A Holiday so Luminous

I am going on my first real holiday this year.
Almost two weeks in beautiful Aotearoa, otherwise known as New Zealand.

My daughter still can’t believe I am actually going there.
She said she will only believe it when I arrive.
I am excited about seeing her, her friends and also being surrounded by nature and crisp fresh air again.

For my 12 hour flight to Auckland, I have prepared…

1. A book to read – Getting Things Done by David Allen

2. iPad – for doodles, games, magazine reading, music

3. Comfy cotton neck pillow from Muji for a good night’s sleep

4. Comfy cotton eye mask also from Muji for complete blackout

5. Noise cancellation headphones for complete silence

6. Chuppa Chup lollipops for earaches

7. Cotton socks for cold feet

8. Woolen jersey for warmth

9. Hand and face cream for dry in flight air

10. Aromatherapy oil for any kind of in flight discomfort

And of course, a light heart and a smile for a happy flight all the way.

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Day 122 – September 30, 2012

1. I am thankful for a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed.

2. I am thankful that I got everything that I needed to bring with me to NZ.

3. I am thankful that I had a nice chat with my daughter and the sweet reminders she gave me before I embarked on my journey over to New Zealand.

4. I am thankful for the smooth arrival and procedures at the amazingly efficient Hong Kong International Airport.

5. I am grateful that I have this opportunity to go to New Zealand to see Nadia and her side of the world.

6. I am grateful that I have the freedom to travel.

7. I am thankful that I have the health and ability to travel alone.

8. I am grateful for these lovely introverted moments at airports while waiting to board.

9. I am grateful for the Internet because I can share my travel fun with my family and friends.

10. I am thankful for wifi! Especially free wifi!

Day 121 – September 29, 2012

1. I am thankful for a good night’s sleep.

2. I am grateful that it’s the weekend and I could finally take it easy.

3. I am thankful for the sweet little birthday parcel I received from my mother.

4. I am thankful for the wonderful movie I saw today – The Intouchables.

5. I am grateful that I can walk, talk and do everything for myself.

6. I am thankful that I have friends.

7. I am grateful for my shopping companion today – found the right coat for my NZ trip!

8. I am grateful that I will have time tomorrow to get myself ready for my long awaited holiday!

9. I am thankful that life has treated me so well.

10. Thank you for not being perfect. I love you all the more for it.

Day 120 – September 28, 2012

1. I am grateful that I woke up feeling good about the day.

2. I am thankful to have two colleagues observe me in my workshops today – they were a great emotional support.

3. I am thankful that my work is able to make a difference to people’s lives.

4. I am thankful that old friends reach out to me and want to catch up and reconnect.

5. I am grateful that I am able to help a friend find her “compass” as she discovers new possibilities.

6. I am grateful for my super early birthday present from Bea! Super useful too!

7. I am thankful for the beautiful moon tonight – it reminds of our Super Moon in Tokyo earlier this year.

8. I am grateful that my colleagues work so hard to make things go smoothly for me and what I have to do.

9. I am thankful that my new room arrangement feels so good!

10. I am grateful that I will have time to relax, regroup and have some fun before my big journey over to New Zealand!

Day 119 – September 27, 2012

1. I am thankful for how things have worked out today.

2. I am grateful that my colleagues care for me.

3. I am thankful for quiet breaks where I can be alone with my thoughts.

4. I am thankful for text messages, they make life so much easier.

5. I am grateful for life experiences, they have made me resilient and adaptable.

6. I am thankful for new friendships.

7. Thank you for your sweet response.

8. Thank you for thinking if me.

9. Thank you for the small meaningful gestures.

10. Thank you for the sweet suggestion. I am happy.

Day 118 – September 26, 2012

1. I am thankful that my plans for the next couple of months will now ahead as I had hoped for.

2. I am grateful that what I thought were opportunities lost turns out to be opportunities gained.

3. I am grateful that our friendly neighborhood spicy noodle shop is still in business.

4. I am thankful for the master class today – sharing ideas and understanding means more knowledge for all!

5. I am thankful for the ideas and processes that my friend Simon shared with me today.

6. I am grateful that some things are starting to change.

7. I am thankful that I had energy tonight to sort out my room so that the air conditioner could be fixed.

8. I am thankful that the weather is slightly cooler so that I can still sleep without air conditioning.

9. I am thankful that my heart is light.

10. I am grateful to have you by my side. Thank you.