One Little Word: April

Letting go of things can be hard.  So hard. It is difficult to acknowledge when things are working for you and when they aren’t.  Towards the end of March and the start of April, I was really struggling.  Like, I was on Struggle Street heading south. I felt like every ounce of radiance had been sapped out of me and I was just getting by each day waiting for the holidays to begin.  I gave myself a pyjama day on April 5 and it was just what I needed.  A day where I had nothing planned and could just rest, relax, eat well and recharge. If you haven’t had a day like that in a while, I can’t recommend it enough.  I am the kind of person who needs time to themselves to think, to plan to ‘power up’ again and I don’t mind having the time alone to do that.

One of the prompts for One Little Word this month was to let go of something (or somethings) that have been holding you back from achieving your word.  I found it so liberating to be able to write out my frustrations and just let them go.  I felt lighter, better, more focused afterwards.  The best feelings. I enlarged my current favourite photo to 8 x 6, stuck it into my album and wrote on it using a Sharpie:

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The second prompt for this month was to capture your word in photos.  I found this was a quick task to complete, but not nearly as fulfilling as the ‘letting go’ task. (I used a gorgeous new set of stickers from Kikki K to complete these pages.  I love those coloured sticky letters!)photo 2 (3)photo 2 (4)

 

Do you have a word for 2014?  I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment below!

 

Links on a Sunday

(Before we start, I’m going to say that naming this post was hard. I was definitely torn between calling it ‘Links on a Sunday’ and ‘Links from a Sunday!)  

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So I’m up early this morning to drop Dylan off at work for the week.  Seriously – what kind of job starts at 8am on a Sunday morning? As I was driving home, I was taken by the beauty of Melbourne in autumn.  It is just divine and I really wish that I’d had my camera to stop in the park and capture some of the golden leaves, the damp grass and the general freshness of the morning. I think I’ll have to put my runners on tomorrow morning and go for a photo walk before school.

Today, I thought I’d share some of my favourite links from the week.  These are things that I’ve enjoyed reading, watching and just generally giggling at.

I can’t let go singing this song and this version makes me smile every time I listen to it.

Have you got a handle on these 10 things in your life?

My only-one-item-per-month March clothing purchase was this amazing dress.

An easy way to make your photos look even more beautiful.

Would you drink a grumppuccino?

This month I’m giving clean eating a serious go (even if those green smoothies look … well, a bit wicked!)

I’ve been doing this course online and I love the way it has got me thinking

Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?

And from me: I’ve got my first guest post over on Anne’s blog In Residence today and I’m talking all about how to travel light with 5 things that weight practically nothing to take with you.

Have a wonderful day!

12 Pieces – A Shopping Challenge

I love a good challenge and when I read about Caitlin’s one-new-piece-per-month shopping challenge, I knew that it would be something right up my alley.  I constantly feel like I have nothing to wear and back in January I had a big wardrobe clean-out to narrow down what I really own to pieces I actually wear.  Then, after hearing about Caitlin’s challenge, on a bit of a whim I have to admit, I decided to give it a go.

Now please, excuse the photos.  As I’ve said before, I’m definitely not a fashion blogger.  This is the best I could come up with using my Canon on a gorilla pod, placed on top of a strategically placed wheelie-bin near a wall at our house, and using a remote.onceamonthpurchases

So, clearly I’ve made the first three purchases of my year.

1. A pair of black work trousers.  When I cleaned out my wardrobe I realised that I didn’t own any work trousers (or any trousers come to that, apart from jeans), so these became my first purchase.  I had to try on lots of pairs to get a really comfortable pair that aren’t made of some flimsy, clingy material, but I think I’ve done it in this pair from Jacqui E.

2. A pair of patterned trousers.  Filling another trouser-shaped-hole in my wardrobe. These are my first pair ever and I’m really warming to them!

3. This dress.  We are going to a wedding in April and when I saw this dress back in January, it was love.  But with a $330 price tag, I just couldn’t justify it. Fast forward three months and the ‘Weather Girl’ dress was on serious sale.  Yes please!

I’m not sure exactly sure what my next purchase will be, apart from the fact it will be something warm.  The weather has turned quite autumnal here, so I’m thinking a woolly jumper or even a fur trim vest would both be very cosy come winter.

What would be on your ‘must have for winter’ list??

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