Happy Sunday to you and Happy Birthday to me! That’s right, it’s my birthday today and this morning I hopped on a plane with my hubby and son for a week long family holiday in Port Douglas yay! I’m sure I’ll be posting some holiday snaps on instagram this week so stay tuned.
Hubby and I started the week by heading to a ‘crossing over’ night with a local psychic. I’m a believer and it turns out most of you are too. It was quite interesting and a bit of fun, I’d definitely go again.
This week the world celebrated International Womens Day and I shared this post and these images on my facebook page. I think the images are amazing. I don’t have any photos of the moment when my son was born and it’s one of my biggest regrets. I had been moved to another room to give birth and we forgot to bring the camera with us. The nurse ran back to grab it but the moment had already passed. Do you have photos of the moment your children were born?
I was really excited to chat to Nicole and take part in her ‘My Favourite Space’ series on her blog The Builders Wife. Head here to check out the post!
This week we’ve also started the process of looking at schools for the lil man next year, eeek! The primary schools in our town are zoned and the school in our catchment area isn’t our preference and so this means we’re going to have to convince a school from outside of our zone to accept our son. It’s all a bit nerve racking and Karin from Calm to Conniption’s post reminded me it’s serious business!
Welcome to Fast Five Friday, where I bring you my top five or something every Friday. This week we’re talking magazines. I love a good magazine reading session, here’s what I’m loving at the moment (in no particular order):
Collective Hub: The brain child of Lisa Messenger, it’s my favourite mag at the moment. Filled with stories of entrepreneurship and creative endeavours it’s an inspiring read. It makes you want to go out and put all the ideas you have into action!
Secret Bloggers Business: A brand new digital mini mag especially for bloggers and it’s free! It’s the perfect bite size read over a cuppa or lunch break and includes blogging tips, interviews and must haves. You can download the first edition here.
Real Living: This magazine has been a fav of mine for many years. I love checking out all of the amazing houses in their ‘homes to love’ section and dreaming….lots of dreaming.
Homes Plus: This magazine is very similar to Real Living but I find the pieces featured can be sourced very easily and affordably from places like ikea and kmart.
Hello Lunch Lady: I confess I have yet to read this magazine but everyone has been raving about it! It is a branch out from the original Hello Lunch Lady blog which is filled with gorgeous images, stories and recipes. The magazine is only stocked in limited places but you can also order it online here.
What are your favourite magazines at the moment? Hit me up!
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?
Is it just me or did this week go by super fast? March already, seriously?! Melbourne clearly didn’t get the memo that Autumn has started with the majority of the week 30 plus degrees.
My week started off waking up in Kudos Villas, Hepburn Springs….
It was our sixth wedding anniversary. Hubby and I take it in turns each year to organise a night away and this year it was my turn. Kudos Villas is ah-mazing (the photos don’t really do it justice). I think he’s going to find it hard to beat next year!
We spent Sunday strolling around Daylesford, checking out the market, antique stores and my favourite book shop. A perfect weekend.
This week I asked all the foodies out there for some help. Some really great suggestions were made to ease me into the world of cooking and food appreciation- I am currently stalking blogs and borrowed a bunch of cookbooks from the local library. Stay tuned for developments on this one.
I also wrote about my fear of flying, seems that many of you feel the same way. My plan is to load up with podcasts, books, magazines and anything else I can think of to distract myself on our flight to Port Douglas next weekend.
Who’s started their Easter shopping? Me! I usually buy the kids in our family PJ’s and an easter book plus some chocolate eggs. I’m trying to hold of on buying the eggs though because I know they will either a) melt or b) be eaten before Easter even arrives.
Welcome to Fast Five Friday where I give you my top five of something, every Friday. This week it’s all about learning. I’m a sucker for a good short course and there are so many awesome ones out there at the moment…. but here is just five I would really love to do this year (in no particular order):
1. Get Social Savvy with The Digital Picnic: I’ve followed Cherie since back in her blogging days and when she teamed up with Cat there was never any doubt they’d be a big success. I’ve wanted to do their ‘Get Social Savvy’ course since it launched but have just never gotten around to it…I’m hoping to change that this year.
2. Love Your Camera with Angie Baxter: A few years ago my camera broke and there was always other priorities when it came to paying to get it fixed. Hubby surprised me with a new camera at the start of this year and my photography skills are a bit rusty so have booked into the ‘Love Your Camera’ course in Melbourne with a few friends in April. Can’t wait!
3. Blog with Pip 2.0 with Pip Lincolne: I completed the Blog with Pip course last year and absolutely loved it! Pip is amazing; a wealth of knowledge and willing to share it. Blog with Pip 2.0 is the follow on course and will build upon what I’ve already learned.
5. Be a Blogger Boss: If there is one thing I struggle with when it comes to blogging it’s the tech stuff. I’ve taught myself a lot over the years but would really love to take it to the next level and have a really sound understanding of how it all works.
Do any of these courses interest you? Have you come across any other great ones lately?
Like so many people I have a fear of flying. Aeroplanes, helicopters…not my thing. I get super nervous when I have to get on an aeroplane and have not done managed a flight without medication for years. When I was a teenager we went to America and the long flight didn’t bother me. Back then 20 hours on a plane simply meant endless movies, food and game boy time. Ah to be young again. But now I’m older and I know better (more) and flying on a plane means potential death (not to be dramatic or anything). It makes me seriously anxious. Not only am I afraid of crashing but I just don’t like being stuck in a confined space that I can’t just simply get up and walk out of if I need some fresh air.
But, I refuse to let the fear hold me back. I refuse to be one of those people who never goes anywhere because they’re scared of flying. It’s also really important to me that my son grows up travelling and exploring , so at the end of the day, I suck it up for him.
Next weekend we’ll be flying to Port Douglas for a family holiday and I’m already feeling anxious about the plane trip. In the past I’ve found the best way to deal with it is to just try and distract myself (having four year old to entertain will certainly help with that!) But I’d love to know if anyone has any other tips? If you’re afraid of flying what do you do that helps? Or if you’re not afraid of flying tell me how you do it! How do you manage to enjoy it?
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!