Wednesday, May 17

The Return of blogging

Well hello there.  How have you been?  I have been good.  When you have been away from a space it's hard to know where to start.  What has been happening?  To be honest just life.  I had mentioned that we had been having issues with my Nan's estate, well I am happy to say that has all been finalised which is a big relief.  The big stressful part is over which I am grateful for.  My big girl finished school and is at uni so life is looking a little different now.  I am a Mum to a school girl and to one who is almost an adult and needs to spread her wings which is hard for this over protective Mum.  We have been doing a little bit of renovating which has been nice, it's been a while. It feels nice to have a few projects that have been on our list for years getting checked off. We are still to paint the house but that will happening soon.  And there has been some holiday planning too, which is exciting. I think that pretty much sums up life for the last few months.  

On Sunday it was Mother's Day so I asked my family to take me to Toowoomba for a picnic and a walk through the beautiful parks they have up there.  It is always nice to explore and to continue with our traditions too. It is nice to experience a little Autumn close to home and to enjoy it with my family.  So here are some photos of Mother's Day I took as we wandered around exploring our favourite spots.

Well thanks for stopping by and for sticking by me in this little blog of mine.  I hope to see you again soon, certainly not months like it has been.  I hope you are all well.  💙

Tuesday, January 3

My New Goals for 2017

Sorry it took me a couple of day to return to this space.  After watching a documentary the other day I was challenged by my daughter to give up instagram and my computer for the day, so I took up her challenge and coped well although I did use my phone to go on the internet... I would like to make a habit of this each week and next time not use the internet at all.  I wonder how I will go..

After some thought I have come up with my word for the year Nurture.  I was outside in the garden walking around and looking at my plants when the word came to me.  It seemed apt after a recent conversation I had with my husband one afternoon.  This year I will:

Nurture my relationship with my husband, my daughters, my family and friends.  I will take time to go out on regular dates again with my husband, have some one on one time with my girls and organise to have more catch ups with my friends both in person and chats on the phone. We will go on a holiday as a family to New Zealand together to see the snow.

Nurture my mind through creating a daily meditation practice, reading and enrolling in a photography course through ClicknMoms and also a course in soap making at Green Living Australia.

Nurture my body through nourishing foods, exercising at the gym 2-3 times per week and yoga weekly.  I will get one massage for myself and take time to go for bush walk on the weekend.

Nurture myself creatively by making one item for myself, making cards and gifts for my family and friends.  I will continue to pursue my passion for photography by taking photos daily and take photos for a family.  To push myself through the fear I feel when I go to make something or do something out of my comfort zone.

Nurture my home through decluttering each room and donating items to charity.  I will nurture my garden by planting  summer seedlings and tending to it for an hour each week.

Well I have to say that feels refreshing.  A new year, a new start, a new zest for getting back into life. I'm ready! How are you feeling about the New Year?  Have you set yourself some goals?  I'd love to hear.  Happy New Year my friends.

Saturday, December 31

2016 Goal Recap

Well hello out there.  It has been a while since I have been in this space.  I visit blogger often and visit those who still blog to see what they are up to but I have been rather quiet here.  I feel like life has been a bit of an uphill hike these last couple of months.  There are still ongoing issues with my Nan's will, I am still positive that her wishes will be fulfilled though the journey to get there is a windy one.  My oldest daughter finished high school which was a momenteous occasion full of happiness and sadness, a new journey for her and for us as parents.  It is such a strange feeling having one of your children finish school, with me wondering how quickly those years did fly by.  So next year I will have an adult in my home, it's time to let go....

With that all being said I couldn't finish my year off without reflecting on my goals for 2016, my year  about  FOCUS. Here's a little summary of my goals.

* To focus on making my home beautiful with handmade and natural objects. Beeswax candles, handmade cushions and beautiful linens, to create more.  
In my home I tried to introduce some plants into the bathroom and living room.  My success had been a bit touch and go I have to say but I have been persistent, if one dies just try again.  I have bought beautiful beeswax candles to light at dinner time.  My plan was to make some which I haven't quite done yet but I have all the makings for lots of beautiful handmade candles.  As for making cushions sadly I haven't done a lot of sewing until Christmas.  I have though been conscious choosing to buy things that are natural when we need them, like new organic bed sheets.
* To focus on being organised with gifts and handmade cards and motivated for birthdays, anniversaries and yearly events like Easter and Christmas.
Well I still have been making all of my cards for birthdays and this Christmas all of my cards were made by the end of November which was pretty exciting for me.  As for being organised ahead of time I would have to say I still wasn't great but there were fewer late birthday gift arrivals this year.  I had most of my Christmas shopping done I would say about a week before Christmas which wasn't too bad.  It is an area I still need to work on I think but my struggle is usually with coming up with gift ideas which always puts me behind so if I can work on the ideas ahead of time that might help...
* To focus on continuing to be motivated by reading, listening and exploring what makes my heart sing.
This year I was very focussed by reading each evening books that made my heart sing.  I listened to many podcasts on my phone and while I was in the kitchen, some inspirational and some for fun.  I love this goal and it's one that I will continue with always.
* To focus on my fitness and health journey. Getting myself to bed early, looking after my mind, body and spirit.
I would say every week pretty much, I have done some form of exercise.  I go the the gym several times each week and up until the end of school I was going to yoga every week too which I loved.  I still continue to eat as healthy as possible at the same time having a treat too otherwise it would be too hard to maintain.  As far as the getting to bed early well I didn't do so well with that and continue to go to bed too late.  It really is something I want to improve so I have bought a book on creating habits which I am hoping will help me create a good habit of going to bed earlier.
* Focus on not allowing my fear to stop me creating, sewing, knitting, crocheting and photography. Fear is a state of mind not a state of being.
I haven't been as creative as I would like to have been this year.  I have still been crocheting but haven't really pushed myself to do any different techniques.  This Christmas though I have taken myself into the craft room and have been sewing.  One of the projects, a simple purse, wasn't difficult but it was a tedious project which I procrastinated about.  I did eventually push through and did make them, four in fact which was great.  I don't think any knitting was done, I did get creative throughout the year making things for birthdays and other events.  My photography as been a little slow but fairly consistent.  My issue again is with space on my laptop which I hope to solve with a new laptop in the new year.
* Focus on the good people, let go of all that does not serve me, learn from it and move forward.
This was really tricky for me this year.  After my Nan passed away life changed, the journey was rocky for my family.  Issues arose and people became challenging. To this day their actions can still hold an impact but I am working each day at letting things go and know that things are going to work out how they are meant to.

This year has challenged and tested me.  I have grown as a person and am happy with my journey, learning that I am strong, capable and excited about the future.  Tomorrow I will be back with my new goals and my new word.  Until tomorrow my friends.  A very, very Happy New Year to you!!! May your year be filled with things that make you happy, shine within and lots of love.

Monday, October 31

Life Right Now

Where do I start? I can start with the gorgeous blooms I took photos of when my hubby, my youngest and I went for a walk around Mt Cootha botanical gardens a few weeks ago.  It was a very warm Spring day, much warmer than I expected so our walk wasn't too long.  I do love how my family will entertain me and my desire to take photos.  I was expecting a few more flowers in bloom. I'm not sure whether that was because we were a little early... Anyway there was still blooms to find and enjoy.
I am feeling the need to get out and take some photos lately.  I think I have mentioned before though my computer is getting full of photos and I am quickly running out of space and there is becoming a more urgent need to upgrade my computer.  I think that is partly the reason and the other is the ongoing issues with my Nan's estate just when we thought things were resolved.... Today it really seems to have gotten on top of me.  I had a bit of a cry actually.  I have been trying to do my best to stay positive but never did I see this next hurdle come our way in getting things finalised. All I want is for my Nan's wishes to be met and for my family to have the sun shining in their faces.  The woe is me feelings have gotten to the best of me.  I have much to be grateful for and so much exciting change is happening with my oldest's schooling years coming to an end.  What the problem is my thoughts.  I need to be mindful, not allow them to drift to the past or into the future which is only causing me angst. So how can I shake this feeling off?  Take a deep breath, go and pamper myself with a fresh coat of nail polish on my toenails and go and cut out that purse pattern I have meaning to do.  Yes that's a good start I think.  How do you get past those overwhelming feelings and move forward?  I would love to know.