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What’s Working for me Wednesday



What’s working for me today is the same thing that has been working for me for the past 5 days: The ability to let go and stress less.

Of course, to do this, I needed to STOP my routine and take several steps backwards. I have really stepped away from the merry-go-round that is the life of a freelance writer and damn it feels great! Don’t get me wrong, I love my job but it’s hard to handle sometimes and I dare any freelance writer to say they have never let it get to them. (The IT may only be known to other writers)

But aside from being more carefree and approachable, I have other great news!!!

My brand spanking new Canon EOS 6D DSLR with EF 24-105mm lens (along with other camera add-ons) arrived today!! I have unpacked it and put the battery on charge. I have to wait for it the fully charge before I can have a play. It’s pretty exciting. I am also happy to report that I submitted my first photography assignment and received a respectable 8/10. I was happy with that (though the perfectionist in me wanted more). It’s amazing how things just seem to happen when the pressure is taken off.

I have decided to make this post the last WWW (What’s Working for me Wednesday). I feel it’s run its course and I want to move more towards specific health, wellness, food and travel posts.

Change is good and so necessary in my life. I get stale and crusty if I do the same thing for too long.

Do you always act when you know you need a change? 


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How much is too much?

Most of us live in a world where everything is within our reach.

There is always something new to eat, drink, buy, achieve, want, desire and so on.

But in a world that is full of “stuff” and ladders to climb, how much is too much?

How many unnecessary material “things” does one really need?

How many meals and snacks does one need to feel satisfied?

How many vices do I need to make it through each day?

How many credentials does one need to be successful?

How many goals, dreams and desires do you need to move forward?

How full does your life “plate” really need to be?

For the past few years, ok many years now, I have been over-stuffing myself with food, drink, drugs, assignments, courses, plans, to do lists,  goals…you name it.

Yesterday, I turned 42.

I also signed up for a Diploma of Photography course and I did a solo skydive (my first in over 5 months).

Now, I know this all sounds very exciting, even to me but it’s extremely overwhelming too.

The course is a full-on commitment for sure. I haven’t even looked at the 1st module yet. I have 6 more days to cancel without penalty if I choose. It’s not really an option.

The skydive was nerve-wrecking to say the least. Although I have had a skydiving license for 8.5 years, I have only completed 3 solo jumps in the past 8 years; one yesterday and 2 in October. This is not ideal.

There are many factors to consider when becoming a solo skydiver. I’m not sure I considered any of them when I did my AFF course or before doing my jump yesterday.

When you’re not a current jumper, and as inexperienced as I am (I have only ever done 38 solo jumps, including my AFF course), it’s not only hard on anxiety levels, it’s bloody time consuming.

Mr M, who is a skydiver by trade advised me to get current this week and next and maybe next. Whatever it takes over the next few weeks.

This means much more money and much more time.

Time (or money)  that I do not have, nor do I want to give to skydiving. But I’m not sure I want to give it up completely yet. I’m questioning my reasons for jumping at all.

Basically, I don’t place it as a priority. I don’t need or want to excel at skydiving. I want to excel at writing, photography, my health, motherhood and my marriage.

My life plate is over-flowing. Here is what is currently on it:

  • Full-time freelance writing (which comes with a long TO DO list alone)
  • Writing my first novel
  • Housewife with all the normal duties (cleaning, cooking, shopping, admin)
  • Mother to 7-year-old boy
  • Fitness and meditation
  • Health issues to deal with
  • School runs
  • NEW! Photography student
  • NEW! Skydiving student (kind of)

Today I woke up with the skydiving decision looming over me. Most things on the list above cannot be omitted.

It’s noon on a Tuesday and I am still in my pyjamas. I have had 2 coffees, chocolate and no food so far.  This is rare but today, I found depression trying to sneak up on me. I won’t let it in of course. The desire to perform and succeed is too strong in me. I don’t have time for the blues or pity for myself.

For today, skydiving has been knocked off my list. I just need more time to wrap my head around my priorities. I guess, it all comes down to that doesn’t it? Priorities. 


©Jennifer Morton Photos

Are you doing too much? Do you feel overwhelmed? Is there something you can give up without sacrifice? 






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My Top 100 travel wishes

I’ve been lucky enough to travel lots! I was even fortunate enough to work as a photographer on a cruise ship so I have heaps of cool travel pics to share. If anyone is considering such employment, do it. I only lasted 6 months (1 contract) but that  was by my choice and because I got married.

So, not only will I share my entire top 100 travel wishes, I will share some of the travel that I have been fortunate to undertake. Enjoy. I hope it inspires someone, somewhere to dream large and then make the dreams reality.

singapore at night

Me in Singapore 2010

me snowboarding

Rippin’ it up at Big White, Canada 2009

church of the spilled blood

In St Petersburg – that’s the Church on the Spilled Blood in the background!! 2003

snow fun

Us having fun in the snow at Big White 2009.

Top 100 Travel Wishes and Dreams (in no particular order)

  1. Walk the Great Wall of China

  2. Buy a pair of Manola Blahniks in New York City (oh so Carrie Bradshaw)

  3. See a Broadway play in NYC

  4. Spend a weekend in a log cabin in the wilds of Canada

  5. Have a snowy winter wonderland Christmas

  6. Learn to cook a Vietnamese meal in Hanoi

  7. Work on my tan in the Cook Islands

  8. Do the hula in Hawaii

  9. Scream on a rollercoaster at an American amusement park with my boys

  10. Attend a writing course at Australian Writers’ Centre in Sydney

  11. Take Jo Tracey out for dinner in Sydney

  12. Meet my friend Gillian in Bali for a girls week away

  13. Spend a snowboarding holiday in Banff, Canada with my boys

  14. Cruise to Alaska from Vancouver

  15. Drink apple tea in Turkey

  16. Have a smoke and a pancake in Amsterdam

  17. Visit the Angkor temples

  18. Shop at the Angkor night market in Siem Reap

  19. Meet Leigh Redhead in Hanoi

  20. Dine on street food in Hanoi

  21. Drink a Guinness beer in Ireland

  22. Tour a winery in Margaret River

  23. Stay at an ashram in India

  24. Float on a junk in Hong Kong

  25. Practise yoga at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, India

  26. Fly my body at iFly Singapore

  27. Play for a day at Universal Studios Singapore

  28. Stay at the funky QT Hotel in Sydney

  29. Puff a cigar in Havana, Cuba

  30. Get high in Malaysia by spending a day or two at Genting

  31. Meditate in Nepal

  32. Have an espresso and tiramasu in Italy

  33. Splash and laugh at Adventure World Perth

  34. Take the Sea to Sky Climb train ride to Whistler (from Vancouver)

  35. Ride the rails aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver to Jasper

  36. Same as above but to Calgary via Lake Louise and Banff

  37. Spend a day at Vida Wellness Spa in Whistler

  38. Eat chocolate eclairs in Paris (worth the trip just for this)

  39. Retreat at Gaia Spa near Byron Bay

  40. Temple hop in Sri Lanka

  41. Stay at a resort in Langkawi

  42. Have a fondue in Switzerland

  43. Chill out at a fab apres ski bar anywhere in Europe

  44. Sunbathe topless in Nice

  45. Soak up the atmosphere at Bondi Beach (i’ve been several times and need more of it!)

  46. See what Manly Beach looks like…funnily enough, I’ve never been!!

  47. Attend a writing/yoga retreat in Byron Bay with Sarah Armstrong and Alan Close

  48. Ride a camel along Cable Beach, WA

  49. Attend The Taste Festival in Hobart

  50. Rise above it all at the Canberra Festival in a hot air balloon

  51. New Year’s Eve in Sydney for fireworks!

  52. Be colourful at the Holi festival in India

  53. Visit Siena, Italy during the Palio

  54. Eat pizza in Naples, Italy (I’ve done this before and OMG…the best pizza evah)

  55. Learn Italian in Italy

  56. Go to Milan during Fashion Week (I know nothing of fashion but it’s so Carrie Bradshaw that I must do it someday)

  57. Keeping with the Carrie theme……drink a Cosmopolitan & a Manhattan in…you guessed it, Manhattan

  58. Learn to dance like they did in the 1700s in Venice so I can……

  59. Attend a fab party during Carnival

  60. Explore the mysteries of Luxor, Egypt

  61. Spend a weekend in San Francisco

  62. See the Yukon, Canada

  63. Watch bull-riding at the Calgary Stampede

  64. Photograph the Grand Canyon, USA

  65. Tour the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica

  66. Climb the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  67. Swim at Shark Bay, WA

  68. Swim with dolphins at Monkey Mia,WA

  69. Take Master T trick or treating (a proper Halloween) in North America

  70. Eat falafel and hummus in Jordan

  71. Learn to belly dance in Egypt

  72. Drive a snowmobile in Canada (no, I’ve never done this…shocking, I know)

  73. Gorge on tacos, quesadillas and tequila in Mexico

  74. Rent a whitewashed, seaside house in Greece

  75. Never be hungry in Hungary

  76. Go back to Oman

  77. Arrive to Tofino, British Columbia (Canada) by seaplane

  78. Rent Tigh-na Clayoquot Vacation House in Tofino BC for a week with friends (Gillian, this has your name all over it!!)

  79. Go to the Australian Open (Tennis) in Melbourne

  80. See a quokka on Rottnest Island, WA

  81. Spend a night in an igloo

  82. See gorillas in the wild in Rwanda

  83. Ride an elephant in Thailand

  84. Snowboard in Japan

  85. Be amazed at Cirque de Soleil (anywhere will do)

  86. Take a learn to surf course in Hawaii (just for fun…I don’t want to surf)

  87. Visit Sydney with my sister, Christine!!

  88. See penguins on Penguin Island, WA

  89. Writing course in Paris

  90. Attend the Healthivate health bloggers conference in Sydney (aim for 2014)

  91. Spend a month or more just “being” in Thailand

  92. Spend the night on Halong Bay, Vietnam

  93. Walk the Milford Track (NZ)

  94. Walk along the Bay of Fires beach in Tasmania

  95. Walk the Inca Trail, Peru

  96. Return to Morocco

  97. Teach English in Southeast Asia (someday)

  98. Spend a month alone writing in Bali

  99. See a moose on Cape Breton Island (Canada)

  100. Travel around Australia on a promo tour as a published author!!

 I’m quite happy to say that some of the list has already been accomplished!!! Yip yip!!

Here’s a glimpse of the world through my lens.

corsica cottage

Cottage by the sea…Corsica 2004


A Mosque in Casablanca 2004


Portofino, Italy….I love love love this one!

Even if not watermarked all photos  are © Jennifer Morton Photos

Dream BIG and live LARGE