Live your Dash

Sadly sometimes, our dash is far too short!

 

The dash is the line between your birth and death date and is a beautiful poem by Linda Ellis. 

I heard this poem on Tuesday at the funeral of a darling friend who lost his life just weeks before his 25th birthday – my same age. This has shocked me to my core and made me think about all that is precious to me.

Dearest Rory
Dearest Rory

Rory lived his life to the max and I was lucky to share the incredible and unforgettable experience of climbing Machu Picchu with him.

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RIP my friend – and to everyone, please make the most of your dash! Enjoy the poem!

 

The Dash

by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

Copyright Linda Ellis
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

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Bye bye Dear Rory

I really do love Hiking

It’s only been in recent years that I have taken up the hobby of hiking and I am now a keen participant. I always loved bushwalking but really put hiking into a whole new category…but to be honest, they are rather similar… hiking just takes longer.

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I’ve been fortunate to trek in two of the most beautiful and famous routes in the world, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru as well as Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. I would really like to take up more hikinh in Australia and my more local surrounds-  and with all the equipment now in my position, this is certainly possible.

climbing in Machu Picchu
climbing in Machu Picchu

The gear and equipment is one of the biggest hurdles to starting trekking and hiking, so my advice is slow and steady wins the race. Buy your boots first and well and truly break them in before attempting an overnight hike. You will then need appropriate clothing, backpack and supplioes such as emergency and first aid kits, snacks, water bladders and more. For overnight you will need sleeping bags, large backpacks, sleeping mats and walking poles. Buy these things gradually as you progress with your trips and walking – buying it in one hit will hurt your pocket big time!

Whether it’s a local mountain or the famous Andes of South America, I love walking and seeing things that you can only experience by foot.

Keep walking!

Peru Trek to Machu Pichu

Here are just a few photos of the epic adventure that was Machu Picchu and the trek leading up to it!

Instagram has been amazing for documenting my trip and sharing info along the way.

Trekking in the lares valley, Peru
Finished the trek at Ollantaytambo, almost at Machu Picchu

 

The view of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu

 

 

Enjoy!!

 

Please support www.blackdoginstiture.org.au who I did this amazing adventure for!

Travelling in the Americas

It’s been a whirlwind so far! Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and now the U.S.

 

A few pics from each country and more to come soon!!

Machu Picchu in Peru

 

Peruvian Tattoo artist living in Bolivia -love this!

 

Salt flats, Uyuni, Bolivia
At the beautiful Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico
Disney pose in Jackson Square, Jazz birth place, New Orleans, USA

 

Peru is amazing!

It’s 11pm and I have to be up at 5am tomorrow to start my 4 day trek to Machu Pichu for Black Dog Institute!

Peru is incredible. So much to share. Cusco is a beautiful city filled with colour, culture and plenty of smiling faces. Very comfortable and happy here.

A photo of our group on our first day in the city.

Much more to come!!

Matt Pratten prepares for the Peru Challenge and trek to Machu Pichu

My dear family friend Matt Pratten decided to join me on the Machu Pichu trip, Peru Challenge 2012, in a spontaneous burst of enthusiasm. I was chatting to Matt on Facebook and said “Come to Peru with me” Attaching the link and adding a smiley face. He responded, “Yeah, it’s been a while since I did a good pack march!” He’s in the army you see and was keen to do something a bit different for training. The next week, he was booked and preparing to come.

I have been overwhelmingly impressed with Matt’s dedication to this trip, this cause and his fundraising efforts. We are raising awareness and much needed funds for Black dog Institute and their work with mood disorders. Depression is something that has affected Matt personally and he wants to make a change.

 

He’s run up mountains, dressed in a dog suit and done a hike, shaved his legs and so much more to get his totals up. He is close to $7000 now and still rising with an initial goal of $4000.

See Matt’s challenge page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/317008385048293/?fref=ts

You can sponsor Matt here: http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/PrattenM

 

Good luck Matt and can’t wait to join you on this epic adventure.

 

 

 

In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure – http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

What I’ll be doing in Peru in 9 days time!

It’s now just 9 days until I head  on the Peru Challenge 2012 with Inspired Adventures and Black Dog Institute.

I thought it was about time for me to look into what I’ll be getting up to whilst there and share this epic journey with you.

 

See the details of the trip and itinerary here:

http://www.inspiredadventures.com.au/microsites/BDIPeru/

In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure – http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

Black Dog Institute Pic Badges

You can support the Black Dog Institute in so many great ways including posting the badge to your profile picture.

I’ve now shared two of my photos with pic badges and it looks great. It’s simple to connect your Facebook account and show your profile picture with this symbol.

Learn more about the Black Dog Institute:

One in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year, with one of the most common of these being depression. It touches people of all ages and from all walks of life, and places an enormous burden on individuals, families, workplaces and the health system.

Living with the ‘black dog’ (as Winston Churchill labeled his depression) can be overwhelming, a feeling of being trapped in a dark haze. It can manifest as extreme lethargy, irritability or sadness. In extreme cases, it can result in thoughts of suicide or self-harm. But there is hope.

The Black Dog Institute is a world-leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Founded in 2002, the Institute combines expertise in clinical management with cutting edge research to develop new, and more effective, strategies for people living with mood disorders.

Our research extends from risk identification genomic studies to development of websites to enhance mental resilience in teenagers. We are conducting clinical trials into new treatment methods as well as conducting ground-breaking imaging studies to “see” what happens to the brain when depression strikes.

Whilst diagnosis and treatment is of utmost importance, the Black Dog Institute also places emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of mood disorders in themselves and others, as well providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

Based in Sydney, the Black Dog Institute partners with universities, health services and community groups across the country. We focus on access, running education programs in regional areas and providing a number of clinically-endorsed training programs for both health care professionals and workplaces.

For further information call 02 9382 4523 or visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

 

 

You can find more information here:

http://www.picbadges.com/badge/2745607/#

 

In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure: http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

R U OK? Day

R U OK? day is today, Thursday 13th September,  everyone. It’s a simple question with a very powerful message. Let’s work together as a recommunity today and be there for those in need. 🙂

Its goal was to help reduce our national suicide rate by getting Australians to reach out and make contact with others.

Hear why Hugh Jackman says it’s ok to say, ‘I’m not ok’ http://www.ruokday.com/supporters/ambassadors/hugh-jackman/

Ask the simple question to someone near and dear to you – R U OK?

I recently shared a wonderful video featuring my friend and colleague James Freemantle of  REDgum Communications with his message about R U OK? DayJames Freemantle encourages rural communities to stay connected and be conscious of how the isolation of farming can impact on wellbeing. He also offers hope to anyone living with depression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHQeMbFgcTI&feature=related

Learn more:
Black Dog Institute support R U OK? Day
In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

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