The problem with becoming a mother today

It is sometimes so frustrating to be a mother in 2016. There is such a high degree of scare mongering and the result is a whole lot of frightened and exhausted women. I could probably write a novel on the subject but instead or at least for now, I’ve decided to write a few posts dispelling…

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The difference between minimalism and decluttering

There is a huge difference between minimalism and decluttering. They are two completely different and unique things. The first lesson you need to learn about minimalism is that it is an intentional practice of living. You can put any spin on it that you want, but it is about living intentionally, making decisions that sit completely…

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Mother Zen

I recently joined the library here in Geelong as part of our new lifestyle is having far more time. No maintenance on a house and less obligations means more time for the things we enjoy. For me, that’s reading. So I picked up a few books that had been on my list for the past…

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Gifts and shopping

The intentional life we’ve chosen, one of increasing minimalism means that Christmas can bring some anxiety. At least for me, I’m nervous to see what presents Ripley is given and how it will impact our lives. People are so thoughtful and well-meaning, but already Ripley has more toys than he can use and I’m conscious…

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Our first weekend in Geelong

We got home this morning from our first weekend at our new home in Geelong. The word home is so odd in this situation where we currently have two homes. Our home for the past three years has been bittersweet. At one stage my friend Nancy actually wanted to get a priest to bless our…

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Jealousy

I’m having a difficult time at the moment processing my feelings about the way Ripley came into the world. I keep thinking that it’s in the past and I should be over it, but every time someone I know has a baby, I slip back into those moments. I feel so robbed of that magic experience…

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When change is a good thing

So I can finally share some very big news that most of our friends and all of our family now know… we are moving to Geelong. We have been talking about making a move to a regional town for a number of years but our jobs had always been based in or near the city…

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Why I’m letting go of Fast Fashion

I’ve always been interested in purchasing second-hand clothes and so while Fast Fashion hasn’t been a massive issue for me personally, I am very conscious of it. Fast fashion is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers to express that designs move from catwalk quickly in order to capture current fashion trends. Fast fashion clothing collections…

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The dream of the Australian outback home

The Australian bush where homesteads with large verandahs wrapping around the entire weatherboard home are such an inspiration to me. My whole life I’ve had a love affair with the bush. When I was a kid my parents bought a farm in Wagga Wagga with a really original weatherboard home with the veranda that wraps…

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