Turning Point

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Turning Point

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When I returned from Canada, foremost on my mind was my living arrangements. Most of my belongings were in storage, and the rest were being utilised by my sons. Wanting to complete writing my next novel, and knowing it would be a hard ask to write and work full-time to pay the rent, I decided I would give house-sitting a go.

Little did I know what gifts this activity would deliver.

Predominantly, house-sits involve caring for pets. Remembering what had happened with Archie was enough to make me feel a little apprehensive. But, the turning point arrived when I saw that I could give something back; to my friends, to strangers, to humanity in snapshots of time and place. I saw the upside of alleviating one or more pets from having to live away from the comfort of their own home, while their owners took a leave of absence.

Each house-sit presents another pet with their own personality. There are licks on the face upon waking. The tilt of a dogs head to show they are listening. I get to observe their innocence and play, as a leaf blows by in the wind. Then there is the frivolity of a game which adds laughter to my day. Their company is indeed a gift.

Yet there is more:

Part of their care includes daily walks, a minimum of one per day. Getting outdoors in the rain or sunshine, cold or heat, has resulted in a clear head which assists my writing ten-fold.

Here’s a snapshot of today’s adventures, in the Gippsland country town of Korumburra. The pooch and I embraced the wind, rain, cloudy skies and moments of sunshine, amongst nature’s treasure troves.

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One of many majestic trees

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A makeshift bridge over Olsen’s Trail

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Lured to the sound of running water

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A limb in the process of regeneration

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Flowing with the valley

Whether you’re a writer or not, do you enjoy walks in nature? And do you find it clears your head too? Thanks for reading. May you enjoy your next wondrous adventure outdoors.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥


About Author

Leanda Michelle

Leanda Michelle is a writer and author, workshop creator and facilitator. An advocate and educator of alternative healing methods, Leanda has transformed her life from student to Master Teacher and entrepreneur, and believes all have the power within to heal and rewrite their story. Leanda is a disciplined yoga and Pilates fan, loves capturing photographic moments in nature, is confident in the kitchen and passionate about travelling to sacred places. When she’s not writing, Leanda loves to sing as though no one were listening. Sensitive and empathic, Leanda aspires to uplift and empower others to live a meaningful life. A loyal friend, she values integrity and the splendour of life. Presently, she is living the life of a gypsy while completing her next novel.

4 Comments

Gloria Cooke

April 4, 2017at 9:38 pm

Thanks sooo much for the house sit. Certainly puts my mind and heart at ease knowing that Toto is being loved and cared for. Miss him and my rolling hills but am loving my time with my grand baby!!

    Leanda Michelle

    April 6, 2017at 7:32 am

    My pleasure Gloria. Your property is a writer’s paradise! Thank you 🙂 xo

Carol Graeme

April 6, 2017at 6:28 am

Beautiful part of the country we live in. Stunning photos Leanda! Toto is so sweet, lucky us to have you so close again even for a short stay!

    Leanda Michelle

    April 6, 2017at 7:37 am

    Thanks Carol… I’m loving the serenity and the get-togethers 🙂 xo

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