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Happy Birthday Bertie the Travelling Bear

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Sit back and enjoy the ride

Bertie, Croc and me have been super busy the past few weeks. We have lots of ideas for blog posts but don’t seem to be able to find the time to actually sit down and compose one.

3 years ago my mum gave me a little bear to carry with me when I was travelling. She knew I usually travelled with my dog and would take photographs of her posing where ever we went. So, because I was not taking my dog on this journey, Bertie became my new travelling companion and what a journey it has been. I have decided that as I do not know Bertie’s exact birthday that this would be a good day to make his birthday. The day his journey really began.

This is the FIRST ever Bertie blog post I wrote. Three years on we are still writing, photographing and travelling. I promise to add some more blog content soon, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy this blast from the past…….. Meet Bertie the Bear

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bertie the Bear!!!

An update

It’s been super hard recently to find the time to come and talk to you fabulous people on here. I’ve moved countries, again! And we are trying to set ourselves up in the UK. 
The main focus has been on finding somewhere to live! When you travel and move around a lot you really start to understand what the basic necessities and human needs are. Shelter and somewhere to feel safe is an important one. I woukdnt say we are homeless, more drifters at the moment. Hopefully, we will have something sorted in the next two weeks. So if I go quiet again it’s probably because, for the first time in 3 years, I will be gathering my worldly possessions and positioning them in one place (thank god!) 

I have also been working on Bertie’s book. The proof arrived and I noticed a couple of errors. It’s what proofs are for and I can highly recommend getting one before you go “live” with anything. It really is a good idea. I’m having to practice patience as I just want to put Bertie’s book out there NOW, but it is much better to take the time to get it right first!

While we have been waiting for the second proof to arrive. I’ve been working on Bertie’s audio book. It is very rare you see me in any of the photos on here, as I am usually behind the camera taking them, but I am super proud of my little audio set up and couldn’t resist taking a selfie of it! It’s a typical photo of me, no make up, hair a mess buy super excited because I am doing something I love.

More Bertie and house moving news as I get it. Hopefully, I will be writing my next blog from my very own little space. 

Thanks for your patience. Hope you all have an amazing week!

The Toy Shop

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When Bertie was just an untravelled bear he was quite introverted and was extremely cautious about other toys. What did they want? Why were they being nice to him? He would often think as a rouge bear would try to start a polite conversation with him. In fact, Bertie had become so introverted that he had buried himself at the bottom of the toy bin in the hope that everyone would just leave him alone.

How different Bertie felt about life now!

Bertie had begun to notice that his friend Croc had similar characteristics to young Bertie. He would often hide in the bottom of the coat pocket and when Bertie first met Croc he was hiding at the back of the bunk bed in the dark. Croc had started to grow more and more confident within his own stuffing and Bertie had begun to feel a sense of pride at being able to help him on his journey to discover the inner Croc. After all, thought Bertie, what good is all this knowledge and experience if it is not shared and used to help others?

Today Bertie took Croc to meet some new friends, just to see how Croc would react. They emerged from the narrow pathway which lead to Barley Hall into the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of York again. There were so many people, thought Croc, unable to get his head around where they had all come from. The streets were so small and the buildings so close together Croc felt if he turned sideways he would cause several people to trip up over him.

Bertie grabbed Croc and dragged him out of the safety of the pocket, much to Croc’s protesting. He settled with Croc on a  windowsill of an old shop. Croc got such a fright when there was a tap on the window behind him. Turning around slowly, half expecting to see a ghost bear, Croc saw a large green Crocodile-like toy much like himself but stood upright waving at him! Croc looked on in shock as his brain processed the expanse of toys in front of him…..there were hundreds, all smiling and waving and there was no where for Croc to hide. He could either throw himself into the crowds of people or stay where he was and socialise.

Taking a deep breath, Croc did a small nod towards the other toys who responded with great joy at the acknowledgement he gave them. Looking over at Bertie Croc could see him grinning widely from underneath his small, blue, winter wooly hat and he felt instantly reassured. He was amongst friends for the first time in his short Crocodile life and it felt great.

 

Words and photographs copyright of Samantha Key 2016

New year, new you?

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Sunrise at Uluru

I haven’t really had chance to look back on 2015, I have been too busy living it!

Everyone has their own achievements, goals and accomplishments which they are proud of. I have watched with interest as friends and family have shared their year on social media sites. The difference in people’s experiences is quite vast. It ranges from weddings, births, moving house to moving jobs.

I decided to share my year.

In 2015 I:

  • Was awarded a visa to live and work in Australia
  • Moved from the UK to Australia
  • Moved states in Australia
  • Got my first Australian job
  • Left that job and got another
  • Tried to start a new life by making new friends, finding hobbies etc
  • Rented a super little flat
  • And finally to top the year off, I got engaged!

I have noticed that some people think others are “boasting” about achievements when they list all the things they have done in their lives. Why not be happy with how far you have come and celebrate the effort you have put in?

When I share what I have done in my life my intention is not to make others feel as though they are inferior to me, only you can make yourself feel like that. It is to inspire others and say “If I can you can!” Maybe, when I am sharing something I have achieved that  never thought I would someone else will think “I can do that too”. This is my intention for 2016. I want to share my experience, knowledge and adventures in a way which inspires people to be the best they can possibly be.

Let’s walk into 2016 with new goals, dreams, hopes and ambitions and see where another year will take us!

Change your thoughts, change your life

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Monk saying his prayers at a Temple in Nepal

I had a really challenging day this week…you know one of those days where everything seems to be going wrong or going against you. At one point I just wanted to sit and cry.

I decided that rather than let the tears fall I was going to remove myself from everything and have a little walk. It turned out to be the best thing I could have done. I realised I was letting myself be pulled into other people’s dramas. It’s not my job to make other people happy, I can only make me happy. So I decided to change the way I was thinking and something magical happened….

I got a lovely message from my boyfriend telling me he loved me.

A colleague at work put some money in for the Christmas Party on my behalf and told me to pay her back next week.

A friend asked me if I was ok because she could see I was upset and wanted to know how she could help.

A huge thunderstorm and heavy rain started (it is the wet season in Darwin) and a work colleague offered me a lift home.

My dad called me to ask how I was and we talked for ages.

All these lovely positive things helped to restore me and make me smile from the inside out.

I challenge you, when you feel like the world is caving in around you, to start to look for one good thing…many more will start to appear after that.

Have a fabulous week!

Ubuntu

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Two female elephants protectively prevent the baby elephant from being taken downstream by the current. Photograph taken whilst volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.

I have often written about the connection that I feel to nature. I love being in the woods, surrounded by trees, the older the better. I love sitting in trees and feeling the comfortable swaying embrace of them. I also love being around animals, especially dogs.

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Poppy showing me her “happy face” The wind blew and caught her ears at the perfect time!

I have grown up with dogs. My first dog was there from birth and was my protector, my calmness and my best friend. My little Poppy, pictured above, has been my constant companion and has made me smile when I never thought I would smile again. I have worked with elephants, volunteered with animal sanctuaries and at one point felt I had my own animal sanctuary when I owned a disabled guinea pig and a ferocious rabbit who would chase birds from the garden.

Rascal, the most appropriately named rabbit
Rascal, the most appropriately named rabbit

But what about people? I find people harder to connect with than nature and animals. With an animal what you see is what you get. They are very true to themselves and they show their emotions. I have met many a cat who has shown their distaste at your existence.

People I find more complicated to understand. I can instantly feel when someone is not being true to themselves or when they are hiding something and it places me in a position of unrest in their company. I have met people who are selfish and needy, only wanting to validate their own self worth and, I am embarrassed to admit, I myself have been this way at a point in my life where I wanted someone else to desperately show me that I was good enough.

I have also met the most wonderful and open souls. People who are calm, confident within themselves and who genuinely care about other people. They don’t announce their grand gestures on Facebook or for the world to see, what they do they do because it comes naturally to them. I have been very fortunate to have had these people come into my life.

I have included a video link in this post today. It is from a TED talk by a man called Boyd Varty. He talks about the African term of Ubuntu, which is difficult to translate into English but Boyd describes it as “I am, because of you”

Click on the link Ubuntu and find yourself transported to 14 minutes of inspiration. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Let it grow?

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Aim to grow stronger within yourself and not to build on what already exists. Nurture your positives and develop your weaknesses and you will create a solid foundation within yourself which will weather any storm.