Wonderful Busyness

Making time to blog isn't always easy, but amidst the busyness of life I want to pause and record, to remember how wonderful all of this busyness can be.

I have moments (often in fact) where all I want is to be left alone, in silence, with a cup of tea and a book... and my bed. But at the same time, I actually love being busy. I find something satisfying in the school drop offs and bus stop pick ups, the afternoons of homework and cooking dinner, trips to the library and the swimming pool, the karate lessons and the soccer training.

I also want to remember this stage in my life that perhaps I longed for a few years ago. Back when the children were all so little I felt like I was unsure of who I was, as in that typical 'stay-at-home-mum' crisis that so many of us seem to go through (Who am I? Where have I disappeared to under all of these nappies and mess?) Now here I am, feeling more me than ever before. Juggling and guessing and stumbling and achieving, but feeling like me whilst doing it.

I'm in my thirties and I am back working two days per week, two kids in school, one at home, a dog, a mortgage, about to start part two of renovations and I also have these wonderful hobbies on the side that keep me challenged, inspired and sane.
Family photography, wedding videography, book club, children's book writing and blogging are all things I love and all things that make up who I am. Spending time with my girl at home or at the park, catching up with friends when we can are also a big part of what I do and how I love to spend my time.

Our days are mostly full of 'normalcy' and the mundane, but they are full - and I am grateful for all the fullness. 

My Top Reads - 3 books I'd highly recommend

1) Paris Time Capsule - Ella Carey

Published in 2014 this novel is based on a true story of a Paris apartment that had been locked up and abandoned for seventy years. It has mystery and romance and will transport you to France where secrets will be uncovered.

2) The Dry - Jane Harper

Crime/mystery is not my usual read of choice but this book had me up til all hours, unable to put it down. Set in outback Australia, in a small town where everyone thinks they know everything, until one day something tragic happens and leaves everyone wondering 'who did it?'

3) The Light Between Oceans - M.L Stedman 

This is a heart-breaking story so have your tissues ready. This novel will take you to a remote island off the Western Coast of Australia where a couple make a life changing decision that not only alters their own life, but the lives of many others as well. It goes deep into a mother's love for a child and have you wondering about truth, lies, morals and forgiveness.

What I've Learned So Far

Here's a few things I've learned in my thirties...

Be vulnerable
There is beauty in vulnerability. It is honest, powerful and a good way to live an authentic life.
When we make ourselves vulnerable, we open ourselves up to others and make deeper connections with people. Relationships are strengthened when someone says 'I need help' 'I'm finding this hard' 'I don't know what I'm doing'.

Be kind
It costs nothing to be kind and it makes us happier people. It takes more energy to hold resentment and to hate than it does to forgive and be kind.
Little things you do for others may be big things to them. Even a smile can change someone's day.
And don't forget about yourself. Being kind to yourself is such a nice gift to give yourself, don't you think?

Discern what matters and then ...
Don't waste time and energy on things that don't matter
The older I get, the less time I have for sweating the small stuff. There are things that matter and things that just really don't. Work out what matters to you and immerse yourself in those things. Move away from people who bring you down and get rid of things that make you heavy.

Now is the time
Because there is no better time than right now. Today. This moment. We are living and dying at the same time, so all we really have for sure, is right now. Don't dwell on what's already behind you and don't search too far ahead.

If you have your health, you have everything
Nothing matters more than the health of your family and yourself. Because once you don't have it? Nothing else matters. So what i'm saying is, look after yourself.

Find contentment
Don't search for happiness. Find contentment instead.
Life has its ups and downs - accept that and try to roll with it. Some days will be horrible and other days will be full of joy. Perfection doesn't exist so stop the endless, exhausting search for it. Give yourself a break and just LET GO. What you do and who you are is enough.

3 Ingredient Choc-Chip Cookies

These are so simple and so yummy for a quick morning or afternoon snack and make the perfect lunchbox treat.

2 medium sized ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups oats
1/3 cup choc chips

Pre heat oven to 200C
Mash the banana until smooth and all the lumps are removed.
Stir in the oats and choc chips.
Place heaps teaspoons onto a lined or greased baking tray.
Bake in oven for approx 10-15 minutes (until lightly golden).

Let them cool slightly before serving.
Keep in air tight container in the fridge.

Picking up the camera again

Today I took my three to the beach, grabbing the camera before we headed out the door.
I'm so glad I did. I am keen to start taking more photos again and practising shooting on manual.