Treading a different path

I own a home, outright, no mortgage, just an ordinary house in a regional centre. A decision that for my partner and I was the right thing to do. We moved out of the prohibitively expensive metropolitan area – abandoning friends and family, and bought a modest unassuming house in cash from the proceeds of the mortgaged house we had in.

We retrained into new professions, we studied, we lived a very simple life while doing it, but in the end we can now live a comfortable life.

Our path had led us from apartment living in the city, to a home in the Dandenong Ranges – all mortgaged and all the time we were tied to jobs we didn’t like, and being new parents. But those in between homes enabled us to make enough equity to buy our home hear. Another alternative and one my risk averse partner would not have considered is this option of early retirement Skipping home ownership.

We all need to consider living our own authentic lives, and not the ones that society would like us to. We took the plunge to move away, to restart everything, it wasn’t easy, but the life changing decisions we made, have strengthened us as a family and as a couple. Do you dream of changing some part of your life? Weight up the risks and the rewards and take the plunge, life is too short to hesitate.



Gifted Children

I’m a parent of a Gifted Child. I’ve seen him dumb down so he can fit in. I’ve seen the emotional cost that comes from this charade. I have witnessed his hurt and shame when teachers do not recognise his potential or get upset when he out performs scholastically. We’ve moved schools and houses to get him into a school that extends him, supports him, treats him as the unique individual he is growing into. We debate for hours the options for a secondary school, one that will respond creatively to the demands that a gifted child will place on them.

This is a great article, and one that parents of gifted children should read.

via Time to Agree: Gifted Kids Exist

Eco Village intensive finishes….

What an adventure have I been on following these posts. It’s made me sit down and really think about where I want to live. I hope you’ve enjoyed them too!


via Final Day 7: Integration of Eco Village intensive

Gifted Children in School

I’m a parent of an under performing Gifted Child. The path here has been full of broken dreams and teacher’s unwilling to take up the challenge. My own child was brow beaten into under performing because that’s what made the teacher’s lives easier. It was easier for my child to fly under the radar and not attract attention…it broke my heart. We moved back to his former school and have seen him fly now…..he’s encouraged, motivated and extended…..But it took such a long time for him to regain his confidence and his joy of learning….

You would think that kids who love literature, enjoy mathematical puzzles and scientific enigmas and who are curious beyond measure, would be high achievers in school and a teacher’s dream. There are times when this is the case: When curriculum is challenging and engaging. When teachers are sensitive, enthusiastic, kind, creative, smart, flexible and organized. […]

via Gifted, Sensitive, Curious Children In School — What Can Parents And Teachers Do? — Your Rainforest Mind

Nurture the talent we all have….

via Recognize talent in others

Ricky Baker

I love the charm in this scene and I hope you do too….Ricky Baker you’re 13

Film Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) — one of my favourite movies

When people ask me “Hey Rebecca, who’s your favourite director?” and I instantly reply “Taika Waititi”, I am often left looking back at puzzled faces. And upon realising I can bring joy to these Waititi-newbies, I promptly guide them to one of my favourite films: Hunt for the Wilderpeople. (Speaking of, have you checked out […]

via Film Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) — small movies, big world

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