New opportunity!

Hi bleaders! I haven’t been blogging lately due to my focus on a new job. It began as a secondment position in mid-January and after about a month I was asked if I wanted to stay on permanently. It was so lovely to have been asked, and, even better, I wanted to say yes! The new role got confirmed this week and I can’t stop smiling. God promised about 2 years ago that he wouldn’t leave me in my previous job (which I had been in for years and was finding increasingly stressful), and he’s come through in a big way. I am really enjoying the new work and am in a lovely and supportive team. Just perfect!

The new job’s confirmed
Feeling happy and so blessed
My God is faithful

© Leah Dowsett 2013


The Year of Hope

Happy New Year! Here’s to more surprises, more play, more fabulous food, more kindness, more hugs, more family fun, more love, more friendly banter, more faith, more opportunities, more laughter and more poems this year than ever before!

In looking forward,
Hope is tantalisingly
Tangible and sure

© Leah Dowsett 2013

Surprise package

No intro today, just a poem… :-)

It’s a bright new day
Lit with hints of promises
Waiting to unfold

© Leah Dowsett 2012

New adventures

When was the last time you had an adventure?

Did it involve travel, moving house, changing jobs, a significant birthday or just a new routine? Did it involve your head, your heart or your wallet? Did it make you feel exhilarated or exhausted? Did you learn something about a place, a person or yourself?

I’ve found that adventures can be scary, funny, busy or silly, be impromptu or planned, and last a few moments or a lifetime. The great ones keep us revved up and enthused about life. They give us the opportunity to enjoy our favourite things, let us soar to unimaginable heights, stretch us and make our souls sing. The not-so-great ones teach us the meaning of “this too shall pass”, bring out our inner strength, enable us to learn humility, challenge us to be brave and sometimes even remind us of the healing power of tears.

The best thing about all adventures is that they are usually shared with the people we love, whether it be through lots of “likes” on Facebook, a co-worker’s friendly hug, a parent’s wise advice, or a best friend acting as a one-woman cheer squad. (The other thing is that they usually involve great food either in celebration or commiseration!)

I’m prompted to think about this as a good friend at work had her last day with us yesterday after many, many, many years (!!) and she is now heading off on a new adventure. So exciting for her, albeit a little sad for our office – we will miss her! It has made me think about all the transitions I’ve had in my own life, for better or worse, and how they have truly shaped the person I have become. Life really is an amazing journey…

So, hooray for adventures – now get out there and have some!

In walking forward
A heart rich with memories
Blossoms on new path

© Leah Dowsett 2012

Smiling just because…

This morning I am smiling just because…

  • I am on holidays,
  • I slept in until after 8am,
  • I had cookies for breakfast,
  • I got some snail mail yesterday and am still recalling my friend’s funny comments,
  • I can appreciate the beautiful sun streaming through my window,
  • I can hear my cat softly snoring as I type,
  • I am anticipating a delicious yum cha lunch with a gal pal,
  • I am enjoying looking at photos as I get ready to make up another photo book,
  • I have cleared out so much “stuff” during my break and feel freer for doing so,
  • I can have a nanna nap later this afternoon, and
  • I feel happy and loved.

What’s making you smile lately?

Daily adventures
Sunshine softly warms my skin
Blue sky overhead

© Leah Dowsett 2011

First day of holidays

There’s something magical about the first day of holidays!

Perhaps it is the expectation of all that time ahead without the 9-5 routine – days ready to be filled with mornings at the beach, delicious meals shared with friends, afternoon movies, or just a blissful sleep-in without fear of waking to the annoying buzz of the alarm clock.

Perhaps it is that sense of relief at not working – not having to be switched on, tuned up and raring to go each day, and not having to always be reliable, amiable, flexible, responsible, adaptable, practicable, comprehensible, trainable, likable, accountable, or knowledgeable… (Whew, that’s a whole lot of “able” – no wonder I’m exhausted!)

Perhaps it involves the freedom of noticing the passage of time – rather than reaching the end of the day and wondering how you got there, actually having the chance to appreciate each and every wonderful moment.

Whatever the reason, it’s holiday time and I’m happy!

A beautiful emotion
Big smile on my face

© Leah Dowsett 2011

Family trip abroad

In sweet foreign climes /

Some precious quality time /

Will soon be all mine

© Leah Dowsett 2011

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