Monday, April 28, 2014

Giant Kelp Forest Australian Secret Wonder

Wild Australia: Giant Kelp forests In the Tasman Peninsula, amazing Giant Kelp beds are disappearing.

Did You Know? Kelp forests occur in cold, nutrient-rich water and are among the most beautiful and biologically productive habitats in the marine environment. They are found throughout the world in shallow open coastal waters, and the larger forests are restricted to temperatures less than 20ÂșC, extending to both the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. A dependence upon light for photosynthesis restricts them to clear shallow water and they are rarely much deeper than 15-40m. The kelps have in common a capacity for some of the most remarkable growth rates in the plant kingdom. In southern California, the Macrocystis can grow 30 cm per day. More on the demise of the kelp forests

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Are You Chasing Your Dream? This Will Inspire You!


Now that's that thing called "Life", is that is always changing, sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down. I can tell that now, be aware of that. Things are not gonna work out exactly right, sometimes they will! Sometimes! And that's when life's just playing a game with you. And you might be tempted to think "I don't wanna play anymore."

I don't care how good you are, I don´t care how talented you are, I don't care how much you work on yourself, there are some times, that things aren't going to go right. They're just not going to go right.  There are times when anything that can happen, will happen.

But during those down moments, that's where the growth takes place.

That´s where the work is. See, anybody can feel good when they have their health, their bills are pid, they have happy relationships.

Anybody can be positive then!

Anybody can have a large vision then, anybody can have faith under those kind of circumstances. See what the real challenge, the real challenge of growth, mentally, emotionally and spiritually comes when you get knocked down. That some of you in your life, the reason why you´re not blowing up. the reason why you're not successful, you´ve not learned from the past you think just because this opportunity is for you, and not every opportunity is for you!

All of us have experienced some tragedy, and If we haven't, we will. And you can let it destroy your life or you can build upon it. You can commit to let you hold you down or you can decide "I'm not going to let that happen to me!"  "I'm bigger than this!"

It's not going to be easy, when you wanna change, it´s not easy, if it were in fact easy, everybody would do it.

If you want to begin to move into your own personal greatness, you got to be willing to go against the time.
You've got to be willing to harness your will. 

And say in spite of this.

"I'm in control here. I´m not gonna let this get me down, I'm not gonna let this destroy me."

It´s not your circumstances or your situations, that determines if you are going to be successful or not.

I've been telling you that is your mindset, it´s the way you see it, it´s the way you think it. Your mind is the battleground, touch somebody and tell 'em the enemy is after your mind. Out to worry you to death, out to stress you to death, out to break you down, out to make you quit, out to make think that you can't get up, out to make you give on your dreams, the warfare is in your mind, it´s not on your checkbook, it´s not in your saving account, it's not on your job, the fight that you got to fight is in your mind.

And if you whip it in your head, you can whip it in your checkbook, you can whip it on your job, you can whip it out of your children, but you gotta drive it outta your head.

"I´m coming back!"

And I´ll be stronger and better because of it. You have got to make the declaration.

That this is what you stand for: Standing up for peace of mind, you´re standing up for health, you´re standing up for you dreams.

You want it !

And you gonna go all out, to have it.
Let it go and begin to focus on developing myself and I say to you,  you gonna have people that do things to you, things are gonna happen to you and the most important thing to do is to harness your will and let it go!

And move, so you can grow.
So you can get on with your life

Doesn't matter about what happens to you, what matters is: What are you gonna do about it?

When you want something bad you can´t count the cost because if you count to cost,
and you see how much it cost, you may quit, you may give up so you gotta go in knowing that -

"I don´t count the cost. I´ll do as many push ups as it takes, as many sit ups as it takes, as many reps as it takes, I'll study as long as it takes!"

I paid whatever the price is, why? Because if I start to count the cost, I may quit, I may give up. I may surrender. Don´t count the cost. You don´t count the cost on this one. You don´t count how many presses you take, you don´t count it.

You get to a point where you don´t count it. You just do whatever it takes to get wherever you want. Don´t stop!

Stay busy, work your plan, continue to do those things that you know that work for you.

After you have evaluated yourself in the situation. Once you make a decision and you go all in And you said "I ain´t quitting till I get there, I ain´t giving up, I ain't giving in. I will do whatever it takes to be SUCCESSFUL",  and when you make that decision, you...  When you look YOU in the mirror, when you tell yourself that:  "Look, I´m tough, I´ll do whatever it takes", I guarantee you that's the day that begins to happen.

Forget about your past, forget what happened 'back in the day', make the rest of your life..the best of your life.

See video for credits 

The Restaurant Begins With A Vision Says Chef Raymond Blanc

The Restaurant is a tv show that is basically a competition - winner gets investors to put them into a restaurant of their own.

The competitors have to cook for the potential judges/investors, and do two things.

  1. show their food that represents what they want to serve in their restaurant, and 
  2. sell them their vision.

In the course of the episode this is what we see happen, acted out by the competitors. Examples abound of:
  • No ability to articulate any vision  of the restaurant one couple wants to open.
  • No rehearsal of the recipes that will be served to these people who hold the key to their opportunity.
  • No kitchen skills, to the point of not even being able to use a knife safely or open a can.
  • No food sense at all
  • Recipes selected to be cooked and presented in an hour that take a long cooking time.

No research.
No preparation
No forethought.

No clue.

They should have watched this video before the competition.

Here's the thing. 

A restaurant, any business at all, anything worth doing at all, needs a good vision to start it off with an even chance of success. 

Raymond Blanc's tip for cooking fruit crumble - cook the crumble mixture on a tray in the oven for 10 minutes before you begin.

Here's a treat for you. A signature dish from Raymond Blanc - Cafe Creme Dessert

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Children Unsafe In Their Homes: Life Looks Like This

We hear that having children is such a positive thing to do and everyone should have children, according to some people. And yet every year hundreds of thousands of children are removed from their family homes because they are in danger. 

This video - ReMoved - is the account of what it is like from the child's point of view. This shows the journey of a young girl removed from her home and a succession of foster homes and relates what that feels like for her. 

In the US almost 400,000 children are living outside of their own home.

In Australia  "The number of children who have been removed from their parents because they can't live safely at home has increased by 27 per cent over the last five years, so nearly 40,000 children" according to a report on ABC Lateline program

Forty percent of them are under 5 years old. 

That's a lot of parents who are struggling.  A lot of children suffering. 

Perhaps we know some people who are like this and at the end of their rope.

I wonder how we can help those parents and those children have a better life.