Tag Archives: courage

Moving Day

(This way to the deserted village…) We’re moving on today to Porto or Oporto as the locals call it. First we went for a walk in Vila Nova de Cerveira. I had noticed big green doors leading into a courtyard … Continue reading

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Spending time with Vera…

(Notice the colour for the houses here is white and grey) I hear there’s more bad weather on it’s way to you. So I won’t mention that it’s been a lovely day here and I’m outside as I write watching … Continue reading

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Expectations and Surprises

(You might see some smoke coming from the street half way down and off to the right… there’s a woman barbecuing fish outside her house) I’ve been on walkabout in our new town today, inspired by another exercise from the … Continue reading

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Opportunity

(Welcome to Portugal) So it’s the week before my workshop in Lisboa and I thought it might be sensible to create some blog posts so I am doing some overtime to cover myself for the duration of the workshop. I … Continue reading

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Discomfort Zone

(Freezing grass) It was absolutely freezing when we got up this morning. It was also literally freezing… outside the van. Luckily it was over the 4℃ necessary inside to keep the drinking water inside the tank. We decided in spite … Continue reading

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The eBook is out!

Well it’s finally happened…The eBook is live on Amazon! You might remember I mentioned it last September on this blog post in Creative Calm. So I wrote, edited, got scared, edited some more, went into a small decline, edited some … Continue reading

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Fearlessness in Baby Steps

(French window) Ok….. so, I’m supposed to be practicing (from the dictionary: the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use) my fearlessness this week. I was figuring that might include … Continue reading

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Pensive on a rainy Monday

(Photo I took of Glendalough round tower last weekend) The weekend before we left Ireland I was down in Glendalough at a family gathering. Sixty-five cousins (four generations) from my Dad’s side of the family came together on a Saturday … Continue reading

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Pretend you’re feeling really, really confident…….

(Or keep to your own path…..) “Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” – Meister Eckhart Now what would you do? Mairead.

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The art of being scared to death….

(Street lighting outside the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.)   Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. – Harold Wilson Kinda scary being who you want to be…. Mairead.

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Courage and Fear are close associates!

(Tree with some battle scars) “Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” – Mark Twain If you’re scared, turn it into courage by taking that next step. Mairead.

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Fly birdie, fly!

(What you looking at?)   “The shell must break before the bird can fly.”  – Alfred Lord Tennyson Is there something you need to break? Mairead.

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Friday Quote – Expectations… Iive up to your own.

(Most of the Moon) I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. – Frizt Perls Well that’s a relief, Mairead

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Leonard and Leonardo…….

(Botanic Gardens, succulents) We were looking at a very good documentary about Leonard Cohen on Saturday night. It was called I’m your Man and had other people singing his songs from a concert tour, while he chatted to the interviewer … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – There are many types of slavery.

(Flowers from the National Stud in Kildare) “The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.” – Mahatma Gandhi A slave… to fashion, to social standing, to … Continue reading

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Practice makes perfect…. bit by tiny bit.

(Printing practice) It’s before dawn on an autumnal wet kind of day here in County Wicklow. I’m up early because there’s a lot to do before I leave for my classes. Today it’s drawing… not my favourite but I want … Continue reading

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Helen Kearney’s welcome home.

(Picture of Helen Kearney in London. Source: Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe) I have more photos and things to say about Canada but first I want to tell you where I was on Saturday afternoon. I went to join hundreds of others … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – You can do it!

(You see that dot on the picture? That’s a man walking a tightrope between two (very tall) buildings in Niagara….)   “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.”—Norman Vincent Peale     Our … Continue reading

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Fear and Hand Holding in Swansea…..

(Butterfly enjoying the sun) The last stop on our Round the United Kingdom, Short Motorbike Tour was Swansea. We went there to attend our daughter’s end of year exhibition. Twelve movies in one evening… don’t worry they were short, about … Continue reading

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Horas non numero nisi serenas!

(A bit of the sundial and fountain. Sorry, I chopped off the pretty parts…) In the end we went to Powerscourt House and Gardens. The house for lunch and coffee, the gardens for flowers and graves. One of the other … Continue reading

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Taxi Tour Guide

(Lunch…. looking like a green moustached little man?) We had a very interesting conversation with our taxi driver on the way to the airport. He’d lived in Berlin for sixteen years and loved it. As a teenager he’d been taken on … Continue reading

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Little Chick’s Story

(A perfect seed ball) Once upon a time there was a little chick who went in search of adventure. She travelled to the sea shore and found a beautiful turtle shell. She put it on and wore it everyday for … Continue reading

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Oranges and Sunshine

(Does that look safe to you?) We’re going to the movies tonight. To the Mermaid Theatre. Every Monday night it turns into a cinema. The movie is called Oranges and Sunshine. I’ve read the book and couldn’t put it down. … Continue reading

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Let’s dance……

  Sometime last year my son put me onto a video at http://www.stridegum.com/#/mattsplace/  (the Dancing 2008 link) It’s a guy call Matt Harding who travelled around the world (including Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green) with his girlfriend doing a silly dance. His … Continue reading

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Is there something you want to do?

One of my friends, Laura, has returned from her second trip this year on the old pilgrim’s way in Spain called the Camino. Laura initially was due to travel with her friends but work commitments meant they had to cancel, … Continue reading

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Stop asking yourself “Why am I so Stupid?”

Watched a movie called The Fastest Indian on DVD last week. It’s about a guy called Burt Munro from New Zealand who had a dream to set a land speed record on his Indian motorbike across the salt flats in … Continue reading

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