“We Talk too much”

Today I got home and turned on the television and saw a special called #GlobalcauseUnite, it was warm and fuzzy with the rich & famous from all industries, World Leaders, uniting for all our current causes such as COVID-19, BLM Movement, inequality etc etc.

It’s lovely, don’t get me wrong it makes you warm and fuzzy inside, its positive, and its been organised by people with influence and the financial and global profiles that could enact change, quickly.

But the title of this blog, says it all, WE TALK TOO MUCH!!! Not just our world leaders, people of influence, but we ALL do. We have been talking about these issues since the 1960’s apart from COVID-19 of course. Racism, inequality of maligned and disenfranchised communities and groups, access to health care, education etc, we have talked about this ad-nauseism. It is time we stopped talking, its 2020, 60 years after these issues were highlighted and we are still talking.

I recently watched an old interview of acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman, a man I have loved watching during his career. He was asked during this interview what needs to be done on the issue of racism towards people of colour. He gave the perfect answer, he said, “Stop Talking About it”. He also went on to say to the interviewer, from now on I am going to call you by your name, and you are going to address me as Morgan Freeman, because that is who I am, I am going to stop calling you White and you are going to stop calling me black”.

What Morgan Freeman said, could not be more true. I am Tim Drobiszewski, thats who I am, Im not addressed as an Australian, with a mix of German, Polish, Irish and Scottish, I am Tim Drobiszewski, and that is all that matters.

We need to stop talking about it, their is a simple fix, equality will occur when we address everyone the same, their name, because that is all that matters.

What COVID-19 has taught me

The Journey begins

Well 2020 has been quite the whirlwind hasn’t it? Especially for us Australians!!! We have had bushfires, drought and now COVID-19 which has affected the whole world.

Their has been pro’s and cons through this pandemic, for me their has been some awesome pro’s, life has significantly slowed down, the air seems fresher and skies clearer, then is no sense of time, people aren’t rushed and the importance of communication with friends and family has become a priority again.

COVID, has changed the world, it has sped the muted predictions of what our workplaces will look like after this pandemic and also what economies will look like, but especially how we live our everyday life.

I’m currently on some leave from my workplace, not because I had too, I just wanted too. My travel plans have been extinguished for this year, but what it has done is that I have been able to save again, and start becoming financially better off. And I have used my time to not only relax but expedite some side-hustles which has yielded positive results so far.

How have you all dealt with this pandemic? Is their anything that you have done differently? Anything that you have put off that you have done now? Started some Side-Hustles yourselves?

With change comes opportunity and I think that is evident here. Use your time wisely, explore opportunities and think about your current situation, especially employment. I think you will see big changes within your workplaces, even to the point of where you work and how you work! They are the two key things here. Have you had to work from home? Did you enjoy it? What was productivity like? Are their too many distractions or do you have a home office?

Another opportunity I see is domestic travel within my home country of Australia. The pandemic has made me realise what I have on my doorstep. Im currently on the south coast this week and a simple walk today really bought about how much I love it here. Its so open and free and fresh. So many people on the south coast and all around Australia need us right now to explore our own backyard, because its not bad at all.

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A Just Cause…… Why every workplace needs one. Why everyone needs one.

What is a Just Cause? Do you have one? How do you define one? What is a Just Cause to you?

You may have heard of Simon Sinek, you may not have. Simon Sinek is an optimist, a man that believes we can do good in the world if we have two things, “A Just Cause” and an “Infinite Mindset”.

I am currently reading his latest book, “The Infinite Game”, it basically, in summary, is about leading a life, whether work, family, friendships etc for an infinite time not just a finite time. Sinek, states two qualities will allow you to play the infinite game in whatever venture that may be, having a “Just Cause” and “Infinite mindset”, quite simply you are in for the long haul.

The book talks a lot about leadership, the difference between a leader and a manager, with the stark difference being that a leader inspires their people to do the job at their best, by one, caring about them genuinely, and two providing the support and inspiration that allows the people under them to follow their lead or example and, most importantly, teach others the same. A legacy if you like.

Ever since I started blogging, I have referenced the importance of the modern workplace allowing us to be ourselves, I have talked about myself personally and generally, how the modern workplace, corporate culture, does not allow this to occur. Sinek states, which I agree with wholeheartedly, that if you have great leadership who look after their people, ones performance, love of the workplace, results, culture, profits etc, will more often than not, follow.

To achieve this it starts with the leadership that encourages an infinite culture. A culture that allows people to be one-self. If you have a workforce, that can be itself, what a wonderful world we can have. In our lifetime, the majority of our time, is at work, so if this is the case why not make it a place that people love to come to work? To me it seems so simple and easy, but we have and continue to make it so hard for ourselves to achieve.

I firmly believe that leadership not only starts from the top down, but also the bottom up. Leadership is about having a “Just Cause” something that you and your colleagues believe in and will not stray from. It’s a core set of values that is above all else. It’s about an infinite mindset, or the long term result making the workplace, not only a place that practice’s it’s “Just Cause” but also one that allows future generations to continue that cause.

What is your Just Cause? What does that mean to you? And how do you apply it within every aspect of your life?

Importance of a Side Hustle….. with a Mentor

“A Winner never quits and a quitter never wins”

I came across side hustles when I started my minimalist journey some 18 months ago, during that time I have tried some unsuccessful ventures but it never stopped or wavered my intention to start a successful side hustle. As the title states it’s my opinion when starting one that you have a mentor beside you, one that has been there and done that and most importantly successful at it.

The ones I have started weren’t successful because I didn’t have someone beside me committed in full or not there to guide me when mistakes were made, the positive though was that I somewhat self-learnt those mistakes in a way. Just over two months ago I went back to the gym, my intention was to get my “summer body” but I can’t explain how I have gained not only the benefits of the gym, but a whole lot more than I could imagine.

My personal trainer, also, is a successful business man and side hustler with a great online business of which I wanted to be my hustle as well. The problem is just starting. That’s the hardest part. Not to embarrass this person, but they have never waivered in offering their time and expertise for free whenever I have needed their advice. I can’t thank this person enough, this person is also a lot younger than me, but what sets them apart is their drive and passion for what they are doing, and best of all willingness to share their expertise.

Ive been mentored every step of the way, invited into their inner sanctum of knowledge and it’s just been wonderful, best of all it’s started really well which just breeds and builds confidence. We chat regulary out of our PT sessions which has been great, and made a really good friend out of it too. What has been important is that i’m set small goals each week to achieve, taught more resilience, which is most important and the encouragement to keep going cause it’s very easy to give up, or go “this is too hard” or well I’ve done it now.Things like that.

What a side hustle with a mentor also does is that it opens up new ideas as your confidence grows, you begin to excel, and start enjoying some success and naturally want to do more or grow your current venture. It’s important that you use your mentor to bounce ideas off, ask questions as all this helps you grow. I hope this is the little bit of motivation someone needs reading this that has always wanted to start a side hustle. But have a mentor first.

I’m finally back…… Sorry for the wait but lots to tell

Its been a challenging year especially ending my minimalism journey and also how my financial struggles made me depressed and increased my anxiety

Im Glad I attempted minimalism…….But I got bored

My minimalism journey is over!! Has been for a few months as the heading says I got bored in the end but I am really glad I did it was an experience of which as I have found along the way many people whilst interested, not keen of doing what I did.

But it came with it’s drawbacks, the biggest thing I got rid of was my car right at the beginning of the journey, whilst I am still very happy to not have the vehicle where I live or driving to and from work or in Sydney in general one of the great advantages of a car is when you simply want to hop into it and go exploring or your own mini road trip especially on my frequent travels to the South Coast. As I write today, it would of been a perfect day to go and explore the many parts of the South Coast of NSW I haven’t been to yet.

In over 15 months of my minimalism journey I read over 40 books on my kindle or a hard copy and I will say I much more aligned to the world outside than I was before gaining new perspectives, inspiration and different thought processes and I really do believe I am smarter for it.

But at the end of the day I ran out of idea’s and proved that it is overall good to have those creature comforts considering I am home a lot more these days.

So What else has been going on?…

It’s been a challenging year so far, especially financially. I found out about myself that I can a bit depressed and very anxious when I’m not doing well financially. An investment that I made two years ago was costing me a significant amount of money each month. I put it up for sale as I thought that was my only option. I was also having trouble with the managing agent. But it was amazing how a month ago, through a conversation with a good friend of mine changed my situation. Her ideas really sprung me into action and by taking her advice I am so better off and I took the investment off the market. I was able to catch up on outstanding bills and of which I have been able to slowly start saving again and have altered my investment strategy whilst being responsible at the same time.

I mentioned earlier in this post that I am home a bit more, not sitting on the couch home but not going out as much. During this challenging period I was making myself feel better by going out all the time spending ridiculous amounts on socialising and drinking. Whilst you have a great time, at the time, the next ensuring days are a struggle, motivation is not existent and got very lethargic and procrastination set in a big way.

Six weeks ago, something I thought I wouldn’t want to do was go back to the gym and also enlist the services of a personal trainer (PT). So far on average I go two-three times a week. I feel much better and the benefits in a holistic way have been amazing. I have also started another side hustle through EBAY and the results of that has been promising as well. This inspiration has come from my PT who has a very successful EBAY business on the side and has been very generous with his time in helping me also.

So things are on the up……

I just need to keep going, fitness whilst physically beneficial also is mentally amazing. I have become more fresh, energetic and motivated. I am also writing this new blog post on a new laptop as well. It was one of the reasons their has been such a large break as the previous one didn’t survive it’s hard drive replacement, also because my financial situation at the time I couldn’t afford my anti-virus software renewal as well as other things. Its been tough but as in life you do always come out the other side.

Why 2019 is my year…. And yours too

Why 2019 is my year and your’s too

What will I write first in 2019? I have seriously been “wracking” my brain this month on what would be my first blog in the new year. Then in the last 30 minutes whilst washing the dishes it hit me!!!!!

My first blog for this year is inspired by some close friends of mine. I cannot tell you the amount of times, seven days into the new year how many of my close friends have dedicated this year to make so many changes, and all for the better of course.

Now I know its common in the beginning of a new year where we all have that “GUNNA” attitude”. But already a few of my friends have turned that “GUNNA” into action and its inspired me for this year and obviously tonight’s blog. Whether its job change, lifestyle change, new ventures, hobbies, blogs etc the amount achieved already from close friends of mine is phenomenal.

A friend just said to me, and I will use her quote “Our life sometimes changes in the blink of an eye when we don’t have a choice so the times we do have choices should be made while we are present (Mel C 2019).

I have included this in here, because it really struck me and I thought how awesome is this statement?? Please read what she has said because I think it will inspire all of us  to make change whilst in the present moment.

And that’s why this is going to be the year I build on the changes made in 2018.  I now have the foundations to make  change and take action. One of the biggest things for me is to change my living environment. It is well-known my affinity and love for the South Coast in NSW, but just before Christmas this year I visited Western NSW, specifically the town of Orange. Orange is considered a food bowl, where its climate allows a range of produce, agricultural and wine industries to thrive. The drive up with friends was like a picture postcard of luscious green that put an immediate smile on my face. I met so many people from the big cities that had made the change and created a wonderful life for themselves and family. I’m still yet to decide my next move but I think I have picked two areas where both options would be a great choice.

Secondly, financially, I want to build on from last year. I didn’t achieve all of my goals financially last year. I want that feeling at the end of the year that “I’m in Front”. I want a nest egg that will give me choices and options for the next year which will be 2020. Even in today’s environment I still believe that if you make some changes/sacrifices, whatever you’re situation that the same can be achieved. Financial stress is so common these days so the better you can get yourself “In Front” the better you will feel about achieving that goal, plus the options it forwards you.

And saving the best till last is my travel plans, and no it doesn’t involve France. For the past three months I have been reading a wonderful series of books by the author Frances Mayes whose first book “Under the Tuscan Sun” was made into a movie. It’s a wonderful account how this woman 25 years ago after a relationship breakdown went to Tuscany, Italy and bought an old Tuscan villa named “Bramasole”. Now Frances Mayes had travelled to Italy before as well as other parts of Europe, but it was one particular trip where on an impulse she drove up the driveway with the Italian real estate agent, made an offer and the rest is history.

She has written three books about the trials and tribulations where for the past 25 years she has spent every summer in her villa  at Cortona, Italy which has inspired my next trip.

Firstly, I will join an eight-day walking tour of the Dolomite Mountain region in Northern Italy bordering the Austrian Border, I will then, (as previously mentioned in another blog) spend a week in Lucca Tuscany with some wonderful friends in a Villa. We are then doing a road trip into Northern Italy and Switzerland then returning to Milan where I will head home on August 5th. The part I’m most looking forward to is the walking tour, I have never in all my travels done something like this. I can’t wait to take the breathtaking sights on camera and post them on here, but most importantly I will be taking them in with my own eyes.

Next month I’m off to Bali for the first time for a week. I have never been their and to be honest I never had a previous interest, partly due to the amount of Aussies that go their every year to drink the place dry. But the people I am meeting their and have been friends for many years tell me how wonderful it is. Also my parents have been their twice and loved it also. I will report back in February and share my opinion of the place.

Have a great 2019, dream big and achieve because we can do anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Year that has been

To achieve what I have achieved this year and set out to do has been a ride that I would go on again and again…..

IM BACK……….

My apologies for this long hiatus!!! Have I stories to tell and it all revolved around breaking my phone in September this year. It was supposed to be my next blog, I had taken all these beautiful photos on my phone when tragedy struck. I fell of a tour boat into the water stone cold sober as a judge!!!! APPLE I PHONE 6s GONNNNEEEEEE!!!!!

What a debacle it has been, I know utilise the Apple I phone 4 kindly given to me by my sister, but really its about as useful as a Nokia now.

But there is a silver lining to this, guess what I survived without my usual apps that I had and my constant links to Social Media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. And you know what its great because now guess what???? People have to call me and text me and I have to do the same and quite frankly I think that’s great. I feel like I have reconnected instead of being disconnected. Long story short I survived and you can too.

Which got me thinking…….

What a year and journey its been so far. Who would have thought just in myself that I would have survived without a TV, a Car, my PlayStation etc. Its been a wonderful journey, I’m now up to my 35th Book, my dream board taps me on the shoulder each day to remind me what’s great about having not just one dream, but a 100 of them, I’ve travelled, and I feel like my greatest achievement this year is the personal growth and reconnection to the world around me.

This blog has been wonderful, it has allowed me to do many things, become much more open and honest about my feelings, I’ve inspired a couple of people to also make changes and create dream boards and also the gift of writing and publishing and sharing that with an audience.

It has also allowed me to connect with other bloggers with a much bigger audience than me who actually follow me also, it’s an amazing feeling. I said to a friend today that I feel this year has set me up to just explode next year with a new-found impetus. It has helped me to develop the confidence to challenge the status quo and give others that confidence also.

And lastly on reflection it has made me more positive over the course of time. I have had some dark periods which were reflected in some of my blogs but from those dark times I feel I grew exponentially on a personal and professional level. I have also through this journey discovered other passions. For example bushwalking. What an awesome hobby its been, and I would encourage my followers and friends/family to join me. It’s so wonderful walking and observing the nature and splendour that is around us. And guess what??? ITS BLOODY FREE!.

It has allowed me to plan something that I have never done on my travels before. An organised walking tour of the Dolomites Mountain Region that runs through Italy and surrounding countries. I cant wait to achieve it, it’s a moderate 8 day walk and it’s just going to be spectacular.

Lastly its good to be back, I hope you have enjoyed my story so far because I have enjoyed sharing it. Its been a year of growth, but if you thought this year was good, next year will blow your mind.

Love You All

Tim x

The Feeling you get when you book you’re next trip

I wanted to write this short blog tonight of the feeling I get, and (hopefully you as well) when you book that next trip.

The immediate emotion is that you have now something to work towards and look forward too especially those Monday mornings when the weekend has finished and its back to the office.

Just last week I paid a deposit for an 8 night stay in a beautiful Tuscan Villa, in Lucca Tuscany, Italy for next July. I plan this to be the beginning of a substantial overseas trip next year and I cannot wait for this to occur. As well of the feeling of elation and happiness of having the trip locked in, It has also allowed me to set some financial goals of which I will have nearly a year to achieve it.

There is nothing like the feeling of booking you’re next trip, it’s so exciting and exhilarating. It’s now something to dream about, plan, and work towards knowing that  the best trip of a lifetime is coming up, some sacrifices need to be made along the way.

So for the best part of a year I will be working towards having the next life changing experience, with a few small taster’s along the way (short trips).

Now that I have booked mine, how about you book yours!!!! The joys of travel await you.

The Beautiful South Coast of NSW

I do not use the word affinity often but when I talk about my love and passion for the South Coast of NSW I get all “giggly” and an immediate buzz.

 

 

My affinity with this beautiful part of Australia

My love for the South Coast of NSW started as a child when myself and family would spend our weekends in the summer at Thirroul and Austinmer beaches depending on the velocity of the surf. I loved getting “dunked” in the water so my preference was always Thirroul Beach as the surf was more intense. I use to love taking on the waves head on, I remember I would shout at the waves “Come and get me” and that they did. My family thought I was nuts!!!!

Many memories were made at these two locations, the sand castles, fish and chips from the takeaway across the road or chips on a bread roll with tomato sauce!!! My mum and sisters would love to bring a book, set up the beach chair or the towel and read, whilst I would annoy the hell out of my Father to either come in the surf or build a sandcastle.

As we got older we headed to Wollongong or North Wollongong beaches, I’m not sure when that change occurred but it set the scene for my parents relocating from the Blue Mountains to Shellharbour nearly six years ago.

My love for the South Coast grew when…..

My parents relocated to the South Coast in December 2012. I took it then as an opportunity to discover this pristine coastline (and whilst I had a car)!!! when my parents moved I discovered new parts of the south that I had never seen before. I would regularly make the trek down on weekends to the “holiday house” that my parents acquired near Shellharbour in a new estate called Shell Cove. I never got tired of the view from Mount Eusley road that showcased the beautiful pristine waters of Wollongong Beach and would have the window wound down to breathe the beautiful coastal air that emanated from the ocean.

Then down the highway I would go, Albion Park you may hit the weekend traffic, but for the rest of it the drive is scenic and a smooth ride. I discovered that once you go exploring from Shellharbour the beauty of the South Coast truly awakens.

The small beach town of Minnamurra where upon entry is a beautiful golf course on either side of you. Or the beautiful towns of Kiama, Gerringong which has the most beautiful beach “Werri”, and if that is not spoilt enough the pristine Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa always brings me a smile. But on multiple occasions I would discover further to these parts. I could backtrack towards Wollongong and turn off to the beautiful Kangaroo Valley, Robertson or Jamberoo, or drive to Berry the beautiful town that houses many B&B’s and is the beginning of a beautiful coastal drive towards many wineries, Shoalhaven coast and the gateway into Nowra, Huskisson or Greenwell Point just to name a few.

The thing I love most is that there is so much to explore and SO EASY to explore with the upgraded roads and highways with gorgeous views on either side of your drive.

My Happy place……

I remember when my parents first told myself and sisters they were moving down south the immediate joy we had. It was going to be a beautiful place that we could all gather albeit that it wouldn’t be as regular as we used to. The home my parents acquired is a beautiful place with unobstructed views of Killilea State Park and a beautiful “lush” golf course.  The State National Park provides direct access to a unpatrolled beach the locals call “The Farm” which is a beautiful turquoise stretch of ocean where a steep descent is required to access this beautiful beach.

It goes for miles and I love to regularly walk to the location, down the steep wooden steps to the promise land. It’s just a sublime stretch of sand and calm surf and is a popular beach for learn to surf schools. I recently discovered as seen with the pictures above access to one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Mystic’s Beach. It is also beset by the State Park bushland with the most beautiful golden sand.

Whilst I don’t drive anymore, it doesn’t mean I don’t continue to discover the hidden gems or treasures of the south coast of NSW.

My next blog or part 2 will be the beautiful townships beyond Berry and the many side trips you can take by not just following the coastline on either side of you. Yes for this part I will be hiring a car!!!!!! Shock Horror!!!!!!!

Sydney 2018 Bastille Day Festival – Circular Quay

Ahhh there’s something about this time of year when the Sydney Bastille Day Festival comes around.

It never disappoints and always gets the heart racing when seeing French Culture on full display right on your doorstep.

 

 

For the past few years myself and my family have enjoyed the Sydney France Festival that occurs each year in Circular Quay for Bastille Day. It’s always a double celebration as it’s Mum’s birthday weekend also. 

The Festival has grown each year, in its first year it was just outside Customs House and it consisted of a few food stalls, beer stand and outdoor cinema. This year the growth in its popularity was obvious as it now takes up all of Circular Quay. It runs from Argyle Place, down George Street, Customs House precinct ending on Macquarie Street Sydney. 

Their was no question it was going to grow and to be honest I think it needs to move somewhere like Hyde Park, that’s how big I believe it will get. 

What I have liked in the last few years is that the festival is broken up into the Regions of France scattered along Circular Quay. For example the wine regions of Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Champagne etc are outside Customs House. Then the food stalls and their regions are in Circular Quay East and near the Museum of Contemporary Art you have more food stalls, concert area and an expanded outdoor cinema. 

The festival has also opened my eyes to the large French expat community that exists in Sydney. All the stores are run by French people who are from their particular regions they represent.  I like how they do that. 

Well “Viva La France”, another great Bastille weekend has passed and just quietly I hope they win the World Cup too.