I’m Not Going To Feel Guilty

NOT GUILTY Im Not Going To Feel Guilty

Gone are the days of working 9 til 5. With so many new businesses starting up every day and many choosing to work from home, the hours we spend working has evolved. Some are night owls. Some are morning sparrows.  Read more

These days I work at night, on weekends or whenever a creative lightening bolt strikes. I know I work better in the morning – this is when my brain is juicy with ideas. Choosing to work my own hours means means I can also take time during the day to do the things I love; chit chat with my dogs (it’s a very one sided conversation), purchase wine online and rehearse for the next season of The Voice.

You have to work when the creativity strikes. 

It’s 8.56am and I’m working. Normally I’d be putting my 2nd load of washing on before heading to Harris Farm for some fresh fruit & veg. But the house is quiet and my creative juices are a flowing as I finalise a project for a new client. So the decision was made to switch on my computer and get to work…  and I’m OK with that. 

I’m not going to feel guilty about working when I shouldn’t be.

I’m not going to feel guilty about not working when I should be.

The permission has been granted to just go with the flow. Or should I re-phrase and say the creative flow. This is why I’m mentioning the word ‘work’ as I type this on a Saturday morning. 

It’s OK to be flexible. It’s OK to be fierce. It’s OK to take naps. It’s OK to go with the flow. 

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What Happened to Dick and Fannie?

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I was talking to my cousin-in-law* the other night about books. The kind of books you read as a child that filled your dreams with vivid & colourful characters and took you away to a magical land. Read more

For me, that land was called The Magic Faraway Tree. 

The giant magical tree is discovered by three children named Jo, Bessie and Fannie. The tree is so tall is touches the clouds and so wide it contains small houses. But it’s the inhabitants of the tree including Moon-Face, Silky the fairy, The Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot, Mr. Watzisname and the Angry Pixie that makes this book so precious to my childhood. 

My Year 1 teacher, Mrs Abrahams, pointed out last week on Facebook** that the main characters of the book – Jo, Bessie, Fannie and their cousin Dick – have been renamed to Joe, Beth, Frannie and Rick

Why? Because of modern sexual connotations of the original names.

WTF! 

I never laughed so hard. A bit of wee might have escaped. Sure the books were published in 1943 but as a child reading the books in the 1980’s, my brothers and I would still giggle at the character names.

The names weren’t inappropriate!!!  Surely that was Enid’s way of trying to inject some humour into the books. I loved reading about the adventures of Fannie, Dick, Jo and Bessie. 

In more exciting news – Sam Mendes is making a big screen adaptation of The Magic Faraway Tree. I might have to ‘borrow’ someone’s child for two hours to go see the movie! 

DID YOU READ THE MAGICAL FARAWAY TREE AS A KID? WHO WAS YOUR FAV CHARACTER? 

* My Husband’s cousin. That makes her my cousin-in-law, right?

** Yes, I’m Facebook friends with my teacher from 1986.

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Trimming my neighbours bush

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My next door neighbour has the most beautiful jasmine bush growing in her yard. Lucky for me, it hangs over our fence. Once or twice a week, I’ve been ‘neighbourly’ and ‘trimmed’ the bush. Basically I ‘borrow’ some armfuls of jasmine cuttings and persist to fill up every spare jar and vase in my home. Read more

The scent floats from one room to the next and it continually makes me smile.

Hello Spring!

For me, jasmine is the scent of spring and it arrived a little late this season. None the less, I’m thrilled it’s arrived. It’s time for denim shorts, bare feet, icy mojitos, summer BBQ fun and rooms filled with flowers.

Flowers really are the affordable way to lift any space. I know, I know. Flowers wilt and die quicker than my iPhone battery but I love adding new varieties to my home once a week. Gardenias are my all time fav flower scent! 

So tell me, what’s your favourite flower scent? 

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The Lover List turns 2!

You know me.

Any reason to crack open a bottle of French champagne and celebrate. 

Today marks the two year anniversary for The Lover List. I hit publish on my first post back on Thursday 25th October 2012. It was such a boring post about the Country Road Home range and I think I yawned when I re-read it. If I’d known back then that I’d still be writing in this little corner of the internet, I would have written a much spunky post.  Read more

So without further ado, it’s time to offer up my yearly thank you:

THANK YOU LOVERS! The conversations, the connection and the generally chit chat bring a clown smile to this face. You guys make my stomach flip and my heart soar whenever you stop by to read an article, post a comment or send me an email. 

You are the Peanut to my Butter

Water to my Ocean

Glaze on my Donut

Spring in my Step

Twinkle in my Eye

Blue in my Sky

Cherry to my Sundae

Flip to my Flop

Bumble to my Bee

Jewel on my Crown

Milk to my Shake

Spring in my Step

Beat of my Heart

Love of my Life.

It’s my passion and purpose to write, share, create and get personal with you and I seriously love you guys to the moon and back. 

Can I turn the tables around for a minute? Let me stalk learn more about you. Copy and paste these questions into the comments below and give me your answers guys. 

What state or country do you live in?

What chore do you despise? 

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

Where’s Wally?

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

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The Moment You Fell In Love

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The moment you fell in love. Do you remember it?

Falling in love is probably one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. It happened so quickly and unexpectedly and I desperately wanted to hit the pause button. Meeting Mr Lover at age 21 wasn’t part of my grand plan and yet the heart wants what the heart wants.  Read more

It was scary. It was out of control. It was friggin exciting.

You know you’re falling in love when all your past relationships become a blur. The hurt and resentment you hold onto in past relationships suddenly fade away. You can let go of the past because this new lover is your future.

A few weeks ago I read an online article about the exact moment when MEN fall in love. Some of the answers were hilarious and some were uber cute. Sitting on the couch watching Man vs Food, I turned to Mr Lover and asked him if he remembered the moment when he fell in love with me. In a heartbeat he answered with “when I saw your old NRL footy stickers on the inside of your wardrobe door”.

I nearly choked on my Mars Bar ice cream. Seeing my childhood footy stickers sealed our fate?

How romantic! Mr Lover went on to explain that the stickers represented our common love of footy and that was an important factor to him. 

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2005 – somewhere in Vietnam

And the moment I fell in love with Mr Lover? It was 2002 and we were in my car. A very girly pop song came on the radio and Mr Lover turned up the volume and sang his little heart out with me. Most men I know would have switched to another radio station but not this guy. He loves Mariah, Roxette, Lionel Ritchie, Macklemore, Spice Girls and Jimmy Barnes.

Our common love of all music genres sealed our fate for me.

 

Do you remember the moment you fell in love? 

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The Benefits In A Power Nap

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Power nap. Snooze. Nanna nap. Horizontal life pause. 

Whatever you want to call it, I’m a huge supporter of it. And by supporter, I mean I truly do kick my shoes off, lie down and steal some zzz’s whenever I can. Read more

The benefits of a power nap can leave you feeling rejuvenated, productive, alert. I’d go as far to say that I’m an expert in the field of napping.

Heck, I’ve been counting sheep since I was a newborn. I’ve got this napping thing down pat. 

But why do so many peeps feel guilty about taking a nap. Cause you’re missing out on life dude. You can sleep when you die, right?

Not me. I’ve never been guilty about taking a snooze. Love it. Adore it. Want one now.

Power to the people nappers. 

So if you need a great excuse to take a siesta today, I’ve found this infographic on the Elephant Journal site. 

The Original Power Nap – that’s me! I’m definitely #4. Twenty minutes down is all I need. 

 

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Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

~Barbara Johnson

Which category do you fall into? Mini-Nap? Lazy Man’s Nap? 

 

{infographic: via Pinterest}

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What personality type are you? I’m a ENFJ

ENFJ MYER BRIGGS What personality type are you? Im a ENFJ

Most of us know if we’re extroverted or introverted, right?

I’ve always thought I was slightly introverted but the Myer Briggs personality test showed me otherwise. I swear the results were written by the fly that lives on my wall and it feels like someone has been watching me for 34 years and written an extended personality essay about who I am – strengths, weakness and 2 minute noodle bad habit included. Read more

I was seriously so intrigued by the results that I sent the test to my BFF and made her do it. 

We got the same result – ENFJ. My bestie and I are very different people so I did the test 3 more times just to make sure … and got the same result every time. 

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So there you have it. I’m a ENFJ – extraversion, intuition, feeling, judgment. As an ENFJ, my primary mode of living is focused externally, where I deal with things according to how I feel about them, or how they fit into my personal value system. My secondary mode is internal, where I take things in primarily via my intuition.

The test is based on four principal psychological functions: thinking, sensation, intuition and feeling. The theory is one of these functions is dominant most of the time. 

ENFJs are natural-born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Forming around two percent of the population, they are often times our politicians, our coaches and our teachers, reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and to do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, ENFJs take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community.

Turns out I share the same personality type as Oprah, Barack Obama & Michael Jordan! 

Curious? 

Take the test HERE and learn about your personality type HERE.

Are you surprised by the result or impressed?

Feel free to share in the comments below. 

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