A review of 2013

IMG_7300I’ve been reminded of my year thanks to Facebook’s review of 2013. Interestingly, I had forgotten about some of the suggested highlights, which prompted me to sit down, and tangent out a few thoughts of 2013. And make some assumptions for 2014.

I started this year on a cleansing note, celebrating the New Year with close friends and my visiting sister. Though small and laid back, those that were with me throughout 2012 were there. This meant a lot to me, not knowing how my masked fragile state might handle the festivities. As I woke with the sun and then re-baptised myself in the ocean, I promised myself I would ask for help when in need. 2013 saw me build strength.

Though, dived head first into being super busy as ever. Launched the younger Australia Coastal Society, supported a few too many community initiatives and did more bushwalking then I did the previous year in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw me break at work due to being under resourced and soon walked the fine line between passion and professionalism. Tears of frustration fueled my passion to carry on and test the boundaries to come out on top with winning Queensland’s Cleanest Beach – which reconfirmed my beliefs and judgments in coastal management. Above all, I graduated with a Masters of International Community Development – one highlight I somehow forgotten about.

After tidying up loose ends at work and the community organisations I support, I took a month off to travel through Europe with my mother. This gave us a perfect opportunity to spend good quality time together, chat about life and write (a lot). Watched my dear friends wed in Positano and drank incredible wine. On arriving home I promised myself not to get caught up in work (too much), which was true for the first 48 hours. Well, until work told me that judging for Australia’s Cleanest Beach was going to happen in 2 weeks! I killed it, had fun and connected with some incredible new coastal friends over that fortnight. I then turned 27.

November came and went in a flash with winning Australia’s Cleanest Beach, enjoyed the limited time we had in Western Australia – as I traveled with Joel Hayes – and smoothly tidied up another year of work with printing Building Dunes for the Community and the Coast. A small community-focused booklet I have been working on for too long about dune management. Also got into Stand Up Paddle Boarding…

This brings me to December, which is already at the end. I road tripped through Central and Outback Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia with my dad to meet up with other family members to enjoy Christmas in Adelaide. Family gatherings are always interesting for my family… as I am the green sheep, love or hate it we are family for a reason.

I’ll leave it short and sweet, as I intend on tackling 2014 with more clarity. I have no idea what to expect – besides enrolling into a PhD to tackle the greyness of the triple bottom line in coastal management in the brightest way possible. And of course, continue to treat my body and mind with good food, water and thoughts and absorb and radiate light wherever I am.

A L.I.F.E. story for you

Landcare L.I.F.E.After tossing and turning for the last 2 hours, I’ve managed to get out of bed to clear my thoughts with a tangent now in the early hours of Christmas morning – Merry Christmas!!

This story for you unravels a huge realisation about a huge part of my life, being the environment. Please read on without any assumptions that this is just another Coastal Tangent.

Cause it is all Joel Hayes’s fault, messaging me late at night, which woke me and then excited me after watching a news clip about Friends of Rainbow Bay Society’s BeachCare efforts – who are a passionate group of residents that beautify Rainbow Bay with tree planting, weeding and litter pickups, amongst much more.

It largely unpacks Landcare’s brand pitch, that Landcare Is For Everyone, cleverly forming the acronym L.I.F.E. As the three fore actions pave the smartest path to beautify our planet, enhance biodiversity and environmental health that cascade community-environment connections to form environmental experiences.

  • This is why I am a little too passionate about ‘Landcare’ and the benefits we reap with a little more effort of supplementing existing environmental services.
  • This is why ‘Landcare’, caring for our land is so important and how your Christmas lunch/dinner got to your table.
  • This is why I have to speak the truth about my L.I.F.E. realisation.

While I am the green sheep in my family, I am one of a million+ others out there who do take part in caring for our land. If you are still reading, you probably relate to me in one-way or another (or at least sympathise as it is Christmas). As I am the one teased for being a little too passionate, for making a TOFU Turkey and for even picking up my siblings litter that they trashed on the roadside while standing in front of me yesterdays’ eve.

Though I’d much rather be the green sheep than the black sheep. It is just a shame that I am the one that has to watch what I say about speaking the truth that we shouldn’t get balloons or that we’ll survive Christmas without Glad Wrap.

Instead of sheepishly shrugging off remarks that could weave a green wooly jumper, at lunch I am going to praise the million+ that do care, plant trees and give a damn. Cause ‘Landcare’ is really for everyone…

PLEASE NOTE: As no one likes a Christmas Grinch, I couldn’t post this tangent until post Christmas and yes, I did give thanks to the farmers and friends of our land.

From coast to coast via the red road

I’m heading west today! Then south, then west, then south and then straight to the Great Australian Bight. From the Gold Coast to Adelaide, but I won’t be in a dune drought. I’ll be on the look out for more geological dated dunes. Where the sea once was and may be again, one day after my time.

Wish my father and I luck!

coast to coast