The real problem with plastic bags

At my local harbourside pool for a swim I saw a man commit an act of disrespect to the environment. Innocent, naïve and unaware I am sure he did not even realise his infraction. 

As I waited at the reception window to return my locker key he walked past me. He walked purposely but slowly, dressed in grey suit pants, a striped business shirt, coifed in silver streaked hair neatly combed following his swim.

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Words can be powerful - use them well

In today’s world of lounge experts and armchair critics we don’t stand a chance. Well that is if you listen to what ‘they’ say. ‘They’ are the people lining up to pull you down, jump at you, criticise, attack, complain. ‘They’ are the people who are on the attack at all times, armed with words and spite to hurt and harm. It is a woeful world this one of hate and meanness.

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Jenn Shallvey
Healing the pain

There is a pattern with me that rears it's head, though thankfully less and less. A pattern of pain = escape.  I can recall as early as primary school getting headaches as my out. It was my go to.  How could I function or do anything I was expected to if I had a headache?  I have always been a high achiever as well. So I can see the relationship between my headaches and key times in my life when achievement was imminent, possible or a breakthrough was on the horizon.

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What would I wish for?

Dear Blog Reader

It has been a long time since I started writing on this blog. To be specific it has been almost 10 years. My first blog post was a scary step for me. It was scary back then to express myself publicly and even put my name to words on the internet. 

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Jenn Shallvey
An experiment - listening without judgement

Recently I did an experiment. Each day I set the intention to do one thing above all else - listen without judgement.  This plan of mine seemed easy at first.  All nice and simple to jot a note in your journal and then follow it.  Not. I found myself caught out many times.  Yet I also learned so much more about others and myself.

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Jenn Shallvey