Impressions and Social Media

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. – Dalai Lama Continue reading

Rich Thinking: 7 Advices from the Very Rich and Successful Themselves

How to be rich and Successful - Lyn Durante

I can remember my brother saying “If only all people are given at least $1Million each, then everyone lives fairly and happy…no crime, no rich, no poor.” I admired his words then. But now I understand, why it is not the case. Continue reading

Wisdom on Life: This Too Shall Pass

These are the words from my teacher in High School that I surely will not forget. She said, “Every time you are in your low moments of your life, there’s no point in wondering or dwelling on it too much. It will only make you feel depressed. What I advise you to say to yourself is – This Too Shall Pass. Continue reading

South Australia in a Glimpse

Responding to Daily Prompt: Precipice, I would like to share here some of South Australia’s cliffs and rocks photos on some of our road trips.

Victor Harbor’s Granite Island

Granite Island, Victor Harbor

Port Elliot, South Australia

Port Elliot South Australia 2

Christies Beach, South Australia

Christies Beach South Australia

Hallett Cove Conservation Park

Hallett Cove South Australia

Port Noarlunga

port noarlunga beach south australia

Sellicks Hill, South Australia

Sellicks Hill South Australia

Hope you enjoyed the quick tour! More of South Australia here:

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Girl in the Mirror

Girl in the Mirror Drawing

Here is a drawing that my eldest 7 year old daughter has drawn while standing in front of the mirror. Continue reading

My Pink 6 year old Surfer

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My Pink Surfer Girl, at 6 years of age

Yes, this is my pink surfer girl! Continue reading

Who Says?

As a mother to two adorable daughters, I am humbled each day by their presence. I mean, they used to be just that miracle of life which blossomed from a minute uncertainty to vivid reality. Such that, as they grow up before my eyes, I wish I can protect them and shelter them in all ways I can. However, when they start to set out themselves into the real harsh world, it is a fact that it will be their own battle. Continue reading

23 Best Things About Being a Kid, says the Kids

Don't Grow Up. It's a Trap.

Yes! Don’t Grow Up! It’s a Trap! We saw these prints on a shirt for kids. Danger was at the back.

I admit! Adulting is kinda hard. And I just wish sometimes that I am back to being a kid. Don’t you? I mean, I reckon that when one becomes a grown up, naturally, we want to become more responsible. As well as more in control and careful with our actions. What is more challenging is – when you’re a grown up, you have bills to pay!

So, to remind us once again on how great is it to be kids, here are statements from the kids themselves:  Continue reading

I am My Daughter’s Apprentice

child's artwork photoHere are a few artworks created lovingly by my 7 year old daughter, who has never undergone a formal art education. This is her first attempt in creating a portrait of herself and our family. Continue reading

Beautifully Edible

cakeIsn’t this a gorgeous cake? Truly beautiful that we don’t even want to cut and eat it. Yes, this is a real cake. Beautifully edible! Continue reading

Faith

There are people that come into our lives and leave a mark. So big that they make or break us. Regardless, know that even friendship and relationships are bound with a purpose. In life, you will realise there is a role for everyone you meet. Continue reading

Brave, Honest, Beautiful

Reading  today’s Daily Prompt: Harmony has given me a mental block. It seems that I cannot even think of a word to write about. For sure, if it’s only one of those fuelled up days, I might even draft up to a 3000 word blog. (That’s seldom though!).

However, guess what? Suddenly while listening to my playlist music on youtube, I heard this upbeat, youthful, inspiring song. Continue reading

Take Life One Step At A Time

It’s singing time again here at Love Letters and Thoughts! We wish to share another inspirational song here with you…One that will remind us “to take one step at a time” and let stress and anxiety plummet down. What is best with the future is it comes one day at a time. According to Kody Kiplinger – “You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”  Continue reading

Leave The Past, Today Life Begins

Herewith is another inspirational song that reminds us to make the best of today. As the saying goes “Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift, that’s why we call it Present.” Today is indeed a gift as we are given the chance to make beautiful tomorrows. “The Past is behind, there is nothing we can do about it, so Learn from it; The Future is ahead, Prepare for it; The Present is here, Live it.Continue reading

I Will Stand By You

When you’re tired, weary and feeling all alone, remember there is always someone out there that cares for you. Sometimes, we get too overwhelmed with our ordeals that we forget to see and appreciate the people around us – our partner, friend, family, nurse, caregiver, therapist, and even our online chat mate. For sure, there is always somebody we might just failed to notice but who has always been there for us no matter what we go through. Continue reading

Light Bulb: Persistence

Inspired by today’s Daily Prompt, made me look something up in the dictionary. Not using the search-type-enter kind of thing online we usually do these days. Rather, utilising that one descriptive book I have grown up with, where we have to manually scan through pages alphabetically, word after word. Yes, what I meant was using the Oxford English Dictionary.

Well, before the new millennia, especially if you’re born in the 80’s or earlier, I believe that’s the stuff we do, right? There isn’t google, youtube, bing and other search engines to go to yet. In those years, information is not as accessible, compared to now that everything is by the tip of our fingers.

I remember that if I have to research on something, I need to go to the nearest library or that one we have in school. Go over the catalog, search through titles, subjects and author – data that might be helpful in the fact-finding mission. Check if the books are available. Write down the book’s location and call number. Find it among tons of books lined up on shelves. Then loan from the librarian.

So, it is but natural back then to know that if we want to search for something, we go through a bit of labor before we get that “aha” moment! Doing so, instills patience and perseverance. That one trait that we no longer use as a bridge between a question and an answer. Or in the same parallel thought as a with a dream and an achievement.

Such that, generations of today – such as my kids, when they ask something, it goes like this – “Mom, what is a gear? How to make a machine? Can we please google it and check on youtube?” Well, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it inspires us to do something greater.

Just like Thomas Edison’s story – in finding ways to make the light bulb work, he has gone through 10,000 experiments and failures before it became a success.

On the other hand, James Dyson, a household brand for quality vacuums, said this too, “I made 5,127 prototypes of vacuums first before I got it right.”

Indeed, if we truly have the desire and are avid at something, it is but essential to have forbearance and resilience if we want to make things happen.

Therefore, let me leave you with a question while quoting Mary Kay Ash’s opinion on three different types of people:

  1. People who make things happen
  2. People who watch what happens
  3. People who wonder “What Happened?”

Which ones are you? (via Survive)

Leave me your thoughts below.

xxx LynDurante

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Source: Light Bulb: Persistence

Our Visit to Melbas Chocolate Factory in Woodside South Australia

Melba’s Chocolate Factory is a ‘working’ tourism factory located in a heritage listed complex at 22 Henry St, Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. ‘Melba’s’ got its name from the restaurant that the owners of the choc factory used to own.

It is a heritage site because this place used to be Woodside Farmers Union’s factory which had closed in 1977. For 58 years since 1919, this site was famous worldwide for the cheese, butter, margarine and small goods produced by the South Australian farmers. However, this activity ceased in 1976. Yet, after fourteen years of abandon and neglect, Melba’s took over the former cheese factory building in 1st of July 1990.

Melbas Chocolate Factory South Australia

Visitors today find the old cheese factory transformed into a large emporium style chocolate and confectionery factory shop.

Read more here at LynDurante.com: Melba’s Chocolate Factory in Woodside SA, Review

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