This is a place of mystery … a sanctuary.  Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul.  The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it.  Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”   Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

How can it be that I’ve lived in Melbourne for so many years and never once stepped foot inside the magnificent Victorian State Library. Finally, on Tuesday I did.

After an hour on the train I eventually met up with my co-conspiring-reading-partner in crime. Our main aim for this catch up was to visit this iconic building, a place neither of us had been to.

To make it more special we both brought our laptops. We had the grand intention of energising them under the magnificent dome of the library.

However, first things first, coffee! Then, though neither of us were in true shopping mode we browsed through a couple of gorgeous stationery shops.

Isn’t it amazing how signs appear for us, almost as though the Universe is whispering in our ear and conspiring with us on our journey.

This was inside.

It was a beautiful shop and I came out inspired.

I’m now considering signing up for a workshop on goal setting held in a couple of weeks. I feel as though I’m at the beginning of a new journey of self discovery.

As we continued through Melbourne Central these red winged pigs caught my eye and I couldn’t resist having a bit of fun with them.

Near the clock tower the red pigs were literally flying high. That’s how I feel about life at the moment.

It seems almost prophetic when I think about my intentions and goals for this year.

Donna Stellhorn, astrologer and author of Chinese Astrology: 2019 Year of the Earth Pig, says the energy of this year is about knowing your goals and taking actions to make progress.

She says “don’t let the opportunities of this year pass you by. Get up from the sofa and pursue your goals with energy and you can find success.”

So I’m off the sofa.  Underneath the dome in the magnificent State Library of Victoria we opened our laptops. Amidst the energy of the grand architecture and surrounded by thousands of authors and the wisdom of the years it felt like our laptops were charged with new purpose. As Lily eloquently put it afterwards ”

“Such a nice feeling knowing that my laptop and diaries and creating money book are now energised by the magnitude and power of the collective, the state library, and by our high vibrations and our love, and are now magnets for money, creativity and joy! All is as it should be in my world.” 

At the entrance to the library (which is currently being renovated) the signs seemed to be speaking to us. “We are evolving” it read in bold letters and directly above it “Open”, my theme word for the year.

To some these might be merely words and signs. But I truly believe when we live with an open heart and mind and take notice of the little messages along the way, transformation and exciting things happen.

Seems we really are evolving and when we keep our eyes open and start taking those steps more opportunities flow in.

It was a wonderful day that passed way too quickly. Aside from a light lunch and transport I spent very little money. However, not simply for that reason, I felt like I came home so much richer.

I bought a needy bedraggled stranger a coffee in the food court, I found inspiration in unexpected shops without spending a cent, I connected deeper with my friend and slowed down time in a beautiful library. All proof that the simple things are often the best and that we don’t need to spend a fortune to have a fabulous day out.

Here’s to stepping into new territory, even if it’s close to home, and to living life to the fullest.

Keep enjoying the journey.

In light and love


On an exciting note, I’m thrilled and honoured that Outanabout has been nominated in this years Bloggers Bash Awards, to be held in London in June this year, in the Best Lifestyle Blog category. This is a huge category with an exceptional number of awesome blogs and I feel so grateful to be amongst them.

Thank you for your nomination.

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