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Well, here we are again, at the end of another year.

2017 was the biggest year yet for this humble little blog.  I made it to the 2,000 post milestone, traffic has continued to increase and I have now reached almost 2 million views in total.

Thanks everyone for your support this year, I really appreciate all of you and trust that 2018 will be your best year yet.

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Kicking a ball around on a field is nice.

It’s entertaining and it uses up energy.

But it’s ultimately unfulfilling.

How do you measure success or progress?

How do you know who’s winning?

However, when you put some posts at either end of the field, everything changes.

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Proverbs 10:24 says,

What the wicked dread will overtake them,

What the righteous desire will be granted.

Today, I want to ask you, what are you thinking about?

Are you focused on your fears?

The reasons why you shouldn’t?

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poor-people-have-big-tvsI love reading and put aside time every day to invest in my personal development.  I take my kindle everywhere I go and make my way through about 25 books every year.

This year has been no different and I have benefited significantly from the wisdom of others, with a wide range of genres covered and often about 5-6 books going at once.  Of course, not every book I read is for my development, some are purely for my entertainment, but I have enjoyed most of the books that I have read this year.

Here are my favourite books from 2017: Read the rest of this entry »

My delightful daughter, Madison, has the rather befuddling habit of butchering the words to every song that she sings.

For example, when she sings We Wish You a Merry Christmas, instead of “Glad tidings we bring…” she warbles, “Good tingles we bring…”

So today, from our family to yours, we wish you good tingles.

The tingles you get when you feel loved, valued and appreciated.

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We’re closer to the end of the year than we are to the beginning.

But we’re still somewhere in the middle.

I suspect that I’m nearer the end of my working life than I am to when I started.

But I’m still somewhere in the middle.

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When you have a bad day, fight through it.

When you’re out of form, fight through it.

When nothing seems to be going right, fight through it.

When your relationships are struggling, fight through it.

When you’re in a rut, fight through it.

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A composer imagines a symphony.  She has an idea in her head of what the new piece of music should sound like.

An author imagines a novel.  He has a plot and a few characters in mind.

An architect imagines a building.  He has a concept of the size and functionality of the final piece of work.

But how do you go from concept to reality?

Music doesn’t write itself, neither does a 500 page novel.

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Madison, Hayden and Logan with their school sports awards

It’s that time of year again when we send and receive Christmas cards with updates from friends and family.  I have a few family members who write lovely letters with the details of their year and so here is the annual message from our family.

2017 has been a terrific year.  Richmond won the AFL premiership, the kids continue to grow and develop and we have lots of lovely memories to reflect on. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t aim for fame and fortune.

Don’t aim for the adulation of the masses.

Don’t aim to be recognised in the street.

Don’t aim for overnight success.

Don’t take short-cuts.

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