Friday, February 5, 2016

What Makes You Happy??

Over at Focusing On Life this week, Deanna wrote a post titled Money Can't Buy Happiness... This got me thinking about my own happiness, and what really makes me happy.

True happiness does not come from financial status or material possessions... These things can come and go. You cannot put a price tag on true happiness.
North Burleigh Beach, QLD

I believe that:
Happiness comes from your attitude to life; how you look at life not only when circumstances are great but also when they are difficult.
Happiness is also directly related to how grateful you are.
I have never been in the situation of having a lot of money or possessions. However, every day I choose to be grateful for what I have. I am thankful that we are able to pay our bills every week. I am thankful that we can eat healthy food and have the things in life we need.
Basically I am grateful for God's provision for our needs.
Currumbin Beach, QLD, looking towards Currumbin Rock

I am grateful that I have a wonderful family; my parents, my 4 siblings, my husband, our 9 children, their partners, and my grandchildren. I am even grateful for those family members who have estranged themselves from our family. I pray daily for restoration of relationships.
I am grateful for my wonderful friends, who constantly encourage me and keep me grounded.
I have people in my life (both family and friends) who encourage me to be the best I can, and love me for who I am. It is these people who I choose to enjoy life with. They are the ones I am blessed to share memories with; and it is those memories that bring me great joy!
Kirra Beach, QLD
I am surrounded by the beauty of nature, which I can see, hear, touch, smell and photograph. My photography allows me to capture moments of that beauty -- for that I am incredibly grateful!
I have my faith, which provides me with comfort, peace, joy and love. I am blessed!
Kirra Beach, QLD
So, in short, my happiness is a direct result of my gratitude.
The things that really make me happy are my faith, God's provision, my family, friends, creating memories, nature, and photography.


WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY??


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Wild Bird Wednesday: Grey Fantail

The Grey Fantail is found in most treed habitats throughout Australia.
It is most easily recognised by its constantly fanned tail and agile aerial twists and turns.

Both sexes are similar in appearance: grey above, with white eyebrow, throat and tail edges.

This species is quite inquisitive and will closely approach an observer.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Focusing On Life: Quality Time, Creating Memories

Late last year, my parents flew up to Brisbane to visit us as well as spending a week at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Michael & I stayed with them for 4 days. It was a welcome break away for us all, and the weather was perfect!

On the Monday, while Dad & Michael went ocean fishing, Mum & I took a walk along the boardwalk on Noosa's main beach and enjoyed some mother-daughter time...









I am incredibly grateful for the time away that we had with Mum and Dad. We don't see them often as almost 2000 km separates us, and I miss them terribly. Although they are both in their 80's now, they are still healthy and still working!!
I value highly my time with my parents once or twice a year... I wish it could be longer and more often. Quality time & creating memories is what I love about time spent with family.



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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love, Forgiveness & Gratitude

LOVE:
REAL love is unconditional, loyal, kind, honest...

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

FORGIVENESS:
Don't hold grudges, instead forgive so you can be free, so you can have peace and happiness.

"If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive." - Mother Theresa

GRATITUDE:
Finding gratitude not only in the good times, but even in the difficult times. There is so much to be thankful for no matter what the circumstances of life may bring. Finding thankfulness in the hard stuff brings blessing & joy.

"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation." - Brian Tracy

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present….Gratefully" - Maya Angelou


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Moody Shorncliffe

Over the last 4 1/2 years since I bought my DSLR, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with other photographers around south-east Queensland and New South Wales. It has been a great experience to connect with like-minded people and to learn a little more about shooting in certain conditions.

One thing I have noticed is that so many photographers are obsessed with "chasing colour" and anything less than extremely brilliant sunrises and sunsets aren't worth shooting.

I am passionate about shooting landscapes, no matter how stunning the sunrises & sunsets are. I am just as happy with the bright reds, oranges & yellows of an intense sunrise or sunset as I am with the pastel mauves, pinks and blues of a moody one.

I also love shooting during the day, capturing the contrasts of green landscapes & blue skies.

Below is a moody sunrise taken at Shorncliffe Pier back in 2014... I loved the pastel hues. This pier is currently being fully refurbished to preserve this slice of history.




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Sunday, January 24, 2016

F A M I L Y - Over The Years

Gifted from above with these 4 beautiful treasures, I cannot imagine life without them.
I have loved being a Mum, and raising these wonderful people; I am beyond blessed, favoured by God, my heart is full!
Daniel, Sarah, Rebecca & Ben. December 1993

Sarah, Dan, Ben (1st day of school) & Bec. January 1997

In 1998 my children's father left us and we became "The Denehy 5".

Creating wonderful memories together, loads of laughter, peace, loyalty, kindness, compassion, respect, gratitude and love were our strengths.
Hastings, VIC. January 1998

Flinders, VIC. January 2000

Surfers Paradise Beach, QLD. January 2001

When adversity challenged us, it only served to bring us closer together. Knowing that we had one another, strengthened our bonds.
January 2002

January 2002 with our beautiful Border Collie, Maggie

June 2003

Together we were stronger, together we were a family.
March 2004

December 2004

 

 
December 2005

November 2006

Siblings (and friends) July 2007

December 2007

December 2008

December 2009 at my wedding

March 2010 - with my parents, at Sarah & Oscar's wedding


"FAMILY like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one."

My prayer is that my children will never forget where their roots are.

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