Rural Life: Something You Don’t Know

#contentology #Nov2020 #nicolamoras

#somethingyoudontknow

#rural life #petcow

Something that people may not know about me, is that I grew up, one
of six children on a fruit-block in RedCliffs, Victoria. My parents moved
there when my mum was pregnant with me.

I loved living on the block, we had lots of cats, kittens, dogs and would
you believe it, a cow called Jenny. My parents would milk her daily and we would have her milk for our cereal and my mum would then make it
into yogurt and other things. It seems like a strange family pet to have
now, however, Jenny was really another member of the family.

My sisters and brothers and I, grew up climbing trees, exploring the
block and eating way too many grapes and other fruit off the trees
during picking season and swimming in the channel that ran through
our block. When I think of this now with it’s muddy water and sludge
on the bottom, it’s hard to believe we swam in it, but we used to love it!
So we had a simple life, with lots of space, lots of freedom just to play
and I think this has cultivated my appreciation for simple things in lifeand it has definitely influenced my love of having pets as family
members!

It also makes me realise that happiness can be found in the
simplest of lifestyles, without need for much, other than space and a
playmate or two-which I was lucky to have!

And whilst having a simple life is not as easy to provide for my children
these days as there are may more demands and expectations placed
on them both within and outside the home, I know that they are
definitely happiest when they are exploring, being creative and making
their own fun without too much interference from the adults!

What’s in your bag?

#contentology

#whatsinyourbag

#nicolamoras

The essential items that are in my bag include paw paw cream,
bandaids (because, kids always need one of these at some point!),
spare hair ties, lipstick, licence, bank cards and Border Permits for
NSW travel! (but not for much longer!). I also head to work with my
laptop, iPad’s and a book that I’m using as well and my phone and a
spare mask or two!

So I don’t just have my small satchel Mimco bag, but also a big Market
bag and two cases for my laptop and two iPads! It’s quite a haul!
But I’m so grateful that tomorrow night I get to take just a clutch as I
head out to dinner to celebrate my sister’s birthday at an actual
restaurant! Something that earlier in the year felt like it might never
happen -well not this year anyway!

Motivation

Talking about motivation and how it often comes AFTER we take action.

Also motivation persists the more we have other people who inspire and support us. Because there will be days when we do not feel like doing things and we need people around us to keep us committed to our goals.

This is true for fitness and for any other goals or aspirations that you may have. So make sure you have the right people to support you and when you least feel like it, take action, no matter how small! (Notice my video bombers that turned up halfway through?!🤣) #motivation #takeaction #contentologyNov2020 #nicolamoras

Grateful for all three

#contentology #celebrate

This week it’s been really moving for me to see the celebrations as
Melbourne has come out of lockdown. I’ve loved listening to and reading
the accounts of business owners excited to be returning to work and being
able to open up to their customers again, in fact I got a bit teary listening to
their stories. The strain, the stress and the challenges that they have been
through have been enormous. I love also hearing how proud they are of
themselves and how excited they are to have Melbourne return to glory-even
though this will need to be a process and there will be many more changes
ahead to make this safe.

But the commitment they’ve shown to reducing the cases of COVID-19 so
significantly, means that now, if we can continue to keep it like this, will mean
a much more hopeful end to the year and a 2021 that will have a sense of
normality (fingers crossed). It will also mean that VIctoria will no longer split
off from one another and soon VIctoria won’t be split off from the other
states. As a border town to NSW and SA, I know this has really affected
everyone who lives here in Mildura quite significantly. So it’s really a hopeful
step in the right direction.

It was also very timely lift of restrictions for our family, as my parents are in
Melbourne for the next few weeks and because the restrictions have lifted,
they have been able to see my sister and her baby for the first time since
June this year.

To to see photos of my parents with my sister and her daughter, who has
been through lockdown as a first time mum and to see their smiles in being
with one another was just amazing. It also makes me very hopeful that it won’t be long before she can come home and we can have our family back
together again . To make it perfect, we’d just need to have my brother and
his family come from the UK and we’d have our very big family together
again for Christmas.

So I’m celebrating hope, family and community spirit and I feel incredibly
grateful for all three.

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Celebrate

#contentology

#celebrate

This week it’s been really moving for me to see the celebrations as Melbourne has come out of lockdown. I’ve loved listening to and reading the accounts of business owners excited to be returning to work and being able to open up to their customers again, in fact I got a bit teary listening to their stories. The strain, the stress and the challenges that they have been through have been enormous. I love also hearing how proud they are of themselves and how excited they are to have Melbourne return to glory-even though this will need to be a process and there will be many more changes ahead to make this safe.

But the commitment they’ve shown to reducing the cases of COVID-19 so significantly, means that now, if we can continue to keep it like this, will mean a much more hopeful end to the year and a 2021 that will have a sense of normality (fingers crossed). It will also mean that Victoria will no longer split off from one another and soon Victoria won’t be split off from the other states. As a border town to NSW and SA, I know this has really affected everyone who lives here in Mildura quite significantly. So it’s really a hopeful step in the right direction.

It was also very timely lift of restrictions for our family, as my parents are in Melbourne for the next few weeks and because the restrictions have lifted, they have been able to see my sister and her baby for the first time since June this year.

To to see photos of my parents with my sister and her daughter, who has been through lockdown as a first time mum and to see their smiles in being with one another was just amazing. It also makes me very hopeful that it won’t be long before she can come home and we can have our family back together again . To make it perfect, we’d just need to have my brother and his family come from the UK and we’d have our very big family together again for Christmas.

So I’m celebrating hope, family and community spirit and I feel incredibly grateful for all three.

Hands Dirty

#contentology #handsdirty

I don’t like getting my hands dirty, the feel of dirt when it’s dried actually tends to really dry them out, so if I’m in the garden I have to wear gloves!
But I do like the process of getting outside jobs done, because there is a
beginning, middle and end and a great sense of completion. When our
timber needs restraining, I find I quite enjoy this job as I can put some music in my ears and just focus and tune out everything else-and usually the kids take a while to find me!

I find these activities much more satisfying than the daily repeat of housework that’s for sure!
I also quite like the work of getting a fire built and started, again there is
satisfaction with the making and completion of this task-and then of course the fact that you get to enjoy it!

These tasks are a contrast to the work I usually do, where the ‘finish’ is not something that is tangible, because the process of my work is ongoing, with the changes not always visible to eye for quite some time, if at all.

So having time where I can get into an activity and see an outcome is quite satisfying!