my own sunshine

2 September

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[february 18th, 2006]

i am danielle, a 22-year-old western australian girl. i am a slightly-left-of-normal, bubbly and easy-going girl, and am probably best described as a girl-next-door. i am in love with the world and believe that everything will be ok in the end.

i am a primary school teacher of a year 6 class (10/11 year olds). i have just completed my bachelor of education (primary) after four years of uni. i am a graduate teacher, and everything is all so new for me at the moment. i never imagined i would end up as a teacher, but i love it, and no day is ever the same. i believe with all my heart in W.B. Yeat's philosophy of teaching: teaching is not the filling of a pail, but the light of a fire.

i am a horse-lover, and sometime equestrian. i was sadly been out of the saddle for most of 2005 (not by choice!) and can't wait to get back into it again. i am not 100% sure what i want to as far as that goes; i had thought i would just relax and do some pleasure riding, but i have a competitive streak and an adoration for showjumping which tends to infect my dreams.

i have a gorgeous boyfriend of around six months and ever since we started dating i have referred to him as 'the boy creature' in my journal and that is not likely to change any time soon. he spoils me rotten and i adore him. i live at his house with him.

i have a gryffindor's nature; i am idealistic, passionate and quick-tempered. i am also sweet and open-minded, and i'll try almost anything once. i am loyal, but i also *have* to do things my own way. i am a hopeless romantic.

think big thoughts
but relish little pleasures

acoustic guitar, acoustic music, animated movies, australia, autumn, autumn leaves, backwards glances, bareback riding, beginning journeys, black and white photography, black permanant markers, books, boys in collared shirts, bundaberg rum, camping, canada, candlelight, captain jack sparrow, cedric diggory, champagne cocktails, cherries, children's books, chocolate covered strawberries, cinnamon, coffee with amy, collarbones, country drives, cs lewis, dancing in the rain, dawn, daydreaming, deer, disney movies, drew barrymore, driving, driving in the rain, driving through the night, dusk, early morning, education, europe, fairy tales, feet in stirrups, finger painting, following your heart, fresh air, fresh flowers, frost on my window, gumboots, harry potter, horse photography, horse riding, horses, hot chocolate, hot summer nights, into the sunset, jack johnson, jewellery, kiss chasey, kissing, kissing in the rain, late night drives, late night messages, leather saddles, libraries, lightning, lions, literature, live music, love songs, loving life, making travel plans, meanings of names, my boyfriend, mythology, nevare, new zealand, northern lights, one hundred words, painting, pancakes for breakfast, peppermint icecream, perth, photography, pirates, playing all domestic, playing house, pleasure riding, post and rail fences, primary education, pubs, rain, rain on windows, rainy days, rainy nights, ralph lauren 'romance' perfume, raspberry lip gloss, reading, reeling emotions, riding in the rain, robin hobb, romantic comedies, seeing the world, september, show hunter, showjumping, snow, spring, stargazing, stars, storms, strawberry daiquiris, sunsets, swimming at night, tamora pierce, teaching, the boy, the boy creature, the road less travelled, the smell of horse, thunder, thunderstorms, tolkien, travel, travelling, trying everything twice, unicorns, wanderlust, western australia, wildflowers, wishing at 11:11, wishing on stars, wolves, working hunter, writing