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Is it our duty?


Being a parent brings a whole host of responsibilities.

The simple duty of care to raise them and keep them healthy, to teach them manners and respect, to help them navigate right from wrong but then there is SOOOO much more..

The tiny, ridiculous things.

Recently I was taking a picture of the kids in a group and said 'Let's do a Boomerang'. They all jumped to action with glee apart from one kid who said 'What is a Boomerang?'. The other kids laughed at him and it opened up a conversation for me with his Mum about Social Media and just general online stuff.

She doesn't do social media, no FB, no Insta, hell she didn't even know her iPhone could shoot slo-mo video or how to screenshot.

It's not that she is an idiot on line, it is a choice. She is all over ordering on line and booking stuff, emails etc. She runs a successful jewellery business by word of mouth and has never thought to promote it on line. I have no doubt she could make more sales if she did (even though I wouldn't relish the challenge of building new traffic via any SM these days) but that is not my quandary.

My question is whether it is her parental responsibility to be across SM and all those other developing platforms.

Should she be 'in the know' and slowly teaching her kids so they are not left out?

Should she be aware of how they work so she knows the ins and outs for when her kids want to be on them?

Is it our duty to be current and up to date on all things current and modern as our kids age?








Vegan sources of Protein..


I get asked it ALL the time..

as in E.V.E.R.Y time I say I am plant based I get 'Oh wow, thats so cool. How do you manage the protein?'

So this is a short post of simple facts as really it is a simple answer with easy ways to do so...

AVOCADO
BEANS
BROCCOLI
BUCKWHEAT
CHIA SEEDS
CHICKPEAS
GREEN PEAS
HEMP SEEDS
LEAFY GREENS - ANY OF THEM
LENTILS
MUSHROOMS
NUTS - ALL OF THEM
QUINOA
SOY BEANS
TEMPEH
TOFU

I think I consume 7 or more of those items on a daily basis. Add a day with a salad or Green Smoothie and they possibly ALL get used.

So can we put it to bed?

Plant Based peeps do not suffer for protein...



One a month to keep forever..



We have been adopting new approaches to so many things in our little family of late and its has been pretty darn successful.

Do you know why?

We only do one change at a time, one habit a month.

We decide on a habit we would love to incorporate in our daily lifestyle and we commit to doing it for the full 30/31 days of the next month.

Not EVERY single one has stuck for good as an official daily thing but most have and the ones that haven't are certainly being done well over 50% of the time in the days and months following.

Anyway I figured it was worth sharing the idea and promoting you to do the same so I am going to post a new idea each month. One that is easy to accomplish but transformative in its results.

You up for it?

The first one to attack is so, so simple.

Everyday, the minute you wake, take 5 minutes to just sit. Stretch if you wish but be calm and think of a positive thought, maybe a little mantra, a promise to yourself for the day that makes you happy.

Don't rush into life, don't take a crappy sleep with you or a bad dream, don't let a previous shitty day travel over. Choose to start the day on a positive track and you will be surprised how well you manage to carry that intention throughout that day..

You can do that can't you? 

Live a Better Day, Everyday..



Zero - Ten in tips for a fabulous day, each and every day..

SPEND 0 CALORIES ON EATING PROCESSED FOODS
MANAGE TO GET 1 HOUR OF EXERCISE
DRINK 2 LITRES OF WATER
PERFORM 3 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
HAVE 4 MENTALLY UNPLUGGED MOMENTS
REMIND YOURSELF OF 5 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR
AT 6 AM MEDITATE AND SET YOUR INTENTION FOR THE DAY
LAUGH FOR AT LEAST 7 MINUTES
GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP
DO 9 THOUSAND STEPS PER DAY
GO TO BED AT 10 PM

What do you think? Simple and do able?

The things that shape who you are...


The first thing I want to say is that it is never too late to change the way you are or the person you want to be.

The way you are spoken to and engaged with as a child has such huge effect on who you become as an adult. Its not to say that if you have an abusive upbringing you will become abusive yourself, nor need it turn you into a weak insecure character that fears almost anything, it is more a case of what you yourself do with those thoughts and emotions as you process them and age that will shape the person you become.

I personally feel the biggest thing I can do as a parent is not to force my thoughts and ideas on my kids, rather to show them what I believe in and explain why I say the things I say then let them decide if it resonates with them and whether they choose to take them forward in their own growth path.

If I look at my upbringing and then how I have shaped my adult life it is two fold. I split it between family and friends..

The things I admired or aspired to emulate in my parents I have developed and turned into my own passions. In the same breath the things I see that they made mistakes with or were not so great at I have made sure to develop for myself or just banish from my mindset.

My husband has shaped me in untold ways as he has been by my side since I was 21 years old and becoming part of his family and then creating our own gave me a renewed vision of what I wanted the future me to become. I am lucky to say he is an honest man that speaks his mind but is never mean. He supports me, as I do him, in every facet of life be it our career paths, sporting endeavours or the way we parent.

Friends are a huge impact on who I am today. The real ones bring out the best in you and tell you your faults. I can consistently count on one hand those that sit under that banner at any one time but some come and go taking those hands to two at certain times. Their truth has taught me to listen and learn, to not take rough words as an attack but as an opportunity to become a better me, a better Mum, a better partner and a better being.

Life is here for living.. don't let it be with regrets. If those who surround you don't support you in being the best person you can be then think about this.

You can't change the people who surround you but you can change the people who surround you..

Are you happy with the version of you that you are? 
What have you done to change yourself as you have grown up?