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Lucky B***h

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100 S**t Hot Journaling Questions

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Stop Being So Poor Must Reads

Have yourself a Miracle Morning

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Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

I Am A Hot Rock Chick

I found out something interesting yesterday. And I’m not very happy about it. Here I was, sitting back, smugly enjoying the fact that I can completely justify every single resentment that I hold, every grudge, every regret, when someone pointed out that (in the English language at least) we “harbour” them all. We pride ourselves …

Back off, Vegan Warriors!

How can you tell if someone is a vegan? There was a rare but companionable lull in the conversation between my friend and I as we sat having lunch one sunny day. Both of us love people watching and we soaked up the opportunity for a bit of observation, until suddenly she said, “How can …

I Just Don’t Like Music… Apparently

I love it when life presents me with new ideas, new skills to learn, new things. While I might get a bit scared at first, I love strapping on my big boots, picking up my rucksack and heading off into the Great Unknown looking for the Next Big Adventure. Which is why I’m now the …

Australia is big. I mean, really big.

Australia is big. That’s stating the obvious, right, but it’s all very well to know that in an abstract, classroom kind of way; it’s quite a different thing to experience it. Australia is big. The advantages of living in the EU When we lived in the UK, John and I would get in the car, …

(Potentially) Harmful Habits

Out of the blue A couple of months ago, an old friend, Jane, got in touch with me completely out of the blue. In one of the bizarre twist s that life likes to put on us, we discovered that we were both going through pretty much exactly the same things in our lives. The …

The mind blowing angst of trying to pick a name

Laughing at life I rarely take life seriously… That’s a complete lie. I try not to take life seriously but sometimes (quite often), I do take things very seriously as they happen, but when I look back, then I see the hilarity in life. I mean sometimes, yes, I totally get the whole inappropriate giggles …

Stop Being So Poor and Enjoy Life

A 30 Day Challenge

A 30-Day Challenge As I was moseying through Pinterest today, I came across a post titled “30 Day Challenge – Day 3 – A Picture Of My animals” I assumed that it was a photography challenge. I think I’ve been tagged in a fair few of those and not realised because 1) I don’t read …

How to be playful

Regrets Between you and me, I’m seriously regretting certain of my actions right now. An old friend got in touch with me completely out of the blue and I was so impressed by her energy and attitude to life that, before I knew what was happening, I’d signed up to join her on a personal …

A moral dilemma

Moral dilemma The universe recently presented me with a very interesting moral dilemma. A big one. It’s really, really fascinating to see what went through my head. And, by the way, my kids are going to be mortified when they read this, but that happens sometimes in life, doesn’t it? I don’t want to name …

Switching off Running-On-Adrenaline Mode is quite tricky

I’m avoiding things. I’m not procrastinating, of course not. I’m simply avoiding. I’m doing things that are easier, things that I don’t have to think about, things that involve automatic doing, not things that require me to switch my brain on. Actually, it’s less about switching my brain on, because it’s definitely on, as evidenced …

Growing Old Disgracefully

Between you and me, since I was a teenager, I’ve actually been looking forward to getting older. I mean, the whole sagging bits, aching joints and grey hair doesn’t intrigue me one iota but there are other aspects of aging that I’m definitely looking forward to. I have to admit that feeling this way could …

The beginning and the end of hormones

 I’ve just finished my first “Abs, Butts & Thighs” class. You know you’ve had a good leg workout when you have to hang on to the handrail to get down the stairs. Tomorrow is going to be interesting, to say the least. I love feeling physically fit and being physically tired, it’s one of the …

Intolerant Old Bag

As I write that title, I’m beginning to wonder something: our bodies reflect our minds (so the new age, mindset kind of books say), in which case, is what’s going on with my body a reflection of what’s going on with my mind? Am I mentally becoming an intolerant old bag and that’s why my …

Sometimes I get too smug

Weekend? What weekend? Oh, you mean the last two days? The ones that normal people, with normal Monday to Friday jobs spend doing things like the weekly shopping, mowing the lawn, washing the car and getting drunk? THAT weekend? Oh, I spent those days doing stuff for the accountant, you know, updating spreadsheets, downloading data …

Pass the Valium, please!

I’m in this bizarre space where I’m flitting between pride, excitement, severe worry and sleepless nights. And we’re nowhere close to the time of The Event. Last November, Keeley asked if she could go on exchange with school this year. “Sure!” says I, keen for her to spread her wings and experience the world in …

Menopause, Marriage & Motherhood

Millennials

Ryan sent me a video to watch the other day by a guy called Simon Sinek, who’s talking about how Millennials are struggling with forming relationships, having rewarding careers and life in general. I shared the video (and I’ve put the link at the bottom of this post or you can click on the picture …

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

When the Post Holiday Blues bite

I went to the laundry twice on holiday. Hoping to forestall at least some of the post-holiday pile of washing. But no matter how hard I try, no matter what hopeful strategies I put in place, a few hours after we’ve arrived back home, my laundry looks like a volcano. A volcano that’s spewing smelly, …

A bit of a breeze

One of the wonderful things about living in Perth is the Fremantle Doctor. Every afternoon… Actually, I’ll rephrase that. MOST afternoons he comes to visit the sweltering suburbs, bringing relief in the form of what the Sand Gropers (Western Australians) call “a light breeze”. It quickly became blatantly obvious that my idea of a “light …

Christmas Cheer

It’s Christmas, the time of year when all my angst and anxieties about money are dusted off, dragged into the spotlight, dressed up in tinsel and baubles, and sprinkled with glitter. I buy too many presents for too many people who don’t really matter to me. There’s always those little (or not so little) things …

How to be in holiday mode

I made a half-hearted commitment to myself that I’d kind of journal/write every day during these holidays so I could record what’s happened better. I haven’t managed it yet. Been too busy. This is Club Med, there’s a gazillion things to do all the time! In fact, in just sitting here, writing this piece, I’m …

We All Live An Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Just over a year ago, I decided to write a book about how we went from having ordinary jobs to being property developers and turning over a hefty amount of money annually. I wanted to explain to people, maybe “tell” people is a better expression, what we did to make the necessary changes in the …

Five Hundred

A 500-word-a-day challenge. Pfft. Not a problem. Except that it’s very likely to be a complete challenge over the next couple of months. Let’s rephrase that and “be responsible”: I’m EXPECTING it to be a challenge. I’m ANTICIPATING that it will be a challenge. Ergo, it will be a challenge. Sorry, sorry, my personal development …

Stick with us weirdos

One of my great long-distance driving Stay-Awake tools is singing along to Robbie Williams. At top volume. I can’t sing for toffee, as Keeley so graciously confirmed once. I was happily squawking along to some swing tune or other, aiming for the high notes and missing by quite a long way. Busily trying to harmonise …

Being backstabbed

I’ve been thinking there was something wrong with me for the last few weeks. I’ve felt more and more listless, unable to sit at the computer and write, unable to get a string of words together. I make sure that I exercise and do all that stuff; after learning the hard way, I know that …