Are you a foodie? One of those people that enjoys cooking, dining out and sharing pics of perfectly styled food on Instagram? I have to confess, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I love food (who doesn’t) but as far as cooking it, marvelling over pretty photos of it, understanding it…well no, I don’t. You will not find me in the kitchen baking up a storm of homemade muffins on a Sunday. My idea of making Italian is to boil some pasta and stir through a jar of sauce (hangs head in shame). I’m in awe of people who use all these amazing words to describe their food. I have two basic descriptions for food “Yum, I like it” and “Yuck, I don’t like it”. I don’t watch MasterChef or My Kitchen Rules either (gasp!)
But let me be clear, whilst I myself am no foodie I am certainly not anti-foodie. In fact I would actually really like to have more of an appreciation of good food. I’d love to expand my horizons, test out my tastebuds and try some new things. I have always been a fussy eater and fussy equals boring and that has gotten a little, well, boring! So that leads me to the whole point of this post. Foodie friends I need your help; I don’t know where to start. I’d like to make healthier food choices; my choices now are quite limited and usually made out of sheer hunger and convenience. I’m overwhelmed by all the information out there- eat this, don’t eat that….So, what are some simple changes I can make? Some great recipes I can try? Super foods? Yays and nays? Hit me up in the comments below or head to Facebook to share- I can’t wait to your suggestions! Who knows, I may end up a foodie yet!
Sit down, grab a cuppa, let’s catch up on the week that was….
Our little family was hit with the gastro bug this week, not fun at all! First the little man- it lasted all of a day and he was back to himself, bouncing off the walls (kids are so resilient aren’t they?!) and then hubby and I. We spent a whole day in bed taking it in turns vomiting and rubbing each others backs (now that’s true love). Followed by a day of disinfecting the whole house and I think we’re all good now!
I was overwhelmed this week by support and positive comments when I decided to tell the truth. All I can say is you guys are amazing and thankyou!
Who else was excited to finally see the release of ‘reactions‘ on facebook? Fun! I thought they’d just give us an ‘dislike’ button but they’ve gone even further and given us more options, yay!
This week hubby and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. As you read this we’ll be living it up at Kudos Villas in Hepburn Springs. I don’t think I’ve ever stayed somewhere so fancy (last anniversary we stayed at a caravan park), it has an outdoor bath for goodness sake….I can’t wait!
In other news, I’ll admit I’ve become hooked on ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!’ anyone else? We chated about it on my facebook page earlier in the week. (If you don’t yet follow Sarahdipity on facebook please do, I spend a bit of time there!)
Lastly, the countdown to our family holiday in Port Douglas in on! We’ll be heading there in just two weeks and I’m so looking forward to it! We’ve never been up that way before so if anyone has any suggestions for must see’s and do’s please let me know!
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?!
Why hello there! Welcome to my shiny new blog. Those of you that have followed me for a while will know that I used to blog over at The Routine Queen and recently took a bit of a blogging break to focus on starting up my own little business. But I always knew I’d come back to blogging…I always do. Why? Because I love it. I love writing and telling stories and taking photos; and blogging allows me to do all of that. But more than that I love the sense of belonging and community that comes from blogging. I’ve made some great friends through blogging. People in the blogging world are (mostly) just damn nice people. I say mostly because I know trolls exist and I’ve heard many a nasty story, but from what I’ve seen these type of people are thankfully in the minority. The majority of bloggers and readers I’ve come across are supportive, encouraging and understanding. They are open with their knowledge and advice and I have learnt a lot in the past two years that I’ve been blogging and I know there is still so much more for me to learn (and I’m a bit of a nerd who loves to learn). So yeah, I’m back and I’ve got lots of awesome stuff planned for the future so stay tuned!