"Rebellion is when you look society in the face and say I understand who you want me to be but I’m going to show you who I actually am."
Anthony Anaxagorou

+ “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I subscribe to the Christian belief of the Kingdom of God. Which for me is fundamentally about an attainment of hope. Hope in peace, harmony and humanity. You see I believe in the inherent goodness of mankind. I don’t live with rose coloured glasses, but I need to hold on to this belief in my work, in my world.

This week I encountered some personal challenges that speak to the heart of my being and professional integrity. An individual, who lacks the courage to put their name to the issue, cut me to my core. Their false and baseless accusation impacted dramatically on my self belief and jaded my belief in the inherent goodness of others. For the first few days a range of emotions ran through my mind - hurt, anger, disbelief and I even asked whether it’s all actually worth it.

I’m the one charged with the responsibility of asking the hard questions via my role as Deputy Principal. Questions that make some people uncomfortable. This can make me unpopular in the eyes of some. Nonetheless I am unapologetic that the ethics of my vocation should never be compromised, ensure the dignity of each young person in our care. This is my commitment to tomorrow’s generation.

What people need to understand is I don’t seek affirmation or acknowledge for my work. I am remunerated for my vocation. And my real reward is knowing that I have added value and enriched the life of someone else.

I don’t care for lies. I don’t care for gossip and rumor mongering. That’s the domain of the small minded or jealous amongst us. Having said that the actions of one individual have made me question who I am. How dare you ask me to be anything but who I am. I will never apologize for being me. You should apologize for asking me to be anything else.

After my initial reaction and with some time to reflect, I’ve came to the realization that this individual suffers more from imagination than from reality. That they need to focus more on being comfortable in their own skin and live in a world free from the vices hate and envy. I pray that they can find forgiveness in their heart for their actions and their personal shortcomings so they too can strive for real happiness.

So today I have chosen to rise above the issue and free myself from resentment and not allow the pettiness of one impact on my life’s mission to date.

I’m committed to living my best possible life, are you? I’ve always believed self-belief is crucial to our confidence. So I encourage each of you never to allow another to make you feel inferior. I’m unwavering in my resolve to live my life making positive and active choices, on my terms. I define my own meaning without risk of fear or favour.

Continue to live a life worth people talking about. Each of us is responsible for creating our own meaning and actively participating in life to discover our true possibly. And remember life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

Never allow others to compromise your inner truth. Never be lesser than who you are. You decide.

6permissionistriumph,

+ Love
The most useful asset of a person is not a head full of knowledge but a heart full of love, with ears open to listen, and hands willing to help.

6permissionistriumph,

+ Some more of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some more of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some more of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some more of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some more of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some more of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.

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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.
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+ Some of my favourite original images and memories from my recent Italy adventure.

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"

There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.

You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the one’s who don’t.

Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

"
Jose N. Harris

+ What an amazing three weeks exploring this majestic country with 25 fine young Marcellin men.

I have had the privilege to witness real growth in each boy on this trip and for me the highlight of this educational tour has been learning about each young man in our care. We have gone through every emotion together and experienced so much as a family.

My final thought is for each young man to forge a life worth writing about, just like the many places we visited with such a rich history and diverse legacy. Each young man has gained a strong understanding that they are responsible for creating their own meaning, by actively participating in life, to discover their possibility.

Thank you to all the boys for allowing me to be part of your journey and to team #ADP, grazie ragazzi for the many laughs, personal reflections and for your kind gift.

"Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in what they say. Just in what they are" ~ anonymous

6permissionistriumph, ADP,

+ Day 19 & 20 - Milano and Lago di Como

The last two days have included opportunities to explore the many offerings of Milan and have a first time visit to the stunningly beautiful Como.

I love walking the streets of Milan and simply allowing myself to be consumed by the Milanese style. Everyone person looks great. Simple and effortless style, with each having their own swagger and panache. A wonderful fashion capital that fuses creativity and commerce.

Whether it’s visiting the beautiful Galleria, the magnificent Duomo, the shopping on Via Montenapoleone, or the Teatro della Scala, Milano never disappoints.

Always a highlight is taking the time to visit the Cenacolo Vinciano to view Da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper. With each visit I discover something new, including more questions for the great master.

Artists give birth to ideas and works created at the hands of Leonardo Da Vinci continue to allow us all to question and wonder.

Today was a full day travelling to and discovery the picturesque town of Como and it’s breathtakingly beautiful lake. A lake surrounded by lush green forest, that line the famed Alps and littered with hamlets nestled at all levels.

Wonderful day strolling the town, enjoying a risotto fungi porcini and taking the funicolare to the top of one of the peaks. Such grand views to enjoy. Every where you walk another amazing panoramic view awaits your arrival. I can see why George Clooney loves this tranquil and serene destination. You must experience first hand to fully understand the attraction.

Tomorrow I depart Milan for my journey home to Melbourne. I’m sad when I leave Italy as I feel with each visit I’ve only ever scratched the surface of this ethereal country. It’s never really goodbye for me, as each experience will forever hold a significant place in my heart.

Grazie Italia. Ciao Bella.

6permissionistriumph,

+ Day 18 - Padova and Verona

"In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’”~ Dante Alighieri 

This great quote, from the famed Italian writer, resonated with me when I discovered the city of Verona today. I loved the pace of the city. It had a wonderful balance of the old and the new. Such a picturesque town, with it’s own unique charm. Here in Verona I begun new discoveries. 

We all know that the town of Verona set the stage for the famous Shakespearian play “Romeo and Juliet”. But what I discovered was how this story, of doomed lovers, has turned the city into one of the most romantic and intriguing destinations in Italy.

Romeo and Juliet, were arguably the most famous lovers of all time. The tale of these two lovers carried quite an impact - fresh, new and passionate. And Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona, with the most famous balcony in the world.

"A mighty flame follows a tiny spark" ~ Dante Alighieri

Today Verona lit a tiny spark inside of me. I wish I had more to immerse myself in the romance of this most alluring city. 

I shall return again my love.
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+ Day 18 - Padova and Verona

"In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’”~ Dante Alighieri 

This great quote, from the famed Italian writer, resonated with me when I discovered the city of Verona today. I loved the pace of the city. It had a wonderful balance of the old and the new. Such a picturesque town, with it’s own unique charm. Here in Verona I begun new discoveries. 

We all know that the town of Verona set the stage for the famous Shakespearian play “Romeo and Juliet”. But what I discovered was how this story, of doomed lovers, has turned the city into one of the most romantic and intriguing destinations in Italy.

Romeo and Juliet, were arguably the most famous lovers of all time. The tale of these two lovers carried quite an impact - fresh, new and passionate. And Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona, with the most famous balcony in the world.

"A mighty flame follows a tiny spark" ~ Dante Alighieri

Today Verona lit a tiny spark inside of me. I wish I had more to immerse myself in the romance of this most alluring city. 

I shall return again my love.
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+ Day 18 - Padova and Verona

"In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’”~ Dante Alighieri 

This great quote, from the famed Italian writer, resonated with me when I discovered the city of Verona today. I loved the pace of the city. It had a wonderful balance of the old and the new. Such a picturesque town, with it’s own unique charm. Here in Verona I begun new discoveries. 

We all know that the town of Verona set the stage for the famous Shakespearian play “Romeo and Juliet”. But what I discovered was how this story, of doomed lovers, has turned the city into one of the most romantic and intriguing destinations in Italy.

Romeo and Juliet, were arguably the most famous lovers of all time. The tale of these two lovers carried quite an impact - fresh, new and passionate. And Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona, with the most famous balcony in the world.

"A mighty flame follows a tiny spark" ~ Dante Alighieri

Today Verona lit a tiny spark inside of me. I wish I had more to immerse myself in the romance of this most alluring city. 

I shall return again my love.
ZoomInfo
+ Day 18 - Padova and Verona

"In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’”~ Dante Alighieri 

This great quote, from the famed Italian writer, resonated with me when I discovered the city of Verona today. I loved the pace of the city. It had a wonderful balance of the old and the new. Such a picturesque town, with it’s own unique charm. Here in Verona I begun new discoveries. 

We all know that the town of Verona set the stage for the famous Shakespearian play “Romeo and Juliet”. But what I discovered was how this story, of doomed lovers, has turned the city into one of the most romantic and intriguing destinations in Italy.

Romeo and Juliet, were arguably the most famous lovers of all time. The tale of these two lovers carried quite an impact - fresh, new and passionate. And Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona, with the most famous balcony in the world.

"A mighty flame follows a tiny spark" ~ Dante Alighieri

Today Verona lit a tiny spark inside of me. I wish I had more to immerse myself in the romance of this most alluring city. 

I shall return again my love.
ZoomInfo
+ Day 18 - Padova and Verona

"In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’”~ Dante Alighieri 

This great quote, from the famed Italian writer, resonated with me when I discovered the city of Verona today. I loved the pace of the city. It had a wonderful balance of the old and the new. Such a picturesque town, with it’s own unique charm. Here in Verona I begun new discoveries. 

We all know that the town of Verona set the stage for the famous Shakespearian play “Romeo and Juliet”. But what I discovered was how this story, of doomed lovers, has turned the city into one of the most romantic and intriguing destinations in Italy.

Romeo and Juliet, were arguably the most famous lovers of all time. The tale of these two lovers carried quite an impact - fresh, new and passionate. And Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona, with the most famous balcony in the world.

"A mighty flame follows a tiny spark" ~ Dante Alighieri

Today Verona lit a tiny spark inside of me. I wish I had more to immerse myself in the romance of this most alluring city. 

I shall return again my love.
ZoomInfo

+ Day 18 - Padova and Verona

"In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’”~ Dante Alighieri

This great quote, from the famed Italian writer, resonated with me when I discovered the city of Verona today. I loved the pace of the city. It had a wonderful balance of the old and the new. Such a picturesque town, with it’s own unique charm. Here in Verona I begun new discoveries.

We all know that the town of Verona set the stage for the famous Shakespearian play “Romeo and Juliet”. But what I discovered was how this story, of doomed lovers, has turned the city into one of the most romantic and intriguing destinations in Italy.

Romeo and Juliet, were arguably the most famous lovers of all time. The tale of these two lovers carried quite an impact - fresh, new and passionate. And Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona, with the most famous balcony in the world.

"A mighty flame follows a tiny spark" ~ Dante Alighieri

Today Verona lit a tiny spark inside of me. I wish I had more to immerse myself in the romance of this most alluring city.

I shall return again my love.

6permissionistriumph,

"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first."
Jim Morrison
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