Posted in Uncategorized, tagged adventure, Australia, desert, experience, journey, Kata Tjuta, Outback, realize your dreams, Red Centre, saga, Shelley Odendahl, The Thorn Birds, travel, Uluru on October 9, 2012 |
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The phrase “Australian Saga” reminds me of Colleen McCullough’s 1977 book and the subsequent 1983 mini-series The Thorn Birds which spoke to the young romantic in me. (Anybody else with me here?) Perhaps more than anything else I can point to, this dramatic fictional story brought the Australian Outback to my attention and contributed to my dream to visit the country someday. Last year, along with my husband Cliff, I realized that dream.
Uluru at sunrise – a mesmerizing sight.
The saga I am recounting here, about our travels, includes a visit to the Red Centre of Australia. However my husband and I had a completely different experience in the Outback than what I read about in The Thorn Birds. We never drove a jeep on long, dusty red roads or visited a sheep ranch. Instead we chose to visit a national park that is endowed in amazing natural beauty and cultural significance.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to both the 2.2 mile long monolith Uluru, previously known as Ayers Rock, and a cluster of huge rock domes known as Kata Tjuta, 22 miles away. It is a World Heritage site – home to the Anangu people, the traditional and current owners of the area. The national park is co-managed by Anangu and the Australian Government. Visitors are welcome within
Living in the moment and experiencing the beautiful intensity of the desert at Kata Tjuta.
certain parameters – some areas of the park are restricted for religious and cultural purposes – but I never felt limited.
In the few days Cliff and I were in the Red Centre, we lived the kind of travel experiences I could only dream of. We took part in the Sounds of Silence dinner – a pricey but very cool experience where we were seated at candlelit tables under the desert skies with people from around the world, eating the food and hearing the didgeridoo music of the outback, under the night sky of the southern hemisphere.
We visited Uluru at sunrise, midday and sunset. The rock is fascinating on so many levels. Its color changed from rosy sandstone to a ruddy brown to a deep burgundy depending on daylight and perspective. Up close you can see the texture and crevices on the surface that looks smooth from a distance.
We hiked though the rocks at Kata Tjuta on a hot day. We were fortunate to be there during a fertile spring bloom that followed earlier rainfalls. The contrast of vivid red dirt and lush green foliage with flowering plants in the desert painted an enduring image in my memory.
This part of our Australian journey was an intense experience that will live forever in my heart.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged baby boomer, concert, experience, leisure, life, memoir, motorcycle, realize your dreams, rocking, Santana, Shelley Odendahl, travel, Traveling Together on July 13, 2012 |
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I have heard it said that Baby Boomers don’t want to grow up. We want to feel young and carefree as we continue to live life to its fullest.
I plead guilty!
The evidence in this case is provided by my wide smile when I recount my activities during the past two weeks:
- I spent time leading up to the 4th of July playing volleyball in a lake in Wisconsin with a group of friends. The net is literally set up in the lake. Classic fun!
- I experienced Santana in concert – for two+ hours, under the stars. Carlos is fantastic – he’s still rocking – making it fresh and real after all these years. He plays with a large group of musicians, and they know how to do it right.
- I got behind my husband on our motorcycle for the first time in many years. He recently had our Yamaha 1100 revamped and has begun to ride it on nearby country roads. I have been writing my motorcycle memoirs, Traveling Together, Cliff and Me and the Motorcycle Makes Three, and it brought back the memory of soaring down the road on a bike. I tried it and I liked it!
What are you doing that shows your rockin’ spirit?
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Emmy Vadnais, experience, guided imagery, health, holistic, intuitive healer, life, life coach, meditation, occupational therapists, Occupational Therapy, OT, OT Trends, personal, realize your dreams, reflections, visualization on April 5, 2012 |
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In your quest to live a full and rich life, have you considered using meditation, visualization techniques, or guided imagery?
Recently I had an experience in using Interactive Guided Imagery to explore some personal matters. I was assisted by Emmy Vadnais, a Holistic Occupational Therapist & Intuitive Healer. I was in the comfort of my own home. My session took place over the telephone, with dialogue between Emmy and me as I went through this experience.
Emmy’s prompts helped me to relax and reach a meditative state where I could access my intuitive, inner self. With her assistance, I imagined my own guide helping me discover answers to my questions and providing me with self acceptance and support. The Interactive Guided Imagery session helped me to find clarity on what my next steps should be.
Before meeting Emmy Vadnais, I had an incomplete concept of what being an Occupational Therapist could entail. She recently wrote an article about Observations and Trends in this field. In it she notes that some Occupational Therapists are getting trained in and are practicing Holistic Therapies and others are being certified as Life and Health and Wellness Coaches.
“Occupational Therapy is a remarkable profession that assists individuals to live their best lives,” she wrote. “Occupational Therapists believe that we find meaning in our lives through the activities we engage in.”
I salute this helping profession and the individuals who can help us live full lives and realize our dreams!
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I am one of the faces of real people behind the sky-high unemployment statistics this year. I have been looking for a new job, but as anybody who is doing the same can attest, it is difficult to make progress in this environment. Many of us in the midlife age range are concerned that hiring managers may not recognize the value we can bring to their organization.
I spent the past two days at a workshop on “Creative Job Search” (sponsored by the State of Minnesota) and was very pleased to receive helpful suggestions and strategies. Besides the valuable information about resumes, interviews, online searches, etc., I especially appreciated the facilitators’ positive approach to midlife workers. One said that many employers are passionate about 50+ workers because they bring a background, a reference point for making vital decisions, with them into a job. As older boomers retire, there will be gaps in knowledge, and experienced workers are needed to bridge those gaps. I am happy to hear that! I am enthusiastic to find a job that is the right fit for me, and for an employer who needs what I can bring to the table.
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