Hello to you all, from our home in Melbourne (which, no, doesn’t quite look like this, although how cute is it???) We’ve been back in town for a couple of days, having spent a week in our home on the Mornington Peninsula, and are taking off by the weekend in another home, this time to … More Back to basics – What makes a home?
Happy New Year to you! How good is it to have a few days break? My husband and I are tag teaming with work from our family’s beach house, and even though it’s a bit cold and bleak today, it’s so lovely to have a change of scene. It’s great to shake up a routine … More My one word 2017
Many of you would have seen this powerful montage above, created by British Graphic Designer Chris Barker, of celebrities who’ve died over the past year. Even if you hadn’t, you’d be aware that 2016 seems to have had more than its fair share of famous people dying. 2016 in a nutshell Taking a global view, 2016 has been categorised by … More 2016 – Look at the stars and feel grateful for their light
Last time I wrote about some of the things I’d aim to do and not do to take a step back from the Christmas / end of year hype and make sure I have time for what’s important, including self care. I wrote more about it on my last blog post. Today I wanted to expand … More Intentional benign neglect: part of thriving in December
How I’ve shifting my thinking, and actions, to ensure December (in all its glory) is a time to enjoy and thrive, and not merely survive it. … More How to make December a time to thrive (and not just survive)
Who goes on holidays in mid November? Isn’t it too busy? Too many commitments in November (the new December), too many end of year deadlines looming, finals for sporting teams, end of school events. Plus now’s the time to get all your New Years Eve commitments achieved (because they’d slipped from your mind mid … More Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday
I’m writing this sitting on the grassy banks above the Main Beach of Yamba, northern NSW, having just been swimming, body surfing and building sand creations. My husband and the kids are at the beach below, and I’ve got a chance to write. We’re currently spending a week in this lovely place and if you … More A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales
The USA has a new president elect – Donald Trump. In the political arena, this is one of a number of outcomes across the world this year, many of which came as surprises: The UK voted to exist from the European Union There is an increasing push throughout Europe, from Hungary, Italy to Finland, to … More After a year of political surprises, is it time to pause and listen?
Week three of my series about what I’m learning from reading and how that applies to how we can understand the physical world in which we live (you can read the previous ones here and here). This week, Toni Jordan’s Our Tiny, Useless Hearts has prompted me to think about what we look for, and … More When books and places collide – My review of Our Tiny, Useless Hearts
Halloween has just passed us here in Australia. Over the past two to three decades, the tradition has become more strongly embraced by many kids (and their families), in particular the opportunity to dress up and go from house to house, trick or treating for candy (or lollies, as I still call them). You might … More How the number of kids trick or treating in your neighbourhood reflects its urban design (Maybe)