Are you Writing Your Passion?

My passion is writing? What is yours?

WriterLadyWhatever it is, once you have lived it you can re-live it by writing. This is why I like writing so much. Not only that, but I can get rid of the dross and keep the gold.

Dross means: rubbish, junk, debris, chaff, draff, detritus, flotsam and jetsam.

I didn’t know what ‘dross’ meant, until I worked in a tourism facility that included a gold-processing plant, and then I saw with my own eyes how the process got rid of all of this unwanted stuff and kept only the treasure – the beautiful yellow gold.  There was much more ‘dross’ than there was gold, as there may be in our lives. Sometimes we carry so much of it around with us that it weighs heavily – causes us to be physically stooped, or get aches, pains and illnesses.

By writing we can look again at what we are carrying around and find ways to let go of the unwanted dross so that we are left lightly carrying the gold – or treasured moments.

It doesn’t matter whether we are writing fiction or non-fiction; memoir or personal development books, all of our writings will carry within them something of ourselves and our lives.

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Spring – Cleaning and Clearing the Energy

Cleanse and Clear as you Transition from Spring to Summer  (Sprummer)

GoldenTreeAs Spring evolves out of Winter and into Summer (someone said in Australia we should call Spring to Summer ‘Sprummer’) the warmth of the sun seems to stimulate the energy that tells us ‘Spring is the time for Clearing and Cleaning away the cobwebs of Clutter and Congestion’.

I am clearing out my house again in more ways than one.

I have shared with at least one other person ever since I moved to the Gold Coast in 2001. I could write a book about my experiences and what I have learned. One of my main lessons is to clear the energy after one person leaves, before another moves in.  How I do this is to:

  • Get the house cleaned – professionally, not just my ‘once over’ haphazard dust, sweep and mop!  I have found two ‘cleaning angels who, for a very reasonable price make my place pristine.
  • Ring my little bell in all the corners – using the vibration to cleanse and clear.
  • Sort through my own clutter and throw out/organise/give away what I have accumulated over the period. Instead of waiting to move myself, I use someone else’s ‘moving out’ to do my own sorting.

I know a lot of people use sage for clearing, and I may even do it this time, as I want to attract the sort of person with whom I can live in harmony.  This is just as important with a housemate as with a relationship partner, I feel.

The next thing is to visualise and attract the person who really wants to live here, and I want to share with.  I know my home is a wonderful place to live – I love it, and I want the other person to love it just as much.

So if you read this, and you feel you want a ‘Spring Change’ and a wonderful home to live in, please contact me at . It will put a spring in my step, and yours too!

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dolphin smiling Joan Small




Energy From Alice

What Can We Learn From Alice in Wonderland?

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

What can you learn from Alice in Wonderland – what energizing qualities does she have that inspire. These are my thoughts. I would love to hear yours …

  • Good manners and courtesy
  • Lovely voice
  • Joy and pleasure in the moment
  • Excitement at something new and wondrous
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Focus on her goal (pursuing the White Rabbit)
  • Sense of humour – easy laughter at something amusing, but at the same time
  • Consideration for someone else’s feelings
  • Ability to instantly put hurts and insults behind her and address the matter at hand
  • Forthrightness – not letting herself be walked over
  • Ability to recognise when she should stand her ground ,and when she should retreat
  • Belief in life as ‘A Wonderland’ and belief that one can create one’s own world.

These were a few thoughts that came to me when I was watching the video of one of my favourite stories of all time – Lewis Carroll’s famous ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Who is your favourite character and what have you learned from him or her? Visit my webpage to read about my YA Fantasy fiction novels with a similarity to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’. Live with Energy, Joan

Dreams Do Come True – An Energizing Journey

England and Europe in 27 days – Energy and Excitement Plus

Joan Small in London

Joan in London

For years my favourite quote was: ‘Nothing happens unless first a dream’. (Carl Sandberg)

My dream, a European Holiday, happened in May-June this year, and I am still shaking my head as I can hardly believe it is true.

A 50 Year Dream Come True

After 50 years of wishin’ and hopin’ and dreamin’ as Dusty Springfield sings in her song … I travelled to England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Bavaria/Frankonia, and Czech Republic – all in just 27 days.
What a whirlwind. (Visit my Gallery for some of the 6000 pictures I took).

Joan Small Emerald Sky - Our Cruise Ship

Emerald Sky – Our Cruise Ship

People ask me, ‘What was the highlight?’ 

Joan Small - Peter Pan Statue Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan Statue Kensington Gardens

How can I possibly answer this? But on pondering I can only say the ‘experience of being there’ was the highlight.

Also, the amazing tour guides and tour co-ordinators, like Simona on board ship, and Sabine for our 3 days in Prague, who looked after all her ‘Aussie Merinos’ – yes, we felt like sheep sometimes too, tagging after our guides. Also, the wonderful friendly people on our ship – ‘The Emerald Sky’.

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Door at Tower of London

I loved the ornate doors everywhere we went, the cobble-stoned streets with beautiful/ pretty/ historic buildings – so much history everywhere. The quirky things and the funny – the merry-go-round ride at the base of the Eiffel Tower, and the buskers in the streets. The weather was mostly glorious, and the ship was luxurious – lovely people and staff on board. So much to remember and re-experience with pleasure.

Despite catching a nasty ‘bug’ and my ankle and feet hurting, I was still energized every day, and amazingly the time went slowly. Coral and I paced ourselves, and just enjoyed being in the ‘Now’.  And what a wonderful now it was.

Joan Small - shipboard friends, Gwen, Gloria,  Jeanette, and Bernie with Coral and Me

Shipboard friends, Gwen, Gloria, Jeanette, and Bernie with Coral and Me at the Celebration of the highest lock.

I apologise for raving on, but there was so much crammed in that I can re-visit in my mind at any time the joys of these countries, so different from Oz.

I was amazed that we needed no passports after leaving England, and the only currency was the Euro until we arrived in Prague. Most people spoke English, and in France and Germany they laughed when I attempted to speak their language, and then replied in English.  (It was great being able to read the signs, though, and Coral thought I was clever!)

The world is getting smaller.

This is my ‘brief’ summary of what we saw and did on our Energizing Journey.

Joan Small at StonehengJoan Small at Stonehenge

At Stonehenge

In England I especially loved Kensington Gardens with the statue of Peter Pan (I had seen the replica in Queen’s Park in Perth, Western Australia); the Tower of London; Windsor Castle – the opulence and watching the changing of the guard, not to mention the exquisite gardens; Stonehenge – to walk around these ancient incredible huge and significant stones.

Joan Small Eiffel Tower, Paris

Inside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

In Paris:  Notre Dame Cathedral – the outside sculptures and arches as much as the inside;  and being inside the Eiffel Tower – we walked back down hundreds of steps; Montmartre with the artists and cute shops and restaurants – the amazing view of Paris and Sacré Cœur Cathedral.

Brussels – the lace, and the delicious waffles with cream and strawberries.

Amsterdam – Canals and glorious flowers (a few old windmills too)

Joan Small in AmsterdamJoan Small in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam – Canals

The Amazing rivers – the Rhein and Danube – the most beautiful watercourse – passing green and lush forests, historic houses, cathedrals and wineries and castles on every hilltop

Cologne (Koln) with its perfume and the didgeridoo buskers in the street
Linz with its pretty half-timbered houses on the Market Square, and the old city hall (Rathaus)
The Mechanical Music  Museum at Rudesheim – all working huge ‘music boxes’ some playing whole orchestras of music

Joan Small in Miltenberg

In Miltenberg

Miltenberg and Wertheim – twin cities – wandering through the attractive half-timbered streets and drinking delicious hot chocolate at a street cafe while we watched the world go by
Rothenburg with its plethora of mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque buildings.

Bamberg  – a lovely UNESCO World Heritage city in Franconia (Bavaria) on the River Regnitz where I bought a beautiful blue blouse in a shop that was playing John Farnham’s ‘Age of Reason’! (I wonder if they play Aussie music especially for Aussie ships coming in, and switch to US music when the US ships arrive??!!)

Joan Small at Nuremberg Castle

At Nuremberg Castle

At Nuremberg, on the Main-Danube Canal, we visited the Documentation Centre with history of Hitler’s rule – also saw some of the remnants of his megalomania and the war in the town.  Then to the Nuremberg Castle which as just amazing with its tunnels, ramparts, incredible stonework – all beautifully restored, and view of the city.

Joan Small - Kelheim Liberation Hall

Kelheim Liberation Hall

Kelheim on the Danube was a small mediaeval town ladi out on a grid pattern. The Liberation Hall (1842-63) on Michaelsberg Hill, which could be seen for miles around, was built by Ludwig I of Bavaria to commemorate Bavarians who fell in the Napoleonic Wars
We were taken on a small boat cruise down the Danube where the river flows through a dramatic gorge characterized by chalk cliffs. We tasted the beer, and disembarked to walk to the Weltenburg Abbey – the oldest monestary in Bavaria.

Regensburg, in Germany, is the northernmost city on the Danube and contains 1300 listed buildings – many of which are Italian style

Joan Small at The Residence

At Passau – The Old Residence

Passau‘s highlight was the ‘Old Residence’ – such a plain name for a magnificent building where the sculptures and paintings from floor to ceiling made me gasp. Then there were the magnificent gardens. Unfortunately it rained, making the garden visit a quick trip.
Linz – the Capital of Upper Austria, led us to
Salzburg in Austria – another dream come true – to visit the site of my favourite musical, ‘The Sound of Music’, and also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Here we saw Baron Von Trapp’s house, the avenue where Maria and the children danced singing ‘Doh, Ray, Me’ and the fountain in the gardens of the Residenzplatz, not to mention the actual gazebo where Kurt sang ‘You are Sixteen’. (Our tour guides had words and music so we could sing along!)

Joan Small at Salzburg - Doh Ray Me stairs

At Salzburg – Doh Ray Me stairs

We wandered through the square where Maria and the Von Trapp family escaped from the Germans, walked through the cemetery where they hid – a beautifully kept cemetery with gardens, and took the funicular to the Salzburg Castle – another amazing view.
The Benedictine Abbey at Melk was even more opulent – Italian Baroque-style architecture on a grand scale, and the abbey church with gold-plated statues
In Vienna we took a bus tour,  a guided walking tour and then wandered back to the ship – found a wonderful coffee shop with delectable Viennese specialty cake. In the evening we were taken to a concert of Strauss and Mozart with ballet. As always, not enough time here.

Joan Small in Bratislava

With Miro our guide in Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and my favourite city because of our wonderful tour guide – a young man called Miro, and the chance to shake the hand of my favourite story-teller – Hans Christian Anderson. Although Danish, he had visited Bratislava and so fallen in love with the city that he wrote some of his best stories thereafter.
Budapest – made up of the two cities, Pest and Buda, which were joined to make Hungary’s capital in 1873 – is another beautiful city. Our bus tour took us to both sides of the river, and to the high point at Buda’s Castle Hill, dominated by the Church of St. Matthias. Here I observed repairs to the cobbled streets.

Joan Small at the Heroes Square in Budapest

At the Heroes Square in Budapest

The Heroes Square in Pest was the ultimate of amazing huge statues in one place. Overwhelming.

We left the ship in Budapest and travelled by road to Prague, capital of Czech Republic, where we stayed in the luxurious K & K Hotel near the city square. Highlights were the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock. I purchased a beautiful garnet ring and earrings, as Prague is known for its garnets.


Joan Small at Prague Castle

At Prague Castle

Back Home on the Gold Coast after my ‘Maiden Voyage”

I flew home from Prague via Frankfurt and Singapore (leaving Coral there to return to Darwin).  The jet lag and the 3 weeks it took me to recover from the ‘Dreaded Lurgy’ didn’t detract in any way from the outstanding experience and ‘better than anticipated’ flit through Europe. It was worth waiting 50 years for. I can now say that I have taken my ‘Maiden Voyage’  – one of many to come I am sure – but can also happily say – it’s great to be home and I still love the Gold Coast and appreciate Australia’s many wonders.

Joan Small - Sabine, our wonderful tour coordinator from

Sabine, our wonderful tour coordinator from Prague

Joan Small Sunset on the Danube

Sunset on the Danube

Joan Small - Budapest by night

Budapest by night

Joan Small Castle on a Bridge - Danube River

Castle on a Bridge – Danube River

Joan Small with Simona

With our lovely Tour Coordinator, Simona


Starting 2014 late – More Energy and Travel

Energized and Traveling in 2014

I have this theory – that the Gold Coast goes to sleep over the Christmas holidays and doesn’t start to wake up until after ‘Australia Day’ – January 26th.  Then once February has gone the rest of the year just flies by.

I hope this is not the case this year as I have a lot to do in April before taking off in May Overseas.

European Cruise

European Cruise

To the women in my ever energizing Book Club – this is nothing to remark upon because they travel overseas all the time. But to me this is AMAZING!


Because I am about to realize my teenage dream of traveling to Europe and England. I hesitate to tell you how many years it has been that I have held onto this dream, but now it is about to become a reality.

Woohoo! I am so excited!

European River Cruise

I am going on a River Cruise – 15 days from Amsterdam to Budapest, and at each end will be an extra 3 days – in Paris, and then from Budapest to Prague.

The icing on the cake will be the 3 days and 4 nights in London at the start.

All this with my friend of more than 40 years, Coral.  We will have a ball.

New Smart Phone

I have a new ‘Smart’ phone (too smart for me at the moment!) so will be taking photos and just soaking up everything. I’ve even started to brush up on my schoolgirl French.

The anticipation is so overwhelming, I can only hope the actual trip will be better. But whatever it is I will be enjoying every single moment.

How does this fit in with my usual themes of ‘Feeling Young’ and ‘Being Energized’?

Well, naturally, anything new and exciting will do both, as some of the main qualities of feeling young are:

  • A sense of wonder
  • A feeling of excitement
  • Trying new things
  • Taking on new challenges
  • Enjoying every moment
  • Striving for something and achieving it
  • Learning new things
  • Mixing with different people  etc etc

These are also the things that energize us.

So, Europe here I come – new places, new places, new adventures.

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Live with Energy, and Feel Younger every day.



The Rock in the River – Staying Young – Joan Small

This video about ‘The Rock in the River’ explains the stages of life and how to discover and retain our essence as we age.

The Rock in the River

I stood in the shallows of a cool mountain stream.
The water was crystalline clear.
I stooped with cupped hand to drink from its sweetness
But paused, charmed by what I could hear –
The soft gentle babble, the river’s sweet tune
As it tumbled smooth pebbles along.
The surface was calm, but the waters beneath
With currents were rapid and strong.

While in the stream’s centre was placed a tall rock
That rose from the water quite steady.
Despite rippling currents and patterns they made
That rock didn’t budge – it was ready.
It seemed to be telling the river these words:
‘You can rush and can push – do your best,
You will not weaken me, I will stand in this space.
I can withstand and pass any test’.

I was turning away when my eye caught a glimpse
Of a leaf that was dancing along
On the surface, afloat, it was having some fun
And it seemed to be singing a song.
‘I’ll go with the flow, wherever you go,
Your path is my path. I’ll have fun.
I’ll follow the stream to the end if I must.
My choice is the currents – each one’.

It brought to my mind the flows of our lives,
How we’re born then we live, learn and die.
When we’re young like the leaf we can play, live in ‘now’,
And every adventure we’ll try.
With no thought of the future we float right along
With laughter and spirit of play.
If we’re swamped we bounce back, we can’t be kept down
Looking forward to every new day.

With maturity we’re like those pebbles that roll,
As life’s problems may tumble us on.
We’re striving for more – money, safety and ‘things’
And we’re feeling depressed – put upon –
Forgetting ourselves and the spirit of play
Lose gratitude, love, even worse –
Our health may be compromised, worry sets in
And happiness swapped for a nurse.

In the third age these pebbles may soon be worn down
And sink to the bottom to lie,
While the water flows past, the adventure has gone,
The excitement of life passes by.
In order to ‘not know’ the beingness lost
They forget who they are and just dream
Until life departs, and they’re buried in sand,
Lying there in the bed of the stream.

If we don’t want to be like those pebbles that sink,
Are tumbled and worn down with strife,
We can be like the rock, staying steady and strong
Determined to stand firm in life.
When we’re buffeted by many worries and woes
Or attempts made to roll us along.
We can choose to ‘just be’, take a breath and stand firm,
Know ourselves, take a stance and be strong.

For the number one goal of each life that we live
Is to know our own essence, just be
Who we are; love ourselves, with our failings and faults,
For the person who stands is ‘just me’.
We don’t need to follow, unless it feels good,
We can listen to others’ ideas,
But the test is to know which way we should go;
Choose our path without doubting or fears.

When we stand in our space, full of confidence, love,
And face up to life without fear.
Disagreements will vanish and love will abound.
The meaning of life will come clear.
Like the rock in the river we don’t need to push,
Or to go against life’s river-flow.
We can influence others when we learn to ‘just be’,
And wherever we go we will glow.

© Joan Small April 2013

Staying Young like Rose – Growing up is Optional

Staying Young is a Choice

The following account of ‘Rose’, an eighty-seven year old University student, was sent to me in an email, about staying young. I found it contained an inspirational message.

staying young like Rose

Rose – Staying Young

‘The first day of university our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.   I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being .

‘She said, ‘Hi handsome . My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?’

‘I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant squeeze . .   ‘Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?’ I asked .

‘She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids . . . . ‘

‘No seriously,’ I asked . I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me .

‘After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake .   We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me . .

‘Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went . She loved to dress up and she revelled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students . She was living it up.

‘At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet .. I’ll never forget what she taught us . She was introduced and stepped up to the podium . As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.   Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know .’

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began,

  • ‘”We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing . .
  • “There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success .
  • “You have to laugh and find humour every day .
  • “You’ve got to have a dream .. When you lose your dreams, you die .
  • “We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!
  • “There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up .   If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old . If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight .   Anybody can grow older . That doesn’t take any talent or ability . The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change .
  • “Have no regrets .   The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do . The only people who fear death are those with regrets . . ‘

‘She concluded her speech by courageously singing ‘The Rose . ‘   She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives .

‘At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago .   One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep .   Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be .

‘When you finish reading this, please refer this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!

‘These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE .


‘We make a Living by what we get . We make a Life by what we give .’

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Is Ageing Real – Feel Young

What Is Real About Ageing?

Feeling Young - Joan SmallAging, as in ‘advanced in years’ is real. Nobody can stop time marching on and the days on the calendar clicking over.

But what is generally thought of when we say ‘aging’ is the deterioration of the body and mind. I believe this does not have to happen as we advance in years.

I don’t believe in that sort of aging. I believe in ‘energized age’. The energy in the inner will reflect in the outer. In other words, how energized you feel will be the age people perceive you to be.

When I tell people my chronological age – the number of years I have lived in this lifetime – they are amazed. They tell me they had thought of me as ten or more years younger.

No Doctors?

untitledI want you to know that I don’t go to doctors unless I have a very good reason. A Visit to the Doctor A while ago my hearing was reducing, and from past experience I knew it meant a wax build up in my ears. As I lived for many years in a dusty environment in Australia’s Northern Territory my ears seem to produce extra wax which has to be removed from time to time, so I made an appointment and went to the doctor to have my ears syringed, and I used dissolving ear drops before my visit.

The doctor sat me down and questioned me about my health. He had obviously checked my age and therefore assumed I had problems other than wax in my ears.

‘How is your cholesterol level?’ he asked.

‘I don’t know. I never get it checked. I’m not interested in finding out.’

A shocked look (and perhaps shock from you too).

‘What about blood sugar?’

‘I don’t have any symptoms. I don’t bother about things like that’.

Another shocked look.

‘Can I check your blood pressure?’

I am always a little curious about my blood pressure, and as it isn’t an invasive test I let the doctor check it. When he removed the pressure wrap from my arm he looked at me with surprise written on his face.

‘It’s normal’, he said. ‘I’ll get the nurse to syringe your ears.’

He must have been disappointed that he couldn’t send me away with a prescription or an appointment for further tests or treatment.

While talking with the nurse I shared with her how easy and wonderful it was to have this simple cleansing procedure and to get perfect hearing back again. She agreed with me, and said that from time to time she saw people who were scheduled to receive hearing aids and wanted the wax cleared before they picked up their aids. However, once the wax was removed they no longer needed hearing aids. This is an example of where doctors and specialists have gone off the path and people are getting all manner of equipment or surgical treatments when the problem may be something very simple.

After my ear cleansing I walked out with a spring in my step as I could once more hear perfectly. It was good to know my blood pressure was fine, but if I had wanted this information I could just as easily have had it checked in a pharmacy without the fear of automatically and un-necessarily being prescribed medication.

I was luckier this year with my regular visit to have my ears syringed. The doctor just looked in my ears and sent me along to the nurse. I consider him an ‘enlightened’ medico.

There are patients who need to be able to talk through their problems with a doctor and I don’t want to take time from them.

I say: ‘If it is not broken – don’t fix it’.

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Feeling Young – A State of Mind

How To Feel Young – Change Your Mind – Change Your Life

Feeling Young - Energized women - Joan Small More than anything else, what we think every moment will  determine whether we feel young or old.
Joan Small

I have always been interested in staying young.

At the age of 19 I received a letter from my girlfriend who had turned 19 two weeks before me. She bemoaned the fact that we were ‘getting old’ and time was racing away. It was ludicrous to me. Old at 19! I was just setting out in life, having taken quite a lot of my childhood getting over being shy and self-conscious.

I have also always enjoyed the age I am at, and now in the ‘third age’ of life I know that our age in years is not the most important one – it is our ‘energized age’ that matters.

I am grateful to my friend because I lived with her and her family for two years from the age of 15, and I learned some things which I still practice today. She is still an inspiration in her attitude to life and the fact that she travels extensively overseas and loves it.

One thing I learned while I was living with her was how to exercise the jaw so as not to get a double chin. Sounds silly, but I still do this exercise today. It is a simple matter of just tightening the jaw while mimicking a chewing action but with the mouth open. It looks terrible, so I do it in private, but it seems to have worked because I have less of that dreaded second chin than some other women my age.

The double chin exercise is one of my first memories of picking up useful bits of information to help delay the process of aging.

I believe I have mastered (as much as we can ever ‘master’ anything) the art of ‘feeling young while growing older’ and I am sharing my insights, learnings and knowledge with you so that you too can feel young until the day you die.

The Dalai Lama said, ‘I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.”

Children - Feeling Young - Joan SmallPeople often hold up childhood as the ideal of happiness. Admittedly, children living in a free country in a loving family with enough food and other necessities for life exhibit a lightness of spirit, mind and body that typifies the youthfulness I talk about in this book. I am blessed that my grandchildren are in this category, and they are energized, happy and laugh a lot. If we observe happy children we can pick up some of the energy and absorb it into our being.

We can never stop learning new ways to be happy and feel young, and I trust you will enjoy the journey.

Spirit of the child - Feeling Young - Joan Small

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‘Feeling Young While Growing Older Naturally’

I never thought I would be here talking about How To Feel Young While Growing Older’…

How to Feel Young - 'Feeling Young While Growing Older Naturally' Joan Small In fact, I didn’t believe I would grow older – but the years have a tendency to fly by.

But now I find myself in ‘The Third Age’, having overcome all manner of obstacles, but still able to laugh, have fun and enjoy life free of illnesses and ailments except for the occasional small ‘twinge’.  I can even look in the mirror and like what I see.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be helping other women to do what I have done so that they too can awake each day with joy and happiness.

Feeling young is a state of mind.
More than anything else, what we think every moment will
determine whether we feel young or old.

Joan Small

To actually live a life where I don’t have to feel pain, stress, worry or regret … to not have to make frequent visits to a doctor or hospital or to pop pills just to get me through the day, and to not fear the future because I am deteriorating with age is a magical thing!

Some days I just pinch myself as I review what my life is now, compared to when I was younger but sometimes feeling older than I do now …

Seeing the way I am now and how others perceive my youthfulness – even wanting to emulate me – and being able to choose the people I have around me and the activities I involve myself in that are not age-related,  I marvel. 

What a change – you just have to try it.

My new book, ‘Feeling Young While Growing Older Naturally’  is a good step to add to your wealth of experience in how to maintain that youthful spring in your step, and feeling of youthfulness.

Visit website to read more and purchase the book with bonuses.

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