• Health Matters

    Wellbeing and procrastination

    Does our wellbeing depend on our ability to manage procrastination? I believe it does. Our wellbeing interacts with a range of factors including physical exercise and nutrition. If we do not exercise and take care of our nutritional needs, then we could be a procrastinator. A friend of mind has a high-level job and is very decisive in her decision-making. But recently she told me that one area of indecision is when it comes to physical exercise and her diet. I concluded that my friend has a passion for the work she does and that is why she is extraordinarily successful. But her passion fades when it comes to physical…

  • Health Matters

    Quality Personal Relationships and Wellbeing

    If you are like me, you want to have quality personal relationships, relationships that are strong. But how do we get them? Is it as simple as having good values and putting these into practice? If we are respectful, kind, and engage in loving acts will this do? Or do we get lucky if we choose the right person and are perfectly matched? If we are matched with people who have similar interests, values, and goals will we have a quality relationship? When did your general practitioner (GP) last ask you how is your relationship? If you are not sleeping well or angry and irritable are pills the answer? They…

  • Health Matters

    You are what you eat!

    Have you ever heard the statement ‘You are what you eat?’ It is vital to our wellbeing that we eat right. Not sure what you should eat to keep healthy and feeling good. I am always looking for guides to help me. I like this one from the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. You can print it out, like I did, and put it inside your pantry wall as a reminder. We all know what we have been eating and what indulgences are hiding in the corner of our fridge. I understand that you have to hide your favourite snack food when you have children or a partner. Your favourite…

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    Health Matters

    Wellbeing

    What is wellbeing? Is it being physically healthy? But then what about our emotional and mental health? As human beings we are complex creatures. We are affected by how we feel about ourselves and others. We are emotional beings. Our emotions can impact on our mental health and this can have an ongoing effect on our physical health and overall wellbeing. Think about the ‘couch potato.’ This is a term for someone who likes to spend the best part of their day on the couch – not doing too much. A ‘couch potato’ is a person who is undermotivated and not feeling good about themselves. They are captured in a…

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    Life Day By Day

    New Year’s Eve

    The 2020 New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reminisce about all our past New Year Eve’s. Due to our COVID-19 normal world our New Year’s Eve celebrations will be different tonight. Some of us will celebrate more of the same tonight, while others will be disappointed to wind back their plans as they have to stay at home. Yet, could my situation and yours be better this year in our COVID-19 world? Even in a world without fire works in many capital cities in Australia? This year we have lowered our expectations. The dinner-dance you booked has changed. You can still have the dinner, but you cannot dance.…

  • Life Day By Day

    Merry Christmas with Chicken Talk

    It is time to say thank to everyone who took time to read my articles during 2020 and wish you all a Merry Christmas, with the addition of a little chicken talk. My chicken news is that I have retreated from poultry farming. No more backyard chickens for me unless I move to a larger property. If you want to know what happened to the chickens and the chicken coop with all its modifications fit for Princess Chickens, then read on. Our more recent girls Molly, Polly and Dolly went to a farm near Esk. The town of Esk is a small hamlet in the Somerset Region, South East Queensland.…

  • KJ's Kitchen

    A Summer of Skewers

    Summer is a great time to gather around the BBQ. The weather in Queensland is perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. As long as you work around the summer storms! Are you like me and planning to cook up a storm in the kitchen this festive season? This summer at our place will be a ‘summer of skewers.’ Seafood, meat, or chicken skewers made up in the kitchen and then taken outside to cook on the BBQ. We have two outdoor cooking options. One is the gas Weber Q, and the other is the Weber Go Anywhere charcoal, hibachi style, cooker. The great thing about cooking on a skewer is…

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    Life Matters

    All Cashed up this Christmas or Not

    The shops are crowded, the plastic cards are working overtime, it looks like everyone is cashed up this Christmas. But are they? Is everyone going further into debt, just like the Federal and State governments in Australia? Christmas is a great time to have a good time. But when the good time is over, and the credit card bill arrives so do the headaches. Unless you are a savvy shopper and do not go for the big expenditure items. Or are you like me and shop early? I spread my Christmas shopping over a few months and by the time December has arrived the credit card is cleared. No surprises…

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    Life Matters

    Christmas is a time for …

    Traditionally Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. All over the world people are making plans to be with the people they love, their family and friends. Once December arrives there is a shopping frenzy. That is why I like to shop for gifts early or online. The giving of gifts goes back thousands of years when gifts were bought to the baby Jesus to celebrate his birth. However, today people give gifts for the simple reason of showing someone else they care. I heard a funny story this week about 8-year-old children who were performing a nativity play. Roles were cast, including the three wise men who bought…

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    Life Matters

    Christmas with …

    Where will you be this Christmas? And who will you be with? Will your mind wander back to your childhood days of Christmas and other special occasions? If so, like me, will you draw on the happy memories? When I reflect on past Christmas and New Year holidays, I am grateful to my parents and extended family. They left me with so many happy memories. I am the first-born of seven children. My childhood memories take me back to 92 Barrack Road, Cannon Hill. It is a suburb of Brisbane and it was my paternal grandparents home. This is the house where my father grew up, the boys sleeping on…