Thursday, December 26, 2013

Reflections of 2013

Usually at Christmas time I get a little melancholy.  It’s not because of Christmas.  It’s because it’s another year almost over and as I look back on the year that’s been I find it full of awesome experiences and opportunities, growth and challenges.  At the same time I also realize there are personal goals and dreams that maybe I haven’t realized in the past year.  Things I set out to achieve and either missed the target by a little bit or by a lot.  When I look back on 2013 I see a year of stretching and growth.  Of opportunities I couldn’t have foreseen.  And challenges I never imagined.  When I look at some of my goals I see me racing ahead in areas of professional goals around work and development and severely behind in personal goals of health and well being.  Make no mistake I’m not critiquing myself and regretting what I haven’t achieved. Rather I’m spending the time reflecting on why I haven’t made progress in some of my personal goals (I'm good at hitting the work ones). I’m asking the tough questions - was it circumstances that prevented me, or was it me?

If I’m brutally honest with myself the reasons I haven’t achieved some of my personal goals is because I got in the way of them.  The way I see it I’ve done one (or more) of 3 things.
  • I let circumstances rule my behavior.  I made excuses for not taking actions that would move me closer to my goal.  I let my circumstances of being busy and traveling for work dictate my choices, my behavior and my actions.  I chose to let others influence my life.  
  • I chose not to take action towards achieving my goals each day.  To achieve a goal you have to break it down to many small actions and choices every day.  If you don’t do this you’ll never make progress.  More times than not I deliberately chose not to take actions that would move me towards my goals.  Makes me wonder if they were really goals at all or just wishful thinking.
  • Perhaps the most serious of all… I made a goal of something I really didn’t want to achieve and sabotaged it right from the start.  Why would I work towards a fictitious goal.  One I don’t really believe in deep down.  I realised for a variety of reasons I set goals that I didn't really believe in or want.  They were noble and good, but not something I really cared about deep down.

So what am I going to do differently in 2014.  Well for starters I’m going to really think long and hard about what it is I what to achieve.  I’m going to write it down.  I’m going to make it actionable.  I’m going to make sure that every day I can make decisions and actions that will take me closer to those goals.  And most importantly I’m going to be mindful of what I’m trying to achieve and why.  I’m not sure if I’ll succeed or not, but I think I’m finally ready to make some of my personal and private goals a priority in 2014.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Favourite reads of the week


  1. Beautiful artwork from Kiana Mosely as featured on the Jealous Creator.  Best thing... if you love a design you might be able to snap it up for a bargain in her Etsy store.  
  2. Scissors and Thread featured another artist Govano with some great prints you can but.  I love love love this cat in a tea cup.
  3. DIY wishbones on Oh Happy Day mean that everyone gets a chance to make a wish at the dinner table.  I love the vibrant turquoise colour of these ones.  
I think I'm slightly obsessed with home ware blogs at the moment.  Might have something to do with the fact I'm renovating my bathroom.  Can't wait to show you all on the blog. But we're a few weeks away yet.  


Monday, October 7, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

When life gives you lemons.... bake cake!

I like to bake.  I don't get a lot of time to do it, but when I do I do it right and it looks something like this.

Make short crust pastry from scratch!


 Find a lemon or two & make lemon tart, or lemon curd, or lemon anything really.  Left over lemons are perfect for cocktails ;-)


Invite people over and eat the cake.... or just hide away somewhere by yourself and eat it for the next 2 days at every meal.  Not that I've ever done that... really!

Monday, September 30, 2013

#motivationmonday


Motivation for those of us trying to set new habits in motion today.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Favourite reads of the week


  1. Loved the paper wheel candy greetings on OhHappyDay this week.  There's even a free download template.  
  2. I'm owl obsessed and would love to have this little guy hanging in my window.  Thanks Bespoke Magazine for showing me this little cutie.
  3. Love the colours and use of washi tape in this card by Marelle Taylor.  Very cute.  
  4. For a bit of baking love I learnt how to decorate doughnuts... except I didn't do it.  I just admired Bakerella's handiwork.  
Life is busy.  Stay inspired and reading your favourite blogs.  It's my little bit of fantasy everyday.


Monday, September 23, 2013

#motivationmonday


Very true.  It still hurts when you land on your hands and knees though!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Favourite reads of the week

I've been hungry this week.  I'm sure it's because I've been busy at work and have missed a few normal meals at dinner.  Whatever the reason I've been obsessed by baking and recipe blogs this week.  Here's my favourites.


  1. Too cute grumpy cat pop cakes from Bakerella.
  2. Butterscotch pudding with salted caramel ganache - who doesn't love salted caramel - from minibaker.  
  3. Nutella sandwich cookies from the talented girls over at a beautiful mess - they amaze me every week.  
  4. Dip dye cupcakes over at Poppy Talk.
  5. And the easiest dessert for one ever... mug desserts from Silly Grrl.  The only problem with mug desserts is there isn't any leftovers ;-)
I don't know about you but I follow a lot of blogs and I never cease to be inspired by the creativity of bloggers from around the world.  They don't know be at all - so they'll never know how grateful I am for their inspiration every day.
 

Monday, September 16, 2013

#motivationmonday

Sometimes we just need to get off the path and follow our heart.  Not having a direct purpose to everything we do, doesn't mean we are lost.  Maybe it just means we are experiencing corners of life that others don't dare to see.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Favourite reads of the week

I read a lot of blogs.  I love lifestyle blogs, craft blogs, recipe blogs, design blogs, business blogs, personal blogs - you name it.  I read for inspiration and relaxation.  I read to help transition my brain from work to home mode.  I read to challenge myself.  And I read - because I love reading and blogs are a great short snippet when I'm low on time that still give me my reading fix.  I thought I'd share with you all some great blog posts from my favourite bloggers this week.


1.  On Poppytalk there was a great demo from Rachel at OH NO Rachio on a DIY confetti-style doona cover.  Makes me want to redecorate.  
2.  The Jealous Curator was showcasing some gorgeous ethereal craft from Michelle McKinney.  Makes me feel like floaty summer afternoons where the light is just right in the sky and I'm sleeping under the trees.  
3.  Stephanie Lynn had me drooling and wanting these Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip cookies. 
4.  The Cutest Blog on the Block was showcasing some fantastic free fonts - blog makeover time?  I'm tempted.
5.  Guest bloggers Rebecca Thuss & Patrick Farrell demonstrated a beautiful DIY - home made paper flowers on Oh Joy.  

Click through to read their posts & add them to the blogs you follow - you won't regret it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Craft time - wine bottle revamp

I'm not sure if you're aware but we drink a fair bit of wine in our household.  We love to have people over and crack open a bottle or two, or just take a quiet moment at the end of the day and catch up over a glass.  It helps that I also blog about wine too.  Anyway I can't always bear to throw away the bottles.  Particularly the ones with interesting colours or shapes.  I've been saving a few for a while and been thinking about trying some different crafts to reuse them.  Today is my first attempt - at both recycling a glass bottle and at gold leafing.  

Step one - choose your bottle and clean it thoroughly.  I love the Rockford Basket Press Shiraz bottles.  I love the shape and the colour of the glass - beautiful amber.  It goes perfectly with all the wood in our home.


Step 2 - Paint the glass with the gold leaf primer.  This step is quite quick, but you need to leave it for at least 1-2 hours to rest before you can go any further.  Overnight is also fine.  If you only want to apply leaf to small parts of the bottle tape up the areas you don't want to cover first.


Step 3 - was pretty fiddly and I don't have any photos.  Basically you carefully apply the thin sheets of gold, silver or copper leaf to the glass, using a dry soft brush to brush away the excess.  The thing is - this stuff gets everywhere.  It sticks to you, your table, your beagles nose if it sniffs it.  It comes with the recommendation to wear cotton gloves.  Through trial and error I concur with this recommendation.

Step 4 - wasn't very good to photograph so I didn't. Basically you use apply a clear sealer to seal the leaf work and allow it to last a little longer.  Give it a few hours to dry and your ready to use.


I don't think the sealer is strong enough to keep the leaf from flaking if you were to wash it vigorously so only try this on objects that you'll be using decoratively.  Oh and as you can see from my handiwork it's a bit of a challenge to do completely straight lines on a bottle with painters tape.  I don't mind that it's rough - I like the imperfection.  I also used some contrasting gold and copper leaf on 2 of the bottles. 

An there you have it - my first recycled bottle craft.  I've started a pinterest board to collect more ideas.  Send me any interesting links you have.  

Monday, September 9, 2013


I'm on a mini break at the moment.  In one of the busiest seasons of my life at work, I've escaped to the country for 2 days with my husband.  He has these crazy ideas that being disconnected from the world (there's no phone coverage - but there is wifi) will help me relax, unwind and ultimately return to the world with new vigor and enthusiasm.  And you know what?  He's right.  I'm relaxed. I'm unwound (after a 9km hike before breakfast) and I'm sitting here blogging and looking at one of the most magnificent views I've seen in a long time.  This is my forever moment.  A moment of now with my dear hubby crashed out on the bed and me time with a cup of tea and some blog reading to catch up on.  Loving life to the max.

Oh and in case you're wondering. The quote is from Emily Dickinson.  And the photo is from my morning hike.  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Time for tea


I love working from home.  I love being in my trackies and working from the couch with 2 beagles at my feet.  Most of all I love making a well earned pot of tea at 8am knowing that I'm already 2.5 hours in to my work day and kicking butt!

PS - today's tea of choice is Black Rose from T2.  It smells like a spring garden and is a beautiful to look at as it is delicious.

Monday, August 26, 2013


I love Winston Churchill.  I love that he was a flawed man that was able to have a great impact on a nation and the world.  I love that he was realistic about his flaws and didn't hide them or really shy away from them.  I also love the blunt way he communicated many things about life that I know to be true.  

I wouldn't say I'm going from failure to failure at the moment, but I am definitely moving from one iteration of a project and work to another at a rapid pace.  The key thing to focus on is that I am moving forward and I'm doing it with enthusiasm... most of the time.  Keep going, keep iterating, success will come.

Monday, August 19, 2013

#motivationmonday


Lately life has somewhat gotten the better of me.  I've been sick for around 6 weeks.  Started the busiest period of work in my life. And been trying to navigate the delicate balance of family life & friends, while trying to blog, get through my personal to do list and stay on track for my personal goals.  Sound crazy?  It has been.  Sound overwhelming? It definitely has been.  I don't know that I subscribe to the idea of a balanced life. I'm sure it works for some.  I think those people naturally exist in a slightly more zen state than I do.  That said I'm trying to learn just a little from them, by taking a step back and asking myself - what's the best thing I can be doing right now, in this moment.  The answer is going to change throughout the day, and week, but I'm hoping it will help me to keep on track and keep the main thing... the main thing.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

#motivationmonday


"Sunshine... on my window... make me happy... like I should be.... "

Impromptu karaoke makes me happy.
Sunshine makes me happy.
My dogs make me happy.
My hubby makes me very happy.

Today I'm going to embrace happiness in the moment.  The little things. A warm cup of tea on a cold winters day.  Laughter at work. Sunshine on my window.

Happy Monday.




Monday, July 22, 2013

#motivationmonday


I love this quote.  To often we think that achieving great things is out of our grasp because we are just ordinary people.  Once again I'm reminded that our behaviour over time really does dictate our success, our skills and who we really are.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

#motivationmonday


I've been thinking about this a lot lately.  So often we want to make changes to our behaviour and lifestyle but we don't ever actually achieve results.  We think that merely by making a plan we will automatically move towards fulfilling it.  In my experience that rarely happens.  In my opinion that's wishful thinking. It's almost like hoping on a magic fairly godmother to wave a wand and miraculously change our behaviour or circumstances without us doing a thing.  Yep... it's too good to be true.  

Instead of wishing on the impossible, or at least the highly improbable, why to make small changes in behaviour that reflect the person you want to become - your future self.  Today this is the behaviour I'm going to try out.  Behave like I'm already the woman I want to be... and see if I can't make some small steps towards succeeding.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sometimes you just need soup

I rarely get sick... but this week has been a doosey.  (Did I just use the word doosey?!? I must still be a little under the weather.)  So I was very glad to have started out the week right by fortuitously making a huge pot of chicken and vege soup.  I didn't know how much I was going to need it.  I made it because the weather has been horrid here last week and was cold and wet.  All I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with a blanket and a big bowl of home cooked soup.


I love soup.  I love making it.  I love experimenting.  I love that it is almost impossible to get it wrong.  I can't say this is a special recipe handed down from generation to generation.  It's not something from a famous chef's cook book.  It's really just a bit of this and a bit of that that I've thrown into a pot, but it sure tastes good and is a go to meal for us in winter.
Oh and because it's chicken soup it's good for the soul... or so they say.  All I know is that I was grateful I'd made so much of it and I ate every last bit.  Here's to restoring both my soul and my body.

Monday, July 1, 2013

#motivationmonday


If I'm not achieving my goals this week it's time to take a good hard look at what I'm doing to achieve them.  In fact am I doing anything to achieve them?  Am I being intentional or am I just crossing my fingers and going through life with some blind hope that simply by wishing for what I want that it will happen?  I'm not naive and I don't believe in fairy tales.  I'd much rather rescue myself than wait for a knight in shinning armour, so why wouldn't I treat my goals and dreams the same way?  Something to be constantly moving towards.

Happy Monday - go get your dreams.

Monday, June 24, 2013

#motivationmonday


Once a month I get a little piece of inspiration in the mail.  I never know what it's going to say, and I'm never quite sure when it's going to arrive - but I always enjoy the surprise!  I purchased the "Quote of the Month" from letterGIRL on etsy at the start of the year.  Every month I receive a new hand lettered inspirational quote.  They are always beautifully presented, and have great inspiration - but some months speak a little more closely to my heart that others.  This is definitely one of those months.

Don't you want to leave an impact on the people around you?  To be known for being encouraging and inspiring.  For being thoughtful and loving.  For being kind and creative.  I don't know that I often achieve this, but it is something that I hope I do at least once or twice in my life.  I know I am incredibly grateful and thankful for all those who have left an imprint on my soul.



Monday, June 10, 2013

#motivationmonday


After more than 26 hours on planes and in transit I've just arrived in London.  I think I've had maybe 3 hours sleep in 2+ days... but who's counting.  The only thing getting me to keep going today?  Coffee - lots of it.  

Keep on keeping on!

Monday, June 3, 2013

#motivationmonday


Don't be scared.  Give it a go.  What have you got to loose?

Sometimes we are so risk adverse we stop ourselves from achieving amazing things, and living great lives.  Today I choose to be fearless.  After all... what is failure but a temporary event on the path to success.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

macarons

I've always wanted to make macarons but I've shied away from it because people tell me it's too hard. Well last week I decided to take the plunge. I must admit that this urge came about after grocery shopping and finding that Adriano Zumbo makes a macaron packet mix.  And they had it in my local Woolies.  OMG!

For those of you who don't know who Adriano Zumbo is I say 'shame on you'.  This is the master Patissier.  The man who makes the contestants on Master Chef cry.  The man who can single handedly make you gain 5 pounds and you won't care just by opening up a shop opposite where you work... (Damn you Zumbo! I care.  I care.)  Anyway needless to say I bought the mix.  I didn't make it straight away.  I think his work on Master Chef breaking down contestant after contestant left me feeling a little daunted.  I looked at the box for a whole week before I worked up the courage to try it.  And this is the result.


Beautiful, delicious, salty little biscuits straight from heaven.  Sure it took some time.  Sure it was a little fiddly and delicate.  But friends, I have now sealed the deal and broken through my macaron baking virginity.  Stand back world this girl is hooked.  Next time I might even try making them from scratch.  Anyone got a fool proof recipe?

Monday, May 27, 2013

#motivationmonday


Words to live by on a cold wet Sydney Monday morning.  All things are possible!

Monday, May 20, 2013

#motivationmonday


Right now in my life I'm being challenged.  Not in the negative way we often think of life's challenges, but in a positive way.  I'm being given opportunities that I hadn't sought out.  I'm being asked to do things that are outside my comfort zone.  My usual reaction would be to say no and suggest someone else, but I'm being challenged, but my mentor, by my friends, and by my loved ones to step up and give it a go.  Scare though it is I'm taking the Mark Twain approach.  I don't want to look back in 20 years and wish I'd said yes, so I'll say yes now.  I will risk failure.  I will challenge my fear.  And I'll give it a bloody good go!

Sally

Monday, May 13, 2013

#motivationmonday


I love Dr. Seuss... who doesn't?  I love the fact that in the midst of something that I read as a child there is truth about how to live life.  We all have the brains and ability to guide ourselves in the direction of our dreams. We are not at the mercy of fate or anything else.  Our choices are our own and it's time to own them.  Today who do you choose to be?  What direction do you choose to walk?  

Monday, May 6, 2013

#motivationmonday


Sometimes finding joy and laughing at the circumstances of life can be tough.  However being to laugh through the tough times shows a resilience to life and a determination to live to the full in a way that I aspire to.

Happy Monday.

PS... want to know how I made this quote?  Check out my craft blog today.

Monday, April 29, 2013

#motivationmonday


Today's quote comes from Quote of the Month from letterGIRL on Etsy.  I signed up to received monthly motivational quotes at the end of last year.  It's wonderful to get home after another frantic work trip overseas and receive a little gift of inspiration and motivation in the mail.  You might have noticed that a lot of the quotes that I share are around reminders to slow down and focus on the beauty of life.  This is a personal reminder and challenge for me, to remember to take time to notice the moments in life, not just focus on the end results.  To remember myself and those around me, and put them first, not just what I do.  It's a challenge to be present in the moment every day, but when I find that I am, I am relaxed, I am at peace and I truly am at my most creative, loving best.  Funny then that I have to strive to remember it ;-)

Monday, April 22, 2013

#motivationmonday - wine


I don't think it's any secret that I love wine... especially as I have a blog largely devoted to it.  It's more than just the liquid itself though, it's the ritual that comes with it for me.  Wine for me is a way of life.  I always use a good glass.  I always drink it slowly.  I always enjoy smelling it, looking and the colour and swirling it in the glass.  And I love drinking it with friends and catching up with what's happening in their world.  I think the ritual I've built around drinking wine serves as a reminder to me to slow down, to breathe, to enjoy a moment and unwind.  That's not something that's always easy to do in this hectic world, so finding ways to incorporate it into my life is wonderful.

Cheers

Monday, April 15, 2013

#motivationmonday - shine


Sometimes you just need a little pick me up.  Something to make you smile.  Something to help you get through the day - or in my case nearly 30 hours of travel.  These sneakers do that. They are sparkly and shiny.  They are super comfy.  They just make me happy every time I put them on.  They are kind of like the clothing equivalent of comfort food. Something that just makes you feel good about yourself and your day.  Like fat pants but awesome cause you feel great in them.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

my week


It's been busy.  I've been catching up.  My secrets to coping.... sparkly shoes that I can run in, tea from a beautiful cup, sunshine... and pooches.  Got to have puppy cuddles.

Hope you week is going well.

Monday, April 8, 2013

#motivationmonday - beauty is everywhere


Today I don't offer up motivational words by someone else.  Instead I offer up this picture of a sunset taken in Pasekuda, Sri Lanka last week while I was on holidays.  For me it's a reminder that there is beauty every where around me - I just need to look for it.  It's a reminder to embrace the moments of life - not just when I'm on holidays in paradise, but every day.  

Here's to looking for the beauty and joy in life each day this week.

Friday, April 5, 2013

abandoned



There is something haunting about the images in this blog post.  What was once significant and a monument of achievement, or celebration of effort and work lies abandoned and desolate.  Makes you really think about the monuments (real or otherwise) that we build in our own lives and what they will look like in years to come.

PS - that photo above... well that's Sigiriya in Sri Lanka.  An abandoned fortress of a kingdom long gone.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

pondering as I'm wandering

I've been in Sri Lanka for about a week now.  It's not my first time here and it won't be my last.  But in the journey I'm on in this season I am finding that it is speaking to me in a deeper way than it has in past visits.

I found myself traveling about 2 hours by van this week from Nilaveli to Pasekudah in the north east.  This is an area that is still largely untouched by development - although that is rapidly changing - due to the war, and then the tsunami.  People here have lived a different life to that of those in Colombo.  A simpler life.  A harder life.  A life with greater joy.  A life with greater sorrow.  As I read that back it sounds a little like the start of a bad novel, but I don't mean it to be.  What I think I mean is that life here seems to be one of stark contrasts.  Contrasts that are becoming more apparent as the area opens up for development.

As I traveled the coastal road I was struck by the incongruity of new hotel developments on picturesque beaches side by side with rural shacks - barely some mud brick walls and thatch roof.  One building is a temple to all that the tourist worships - a view, a cocktail, a pool - a sanctuary to unwind and get away from it all.  The other represents a fisherman and his family who work long hours through the night to catch enough fish to sell and make a small income on.  One if full of mod cons - aircon, tv's, internet, you name it it's there.  The other has no mod cons, no aircon, no washers & driers, no car.  Yet side by side they share the same view, the same beach, the same world. One is filled with people who are desperate to escape the rat race and find serenity.  The other is filled with people who are living, surviving, and doing the best they can to raise a family.  Both have laughter and tears - at different times and for different reasons.  I wonder what those families think?  Do they look with envy or pity?  Does the excess make sense?  Is it something they aspire to or can't comprehend?  What will this do to their world?  Will it improve it with opportunities, or will it destroy the community life they now know?

I make no judgements on either side here.  I don't think there is a right or wrong way to live.  Or that a perfect solution to developing economies and communities exists.  I does have me pondering though...  How do you do the right thing by the people living in these locations?  What is the right thing?  Does any of this matter?  I don't have the answers.  But I will watch this transition and journey over time.  Surely there are life lessons for us all in the midst of it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

life is a journey - but not always a cliche

It's been a while since I've written a post about what I'm thinking.  At the beginning of this year I was determined that I would stick to a schedule of blogging and be more deliberate in writing and creating this blog, but after a month or so of inspiration I began to struggle.  I think I realised, just in time, that if I did keep to a schedule of writing deliberately every week the blog would be in danger of becoming filled with content created out of process and commitment to a schedule rather than something that contains thoughts from my heart, a sharing of my life, and my random thoughts.  So I paused.  I remained committed to the small things - #motivationmonday.  And I waited.  I waited for inspiration.  I waited for life to happen.  I waited for time to think.  I don't think I'm ready to really come out of this place of waiting, but life is going on around me and there are things I'm becoming aware of.  Thoughts are going through my head as I travel.  Conversations with friends, old and new, are challenging me to look at life differently.  I find myself wanting to share, but with half-formed thoughts.  Will you indulge me and let me share them with you as I go?  Imperfect as they may be?

Monday, April 1, 2013

#motivationmonday - rewards of the simple life


As I travel through Sri Lanka I am once again reminded how we often place value in the wrong things in life.  Material possessions, career progression, houses, wealth and security... not one of these things brings happiness or joy.  A cool breeze on a hot day, a refreshing dip in a cool ocean, a meal shared with friends all bring richer rewards and happy memories.

Monday, March 25, 2013

#motivationmonday - it's all about what you put in


This really speaks to me.  Sometimes we work really hard, we persist and we keep on going but we don't seem to get anywhere.  That's when you have the hard choice - to stop or to persevere.  Sometimes you need to stop.  Sometimes life is saying 'enough give it a rest.'  Other times however you just need to put your head down and keep on keeping on.  Today I'm persisting.  What about you?

Monday, March 18, 2013

#motivationmonday - turning around


Sometimes I'm stubborn.  Often it's because I'm doing the right thing and it's just because I need to push through until success.  Sometimes though it's because I'm too far in to realise I'm going the wrong way. Today I'm trying to take stock of the crazy circumstances and opportunities in my life and figure out which ones are the right road, and which ones should I maybe turn back from.

Monday, March 11, 2013

#motivationmonday - it's up to you


To be honest, while I know this to be true I find it a little confrontational.  You see sometimes I want what I want to be easy to achieve.  I want it to be given to me.  I want to work for it - but not too hard.  Realising that if I'm not achieving it could be because I'm not actively working towards achieving it is sometimes a little hard to take.  So with a harsh dose of reality that I'm not only my own worst enemy but sometimes I'm my only enemy I am rethinking what I really want right now, and how committed I am to give of my time and energy to achieve it.

Friday, March 8, 2013

#tgif - happy Friday everyone


I don't know about you but for me it's been a big week.  I'm relying on some rituels to get me through the last official working day of the week.  These are my fab Friday survival tactics.
  1. It's not Friday - it's FUN FRIDAY!  I try and start the day with the goal of it being fun.  Sure there is a ton of work still to be done, but it's Friday, and the weekend is just around the corner.  That's worth celebrating and making fun.  (It's all about mindset and deliberate action folks!)
  2. Start the day how you mean to finish it.  For me that's with a giant mug of coffee.  And at the end of it I'll finish it with a giant glass of wine.  See the correlation?  Giant things.  There's a saying 'go big or go home' - well I think Friday deserves that kind of commitment and attitude.  Go big.  Start well.  Get s**t done.  And then go home (or out) and reward your effort - big time.
  3. Friday is also Fat Friday.  Full disclosure - I am ridiculously spoilt at work.  We have an amazing cafe & micro-kitchens with all the snacks you could want, and 3 meals a day.  Most of the time I try and resist the chocolate, cookies and other crazy yummy stuff.  Friday however is a day for a little letting loose... it's fun Friday after all.  This is the day I start the day with some banana bread, toasted, with nutella.  Do not knock it until you've tried it.  It's kind of like a chocolate dipped banana with breakfast food all rolled into one.  Is it full of calories - YES.  Is it not really good for me - YES.  But does it taste delicious - ummm HELL YES!
Ok so the point of these 3 tips is not to tell you all to do what I do, but it's really to highlight that it's important to go into the day with the right attitude.  Sometimes having a few little rituels helps make it better.  It's gives you permission to behave in a certain way.  It can reward you for achieving your goals.  For me, my Friday survival tactics are really things I look forward to.  I can enjoy them guilt free knowing I've done the hard yards during the week.  They are also rituals that start moving both my mind and body into weekend mode.  I mentally and physically start a slow wind down so that by Saturday I'm feeling great and ready to transition completely to other things.  Creating these fun rituels has helped ease me into my weekends and makes me look forward to Friday.  I really celebrate it.  Especially when I get my banana bread in the cafe at breakfast.




Monday, March 4, 2013

#motivationmonday


I don't know about you but my year has started off much crazier than I would have liked.  Don't get me wrong.  I love being busy and I love what I do.  It just seems like there has been an abundance of opportunity and things to do in the first two months of this year.  Slightly more stuff to do than there is of me.  It's when things get crazy that my good intentions of living a balanced life and making time for me go out the window.  So today I'm using #motivationmonday as a reminder - to enjoy the little things.  

Sometimes there is a season in life where the world gets out of control - in a good way.  But in the midst of the crazy it's important to find joy in the moment - in the little things - before the big stuff becomes too overwhelming.