Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Choosing Your Memories

“Memories are the architecture of our identity”


Kathy from 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."

Monday, 16 January 2017

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.


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!

Friday, 13 January 2017

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. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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


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?

Monday, 9 January 2017

Midlife Monday ~ What did 2016 Teach Me?

Midlife Monday ~ three lessons 2016 taught me


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?

Friday, 6 January 2017

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!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Wind-Back Wednesday ~ Being Myself

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


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.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Midlife Monday ~ My word for 2017 - ENOUGH

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


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".