Musings

Tradition

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Easter is just five sleeps away…what?! It’s one of my favourite times of the year and not because of all the chocolate (ok maybe a little) but because we head away for the super long weekend with a great group of friends. We’ve been doing it for almost ten years now and have grown in numbers since the original group as we all now have children. Our kids are all around the same age and play wonderfully together. It’s always a weekend filled with fun and lots of laughter. I’m a sucker for tradition and this time of year is surrounded by it.

Firstly, there’s Fish and Chip Friday. It started the first year we went away and there was a big discussion about Good Friday and not eating red meat. We’d all grown up in families where red meat on Good Friday was big no-no but none of us really knew why. We knew it had something to do with religion but none of us were particularly religious. I believe we ended up googling it and to this day I can’t really remember the exact answer (if anyone does know please explain!) But that year we decided to be a bit rebellious, we were adults now and could make our own choices. So we stopped at KFC for lunch and chowed down on some crispy chicken. Afterwards we all immediately agreed it felt wrong and vowed to never do it again. And thus began Fish and Chip Good Friday.

There’s board game night (with a trophy and all), we’re a competitive bunch but it’s always in good fun and usually ends in fits of laughter. The Dad’s get a day out (to play golf) and then the Mum’s get a day too (usually shopping!) Of course there’s the Easter egg hunt on Easter morning. All of these traditions we have built with our friends and now share with our children. That’s the bit I love the most.

It might be the last year we’ll be able to spend Easter at the particular house we stay at because next year there will be more kids out of cots and needing beds and more babies too…but I’m hoping many of the traditions will still continue.

So this week I’m looking forward to Easter and our weekend away. How about you? Do you do anything special for Easter? What traditions does your family have?

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Crossing Over

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Last night Hubby and I went to a ‘crossing over night’ with a very popular local psychic. When it comes this to spirits and the afterlife I guess you would say I am a believer, I certainly approach it all with an open mind. I have no doubt that there are plenty of so called ‘psychics’ out there that are just a sham, taking money from people who are desperate for answers. But I also believe that there are people that have a special gift; sometimes there is just no other explanation.

So anyway, back to last night. We were in a small room with fifteen other people. The psychic leading the night was very down to earth and straight down the line. The session lasted just over two hours and in that time she was able to speak to everyone in the room. There was gasps of disbelief, lots of tears and lots of laughter. She left hubby and I until nearly the end. My husband’s sister passed away a few years ago and he has really struggled to accept it; it was the main reason we decided to go. And thank god, she came through for him and told him everything he needed to hear. Whether you are a believer or not I don’t think anyone could argue that the comfort and peace that was given to him hearing those words is a beautiful thing.

She told us a lot of things and I won’t go into them all here but let’s just say she is the third psychic who has told us that we are going to have another child and it will be a girl (not happening people!) and that will we move to a bigger house in the country (which has always been a dream of ours). I take it all with a grain a salt and know that at the end of the day we are in charge of those choices.

At the end of the night I think most people in the room walked away believers. She had spoken about things she could not possibly otherwise know, down to exact names, dates and locations. True or not she gave these people the comfort and closure they were looking for and isn’t that the most important thing?

What do you think? Are you a believer?

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The Truth

I feel like I should have some dramatic music playing in the background for you as you read the title of this post. Ok here goes…

Quick backstory for those of you who don’t already know- a few months ago Hubby and I decided that I would take this year off work. I had built up twelve months long service leave (at half pay) and our son was off to four year old kinder. Anyone who has kids knows that kinder hours can be a bit tricky to work around and I just wasn’t going to be able to pick him up and drop him off each day and work as well. My work approved my leave request and I finished up in January. I was really happy with the decision but also worried. It meant less income and also more time home alone for me, which was great but also a bit scary for me. Why? Because in the past that has been when I’ve struggled with depression; when I’m not working and spending a lot of time alone. So, as I do, I started to plan. I tried thinking of something to keep me busy and earn some extra money. I came up with a little business idea, built a website, brought some stock and launched last month.

If I’m completely honest I knew from the start it wasn’t going to work. Everyone knows if you’re going to start a business it needs to be something you’re really passionate about. I know it has only been a month but the thing is to make it work I need to be willing to put in the time (and money) and frankly, I just don’t want to do it. That’s the truth. It was just all a bit forced. I was looking for something and of course, as is usually the case, when you’re busy looking you can sometimes miss seeing what is right in front of your face!

I wish I had of just waited. I wish I hadn’t worried about the money (because we’re doing just fine). I wish I hadn’t worried about keeping busy; because like looking after my son isn’t enough? Looking after our household and blogging and catching up with friends and just enjoying a bit of me time isn’t enough? Of course it should be enough! I’ve realised this week it is enough.

I recently read the book ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert (if you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favour) and it really resonated with me. I realised exactly what I needed to do and so I’m doing it. I’m dropping the business idea…(as soon I wrote that I felt a weight come off my shoulders) and I’m focusing on what’s important right now- my family and myself, the things and the people that I love. I’m letting the ideas come to me rather than forcing them because right now I have that luxury-, I have the luxury of time, a whole year off with a steady income, when will I ever have that again?

I’ve had all of these thoughts swirling around in my head for the past month and it feels good to say it (or write it) out loud. Of course, as the universe would have it, when you free yourself and just accept what will be the opportunities come knocking; I’ve had four awesome opportunities presented to me just this past week so looks like I’m going to be kept busy enough after all ha! But you know, it’s not work when it’s doing something you love.

So thanks for reading, thanks for listening. And thanks also to all my wonderful friends and family who supported me with my business idea.

Have you ever experienced something like this? A time when you found yourself heading the wrong way? A moment when it all became clear? Am I making any sense at all?!

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