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Explore. Dream. Discover. Favourite quotes

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“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,”said the Queen.
“When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll

Twenty years from now

You will be more disappointed

by the things you didn’t do

than by the ones you did.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbour.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore.  Dream.  Discover

Mark Twain




Yes, The Explore Dream Discover theme and Coaching Model of my coaching practise came straight from this quote by Mark Twain.  This quote has always kept me moving forward!  I never want to look back on 20 years of my life and say, “oops.  Exactly why didn’t I do those things I wanted to do?””  And Alice?  –  it’s not always easy to believe in the impossible in a very non-believing world… so I remind myself each morning!  Why, sometimes even six times before breakfast!


Do you own this ship?

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Do you own this ship? I couldn't find you to proposition you!

Do you own this ship? I couldn't find you to proposition you!

Exploring, Dreaming, Discovering…On my Turkey and Greece adventure, I met wonderful people and  heard their inspiring stories,  painted, studied perspective, (both in drawing and in thinking), hosted a couple of workshops, had some impromptu coaching sessions, reflected on ancient history and mythology (including the muses, of course!) and how it affects where we are today, explored amazing art and architecture, had some really great laughs, acquired a new son-in-law, and had only one injury.  And I have a whole new novel of the magical sort in my head, waiting to be written.
I did not however, find the owner of this ship. 
Nor did I reach the mysterious person by phone in Delphi.
But hey.  Next time.

When toilet paper goes in a can…

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When each toilet you come across doesn’t function in any way that you have come to expect toilets to function;  when toilet paper no longer goes in the toilet but in a garbage can;  when coffee no longer comes in cup sizes you are used to, nor does it taste like coffee that you savour each morning;  when the shower is a hose that sprays the entire bathroom and you have no idea  how you are supposed to keep  the toilet paper, (and the garbage can) and the towels from getting wet, too; when you wash your clothes with your shampoo while you shower and feel like you’ve got clean clothes again;….. well, that’s when driving in a car with no carseat for baby becomes totally okay, even through incredibly windy narrow mountain roads.  That’s when eating from a roadside restaurant that happily takes 2 hours to cook you ‘something’ up.. (but serves you raw chestnuts while you wait) also becomes okay.   (Especially when you are having lunch with three elderly greek sisters.)   That’s when one can let go all the expectations of daily routines and ‘proper’ ways of doing things, and be free to simply respond to each moment without any expectations.

I think this is why I love travelling soooo much.  It is so freeing.  Maybe I will paint tonight.  I wonder what might evolve!

If you had a couple of weeks….

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If you were sitting in an ancient port in Crete and had two weeks or so completely unplanned… what would you do?  Where would you go?  It’s an interesting experience to be in this extraordinary energy of ancient times combined with a rather loud internet cafe… and so many opportunities to consider.  I suspect I will allow a little magic into my life to direct me.  How would you decide?

Consider this… Two weeks.  (Keeping in mind that you have been exploring for a full month already)  No responsibilities.  None.    Foreign country.  When you look back on those two weeks, what would make you say.. “I am soooo frickin’ glad that I ___________”  ?

Okay… I guess I just coached myself into a good question.  First thought is to go Kiteboarding!  ha!  Next is to go Whitewater rafting.   Hey!  Where did the painting and contemplation time go?????

I’ll be darned.

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