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THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THE MUM WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Do you have a family member who's impossible to buy for? If you're in Australia I have the perfect place to browse and buy an experience they'll love.

GIFT SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

I think a lot of us have been feeling a bit low with all the restrictions that COVID-19 has placed on us since February. I can't believe an entire year has gone by with very little happening to make us smile. Travel is almost non-existent, and a lot of the little luxuries we enjoyed were also curtailed due to the social distancing requirements. As Australia has slowly opened up again, we can start enjoying a few little treats that we're sorely in need of and I can't wait to share some here on the blog.

I have collaborated with the Australian company RedBalloon who is the heartland of enriching experiences. They offer a range of amazing experiences that build meaningful and memorable life moments, perfect to gift at Christmas time. On top of their bucket-list worthy experiences, they also offer a range of indulging, relaxed gift ideas for mum that caught my eye.

TAKING TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES

Are you busy rushing towards the next new thing, or returning to old habits? Maybe it's time to pause and allow yourself to smell the roses.

FINDING INSPIRATION

One of the things I love about blogging is that it introduces you to new people and new ideas. So many women in Midlife are exploring interesting concepts and Michele Vosberg recently shared a post where she recommended some great books to help with achieving our dreams. I'm not a big dreamer, but one book sounded particularly interesting and I thought I'd download it and see what it had to offer.

HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS ONLINE

If you've been thinking about starting a business from home, or creating a blog and earning some extra cash, here's some tips on getting started.

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Today on the blog I have a collaborative guest post with an interesting discussion and general overview of what it takes to start your own online business. It seems like everyone has an idea or two about what they'd like to do to earn an income from home, but sometimes it takes a little bit of a push to take it to the next stage.

Today might just provide another paving stone in the path to doing something you love - whether it's starting a blog, starting a business, or just dipping your toes in the water.

ADVICE FROM A SUPERMODEL ON REASSESSING LIFE

When you're doing some soul searching, advice can come from many different sources - this is what I learnt from a super model's Instagram post.

REASSESSING AND MOVING FORWARD

It was my birthday last week and it's my last one in my 50's. I feel like it's bringing up some thoughts on how I want to prepare myself for the decade ahead when I enter my sixties next year. I've been doing a bit of reading, thinking, and drilling down deeper, and I'm planning on  2021 being the year I devote to discovering how to live life on my own terms - and finally getting rid of the underlying (and soul destroying) need to earn the approval of others.

Because this has been on my mind a lot over the last few weeks, I see little snippets of inspiration all over the place. One surprising source of wisdom that caught my eye came from a model and influencer. Those of you who read my blog would know that I'm not a fan of the whole social media "look at me and my perfect life" scenario, so I'm not on Instagram and I don't follow anyone who projects a shiny image likely to send me off down the compare and despair path. But this time it was different.

RECEIVING A MIDLIFE WAKE UP CALL

Let's celebrate the second half of life - don't sit back and watch the world go by, stay vibrant and relevant in your second act.

A MIDLIFE WAKE UP CALL

Midlife is a turning point for a lot of us, and I know when I reached 50 I started thinking about what the second half of my life would look like. I wasn't overly thrilled with the images that floated through my imagination - I saw a middle aged woman who was a little world-weary and who seemed to have nothing much to offer. I saw myself plodding through each day until I was old, grey and even more boring. It was a very dis-spiriting thought. But it wasn't the only choice open to me and that's when my wake-up call began.

SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS - WHAT'S MAKING ME HAPPY #3


IT'S TIME TO BE HAPPY

It's the end of October and time to share some "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" ..... Sunshine - what's been happening to make me happy, Lollipops - silly things and memes that gave me a smile, and Rainbows - what I'm grateful for this month.

LEARNING THAT GROWTH CAN BE A DANCE

No matter how much work you've done on yourself, you can still snap back sometimes. So be easy on you. Growth is a dance.

FROM THEN TO NOW

Life is a journey - I think we all know that, and I hope we're all progressing in a forward direction (even if it's two steps forward and one step back at times). I've shared quite a lot about my life journey here on the blog and last year I spent several months working my way through the trauma of my awful job imploding on me, my subsequent resignation, and the journey to finding myself again.

One thing I realized the other day is that we shouldn't expect ourselves to completely recover from a major trauma overnight. It can take months or years before we feel like it's finally behind us - we think we've moved on, but then we encounter something (or someone) and we're reminded that it's a process and not a done deal.

SUPER EASY 2 EGG PAVLOVA

An easy two egg pavlova that you can whip up in no time.  No fuss and one bowl to prepare.

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Last month I began my super easy recipe sharing with lemon/orange drizzle muffins. I'd been wanting to bake some for a while and when I mentioned it here on the blog, others asked me to share my recipe. I'm a very basic "chef" so it was safe to give my friend's recipe away - guaranteed no-fail - because if I can make it, then anyone can! 

Today I have my favourite super easy Christmas dessert to pass on to anyone who's interested in trying their hand at a classic Aussie favourite.

CRESTING THE HILL AND ENJOYING THE VIEW

What's in a blog name? Is it important to spend the time choosing well?Here's why I chose mine and how it's panned out over the years.

CLIMBING THE HILL

A few weeks ago, some blogging friends and I were discussing hiking and how you approach those difficult hill climbs. My friend Jo from And Anyways commented that the secret is to tackle the climb with a positive attitude because you know it's going to be hard, but it will be even harder if you're complaining and miserable every step of the way. Her example was pushing through a challenging section by singing "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" (a great Meatloaf flashback there for those of  us who loved "Bat Out Of Hell" in the 70's - and that darn song was stuck in my head for weeks after she mentioned it!) with a fellow hiker and being able to laugh about it later when they'd conquered that section.

Her story reminded me of a quote that I often think about when I look at our journey through life:

FINDING PEACE IN THE BEAUTY OF BECOMING

When life turns out differently than expected, we can fight it or we can embrace the uncertainty of becoming someone new.

WAITING AND WONDERING

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how unsettled I was feeling. Since then I've been trying to figure out what it is at the heart of things that's causing me to feel this way. I've dithered back and forth trying to dig down to the crux of it all and to try to bypass all the little distractions that seem to be the reason but are just symptoms rather than the cause.