Be kind and You Will be Rewarded

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” – Thomas Fuller


How to be a Kind Person?

Each year my New Years resolution is to be a better person and each year I try really hard at this goal, they may be only small changes but over time I believe I have become a nicer and kinder and better person.

It’s not hard, I know a lot of people have put up walls to keep people out or have reputation to uphold. You need to stop and think, we all only get one chance at life and it this how you want to spend it. What’s the point? What do you get out of it in the end?

People don’t want to approach the person in the bar with a frown on their face, people are drawn to those who are friendly and send out nice vibes. I have never heard someone say they like to surround themselves with angry, mean and grumpy people.

People like to be surround by positive and happy people, I know its hard to be happy all the time but if you can just be nice and kind then people will want to be around you. Loneliness is a horrible feeling and I would not wish that on anybody.

What’s the point in having an amazing career or a huge house, when you have no one the share it with? Life is about learning and living.

Lets start now people.

It is never to late to make a change.

Be kind and you will be rewarded.


Sixty Two Fires

“All men are created equal, then a few become firemen. Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls” David Thomas


This is a scary time for a lot of people in Australia, the bush fire season has started and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon.

  •  62 Fires are currently burning
  • 13 Fires are completely uncontained
  • Fires are beginning to join
  • 1100 Fire fighters were working over night
  • 84 Aircraft are deployed
  • 200 homes have been lost.


Take care people, help those that need it, if you live in an area that is in the firing line of these horrible fires help one and other, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The whole country is thinking about you. Stay safe and hydrated. Remember your life is more important then some possessions.

17.10.13: Spring wood fires from Penrith as sent to us by Byron.

If you can leave out some bowls of water for the wildlife, they are losing there homes as well.



Step Up and Step OUT for Halloween

“Discover the fulfillment of intimate relationships with flesh-and-blood neighbors and teammates in concrete place and time, and we escape the pressure of mainstream media to channel intimacy only as virtual embrace.” Jose Panate-Aceves and John Hayes


Halloween is coming soon to COMMUNITIES everywhere.

Annually on 31st of October

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Does this ring a bell?

Well all this is fun and games, but this is the perfect chance to meet and greet your neighbours, to find out who are the party poppers and who gets way too involved in the festivities. In some suburbs they implement the balloon rule, if a house has a balloon hung out the front means they are participating and have prepared lots of snack and lollies this avoids the awkward moments.

You should take this opportunity to engage in your community, drive around and look at all the amazing and decorated house in your community. Halloween has never been as popular as in America, probably because Australians are conscious of danger, being out late at night, ‘taking candy from strangers’, knocking on random doors, being around being roads late at night, being dressed up as vampires and sluts because that’s the thing to do.

Halloween rules:

  • Have a bowl of lollies prepared
  • Put the lights on of your front porch
  • Dress up but think outside of the norm
  • Walk in groups
  • Cross roads at traffic lights
  • Decorate your house, even if it’s just a fake spider on your door knob

Bring back the spirit in Halloween into our communities

Have a little fun- we all remember when we were at that age

STEP UP and get creative!


Community Gardens are REAL

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around”  ~Leo Buscaglia

Community Garden’s

Community Garden’s and volunteering…

Community Garden’s and volunteering sounds simple…

But what do you know about them…

Sydney’s community gardens provide the perfect opportunity to creatively use forgotten pockets of public land. They provide practical ways to reuse materials and are a wonderful environment to learn hands-on gardening and grow your own fresh, organic food.

There are numerous benefits that can be attained from community gardening. Volunteers exercise while gardening, thus promote healthy lifestyles. A study funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health (1991) found that volunteering can improve self-esteem, reduce high blood pressure, combat social isolation, reduce the impact of stress, and change the body’s immune system.

5 other benefits of community gardens

  • Residents have easy access to a communal plot of land, especially in high-density pockets of the inner city where outdoor space can be in short supply.
  • Diverse plants and seeds can be saved.
  • Household waste can be reduced through composting systems.
  • Demonstrate practical organic gardening methods.
  • Bring people together and create a sense of community.

The City of Sydney hosts 19 community gardens and 3 footpath gardens. Community gardens are run by locals and are used to grow fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs. These communal spaces can significantly cut down the distance fresh, organic produce has to travel and therefore minimises its carbon footprint.

The learning opportunities in volunteering are also tremendous because people with diverse skills come together and share their experiences. For instance, someone who is skilled in carpentry may teach another volunteer how to nail the timber together, while a volunteer that is knowledgeable about plants can share his or her expertise with the carpenter.

Volunteering in gardening definitely helps youth to become involved in community service and to stay away from drugs and other adverse activities. When students are involved in volunteer work, they are less likely to engage in risky behavior such as using drugs or skipping school.

So for those of us that live in high rises or just don’t have a garden, it’s time to think out of the box and STEP UP and join the community.


A List of Kindness

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” These are the words once said by Princess Diana

  • If someone you do not know smiles at you, don’t hesitate to smile back; it’s a kind gesture.
  • You might not like everyone and that’s normal; even the nicest people on earth get annoyed! Just continue being polite nonetheless.
  • Carry a heavy suitcase for someone who looks like they’re struggling.
  • When someone drops something, pick it up for them. Or you can even offer to pick it up together, no matter the size!
  • Buy a packet of nuts and a few chocolates from the supermarket and give them to a homeless person.
  • Ask anyone you’re with, “How are you?”, really listen and inquire about the response. Kindness involves care and compassion, and everyone wants to be “heard”.
  • Make a dinner for a friend who is going through rough times.
  • Don’t think only of the short term; the kind acts you perform today may teach someone to do kind acts for others, and they’ll learn from your example as the recipient of your kindness.
  • Kindness tends to reverberate well beyond its initial point of contact; many people are surprised to find out many years later how one act of kindness touched a person to the point of inspiring them to do something amazing, or to believe in themselves more. Keep in mind that kindness lives on.
  • Visit an old-age home and spend an hour or so playing cards with someone who doesn’t get many visitors.
  • Offer your seat on the train or bus to someone else, even if the person is younger or fitter.
  • Kindness is free, so share it with everyone, every day. Offer to pet-sit when you know a friend is going on vacation. If you know a neighbor is sick, ask them if they need groceries when you go grocery shopping. Stop and talk to someone who is lonely, share a cup of coffee and pay their bill too.

Take a note of Aldous Huxley’s prescription for transforming your life: “People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is–just be a little kinder.”[13] Piero Ferrucci, The power of kindness, p. 11 (2007)


STEP UP and be Kind.


“As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, “Six only!”  The bus stopped.  He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind:  “So sorry, plenty of room in my heart – but the bus is full.”  He left behind a row of smiling faces.  It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it”  ~The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977

This blog post is based on the concept of being kind. I think people have forgotten what kindness is or that it is possible to be kind to those who you don’t know. The ability to put a smile on someone’s face, to affect his or her day even in the slightest way is an amazing feeling.

Being kind is a way of living that keeps giving long after the kind thoughts, words, and actions have taken place. Kindness is a force without force, and it goes well beyond manners to the very heart of how people respect and treat one another. Being kind is a vital way of making our own lives, and the lives of others, meaningful. Being kind allows us to communicate better with others, to be more self-compassionate, and to be a positive force in other people’s lives. Kindness has its true source deep within you, and while some people are innately kind, it’s something that everyone can cultivate by choice.

The greatest gift of kindness to another person is to be in the moment in their presence, to be listening with care, and to be genuinely attentive to them.

Think about the truly kind people in your life and how they make you feel. Do you carry their warm glow around in your heart every time you think of them? It is likely that you do because kindness lingers, warming you even when the hardest challenges face you. When other people find a way to love you for who you are, it’s impossible to forget such trust and confirmation of worthiness, and their kindness lives on forever.

Time to make a difference, today you might not be able to change the world, but you could create a positive ripple in someone else’s life.

STEP UP and be kind.


3 Good Deeds

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around”  ~Leo Buscaglia

Today I want you all to do 3 good deeds, it can be as simple as saying good morning to an elderly lady as she waddles down the street, or wave good morning at the older man that sits on his balcony watching the world go past or go all out and help someone who is struggling to walk down the stairs. To me these things I wouldn’t even hesitate to do, but for some this is not normal.

We all have grandparents and we all have parents they may not still be around but I hope you have had a similar experience that I have had of finally being able to repay them once they became elderly. I was able to give back after all those years that they listened to me when I was upset or picked me from dance class late every night of the week.

This blog post is focused on the elderly and what we can do for them; don’t forget we will all be one sooner or later. One simple gesture could make there day so pull your faces out of your phones and STEP UP. It’s time to be different it’s time to be human and be kind and look after other people.

I have done my research and here is a list of things that are already in exsistence for the elderly:

– Free Seniors Internet Kiosk in Chatswood (7 Victor St, Chatswood, 9777 7800)

– Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)

– GrandFriend (Iris Wallis on (02) 9602 2775)

– MensShed Wollstoncraft (1300 550 009)

These are just some small non profit groups that aim at helping the elderly either staying active or like GrandFriend which brings the younger generation together with the older generation so they can understand each other and spend some one on one time together.

Helping the elderly can be quite rewarding. They have a much harder time carrying out day-to-day tasks, such as things that younger people find easy. As a person ages and becomes elderly, they need more help in being able to care for themselves, or their homes.

So STEP UP and think about others.



It’s Time to STEP UP

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.  Because someday in your life you will have been all of these”  ~George Washington Carver

It’s time to STEP UP for your community.

The feeling you get when you do something good shouldn’t be something you tell your friends about it should be something that just comes naturally to you. In this day and age something has gone horribly wrong, all the technology advances have done a lot of great things but they haven’t taken in to consideration human beings.

We cant even have family dinners without mobile phones being present, someone using the internet, the television being on in the background, the home phone ringing halfway through, the fridge door beeping cause it hasn’t been closed, the air-con being noisy the list goes on… All of this takes away the human contact and interaction.

The biggest difference is the ability to walk down the street with your headphones in, head down looking at your phone, deep in concentration of reading someone’s Facebook post and missing absolutely everything going on around you. In the meantime, you walk out in front of a car, you nearly knocked an old lady off balance as she tried to move out of your way, you stepped in dog poo, you missed seeing a little boy hugging his mum goodbye emotionally before in ran into his pre school, a school bus almost colliding with a Audi and even taking in the beautiful blue sky. These things are what life is about…

On this Blog I want to remind everyone about some of the good things they can do, for help others and our community. I am based in Sydney in Neutral Bay, but I am not just limited to this community I will not only include stuff in this area but across Sydney as well as my home town Byron Bay where I visit regularly and my family lives.

This blog is not about becoming a better person it’s about reminding ourselves that we are good people.