What getting up at 4am taught me about enjoying Christmas

By Lesley | November 27, 2023 | 4 Comments

Several years ago, a good friend suggested I make a list of experiences I would like to have life & places to visit. Touching a whale in Baja was no 1 (which I accomplished in Feb 2020) & sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia was second. So, it was no surprise that a tour of Cambodia & Laos was the first big trip we took once the world opened up. I set my expectations too high Our trip was 20 days & Angkor Wat sunrise was scheduled for day 17, our last day of temple exploration. I thought we were saving the best for last, especially after our guide told us that it was his favourite place. It was a disappointment. It wasn’t the most colourful sunrise ever, but it was more than that. It was crowded, noisy & to be blunt, it’s just the sun coming up behind some towers. On reflection I set my expectations too high & thought somehow it would be life changing. It wasn’t even the best sunrise. And this time I set them too low On our final day in Laos, we visited our first Angkor temple, Wat Phu at dawn & I really didn’t want to go as the guidebook gave the impression it wouldn’t be worth the effort of getting up at 4am. But this time it was magical. Every moment brought more gifts, taking a small boat across the Mekong in the dark, the silence of the temple as we climbed to … Read more

Living a Happy life – what do you want; the importance of values?

By Lesley / May 3, 2013 / 0

Here’s the first in my series on tips and tricks to help childless women live a happy life.  This week I’m going to discuss values.  Basically the more your values … Read more

Today I’m feeling grateful

By Lesley / April 11, 2013 / 0

Last week I wrote about some of the negatives of being childless, and as I write this the sun is shining (albeit briefly) so I feel that it’s a good … Read more

What’s it like to be childless?

By Lesley / April 5, 2013 / 1

In the last couple of weeks, in a quest to really understand what it’s like to be childless I’ve interviewed almost 20 women.  I can’t thank them enough for sharing … Read more

Speaking with my Authentic Childless Voice

By Lesley / March 20, 2013 / 2

I know how hard I’ve found it to speak openly about being childless, and I also know that by not doing so I’ve been hiding my true self from the … Read more

Childless or Childfree – what’s the difference & does it matter?

By Lesley / March 7, 2013 / 0

I’ve been using the term Childless to describe myself for over 10 years since we stopped trying to have children and jumped off the IVF rollercoaster.  Having read various other … Read more

beliefs guide everything we do

By Lesley / November 13, 2012 / 0

I’m going to talk about 2 beliefs this time; Have respect for the other person’s model of the world/point of view My previous articles have talked about how we act … Read more


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