Mr Spoons Adventures

Mr Spoon at Flagstaff hill park, Wollongong.

Mr Spoon at Flagstaff hill park, Wollongong (Photo credit: Instgram @a.m_banks).

Last month I was fortunate enough to be visited by the famous travelling Mr Spoon. He travelled all the way from Germany taking a couple of detours around Australia, before turning up on my door step.

You’re probably wondering who is Mr Spoon and what’s his story?  Well let me tell you!!!

Mr Spoon was created by the wonderful Theresa Laura at spoonsforhappniess.com.  She created him for the Spoonie community. His job is to help each person that receives him feel less alone while dealing with their illness and help them feel connected to a wonderful worldwide community.

Now you’re probably wondering what is a Spoonie?

A Spoonie is someone that suffers with a chronic illness, for more details read Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory.  Mr Spoon is helping raise awareness worldwide for people that suffer with a chronic illness. As you may know I have suffered with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) for over 3 years. My health is a lot better, however I was bed ridden at one point. For some spoonies they can be house bound or even bed bound. This means basic activities can be almost impossible for some.  Knowing that Mr Spoon was travelling around to help with raising awareness, I was more than happy to help and support Mr Spoon on his travels. Anything that helps to raise awareness for any type of chronic illness is always welcomed.

Now that we have covered the important facts I would love to share my adventures with Mr Spoon with you all! Mr Spoon ended up staying with me for over a month.  Our first adventure was our road trip down the coast to Melbourne. Mr Spoon decided to hide in the back seat on the first day, but we managed to get a lot of sightseeing pictures the following day. We looked for whales in Eden, NSW, crossed over the border to Victoria, and headed for Melbourne while hugging the coast as much as possible (for more details about our road trip click here).

After our big road trip Mr Spoon and I were happy to chill out during the rest of our time together.  Before I was due to forward him on, I decided to set him up with a bit of a photo shoot. Mr Spoon loved every moment of it, he is a bit of a model and I’m pretty sure he would win Australia’s next top model if he wanted to hang around and apply.

After a lot of beach therapy and way too many photos, Mr Spoon headed off via Australia post to see the next wonderful Spoonie.

If you would like to have Mr Spoon come visit you, feel free to contact Theresa Laura at spoonsforhappniess.com.

Thank you for visiting Mr Spoon and keep doing what you doing!

 

Lennae xxx

 

Hanging on tight to Buddha.

Hanging on tight to Buddha (Photo credit: Instgram @a.m_banks).

Looking over City Beach, Wollongong

Looking over City Beach, Wollongong (Photo credit: Instgram @a.m_banks).

Wollongong Harbour

Wollongong Harbour (Photo credit: Instgram @a.m_banks).

 

Whale watching in Eden, NSW.

Whale watching in Eden, NSW.

Mr Spoon takes on Melbourne!

Mr Spoon takes on Melbourne!


Road Trippin

 

 

Eden Wharf, NSW.

Eden Wharf, NSW.

 

Over the  long weekend, the Mr and I decided to road trip down to Melbourne.  I was pretty excited about the roadie, though after a full on week I was also a little concerned as to how I would pull up. I wasn’t planning to take time off for the trip but long journeys can tend to wipe me out. After a good night’s sleep I still felt a bit exhausted, mentally and psychically. However after a little pep talk and the realisation that it would probably still be good for me to get away, I got myself sorted and we were good to go. We also had Mr spoon joining us (for more about Mr Spoon click here), he had arrived into my possession only a couple of days earlier from his previous road trip (he gets around).

Our journey went via the scenic route, cruising down the coast of NSW stopping in Eden for the first night (the bottom of NSW). Keeping an eye out at Eden for whales while enjoying the gorgeous views. What I love about Australia is that there are so many beautiful coastal towns, each one just as gorgeous as the next.

We then headed down to Victoria hugging the coast as much as possible enjoying the beautiful national parks along the way, I love a good national park. We stopped off at a couple of spots along the way and enjoyed a nice walk and then ended the day in Yanakie, which borders Wilson’s Promontory National Park. The next day involved exploring Wilson’s Promontory National Park and enjoying another lovely walk. We also got to drive on the most southern road on mainland Australia. After a bit of National park exploring, we headed to Melbourne, cruising through rural Victoria and ending my part of the trip in Melbourne. Rural Victoria, the Gippsland region reminded me a lot like where i’m from in New Zealand, loads of sheep, cows, farmland and  lush green grass.  All up a total distance of driving  was just over 1100 km (not by me of course)!

Some delicious food was eaten and I think those country Victorians definitely give Melbournians a good run for their money when it comes to good food. I sensed there was a bit of competition in that area.

After spending a lovely night in Melbourne and conquering the square glass floor up the Eurka tower (it’s one way to test my fear of heights), I flew home the next day and managed everything just fine. It’s moment’s like this, that remind me that only not too long ago I wouldn’t have been able manage any of this, mentally, emotionally or physically!

Wowee it feels good to be living life and enjoying the simple things! Bring on life!

Sending lots of love and positive vibes to you all, do you have a road trip planned anytime soon? I’d love to hear about it!

Much love,

 

 

Lennae xxx

Mr Spoon whale watching in Eden.

Mr Spoon whale watching in Eden.

Rotary look out, Eden.

Rotary look out, Eden.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Cape Conran, Victoria.

Birdies at Tidal River, Wilson's Promontory National Park.

Birdies at Tidal River, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, Victoria.

Over looking Bass Strait, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

Over looking Bass Strait, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, Victoria.

South bank, Melbourne.

South bank, Melbourne.

 


Merry Christmas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…………….aahhhhhhhhhhhh Christmas why do you always come around so quickly?

The festive season is well and truly upon us and Christmas is almost here! The Christmas crazy can well and truly be a struggle, especially on top of an illness. Remember to look after yourselves this Christmas holiday and take it easy, your doing the best you can.

Merry Christmas to you all my beautiful readers, I hope you have a wonderful festive season with your loved ones. I also would like to thank you all for all your ongoing support, it means the world! Now let’s get ready to bring in the new year, I know its going to be even bigger and better!

I’ll leave you with a few pic’s of my furbabies, who are not really feeling the Christmas vibes.

Much love

Lennae xxx
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Byron Bay

Lighthouse at Cape Byron.

Lighthouse at Cape Byron.

Birthdays & Anniversaries always call for celebrating! This year Cameron & I decided to go away to celebrate our 2nd Wedding anniversary & our birthdays. They all fall within 3 weeks of each other, fun times right!!! We thought what better way to celebrate, than to chill out at Australia’s beautiful Byron Bay!

Byron Bay is Australia’s most easterly point, filled with beautiful beaches. The food choice is amazingly healthy and yummy. Byron is filled with backpackers, hippies, surfers and green lovers. The vibe of Byron is very chilled, are you feeling the vibe yet?

I’ve had a little anxiety of flying since I’ve been unwell. Byron seemed like the best choice to test out a flight. It’s only an hour long flight from Sydney. I can assure you I nailed it & there is no more anxiety towards flying.

Up in Byron the weather was beautiful and warm. I felt like we were on a island. The vibe was refreshing and relaxing. The food was amazing and so was the shopping. We hired a car and went on a few roadies, even visited Nimbin! The unique place that is pretty much dedicated to promoting marijuana. Before you get excited it’s no Amsterdam and still not legal.

Cameron did a skydive, I was more than happy to watch. I don’t think my energy levels would have tolerated that much excitement. I was grateful for what I was able to manage energy wise, which was a lot.

I’ll leave you all with some pictures of our trip, I hope you enjoy! If you’re thinking about visiting Byron Bay, I would highly recommend it. It’s like a whole different world!

Lennae xxx

Looking out East from the Byron Lighthouse.

Looking out East from the Byron Lighthouse.

Belongil Beach in the morning, looking back towards Byron Bay.

Belongil Beach in the morning, looking back towards Byron Bay.

Belongil Beach at sunset.

Belongil Beach at sunset.

Belongil Beach, looking towards Byron bay.

Belongil Beach, looking towards Byron bay.

Regular customers at a local juice bar.

Regular customers at a local juice bar.

Selfie at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Selfie at Cape Byron Lighthouse.


Hello Health & Hello 2015!

Hello lovelies! I hope your all well and enjoying this fabulous year of 2015 that is now upon us!
It has been a while since I have posted any updates… brace yourselves, here it all is.

It’s been pretty smooth sailing for me, Ive actually turned up a gear since November and I keep on going up at the moment.
Which is fantastic!
I have had a bit on as well and have managed it all quite well!

Whoohoo!

Much of November I spent buckled down studying hard for my exams. I had started attending Yoga classes which was really exciting and managed over half of the class! Snow bear has been getting regular walks by me and not 10 minute walks either I’m talking 20 – 40 minute walks! I completed and passed all of my assignments, but I had a lot of study to catch up on. A plan was also set and put into place for me to return back to work in January. I know scary stuff right?

Exams were over by the beginning of December and unfortunately I didn’t pass them. I was a bit upset but reminded myself that I had done really well considering my situation. The day of my last exam my lovely in-laws arrived over from New Zealand. It was 10 days of being out and about with them! We stayed up in Sydney and hit the shopping malls, my step counter was getting a real workout! I can’t believe it but I smashed out over 13,000 steps in one day! I had a few rest days in between going out, shopping and being out and about. I was able to re-sit my exams in-between my in-laws leaving and going down the coast on holiday with the family. I successfully passed my exams! Whoohoo, time to relax!

Our holiday with the family down the South Coast was lovely. Christmas was spent down there and it couldn’t have been any more relaxing. Most of our time was spent swimming, walking the dogs, kayaking, paddle boarding, a tad of shopping and relaxing. After our holiday I had a well-rested week back at home, with a few day trips as well as spending some down time at the beach. I bought the New year in with my good friend Laura & darling husband Cameron. We spent it down at the beach watching the fireworks! I must admit that I was pretty excited to bring in the New Year. I’m excited to see what lies ahead in the year for me, it can only keep on getting better!

I have re-enrolled to study and am currently enjoying my holiday from it. I’ve got lots of excitement in the next few weeks ahead, I’m starting back at work, heading up to Byron bay on a plane!! Whoohoo! As well as celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary, plus Cameron & I both have our birthdays coming up!

So there’s lots to celebrate and look forward in Lennae’s world! I have lots of exciting plans and goals for the year ahead. I hope you all have a fantastic year and are excited about 2015 as much as I am!

Lennae
xxx

Mollymook Beach, Christmas Night.

Mollymook Beach, Christmas Night.

Cameron & I , Paddle boarding selfie. Narrawallee Inlet

Cameron & I , Paddle board selfie. Narrawallee Inlet.

Garie Beach, Royal National Park, Sydney.

Garie Beach, Royal National Park, Sydney.

Ulladulla Harbour.

Ulladulla Harbour.


Studying with ME/CFS

Hello beautiful people! I apologize for being a bit absent lately. I have been extremely busy being a student. I thought I might share with you all how studying is going for me so far.

As some of you know I am studying a diploma in Nutritional Medicine. I am currently half way through the first semester and have started my first set of exams and assessments for each subject, it’s a bit scary. For the term I’m studying four subjects, which isn’t too bad considering some days I may not be well enough to study. I got a shock when I realised two of the subjects I had to study where “Biochemistry” and “Anatomy & physiology”! Ah science and I do not go well! Of course I had panic attack, but I’m up for the challenge!

Three weeks in and I was struggling to get a routine going. I’m not proud but there were tantrums thrown. My brain was not handling the information overload from biochemistry and anatomy & physiology, who knew you needed to know all of this information. I called my special assistance adviser at the college. I was allocated a go too person for extra support if I need it because of my illness. I told her I was struggling with those subjects. She assured me not to worry, she teaches those subjects herself and the majority of students struggle with these subjects. I felt reassured after our chat.

The past few weeks have been challenging, but it is also challenge for other students as well. Being an online student we have weekly forums, this is how the students and teachers communicate. I have posted on the forums with questions about things I’m not sure about or if I’m not quite understanding parts. Other students have commented explaining they feel the same way, which is good to know that I’m not the only one.

I have now managed to get a bit of a routine going and have come up with some tips that will definitely help anybody else who is studying with an illness.

Work at a desk. My first week of study was on the couch, my back seized up and it was off to the chiropractor to get clicked. A good desk and chair will definitely help.

30 Minute stretch breaks. Every 30 minutes I get up and stretch. I found stretches online that people do when they are sitting at a desk all day. It’s a good idea to get movement and to get out of your chair. It’s also a good break if you have a short attention span.

Routine. Find a routine that works for you.

Ask for help.
If you are having trouble understanding something ask someone for help. It can be anyone, a loved one, family member, a friend, your teacher, or a fellow student. They may know your answer or are willing to help you find the answer.

Spread your study out. I was trying to cram my study all in, I struggled to take in all the information and was left feeling exhausted. I quickly realised I have all week to spread it out and do what I can, when I can.

Plan. Plan your study out, mark down all the important dates that you have assignments and exams due. It helps especially if you need time to prepare for them.

You can do it! Yes you can! Keep trying and don’t give into self-doubt.

It is too early to say how I’m going with this term, I will have a good idea once I have completed the mid-term exams and assessments. I sat my first exam over the weekend and passed! WHOOOHOOO! I’m extremely proud of this result. I have found it challenging trying to balance studying as well as my daily routine on top of ME/CFS. This positive result was just what I needed!

Are you thinking about studying? or are currently studying? What are some of your study tips that help you? I would love to hear about them.

Bye for now

Lennae xxx

My text books

My text books


Words of wisdom

Since I have become unwell, I have come to rely on positive quotes to lift me up and keep me strong during those hard times. Sometimes all you need are a few wise words to help keep positive. The power of a positive mind can help the hardest of situations. I want to share with you all some of my favourite quotes.

photo credit: symphony of love via photopin <a

photo credit: symphony of love via photopin <a

1. “I find hope in the darkest of days and focus in the brightest.” – Dalai Lama

2. "Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday." – Unknown

3. "Always remember that your current situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come." – Unknown

4. "No matter how you feel, get up, get dressed, show up and never give up." – Regina Brett

5. "Some people want it to happen, some wish it will happen and others make it happen!" – Michael Jordon

6. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." – Walt Disney

7. "Tough times don't last, tough people do!" – Gregory Peck

8. "Believe you can and your halfway there." – Theodore Roosevelt

9. "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." – Unknown

10. "Every experience no matter how hard it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind, the goal is to find it." – Buddha

11. "Every morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most." – Buddha

12. "You are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or can choose happiness instead." – Anis Nin

13. "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." – Albus Dumbedore.

14. "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary things." – C S Lewis

15. "Stars can't shine without darkness." – Unknown

16. "Without struggle there is no progress." – Frederick Douglass

17. "I promise if you keep searching for everything beautiful in this world you will eventually become it." – Tyler Kent White

18. "Nothing is impossible, when the word itself says I'm possible." – Audrey Hepburn.

19. "Dream it, believe it, achieve it!" – Unknown

20. "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." – Neale Donald Walsh

21. "Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring." – Unknown

22. "One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day." – Unknown

23. "Always believe that something wonderful is going to happen." – Unknown

24. "A journey of 1000 miles must begin with a single step." – Lao Tzu

25. "I believe in the person, I want to become." – Lana Del Ray

26. “What day is it?” Asked Pooh. “It’s today!” Squeaked Piglet. “My favourite day!” Said Pooh. – Pooh & Piglet

27. "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." – Confucius


I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! What are your favourite quotes?

Lennae

xxx

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