Things we can be thankful for

As each year draws to a close, I typically get a little bit reflective and I know I’m not the only one. Even if it’s been a doozy of a year - and there were some pretty rough moments in 2017 - I try not to wish a year away, to leap into the next without so much as a glance over my shoulder.

Because each year brings its own gifts. We lost my father-in-law in March, which was completely devastating. But, our son had his second year Earth-side, filling our lives with so much joy. I also made the bold decision to career transition and become a copywriter, and haven’t looked back. Friends were married, had children, moved houses, jobs and countries. Life happened.

I’m not sending out a newsletter this month - goodness knows there’s enough hitting your inbox right now. Instead, here’s my December musings in blog form. I hope that no matter what your year looked like, you can find something to be thankful for.

So, grab a cuppa (or a bubbles - it’s the silly season after all) and enjoy.

Thank goodness…

For good friends

Raise a glass to the ones who stuck by you this year when stuff got real. They are the keepers. Hug them hard.

For good things in the world

Rather than focus on the things we’d rather forget (Trump, anyone?), let’s celebrate marriage equality in Australia. #itsabouttime

For opportunities

We are so fortunate to be able to freely pursue our passions and goals, with all the resources we have available to us. Remember those days before the internet???

For family

We are grateful for the toddler-wrangling, the wise advice, and for the reality check when we need it. #rememberwhereyoucamefrom To the littles, thank you for keeping us in the moment and for reminding us just how fascinating the small things can be.

For the success of others

A dear friend had her novel published this year, while another’s business grew from strength to strength. Yet another navigated year one of motherhood with poise, grace and a hell of a lot of patience. A fourth is taking a brave and inspiring step to study abroad. The list goes on.

For Netflix

For the nights you’re too tired to make conversation, or you just want to be swept away, Netflix brought us Stranger Things, The Sinner, The Fall and The Crown. Hallelujah!

For community

For the bustling community where you may be living, to online, business and work communities, people need people. Connection is everything.

And lastly, for coffee

Without you, not much would be possible.

My very best wishes to you and yours this Christmas. See you back here in 2018. X

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7 freelancing locations to mix up your workday

I was staggered to learn recently that freelancers now make up around a third of the Australian workforce. Although, perhaps I needn’t have been so surprised. Having recently joined the ranks as a freelance copywriter, I can certainly attest to the benefits of the lifestyle. I am my own boss and the hours are more flexible which suits my young family. Things can get a little lonely though, especially when you’re used to a bustling office or workplace. You may need to mix up where you work not only to stay motivated and inspired, but to keep company with other like-minded folk. My desk is the kitchen table, which makes me very portable. When I need a change of scene, I just pack up my laptop and planner and off I go. Coworking spaces are brilliant if you’re seeking a community of freelancers and creatives to work alongside, but there are plenty of other alternative spaces that might work for you.

Need focus?

Try a library! All libraries have different vibes, with some offering lovely views and even indoor/outdoor spaces. Explore your local neighbourhood or head to your state library for an environment that is reliably calm and aids concentration.

Hunting for inspiration?

Look no further than a cafe for excellent people watching and fascinating conversation snippets. Select one where the atmosphere and playlist suit your work style and, if you’re going to settle in, try to choose a quieter time of day. Pop onto a communal table or bench and order a meal or at least a couple of drinks to maintain a good relationship with the staff.

Errands to run?

It’s a freelance work day but the errands won’t run themselves. Leave the car at home and catch a tram or train instead, using that time to work productively. If you miss out on a seat, pop on a podcast to motivate you and use your Trello board or planner to help you organise the day ahead.

Craving collaboration?

Loads of coworking spaces are popping up all over the place - pick one that suits your vibe and try it for a day. If you need to put your head down, others will understand. If you want to chat or need a break, there will be people happy to oblige!

The great outdoors your thing?

A local park might just be the thing you need if it’s a lovely day. The best part? You can stay as long as you like.

Fancy some motivation?

Remember the good old days of group school projects? Camping out at a friend’s place in the afternoon made work so much more fun and the work got done with minimal fuss. Bring nibbles or coffee and try working side by side at someone else’s house. It may just be the productivity nudge you need.

Got the travel bug?

Take a workation! On Instagram recently, I saw a snap of a bunch of freelancing creative types who took themselves off for a couple of days and rented a house to work. This idea ticks so many boxes - change of scenery, collaboration, motivation, inspiration. I’m yet to try this idea but I think it sounds fantastic.

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