Thrilling Me!

08/8/2013

Singapore (Gardens by the Bay) + Brene at RSA + The Big Leap + Baby Succulents

Life has been very full for me lately (note, not busy. I’m trying to take a stand against the glorification of busy), which has resulted in a couple of weeks of no Thrilling Me posts. I was rather touched that a couple of people have mentioned to me that they’ve missed reading it, which pleases me no end (it really, truly does). But lovers, fear not, I am back and totally stoked to be sharing the goodness of this week’s thrilling me post with you.

As always, I LOVE hearing from you, and what’s lighting up your life at the moment, so please share with me in the comments section below!

Singapore (Gardens by the Bay)

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I jetted off to my hometown of Singapore for a few days with my family, and to generally get my fill of yummy local food, lots of coconuts, and as much tropical fruit as I could handle (rambutans and mangosteen by the bucketload, anyone?). Usually when I go to Singapore I spend most of my time sprawled poolside reading, or skulking around the shops at Orchard Road, but this time I took the opportunity to be a tourist for a bit, and went to check out the new(ish) $1 billion Gardens by the Bay precinct. Oh. Em. Gee. It is spectacular. It’s over 100 hectares, with over 700,000 plants sourced from every continent except Antarctica. A fantastic celebration of biodiversity.

Super trees

Think Avatar, Ferngully, Harry Potter, and a general fairyland all mixed together and you’ll get the feel for what it’s like to walk through the gardens – and particularly the two massive climate-controlled conservatories. The Flower Dome houses the most gorgeous Baobab trees and the biggest succulent garden I’ve ever seen. It took ALL my will power not to take some cuttings, but seeing as appearing on Border Security is definitely not on my bucket list, I refrained.

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The Cloud Forest conservatory was breathtaking. It houses plants that are endemic to areas between 1000 and 2000 metres above sea level. Upon entry you’re greeted by a thundering waterfall (the world’s tallest indoor one) that sprays you in a fine mist, and as you make your way around it literally feels like you’re walking through clouds. Richly coloured bromeliads and orchids are interspersed with dark green creeping vines, full-throated pitcher plants, venus fly traps, and lush ferns.

Cloud Forest

Both conservatories are powered by bio-mass from tree waste and solar power generated by the stunning Supertrees at the Supertree Grove, which offer spectacular views of the gardens and also house a restaurant! Amazing. A must visit, I’ll be going back for sure.

Me and Supertrees

Brene Brown at The RSA

You probably know by now that I’m a Brene Brown fan girl tragic. One of my very first posts was on Vulnerability, and I linked to her extraordinarily popular TED Talk on that topic. Basically I can’t get enough of anything this woman comes up with, she speaks so eloquently and right to the core of your being.

Brene

A couple of weeks ago Michelle at Sacred Self tweeted the link to a wonderful talk Brene Brown made at The RSA, during her recent trip to the UK. I’m still sad that I didn’t get to see her on her recent Australia tour, so any chance I get to watch her speak online, I jump. I highly recommend you stick it out for the full hour, there are many many gems of wisdom in it.

The Big Leap

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks has been on my list of books to read for a looong time (funnily enough this list just keeps getting longer). So my recent book depository buying binge included this little guy, and boy is he well worth the dinero I handed over. Simple, but genius, Hendricks talks about the inner glass ceilings many of us have, that he calls our upper limit. One of the central tenets of the book covers off on a few of the subtle self-sabotaging tendencies we often unwittingly engage in to stay in our comfort zones as we begin to push on that upper limit.

Big Leap

He posits that we each have an inner thermostat that determines just how happy and successful we will allow ourselves to be. And that we actually engage in behaviour that crimps off the positive flow of energy when things are going really well, like worrying, deflecting compliments, blaming, getting in to arguments, amongst other negative behaviours. Seriously illuminating! If you’re keen to clear the way to operate in your zone of genius, this book is well worth the read. In the meantime, this article by Hendricks outlines the gist of his book.

Baby Succulents have arrived

A little while back I blogged about learning how to propagate succulents from cuttings, and how I learned how to do it using the very nifty directions given to me by Catherine at the Spring Blog and Shop. I am super happy to report that I now have many many succulent babies springing up! Yipppee! I haz propagated!

Baby Succulents

It was really very easy, and definitely worth doing if you get a thrill from seeing things grow with little to no effort on your behalf. I’m about to put some of them in their very own pots, and a couple of my girlfriends will now be mamas to these babies. Spreading the succulent love all through Brisbane!

How about you, lovely? What’s thrilling you?

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