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Embracing Positivity and Growth in 2024: A Reflection on Life's Journey

The dawn of 2024 greeted us with the warmth of family, creating precious memories that will linger in our hearts. As the clock struck midnight, we embraced the promise of a new beginning, setting resolutions and contemplating the power of positivity. Little did we know that the journey ahead would be filled with both challenges and triumphs. Check out the gorgeous sunset from A Deer Cottage in Kaukapakapa, Auckland below.



Navigating Life's Twists and Turns


Listening to Your Gut: A Guide to Resilience

In the midst of life's unpredictability, I've come to trust my gut as a steadfast companion. Whether facing the need for a new car due to a blown head gasket, bidding farewell to cherished family members and friends, or mourning the loss of a baby chicken and two old hens, my gut has been a guiding force. It's a reminder that every twist in our journey serves a purpose, shaping us into who we are at this present time.


Embracing Positivity: The Power of Mantras and Meditation

To navigate the rollercoaster of emotions, I've adopted a mantra that resonates in my mind. Combined with breathing exercises and meditation, these practices have become pillars of strength. They not only cultivate a positive mindset but also provide solace in challenging times. As I buried my hens in a garden ceremony, and also to say "until next time", to my family and friends, these rituals are a source of comfort, helping me find inner peace..



Joy Amidst Challenges: A Deer Cottage and Beyond


In the tapestry of life, A Deer Cottage stands as a source of joy. Welcoming guests is a true pleasure for me, I love it when our guests find solace in its embrace, the cottage has become a haven of warmth and serenity. Amidst the challenges, I've found renewed energy and purpose in A Deer Cottage projects.



Fun and Joyful Escapes: Waitangi, Bland Bay, Shell Collecting and Beach Walks



In the midst of life's twists and turns, we've indulged in moments of sheer delight. Visiting Friedrich Hundertwasser's amazing gallery in Whangarei and exploring the historic grounds of Waitangi with our friend Mariko, we delved into the rich tapestry of New Zealand's heritage, making memories that will echo through the years. Taking a ferry over to Russell , it was pretty cool to check out an inquisitive Weka at the Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve.



The recent breaks at Bland Bay, reminiscent of my grandparents' and my late Mum's haven, served as a reminder of the beauty in simplicity. Collecting shells from the pristine shores of Bland Bay became a whimsical adventure, each shell a token of serenity gathered from the embrace of the ocean, with this I decided to hold a heartwarming seashell collecting competition. Sisters, husband's, great niece, and nephew alike joined in the joyous event. Mariko, with her discerning eye, chose her favourites—a piece of our coastal paradise to accompany her on her journey, as we bid farewell for her return to Japan this morning. It was a truly lovely time, creating memories that I am sure will linger in all of our hearts.



Macy, our faithful companion, has been our partner in joy, accompanying us on countless beach walks. The rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the shore and the feel of sand beneath our feet have been therapeutic, grounding us in the present moment. Bland Bay is a very special place where memories are made, and it feels pretty amazing to be able to share this special place with friends & family.




Exciting News on the Horizon: A New Addition to the Family


Amidst the ebb and flow of life's journey, there's a beacon of joy on the horizon. In April, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of a new family member as my daughter is expecting a baby. This will not only bring excitement to our home but will also be a source of joy for our granddaughter in Japan, welcoming a new cousin into the world. The prospect of a new life adds a touch of sweetness to the challenges we've faced, reminding us that in every loss, there's the promise of new beginnings.



Ready for New Horizons


As the holiday chapter closes, I return with a heart filled with gratitude and a spirit ready to embrace the opportunities of 2024. My A Deer Cottage, YouTube vlog will continue, capturing the essence of my journey, and A Deer Cottage projects await with open arms. The challenges have only strengthened my resolve, and I face the future with optimism, knowing that every experience, both joyful and sorrowful, contributes to the vibrant mosaic of life. To check out A Deer Cottage's Youtube you can click here

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Until next time, take care, keep smiling and enjoy wherever life may take you.



With aroha Angela & Te Kani 🦌❤️🦌






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