Category Archives: A Day in the Life

Dating on a Budget

Dating on a Budget – Living and Loving on a Shoestring!

A humorous yet informative guide to those readying themselves for a journey into the world of dating. It also provides thought provoking ideas for couples looking to bring fun and frivolity back into their relationships.

There are practical solutions, numerous cost saving measures and handy tips for those on a limited budget. A lighthearted yet sincere look into world of dating.

Author Michael E Thornley supports many of the suggestions with his whimsical quips and forthright encouragement (and sometimes discouragement should the situation require it. e.g. Like “run for the hills “ 🙂

We are sure you will enjoy this guide and Happy Dating!

Here is an excerpt from the book………

First Date tips

  • Be polite, courteous and thoughtful.
    (Say your pleases and thank you’s and put that cell phone away!)

  • Do NOT talk too much about your ex’s
    (unless you want to get rid of your date as soon as you have had a feed, then by all means go for it! Ex away!)

  • A man should be a gentleman…. a lady a lady. (Well for the first 15 minutes at least whilst you size each other up.)

  • Listen carefully to what the other is saying and even more importantly to what they are NOT saying.
    ( If they are talking with their back to you or ogling the wait staff, then I think you should order the cheapest thing on the menu if you are paying or the dearest if you are not)

  • Smile and look the other person in the eyes when you speak to them
    ( But don’t smile if they are telling you a sad story. And please don’t give that nervous cheezy grin you have or they will be thinking like… ‘Weird’!…. Either way make sure you clean your teeth before hand to remove any evidence of the days snacks that only now become apparent when you smile)

  • Learn their name quickly!
    ( don’t get the previous date nor the one following this one confused with the one siting opposite you now! This is MOST important! You know the hesitation when you go ummm.. Sally?…Jessy?…Raphael?)

  • Laugh sincerely even if the joke is lame.
    ( But don’t snort or laugh so loud causing the drink waiter to drop their tray of glasses in fright!)

  • If fine dining, ensure you place the napkin on your lap, if indeed the waiter has not officiated in that duty when you first sit down.
    ( remember the napkin goes on your lap NOT tucked into the top of your open shirt or blouse. AND if you insist on doing this then be careful not to mistake the linen table cloth for a napkin, otherwise ….well you know…..first impressions and all that with the food and drinks now on the floor with silence throughout the dining room.)”

    So get your copy at Amazon now! CLICK HERE

 

Michael E Thornley
Author & Lifestyle Entrepreneur
www.michaelthornley.org

 

Social Media – a great way to make new friends


Over the years Social Media has been blamed for many things such as feeding peoples addictive behaviour; creating face to face communication breakdown; the breaking up of marriages etc. It is not Social Media that is to blame but the choices you as an individual make. In most cases it is used as an excuse for all these social issues.

However I do acknowledge that most of us including myself check our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts daily. Yet it is a means of keeping in touch with our family and friends and what is happening in the world. We used to spend hours watching TV, reading newspapers, writing letters or talking on the phone. Now we have instant access 24/7 the world over and that is an incredible advancement in communication…. we simply need to be sensible in how we utilise this service.

I personally have found Social media to be a godsend at times in my life when I have experienced periods of loneliness or in times of stress and hardship. In using Facebook as an example, I have found like-minded and empathetic people around the world who have been ‘on-line’ friends for years. And in my opinion they are true friends whether you have had the pleasure to meet them face to face or not.

Social media allows you to share your experiences and adventures and our photographs of family and friends and our interaction with others will tell you allot about that particular person. The old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words runs true. In the majority of cases I can judge the calibre’ of the person by the  subject matter of their photographs along with the types of  memes (pictures with messages written on them) and the various posts that they share.

And I have confirmed my ‘intuition’ by meeting many of my Facebook friends from all over the world and as many of you know, I am currently meeting and staying with some of these  ‘Facebook’ friends for the very first time. They have entrusted their own instinct and intuition from having  known me on-line for many years………. And I am most humbled and blessed for their trust in me. And so I have now enhanced many of these friendships with people that I would most likely never have met had it not been for Social media.

Of course to clarify, many ‘friends’ on Social Media are just acquaintances so to speak. However my point is that Social Media can indeed be a positive experience provided you are sensible and practical in it’s application and inclusion in your daily routine.

Michael E Thornley
Author and Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Live and Experience Your Life’s List – The Gypsy Traveller on tour

Live and Experience Your Life’s List – The Gypsy Traveller on tour 


G
reetings from Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

As many of you know I have been ‘Living the Lifestyle‘ that I chose and created for myself. I am a firm believer of ‘just doing it’ and ‘making it happen!

I am currently travelling all over South Eastern Australia with my ‘business based on my laptop’> All that is needed is simply an internet connection and then I can work from anywhere in the world! This is allowing me to live life I want and experience the many new and exciting adventures that the Universe is placing before me 🙂

IT CAN BE DONE! 

For nearly 3 weeks now I have driven over 2,500 klms (1553 mls)  yet I have only seen such a very small part of this vast homeland we affectionately call the Land of Oz… i.e. Australia. And what a magnificent country it is! From the tropical rainforests that abound with life to the vast open plains of tawny coloured grasslands; from pyramid shaped hills and mountains covered in olive green Eucalyptus trees to the ever growing skyward city-scapes from where their suburban sprawls radiate out from.

From bright and often blinding sunshine to high winds and raging tempests……. to the softness of sleet falling upon ones face to the cold waters of the Bass straight awakening the spirit within.

We need to experience the changing of the seasons to renew and revitalize our body-clocks, especially those of us that reside in the sub-tropics or tropics of our north ( Southern Hemisphere).  By having a ‘true’ winter occasionally, it will bring us in tune with Mother Earth and the elements that exist throughout the Universe from which we are made of.

JUST DO IT!

I am also meeting some beautiful people along the way and for the very first time :)…… many of whom have been my friends on Social media for many years. This enhances the friendships that have been created (well in most instances….in fact some of them may be glad to see me drive off!! hahaha).

However in all seriousness, it is a time for self growth thus learning more about oneself along the way.

I have dreams and certain goals but I am always flexible to make the changes that are necessary. Some of the goals and dreams were pathways to a greater experience, thus I opened myself up to the direction that was placed before me.

These goals and dreams are on what I prefer to call a ‘Life List’ as a ‘Bucket List’ is defined as something to do once and ‘tick it off’ once it is completed. I may well want to do all or some of what I have experienced already over and over again!

Restrictions, (other than legal or moral laws of course) are not in my vocabulary. My body might tell me you are not as fit as you used to be sometimes but that is ok… I do as much as I can and simply give it a go. I would rather have tried than had ‘regrets’…another of those words I try never to use. Perhaps ‘misgivings’ for want of a better word…. for not of at least trying!!

LIVE AND EXPERIENCE YOUR LIFE’S LIST

So let me ask you this!….. Are you living your life? If not why not? And once you have come up with all the usual excuses, sit back and think about your dreams and goals and see that the reasons you are NOT living your life is because you are making excuses when you should be making choices!

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE’S DIRECTION. IT IS ENTIRELY UP TO YOU!

Life has not been easy for me either at times, especially over the last 9 years or so. I have made certain choices and experienced massive learning curves. But you know what? I have LIVED! I have NO regrets just lessons learnt. I have found ways and made changes to be where I am now. And no, it is not always easy but life is a continual process, not one to stuck inside a small box and vegetate.  LIVE IT!

So no more ‘I can’t afford it or I don’t have the time.’ YOU can and you do if you choose too….

Come see the world with me.

Michael E Thornley
Author, Lifestyle Entrepreneur & World Traveller.

A photo I took at Weribee Open range Zoo, Melbourne, Vic

Indie Author – a Self Publishing Author with Michael E Thornley

                                                     Indie Author – a Self Publishing Author 

Indie Authors (Indie being a short form of Independent) are basically ‘If you see yourself as the creative director of your books, from concept to completion and beyond, then you’re Indie.”

There is some debate  over the use of this term but for me I consider myself an ‘Indie Author’ as I conceive the idea, write the book, self publish it and promote and sell my work.

And talking of work and writing, I am currently in the process of writing about ‘Self Publishing with Kindle Self Publishing and it is my intention to have it out early May! A great mothers day present 🙂 Or if you mother isn’t into writing her own books how about reading some of my others!!! 😉 CLICK HERE

COMING SOON TO AMAZON!

So in the interim, how about you visit my Authors page on Amazon Kindle CLICK HERE

Or here !!!

Author synopsis
Michael Thornley was born in 1960 at Manly NSW Australia and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Since 1986 he has resided mostly in Queensland Australia and for a short period also in the USA and Spain.

As an Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Humanitarian, Conservationist, Photographer, Ornithologist and Traveler, he has experienced many an adventure and met with some ‘interesting’ characters and of course, some wonderful people along the way.

( All work published by Michael E Thornley including Novella’s, Short Stories, Guide Books etc are the original work of Michael E Thornley.)

“Twists of Fate” is available NOW on Amazon.com as an Ebook (Kindle)
Amazon USA Link
Amazon Australia Link
Amazon UK Link

Twists of Fate is a spellbinding collection of 5 short stories set in the land down-under by Australian Author Michael E Thornley. The decisions and consequent outcomes made by the individual characters gives credence to the saying ” You Reap what you Sow’.

However, the choices that we make in life may not necessarily provide us with the outcome we desire. Yet it may reward us with the future we deserve, whether we wish it or not!. So be careful what you wish for as it just may come true!

Written in the narrative style of the ‘Twilight Zone’ the ‘Twists of Fate’ may not be what you expected. It certainly was not what the characters in the book expected!… that is part of the charm and enjoyment of this series of short stories by Author Michael E Thornley.

 

My Books Await your Eyes! with Michael Thornley

My Books Await your Eyes! with Michael Thornley

Greetings,

I trust that this blog post finds you well. I know that many of you have brought at least one of my books as i have had some great feedback and I thank you. Please leave appropriate comments on Amazon dot com for the book you have purchased and read 🙂

BOOKS

There are currently five books that have been published
–  ‘Twists of Fate
–  ‘A Day in the Life’
–  ‘Dating on a Budget’
– ‘Who is in Your Family Tree’
–  ‘Being a Gentleman’

I am currently writing a guide to Self Publishing via Kindle to be sold through Amazon. I hope to have this published within the next week. So WATCH THIS SPACE!

If you would like to see all the titles then please visit my Michael E Thornley Authors page by clicking HERE.

They are all in E-book-  Kindle (Electronic book form) But Amazon has a FREE reader for either online viewing or it can be downloaded to your computer ie. PC, Laptop Ipad or even your Iphone and Android. There you can view any book at anytime and take your library with you! That is the beauty of Ebooks!

SO GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!! They only cost from US$2-99 to US$4-99… the price of a coffee! Please support my endeavours, i would be most grateful!

Kindest regards,
Michael E Thornley
Author, Entrepreneur & Traveller

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Live Confidently Courageously – with Kristen Owens

Hi!
Today’s blog post is quite timely for many of you. Once again our guest blogger Kristen Owens hit’s the proverbial nail on the head.

Enjoy! Oh and don’t forget if you are enjoying my posts, especially my own thoughts and writing :)… Then PLEASE support me by purchasing one of my books available on Amazon.com in Kindle (Ebook) format.
Sincerely,
Michael E Thornley
Author and Entrepreneur

 

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HI!
Have you ever wanted to have all your “ducks in a row” before you got started?

Have you found yourself waiting until it’s the right time before you begin?

Have you ever made excuses for why you can’t get started or that it’s not the right time or you don’t have the money?

News flash….it will never be the right time…EVER!!!

You’ll never have enough money, you’ll always find a reason why it’s not a good time to get started. I’m here to tell you that there will never really be a good time, especially when you’re stepping outside you’re comfort zone.

How can you start without it being perfect. That’s what this audio training I am offering you today is all about.

With every journey it starts with a single step – Just get started

Sometimes our goals seem so big we are paralyzed and never get started. Just like the saying goes “How do you eat an elephant? Take one bite at time.”

If you took one step every day towards your goals where do you think you’d be in 1 week, 1 month 1 year later? That elephant wouldn’t seem so big after all. You would be farther ahead than if you continued to get things right, make it perfect, etc.

Ask yourself what your commitment is. Ask yourself if you’re acting based on your commitment. Are you closer than you were in January?

How badly do you want what you want? There is a difference between interested and committed. Are you committed? Interested is when you think it’s a good idea and committed is when you’ll do what’s seem hard.

What can you do today just to keep the movement going? What can you do to start imperfectly? Are you willing to be imperfect?

Your goals and dreams matter and there is someone that is waiting for you to step out and just get started. I invite you to listen to an audio I recorded last summer and is so relevant today.

If you’d like to learn more about how I’ve helped women just like you overcome obstacles, build a solid faith so your mindset is up levelled so you can start living on-purpose and truly have it all, then reply to this email. We can jump on a call and I can find out where you’re at so I can give you a tip, tool or strategy in right direction and you can see if we’re a good fit.

Sincerely,
Kristen Owens
info@kristenowenscoaching.com
Success Coach to Faith Centered, Ambitious
Entrepreneurial Women who want to up level their  
Mindset & Self Image to Create the Time & Financial Freedom they Desire!
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It is always Sunrise Somewhere

It is always Sunrise Somewhere
‘This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”
~ John Muir

 

New books available at Amazon.com
Please visit my authors page and follow me to keep up to day with publications. AND of course i would be grateful if you would purchase but must of all ENJOY what I have written.

I have been busy busy writing short stories and also publishing my ‘Day in the Life series’.

In addition I have been compiling guides to ‘Dating on a Budget’and soon to be released ‘Who is in Your family Tree‘- a guide to starting your family tree research. So watch this space!!!

Blessings,
Michael E  Thornley
Author and Entrepreneur

It is always Sunrise Somewhere 🙂

A Day in the Life- Michael E Thornley’s 2nd book!

Hey! I would love your support 🙂
My second book has now been published. You remember the ‘A Day in the Life’ series you all seemed to love from my blog. Well I have included these with many many more adventures in my latest book which you can BUY NOW!
( The Day in the Life blog posts no longer exist on the Internet…only in my book…
just saying!)

” A Day in the Life”-
published March 2016

“A Day in the Life” is available NOW on Amazon.com as an Ebook (Kindle)
Amazon USA Link
Amazon Australia Link
Amazon UK Link

‘A Day in he Life’ is a unique look at just some of the adventures that Australian Author Michael E Thornley has experienced over the last five years.

During that time he has traveled from Australia to Bali, Dubai, Spain, Canada and the USA, the latter where he lived for a year.

We share many of the humorous outcomes as he ventures out into the unknown on his daily walks! Well that is the unknown suburban streets and parks of cities around the world. Yet only he could have an adventure in such a situation what with bowling maidens over; being serenaded by turkeys and falling into large holes and having to be pulled out by his feet!

Michael is also in tune with nature as we find him trekking through woods to the Gates of Terror; chasing skunks over wetlands in the moonlight and having visitations from white coyotes and shovel nose rays.

Yet he also shares with us his inner most thoughts and emotions that are felt in some of the more serious moments. Hence it truly is a ‘Diary of Humour and Emotions.’

BUY NOW! And lend support to this budding Author!
For just the cost of the a cup of coffee you can sit down with your next coffee and enjoy the read. PLEASE don’t spill your coffee when reading as I am sure you will laugh with me or even at me on some of my adventures!

Michael E Thornley
Author and Entrepreneur

Twists of Fate Written & Published by Michael E Thornley

GREAT NEWS
I am so happy to share with you all that I have just published my first book “Twists of Fate”
BUY IT HERE 🙂

“Twists of Fate” is available NOW on Amazon.com as an Ebook (Kindle)
Amazon USA Link
Amazon Australia Link
Amazon UK Link

“Twists of Fate”- published March 2016

Twists of Fate is a spellbinding collection of 5 short stories set in the land down-under by Australian Author Michael E Thornley. The decisions and consequent outcomes made by the individual characters gives credence to the saying ” You Reap what you Sow’.

However, the choices that we make in life may not necessarily provide us with the outcome we desire. Yet it may reward us with the future we deserve, whether we wish it or not!. So be careful what you wish for as it just may come true!

Written in the narrative style of the ‘Twilight Zone’ the ‘Twists of Fate’ may not be what you expected. It certainly was not what the characters in the book expected!… that is the part of the charm and enjoyment of this series of short stories by Michael E Thornley.

“Twists of Fate” is available NOW on Amazon.com as an Ebook (Kindle)
Amazon USA Link
Amazon Australia Link
Amazon UK Link

 

The following Titles are coming to an Amazon.com store near you very soon! Keep watching this Blog for details!

Michael Ellis Thornley
Writer (Published) and Entrepreneur

The Four Pillars of a Good Life are – Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness.AGood Life’ is relative to the individual and the ‘4 Pillars of a ‘Good Life– Health, Wealth,Love and Happiness’ are the main criteria in varying degrees to achieve this goal. Together, they can create the lifestyle you seek and the ‘Good Life‘  you deserve!”

Newsletter March 2016


Welcome to my March 2016 Newsletter.

It has certainly been a busy time at MichaelThornley.ORG with growth in all aspects of the Business and certainly with my Blog. I have some great news to share with you also  towards the end of the newsletter, but first a summary for you 🙂

Some of my Blog Posts
Google Tricks you never knew about …… some fun things here! 🙂
A Day in the Life of- Cell Phones & Gnomes ……. The Day in the Life of Series continues!
I am a Friend …… Sharing some of my thoughts as memes on photographs I took myself.
Guest Posts- “Let me tell you a story about the word YES” with Catriona Pollard & others.

*** I welcome & encourage guest Blogging from my Subscribers ***

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AND THE NEWS I WAS PROMISING!!!!
My first E-book will be released by the end of March on Amazon/ Kindle. It is currently in the formatting stage at this very moment 🙂

This first book will be a collection of ‘Short Stories’ and it will be Volume 1 !!!!
I also have another 3 books in the pipeline…. so watch this space! 🙂

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Thank you all again for your support. I am regularly updating my Website so please visit me from time to time and leave Comments on the various Blog posts and pages you enjoy.

Blessings.
Michael Ellis Thornley
Writer & Entrepreneur