Posted by: Rebekah | Sunday, 13 February, 2011

St Valentines Day

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I thought that with Valentines Day being tomorrow it would be good to know how St Valentines Day came about without all the commercialism.

I found this story of St Valentine from The Story of St. Valentine

The Story of St. Valentine

In 270 A.D., marriage had been outlawed by the emperor of Rome, Claudius II. Claudius issued this decree because he thought that married men made bad soldiers since they were reluctant to be torn away from their families in the case of war. Claudius had also outlawed Christianity in this time period because he wished to be praised as the one supreme god, the Emperor of Rome. Valentine was the bishop of Interamna during this period of oppression. Valentine thought that the decrees of Rome were wrong. He believed that people should be free to love God and to marry. Valentine invited the young couples of the area to come to him. When they came, Valentine secretly performed services of matrimony and united the couples.

Valentine was eventually caught and was brought before the emperor. The emperor saw that Valentine had conviction and drive that was unsurpassed among his men. Claudius tried and tried to persuade Valentine to leave Christianity, serve the Roman empire and the Roman gods. In exchange, Claudius would pardon him and make him one of his allies. St. Valentine held to his faith and did not renounce Christ. Because of this, the emperor sentenced him to a three-part execution. First, Valentine would be beaten, then stoned, and then finally, decapitated. Valentine died on February 14th, 270 A.D.

While in prison, waiting for his sentence to be carried out, Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, the blind Asterius. During the course of Valentine’s prison stay, a miracle occurred and Asterius regained her sight. Valentine sent her a final farewell note. He signed his last note, “From Your Valentine.” Even today, this message remains as the motto for our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Now, while I’m not sure if this story is true, it is a lovely story.   This story does serve to remind me that there is no need to buy  cards, flowers, chocolate etc.  Just a simple ‘I love you’ is enough & I don’t need a certain day to say that because I love every day.

Posted by: Rebekah | Sunday, 6 February, 2011

Just another job or changing careers?

When is it too late to change your career? Is there a time when you have to settle for what you have and not dream? I don’t think it’s ever too late for anything…

Toward the end of this year I will be 38 years and as much as this scares me it is not for the reasons most would assume.  You see as much as I am happy with my personal life, ie, Husband, Children, home, my career life is far from where I want or have wanted it to be.

Most, well to be honest All, of my working life I have fallen into my jobs, from barmaid to Sandwich hand to Administration to my current occupation Massage.  You’d be amazed at some of the things I’ve done. I have even worked in the shearing shed as a Roustabout, so as you can see I’ve never been afraid of hard work.  I have enjoyed most of my jobs but nothing has really kept me interested for long.

I as mentioned before, my current job is a Remedial Massage Therapist, which I have to say I do enjoy.  I love the feeling I get when someone walks in having pain in a particular area only to walk out after an hour of massage feeling the best they have in some time, it is such a buzz.  But even with all this it’s not something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life.

So I guess you’re wondering what I really want to do with the rest of my life…I want to Perform!!!

When I was a child I studied ballet, character & jazz dance for many years.  I added music, vocal & piano, when I was a teenager.  I loved it and while I was never the lead in any production at school I loved being involved.  There was a few years, BC (Before Children), that I even danced for a living and I was quite good, well good enough to make a living.

But after my children it was an unseemly occupation and it was implied that I needed to get a REAL job, so I did, many REAL jobs.  😦

Now, as I have mentioned before, my husband is a Street Performer/Entertainer, Deadly, and has been for over 25 years.  He has been an inspiration for many a Street Performer/Entertainer.  He has been lucky enough, with lots of hard work, to continue to do what he loves doing even through the personal hard times and the ‘Get a real job’ jibes.  I, on the other had have always allowed others to influence me and my decisions.  I find it funny that I’ve constantly been told that I’m a strong person who once I get something stuck in my head I don’t let it go, yet I have always put my real passion off to the side.

Well, that is now in the past!!!  I have been with my husband for over 5 years now and have been incredibly lucky to have him around for most of that time but in order for him to continue to grow as a performer he must travel both locally and overseas.  While I can accept the fact that this is part of his job, I can’t help but feel like I am missing out on such a large part of him & his life, so in order for me (and our children occasionally) to travel with him I must join in!!  You know what they say ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’ and that is exactly what I’m planning on doing!

It’s not really that far-fetched that I would want to perform after all I am a Leo and there are a number of famous performers around my birthday such as Madonna, Mae West, Robert De Niro.  While I don’t see myself becoming worldwide famous like these people, I do belive I can become well know enough to make a living and travel with my husband doing something I love.

So, what do I need to do, well I have dance and music in my background but I need to add circus skills in, as well as general performance skills.  What can I do??  I can do a number of things, all at a basic level only and certainly not at a level good enough to perform.

I can;

  • juggle 3 scarves
  • juggle 3 balls
  • hoola hoop
  • use Poi (both fire and non-fire)
  • Pole dance
  • Hat tricks
  • Acro-balance

But in order to be a strong performer such as, Tullulah, and not be the token female performer, I need to be able to do a lot more.  So in order for this to happen I have given myself 12 months to get my skills up to scratch in order to perform.  I will be adding Stilt Walking, club juggling & whip cracking to the skills I have, as well as honing the skills I already have.

I’m still unsure as to how well I’ll be able to do but if I’m as strong-willed as others tell me I am, it will all work out.  Now I just need to remember that everything takes time and I won’t be at a performance level straight away…  enthusiasm one of my greatest assets, with impatience being one of my worst.  🙂

Over the coming months I hope to bring you progress on where I am at.  Well, I better go and order those stilts and get training…I guess the worst thing that could happen is that I totally bomb out but I gain some fantastic party tricks 😀

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“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~  Maria Robinson ~

Posted by: Rebekah | Friday, 4 February, 2011

You Capture ~ Red

 This week for You Capture  at ‘I should be folding laundry’ the theme was

‘Red’

Red is one of my favourite colours & I found at Beading Design Jewelry all these fabulous words that we associate with the colour Red, which is probably why i love the colour so much 

 Meaning of Red Key Words:
excitement, energy, heat, love, determination, strength, power, confidence, action, passion, sex, impulse, desire, daring, fire, vigorous, enthusiasm, energetic, honest, devotion, protection, responsible, assertive, adventure, spontaneous, health, extroverted, good fortune, assertiveness and aggression, strong-willed, all things intense and passionate.

So this is what I found this week, I think I’m getting better
🙂 

Love of Coffee

 

Lonely Boogie board left on the sand

 

Swim between the flags

 Next weeks theme is ‘Cold’, that should be interesting considering we are in Summer here and have been averaging 35°C to 40°C days this last week or so

Don’t forget to check out the others at
You Capture – Red

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