Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday Mentions - The Wellness Couch

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Last week I raved about podcasts and why I love them and think you would too. Today I share a group of podcasts called The Wellness Couch that I find extremely educational, entertaining and interesting.

The Wellness Couch is an awesome group of podcasts (in my opinion) that covers everyone's issues and topics of interest across the broad subject of Wellness. There are so many podcasts on  "the Couch" that satisfy my criteria of learning about life and improving what I do, that I am never without interesting material to listen to daily.

I have six podcasts that I listen to regularly just from The Wellness Couch group. In no particular order they are Your Exceptional Life, Thriving Children Podcast, 100 Not Out, The Wellness Guys, One Minute Mindfullness and Caren's Couch. There are many other podcasts that also interest me in the list, but a girl has to draw a line and there are only so many podcasts I can listen to on any given day.

If you want to know more about any health topic, either factual or opinion, then The Wellness Couch is a well put together resource with a great bunch of people. 

You can find out more about The Wellness Couch at their website (www.wellnesscouch.com)

Thursday, 12 January 2017

2017 ... fresh starts and beginings

2017 will be a year of beginnings and firsts. I am not just saying this because numerology says it must be (
the numbers 2, 0, 1 and 7 added together equal 10 and further condenses to 1; the number of starting fresh and beginnings).

My daughter will become a teen for the first time.

My daughter is also starting her first year at High School.

Consequently, my son will be at primary school without his sister for the very first time.

We will be celebrating more significant dates for the first time without my mother-in-law, like the birthday she shares with my daughter, Easter and Mother's Day.

Surely, there will be other firsts and beginnings that we are not aware of yet. I hope they are pleasant and welcomed.

Many around the world will also be experiencing their own firsts and beginnings, and hopefully they will be good ones.

The best thing about the end of a chapter is the start of the next one. A time to reflect and analyse. A time to change and alter. A time to try new and improve on the old.

I hope you will have your own wonderful beginnings in 2017 and some great firsts too.


Friday, 6 January 2017

Monday Mentions: Podcasts

Welcome to my very first Monday Mentions post.
There are many things I am enjoying and it would be rude not to share them with you. 
Podcasts have become a great resource given the pace of our lifestyles, and there so many great podcasts out there waiting to be heard.
What is a podcast?
A podcast is a free digital audio or video file that is available on the internet to be listened to or viewed.

Why do I love them?
Because I am busy but I love to hear what other people are doing or thinking. I love to learn new things constantly! The beauty of technology is that I can listen whilst doing my work in the office or washing up. I can even listen via Bluetooth in my car whilst driving!

There are so many podcasters out there right now covering every topic imaginable. Some podcasts are entertaining, others are educational and a  few are just wacky.

The podcasts I'm enjoying currently include an ex-navy seal talking about physical and mental health, and interviewing others to get their view on leading a great life. I also listen to a couple who have taken real steps to slow down their way of living and what that involves. Also, I love a podcast of two mums talking about the funny side of parenting.

Where can you find podcasts?
iTunes(Apple) is great for finding podcasts, subscribing to them and keeping them together in order. BeyondPod Podcasters is the Android equivalent found in Google Play. There are many other programs and sites to assist you to tune in to your favourite podcast which can be installed on your desktop or played directly through your web browser.

So if you are not currently enjoying podcasts, I would encourage you to do so. I can guarantee that you will find one, or many, that you enjoy too.






Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 and I'm Back!

2016 sucked in many ways for our family but we have come out the other side. 

We watched a close, beloved family member struggle through illness, which took their life. A friend also took their own life a few months later. We were sideswiped by a health scare in our home from which we have hopefully recovered and learned from. My anxiety built and crescendoed as a result of these experiences, and threatened to overwhelm me. I took actions to overcome it and kept working with the tools I have armed myself with.

Throughout 2016, much of my routine has gone by the wayside. The events we were experiencing took up a great deal of our time and energy. I thought many times about writing but found I had no motivation to do so, and little concentration and inspiration to get any words down.

It has been a struggle to remember that good things also happened for us in 2016, as the bad often overshadows the good, but they did. Not only did we make it through to the other side, the children had a great year at school, despite the events. We enjoyed time with friends and family, and celebrated two major birthdays and many minor ones. We did our best to still attend to the volunteering we had already committed to. Hubby and I worked hard for our employers and are thankful for another year in employment. 

Regardless, I am glad for a new year and a fresh start. 

Onward and upward!


Friday, 7 October 2016

Recovering





P!NK wrote "Recovering" for Celine Dion, which is on her new album VEVO!



Besides being a beautiful song, the words speak volumes. I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, 10 June 2016

7 Cheats to Help You Clear Clutter - Guest Post


As much as I don't want to be a hoarder, I do tend to accumulate things. Diana has written a great guest post on how to declutter and clear away to give you that organised feeling we crave in the home. Enjoy!

Before you decide to bring something home to keep, ask yourself if you’ll eventually consider it as just another knickknack in your haystack of orphaned stuff. Yes, hoarding can be a rewarding compulsion, but living space is best reserved for the essentials. This is arguable if you have money to burn, but like novelty souvenirs, clutter is often something you can do without. As far as mementos go, a picture can paint a thousand words and will also occupy just a few megabytes of space.

Here are 7 tips to help you declutter your home and reclaim lost territory.

1. Define What Qualifies as Clutter

This is the hardest part, because recognizing something as clutter is accepting it doesn’t belong in your house. Decluttering is like spring cleaning, but often involves items with sentimental value.

You have to think of it as shedding skin--something has to go and make room for better things. If you can group stuff in piles of wants and needs, it can help you visualize how much room you’ll regain in the aftermath. Having clutter is like having an unassembled mess of IKEA furniture--you need to know when it’s time to move on and let it go.

2. Divide and Conquer

Decluttering the entire house can be overwhelming, so it’s best if you sort in sections, such as one cabinet or room at a time. Years of hoarded stuff blur the lines between what’s necessary, trivial, or disposable, and you may not have time to sort everything in one sweep.

3. Make the Most out of Reclaimed Space

Once you’ve regained space to spare, you need to organize things. It’s time to compartmentalize.

You’ll be amazed to see the space you’ll recover with proper storage. If you take pride in cramming stuff into a suitcase, then you can apply the same principle in decluttering. Who would’ve thought there’s plenty of storage space underneath the bed? This is also opportunity to think in terms of shelves and stacking boxes.

4. Have an “Undecided Bin” for Stuff You Might Need

If you’re undecided regarding the usefulness of some items, it’ll help if you dedicate space for these. This will ease the transition.

Don’t let your recycling bin exceed maximum capacity, though. For example, you’ll get around to using that exercise ball, as you can and should exercise. In the meantime, let it sit in limbo while you muster up the courage to get off your bum.

5. Focus on the Task at Hand

When you’re decluttering, it’s best to have an honest assessment of your belongings. But you can’t declutter with a preoccupied mind. It impairs judgment and you may dispose stuff you need.

If a cluttered desk is evidence of a cluttered mind, then decluttering is a task you’ll botch with a distracted mind.

6. Keep the Fire Burning

Give yourself credit if you did great with the task, but realize that clutter will stack up if you’re not deliberate with future acquisitions. It’s a perpetual effort.

Learn from mistakes, and be ruthless when it comes to sorting out your stuff. You didn’t expect to receive two coffeemakers for your birthday? Re-gift one of them, preferably to an astronomically distant relative (re-gifting is a necessary evil when you receive unnecessary gifts).

You should also think things through before making each purchase. Do you want it or need it? Can you afford it?

7. Find Your Middle Ground

In your epic struggle against clutter, it’s possible you’ll end up becoming the hoarder’s worst nightmare: the minimalist. While this is in many ways a good thing, hoarding stuff has its fun side, when it’s done in a controlled and calibrated manner.

You’re justified in buying clothes and shoes for special occasions, in the same way anyone has the right to spend hours watching cat videos online. Just make sure you declutter often, or in the case of watching cat videos, close all those browser tabs when you’re finished.

Staying on top of clutter comes with a learning curve. Give yourself slack whenever you slide back to your hoarding habit. It takes time, but everything you decide to lose will be rewarded with roomier living space and a calmer spirit.

About the writer: Diana is a content writer for Zero Commission, an Australian real estate company that helps homeowners sell their houses while keeping the commission all to themselves. Their customers save on average $14,000. Learn more on their site.

Zero Commission’s blog is filled with how-to guides to help Australian homeowners sell their house fast. Check out articles like 5 Signs Your Home is Overpriced, 5 Feng Shui Tips to Sell Your House and How to Show Your House to Impress Buyers. 


Thursday, 17 March 2016

Luke and Elliott Find That Music Rocks With Battlebird

It is the classic parenting story. A father feels for his son's struggle with shyness and finding his feet in the schoolyard, so he decides to share his love of music to help his son build confidence. Two years on, and Elliott is now eight years old. Elliott and his Dad, Luke, also known as The Kid and Lucky Luke, and their trusty robot DJ Scooter have teamed up to create BATTLEBIRD, the galaxy’s finest time-travelling, space-hopping, pop-rocking kids band.
 

Luke says “Elliott was struggling a little bit at his new school and I found it pretty heartbreaking. I had a feeling music may bring him out of his shell as it did for me when I was younger so we started goofing around in the garage writing music, making video clips on an iPhone and an old MacBook and before I knew it we’d pressed a handful of EP’s and performed live at the local Moruya Arts Festival (2015) in front of 200 people with Elliott’s classmates joining us on stage.”
 
With their song ‘Ho Ho Ho Let’s Go’ featured on the ABC Kids Christmas album Volume 2, and their debut album Life is Good’ due out on March 25, Battlebird are set to blast the airwaves past and present with their very unique sugar-rush style of Intergalactic boomboxpop! - they can’t, don’t, won’t stop until the battle is won…
 
The CD also comes with a five track DVD.
You can buy it here and follow them on Facebook here, and jump over here to their website.
 


BATTLEBIRD ‘Life is Good’ - Album with 5 track DVD

Available March 25
 
The coolest musical collaboration of 2016 is looking set to come from none other than an Aussie Dad and his eight year old son.
 
I had to include one of my favourites from the album, which is track 5. C'mon C'mon C'mon.