Midlife Monday ~ Pleasing Myself

People pleasing is no longer an option. Because I’m adopting the radical belief that my ideas, my thoughts as well as my feelings matter too.

BEING SECOND BEST

Words cannot explain how much I love the quote above! Fifty years of having a 'first born' mentality of trying to please all the people in my life and putting my thoughts and preferences second have now gone out the window! I think it's been a generational thing for women of my age to have put themselves last when it came to trying to keep everyone happy and smooth the waters.

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Aussie Expressions I Love

Five Aussie slang expressions I love + a few extras at the end

As I mentioned in my post on Monday, Australia is a law unto itself when it comes to our use (abuse) of the English language. For Five Things Friday I wanted to share five of my favourite Aussie slang expressions. The only trouble was condensing it down to just five! (I cheated and added a few extras as an addendum) I also noticed that there were several versions of the first expression - obviously we have an abundance of nutty people in Australia!

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Where I'm From

#midlife blog crestingthehill.com.au

I wrote this post a year or so ago after I read the poem by George Ella Lyon titled "Where I'm From" and then found that it had been used as inspiration for a writing exercise. There was a template presented here that gave me a starting point and I couldn't resist the challenge to try my hand at it too.

It's Australia Day on January 26th and I thought the poem I wrote reflected life in Australia and what it was like growing up in the sunburnt country Down Under.

Midlife Monday ~ Why I love being an Aussie

In honour of Australia Day (Jan 26th) here are a few great things about being Australian


In honour of Australia Day (Jan 26th) here are a few great things about being Australian...

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Quotes for When You're Disappointed

Five Things Friday ~ 5 quotes for when you are experiencing disappointment

We all have those time in life when people let us down - sometimes it's friends, sometimes it's workmates, other times it's our nearest and dearest. I have a Pinterest Board chock full of quotes about being disappointed so if you find the five I've included today helpful at all, feel free to click on the link and head over to read more.


Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Choosing Your Memories

“Memories are the architecture of our identity”

MEMORIES

Kathy from SMARTliving365.com wrote a post about the importance of choosing the memories from our past she states that: "every person’s life is usually filled with a collection of both good and bad experiences. What we individually choose to focus on, highlight, and repeatedly tell others, and ourselves, can either lead to a happier life, or reinforce the past negatively."

Midlife Monday ~ When Your Internet Sucks

There was a little girl,  Who had a little curl,  Right in the middle of her forehead.  When she was good,  She was very good indeed,  But when she was bad she was horrid.

LIFE IN THE COUNTRY

We live in a large country town which is 20 minutes from a good sized country "city" and a couple of hours away from Perth - the capital city of Western Australia. We see ourselves as living the dream - all the mod cons without the traffic and stress. 

Out our way, we have several internet providers to choose from and I thought the one we chose did a pretty good job.....until recently! The last few months have been a roller coaster ride of great one minute and AB-SOL-UTELY useless the next. I'm beginning to think our internet provider has a curl right in the middle of it's forehead......because when it's good it's very, very good and when it's bad it's HORRID!

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Things I Wanted

Five things I really wanted and how my life has moved forward since then

A few years ago my life was a mess. I was in a boring job working with a boss who thought he was God and a co-worker who was a complete narcissist. It reached the point where I had to take two weeks off on stress leave. At that exact moment in time, my husband of 32 years told me he didn't want to be married any more.

I remember reading a poem about longing, and relating to it so strongly because it held such a sense of peace and serenity - something I sorely needed at that time. I felt that when I had these things in my life again I'd be back on track and I'd know I'd made it through. 

I'm happy to say that a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and I can look back and see how far I've come. The poem still strikes a chord with me and reminds me to appreciate what I have now and never take them for granted. I thought I'd break the poem down into five things that meant so much to me back in that dark time. 

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ The Face You Deserve?

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.” ― Coco Chanel


A THOUGHT TO PONDER

This quote pulled me up short because there is enough truth in it to make me wonder how much my face looks like the face I deserve. Does all the living I've done over the years sink into my skin and reflect back at me in the mirror? If I had an easy life do I stay looking young and carefree compared to older and more haggard if the going was tough?

Midlife Monday ~ What did 2016 Teach Me?

Midlife Monday ~ three lessons 2016 taught me

GOODBYE 2016

Well, another whole year has flown by and now we're into 2017 already. Part of me wonders where 2016 went. It seems like only a few weeks have gone by since I launched into 2016 and that's not the case at all, it's been and gone and slipped into history. The question I've been asking myself lately is what did I learn from the year that was?

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Quotes on "Enough"

Five Things Friday ~ 5 quotes about why we are "enough"

With the beginning of a new year and having chosen a new word to define 2017 - ENOUGH. I thought I'd share five quotes on what "enough is all about" for Five Things Friday - I hope you enjoy them. I'll be remembering them throughout the year!

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Being Myself

be yourself, own your voice, don't follow the crowd - shine in your own right.

FINDING MY VOICE

One of the side benefits of starting a blog is learning to hear my own voice. For a long time my voice was lost in the noise of what everyone else was saying, shouting or declaring. I didn't know that I had anything different to offer until I took the time to stop and settle and put my thoughts down in a coherent fashion.

Midlife Monday ~ My word for 2017 - ENOUGH

2017 is the year of contentment - saying "I am enough, I have enough"

A NEW YEAR AND A NEW WORD

Last year I chose "Embrace" as my word to describe 2016. After releasing my grip on a lot of things in 2015 I was open to new ideas and new experiences, and ready to embrace change and being a little bit more adventurous in my choices.

Now that 2017 has rolled around, I'm ready to take a step back and say "ENOUGH" - I am enough, I have enough. I don't need to strive, or prove myself, or compete. It is sufficient in itself to just "be".