• Family,  Mindfulness,  Reflection

    Minimising background noise and distraction

    Tara Brach often talks about the commentary in our minds that is a constant presence as we go about our daily lives…8 days into the 3310 challenge this commentary has moved from background noise to overwhelming white noise.  I am a mum, wife, friend, daughter, professional and a “lady start up” who also happens to be packing up a house and planning a one year trip with our family of 5.  I feel the constant urge to be “productive” and often in doing so this urge equals moving away from the present moment. This constant pull to be researching, googling, messaging, calling, checking up, selling … it is exhausting and…

  • Reflection,  Stories,  Travel,  Vietnam

    The Beauty of Travel

    Scotch.  Scotch.  Movie.  Talk.  Wake.  Walk.  Scotch.  My first travel experience is still so vivid (despite the scotches).   I was on  a flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, to meet my then new girlfriend (and now wife) Lisa who was on physiotherapy placement at the Bach Mai Hospital.  I was nervous, and quietly excited, that being my general manner pre-any alcoholic beverages. I didn’t have any idea what to expect. “Travel has changed me. As a person.” I can confidently say that I had little empathy of other cultures prior to this experience.  It just wasn’t important, up to that point I’d lived in country Victoria for 17 years,…

  • Reflection,  Sri Lanka,  Stories

    What I want for my girls (and other reasons to travel…)

      Some people say 3 kids overseas is crazy.  I agree I started this post as a private reflection, but half way through realised that it was probably the perfect post to begin my contribution towards our sharing of our experiences raising our three girls and living out of Australia for a year.  There are three reasons why we have decided to take The Small Lane in 2019. Reason 1) My adult daughters Lisa and I have a plan to do something similar with our family every 10 years – allowing us to commit fully to our communities/roots in the meantime – yet still cultivating experiences that allow our family…