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contents ISSUE 18
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A Survival Guide for Families Top 10 tips for working away from home
Have a Happy Marriage Don’t become a divorce statistic
Holiday Giveaway Visit the beautiful Tangalooma Island Resort on us
Rugby 7s The Gold Coast’s Hyperion Paradise 7s
Breaking Dawn Part 1 hits the cinemas and we have prize packs to give away
Carbohydrate Special Friend or foe?
Get ahead in your Career How to stand out from the pack, whatever your industry
Holden’s All New Barina Twenty six years in the making
Success and the Fluid Mind Set The importance of adaptation
Fashion Fever The Kardashian’s new collection
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Hello, and welcome to Mining Life & Living Magazine, a free publication catering to employees of the mining and resource industry. With a clear direction toward health and lifestyle, Mining Life & Living Magazine aims to provide interesting stories to assist in the improvement of reader’s work-life balance as well as to simply entertain with interviews, profiles and regular columns from experts in their field. I recently flew up to Port Douglas with thanks to Port Douglas and Daintree Tourism on a familiarity trip for a feature in the next issue. If you haven’t visited the region before, I strongly urge you to visit - it’s just beautiful. Plus they have some truly amazing deals coming up to Christmas in preparation for Christmas holidaymakers. I visited the beautiful Daintree Rainforest, went scuba diving, indulged in some seriously amazing food (and wine) and even saw a crocodile in the wild! In fact on page 42 you can read a little about just one of the experiences I had at Flames of the Forest, where I was wined and dined smack bang in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest. You can look forward to reading the full feature in the next edition, but until then, check out a couple of photographs I took to give you a little taste of what you can expect. Until next time, I hope you enjoy reading this issue and keep safe and healthy in your mining life!
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SCIENCE FOCUS ESSENTIAL FOR SCL LEGISLATION The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has renewed its call for the State Government’s proposed strategic cropping land legislation to reflect the best available scientific advice. Responding to the introduction of legislation to Parliament by Natural Resources Minister Rachel Nolan, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the inclusion of soil criteria in the Bill – rather than in subsequent regulations – meant the spotlight would move to the Parliament’s Environment, Agriculture Resources and Energy Committee, to which the Bill has been referred. “It is a surprise to discover soil criteria laid out as black letter law in the legislation introduced last night, effectively sidelining the Minister's own committee of four eminent soil scientists appointed to advise on implementation of the legislation,” Mr Roche said. “This legislation needs to be underpinned by the best available science and while the jury is still out on some of the proposed soil criteria used to identify the best cropping land in Queensland, no-one can come away from this process completely satisfied. “The last thing anyone wants to see is a lawyer’s picnic created around soil criteria open to challenge through the courts.”
REDLANDS LOCALS TO BECOME THE NEW FACES OF THE RESOURCES SECTOR Two Redlands students are set to be part of the next generation of resources industry leaders after being awarded scholarships valued at $40,000 each to see them through their university studies. Engineers in the making, Harry Palfrey-Sneddon and Martin Zerk, were selected for the scholarships for their exemplary leadership qualities and outstanding academic achievement during high school. After being accepted into the prestigious Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Dean’s Scholars Program, the two firstyear students received Queensland Resources Council (QRC) scholarships to help them in their journey towards careers in the state’s growing minerals and energy sector. The students will also join the QRC Scholarship Student Ambassador Program to share their experiences at university and in industry with other young people keen to follow in their footsteps.
INDUSTRY WELCOMES POWER SECURITY FOR NORTH WEST The peak body for the resources sector in Queensland has applauded the decision by Xstrata Copper and Xstrata Zinc to secure their long-term energy needs in the state's North West. Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche says the decision by Xstrata to enter into a 17 year contract with the Diamantina Power Station consortium, which will build a new 242MW high-efficiency combined-cycle gas-fired power station in Mount Isa, will secure the energy needs of the company's expanding operations. The decision will also significantly increase the availability of power supply capacity for the populations of Mount Isa and Cloncurry, as well as future expansion of the resources sector in the region.
EMERALD RESIDENTS MODEL NEW TRAINING PROGRAM Emerald residents have been among the first to benefit from the pilot of a national cross-industry training program bringing them closer to careers in the agricultural and mining sectors.
Training in Emerald, and A.G. Training in Toowoomba, to give job seekers the opportunity to learn practical entry-level skills for the booming jobs market in regional Queensland.
SkillsDMC, the National Skills Council for the Resources and Infrastructure industries, was funded by the Commonwealth Government to work in partnership with Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), Lennon
Through the Regional Agriculture and Mining Industry Training (RAMIT) project, 15 young men from the Emerald region now have qualifications to enter the mining and agricultural sectors.
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he Gold Coast is quickly becoming the hub of one of the newest Olympic sports, Rugby 7s, that will make its debut in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Rugby Gold Coast recently announced a bigger, better and re-vamped international Rugby 7s tournament that will kick off on the Gold Coast next month â€“ the Hyperion Paradise 7s. For the past two years, Rugby Gold Coast has hosted a major international 7s tournament that has laid the foundations for the Gold Coast to become the home of Rugby 7s in Australia. This year on November 19 and 20, a new venue â€“ the Carrara Sports Complex - will play
host to some of the most exciting Rugby 7s teams in the world as countries build towards its Olympic debut in five years time. The two-day Hyperion Paradise 7s tournament, featuring top class international men's and women's teams and Gold Coast teams will launch an exciting 8-day Festival of Rugby that will include Veterans 10s, culminating in the "Gold Coast 7s - Fever Pitch tournament - the first leg of the HSBC 7s World Series at Skilled Park on November 25 and 26". The Olympics newest and most exciting addition to the 2016 Olympic program will be alive and kicking over two action-packed days of non-
stop Rugby 7s action. Newly appointed General Manager Commercial for Rugby Gold Coast, Tim Heath said Gold Coast International 7s, Rugby Gold Coast and its partners saw the opportunity to rebrand and renew their prestigious competition, kicking on from the immense success of 2009 and 2010. In 2009, it was the Fijians, Samoans and Tongans who thrilled the crowds with their exciting brand of 7s football and last year the
TAKE A WELL-EARNED BREAK AT JUPITERS TOWNSVILLE New Zealand teams added another level to a tougher brand of football. “Our focus for 2011 is on improving an already successful 7s event,” Mr Heath said. “We’ve had unprecedented interest from all corners of the globe. “Crowds love the competition, love the entertainment, and love the Gold Coast – and the addition of the IRB 7s during the festival has simply added to the ‘Sizzle’. “Indeed the ongoing success of the Hyperion Paradise 7s has been the international appeal of the competition - and 2011 will be no different – with teams already entered from South Africa, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, PNG and China. “We have increased the divisions of competition for the Men’s, and added a much anticipated “South East Challenge Cup” for local Queensland Clubs and Northern Rivers, NSW teams. “Add to that a stage for Women’s 7s and a local schools element, and we’re providing the most unique 7s experience for participants and spectators alike.” On the new name, Mr Heath said it made corporate sense to change the name to reflect the new competition and with that, a new logo, new website (http://paradise7s.com.au), and a new social media platform to interact with the fans. “It’s a testament to Hyperion Asset Management and Events Queensland to continue supporting and improving this already successful formula of Gold Coast 7s Rugby.” Event Organisers are also excited by 2011’s new venue, the state of the art Gold Coast Council facility at Carrara Sports Complex – the perfect location to host a growing event. n
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Prevent Wear and Tear in your Joints! BY NATUROPATH, NEREDA WILLS
1. Don’t assume your life is tougher than the person who’s away/at home. It’s natural to feel this way but getting into a competition about it all won’t help your relationship. 2. Show a little enthusiasm when you’re reunited. Yes, this takes an effort sometimes, especially when you’ve had a bad day or been flying for hours to get back home – but the rewards can be big. 3. To help your children cope, never talk about Mum/Dad ‘going away’ or ‘leaving’. It should always be Mum/Dad is ‘going to work’. They’re just words, but children take things very literally. 4.
When you are home with the kids, work together to make a special bracelet, card, book or other object to act as a reminder of your bond. Something pocket-sized is great because it can be carried around and treasured every day.
5. Start out with a team plan. What do you want to achieve personally and professionally? If you’re part of a united team with very clear goals, this can be your focus when times get tough. 6. Agree on a realistic list of jobs that need doing around the house on the days you’re together – and then write them down. This cuts out the need for nagging and arguments about being nagged. 7. Don’t organise a massive amount of social activities for the time you’re together. Some couples have a rule of just one catch-up with friends or family over the break at home. 8.
Talk about any problems that arise as a symptom of the lifestyle, rather than as a relationship problem. This will help you tackle issues together as a team, rather than thinking there is ‘something wrong’ with your relationship or either one of you.
9. Differing libidos challenge most long-term relationships. For couples who often live and work apart, there’s the added pressure of separation. It’s important to talk openly and honestly about your satisfaction with your sex life. 10. If phone contact isn’t possible, get clever about staying connected: hide little love notes in the suitcase/around the house; read the same book or watch the same DVD as your partner; write a special note to each other for every day you’re apart – to be opened at the same time each day. Further information is available at www.miningfm.com.au
ard work, long hours and heavy lifting means that joint pain as you age is inevitable, right? Not necessarily! Take some steps now and prevent osteoarthritis in the future. There are many types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis refers to wear and tear in your joints. It involves the deterioration of joint cartilage, the rubbery tissue at the ends of bones that allows for smooth movement and shock-absorption. When cartilage erodes, the result is generally pain, loss of motion, and in many cases even disability and a severe disturbance to your daily life. It’s becoming more common knowledge now that osteoarthritis will flare up if your body is acidic. You can test your saliva on some pH papers found in health food stores and chemists, and it should read 7. Anything under 7 means you are probably acidic. Acidity equals inflammation. What makes your body acidic? A poor diet, lots of stress, toxin exposure, a heavy consumption of sugars, white breads, red meat and alcohol, plus dehydration and being overweight are common causes.
Try some of these ideas for keeping your joints healthy: • Squeeze ½ a lemon in warm water and drink every morning before breakfast. This is an age old remedy for alkalizing your body, improving your digestion, liver function and immune system. • Increase anti-inflammatory foods like oily fish twice a week, blueberries and pineapple three times a week, and flaxseed oil daily. Swap white breads for wholemeal, and snack on nuts and seeds instead of chips and chocolate. • The spices turmeric and ginger are powerful remedies for joint pain relief and as an anti inflammatory. They are available in tablet form and also work as a preventative remedy. • Keep your muscles strong and flexible. Combine weight bearing exercises with stretching. Simple leg, back and arm warm up stretches for 10mins before you work can be enough. • Take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. They are a natural component of cartilage and will keep your joints lubricated and able to absorb shock. • Stay hydrated! Water makes up 70 per cent of the cartilage in joints and plays a major role in the lubrication and shock absorbing properties of healthy joints. 1.5 to 2 litres of filtered water daily is best. • Daily exposure to sunshine before 10am or after 3pm on unprotected skin (but make sure you don’t get burnt!). n
Relationships: Working as a Team
BY JASON URBANOWICZ, ENTREPRENEUR & AUTHOR
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RELATIONSHIPS THAT WORK AND THOSE THAT DON’T IS HOW WELL WE DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES WE FACE TOGETHER
f you’re having trouble in your relationship, you’re not alone. The battle for marriage is on as half of American marriages, 40 per cent of Australian unions and a third of Canadian and New Zealand nuptials end in divorce. It’s scary that Australia has one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Each year, around 50,000 people get divorced – and just under half of those divorces involve children. Marriage breakdowns cost the nation up to $6 billion each year. In Japan, the divorce rate has risen by 26.5 per cent in 10 years. In China, the number of divorces has been steadily rising since 1980 when the figure was just 341,000; in 2007 that figure was about 1.4 million.
Modern relationships just aren’t working. Why? What was good enough for our parents doesn’t seem to be good enough for us. We are no longer willing to make the enormous personal sacrifices that our parents and grandparents made. We demand (and deserve) lasting happiness, intimacy and passion with a single partner and if we don’t get it, we are prepared to sacrifice the relationship – personal fulfilment is now more important than the family unit.
So what’s the solution? It’s not divorce, separation or self-sacrifice. The answer lies in learning to create relationships that support our personal fulfilment. There is nothing wrong with wanting more than our parents did. The truth is times have changed and our values have changed with them. The new problems we are facing are not symptoms of failure, but the result of the evolution of our society. Our changing values have served us well, but they do pose some new problems. When both partners are unhappy, the
“The bottom line is that we care for each other and often have high expectations of how we want to be treated by one another. Being human, we occasionally let each other down.”
relationship they have cannot be fulfilling. The statistics say it all: one in five marriages end in divorce within five years, and more than one in three end within 20 years. More often than not, divorce (or break up) is the result of one or both partners panicking. When we do not have the skills, the support, or sometimes the maturity to push through a layer of difficulty (which could lead to considerable growth), we abandon ship. This decision is often encouraged by the belief that “if I could just find the right partner, everything would be wonderful”. While this concept is certainly good to pursue as an ideal, it’s often flawed because it’s the same “us” that we take wherever we go. The “panic and abandon” mentality often does more damage than sticking it out. If we are in a difficult relationship, it can seem like the “cut and run” approach will save us pain, but this is often
not the case. There are some common early warning signs that we can all look for. If you identify any of the signs below in your relationship, it’s time to put some serious effort into nurturing your partner and your union. Below are just a couple of early warning signs of a troubled relationship:
Bickering and nitpicking are the norm Have you noticed that either you or your partner seem overly critical of the other, focusing on one another’s flaws or faults or perceiving faults where there really aren’t any? Are you constantly quarrelling about inane issues? Are there times when you can’t even remember what you’re fighting about? Little quarrels can lead to big problems. When bickering replaces conversation, nothing gets addressed or resolved. Instead, tension builds
and a power struggle ensues. Anger, blame and resentment can become your bedfellows.
Avoidance is an everyday affair Do you seem to avoid deep and meaningful conversations? Are either or both of you absorbed in TV, books or other distractions? Is the table quiet during meals, and the mornings spent with noses stuck in newspapers? Does one or both of you seem to be distant, distracted, or miles away in your thoughts? Are you daydreaming more than usual? Like it or not, straight talk is healthy. Without it, you will lose your boundaries and values. Avoiding difficult conversations simply delays the inevitable. Real differences in a partnership don’t have to cause problems, especially when they are explored with respect. When you remain silent and stoic, repressed feelings become part of a toxic cocktail that kills relationships.
Resiliency Part 3 in the Workplace BY KELLY MANIATIS, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST AND MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
ast issue, I spoke about the three steps to achieving resilience in the workplace: improving health and well-being, managing workloads and building happiness. Now, let’s discuss the final step toward achieving resilience in life: building happiness. Being Authentically Happy A quick self-reflection activity, on what percentage of time you spend feeling happy.
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On average, what percentage of the time do I feel happy? What percentage of the time do I feel unhappy? What percentage of the time do I feel neutral?
It is possible to be resilient — to feel happier and more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances. Below are some key steps for a happier and more satisfying life: 1. Create a gratitude journal: everyday reflect on three things you are grateful for instead of thinking of three things you haven’t done well.
So what do we do? The first step towards a lasting, rewarding relationship is accepting that conflict is inevitable. Marriage (or living together) involves two people being with one another in a relationship for up to seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, year in, year out. This creates a great deal of physical closeness as we eat, drink, sleep and relax in the same house. And of course on the other hand, for those in the mining industry for example, you can be away from your relationship for long periods at a time. The bottom line is that we care for each other and often have high expectations of how we want to be treated by one another. Being human, we occasionally let each other down. We all experience problems in one-way or another – its part of sharing our lives with another human being. The difference between relationships that work and those that don’t is how well we deal with the challenges we face together. n
2. Practice acts of kindness: These should be both random and systematic. Being kind to others, whether friends or strangers, triggers a cascade of positive effects - it makes you feel generous and capable, gives you a greater sense of connection with others and wins you smiles, approval and reciprocated kindness - all happiness boosters. Invest time and energy in family and friends: Where you live, how much money you make, your job title and even your health have surprisingly small effects on your satisfaction with life. The biggest factor appears to be strong personal relationships. n
This article is based on the relationship section of my book, Monkey See Monkey Don’t! If you would like a copy, I’m giving away FREE COPIES to the first 10 readers to contact me at Jason@createptwealth.com.au.
Indulge without the Bulge
BY BRAD SHEPPARD, DIRECTOR AT CREATE PT WEALTH www.createptwealth.com.au
Countless Carbohydrate Confusion Carbohydrates are hot on everyone’s lips at the moment. People are on a modified carbohydrate diet, the famous “Atkins diet”, not eating carbohydrates after 3pm, eating carbohydrates by themselves and some not eating any carbohydrates at all!
Read the pages of any celebrity magazine and you will most likely come across a story about how the most famous of the stars will whip themselves into shape by simply “eliminating carbohydrates” and, as they often proclaim (complimented by the elongated after shots), “the results are amazing”! But can we really eliminate carbohydrates all together? Are carbohydrates friend or foe? And why do popular and commonly held beliefs about nutrition such as the healthy eating food pyramid, supported by the Government, suggest that as much as 80 per cent of our daily nutrients come from carbohydrates? So, who do we believe? Sure, the look of the celebrities could be considered desirable for many, but going against the advice of the Government’s healthy food pyramid might not be considered optimal.
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Let’s look at some facts: • Carbohydrates are your body’s preferred source of energy • Carbohydrates are the most useful for your brain functioning • Over consumption of carbohydrates can trigger off a dramatic insulin response which can make you fat Importantly, remember that a calorie is a calorie and quite simply if you consume more calories that you require or utilise then you will get fat. In any reduction program, if you are not doing sufficient activity to burn off ingested nutrients, regardless of how low fat the food may be, you won’t get the results you are after! To put it simply, it is safe to reduce carbohydrates if you have a specific purpose, however you must eventually replenish your body’s supplies of glycogen (produced in the liver from the conversion of carbohydrates to energy). Carb Friendly Beers If you enjoy your liquid gold but are concerned with watching what it may do to your waistline, you may be interested to know that there are some options that may suit you. First, lets discuss what is actually in beer that may upset your diet plans! Beer tops the alcohol bad list with approximately 140 calories and 8g of carbohydrates per average serve. Although one or two beers are not too bad, after having four beers and half a take away pizza, you can see the calories may really build up! What’s great though is that some companies have recognised the need to drink beer, but have made it friendlier by reducing the carbohydrates. Examples include Carlton Pure Blonde, Tooheys Super Dry and Big Head beers. Try some of these options out and see if you can indulge without the bulge. But remember, sometimes it’s not the beer that makes you fat, but the nuts you eat with it. n
usy? Always feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Are there deadlines and people pressing upon you to get things done NOW? Most of us can relate to this, and you find yourself getting caught up in the “thick of thin things”! Now, popular motivational strategies tell us to become more focused and adopt a positive mental attitude however if you are following the wrong principles, you are likely to become efficient at getting yourself more off course and away from where you want to be! A similarity exists between this idea and the way you construct your daily eating regime. You see, if you can align yourself with the correct strategy or principles for your eating program, and you have successfully mastered your time management techniques and are applying some positive mental attitude, if you’re still making the wrong food choices, you will continue to move away from your goal. In a nutshell, if you want to lose a few kilos and you are eating your five small meals a day, if they are not the best choices you’ll still get fat! Making food choices that correctly suit your scenario and goals is tricky as there are too many ideas and strategies to list. If we applied all of them, we would have ourselves eating certain foods because we were a certain blood type, not eating carbohydrates after 2, 3 or 5pm, eating only cabbage soup or possibly only surviving on air (that one was not too popular). It’s no wonder that people are confused. The information out there is so diverse and although a lot of the ideas make sense (when correctly promoted), you must always consider what is best for YOU! Your strategy should not be complex and the way I commonly coach busy people to success with their eating is by telling them to do the following: 1) Create an adequate, regular and complete protein intake for your activity level 2) Include some good fats – don’t get “fat-phobia” 3) Balance the plan with good complex, low GI carbohydrates To summarise, get some help to find what foods will contribute to your eating success, which will align with your principles and will conveniently fit into your schedule and then feel the difference in your energy levels! For more information and to contact Gudrun, visit www.peak-physique.com.au n
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f you see people walking down the street, looking like zombies, feverishly comparing the colours of tiles as they wander the halls of Bunnings, chances are you’re looking at another casualty in the renovation war. Here’s why spending money, and spending it on the right things, is a necessity.
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Practical, Not Pretty The things that cost lots of money are not always the ones that are obvious to the eye. Insulation, grading- they’re not hot, and they’re not pretty. No one’s going to comment on them as they walk through your home, as they would a new kitchen or beautifully restored old fireplace - but they are a necessity. Making those hard calls will not only improve the resale value of the house, but will make it a nicer place to live in for the years you do remain there. Ignoring a leaky roof and renovating the sun room instead might seem like fun, but is a financial disaster waiting to happen.
The Bad There are trends in renovation, as there are in any undertaking. Trends that are written off by this year’s experts (and potentially every year’s experts) include: a fireplace in the corner. For centuries, people put fireplaces in the middle of a wall. For a reason. It immediately throws all proportions of a room out, and makes it look unappetizing. For those with delusions of grandeur- it’s suggested that Grecian columns and spiral staircases are vetoed. Take it from someone with Greek blood- columns only work in ancient settings. And spiral staircases only work in fairytales. Having a house that’s easily accessible and comfortable is far more important than one that looks like Rapunzel is at home.
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he mining and resource industry isn’t much different to any other when it comes to standing out from the pack. Showing your willingness to learn, having a positive attitude and staying away from workplace politics can be applied to almost any sector within the workplace so here are our top five tips for getting ahead in your job.
expect to get the best results? And to truly like a company, you need to not focus on the things you don’t like about it, but the things you do. This ties in heavily with point 1.
Show your eagerness to keep up with the latest systems, be willing to go along to any training courses on offer and take a keen interest in upcoming changes within the company. There’s nothing worse than the kind of employee who will turn their nose up at new systems because ‘the old one works just fine.’ The world changes and it’s important you can be flexible and do so as well.
The best thing you can do if you want to get ahead in your job is stay well away. You almost never hear of this kind of employee climbing the ladder (because they’re too busy whinging about how they could build a better one).
4. Respect for the Company So it may sound a little obvious, but you’d be surprised how many employees you hear nowadays whinging and whining about the systems in place and the way the company does things. At the end of the day, if you don’t truly like the company you’re working for, how can you
that if you’re the best at your job, you will never be moved elsewhere (as in upwards) because no one will ever be able to replace you. That’s complete rubbish. An employer will soon realise
3. Stay Away from the Politics Every society has them; at school it was the popular girls bitching about everyone else, at university it was the high achievers sniggering at those that didn’t do as well, and in the workplace, the group of workers who get together at lunch to discuss everything that’s wrong with the company and how they could improve it if they were in charge.
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The same goes for touchy subjects and gossip. Some people naturally just want to stir the pot. No good can come of it, and if you become chummy with this kind of gossiper, soon enough you’ll be the right in the middle of it all and you won’t even know how you got there.
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t’s such an obvious (and enviable) trait; those people who can just roll with the punches and keep on trucking. Let’s be honest, life goes and up and goes down and the only difference is how we react to it. Research is starting to show that success is often coupled with an ability to have a ‘fluid mind’ set. Here are some thoughts on what that means, and how we can all achieve it.
Life As A Teacher A recurring ability in those that have achieved financial and career success is an ability to continue learning new things. Those with a flexible mind will see opportunities as a chance to learn new things, while those with a more stolid way of thinking are probably pretty happy with the way things are and unlikely to learn anything new from a situation or are threatened by ways of thinking that challenge their own. People who are successful, research would show, are those that “approach new situations for their possibilities” according to Yahoo Finance. They believe in opportunities to grow- whether it’s a new job or career or even financial venture.
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Life As Risk This is never to say that life should be approached as all risk and no rationality. Successful people don’t just accept every harebrained scheme that comes their way, because it might be risky. People who are successful are excited by risk. They consider the possibilities, and if the worst that could happen is a risk they can live with, they jump for the opportunity. It’s about the mindset- are you open to new possibilities, or consistently reminding yourself of your own limitations? And could there possibly be a link between your mindset and your perception that opportunities only ever happen to other people? Let’s be honestif you love your routine, are happy in your job, I say congrats for working out what you want and getting it. But if you are unhappy or would like something different, you need to look at shaking up your mindset to achieve it.
Life As Failure Yes, life can involve failure. But only if you view it as such. Sure, there are plenty of experiences we would all have rather done without. Failure is temporary like everything else and if you have growth mindset, you’ll learn to bounce back and over it as just another part of life’s experiences. Knowing that you play the most important part in shaping your future is liberating.
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o many of the population involved in education today, especially those working in private schools, are wondering whether the traditional boarding school will survive. But what is a traditional boarding school? In Australian terms this is difficult to answer, as there are many different types of schools which offer boarding. Some aim mainly at the country market, providing education for ‘kids from the bush’. Others aim at the overseas market, looking to provide an education for those students from non-English speaking countries, particularly those from Asia. Yet others aim at the short distance market – those from within 100km of the school but who need a boarding school for some reason or another. Schools are recognising the changing expectations of the market, and adapting, refocusing and reconfiguring their services to respond to these market forces. Boarding schools are looking at a range of options, such as extended day, weekly boarding and short term stays. Many families are keen to have time together
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s you approach Moreton Island, just a few nautical miles east from the mouth of Brisbane River, you can feel a sense of calm come over you. It’s only been minutes since you left the hustle and bustle of the city but stretched out before you is a sparkling blue ocean, long stretches of white sandy beaches and a belt of lush green bushland that reaches into the sky. The first word that comes to mind is wow!
Moreton Island is the world’s third largest sand island. Ninety-eight per cent of the island is national park and Moreton Bay is also a protected marine park. In realty, Tangalooma, lying smack bang between the two, is a rare find indeed. Built for fun, there are always plenty of adventures in the offing. On land it’s all about sand! Huge 4WD buses climb the narrow bush track that runs south along the island’s spine to a sand escarpment known
as Tangalooma Desert. This is where real exhilaration is unleashed. Sand toboggans are quickly dispatched and once you slap the board down on that ridge, you take off – literally – hitting speeds of up to 60kms an hour as you descend. Five minutes to get back up to the top and 10 seconds to hit the bottom again - it’s awesome and you just want to keep doing it for as long you your legs can last the distance. Back at the resort the wide, white beach
meanders up to the Tangalooma Wrecks - the skeletal remains of 15 scuttled ships that now form an artificial reef and small vessel safe haven. It’s a snorkeler’s paradise. Within easy reach of the beach, the wrecks are teaming with a variety of tropical fish and marine life. As you walk the short distance to the wrecks, scattered along the way people are at play. There are a few out riding Segways, a kind of twowheeler beach bike, others wade into the water to get a closer look at a pair of dolphins that are cruising around and kids building a massive sand castle that by morning will be washed away. The water is crystal clear and boats float by while parasails fly into view, blazing across the sky with their passengers’ legs dangling free at 150 metres. It’s all happening but in an unhurried, easy kind of way so it’s easy to forget the time. That is until sunset. The sunsets are spectacular and unique; a rarity on the east coast of Australia. Long and splendid affairs that leave a lasting impression – it’s almost like the sun is reluctant to leave. The perfect end to a perfect day – everyday? Not quite! The sunset heralds in the true Tangalooma stars – its family of wild dolphins. Hand feeding a wild inshore bottlenose dolphin is the highlight of the trip. These magnificent animals come to the Tangalooma jetty each night – and have done for 30 years - to socialise and have fresh fish fed to them by adoring resort guests. The experience is extraordinary and you can see it on the faces of the people around you. That’s Tangalooma though - simply extraordinary. n
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rom the experts in luxury travel, A&K’s Hot List for 2012 is the last word in inspirational holiday ideas. Whether it’s a cultural sojourn you’re after, or a spiritual recharge, an enlightening wildlife encounter or maybe an active adventure, there is sure to be something in this year’s list that will capture your imagination.
The longest river in the world (7,000km), flowing through the heart of a rainforest which covers over a billion acres, the Amazon offers one of the world’s truly unforgettable wilderness experiences. In Peru, the river system represents an astonishing 60 per cent of the entire country and is best experienced aboard one of A&K’s two luxury cruise ships - MV Aqua or MV Aria, where naturalist guides can point out the extraordinary wildlife and natural phenomena of the area.
landscapes of Trinidad, the mountain ranges of Sierra Escambra and soak up the sun on Cuba’s pristine white beaches.
Beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt, Myanmar’s ancient culture, wonderful monuments, friendly people, a strong textile and handicraft tradition and Buddhist festivals aplenty will appeal to every south-east Asia aficionado. Natural wonders are abundant too, from the majestic Ayeyarwady River at the country’s heart and the Inle Lake through to little visited areas like Mrauk U on the west coast and the beaches of the far south.
Classic cars, the world’s best cigars, captivating music and dance and a vast array of colonial attractions – these are just some of the reasons to visit Cuba. Discover your inner Hemmingway and immerse yourself in the bygone style and romance of Havana, drink in the green tobacco
Home of the famous Serengeti, Tanzania will appeal to both first-time visitors to Africa and seasoned travellers alike. Its rich and diverse attractions include world class game viewing, extensive archaeological sites, Africa’s highest mountain and its deepest lake, as well as colourful tribes and dazzling white sand beaches. And the Great Wildebeest migration which forges its way through the Serengeti in June – July and October – November is a truly unforgettable experience.
One of Europe’s most intriguing and fascinating destinations, Russia offers up a profusion of historic monuments and cultural attractions. Witness the extraordinary architectural contrasts of Moscow where Soviet-era construction sits alongside edgy futuristic edifices, and don’t miss the famous Onion domes of St. Basil’s and Red Square. For galleries, museums and grand designs, St Petersburg is where it’s at. And if you’re there between May and July, the famous White Night’s Arts Festival is in full swing. To book or enquire further, visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au
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