Two words of advice for you

Consistence and committment

While the house is clean, washing is on, the worms are fed and have cup cakes in the oven, I need to take advantage for this quiet time, me time, to collect my whirlpool of thoughts and share them across the world. Time for indulge in a quick tangent.

Before I move on I must acknowledge everyone in my life and those who are close to me, support me, and pick me up and dust me off when life becomes overwhelming. You know who you are and thank you.

Life seems to be in fast forward at the moment. I feel like it was only yesterday when I packed up my desk at the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management after an amazing half a decade of sharing my passion for Gold Coast’s beaches, and making them even better. It’s been 6 months since that day and to be honest I haven’t had a chance to look back as my journey in front of me is widening into a 6-lane highway of possibilities – someone last night was telling me about the 12-lane highways in Korea! Now that is crazy – too many cars, I think so.

This makes me wonder, which exit may approach first and where may that runway take me. Because never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be co-driving Australia’s Happy Beaches competition. Seriously, and get on prime-time live television to share my idea, my big dream, the Beach Happiness Index. How cool is that? 

So, how did this happen? How did a talkative, smiling, skinny gal from Keebra Park SHS on the Gold Coast rise up in the classroom, study hard and inspire change?

To be honest I have been spoilt with opportunities. I have amazing, supportive parents. I have been blessed with foundation inspiration from my science teachers and the bilby man at school. This led me to life-changing education and experiences at Griffith University, Deakin University and the United Nations University and in between gain meaningful work, indulge in lots of volunteering and be creative, debate issues and connect with the right people.

I am now in the Board room and on the beach inspiring change for a happy, sustainable future. I don’t take ‘no’ for an answer and I am as persistent as ever before to share my ideas on how to create a better world with happy and happier beaches. Since I have incredible knowledge about the environment and environmental sector and know that I still have a lifetime to learn. I understand the challenges we have to overcome and that there are challenges yet to be discovered. But at the same time I don’t dwell on what is not happening and focus on what is. Cause being positive is the only way to be in a world where war still out-competes love, peace and happiness.

Above all I have been consistent and committed to my causes. If I need to get something done, I just do it, wholeheartedly and complete. Yes, I could be out frolicking in the waves more often, but I know what needs to happen and get it done, and it’s the best feeling when something is completed.

I am sharing this formula with you as it has enabled me to complete my studies (and go back the third time – I am submitting my Honours thesis in Humanities and Coastal Knowledge in about 6 weeks!), get an idea into action and make it all the above happen and strive towards being the person I dream to be.

That is… an expert in making beaches happier, a National Ambassador for Landcare Australia, a Board member for environmental networks, a networker, collaborator and be a person in full-action everyday. Actually, I am that person. I am living my dream. I am the person I aspire to be.

So, my two words of advice for you to be the person you aspire to be – consistence and commitment. 

How does your beach feel?

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The world has come together to celebrate happiness. A day to celebrate all things that make us feel happy … that includes beaches among peace, love and friendship.

As beaches are a place where people are most happy.

People have likened beach experiences to being baptised, a sanity pill, rebirthing and connecting with mother nature. In fact, it is proven science that beaches are a place where people find solitude, happiness and creativity. Scientists from the University of Sussex surveyed over 20,000 people in the UK and proved people’s happiness is greater when surrounded by the natural environment, in particular, when visiting the beach.

So, it is know wonder that beaches are a place that we gravitate towards to be feel happy.

Curiosity has gotten the better of me being a happy beach goer and a happy beach scientist to question, if beaches can make people feel happy, how do beaches feel from people?

Although I know beaches do not have feelings (a debate I am willing to take), I do know that they respond to human impacts in other ways. The loss of beach amenity is a key coastal indicator (feeling) as a result of illegal sand mining, marine debris, sea level rise or the lack of a long term vision – among much more. The loss of beach amenity – can sadden a beach – as it doesn’t seem as beautiful, as happy as it once used to be. This sadden nature of the beach then extends to the community and those very beach goers that (did) love the beach.

Dan Ware, a PhD student and coastal management expert from Griffith University recently shared his thoughts about the lack of creative thinking when it comes to discovering new ways of managing beaches. Ware strongly believes that fear of the coast, truth of the coast and love for the coast should be key drivers of coastal decisions to move beyond the myths and silos that plague the limitations and challenges of coastal management – which in turn reduce the effectiveness of beach management.

That brings me to proudly share Australia’s Happy Beaches competition, which I have been part of to discover the happiness the beaches. The journey couldn’t have started more appropriately than capturing the sad stories of beaches written by those who love their beach…

Have you ever wonder how your beach feels?

You have a month to submit your sad beach story into Australia’s Happy Beaches competition. The winning beach will be thrown a life line with happy beach experts visiting the saddest beach to transform it from sad to happy.

Why should you submit your sad beach story? Because a beach happy is better than sad beach!

Visit happybeaches.org to submit your sad beach story today.

Living a life you love

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Living a life you love has been my mantra along with other inspiring quotes for the past year. Why?

You see, I thought I was perfect, everyone does? I had an amazing job, was in a head space to be able to contemplate studying a PhD, met a crazy guy, was training for a half marathon and had my fingers in many pies (still do!). That was until I started a personal development journey. There I was, standing vulnerable and open. Then I realised I had baggage of bad traits – always late, lived in my own world and on my own time and thought I was always right (seriously, I couldn’t accept any other way) and that I complained about things that were out of my control. Geez. How could I be the person I aspire to be with all this excess baggage? Sure I had excuses… I am working on HEAPS of projects that are helping the environment and community, I need to be in Naomi World to be creative and perform and of course I am right, look at me, I am perfect with multiple degrees.

Then I discovered what life could be and look like if I gave that all away. I’d be present, accept all that comes my way and live for others at whatever cost that was/is involved.

Today, I know I am not perfect but I am a person that lives a life powerfully. I create distinctions for myself to be a new possibility – everyday! Today is to be the best person I can be, to be a person on time and to be a person full of commitment. But to get to here I had to give away my time excuses, start to live for others and accept (almost) everything.

The reason I am sharing this is because I know many people who say they are busy (I bet you do!) are actually not … if you really look into your life what do you see? Poor time management, lack of commitment, nil focus and/or procrastination?

For me, by creating new possibilities all of a sudden I found (and still find) all this free time, creativity and opportunity. In the meantime during this self discovery journey I left my amazing job to find a more amazing job, my personal and professional life became more real and I found more commitment to live a life powerfully – which has become second nature. Yeah I might still snap at those I love and forget things, but I am learning and accept that transformation to live a life powerfully is a lifelong journey – where integrity is at the heart.

Above all I am truly blessed to have people in my life to support me, love me and care for me. Like, how lucky am I?! To live a life powerfully and a life I love.

If you want a slice of what I have check out Landmark Worldwide. Now, I better get back to writing out my research transcripts!

Have a beautiful day!