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Six books that changed my life

Today I want to share with you six books that hold some deep significance in my life. These are books that are not just great reads, or beautiful to look at, they also represent a part of me, or they enlightened me in some way. For me reading a great book is the ultimate luxury. Losing myself in a spellbinding book is the ultimate escapism. I can lose myself in a book in a way that I don’t find possible with any other medium. But there are some books that do even more than this. They exemplify a key time in your life, or change what or how you think. As a result hold a special power over you thereafter. The reason I decided to share these books with today is because I recently retrieved several boxes of my stuff that have been stored in my mum’s garden shed for the last seven years. I packed them up when I moved to Sydney in 2008 and I’d forgotten they were there to be honest. Two of these boxes, the …

Sunday

Self-care Sunday is here…

What’s your Sunday routine? How do you get ready for the week ahead? I don’t work on Mondays so I don’t have quite the same Sunday as most other people. It frees me up to have totally indulgent, lazy Sunday. Proper self-care if ever I’ve known it. I love working three days a week, it’s so liberating. I’d work less if I could, but damn it, I have to pay the bills somehow. As a result, my Sundays are truly my own. No Sunday night blues – dreading work the next day, and worrying about the week ahead. No, I just get to kick back and take care of me and mine. As for most, Sundays are usually a family day. Poppet and I are most likely to be found hanging out with ‘Granny’, either at our place or at her house – the house I grew up in. My brother and his partner sometimes join us. These are the kind of Sundays I missed hugely when I lived in Sydney, and as a result I appreciate …

New Year's Eve 2009

Life is one big adventure

It’s day two of Blog Every Day in May. If you’ve signed up with Rosalilium you’ll know that Elizabeth has set a topic for each day. Check out the topic calendar (and sign up to join the challenge too) on her website.  Some days I might not follow the subject plan but today the subject is ‘adventure’ and being an an adventurous type of gal I’ve got plenty to contribute to this topic. I’ve had many, many adventures in my 43 years. But rather than bore you with tales of my youth – deeply fascinating though they are – I thought I’d take you on a pictorial trip through a few of adventures of my lifetime.   Sadly, I wasn’t able to find any of my photos that pre-date 1995, so my adventures prior to that are missing from this montage. I toured the US when I was 19 – my first big adventure – and those pictures must be in a box at my mum’s house. I’ve moved houses, countries – and it seems lives – …

I’m going to Blog Every Day in May

Blog every day in May? Am I mad? Perhaps so. But that’s the plan. I’ve accepted the challenge set by blogging powerhouse Elizabeth Sellers, aka Rosalilium, to give my blog a kick up the arse by attempting to post every day this month. Day one, done! The reason I’ve signed up is because I love writing. I’ve invested some time in self-examination lately that’s helped me get to the core of what it is I’m good at and what I love doing. I have felt for a long time that I’d lost touch with what it is that drives me, what I love doing, and even what I’m good at. I work as head of communications for a healthcare company, and have been in similar roles for 10 years now. Before that I was a real life journalist on women’s magazines. When I look back at the work I feel most proud of, what stands to is the writing. A newsletter I wrote for one charity particularly stands out. An annual review I put together at another. In my current role …

Relaxing with Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed: my truths laid bare

As soon as I read a review of the book Wild I knew I had to read it. Everything about it resonated with me. A solo adventure in the outdoors, breaking free from society’s normal rules and confines. But ultimately what grabbed me and drew me in irrevocably is hinted at in the sub-heading, ‘A Journey from Lost to Found’. Wild is ultimately a book about Cheryl Strayed’s journey through grief after the death of her mother.