Just in case you wanna know it’s my birthday on the 3 August & I’ll be 33. To celebrate I brought myself the above…. New shoes & more importantly a new iPad Air. That is all.
Have a wonderful day xox
So today my total blog crush, the fabulously talented Nikki from style guru site Styling You, did a quick 10 minute questionnaire with a book retailer (you can see it here) and two of her answers totally resonated with me:
What advice do you give aspiring writers? Start a blog. Don’t wait for someone to publish you. Publish yourself. The very act of writing on daily basis will improve the way you write and by building a community around your blog you’ll be more attractive to a potential publisher.
I blog because sometimes I need to empty my silly head of all it’s thoughts (which will allow me to sleep better at night), I also blog because I like to share my observations with the world (come on I’m a Gen Y and I’m a Leo – it’s all about me and I CAN have it all), but the truth is I blog because if I’ve improved someone’s day from laughing at my uncanny ability to smack myself with the crossfit barbell or even made you feel better about yourself as you realise your life is pretty good (after all you probably haven’t smacked yourself with a barbell) then my work here is done….I’ll be here all week; in fact I’ll probably be here all year and next year too.
For the record I don’t want to be a writer – but I love to read and ever since a little girl I was good at writing/english/literature. I have a very active imagination! I love the idea that I get to write something on this blog and so far no one has called me crap (you would say that if you saw some of the awful drafts I have ha ha). I also had a journal as a young woman at 18-21 and when I read back on it I smile/shake my head in disbelief/laugh/cringe at the entries…I would keep a journal now but truth be told I’m lazy and I don’t like to handwrite (did I mention I have rheumatoid arthritis?). Plus the Leo exhibitionist in me (hello everyone – look at me, look at me) has always been an oversharer and you my lucky blogmates get to read all about it!
Now the lovely Nikki (I haven’t personally met her but as I follow her on Instagram, facebook and twitter I feel we’re BFFs) has released her first book. I say bravo and yes I’ll be grabbing a copy to read. I don’t have any intention of writing a book but I’ll be brutally honest in saying that if there was some way my blog and some other little side projects all came together to allow me to work from home I would LOVE that! Being a sales and marketing brat I recognise in order for this to become my reality I need to find a niche/focus to steer my blog into to. As I am yet to do this (and it may never happen) I’m very content to keep writing, keep reading your posts (which will become even more easier next week when my NEW iPad Air arrives), and keep sharing my life until you all get sick of me.
Back into the box today for me….It’s been a week since my last visit and before that it was a month! With work trips and then a chest infection I couldn’t seem to get a break! Plus I’ve been struggling with motivation to get to the actual box. So today I gave myself a pep talk and made myself get out of bed. You know what? I feel great for it. Of course it isn’t that simple to tell myself I’m going to go again tomorrow but I will!
Today’s WOD was hard and it demonstrated 100% clearly how unfit I have become. I was the largest woman there, I was last in on the run and the last one to complete the warm up (which was hard). I also had the longest time for the morning at 24.41 minutes and I didn’t complete the full 30 double unders as my coach told me to aim for 15, I did however learn I can do 3 double unders in a row. Plus I didn’t do Grace at Rx…I only managed 15kg. But despite all of this I felt like I had achieved something. Another positive was this is the first time in over 6 MONTHS I have been able to complete walking lunges…Looks like my foot is healing.
I know I’ll never be the fastest or the fittest, I know it’s gonna take a long time to get back to where I was, I know I have to start running on the weekend to get back into running shape….Knowing is one thing, doing is another. I’ll keep you posted on my journey.
So my lovely friend Natalie is off on her first ever big overseas trip! She’s 21 and she’ll be headed over to the mighty U.S.A to complete a Top Deck tour and also catch some family in Florida (I’m well jealous as she gets to go to Disney World). So I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve learnt over the years when travelling:
PS. Don’t get black if you can….Everyone has black and trying to spot your bag on the carousel is really hard. Plus it’d be totes awkward if someone else grabbed your bag by mistake and spotted your “toys” you’d brought along (side note: if you, like me, travel with your battery operated friends take the batteries out before you fly. Airlines hate batteries – supposedly they do weird things in the air pressure. Plus it’ll save you the embarrassment of collecting your bag from security as it is making a “funny” sound).
Fancy cameras are great but your iPhone is also excellent! One of my friends is a top instagrammer who has travelled to different areas of the world to shot for tourism groups and he uses his iPhone 90% of the time (along with some fancy apps). For more info on the apps and to see his awesome work check out http://www.lovethywalrus.com. He’s seriously talented! Also probably a good idea to download the Dropbox app so you can upload pics daily (when you have free WiFi) and delete off your device (once you’ve uploaded them somewhere safe) to save on storage – details here.
Don’t promise anyone anything to bring home with you! Unless they are your loved ones. I grabbed a few gifts for very close friends the last time I was in Europe but no one has time to be souvenir hunting when you’re travelling. Also if you see something you like buy it then! Chances are you won’t see it again and you’ll wish you had of grabbed it then. This happened to me the first time I visited Paris – I was on the Champs Elysée and I talked myself out of a pair of divine Dior sunglasses that would’ve been approximately $170AUD …Half the price they are back home. Plus consider whatever you buy as a memory keeper of your amazing trip.
Layers are your friend! You don’t have to dress like an upscale sherpa from Kathmandu but you should have layers available – t shirt, long sleeved fleece or jumper, jacket, scarf etc…Sometimes it starts out cold and then gets warmer so layers are your friend. If you’re like me who has never met a dress I didn’t like make sure to take anything you can curl up into a little ball and doesn’t need ironing is great.
That’s about it from me! What other travel tips do you have? Did I miss something??
The silver lining in this pic – I’m grateful this man works out!
I was set a challenge by my mama bear via facebook to list 3 positive things….
This morning on the beach with Coco. She loves the beach and I love seeing her run about. The ocean was beautiful this morning and I took A LOT of photos. Brilliant start to the day.
2. Spending the weekend with good friends out in the country. Maybe it was all that fresh air but I returned to the coast with a new sense of clarity and purpose.
I am truly blessed to have my family and friends. They may drive me crazy and I may occasionally hang up on them when I don’t like what I’m hearing but we start and end with them.
So my bestie R has just sent me the online dating profile of a certain dashing Irish gentleman ….
Now I’ve met said Irish gentleman/wanker earlier this year when we all happened to be in the same bar on the Gold Coast. He is very dashing, has a wicked sense of humour and aside from his serious commitment issues would be a lovely boyfriend. When she sent me this I did a serious eye-roll for 2 reasons 1) slim? So clichéd, so classy, and so much nicer than saying “not fat” and 2) What a wanker. I’m fairly disgusted in his list of what he “wants”, I’m even more disgusted that there will be women out there who will respond to his profile and date him.
Maybe I’m just banging on the side of my soapbox but I think profiles like this display a complete and utter respect for women and the fact that we’re human beings who have real feelings, needs, dreams and wants of our own! I know that he’s just having a little joke (remember that wicked sense of humour) at the online dating world but within every joke is a kernel of truth.
I’d like to a bigger person here and say I wish him all the best but the truth is I want him to find the equivalent of Penelope Cruze aka Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona and enjoy it as it falls apart. I didn’t say I was a good person….I’m a woman who’s best friend has been scorned hear me roar!
Heya blogmates …. look who’s baacckkk!! Now the crisis at work is over I can relax a little today and spend some time catching up on the blog. I just read this very funny piece by the delightful Rosie about single behaviours…What you do when you’re single, or even just home alone without your spouse around. The results are hilarious, and it got me to thinking about the behaviours I have as I don’t live with Manly Matt – it’s just Coco and my flatmate:
What about you? Any behaviours you have when it’s just you at home??
Yesterday a man was found guilty of killing his wife Allison Baden-Clay. The prosecution said he smothered her in her sleep and then dumped her body in a creek bed. Allison went missing on the 19 April 2012, her body was found on the 30 April 2012, her husband was charged on the 13 June 2012 with murder and he was remanded in custody….On June 10 2014 the murder trial began, and finally on July 15 2014 Allison’s husband was found guilty of murder. All through this 3 little girls have been without their mother and their father. 3 little girls who are now almost orphans as their father has been sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 15 yrs (the exact amount of time he was married to their mother for). There are no winners in this case – there are 4 losers though…A devoted mother and her 3 precious little girls. Allison’s daughters will be raised by those who loved her most – her parents and siblings.
The enormously talented Rebecca Sparrow sums up how we’re all feeling about this trial and it’s guilty verdict on her blog here.
On the 1st August, 2014 Allison’s family and friends are urging everyone to wear yellow in her memory (it was her favourite colour) and to practice an act of kindness to someone else. Allison was known for her generous nature and kind soul. You can find out more about this event here. If you’re based in Australia (or are clever enough to transfer funds internationally) and you want to donate to her little girls you can do so here:
Late Allison Baden-Clay Children’s Trust
c/- National Australia Bank
BSB: 084-737 Account 94-308-4078.
I’ll be wearing yellow on August 1st…Will you?
I was feeling pretty excited this morning….Coco was off to doggy day care (trust me it’s a thing) and I had a parcel to pick up from the post office. I was a little chuffed at myself – look at me all online shopping and about to pick up a parcel filled with beautiful things for me that I love! So I head down to the local post office to pick up my large parcel (hopefully not the last time I hear that phrase) and I realise it’s a small box approx 30cm square….Nothing that exciting is going to be in this box, I just knew it. My thoughts were confirmed when the sticker said Miele….Not quite the LoveHoney, Witchery, Ezibuy or Seed Heritage I was hoping for. My exotic parcel? Brand new vaccuum bags for my fancy pants Miele Dog n Cat vacuum cleaner….Not really exciting at all. At least the carpet will be happy to see them.
A few more things to be happy about….
I’ve been working on a seriously annoying problem at my ‘real’ job involving some hotel room rates not behaving as they should on a certain website. I’ve simplified it a lot but this issue was driving me NUTS for like 7 weeks ….Everytime I called the support team for this website I spoke to a different person and got a different story. Finally I started screenshoting their F-ups and send them some firm (but friendly) emails where I was very good and didn’t use the F word once! I seriously was beginning to feel like every time I called it was similiar to the scene in the movie ‘The Iterns’ where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson go through a ‘checklist’ to help someone….I needed more than the f-king checklist!! Finally this evening I spoke to a God amongst computer support men everywhere who helped me sort this issue and now the rates are doing as they should!! Hooray!
I’ve been indulging this week. Well I’m telling myself that the shopping fairy has been sneaking into my purse at night and spending my money…But truth been told because I’m in a funk about a few things I shop to make me happy. Now I have a whole bunch of beautiful (and functional) things headed my way….Plus it’s my birthday early next month and I’m just getting in early to spoil myself ha ha!
Seriously makes me laugh everytime….
Have a fabulous day/night xoxo
Hey blogmates – I’m sorry it’s been well over a week since I’ve posted! Turns out I’ve been busy with my “real” day job (the one that pays me money) and as I normally get the writing muse visit me at work I’ve not been able to stop and post!
My other reason for staying quiet is an example of my inability to time manage (I always believe tomorrow is a new day and therefore am the queen of procrastination) with searching for new flatmates and having friends visit it’s been a very busy week.
I’m also working through some stuff in my head about Manly Matt and I. I’m not ready to share yet – I need to speak to him first before I can release it to you all. I hope you understand – I’ve just been reminded a lot why open and honest conversations (as terrifying as they are) are vitally important for all relationships. So once I’ve had this conversation I’ll share, I pinky promise.
But until then in an effort to keep positive I’m going to list 3 things that made me happy today:
Coco Pop has been such a little sweet heart of late and when there were tears on Sunday (for the record I suspect I was crying for many reasons and not just because of Manly Matt) she let me cuddle her and licked my hand (which is kinda gross but also comforting).
This morning I was determined to have my first day back at the Crossfit box in over 3 weeks. .I got up, got dressed (without the assistance of 1 excited Coco Pop who thought she was coming with me), managed to chuck the slow cooker on, and had prepared the weapons of distraction for Coco: Kong filled with treats and topped with peanut butter, chicken necks and blackhawk in her bowl, doggy biscuit bones tossed in random places outside….Only to jump into the car and realise I’d left it too late to get to my class!! On my way back to my home (just around the block really) I was feeling down but then I noticed the sky and I thought ….Silver lining. I took this pic on my way with Coco this morning and I promise to be more organised on Thursday and finally get to gym! #fitnessfail
I love this and have it pinned to a wall in my kitchen. It reminds me that sometimes we just need to remember we’re alive and how much of a gift this is! I’m also seriously considering getting it tattooed on me…I’ve been thinking about new ink for a while. I had been putting stuff off because I wanted my body to be an amazing canvas…I’ve since realised my body is already kind of an amazing canvas!
BONUS positivity message: This article by Robin Korth reminded me that despite the fact that there are parts of my body I love (and dislike) it’s my body and the only one I have so time to treat all of it with love! My body at 33 compared to her’s at 59 sounds nowhere near as taunt and terrific (I’m no size 6) but it’s mine and it’s pretty damn good nonetheless!
1. I moved 2 beds and set up 2 bedrooms by myself. Plus with R’s help I put together Cocos new dog bed & we salvaged a bottle of wine who’s cork didn’t want to come out #girlscandoanything
2. Friday night wine time – hello Shiraz!
3. Chick flicks & giggles with the girls – day 4 bliss!
4. An over-indulgence in some good wine shared with 2 beautiful souls meant a fuzzy head this morning… But completely worth it when I remember our conversations from last night.
5. Seeing so many friends run at the Gold Coast Marathon and achieve their goals – very inspiring! Driving along the track today brought back happy memories … I look forward to running the course next year!
6. Watching manly Matt play football in the sunshine, eating chocolate, laughing with the other wags… Simple joy at it’s best!
I have a big A3 poster in my bedroom and also on my bathroom wall reminding me of my goals for 2014 and also the ‘Bigger Picture’ stuff for years to come.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are – E. e Cummings
I’ve always been a dreamer; I could spend hours day dreaming what I want my life to look like, where I want to live, my dream wedding, children I’ll have, what I’d do if I won a million dollars (pay of debts, help my parents pay of debts, go on a holiday, buy property, and put something away for a rainy day), where I want to travel to next…You get the picture. Dreams are one thing but to make them into reality you have to have goals and plans! My poster helps me with this.
One of my biggest dreams is to buy my own home. Somewhere Coco and I can rest our heads. Somewhere I can paint the walls, rip up the carpet, change the garden or even put in a shelf and no one can tell me no…Unlike rentals where in Australia you can’t do anything permanent and your lease may not be renewed. I don’t include Manly Matt in this dream; not because I don’t want him to be (I do), but because this is something I have to strive to achieve on my own. It would be fantastic to share a home with someone I love and yes ultimately I want to get married and have a child but just in case this doesn’t happen I have to make my own way.
I have a good idea of what I want for my first home:
Overall pretty sensible hey? Not quite the playboy mansion is it? Looks like I’ve got this growing up stuff nailed…It’s only taken 33 years ha ha.
I’ve found a bunch of options on the real estate guru http://www.realestate.com.au and all are under $350,000. Why $350k you ask? Because according to a bunch of helpful mortgage repayment calculators that’s what I (and a flatmate or 2) can afford to pay back…
Seeing this today made me realise that my dream of owning my own home is very achievable. One of the biggest concerns with home loans is people over-borrowing and then not having enough money left over at the end of the day to have a life with as well as a mortgage. These repayments will allow me (with the help from a flatmate or significant other assisting by paying rent/mortgage) to have a life. I’m pretty sure I’ll never be returning to the days of spending silly and buying everything that caught my fancy but now I’m older (and some might even say wiser) I realise that there just things and sometimes waiting/saving to buy something makes it so much more satisfying.
Thankfully the powers that be see it this way too as after using even more online calculators I can see that I can borrow anything from $223,000 – $375,000, talk about a broad spectrum. Obviously these calculators are a guide only and don’t take into account deposit saved. For the record I don’t have a deposit saved (YET)…That’s why this is a BIG DREAM. I’m giving myself 3 years to save like a mad woman for a deposit. Hopefully during that time I may also be able to manage a pay increase and also grow my little side project (I make little prints of quotes/birth announcements you can hang in your home http://www.facebook.com/madebybandc) so it may be able to be counted as some sort of income to keep the home loan givers even happier.
What’s your big dreams? Do you use a dream board, pinterest, poster or just keep it in your head?
A friend on facebook has set me a challenge….A positivity challenge to list three positive statements 5 days in a row and nominate 3 friends a day to play with you along the way….
So this is DAY 1:
PS. Seriously if I’m having a bad day all I have to do is look at the Panda falling off the slide and I’m happy….It’s not that I don’t like Pandas, I do, but seriously the Panda fell off the slide….