How is it that at this late stage in life I feel I’m finally awakening?

Something seems to have shifted this year.

It’s like everything that’s happened has lead me to this point where each day feels open, vulnerable, expansive and new.

Here in Melbourne, in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s Autumn and our environment is heading into a winters rest.

Yet for me, it’s like I’m just waking up.


I remember years ago, before I began this blog, life was what I considered normal. I was working but not really motivated about my job.

The days, weeks, months and years passed, and I kept busy playing various roles, raising my two beautiful children and getting on with life.

I was happy yet I remember feeling, even back then, as though something was missing.

The kids grew older, milestones came and went, years passed and life continued with all of its ups and downs, joyful moments, mediocre ones, memorable moments and painful ones.

Then came the journey with my dear mum. Her strength and dignity right to the end inspired me. In writing about her slow loss of life and the longest goodbye I changed.

However, through wounds we find wisdom.

Today I feel as though I’m on a path with purpose and meaning.

Musing, writing, making music, collaborating, learning how to earn a living working from home … I feel like a bear waking from a long slumber ready to embrace life.


Today I’m doing what I love and I’m not holding back.

I no longer feel embarrassed to say to the world “I’m a writer.” I want to share my words and hopefully inspire others to live each day the best way they can, to seek a beautiful life.

Through sharing my words I’d like to think I’m making a difference in this world.

I’d like to think I’m stepping out of the shadows.

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I remember when I started this blog three years ago, and I realise how differently and more mindful I look at the world these days. Three years and 370 posts later and “Seeking to find the extraordinary in the ordinary” has become my mantra.

For me, that’s the message that I want to leave my kids and for anyone who reads my words. For nothing is truly ordinary when we look at life through grateful eyes, for even when times are tough there are lessons.

It’s only taken me 52 years but I’ve finally woken up to accepting who I am and what I love to do.  Better late than never hey?

each of us has our own calling

I wish the same for all of you.

May you find your own purpose and awakening, what brings you joy and passion and what ignites your soul.

I’ve no doubt that through your own writings you look at life differently too.

Go after your dreams and make them real.

Love life, follow your bliss and feel awakened to all the possibilities that await you.

Wherever you are, keep enjoying the journey.

In love and light.

“Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” Carl Jung

In response to WPC: Awakening


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171 thoughts on “Awakening

  1. Simply beautiful!! You most definitely leave an impact on me and inspire me. You have such a kind, caring, loving soul…you are a masterpiece. I’m so happy you are finding your awakening…all these many years later. You have traveled long and far to reach this pinnacle but ohhh how glorious now that you have arrived. Every path you took brought you here…every path was the right one, every path led you to this point. You have so much to offer the world but more than that to yourself…enjoy that which delights you, inspires you, makes you smile, feel peaceful and at ease. How rich is the person who is happy in his/her day!!! I bet your kids are so proud of all you are…yup that’s my Mum!!! Welcome home Miri!! Big Awakening Hugs my gorgeous lady xo ❤

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    1. Oh boy, do you know how to make a girl blubber! I’m not sure that every path I’ve ever taken was the right one, but I guess they’ve all lead me here so maybe you’re right Deb. Thank you for your beautiful words, for always being there and for your friendship. It’s very special to me. So, has that work load eased up yet? I miss you and can’t wait to chat! Big hugs till then. xo 🙂💖

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      1. Your friendship is so special to me too!! Well the second job is over now so for after work hours yes. The main job however is another story…UGH! Anyways….yes let’s chat real soon!! Got my hair done tonight and I was telling my hairdresser about my card idea, she’s very much like us, and she had some clever ideas, I’ll share them with you…and there is another blogger friend I just me, Amanda Lakey, who is a phenomenal artist, and I had mentioned to her about wondering if she were interested in doing the artwork and she is! I need to update her on the ideas we came up with tonight too…it’s quite exciting. I started to work on them, I’ve done three drafts of three cards so far..I’ll read them to you when we chat. Looking forward to it!!! Big blubbering hugs xo ❤ 🙂

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        1. Oh wow, that sounds amazing. Your hairdresser sounds just like mine, she’s very spiritual and into alternate stuff and every time I go and see her I get so inspired. Can’t wait to chat with you and hear all the details about this other collaboration too, how exciting.. I’ve got some exciting news too but it can wait. Hugs and love ❤️🙂 xo

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        2. Oh yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m off to bed now but I’ll keep this happy thought in my head and look forward to hearing what it is!!! Here’s to making your day hugs!! xo 🙂 Have a fabulous Friday happy you!! ❤

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  2. For some reason we take time to wake up, I think becasue when we’re young society conditions us to be robots and slaves to it and then one day that vanishes. NIce post Miri 🙂

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  3. You’ve covered awakening in your very own style Miriam and that’s why I love your blog. You are honest,introspective and inspiring. I’m so glad you’ve got this feeling and that you share your gift with us all 🙂 xx

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  4. It’s been such a wonderful journey. I’ve got so much to learn from you, Miriam! I’m so happy you’ve found inspiration in music. I know I’d like to pick my guitar more often. Thank you for inspiring me in so many ways. xoxo

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    1. You’re very welcome Cheryl. I was actually just playing my guitar before reading your lovely comment! Playing my version of The Sounds of Silence. Enjoy your weekend. xox

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  5. This was an absolutely amazing post, Miriam. I don’t think we ever stop evolving as we go, and I think we reach different stages at different times; the fact you’ve found one for you which has such an extraordinary effect must be appreciated. Fantastic 🙂

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  6. Awakening Is the 100% Awareness in the present moment.. If you know what you are doing and for what you are doing it.. It means you are awakened.. Your words makes sense to me.. 😊🙌👼✌

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  7. I love the picture.
    I love the sentiment and can relate.
    I love the quotes.
    Wow! I didn’t realize we both started our blogs at the same time. 3 years ago for me, too, in April.
    So grateful our paths crossed! You’ve been such a great source of support and inspiration for me.
    ❤️ I hope your journey into the new biz is working for you! I’ll keep reading, too.

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    1. Aww, thanks Tiffany. The new biz is going slow, but I figure, baby steps forward, slowly I’ll get there.
      So nice to reconnect again with you. I’ll have to check in more regularly with you too. Take care ❤️

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  8. It has been a journey, hasn’t it? So much has happened, so much has changed, and you are emerging from your “cocoon” as a bright butterfly ready to fly over the whole world. I am so happy you’ve found that magic!

    Love you, dearheart! xoxox

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    1. Oh Ness, this bright butterfly still has some dark patches in her but it’s beautiful comments like these that make me believe anything’s possible. The journey always continues doesn’t it my dear friend.
      Love you too. xx 💕


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