I just finished Conversation with Creative Women (Volume two) by Tess McCabe, which was brimmed with inspiration, advice and lessons (you can see my previous post on this book here). Megan Morton, Stylist was one of the talented women interviewed. I have been a fan of Megan Morton for quite some time and her interview resonated with me, inparticular this quote. I think it’s a wonderful life lesson as much as it is a professional one – about confidence (in oneself), trust (in other’s), sharing (giving) and reward (karma).
This is one of those words I struggle with, balance – is there really such a thing? I have one of those minds that is constantly on, dreaming, wondering, thinking… But with summer and the silly season approaching (can you believe there is only 6 weeks til Christmas?) I really want to find a little more balance in my life. Does anyone else feel the same? Here are my 5 tips to achieving a little (if only a smidge) more balance;
::1 Laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine and I’m not talking about a smirk or a giggle, I’m talking an uncontrollable, can’t keep it in laugh. Laughter relaxes, puts you in a positive frame of mind and just makes you feel good. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh everyday.
::2 Let go. Probably one of the hardest things for all of us to do! I know for me, a huge part of who I am is my ability to juggle so many things. I take pride in being clean, organised, reliable and in control. But at the end of the day, who is asking that of us? It is ok to let go and not be everything to everyone.
::3 H2O. I believe water, on all levels, is good for the soul. A bath, a shower, a swim, a glass of water or even the beach. Water calms, relaxes, hydrates and refreshes in an instant. Making sure you get enough water is essential to your overall well-being.
::4 Read. For me, taking the time to read a book or magazine is me time, it is time that is just mine where I get to absorb information and think about other things. Reading and learning re-energizes me and makes me more rounded.
::5 Take a Walk. The importance of regular exercise has been drilled into all of us but I’m talking about just taking a walk around your block. Walking can clear one’s mind, allow one to think and put things in perspective. If you have a dog, I recommend taking them with you (trust me, you don’t want to be on the other end of muppet disappointment eyes).
Let me know your tips to achieving a more balanced life by leaving me a comment.
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Ever noticed how a simply hello can change your whole day? Never underestimate the power of a hello. A hello can instantly lift one’s spirit and put them in a better frame of mind. It is such a simple way to greet and acknowledge somebody. Do you say hello on rote or because it’s expected? For today at least, say hello because you are genuinely happy or interested to see someone…you never know where it might lead!
I smiled when I saw this, being an addict and all (really does anyone’s day begin before coffee?). But it did make me ponder, what are my non-negotiables? We will stop drinking a bad coffee but we will not apply that same reasoning to other areas of our lifes – partners, friendships, jobs… Are we settling? What are your non-negotiables? Happy pondering! Hope you have a great weekend + some good coffee.
I was perusing the shelves of one of my favourite ‘go to’ gift shops this week, when I came across this phrase and thought it would be perfect for today’s post. It is not the first time I have read this somewhere but this week it seemed to resonate with me. I think we all go through lulls and lately I’ve been questioning myself a lot – my goals, abilities and ultimate purpose (deep right), but these words reminded me that at the end of the day, my life and in turn happiness is what I make of it. And I plan to be real happy! Happy weekend everyone.
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Sunday is Father’s Day and I couldn’t let it pass without giving a shout out to my Dad and to my munchkin’s Daddy. I have been blessed to grow up with great male role models. Men that love their wives and family, share the household chores, talk openly, spend time playing and laughing with their kids. I have an amazing relationship with my Dad who has always loved, encouraged, helped and supported me in all the stages of my life. He is also fantastic with my munchkins (who just adore him). I see my hubby with my munchkins and reminisce of the fun I had as a child with my Dad and brother. A reminder that at any age your Dad really is your hero. So to my Super Dad and my hubby, have a wonderful Father’s Day! We love you.
So, we have had one of those weekends – our munchkins have both been terribly sick, high fevers, coughs, yucky stuff, the works! We have been up for the last three nights caring for them, which as you can imagine has been very exhausting. Then, this morning my hubby made me a coffee and my Mum (aka Nanna) offered to watch the kids for a few hours and just like that the day and week is off to a good start. So I’m going to drink my coffee, flick through some of my fave mags and catch up on a little R&R. A new week, new possibilities…Happy Monday everyone.
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When I came across this sentiment I was instantly drawn to it. More often than not these days, we are focused on what we don’t have, what we ‘need’ aka ‘want’ and don’t realise we actually have enough, right in front of us. I am definitely guilty of this! I am grateful for soooooo much – a beautiful hubby, gorgeous munchkins, our muppet (Storm our dog), parents that love and support me in everything, wonderful grandparents, our home and all our belongings, good health…the list goes on. I’ve never really thought of it before but I really do have what I ‘need’ and ‘want’ – one lucky girl right? What are you most grateful for?
Lately, time has been getting away from me…July, to be honest, passed me by as one big blur and I can’t believe we are already a week into August. Winter hasn’t helped, it’s dark sooooo early that it’s been far too easy to drop all motivation for anything productive and opt for the couch, TV and a cuppa. And don’t get me started on the cold and wet mornings, thank goodness I have little ones that make me get out of bed – no wonder so many animals hibernate!
The good news is spring is not too far away and our stores are starting to stock beautiful bright prints, to remind us Aussies that spring/summer will soon be upon us (yeah)! I’m already starting to feel more hopeful and predict that August will help bring me out of the ‘funk’ I have recently been in! For starters, hubby and I held our Black Party, Saturday just gone – it was a roaring success and so much fun (I will share photos of the evening with you all shortly). We also have our littlest munckin’s 3rd birthday party this month to look forward to. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and how he is oh, so much older and bigger already. It really is a reminder to take the time to be present and treasure those you love. To a happier August!
Ps. I am happy to share I completed my July challenge and made a total of 31 crochet squares – now I just need to learn how to join them, sigh!
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In one weekend everything has changed…a close friend of mine passed away Sunday night. Another victim of breast cancer, she was taken before her time, having to leave two beautiful boys, family and many friends behind. She was vivacious and always saw the good in everyone (even those who didn’t deserve it), fun, deeply honest and always totally herself. I was honoured to know her and privileged to be able see her in her final hours – something I will be eternally grateful for (a special thank you to her family for letting me be there). We shared many milestones together, happy ones, challenging ones and sad ones. Like many things in life, it just isn’t fair. Your friendship will be deeply missed. Cheers darling, I hope you are now at peace.
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