ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It has been 24 hours since I was nominated for the Ice challenge. I have been at work the last two days with only 4 hours of sleep in between so I decided that I was not going to do the challenge but instead donate money to charity. I am NOT donating to ALSA, but instead chose a charity of my choice. I did do some research on ALS however before making my final decision but feel that their prayers are being answered by the hundreds and thousands possibly millions of people who have/still are donating to them. So I am taking this time to donate to another charity in which I think could do with a bit of help. And to others who have been nominated but weren’t too delighted about pouring ice over their heads, its never too late to donate! ūüėČ Even if you do not want to donate to ALS, now is the time to donate to a charity that you are concerned about! Fight for a cause or campaign! Have you ever considered donating to a charity before? whether it was to stop animal cruelty or help some kids over in Africa, this is OUR time!

 

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The charity I am donating to is RSPCA. To those of you who have never heard of RSPCA before, it stands for the “Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”, an Australian charity which aims to improve the life of animals.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord which leads to patients being paralysed and eventually death. The Ice Bucket Challenge was originally a campaign started by ALS Association where you can read up more about the disease and donate. If anything were to convince you to donate then it would be watching this video here on another ALS research company’s website.
 
Some other charities to consider:

The Water Project and Charity Water since we are undoubtedly using more water and ice in the last few months due to the popular challenge.

Help out children living in poverty at World Vision or support human rights for all at Amnesty International.

I have recently seen this video of an elephant crying when a team that actively works on protecting wildlife WildLife SOS saved the majestic animal named “Raju” on a rescue mission.

If you don’t have money to donate you can still help out by:

Donating blood to your local donor centre or volunteering your time at animal shelters. Cheers guys and happy donating!

Note: If you live in Australia, All donations over $2 are TAX REFUNDABLE!

IF WORK WAS OPTIONAL

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If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?

For some people work is not just a way to obtain money, it brings purpose to ones¬†life, often people like to work even after they have retired. I think that as you get older, you begin to develop a¬†sense of purpose, a desire to effect or change¬†certain aspects of the world. You start to think “What can I do to make the situation better?” or “How can I contribute to this developing¬†need”. The richest of people work¬†even though¬†they have enough money to¬†last them a few lifetimes.¬†Why don’t they relax and start enjoying themselves? Of course they have luxurious holidays, but why not be on hiatus all the time?

Without a sense of purpose, we¬†would feel lost. There would be¬†a void left from not knowing why we¬†still exist. It is¬†a¬†driving factor to why most people still¬†work even if they¬†don’t have to.¬†If work was optional, I would have¬†the¬†freedom in¬†choosing the projects that I would like to work on rather than just having your stereotype 9-5 job and following orders from a boss. Hell I am lucky enough even now, not having to wake up early in the morning and go to work in the freezing cold (It’s winter over here). Luckily, working at the casino¬†gives me the luxury¬†of¬†choosing the times I want to work which means I get to wake up in the afternoon (Can you tell I’m not a morning person?).

I would mix my routine up, devote¬†more time¬†with the people that matter, join¬†worthy campaigns, spend more time refining my hobbies, and travel the world. Hopefully I get to¬†live in another country for a few months, perhaps two or three countries if money was not a problem. So that’s what I would be doing if work was optional. What would you be doing?
 
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Movie Night

Went to see¬†“Transformers: Age of Extinction” today in the cinemas. Run out of ideas for a date? Event Cinemas Gold Class is definitely a more luxurious¬†way to enjoy¬†a movie with a private lounge room for guests to have a drink before the movie starts,¬†full-reclining armchairs and food¬†delivered directly to your seat before or throughout the movie.

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and whether you are a fan of selfies or not, chances are you have probably taken one before…

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Morning Bushwalk

Bushwalking at the beautiful Fitzroy Falls located in Morton National Park, a short two hour drive from Sydney. There are many lookouts and things to do including listening to a Lyrebird sing, learning about the history at the visitor centre and having a picnic in the bushland.

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The Road Less Traveled

Weekly Photo Challenge

“The quickest way between two points might be a straight line, but it‚Äôs rarely the most interesting one. From strolling around a new city to browsing the shelves at a neighborhood bookstore, it‚Äôs so often the unexpected turns that give meaning to our journeys.” – Daily Prompt

This weeks photo challenge is to share your own take on¬†zigging and zagging. Having just came back from snowboarding on the beautiful mountains of Perisher in Australia, I had to do a bit of that myself. As you probably already know, the roads less traveled are the ones that are more interesting (or in my case the runs¬†less boarded on). Do you snowboard, ski or hike? If you do then¬†I’m sure you¬†can relate¬†when I talk about¬†how rewarding it is to try out new trails, especially¬†reaching the peak of the mountain where you have a glorious¬†view of the horizon.

Perisher is reported to be experiencing the most snow fall in a decade so hopefully I can go back in a few weeks time and board down a winding path and maybe even have a picnic at the peak if the weather stays as good.

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Fashion High Tea

Exclusive “fashion” high tea lounge with unparalleled views of Hyde Park and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Had lunch today here at Sheraton On The Park’s club 21st floor. The staff were very professional, asking us if we wanted a vegetarian option when I made the booking.¬†Sheraton also has a High Tea Lounge¬†located on the 1st floor but it does not offer the same views.

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Fictional Intruder – What character would you be?

Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

Growing up as a 90’s kid, studying at Hogwarts would definitely be in my top three. With so many tales and authors with brilliant minds out there, it is almost unfair and cruel to make us¬†choose just three fictional adventures. Personally, I like to immerse myself in stories with adventure, war, magic and mythical creatures. I’m not a big fan of love stories although I wouldn’t mind going back to the 1920’s during the Jazz Age in America where The Great Gatsby was set. After some careful consideration and major indecisiveness my top three¬†would have to be, entering the magical world of Harry Potter (pure or mud-blood I don’t care), participating in some guerrilla warfare in Tomorrow, When the War Began, and walking through a wardrobe to find the magical world of Narnia and meeting Aslan the great king.

There are probably many other tales and fictional events just as good (or even better), but I think that it’s the stories that you grow up with as a child that really hits home. So those were my top three, what are yours?

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The First Post

Since this is the first post, I doubt anyone would be reading this right at this moment after I hit the ‚ÄúPublish‚Ä̬†button but nevertheless I thought I would use this as a platform to introduce myself. As stated in the About section, I am an aspiring lifestyle and travel blogger hoping to travel the world one day doing what I enjoy most (eating), so hope I am able to mesmerise you along the way and journey together one day all across the globe. ‚Äď Bonnie J

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