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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A Day in the Life of a Copywriter/Mama

Sharing a day of my life with you is a little tricky. Some days, I put on my educator hat and spend the day wrangling secondary school students (read: inspiring the young minds of tomorrow) while my mini is socialising at the local childcare. Other days are more of a juggle as I put on both my freelance copywriter and mum hats and try my hardest to fulfil both roles authentically. It may go a little something like this:

6.30-7ish

Hear the mini chatting to himself in his bedroom next door. Try and grab a few extra bedtime minutes by bringing him in for his bottle and his collection of toys.

7.30

Downstairs for playtime where all the carefully categorised and tidied toys are strewn around the living room in 0.46 seconds. All. Of. Them.

7.45

Saucepan cupboard exploration.

7.50

Tupperware drawer exploration. The house now looks like 25 children live here.

8.00

Brekky then we hit the pavement in the pram for coffee and an activity (swimming, the library, a playdate, Grandma and Grandpa time). While walking I might pop my headphones in and do a quick 10 minute meditation. While at coffee, I’ll jump on Trello and make a plan for the day - 3 items to action while bub naps later in the day.

11.30

Home in time for lunch, which may be eagerly devoured or dropped on to the floor, depending on the day.

12noon

Nap time. Not for me, although some days I’d dearly love to. However, this is biz time so I need to hop to it. I light a candle, pop on some music and fire up my laptop. I like to use the Pomodoro Technique, working in 25-minute blocks, as I find it really promotes productivity. During the 5-minute breaks, I’ll fix a quick snack or throw on a load of washing.

2.30ish

The mini wakes up and it’s time for his afternoon bottle then playtime. We will read a stack of books too, several times over if requested. I love that my little one is so keen for story time.

3.30

Afternoon tea then we’ll pop to the park if it’s a nice day.

4.00

An afternoon walk, perhaps with a girlfriend and her bub, followed by a pop in to the supermarket for a few dinner essentials.

5.30

Dinner, again a battleground depending on the day. This toddler is certainly revealing his strong will at times!

6.10

My husband walks through the door - happy days! Playtime with Daddy and then bath time for bub. I start on dinner prep and let the boys have some time together.

7.00

Bub to bed and we cook then sit down to dinner. Some nights I’ll head out to an exercise session, others we will pop on an episode of a series we’re watching and have a glass of red. I might send a few cheeky emails or pop up an Instagram post during the show. I try not to multi-task but sometimes it can’t be helped.

10.00

I’m an early-to-bed person these days so I try to be in bed by 10. I will read a few pages of a book - currently 57 Ways to Change Your Mind before I fall asleep and drop the book on my husband’s face. Unfortunately I’m wildly predictable that way.

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