We are well and truly into the new year (how is it February already?!) and, I know for a lot of people, 2020 may already feel too busy. Finding the seemingly irretrievable balance in life is a constant struggle for many of us. We want to live our lives to the full but simply end up with full schedules instead. We need blank space in our weeks. Continue reading “Blank space”
I don’t know about all of you but 2019 was certainly a big year for me! As a rather emotional being, I always get a little sad when a year comes to an end. BUT there is always much to look forward to in the year to come. Including the MOPS theme for 2020 “To The Full”! Continue reading “Farewell 2019! Welcome 2020!”
We are in the busiest time of the year. We run around with our children, attending Christmas functions, end of school/kindy/sports assemblies. We are closing up studies, school, work and extra curricular activities. At the same time we are running households and family in the midst of trying to make this time special, buy presents, plan the family holiday, do holiday activities and do things to make special memories.
I don’t know about you but I find it hard to look after myself in these busy times. Continue reading “Take a rest from the busyness of Christmas”
When my twin girls were toddlers, a friend minded them one evening for me. She later relayed a funny moment. When the girls went upstairs to bed, it was noted that dolly had fallen off the edge of the bed and was on the floor. Twin 2, quite indignant with hands on hips, told my friend, “I told teddy to look after her but clearly he wasn’t listening”. Continue reading “STOP! in the name of love”
Do you ever get to the end of your day and wonder if you even achieved anything? “Busy” is our most common response when asked how we are and yet we can still feel like we aren’t doing anything with our days. How can both be true? Continue reading “Always fighting fires – how to avoid feeling “busy” everyday but getting nothing done”
Today is one of those days. The one where motherhood feels all-consuming and I cannot help but be envious of the life I had before the wailing kids, nappy changes, cold meals and exhaustion at the end of a day as a stay-at-home-mum to my two young boys. Continue reading “Wrestling with envy”
I’m a giver by nature. In other words, I get a real buzz out of helping others. I suppose that’s what made me choose to be a teacher, then a school chaplain, a Street Pastor and a MOPS leader. They are all roles in which you can love other people, look out for them, and look after them. I find that when I ask someone, “How are you?”, they tell me their life story. And I’m happy to listen.
However, being a giver comes at a cost. Continue reading “Making room for you”
There are memories that I can only share with my brother as he is the only one who experienced them with me. Continue reading “Quenching the spark – aiming for sibling loyalty”
I am invincible! Did you know that?
I am that one mum who actually can make homemade baked goods each day, say ‘yes’ to every play date and birthday party invitation, keep my house clean, volunteer at school, be involved in my kids sports and in the community all while working part time. I can also get to the gym three times a week, commit to a mum’s netball team, show up at church looking put together with a tribe of children in tow, and maintain a vibrant relationship with my kids, friends, family and, of course, my husband.
Invincible I tell you! Continue reading “Burn out”
My friend at work is a jeweller and it fascinates me listening to how she goes about designing and making her works of art. Continue reading “Not giving up on marriage”