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I see you

I was chatting to a senior and she told me there comes a time in your life that you become invisible.

 Suddenly your not there and people don’t see you, maybe because the blinkers have been taken off my eyes but I asked how? But I can see you?

 She told me sometimes she could be physically there but ignored, people don’t think she is anyone special just a little old lady.

 Then pointed at me and said one day it could be you.

 I thought this was really sad, this was a lady that had achieved so much she had taught and helped pave the way for generations to succeed in life.

 This was a lady who had a wicked sense of humor and so much still to share.

 I am glad that I had the ability to get to know her and see beyond the old lady mask.

 Sometimes we forget the oldies lived a life where they were young, they loved, they taught, they travelled and most of all they gained knowledge, which should be shared.

 Maybe my dream is big but I want to make every senior feel like a star and make younger generations see.

 Just like I have. 

 

This post is dedicated to my Grandmas who I saw, loved and learnt from.
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Will you read my aura? Stuff I learnt from a psykick!

ImageThe tradition of seeing a psychic once a year is what brought me to the Mind Body and Sprit Festival.

Every year we head to this festival to eat too much, get our hands massaged and learn about our future.

Maybe it’s a whole lot of mumbo jumbo but I can’t help but think I’m heading in the right direction.

I was intrigued by the Aura readings, I always like something tangible to take with me and this included a photograph.

It wasn’t just any photograph it was a psychedelic one with crazy colors, which I thought reflected my personality.

Having a gander at the people in front of me I saw their photos had one or two colors and here I was with green, yellow, red, white and blue.

Curious I headed to the table to get my reading and the first thing the psychic said was my photo was so bright.

I tried to keep my face blank so she would not gauge any hints or clues about my personality.

It was quite interesting what the colors represented and uncanny that she repeated the same predictions as previous psychics.

Once again I heard the line “There is a big change coming,” and I was thinking it’s about time! 

I’m really hoping in the next few months Celebrate Living History will evolve and start to have a life of its own, even though I feel like CLH is my baby it would be nice to not be on such a tight budget and finally say good bye to my customer service jobs.

Sometimes I feel like I live a double life I’m giving advice to students and working with seniors but yet I still depend on my customer service work to fund everything.

One day I know there will be a balance but on the bight side the accounting books are simple for CLH its mainly expenditure paid by myself.

Surprisingly the bulk of the colors included green, which signified balance, and that healing and teaching are enhanced.

She asked if I was a teacher or a nurse, as these colors are quite high in caring professions.

I’m neither but in a way I think I am somewhat of a teacher. I mentor and lead student interns and I’m planning workshops with seniors from the U3A.

I also hang out in retirement homes but not as a nurse just to listen to stories or chill with the seniors.

Yellow was also a headlining color she says it signifies intellect and an affinity to variety and happiness.

Ask anyone who knows me if there is a situation that seems really grim I always tend to look on the bright side. I think of ways to break down barriers and create opportunities others don’t see.

I’m overwhelmingly enthusiastic and the security guards at work are always curious about the books on social enterprise, grants, community groups, Star Bucks and recording stories they see when checking out my bag!

If there is a way I’ll always be learning, I treat Celebrate Living History like a big giant university project and once I start something I always try to gain a HD!

Blue signified that I am trustworthy, communicative and prophetic, which is true people know once I say I’ll do something it will not always be straight away but I do end up doing it.

Just like the Frankston exhibition, I told all the seniors I interviewed that I would celebrate their stories.

It was a struggle but I managed to make the exhibition come alive, I did it all with little help and funds. If there is a way I make things happen, but in hindsight I should have asked for help trying to create an exhibition is the work of many people not one.

In the end the exhibition was amazing but if I were ever to create another one I would be more strategic and make it one to really remember. White represented a sprit that is looking after me, I think it is my Grandma it sounds strange but the day after the exhibition I was doing the washing and the taps kept turning on even when I turned them off.

It was weird but I wasn’t scared and its funny the first photograph sold was that of my Grandma in the 1930s.

Also white shows that I am humanitarian, holistic and true which I think is the right description for myself.

Maybe the reading was just an outlet for me to really look inside myself but I can’t help but think a brighter future is just around the corner.

 

 

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Welcome to the world Celebrate Living History Australia INC!

The past year has been building up to this exact moment! Celebrate Living History is an official not-for-profit community enterprise!

Welcome to the world Celebrate Living History Australia Inc., I am so happy to meet you and I can’t wait to work with you to continue connecting with students and seniors!

It has been a long but amazing journey so far, I had no idea 12 months ago this would be the direction I was heading into.

If you had asked me a year ago what a social enterprise was I would have looked at you very strangely.

I would have thought why do I need to know this and what the hell that’s going to be a lot of hard work to create!

From not knowing very much to knowing a hell of a lot I have hounded the experts for advice and buried myself in many books to get to this level.

Its funny I feel like I gave birth to Celebrate Living History and now it has a life of its own, it’s walking, talking and even has a whole bunch of seniors already asking when is the next Celebrate Living History exhibition?

Many thought I was nuts but I think I’ve proved if you believe in what you do then anything is possible.

I hope 2013 is the beginning of a vibrant future for Celebrate Living History and I am so excited to get cracking on what we do best!

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The under cover temp on senior stars….

The youthful spark of an aging rocker is what made me curious to see what drew hundreds to see his show.

Despite his age Neil Young had his fans lined up hours before the show to score the best spot in the mosh pit!

It was reminiscent to teenagers gushing over One Direction there was cheerful chatter and a kind of a lets throw my undies at him atmosphere.

I would have loved to see Neil in his prime, I’m sure many ladies would have screamed their lungs out!

After the warm up act, Neil swaggered on a stage that breathed hippy era suddenly the slow haunting sound of A Day in the Life echoed through the theater.

It was kind of creepy but the audience loved it, it made me think if we were transported back to the 1960s how many of his fans would have been listening to his music swaying and dreaming of the future.

I often daydream in my little spot and I imaged the audience in the 1960s they would not be sitting they would be creating havoc at Woodstock.

They would be dancing, they would be totally and utterly silly but they would have been having the time of their lives.

They would be wearing tie-dye draped in blankets but most of all it made me realise that everyone was young at one time in their life.

While my body was in the theater I was in a colorful place imaging another world where Neil was a massive rock star wooing the ladies in his flannel shirts and maybe some tight leather pants.

Until my imagination was shattered when I was told to go on break! The bright fluro lights hit me and I saw a rowdy senior arguing with the security staff.

I felt sorry for the security guard but had a little giggle, they may be old but they still know how to create havoc!

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My name is Bev and my dream is to celebrate stories of seniors for future generations. I want to create a student internship program which will connect seniors and students by documenting stories for exhibitions and publications.

I believe everyone is a senior star and should be celebrated.

Please have a gander at Celebrate Living History’s campaign Connecting the Community One Senior at a Time on Start Some Good and spread the love!

http://startsomegood.com/Venture/celebrate_living_history/Campaigns/Show/connecting_the_community_one_senior_at_a_time

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The adventurous people are the ones that matter; they are the people that change things

The lure of interviewing the first man to fly microlight around the world is what made me hassle his sister for days.

Just a few doors from my house Brian Milton adventurer and journalist was staying with family.

The saying its not what you do its who you know is what came to mind when I scored one hour with this great adventurer who battled the odds to achieve greatness.

There was no way I could have gone through his PR people, he was only in Australia for three weeks and in that time he managed one interview with the AGE and that was it!

I was really nervous but what calmed me down was Bunny my Labrador joined me in the interview! Its safe to say not many journalists have the opportunity to bring their dog to the show!

Its funny Gerry his sister was not expecting me to bring the whole kit with me; here I was with a tri-pod, Dictaphone, camera and video camera with a dog in tow!

In Gerry’s eyes I was just the girl from the dog park, she did not see this was what I trained three and a half years to do!

With Bunny breaking the ice by sniffing Brain’s leg we got to business and set up in the lounge room.

I had all these questions prepared but mostly I went with the flow that’s the best way to do an interview.

Initially I was really nervous this was a man who had lunch with Dick Smith and has met the Queen.

But then I realised despite all his achievements he was Gerry’s brother he was just a human who realised his potential.

What I loved about Brian was he heard the word NO many times; but yet he broke records by flying the microlight from London-Sydney in 59 days.

That determination to prove people wrong is in my blood, I’ve heard the word NO, thank-you for your time and we wish you well in the future over 100 times.

It’s that gut feeling where everyone around you thinks your nuts but you know this is something you must do.

Interviewing Brian made me realise I’m on the right track and it will be persistence and a whole lot of passion that will make Celebrate Living History succeed.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview was “The adventurous people are the ones that matter; they are the people that change things.”

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Lessons learnt from a potty mouth CEO….

The lure of hearing from the mind of a successful entrepreneur is what brought me to a business boot camp over the weekend.

Even though I feel my mind is full of information and I know what I need to do to make Celebrate Living History viable, it’s always good to listen to the insights of a person who has made it big time.

I never heard of Wilson Luna and was intrigued to see what brought his legion of fans to these events.

As expected it was a packed house on Saturday with loud music blaring and high fives freely given, it reminded me of the set of an American chat show!

Suddenly this charismatic man opened with the house rules one of them included if you have a problem with swearing its time to exit the room!

This charming man had one flaw and it was with the word F*ck, just like my senior stars would say he had one potty mouth!

While I’m sure the ladies at the Probus Club would not invite him for tea, I learnt some valuable lessons from this swearing leader.

At the start Wilson asked us to dot down what it would mean for our dream to become a reality.

While I was looking around some were busy scribbling away and some were stuck in pensive thought.

I was a mixture of both, at the start I thought of the usual things I would write but then I really thought about the bigger picture.

Some of my intentions included

1. Celebrate Living History to be an organisation that can pay me a wage and offer opportunities for graduates struggling to get their foot in the door.
2. Celebrate Living History to be a living vault of stories for future generations, so even when I pass this legacy will continue
3. Celebrate Living History to form a partnership with charities like Alzheimer’s Australia that will help with research for preservation of memories
4. Celebrate Living History to be a program that inspires and mentors graduates to think outside the square

One of the interesting case studies was about Beyonce he chatted about her transition from Destinys Child to now. I never thought about it but over 10-years her songs have indicated the direction of her life from poppy Get Me Bodied to the inspirational I was here.

Its true we would not have expected that song 10 years ago, even though my experience has not been that mind blowing, I had that exact AHA moment in the catering van at the St Kilda Festival.

I think if you asked me this question two years ago I would have answered it very differently

One of my co-workers asked “Why do people pay $5.00 for soft drink when they can go next door and get it cheaper?”

I replied “ Its their value proposition they could spend 20 minutes waiting next door for one drink or they could spent one minute with us then spend that time enjoying the festival.”

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Open your eyes…you might just find something amazing!

The need to escape everyday life and explore lush bush land is what lured me over the weekend.

I’ve been working so hard on getting everything off the ground in a way I’ve lost touch with why I’m passionate about what I do.

Sometimes its nice to escape reality and explore a new possibility, especially since what I’m working on isn’t tangible, I can’t touch, smell or even see the promising results.

All I have is a vision about the future and I know somehow I’ll make it a reality.

Through attending many networking events, I heard about the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk in the Dandenong Ranges and how inspiring it can be to say I’ve climbed 1000 steps.

So I decided to put on my sneakers and explore this terrain as many have trodden before me.

Its funny I rocked up solo and found a companion at the train station, it must have been obvious I was a tourist with a huge map and a confused expression on my face!

I stumbled across Greg Dinneen who is a local resident, he reminded me of Merlin the Wizard with so much knowledge of plants, wildlife and living off the land.

From looking at Greg I would say he was in his late 60s but physically he could pass as a fit 40- year -old.

Everyday he walks two hours in the Dandenong Ranges and while the 1000 steps made me huff and puff, he did it with ease like it was a calm walk on Frankston beach!

I asked him why he walks for two hours every day and he replied it makes him feel good and he enjoys chatting with people he ordinarily would not meet.

He stared talking about people in nursing homes and how physically some have the potential to get out of their wheel chairs but don’t because there muscles have weakened from lack of use.

It’s a shame these seniors don’t have what Greg has in his back yard as motivation to get outside, just breathing fresh air in a way is like a elixir of youth.

Every so often we would stop to take photos and it was amazing what I saw as just another plant, Greg saw as a source of food.

I had become so accustomed to buying fruit and vegetables from supermarkets, I didn’t realise I was surrounded by raw organic food; nourishment health stores charge mega bucks for was free for the taking!

Looking around at people focused on just the stairs made me sad in a way, they were so interested in fulfilling their fitness goals they did not take time to realise the beauty surrounding them.

Sometimes we need to look around and realise we are part of a bigger picture in life; we just have to see what is in front of our eyes.

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