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    Where were you when it happened?

    Yesterday/today (depending on where you are in the world) marks 20 years since the awful events of September 11, 2001. I’ve been reflecting on that time lately so I thought I’d blog for the first time in a long time and recount where I was and how I found out about it. My story is obviously not a remarkable one, but I thought I would document it anyway. I was a high school kid in Australia and I am grateful to have not been directly affected. Even from across the world, I knew the world was forever changed. Much like the global pandemic we are currently facing, we know things…

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    2021: Week 3.

    We went away this week, to a place called Augusta. I used to go there every year since I was a baby until I was 18. I probably came along and stayed a couple of nights sometimes later than that. Our last visit was 5 years ago (we had a run of coming with Mr Tween – I’m still not sold on this nickname! Help! – for a while when he was a toddler). I often fantasise about the memory of driving down alone and spending time alone in my tent reading true crime books from the library, whenever I felt like it. Sleeping in. The freedom! I had no…

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    2021: Week 2.

    Heeeey! I’m a bit late posting about the 2nd week of 2021, because we left for our camping trip before I could find the time to blog! I’ve got a bit of catching up to do, but I’m glad that I want to write again. I’m enjoying the ritual of journalling daily. Just an A5 page each night before bed. Something to jog my memory for the blog at the end of each week, but also a quick way to decompress from the day. Anyway, here’s week 2! 8 January – Friday I was awake early after Mr Unprepared left for work, so I blogged about week 1! It felt…

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    2021: Week 1.

    I am an incurable optimist, it seems. Every year I set out to document my life in weekly updates, but I stop every time it doesn’t feel good anymore (usually due to what is going on for me at the time). Maybe I’m a slow learner, but I’ve decided to try again. In some ways, I regret not having more of a record of 2020 (the dumpster fire that it was) and while I feel a bit like 2021 will be more like 2020: Part 2, it is a time that will go down in history. This is also honestly an opportunity for me to keep up with my writing.…

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    Reflecting on 2020.

    I’ve been wanting to write about 2020. A year in review. A wrap up of the year that was. Some reflections. It’s hard! I mean, how do you talk about a year that felt like a decade’s worth of stuff was squished into it? It’s definitely been a unique year and one we will never forget (even if we wanted to). It is one of those years that will go down in history. Our grandchildren will be learning about it. I cannot begin to imagine what that will be like for them (they might be bored of our old people stories about the time we couldn’t get toilet paper). So…

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    My relationship with food.

    I have written about my body image before, but this time I want to focus on my relationship with food. I posted this on Instagram just after a family holiday, recently… I decided that when we got home from our holiday, I would use the momentum created while we were away to improve my relationship with food. I had realised not long before we went away that I was using it as self harm. I mean, OOF. I know, right? I know Instagram influencer types will call food with a bit of sugar or salt in it poison or liken it to self harm (don’t get me started), but that’s…

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    5 Podcasts that I’ve been hooked on.

    Recently, I did the best thing ever. I finally invested in a pair of Apple AirPods (obviously not sponsored haha). Sure, they look ridiculous, but they have been an absolute game changer! It probably sounds silly to those who have been using them for years, but I’ve been a bit of a late adopter and it never occurred to me until recently just how useful they are for this stay at home mum! They have given me some little freedoms I didn’t have before! I can roam around the house on phone calls, multi-tasking, without a phone in my hand for my toddler to try to grab off me. Sometimes…

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    Taking Stock: August 2020

    I gotta say: 2020 is really giving me a sustained dose of writer’s block. Usually when I have writer’s block, I take a break and get out and about. I change something. I “get a life” as they say. At the moment I only write for fun, but I like to keep the writer in me alive. This year has been a year for listening more (to important information regarding Covid-19 or so I can learn more about important social issues). It has been about social distancing and about very personal growth (stuff not for the blog at this point). I have watched my 8 year old maturing before my…

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    Happy List #56: School Holidays edition – July 2020.

    Today is the first day of Term 3 and I can’t say I’m not relieved! But it hasn’t actually been that bad. Let’s just say that these holidays have lasted the exact right amount of time haha. There’s something you need to know about me. I often crave the beginning of the school holidays. Relaxed starts to the day (well there’s more of a chance than usual at least). No school lunches to prep. No worrying about uniforms and nagging my child to remember all his stuff all the time. But I get anxious. Sometimes I find school holidays at home just awfully triggering. I worry we’re not doing enough…

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    Surviving self isolation: circuit breakers.

    I have tried to resist doing an ‘advice’ style blog post on getting through these ‘iso’ days because I feel like there’s a lot of this shit out there. But I just wanted to share something that has not just helped in the pre-isolation days (BC – Before Coronavirus) but is now helping me/my family a bit during these trying times! By no means am I saying it will fix everything, make you feel 100% better or suddenly transform your family home into a perfect oasis (ha!) but it’s something that I often have to remind myself to try when I’m feeling bogged down or frustrated or stressed by everything…