WHEN YOU MAKE WORK OPTIONAL

I am a big believer that we need to have new experiences in order to slow time back down again.

SHAUN WALSH, CEO OF MAKE WORK OPTIONAL

ENTERTAINMENT AT ESPRESSO COMEDY

A friend recommended that I attend the Factory Expresso in Orange for their regular comedy night.

It turned out that night featured Bob Downe.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as the venue was quite small.

But it got you right in the action and was especially important for all those facial expressions that Bob constantly does and some great singing.

Great night out well worth the trip.

TREKKING MOUNT KOSCIUSZKO

I am always looking for new ideas to add to my list, and hopefully, your ideas no matter how small or large will help/inspire someone to do something new this month themselves. Given COVID restrictions have eased, this will help open up the opportunities that we can explore locally.

I was able to convince my 13-year-old son Jordan to join me on a trek to the Mount Kosciuszko Summit at sunset which was magical, well it was when I forgot about all the pain I was feeling from the trek to get there. But at that moment, it was amazing.

All up a 22.6 km with a full backpack (thankfully got lighter as the day went on). It was a long day/night but it was well worth it, from a pleasant 36 degrees to 4 degrees at night we had it all.

A LOCAL TOURIST AT LACHLAN

If you haven’t already, make sure you are writing down your ideas for your new experiences ideally in the month that you are hoping that you will do them. So when it comes time to do one you have a list to choose from.

At times something may not be available, or it’s the wrong season, so a list of choices allows you to find something else to do instead without just throwing your hands up and not doing anything new.

This month, I decided to do something in my home town of Forbes since the timing didn’t work for another activity I had previously considered doing in January. I have spoken to a number of locals however sadly not many have taken the time to see our local tourist attractions such as Sculpture down the Lachlan, so I thought that I would check it out.

SURFING AT MONA VALE BEACH

There are so many things to do in this Lucky Country. Yet we often look further afield to find experiences when in reality there is so much we haven’t done or seen in our own backyard that we can do more often and doesn’t break the bank.

Over at Mona Value Beach, last month attending a Christmas Party, and thought I might have to go actually surfing while I am there. I figured that since I can water ski that it would be easy, but boy was I wrong. I am told now that I didn’t align the surfing time with a Low Tide.

Oh well, maybe next time.

PLAYING GOLF AT WENTWORTH FALLS

In November 2020, I ended up playing Army golf down the fairways of Wentworth Golf Club in Orange, Left Right, Left Right. Not being a golfer myself, although ironically I do own a set of golf clubs. Looking for a new experience for the month, an opportunity arose where I would get to play 9 holes on the Wentworth Golf Course.

Unfortunately, we didn’t stay for a customary post-game beverage, since the Club House burned down in May 2019. Even still lots of fun and heckling was had by all, thanks Glen and Mike for a great afternoon.

I am still not sure how I came home with more golf balls then I went with but I wasn’t complaining.

RACING ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

Do you feel like Christmas was only yesterday? You’re not alone! We become easily engrossed with day to day activities that we let time pass by unintentionally, causing us to feel like time speeds up.

I am a big believer that we need to have new experiences in order to slow time back down again. So each month, I look at my list of the new experiences, which can be anything from learning a new skill to going on a picnic somewhere, to travelling to Alaska for the northern lights. It not only helps in creating new long term memories; it also allows me to stay connected with my family, nature, and the people around me.

I suppose that I can say that this is one of the perks of making work optional.

This photo was culled from over a year ago and perfect for this time of the year. We were racing on Sydney Harbour on a yacht. We didn’t win. Apparently, I didn’t pull my weight!

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