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Friday, 30 October 2015

Dreamer Lover Doer

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Can you believe we are heading into November?

I feel like I say that so often these days, but the older we get, the faster times seems to speed by. One minute it is 2011 and the next - well the next we are drawing closer to 2016.

Bloody Hell! We are practically space age people!

So as per the usual, this week has flown by and helloooo here we are at Friday again.

What a week it has been.

A week full of highs, lows, plateaus and punch ups.

Just for the record - I didn't punch anyone, although there were most definitely a few occasions where I could have gone a round or two with a pillow just to release some of my frustrations with annoying people.

My pillow took a hit for at least 3 major ass wipes this week - two of whom were complete strangers that I unfortunately encountered in traffic.

But for all the less than memorable moments that played out, there were also some major highlights for the week.

Major as in HUGE.

Huge as in slap me silly I am so fudge fluffing lucky to do a job (or jobs) that truly make me toe tingling happy.

Not only do I get to work every day with two of my best friends with their businesses (Uberkate and Down That Little Lane), but I am also partners with them in not one, not two, but as of this week - THREE different businesses as well.

Yep this week we have officially joined forces in another venture - The Cult List Home.

The Cult List was initially started by Kate and Tessa as a fashion label under which their celebrated Party Pockets Pants were launched.

Now I have joined the girls and together we have launched The Cult List Home where we will be selling a range of home and lifestyle products designed to make your heart and your home sing with delight.

You can follow The Cult List on instagram here, Facebook here and keep your eye on our website for a new look and feel and a whole load of dedicated foof worthy new products coming soon.


What else has happened this week?

Um, well, I disappeared into the bush for a day to do a photo shoot for Uberkate and The Cult List Home,  which was 100 percent another pinch me moment.

Spending a day taking photos of beautiful things and beautiful people in a beautiful serene place was not only a joy, but an absolute privilege.

Had you told me back in 2013 (when I left the corporate world in a mid life huff) that two years on I would be earning my living doing things that make my soul happy right down to the very core, things like creative workshops, photography, writing, designing and sourcing home wares and helping other businesses realise their dreams... well I would have looked at you all dreamy and doe eyed before handing you the Prozac and booking you a suite in a padded place for special people.

I never dreamt this was possible.

Then again... I did dream, and as it turns out - it was and is possible.

If I have learnt anything from the past few years it is - don't ever stop dreaming you guys... and more than that, don't be afraid to take a chance on those dreams because the pay can be... well the pay off can be priceless and mind-blowingly beyond expectations.

Be a dreamer, lover and a doer.

You only get one life, so give it all you've got because the truth is you deserve to be happy.

Anyway, have an awesome weekend dreamers and Happy Halloween!

What are you dreaming about right now?


To play along simply link up your favourite post from the past week and then if you get a chance, pop around and say hello to some of the other lovely linkers. The Weekend Rewind blog hopping party starts every Friday night at 8pm and links will close on Sunday night at midnight. Link up here or over on Zoe's blog (A Quirky Bird) - and Bron (Maxabella) will be back with us soonIt does not matter where you link as your link will show up in all 3 places.



An Extra Bouncy Kind of Limp Into The Weekend


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Honestly... Some Days Being A Mum Can Suck!

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I am going to be completely open and honest with you.

I am going to throw caution to the wind and trust that I am (for the most part) among friends here and I won't feel judged for what I am going to share with you...

Sometimes I think being a mum is one of the toughest most confidence destroying things I have ever done in my life to date.

Some days... quite frankly... being a mum can suck!

There.

I said it.

I said it and the sky didn't fall in and the planets didn't collide and there are no mother's groups throwing rotten eggs at my window... yet.

I simply said how I am feeling right now.

I didn't feel like this when I woke up yesterday morning and I probably won't feel like it tomorrow, but right now... in this very moment... it is what it is and I am speaking my truth.

In a world where far too often - perfection ranks higher than sanity on the want list, is it any wonder we sometimes find ourselves feeling alone and drowning in what we perceive to be our own inadequacies?

I for one had my vision of what being a parent looked like looooong before puberty hit.

I watched enough episodes of The Brady Bunch and Seventh Heaven to know that the love a mum or a dad has for their child is enough to conquer anything, and that children misbehave sometimes and parents make mistakes, but all can be resolved with a glass of milk, a freshly baked cookie and a cuddle by the fire.

I knew that a perfectly kept home means perfectly behaved children, a home cooked meal eaten at a shared table would ensure laughter and a closeness that would carry you through the tough times and that if you insisted your children brushed their teeth with Colgate fluoride twice a day they would live to be 100 with perfect teeth.

In cased you missed the sarcasm dripping from my chin... I don't really think like that.

Not now anyway, although I hate to admit it - I kinda did once upon a time.

Last night, two of my kids broke me.

They argued with each other and they fought over the most ridiculous things to the point that one of them was so angry with his brother he accidentally kicked a hole in his bedroom wall. Please note - I say 'accidentally' VERY loosely because I still can't quite get my head around HOW you accidentally put your foot through a wall.

Anyway... they literally broke me and reduced me to a blubbering mess.

Big heavy heaving hide in my wardrobe kind of tears.

To say this is not exactly the image I had when my pee on a stick turned up positive - would be the understatement of the century.

This is not how the previews played out in my head when I lovingly rubbed my first swollen belly.

This sobbing wreck of a mother who can't figure out why her children insist on fighting each other and yet would take on the world to protect each other?

Why getting one of her kids to do his homework is damn near impossible when plenty of other people I know have kids who happily sit down to complete it without even being asked?

Why one child is wound so tight with anxiety and frustration whilst another lives without a care in the world?

Everywhere I look, perfection plays out in front of me. Smiling families in magazines, perfectly behaved kids on TV commercials and cute little people doing cute little things in my feed on instagram.

Am I feeling inferior?

Duhhh yeah!

Whilst externally I laugh and make jokes about my many epic parenting fails, inside it stings because God Damn it... WHAT AM I DOING WRONG???

Why does my picture not look as perfect as all the ones I see elsewhere?

BECAUSE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT WHEN IT COMES TO BEING A MUM!

I need to remind myself that we (me totally included in that we) usually only ever put the good stuff on show. I mean come on - why would we want to share our dirty laundry with the world? Who in their right mind would write a blog post about their kid putting their foot through a wall?

wait...

ummmm...

Look, today is a bad day, and for every bad day that I feel like a big fat failure of a parent, there are heartwarming days where dare I say it... I get things right.

By the time this post is published, I have no doubt the tears have been forgotten and the kids have returned to their normal acceptable selves and we are all bouncing about as happy as a pup with two tails again.

But the thing is, I am sharing because I want it to be known that not every day is instagram worthy. Not every day is sunshine and lollipops, and if reading about my crappier than thou day makes just one person feel better about their crappier than thou day then yay, job done!

On any given day I generally teeter somewhere between breezing through a 24 hour period with no hiccups, punch ups or injuries or... tipping over to the other end of the scale and completely losing my shit when everything goes wrong.

When things are good I go to bed at night with a smile on my face and a quiet confidence that tells me "You've got this"... but then other days I berate myself for stuffing everything up and I start wishing I could go back to the beginning and start all over again.

But... then I beat myself up with guilt knowing that there are others who have not yet been blessed with the gift of being a mum... or worse yet, have loved and lost and would give their life to do it all over again... just knowing that they would happily take all of the bad if it meant just one more day KILLS me.

And so the guilt (more often than not) stops me from sharing how I feel.

I don't want to upset anyone who is doing it tougher than I by complaining about my less than perfectly behaved kids, nor do I want to brag on a good day and make someone who is having their crap day feel worse than they already do.

And so generally I just waft along doing my thing, quietly glowing in the highs and sobbing to myself through the lows.

But motherhood is not one dimensional.

There is no right or wrong way to feel about it.

There is good and there is bad, there are wins and defeats, gains and losses and there are layers upon layers upon layers.

Perfection does not exist when it comes to being a parent. Those TV shows are all lies.

I guess it is all we can do to avoid perpetuating the perfection by being honest with each other about how we feel from day to day. I kid you not - when someone tells me their parenting day sucks - I WANT TO HUG THEM and not just because I feel sorry for them but because I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for making me feel normal!

Sharing a bad day or talking about the lows does not mean that we are ungrateful for the opportunity to be a mum. Nor does celebrating the successes make us boastful twats.

There are many layers when it comes to motherhood, and just like trifle and many other great things in life, it is highly likely you are going to love some of the layers more than the others... and that's OK you know...

That's OK.

How are you doing? 
Any parenting highs or lows you feel like sharing with us?


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

When Life is The Explanation

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Hello lovely people.

I initially sat down to write an explanation about why I suddenly went AWOL from the blog last week... but then I found myself asking why?

Why would there even need to be an explanation other than the fact that I was simply busy living life?

Sometimes I take myself far too seriously.

I've told you that I feel bad about stuff that I shouldn't feel bad about. I feel guilt over things that I needn't feel guilty about and I worry far too much about things that I THINK other people are thinking when really they probably don't even give a quarter of the shit that I do about it.

I worry about everything far too much in general.

I am basically my own worst enemy.

Enough said.

So although I am not actually giving a specific explanation for going AWOL from the blog... I kind of am.

Life.

Life is my explanation.

Sometimes life insists that you get out there and enjoy it.

Sometimes life demands your unwavering attention and for you to be completely on the ball.

Sometimes life feeds you awesomeness and has you high as a kite on all kinds of beautiful endorphins.

And then... sometimes life serves up everything at once, completely stumps you and all you can do is; stop and breathe, be a little kind to yourself and not take everything so seriously... well at least not yourself anyway.

That's all it was.

Just a breather.

I hope you guys are being kind to yourself and I hope life is being kind right back at you.




Friday, 23 October 2015

Gone Surfing!

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Hello, I've taken a little time out this week. Gone AWOL, cruising the waves, you know just going with the flow that is life.

I'll be back on board next week but until then - peace and love!

Friday, 16 October 2015

An Extra Bouncy Kind of Limp Into The Weekend

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I am ending the week with an extra bouncy bounce in my step today... OK it's a bouncy limp because, you know - bad legs and all that, but it's an extra bouncy kind of limp all the same.

I spent a lovely few hours at the Boathouse Shelly Beach today gasbagging with a gorgeous bloggy pal (hence the overload of food and flower images today) and it (and she) were such a nice way to end the week on a really high note.

We need to focus on more of the good stuff in life don't you think?

I have to tell you, I get so worn down by hearing about all the crappy stuff going on around us all the time. I wish we had a good news only program we could tune into that focuses only on the good things happening.

I'm serious!

Every day the news seems to be full of sad or confronting things... maybe it is for that reason some people find they can only ever focus on talking about the bad stuff too.

It can be exhausting being around people whose conversations are always so heavily based on the bad news stories or sad news stories they feel they need to share.

There is one particular person I know (a friend of a friend I have met a couple of times kind of situation) who I actually go to great lengths to avoid if I see her at the shops or out and about because whenever I do bump into her, all she ever talks about is who died, who is dying, who has been killed and who did what terrible thing.

I honestly don't think I have ever heard her talk about anything positive and I'm afraid to even ask how she is because before she even opens her mouth, I already know that she has been sick, her family have all been sick, her Uncle bozo's brother in law's brother lost his toenail in a lawn mower accident and her daughter's friend's mother just had her favourite garden gnome stolen by the neighbourhood hooligan and now she is too scared to leave the house in fear he has a personal vendetta against her and her remaining gnomes because people are SO BAD YOU KNOW.. or something like that.

You get the idea.

Why do we give so much attention to the negative when there are good things to talk about?

Now don't get me wrong, life isn't always a bed of roses and sadly we don't always have much in the way of good news to share. But dear Lord news people - give us something, even just something little before launching into all the scary stuff!

I don't think we as people talk enough about the good stuff that happens to us. You know the things that are making us happy, the kind things people do and the reasons we might feel like celebrating.

Why do you think that is?

Do you think it is because we are scared of making other people feel bad if we have something good to talk about?

Why does bad news travel faster than good?



Anyways - here's a good thing that happened to us this week and it is the reason for my extra bouncy limp.

Last weekend my ten year son old lost his iPad. He was skating home with a friend and somehow his iPad fell out of his backpack and he didn't notice until he got home... and then all hell broke lose.

He was beside himself.

A big storm was brewing and the race was on to retrace his steps, but unfortunately our search was fruitless and once the rain set in we pretty much resigned ourselves to the fact that his iPad was gone and the chances of him getting it back in working condition was probably as likely as me winning a running race...

Not very likely at all.

Oh my God my heart broke for him. He was devastated and spent all week crying and hating himself for losing it.

And then Wednesday night we received a phone call from his little friend's mum who told us about and email her son received someone saying he has found Sam's iPad and was trying to track down the owner.

He and his wife had been visiting the area when they noticed the iPad lying on the path and after looking at the photos they realised that the iPad belonged to a child and so they were even more determined to find it's owner.

Bless them and their awesomeness. When I saw the pure joy on Sam's face when we told him, I just wanted to drive to where they are so I could throw my arms around them and kiss them... but I didn't because ummm that would be kinda awkward.

Instead, we will drive to where they are tomorrow and Sam has used the money he has been saving up for a new skateboard, to buy them a voucher so that they can have breakfast at a local cafe. It's his way of saying thank you... his equivalent to me accosting them with hugs and kisses.

So you can see why I am bouncing all over the shop now can't you? Doesn't it make you feel good to know that there are some awesomely good people in the world? More than I think we give this place credit for... and certainly more than we hear about.

OK, now here's where I go and contradict myself... because I am the bearer of bad news in this case I'm sorry.

This weekend it is just Zoe and myself for our Weekend Rewind as our lovely Bron is in hospital and she will be for at least a few more days. She is doing OK, and I understand she is feeling a little bit better than she did yesterday, but she needs to get even betterer... (that is SO a word).

So Bron our lovely friend - we are all sending you our love to you by the truck full, and we hope you are back on your feet and fighting fit as soon as possible.

Feel free to leave Bron a message and I will make sure she gets it.


To play along simply link up your favourite post from the past week and then if you get a chance, pop around and say hello to some of the other lovely linkers. The Weekend Rewind blog hopping party starts every Friday night at 8pm and links will close on Sunday night at midnight. Link up here or over on Zoe's blog (A Quirky Bird) - and Bron (Maxabella) will be back with us soonIt does not matter where you link as your link will show up in all 4 places.

Now have a good weekend you lot.. and by good - I mean GOOD!


Win an EPSON EcoTank Expression Printer Valued at $499

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Brought to you by Nuffnang and Epson


***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
AND BECAUSE I CANNOT RESIST SOMEONE CHASING A DREAM, I AM GOING TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO;



"This is on the top of my shopping list at the moment, because I've fallen head over heels with watercolour painting, and am doing everything I can to make it into a business (and now I've officially put it out there.....EEEEEEK!!!).
Our current printer just doesn't cut it, what with all the school assignments it has to spit out.
The first thing I would print would be a custom painting, with a big THANK YOU on it xx 

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Why is it that printers always run out of ink right when you are in the middle of printing a really important presentation, or your school age child is printing off an assignment that is due upon the ring of the school bell at 9am?

Its Murphys Law you know - you will ALWAYS run out when it is the most inconvenient.

It is no wonder our printer cartridges run out so quickly at home. I mean, between me using our printer for work and printing off all the gorgeous typography prints I am currently addicted to, and the kids printing of reams of colouring in or full page photos because Look Mum, Im making a magazine!, we dont stand a chance.

Its a scene any parent of a child old enough to press print will be familiar with - walking into the room where your printer is and finding half a forest scattered on the floor, your printer practically hemorrhaging ink, and just knowing that you know you are going to pretty much need to take out a second mortgage to replace the ink.

Well. What if I told you that you there is a new printer that comes with up to 2 years of 
ink, 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour to be precise.
Would you be excited? Because thats a WHOLE LOT of colouring in and homemade magazines you know!



Better yet, when your ink does eventually run out on you, what if it was only going to cost you $16.99 for a replacement bottle of ink to refill?


Did you just get a little giddy?

If you did, then good, because I did and that is EXACTLY the reaction the gang at Epson were hoping to get from us.



The Epson EcoTank range of printers come with a high-capacity ink tank where the ink is supplied continuously to the printer. There are no expensive ink cartridges to replace, in fact with the use of 4 ink bottles (black, cyan, magenta and yellow) there are no cartridges to change, ever. EVER.


If your ink starts to run low, you simply top up the tank and can continue printing without any interruption or expensive outlay for replacement cartridges…

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend the launch of Epson’s exciting new product range that would revolutionise household and home office printing in Australia, and I was promised that the unveiling would knock my socks off.

Ill be honest, I am a wee bit technically challenged at times and I was also wearing sandals on the day, so the exciting promise of having my socks knocked off by anything techy was nothing less than one mighty big call.

But I was impressed.

Very impressed actually!

Lets face it, all you need to do is drive along a street at council pick up time, or pay a visit to your local to tip and you will literally find a ridiculous amount of printers dumped and abandoned and putting additional stress on an already struggling landfill situation.

You see, the problem is you can buy printers for next to nothing these days, but the cost of the replacement ink cartridges for those cheap printers is enough to pretty much cripple your finances and make your cheap printer suddenly become one of your more expensive purchases.

Paper aside, once you purchase your EcoTank printer, most of the costs associated with printing are already paid - that is a pretty impressive selling point as far as Im concerned. Add in the fact that you can connect wirelessly to your printer and print direct from your smart phone or tablet and scan and save documents direct to the cloud and well thats all that was needed to convince this particular non techy mum of 3 school age tree killers.

The freedom to print what you want, when you want and without the burden of expensive refills it is a pretty big deal in my books.



But don't just take my word for it! Try it out for yourself.

Order now, and you can also receive an additional 1 year bonus warranty on your Epson EcoTank if you register your purchase online within 30 days here.

More peace of mind right?!

We like it!

You can purchase the Epson EcoTank (starting at $449) direct from theEpson website here, or you can check out the range in person at your local Harvey Norman Store

or better yet


Leave me a comment below telling me why winning an Epson Expression ET2550 would totally rock your world and YOU could WIN one of these babies for yourself.

Yep the gang at Epson want one of YOU to have the chance to enjoy one of their awesome new EcoTank on them - and so they have given me an Epson Expression ET2550 valued at $499 to give away to one of you guys.

So tell me then;

How would winning one of these make a difference to your family or business?
Whats the first thing you would print if you won this for yourself?



Thursday, 15 October 2015

Like a Carrot to a Donkey

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On Tuesday,  Mother Nature decided us Sydneysiders needed a mighty drenching and proceeded to pour buckets on us for the entire day.

I don't mind a good old rainy day in the Spring time, it makes all that gorgeous green growth in the garden that extra bit lush and green and lush and green it was most indeed out at the Grounds of Alexandria.

I flipping love that place!

It is the perfect mix of urbanny old and new that I absolutely adore and I would happily get lost in all the little lane ways without a care in the world as to whether I was found or not.

I have been meaning to go there at night for ages as I believe it is a truly spectacular sight with all the greenery and brickwork lit up by fairy lights.


We were there this particular day for the launch of a new business The Apron Studio - an Aussie start up who design and create a gorgeous range of aprons for gardeners and cooks.



I have a thing for Aprons and small businesses taking a leap of faith... I also have a thing for the Grounds of Alexandria so the combo of the three was like a carrot to a Donkey.  I was there with bells on.

You can check out the Apron Studio at their website here and follow their instagram feed here for hostessing and entertaining tips.

As for the beautiful urban oasis that is The Grounds of Alexandria, well you can check out their website here for details of what's on and open hours etc.

Happy Thursday you guys, enjoy the rest of your week!

Have you been to The Grounds of Alexandria?
Any other hidden Sydney Oasis you are keeping secret I should know about?


Monday, 12 October 2015

Spring Clean Your Head Space

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In any given moment... how much of the stuff buzzing around in our head is actually important and how much of it is just white noise and clutter?

If for example I was to open my brain up to you guys and I was completely honest about what is going on in there, I would hazard a guess that the balance of good stuff versus white noise in my head space would look something kinda like this...



Like many of us, I have been busting my chops lately to get the house in order. You know, Spring cleaning, decluttering and all that jazz. 

I do it because it makes me feel good to live in a clear uncluttered space. 

I have also been busying preparing myself for Spring in the same way.. but sorta different... de fuzzing, detoxing and sorting out my wardrobe yada yada.

But then it struck me last night as I was trying to go to sleep and couldn't because there was a party going on in my brain... what about my head space? 

Surely that could do with a good Spring Clean too right?

Right.

Just imagine how much more room we could have for the good stuff in our head like plans, ideas, and learning, if we cleaned out and sorted through all the junk we have stored up there.

I know it's not tangible stuff we are storing and therefore I'm probably a bit of a looney for thinking you can actually do a Spring clean on your head... but why not?

Think of your head as the hard file on your computers. 

If we don't clean up our files at least every once in a while, the computer lags, we run out of memory to store things or worse yet - it blue screens on us or simply shuts down.

Our brain is kind of the same when you think about it.

When I had my full on fair dinkum breakdown a few years back, my brain literally shut down on me and as bizarre as it sounds I lost all unnecessary info. 

Pin numbers, phone numbers, names, details - my brain just dumped it all so that it could run in safety mode, processing on the bare minimum it needed to keep me functioning.

I for one don't ever want to be in that place again, and I promised myself I wouldn't, and yet over time I have allowed my head to fill up with a whole lotta stuff that doesn't need to be there. Stuff that does nothing but build up, gathering dust and stopping me from thinking with any sort of clarity.

Stuff that slows me down and makes me feel stressed.

So just as you would your home or your computer, maybe it's time to give your head space a grand old Spring Clean and start by hitting Control, Alt & Delete on the following things that are taking up valuable space and energy;

1. Self criticism and doubt. I'm talking about all the crappy things we tell ourselves all the time - not good enough, not smart enough, not skinny enough, not funny enough ... blah blah. 


If someone was saying all that negative stuff to your face, would you just stand there day in and day out and listen to it? Ahhh that would be a big fat NO! 

What if they stood next to your bed as you were going to sleep and whispered into your ear a constant stream of insulting crappola? Not only would you not allow it, you'd probably smack them in the head with an ugg boot as you call the cops. 

Get rid of it OKK?! NO MORE!

2. Next on the list of things to get rid of is all that space you take up thinking about bad experiences or any failures from your past. Let those things go, they are in the past for a damn good reason and the only room in your head for things from the past, is good memories... the ones that make you smile. The rest of it can go.

3. Fear. Ummm see point 1 and don't waste another second thinking about it - DELETE.

4. OK, now we are on a roll, it's time to look at all those worries we have stored up there. 

First of all - worrying about what hasn’t happened? Ahh hello! It hasn’t happened so why do we even give them head space? 

It is one thing to be cautious, but to dwell on a 'what if?' – well as far as I am concerned that is just a waste of a perfectly good worry. Let’s save them for something that is real and tangible and we are actually facing and not give our fears of 'what if?' any energy to feed on.

5. Shouldas, Couldas & Wouldas. Meh, who’s got time for that?! If it didn’t, you didn’t or it hasn’t – they serve no purpose, so get rid of those thoughts and move on.

6. A big chunk of head space gets chewed up by all the constant commentary on what we should be doing instead of what we are doing. 

I kind of liken that annoying voice to the really painful person in the cinema, who despite there being a zillion seats to choose from, picks the one right in front of you and blocks your view. 

That running commentary in your head blocks your view and gets in the way of you enjoying the moment you are in ... which is ridiculous when you think about it. 

So many of us are talking about being more mindful and in the moment and yet it is generally ourselves and that commentary in our head that stands in our own way of achieving that peaceful mindfulness we so desire.

7. Over analysing other people – and by that I mean thinking about what they are doing, comparing ourselves to them or pondering on how they feel about us

What they are dong or what they think about us is their business not ours, so I reckon we leave that to them and stop wasting valuable head space on something we don't own.

8. Bearing grudges. This was a biggy for me to let go off. 

I didn’t realise just how much time and head space I gave to people who had done the wrong thing by me. Far too much is how much... in case you were wondering.

I’m not suggesting you need to ever forget what has been done... heck I am not even telling you to forgive if you don't feel the need to – but what I am saying is give it a couple of minutes of your time to feel the pain of what they did, acknowledge the anger or frustration they made you feel and then DELETE, let it go. 

It’s just taking up space in your head and making far too much noise to serve you any purpose so on the count of three, hit Control-Alt-Delete and be done with it. 

That space in your head can be better put to use.

I am not suggesting you tackle all of these things in one go... but I mean if you can - hey that's awesome, do it! 

But for the rest of us, tackling it one thing at the time is probably more the go, just as cleaning one room at a time in your house, or sorting through one file of photos on your computer is much easier and far less daunting than trying to do it all at once. 

I reckon, if we can do this - before we know it we will be living with fresh uncluttered head space with no one and nothing, not even ourselves, blocking our view or stopping us from feeling far less stressed and truly being in the moment.

When was the last time you gave your head space a good clean out?
Is your head a noisy place to be in too?

Friday, 9 October 2015

Life Lately

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I've had a big shift in how I look at life lately and I have been making a conscious effort to slow down a little, take better care of myself, regain some balance and focus on making the time to really enjoy life in all of it's perfectly imperfect glory.

I've been making AND taking the time to embrace the wins we achieve along the way, no matter how big or small they are.

Whether it be crossing just one thing off our to-do-list or smashing the whole damn list, managing to get at least one of the three piles of washing folded and put away or nailing the whole lot, or just simply appreciating that although my day (week or even the year) might not have played out quite how we planned it, there are still most definitely gold nuggets worth celebrating.

Last weekend we spent an afternoon with my mum and my dad, eating and drinking and toasting the fact that my mum who was recently diagnosed with Leukaemia, has been diagnosed with a better type of leukaemia than we originally feared.

I know how ridiculously stupid that sounds - celebrating leukaemia. I mean just the word leukaemia is enough to scare the sweet baby cheeses out of you right? But given the choice of the two types she was facing, we are very happy to accept the one that had been served to us and grateful enough to realise that it is totally a win worth celebrating.

How many awesome things do we overlook in all our rushing about and busyness, things that by overlooking - we deny ourselves a reason to celebrate?

I do it all the time.

Except for yesterday.

Yesterday for a whole hour before we were due to leave for school, the kids failed to understand that the fact that my face was bright red, my eyes were all twitchy and I consistently confused their names with the dogs actually meant that I was getting more than a little fed up with them taking their God damn time when I also had a day I needed to get on with.

We were officially running late for school which meant I would be late for my meeting... which meant my whole tightly scheduled day would be screwed before it even began. But as luck would have it, I had the fastest school run ever with next to no traffic or dithering people on the roads and not only did I make up the lost time, I even had time to stop and grab a coffee on my way to my first meeting.

The old me would have gulped down that coffee and busied myself stressing about what I needed to do next.

The new and on the road to being improved me, took the time to actually sit down at a table and drink that coffee in peace and quiet and I spent a precious few minutes just sitting and being and engaging in a little people watching.

In other words I celebrated the win, no matter how small it was.

What I have found is that the way that this whole 'law of attraction' and 'attitude breeds gratitude' deal works is that; the more I take the time to appreciate and celebrate the smaller wins and the little things in life - the more things worth celebrating and feeling grateful for miraculously come my way.

The more I allow myself to stress or get swept away by the hiccups, the more life chooses to challenge me.

Duh, it took me forty years to figure that out?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say it was a lesson that was totally worth the wait.

Have an awesome weekend you guys.


Do you celebrate enough of the small wins in life or are you (like I have been) too busy focusing on where you need to get to, to truly appreciate how far you have come? Be honest with yourself!




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