make room for new thoughts!
  3. Have a nap in the middle of the day.  Up to one hour. Set the alarm.  Write down your dreams.
  4. Go wandering!   Walking frees the breath and the mind.  Hear the new ideas come.
  5. Potter in the garden.  Digging in the dirt unlocks creative energy.  See new growth.
  6. Make a new friend.  Join a class.
  7. Go somewhere new, by yourself.   Open your eyes to seeing what is really around you.
  8. Visit the art gallery.  Take in lots of new images, designs, paintings and let them swirl in your creative well.
  9. Do something you wouldn’t normally do.  Catch a bus if you normally drive.  Sing in the shower.  Sing in the street.  (in fact, sing anywhere!)  Smile.   You are open to creative energy.  Wait and see what comes your way!
  10. Turn off the TV.   TURN OFF THE TV.  One whole day, then one whole week.  Can you do it?  What will you do instead?    Hours and hours and hours of free time is up your sleeve.  Use it wisely!
And here is an extra one, the most important of all.  Carry a sticky note pad and a pencil with you EVERYWHERE.  I keep these things in my pocket or handbag. I also have a set in my bathroom (you never know where inspiration will strike), in my kitchen, and in my car.  I’m often found writing down notes at traffic lights.  This is a regular occurrence for me and I’m not kidding!   Once you begin to look after your creative flame, it will grow and grow and grow and you’ll soon be cursing me for the influx  of ideas that you can’t possibly get to in this lifetime!!    Grab the gold ones and take action.  Your ideas are waiting for you to begin!