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I started a new role today.

It’s an opportunity to build new relationships.

A chance to make a contribution in a different context.

And a chance to roll out some old messages to some new ears.

You can be sure that they’ll hear about being a thermostat, not a thermometer, as we discuss the importance of attitude.

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I like Easter eggs as much as the next guy.

Any excuse to eat chocolate is good enough for me.

But Easter is about more than just eggs and chocolate and people dressed up in rabbit costumes.

It’s about Jesus.

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Today is a momentous day for me as it’s this blog’s 10 year anniversary.

It’s quite a milestone for this humble little site and whilst this is still quite a niche blog, I’m proud of the achievement.

Over the past 10 years, I have written over 2,600 posts and had over 2.7M views from all around the world (except North Korea).

I just want to say thanks for the opportunity to share my thought with you guys.  I have had some incredibly loyal readers and I am grateful to you each.

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25 years ago today, we shared our first kiss.

A couple of years later, we were married.

About nine years later, Hayden joined us.

Madison and Logan were born two years after that.

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Well, here we are again, at the end of another year.

2019 was another big year for this humble little blog and I went past 2.6 million views since starting in 2010

Thanks everyone for your support this year, I really appreciate all of you and trust that 2019 will be your best year yet.

I now have written over 2,500 posts on this blog since I launched and here are the 10 posts that have generated the most traffic in 2019: Read the rest of this entry »

One of my annual goals is to read 25 books on my trusty kindle, and this year has been another year of learning and entertainment from some terrific writers.

I try to read a variety of genres and authors, ensuring that I don’t become too insular, whilst maintaining my knowledge in areas of life that are important and interesting to me.

So, of the 25 books that I read in 2019, here are my top 10: Read the rest of this entry »

Those sparkly lights that I see as I walk around my neighbourhood, all point to a wonderful celebration.

As do the trees with angels and stars on top.

All of the music and singing.

The smiles on children’s faces as they anticipate the big day.

The gift giving and receiving.

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Logan, Hayden and Madison all ready for their first day at their new school

It’s that time of year again when we send and receive Christmas cards and letters with updates from friends and family, so in that spirit here is the annual message from our tribe.

2019 has been a year of massive change for our family, with our big move to Bendigo after a change of roles for me.  The kids have displayed extraordinary resilience as they have said goodbye to their friends and started attending a new school.  Their transition to our new life has been truly remarkable. We have bought half an acre here in Bendigo and are excited about the prospect of building our dream family home there, along with a pool for the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

This is post number 2,500 on this blog.

What started originally as a way to stop wasting my evenings has turned into an obsessive exercise that has resulted in over 500,000 words and 2.5 million views.

I’ve written from hospital beds and hotel rooms, with nothing (so far) getting in my way of delivering something every weeknight for the past 9 and a half years.

It has taken a lot of effort and there are times when I wonder how much longer I can keep going for.  Do I have the time, the ideas, the energy?  So far, the answer has been yes.

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All ready for a tree change

We have a very exciting announcement to make.

In a couple of weeks time, I will be starting a new job which will mean that we will be moving to Bendigo in central Victoria.  For my international readers, Bendigo is a lovely regional city of about 140,000 people, much smaller than the ever-growing city of Melbourne (almost 5 million), where I have lived for most of my adult life.

It’s a huge move for us as it means that we will need to move house (obviously), schools, church, local sporting teams, Karen’s job and a range of other significant changes.  Thankfully, Karen’s sister’s family live in Bendigo and their presence and friendship will make the transition much easier.

Why are we doing this?

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