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For the Love of Words

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For as long as I can remember I’ve been a lover of words; both as a reader and a writer. I guess maybe I get it from my parents. My Mum is an avid reader, she always has a book on her bedside table. Growing up she would read whatever book my sister and I were reading, whether it be for school or pleasure. As adults we still regularly swap books with each other. My Dad, whilst not much of a reader or writer still has a great love for words; through song. He’s known to regularly instruct others to “listen to the words” as he turns up a tune. Growing up my sister and I would endure hours of Elton John in the car. I say endure because back then my sister and I hated it. Now, I have more of an appreciation of good music and don’t mind a bit of Elton John. My Dad always used to always say “Listen to the words. Do you know the story behind this song?” There was always a story. The story behind Tears in Heaven, and Paradise by the Dashboard Light. Needless to say my tiny mind was blown when I really listened to the words of Lola by The Kinks.

As a kid I loved to write stories and as a teenager I used to spend hours writing down the lyrics to songs; I could even manage to find deep meaning in a Limp Bizkit song (true story). I had a little notebook where I would write down my favourite sayings and quotes…I still have it tucked away in a drawer somewhere. Somewhere along the line I forgot about my love for words, I wouldn’t say I lost it because I’m sure it never went away, it was always there just under the surface, I just got a bit distracted by….life. That happens. But the past few years I’ve rediscovered my love of words; I’m reading and writing more than I have before. This year I even started to get paid for my writing…which is both wonderful and weird all at the same time. I try not to get too caught up in that because I know that when money become the reason for things the love can often die and I really don’t want that. I want to keep writing and reading just because I love it and if it that opens up to other things then that’s awesome too.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a talk by one of my all time favourite authors, John Marsden. Growing up my sister and I were obsessed with the Tomorrow When the War Begun series and my Mum joined us in our obsession. We listened to John talk for an hour about writing and words. Something in particular he said really stuck with me. He was talking about children and how they are so open and free in the way they use their words; often mashing them up and inventing new ones. He said we end up squashing that imagination with rules; all the rules about how we must/musn’t use words. We crush their confidence and that can often cause them to retreat. Isn’t that heartbreaking? He gave the example of a time when he took his English class to a cliff face looking out towards the ocean and asked the to write about what they saw. One girl began writing something along the lines of “the sparkling blue ocean…” and John groaned, not only because it wasn’t original but also because that wasn’t what the girl saw at all. In fact, the weather was horrible that day, there was no sun and the storm clouds were rolling in causing the sea to be a menacing dark grey colour. But the girl still described it as ‘the sparkling blue ocean’ probably because she had heard that description so many times before. She couldn’t think outside of the box.  I think it’s an important thing for both teachers and parents to remember; to allow our children the freedom to express themselves in whatever way they want, whether that be through words or something else. Let’s not limit their creativity with rules. And as adults let’s do the same. Forget about the ‘rules’ to being a  great writer and a perfect blogger, forget about what you should/shouldn’t do, just write. Write for the love of words, because there’s great power to be found in just that.

Are you a word lover? Where do you think it comes from?

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The conversation I wasn’t ready for…

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Driving in the car with my five year old son last week and he asks “Mum, who made the world?”. Shit, how do I answer that?! He continues, “Because whoever it was must’ve gotten really thirsty ’cause that would’ve been a lot of hard work”. True that kid. “So Mum, who did make the world?” I was so not ready for this conversation; I did not have a prepared answer. Much like death and sex and all the other major things in life I know there will come a time when he will ask questions and I know that as a parent it is my job to answer them. But what happens when you don’t know the answer?

I’m technically a Catholic. I was baptised and did my holy communion and all of that but I guess I’m not really what you would call a ‘practicing Catholic’. I haven’t been to a church service (other than weddings etc) since I was a child. I don’t pray and I’m not even really sure what I believe when it comes to God. Is there a God? I honestly don’t know. I would like to believe that there is something, something bigger than us, a reason for it all but I’m not sure what that is. I believe there is some kind of afterlife, but do I believe in heaven and hell? I just don’t know! How do you explain a concept to a child that is so big? How do you explain something you don’t even understand yourself?

When our dog passed away earlier this year I told our son he had died. He asked a few questions, mainly why did she die and when was she coming back. But he never asked where she went so I never told him. We never had the discussion about heaven because he just didn’t ask so we didn’t push, preferring to keep things as simple and non-scary as possible. I think that was totally the right thing. But what would I have said had he asked? I don’t know. I guess I would’ve told him that she went to heaven because heaven sounds like such a nice place and it’s nice to have things to believe in isn’t it?

So, back to the conversation in the car about God…how did I handle it? Well, I kinda dodge and weaved and mumbled my way through a bit…. I told my son that some people believe that God made the world.

“Gawd. Who’s gawd?” (He said it just like that).

“Well he’s a man, a really powerful man…” But is God a man? I don’t know!

“Mum, do you reckon if me and Gawd had a running race that I would win? Because I’m pretty fast”

“Well I dunno, God is pretty fast. He’s kind of magical. Yeah, God is like a magic man. And he lives in the sky…” Fuck, why did I say that? Now I’m going to have to explain Heaven. Don’t say anymore, just wait until he asks…

“In a house like ours in the sky?”

“Umm yeah I guess so.”

“What does he look like?”

“Umm I don’t really know buddy, I haven’t seen him before, no one really has, because remember he lives in the sky..”

Silence. No more questions. Until next time.

So tell me parents out there; how do you handle (or plan to handle) the big question, namely God, with your children? Do you have strong beliefs that you will pass on to your kids or are you a bit like me and you just don’t know?

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Living and Loving Lately

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It’s been a bit of a crappy week in our household; one by one we’ve been struck down by the dreaded gastro. So not fun. And it’s been raining here, a lot (hello Melbourne it’s meant to be Spring!) After days of being cooped up inside watching TV, reading books and sleeping (amongst all the vomiting and cleaning up of said vomit) I decided to cheer myself up by making a bit of a list of all the awesome stuff I’ve been doing and things I’ve been loving lately. Here we go:

Reading: The only upside to all of the recent rainy days we’ve had in Melbourne? Lots of time for reading. I’ve read Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It; a quick, easy and inspiring read and Craft for the Soul; a super sweet book. Also The Wrong Girl which was total chick lit at it’s finest. I can’t wait until the TV series starts this month. Next up on my bedside table is The Anxiety Book…anyone read that?

Workshopping: I’ve been wanting to do a Digital Picnic workshop for a long time (ever since they started really). So last month I finally booked in and took myself off to the Get Social Savvy workshops. After following both Cherie and Cat online for many years it was so nice to finally meet them in real life. We talked all things social media, ate cupcakes and drank from pineapple cups…fun!

Staycation: Hubby, the lil man and I had ourselves a little staycation in Melbourne to celebrate fathers day and hubby’s birthday. I picked up a Groupon and we stayed at The Parkiew which was the perfect little base for both exploring the city and staying indoors. We spoilt ourselves with the movie channel and room service. It was so much fun. We’re going to do it more often!

Podcasts: Always the podcasts. I listen to them when I’m walking, driving and cooking dinner. Current faves include #MerryBiz, Aussie Bloggers Podcast, The Well and So you want to be a writer

DIY: In case you missed it, earlier this week I shared a little DIY project I recently did (you can check it out here). I’m somewhat in love and have many more DIY projects planned for the near future so stay tuned!

Friends: Seriously I have the best friends in the world, it’s true. To every friend who has called or messaged and checked in on me lately (you know who you are) thank you, it means a lot.

But above all, after making this hard decision recently I’ve just been enjoying taking it slow; reading, writing, spending time with my family and my friends. We’ve had a couple of days where the sunshine came out and it was wonderful (more of that please Melbourne!) And of course school/kinder holidays have officially started for us so I’m looking forward to spending even more time with my boy.

Tell me, what have you been loving lately? Share all the good things!

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DIY Project: Dark to white wooden cabinet for under $30!

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A couple of months ago my Mum was doing a clean out and decided she wanted to get rid of an old cabinet she had and asked if I wanted it. I looked at the cabinet and could immediately see it’s potential and how great it would look in white  but because of it’s curves and intricate details I decided it would be way to much hard work to sand back. So I took a pic and popped it up on my facebook page to see if anyone else wanted it. The amazing Pip Lincolne commented straight away, something to the affect of “Don’t get rid of that. It would look amazing painted white!” I replied that I agreed but couldn’t be bothered sanding it all back. “You don’t need to” replied Pip “Check this out“. Turns our Pip had written a post about painting a similar cabinet without the need to sand. Say what?! I immediately removed the post from my facebook page (before someone else snapped up the cabinet) and headed off to read Pip’s post.

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Unfortunately there wasn’t a stockist of the Annie Sloan chalk paint nearby so I headed to our local Bunnings to see if they had something similar. Turns out they had lots of chalk paint, just not the colour I wanted! So I asked the helpful Bunnings lady who told me that I could totally make my own chalk paint, it was super easy and cheap too. Winning! So yes, turns out you can make your own chalk paint by mixing normal paint with Plaster of Paris.

Here’s what I used:

Plaster of Paris ($7 for a 1kg bag. You only need a very small amount but this was the smallest bag Bunnings had).

Paint (I got three sample pots totaling 1.5 litres. $7.50 per pot).

Paintbrushes (I already had some at home but you can pick these up from Bunning for a few dollars).

Door knobs (I had some I wanted to use at home but again you can get these from Bunnings for a few dollars).

Total: $29.50

Here’s what I did:

Mixed 2 1/2 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 1 1/2 tablespoons of cool water. Then I added 1 cup of paint and used an old wooden spatula to mix it all together thoroughly.

Dusted off the cabinet and removed the glass; I could easily do this as the cabinet had little swig tabs holding the glass in place but if I was unable to remove the glass I could’ve easily just taped around the edges.

Slapped on the first coat of paint…and I really mean slapped on. My five year old helped do the first coat and we all know how kids paint!

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I allowed it to dry for a few hours then put on a second coat. Once that dried I then put on one final coat of just plain paint (without the plaster of paris mixed in) to give it a bit more of a glossy finish. I screwed on some new knobs, put the glass back in and voila, the finished product….

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Add a few pretty pieces to and I’m in love…

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What do you think? Now that I know this can be done so easily I have my eye on a few other old pieces we have lying around in the garage to fix up! Stay tuned…

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Screw You Anxiety

 

anxiety, www.sarahdipity.com.auDuring my recent month long bloggy break I would often jot down my thoughts and other post ideas. Some days, the urge to just ‘write it out’ would become so strong that I would reach for my phone and type out a whole post in my notes. This is one of those posts. I deliberated about sharing it, because I’m in a different mind frame today than what I was that day. But then I decided it was important to share it, because it was how I was feeling on that particular day and I really need to acknowledge that. So here goes…

If you know me or have read this blog before you will probably know that I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for many, many years. It’s a part of my life that unfortunately I have come to accept. Most of the time I deal with it fine, I have lots of strategies and supportive people around me to help out. But sometimes, I just get a little sick of it all and right now is one of those times. You see, living with anxiety can be really exhausting. Constantly over thinking things, questioning myself, trying to predict and control everything; its exhausting. And so today, if it’s ok with you, I’m just going to have a little ranty rant about anxiety.

I’m very self aware. I know why I suffer from anxiety, I understand the triggers behind my panic attacks. I’ve researched and read books and joined forums and taken medication and sought counselling and delved into my childhood and all the major life events that have helped shape who I am today. Sure, I understand why it happens but it still doesn’t stop it from happening. I understand that I am not going to die from a panic attack but that doesn’t stop me feeling like I am. I understand that when I have a panic attack it is just my body going instinctively going into flight or fight mode; a thing us humans have been using since the dawn of time to protect ourselves. It helps to prepare our bodies physically to either stay and fight or run for our lives. But seriously, I’m not a bloody cave woman out hunting and being confronted by a lion; I’m just trying to do the shopping at my local supermarket!

I know many people think that having a mental illness is a sign of weakness, I feel that way sometimes too, but in reality the reverse is true; you have to be a super strong person to face anxiety everyday. Sometimes I get sick of having to be brave. Have I not already proven how brave I am? Have I not already proven that I’m stronger than you? That I will go out, go shopping, meet new people, jump on a plane, travel and go to new places in spite of you. Have I not faced you and stood up to you and beaten you a million times? So why oh why do you keep coming back…yes I know, it’s totally a rhetorical question. But how nice it would be to go to a new place or event without spending the whole day feeling sick and planning my exit strategy and then  maybe cancelling last minute because it all gets too much.

And here’s the thing; I’m one of the lucky ones, I know I am. Because I still manage to function. I manage to hold down a job, look after our son, have a happy marriage, socialise with friends; I do all that in spite of my anxieties. I know others who can’t, I know others who are too scared to even leave their own house (I know because I’ve been there myself) and for that I say screw you anxiety. Just screw you.

If you suffer from anxiety can you relate? Do you sometimes just feel like saying a big ‘screw you’ to anxiety? Get it all out in the comments below…trust me, it’ll make you feel much better!

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The hardest decisions are sometimes the right ones

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Well hi there (waves sheepishly) it’s been a while I know (scuffs feet on the floor). It’s been a whole month since I’ve written here. It wasn’t a planned or intentional break, I’ve just been, well, really busy. I know, I know, we’re not supposed to use the word “busy” but it’s true, I’ve been really freakin busy! 

My year off work turned into me working two jobs from home as well as some other freelancing and project work. I got really busy and it all started to get a bit too much…Because I was working in social media I was on my phone a lot; first thing every morning, last thing every night and all throughout during the day. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself, because I’m a perfectionist and a people pleaser, I do that. I was finding it really hard to switch off, especially at night. My panic attacks became more frequent and I know myself well enough by now to know that is my body’s way of saying “stop, slow down”.

Then last week, following a panic attack in an underground carpark in the city (wasn’t that fun!), my best friend gave me a few home truths (aren’t best friends good like that?) She said out loud what I knew deep down…I needed to stop. This year was supposed to be about me spending some quality time with our son before he starts school and it just wasn’t anymore. It was supposed to be the year that I was going to look after myself and my family and I’d busied myself with work and other things (again!) I’ve worked really hard for the past twelve years to earn my long service leave, yet it’s almost September and I have not spent one single day on the couch watching trashy tv or reading a book or napping like I had grand dreams that I would be doing on a regular basis during my year off. It’s like I’m completely incapable of just…being. I need to learn to just be.

And so, I made the really hard decision to let the work go. It was really hard because I knew I was letting people down and that made me feel (literally) sick (see point above about being a people pleaser!) And of course I immediately doubted my decision…people would kill to have these opportunities I know! But then the next morning I was snuggling in bed with my son and he asked “what are we doing today?” and I said “Absolutely nothing. Let’s stay in our pj’s all day.” He said “Do you have to do work today Mum?” and I said “No, no more work from home buddy.” He jumped up and said “Yay! No more work at home, just work at work?” and right then I knew I had made the right decision.

The hardest decisions are sometimes the right ones.

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On beauty, having an amazinger face and meeting Zoe Foster Blake in the bathroom

Two weeks ago my sister and I were lucky enough to attend the official launch of Zoe Foster Blake’s new book Amazinger Face. I say lucky because apparently there ended up being over three thousand disappointed ladies who tried to get tickets but missed out. I thought we’d missed out too. After sending an email to the booking address I also called and put my name down on the list. Hours of waiting in anticipation later (and people starting to lose their shit on social media) I received an email to say sorry, the event had sold out within three minutes and we’d been placed on a waiting list. Bummer. One hour later I received another email confirming our spot; hooray we were in! Now time to get our pretty on….

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                                        My sister and I.

For those of you who don’t know Zoe is married to Hamish Blake (one half of the Hamish and Andy show) but is a celebrity in her own right. She is a journalist, published author and worked as the beauty editor under Mia Freedman at Cosmopolitan for several years. Amazinger Face is a fully revised and updated version of her original beauty book Amazing Face.

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                               Hi Zoe!

The launch was held over brunch at the Langham. I’d never been to the Langham before but had heard good things and let me tell you it did not disappoint! I felt fancy as soon as I walked in the doors. The food was amazing; we’re talking fluffy pancakes with Lindt chocolate sauce and meringues, fresh croissants, fruit platters and pretty bottles of waters with straws (see, fancy).

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As soon as we’d found our seat (on table 1 if ‘ya don’t mind) I headed off to the bathroom. When I walked in I noticed out the corner of my eye someone standing in front of the mirror fixing their hair but didn’t pay much attention. I stood at the basin washing my hands when I looked up and realized that said someone was in fact Zoe herself!

“Oh it’s you!” I gasped. Total fangirl moment, stay cool Sarah.

“Yes, it’s me” she replied “and I’m having a really bad hair day”. She looked stunning, as always and I told her so. I introduced myself and we chatted for a bit. As I went to walk away I had that moment where I thought to myself ‘do I ask for a photo or not?’ Not one to have any regrets I asked Zoe if taking a pic in the toilets would be inappropriate.“Umm, do you mind if we do it later after I’ve fixed my hair?” She said. She was totally nice about it but I still felt like a bit of a loser. And so I walked out without any evidence of having just met Zoe in the bathroom, hoping that she didn’t think I was a total weirdo. I quickly sent my friend (who is somewhat obsessed with Hamish and Zoe) a text. It read:

“So, me and Zoe chatting in the bathroom that just happened.” To which he replied..

“No way. What was she wearing? What were you wearing? What did she say? What did you say? Did you mention me?” See what I mean? A little obsessed.

We sat down to brunch, chatted, browsed and brought some stuff from Zoe’s Go To skin care range. I also purchased a copy of Amazinger Face and The Wrong Girl (one of Zoe’s fiction books which is being made into a TV series). Then Zoe entered the room. She gave a little speech then threw it open to the room for questions. Can I just say how awesome it is when you met someone in real life and they are just as gorgeous as you imagined they would be? Zoe was down to earth, friendly and damn funny! She has an extremely quick wit about her and had us all in stiches. At the end of her talk Zoe promised she would not leave without getting a photo with each and every person in the room and signing our books, which she did.

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                                    Me and Zoe.

And remember that Zoe obsessed friend of mine? Well we couldn’t have him miss out now could we….

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Now onto the book. I’ve read it cover to cover and have put those little sticky tabs on loads of pages. If you wear makeup, you need this book. If you don’t know how to wear makeup but want to learn, you need this book. If you want to look after your skin, learn how to tame your hair or what colour lipstick you should wear, you need this book. If you have a teenage daughter, she needs this book. Basically, I think every female should own this book. Its filled with some really great tips and tricks and need to know information. And the best bit? It’s not all about ‘looking’ good, it’s about feeling good and taking care of yourself and when it comes to beauty I think that’s the most important thing!

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             My goodies and signed copy of Amazinger Face.

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That evening after the launch I posted some pics on Instagram and who should like them but Zoe herself! I know, she probably just went through and liked everyone’s photos from the event but still, it made me feel special ha!

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Are you a Zoe fan? Have you picked up a copy of Amazinger Face yet? Got a fangirl moment you’d care to share?

By the way this is totally NOT a sponsored post. I have not been paid by Zoe to say how awesome she and her book are.

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Cooking Lately- New Recipes to Try

I recently set myself a goal to try cooking one new recipe a week. I was stuck in a bit of a rut and felt like I was cooking the same things over and over. It’s always nice to mix things up a little and try something different, so here’s what I’ve been cooking lately…..

Winter is the perfect time for soup so I made up a big batch of Jamie Oliver’s Tomato Soup. I added some mini pasta shells to make it a bit more filling and we had it for dinner one night. Was surprised that our four year old son (who never eats soup) gobbled it down! Definitely a winner and super easy to make.

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I’m a bit obsessed with loaves at the moment. They’re so easy to make and you can cut them up and freeze them for a stockpile of lunchbox snacks. We tried making this Coconut and Lemon Yoghurt Loaf recipe by Kidgredients. Oh my god, so yummy!!

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Do you ever pick up the free Woolworths Fresh magazine? It has some really good recipes in it! Last week I made the Lemon Chicken, Peas and Rice. Hubby thought it was delicious, our son thought it was disgusting and I wasn’t too sure….the verdict is out on this one but it was very easy to make was something a bit different at least!

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What have you been cooking lately? Got any yummy recipes I can try?

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My Life Coaching Experience (and a special offer for you!)

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Back in April I received an email from a total stranger. She had come across my blog post on Creativity and Career and decided to reach out to me. Her name was Katie and she was studying at the Beautiful You Coaching Academy to become a life coach. In order to graduate she need to coach three clients pro-bono and after reading my post she wondered if I’d be interested in giving life coaching a go. I jumped at the chance. I’d always been interested in life coaching and was curious to see what I would get out of it. Last week was my final session with Katie and I’ve since had a few people ask me what it was like so I thought I would share my experience with you all and offer you all the chance to give it a go too (stay tuned for that bit at the end).

So, once I agreed to work with Katie I completed a personalised survey and answered a few questions which gave us somewhere to start. From there, we worked on setting some main goals that I wanted to work on. I managed to settle on two main goals:

  • Practice self care so I feel the most energised I can and
  • Nurture my creativity and create a clear strategy for my blog and freelance writing.

Over the next three months Katie and I caught up via Skype every two weeks. We would begin each session by looking at those two main goals and then breaking them down into small, manageable steps that I could action over the following fortnight. I found the whole process really helpful. Katie was so easy to talk to and I felt she really understood where I was coming from. Knowing that I would be speaking to her every two weeks gave me some accountability; I knew she would be following up how I went with the actions I had set and so that gave me the extra motivation to actually do it! A lot of it was about exploring and seeing what worked best for me; some things worked, some things didn’t; we were able to recognise that and change things up when needed. We did a lot of work; from meal planning and trying different exercise regimes to mind mapping and developing a writing plan; we fit a lot into the six sessions!

So how did I feel at the end of it? What did I actually get out of it? Well, at the end of the six sessions I feel as though I am now so much clearer about everything; what I want and what I don’t, where my priorities lie and what’s important to me. In our final session we reflected on my journey and Katie pointed out that she thought I had a real turning point at about week three and I total agree. It was when this happened. I suddenly had several different opportunities come my way. One was quite a big opportunity that in the past I probably would’ve just said yes to (because I have this problem with saying no). But this time, because I was becoming clearer about what I wanted, I said no. I followed my gut instincts and I found the confidence to say no and it ended up being totally the right decision. Because here’s the biggest thing I discovered through my life coaching experience; when you say no to the things you don’t really want to do it leaves space to say yes to the things that you really do. Seems simple doesn’t it? But sometimes it takes some work to figure out exactly what it is that you do want to do!

So right now, I’m in a really good place. I’m doing work that I love, I’ve had a few articles published and have actually started to get paid for my writing (a dream I’ve held for a very long time). I’ve got lots of exciting things going on and even better things planned for the future. So yes, life coaching was totally worth it and I will continue putting in place the things I learnt from it.

Now, for the exciting part. Katie has just launched her very own coaching business. Katie has a background in PR so she is going to be focusing on working with entrepreneurs and business owners in this area. Here’s a bit about it:

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Although Katie is specialising in PR Coaching she has graciously offered to open up some spaces in her life coaching series to any of my readers who
may be interested. Katie will be offering this at a special introductory rate of $250 a month (two sessions a month) totalling $750 for the six part series. If you’re interested you can email Katie directly at info@katiemaynes.com I’d really encourage anyone who is considering life coaching to get in contact with Katie and give it a go!

Have you ever considered life coaching?

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Loving

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A happy, positive post today; Winter can be a bit of a drainer so I just wanted to share with you all some things that I’m loving lately….

1. Lunch Lady Magazine: People have been raving about this magazine since it first came out last year and I finally got my hands on a copy. I absolutely loved issue 3 so much that I have since ordered issues 1 and 2. If you’ve haven’t check this magazine out yet, get onto it people! You can buy it online here.

2. The Merrymaker Sisters: Love these girls! They’re like little balls of energy and sunshine. I’m addicted to their podcast and recently signed up for their free ‘find your perfect diet’ e-course which I found really useful. Their recipes are great too; hello gluten free, sugar free chocolate self saucing pudding!

3. Reading: I’ve been trying to do this every night before bed instead of scrolling through my phone (much better for winding down). I’ve just finished The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is the first fiction novel of hers that I’ve read. I have to admit it took me a little bit to get into; I’m not really a fan of historic novels but it ended up drawing me in and towards the end I couldn’t put it down. It is an epic novel, and whilst I didn’t exactly ‘love’ it I can certainly appreciate the beauty in it and what an amazingly intricate piece of writing it is.

4. Being part of The Melbourne Mum Squad. This fun idea put together by Bron from Flat Bum Mum, Erin from The Mum’s Group and Tegan from Bump into Mums is all about giving Melbourne mums the chance to meet up, catch up and chat. For their first event we’re heading out to drinks and a private screening of  the new movie Bad Moms  (which looks hilarious by the way!) There are still tickets available so if you want in just head here and be sure to sign up to the Melbourne Mum Squad to be in the loop on future events.

5. Make up. Yes, make up. You see I’ve never been much of a make up wearer, but my bestie has recently started selling Younique make up and I’ve fallen in love with it! My sister and I recently took ourselves off to a make up course (something we’ve both wanted to do for years) and after learning how to apply it properly I now feel more confident about wearing make up. So I’m slowing saving and buying up the things I want. If you want to check out the Younique range head to my friend Kat’s website here.

6. Speaking of make up, Zoe Foster-Blake is officially launching her new beauty book ‘Amazinger Face’ this month and guess who’s going to be brunching with Zoe at The Langham Melbourne to celebrate? Yep me! I’m super excited to both meet Zoe and check out her new book which you can pre-order here now. Of course I headed straight to instagram for a public vote on what I should wear…I ended up choosing this pretty number from Feather and Noise.

7. Being part of the new Kiddipedia website; I’d love you to head over and check out my first article ‘Talking to kids about the hard stuff’

8. Dance exercise videos. No seriously, don’t laugh! I’ve always struggled with exercising on a regular basis and find it even more of a challenge during winter so I recently plugged my ipad into the TV and looked up ‘dance exercise videos’ on youtube. The best thing is I can do it from the comfort of my own home, regardless of the weather and my son loves it too. We pump up the volume and dance around the lounge room, it’s fun and is also a really good, quick workout. I think I may have finally found my thing!

9. My new role and that my awesome new boss has been nominated for the AusMumpreneur Awards. You can vote for her here by selecting ‘Brooke Findley’ in category four.

10. This yummy coconut and lemon yoghurt loaf, I made it on Sunday night for lunches this week and my god it is good!

Other things I’m loving: camp outs in the lounge room, hot baths,  spending lots of quality time with my boys and sunny winter days.

What are you loving right now?

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