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I don’t know about you but I love catching up with friends over coffee.

I just love it.

There is something about going to a lovely coffee place and chatting and sharing.

There is something about not being aware of how the time is passing.

How are you going today?

If I could catch up with you, I would say to you-

  • Let’s catch up
  • Where would you like to meet?
  • How about catching up at this coffee place?
  • Let me buy you a coffee
  • I am here for you.

When I am writing my blog, I would love you to know that I think about you being invited to my house, or my favourite coffee place.

When I am writing my blog, I think about you sitting in a chair across the table from me.

I also think about being there for you and listening to just you.

I am passionate about being there for others.

Let’s catch up soon.

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Conference 2019

Conference 2019

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The last few days I have been blessed to attend a conference for Chaplains. There is something about Chaplains coming together and just being there.

There is something when Chaplains gather together.

There is something about when Chaplains encourage each other.

There is something about gathering with other Chaplains.

There is something about an organisation that provides space to just hear from God.

There is something about an organisation that is just there.

We were so blessed to hear amazing speakers that invested in what we do.

There was also the privilege of hearing amazing speakers that are willing to invest in Chaplains.

There is something about hearing speakers who are passionate about Chaplaincy and understand what Chaplains do in the school community.

We had such a lovely array of speakers that spoke so passionately about what was on their heart.

How could we not be encouraged?

We learnt about Cyber Bullying and we learnt about Grief and Loss.

The third day was spent catching up in our area groups and being there for one another.

I am reflecting on the last few days and am feeling so very blessed.

I am blessed that I am able to work for such an amazing organisation.

I am blessed for the amazing people that I have met on this journey.

I am blessed for how passionate they are about their school community and how they are wanting to make a difference.

I am blessed about how humble they are about what they do.

I am blessed about what they do, how they go above and beyond.

I am so encouraged.

To all the amazing Chaplains, just know that you are in my prayers, you are so dedicated to your schools and God sees that, yes he does.

You are making a difference.

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Space to Be

Space to Be

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This week I find myself on school holidays, I work as a Primary School Chaplain at two primary schools which I love.

I also love the time to have some space and to just focus on slowing done a bit.

I have spent this time, just turning off my alarm which is such a blessing.

This week I have-

  • spent the mornings just taking my time
  • spent the mornings enjoying my coffee
  • spent this week catching up with friends
  • focused on just being in the moment
  • spent this time shopping for clothes and shoes, without being rushed
  • spent this time sitting on my couch and being okay with it
  • watched movies
  • gone out for lunch.

I love this space that I am able to embrace.

I love this space to just be in the moment.

This week I have intentionally and on purpose focused on embracing the little things.

I am on purpose spending time focusing on working on my book.

I have been on purpose focusing on creativity.

I have spent this time looking after myself.

This may have only been one week, I feel that this week has been so important for my self-care as well as for my creativity.

It allows me to have space to just be.

What are your plans when you have some time for yourself?

What are some things that you do for yourself?

I would love to hear from you.

Will share more soon.

Tracey Buckley

Coffee Catch Ups

Coffee Catch Ups

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I don’t know about you but I love coffee and I love catching up with others over coffee.

There is something about meeting others and chatting over coffee.

I work as a primary school Chaplain and I love what I do, I really do. I am passionate about my role and giving back.

I am also a peer support Chaplain for the area that I work in.

This means that I am available to help and support other Chaplains in my area.

I do not take this position lightly, I want to invest in others, to support and encourage them.

Last Tuesday we met as a group at an amazing coffee shop and just shared how we were going.

I love the time that we could just rest and help each other.

I love that we could just be real with each other.

We shared, we encouraged, we supported and we just listened to one another.

I love that we could just chat and encourage each other.

I love that we provide a non-judgemental space to just be.

I love spending time with someone that you do not realise how long you have been chatting. That time is really not important.

Do you have someone that can encourage and support you?

Do you have some that can listen to you?

Do you need someone to chat to?

 

Would love to hear from you.

 

Tracey Buckley

The Creative Adventure

The Creative Adventure

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Yesterday, which was Saturday I had an early start I was on the road at 7.15am heading to 3 creative workshops.

I can hear you already 7.15am, yes, I know but for me, this was an adventure a creative adventure.

I was heading to Rockingham in Perth which is about 40 minutes away from where I live.

I arrived for my first workshop which started at 8.30am a time to just write.

For me, there is something about being in a creative space with other creatives. I love meeting creatives and hearing about what they are doing, what inspires them and their tips on writing.

I love a place of encouragement.

I love the space to get out of the house and work on my writing.

I spent time working on my book and I did achieve a lot yesterday.

There was one part in the day where Amanda (the facilitator) asked us all, what are your writing goals for the rest of the year.

We all took the time to share and say out loud what we were going to do.

My goals are to write a blog once a week and have my first draft finished of my book by the end of September.

AArggg!

Yes, that is my goal.

When was the last time you spent time with other creatives?

When was the last time you were inspired to write more?

When was the last time you invested in your creativity?

I would love to hear what you are working on.

Let’s encourage one another on this creative adventure.

 

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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

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Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you.

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I love this scripture, I love that God goes with us and he will never leave us nor forsake us.

This for me is so comforting.

This is like a warm comforting blanket on a cold winter’s day.

There are times when I can feel so alone, yes, I really do.

I can feel quite isolated, I can feel that I am doing life all alone.

I can sometimes feel left out and that I am lost.

I have felt that I am not included in things. Yes, this does break my heart.

I can feel that I am overlooked.

Can you relate to this?

I know that I am not alone, I know that God is with me.

I am so grateful that God is with me.

I feel so much comfort in this scripture.

This scripture encourages me not to fear or be afraid.

This scripture encourages me to be brave.

This scripture encourages me to trust God.

He has my best interest.

What does this scripture mean to you?

How do you feel knowing that God will never leave you nor forsake you?

Does this bring comfort to you?

I would love to hear from you.

Let’s encourage one another.

Tracey Buckley

 

 

 

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

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Last week I was so blessed to be able to go to a camp at one of the schools that I work at.

I love my role as a primary school Chaplain and I really love what I get to do. I am so grateful for everything that I am able to experience.

Being a Chaplain, I am always stepping out of my comfort zone and expanding my world.

The camp was so amazing, we were in such a beautiful place in Perth near the Ocean.

It wasn’t really camping we were in dorms, which was okay.

There were so many activities that the children were able to be involved in.

One of the activities that I found stepping out of my comfort zone was… Abseiling.

What!!!

I had been Abseiling at another camp about two years ago.

So, the instructor asked who would like to go up first and demonstrate? I looked around at the students who were like no, not me.

I volunteered myself to go and demonstrate how to abseil.

So, I climbed up the ladder, focusing on what was ahead and not looking at what was behind me.

The ladder for me was challenging.

When I found myself up on the platform, I could feel my heart beating loudly.

Yes, I was feeling nervous, but I was also feeling excited about what I was going to do.

I walked over to the instructor whose name was Sven.

I had to place my life into his hands, aahh.

I really had agreed with Sven to let the students know that they were safe.

I was harnessed in and Sven asked me to slowly lean back on the edge of the structure.

I could feel the slack of the rope and was wondering what had happened?

He then proceeded to let everyone know that I was safe, but he didn’t let me know about his demonstration.

Then his phone rang, I said to him what, don’t answer your phone and he replied I’m not I am putting it on silence.

I really had to place my trust in Sven and know that he had me and would now let me fall.

So, after the demonstration, I listened to his instructions and made my way down.

Yes, I made it to the end and I did go up and have another go.

Was I concerned the second time?

To be honest yes.

Stepping out…………….

What is something that you have stepped out this week?

Tracey Buckley