Someone asked me the other day why I love living in the country.
Serenity - oh I love the seclusion. The sounds and smell of nature, camp fires in our paddock, being able to clearly see the twinkling stars and moon against the ink black sky, the strong sense of community and the fact I can sit on my back deck naked - are just to name a few.
But when I really think about it, mindfulness is something I have acquired - and love, by living surrounded by nature. You can't help but stop and take notice and live in the moment.
I only live 35 minutes out of the Brisbane CBD, in a place called Samford.
I have the best of both worlds, not to far from the city, but far enough to have my own 5 green acres of heaven.
I actually get excited when driving home. Once I am on the descent of the Samford Range and those sage green, heaven touching mountains come into view, I breathe a sigh of relief.
It's my peaceful retreat. Mother Nature is beautiful.
Our 15 years being a part of this Samford community has been so rewarding. It's a great place to raise children and our daughter Brittany has greatly benefited.
Majority of children attend the primary state school, so you become connected to everyone.
You see all those same people at the local IGA, restaurants, cafes, park and of course at the one pub in the town - The Samford Valley hotel. Built in 1915, this historic pub is the hub of the community and even through the changes over the years, has kept his warmth and character.
Community living has shown me a side of life I don't think I would of experienced in suburbia. Like-minded people who share the same values of support, spirit, encouragement and inspiration surround me.
Brittany has created beautiful childhood memories and we have all made long lasting friendships that we will treasure forever, no matter where we end up in our lives.
Although I never want to leave my haven, I know the day will come when we have to move on. But this place will always be embedded in my heart.
I am beyond grateful to be living here.