neighbourhood watch?

Tis the season to be jolly. Especially around our families and neighbours. How is it that I love this time of year, yet I become a little stressed, then a little snappy and then a little bit crazy?

Scripture says ‘Love thy neighbour’, yet somedays I struggle to be generous and kind, net alone love. What a stretch!

I live in a little 1970’s beach flat. It is old and a little frayed at the edges, but full of character and delight. Most of the year we have the whole apartment complex to ourselves, because all the other apartments are holiday flats.

At this time of year though, the beach calls people home.

Living in such tight quarters often makes generosity stretched. I usually like to make cookies, buy some wine and chat with my neighbours at this time of year.

However I have found myself rolling my eyes a little more of late. Maybe its because I am home more now, as a stay at home mum, and have been allowing the little things get to me or maybe its just been an unusual season of little random encounters.

No matter the cause, I am trying to change my heart in this space and start to think generous thoughts once again.

The way we think about others, influences our conversations and impacts our actions.

I want this Christmas to be a generous one. Loving those who are my neighbours, acquaintances, family and friends. Starting with my thoughts, I want to be a light in my neighbourhood rather than one full of negativity and stress.

Its beginning to look like Christmas and I want to live a generous life influencing others. Even those I only see once a year. Even when they start to annoy me a little.

Honesty Watch.

Generosity is not simple sometimes.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers Is an Author, Speaker, Creative Consultant and Novice Mum. Author of three books and she can be found most days at her shack close to the beach writing her fourth. She writes daily at and has worked in professional musical theatre. She worked on staff at Riverview for 12 years, mostly in the field of Creative Arts. Finalist in the Telstra Young Business Woman of the year and Community Services Award. She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Literature and studied Musical Theatre at WAPPA. She is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia and is the co-founder of kinwomen; a network created especially for women. Recent Winner of ‘2013 CMA Best Digital Media Project Award’ for her blog Capture life. She is passionate about social justice and in the past has loved supporting children in the slums of Thailand and Indonesia. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty. She lives a creative life, longing to see people lived inspired.