Moving From Struggling Through to Abundant Life

Moving From Struggling Through to Abundant Life

I’m sick, but not THAT sick.  

I have a head cold. I did the right thing and had a sick day off work to rest and get well. That was on day 3. After a couple of days of taking things easy, I decided that the worst was over and re-emerged into my daily commitments, although at a reduced capacity. I was still sick, but not THAT sick.

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Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

How to Persevere in the Wake of Failure 

I’m a failure. I’ve let people down. I’ve tried my best, and it wasn’t good enough. 

There have been a number of pastoral care situations at work lately where it just hasn’t gone well. Situations where people have come to me with needs, and have left disappointed. There are people who I tried to care for, tried to support, only to find out that they didn’t feel loved, didn’t feel supported, didn’t feel cared for, and it’s my fault.

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I Survived Being a Mother-of-the-Bride

I Survived Being a Mother-of-the-Bride

My eldest daughter got married last weekend. It was a wonderful day, with all of our closest friends and family, celebrating a beautiful couple as they declared their love for one another. All the plans came together and ran smoothly, the bride and her maids looked stunning, the groom was emotional, and I wore my shoes all day without getting blisters. Perfect.

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Making Friends with Monsters

Making Friends with Monsters

How I Use Gratitude to Defeat Stress

I haven’t been coping very well lately. There has just been too much to stress about: stuff going on at work, uncertainty around next year, changes with jobs for both my hubby and my son, not to mention my daughter’s wedding in two short weeks. It has just been all too much, and...

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The Day I Met the Queen

The Day I Met the Queen

I’ve been to London to visit the Queen

Yes, it’s true. On our visit to London we were sitting on our hop-on-hop-off tourist bus, listening to the guide chat about the city sights, and he mentioned that the following day was the annual Trooping the Colour. We could line up with the crowds along The Mall and see the Queen for her official birthday celebration. 

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Post-Holiday Debrief

Post-Holiday Debrief

The trip is all over. Done. We had an incredible time. All of the research and planning paid off, all of the destinations were wonderful, and we got to see something amazing every single day.

In London we saw the London Tower, including the Crown Jewels, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, the national museum and portrait gallery. We happened to be there for

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24 Days in a Carry On

24 Days in a Carry On

Murray and I go to Europe tomorrow. We booked this trip 9 months ago, but have dreaming of it for years. Literally, years. We’ve planned a leisurely schedule in just three countries, with only a few tours booked. All of our internal travel is by train, and all of our accomodation is Airbnb. To keep things super simple, we are just taking one small carry on size suitcase each.

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My Secret Double Life

My Secret Double Life

The Challenge of Authentic Private Faith

I went to a funeral a few weeks ago. I didn’t know the gentleman well, and it has been many years since I have seen him, but there was something in me that wanted to be at the service celebrating his life. I go to funerals regularly for work. I don’t like them, and it’s rare for me to choose to go out of my way to attend the funeral of someone I barely know, but this one felt different. 

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Are we There Yet?

Are we There Yet?

A Mother's Encouragement to Persevere 

"Are we there yet?" I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard it from your kids, but I heard it from mine, a lot. I moved from Yeppoon to go to uni and married a Brisbane boy. He was building a business and it was pretty clear pretty soon that if I wanted to spend more than a few days a year with my family I would have to learn to drive to Yeppoon with the kids by myself. And so I did. At least once and often twice a year I would pack up my 3 kids and hit the road. 700kms of road, each way. And so...

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Too Much of a Good Thing (Part 2)

Too Much of a Good Thing (Part 2)

The year is a third over. Gone. Wow, where did that four months go? I started the year feeling super organised and in control. I had time blocked my calendar, prioritised my to-do lists, and set my goals. You can read all about my great beginning here. I can now admit that there has been not one week of the term that went to plan. Not one! 

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Same Run, Different Day

Same Run, Different Day

You can't always judge success by the way you feel.

I’ve had a few crazy busy weeks with extra stuff on that has messed up my usual routine. For two weeks in a row I had events scheduled on Thursday evenings, which is when I usually attend my group fitness class. I go on Monday nights as well, but when I work out once a week I get too sore the next day, and it isn’t fun anymore, so I try to go at least twice a week.

My husband, on the other hand, is a runner...

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My Monumental Minimalism Failure

My Monumental Minimalism Failure

Playing the honesty card here… coming clean with an absolute mess I made for myself recently. If you walk past me at church on Sunday, this probably isn’t the conversation topic I am most excited to bring up.

I had a relatively simple problem to solve: I needed new walking sandals for our trip to Europe in June. Have I told you I’m going to Europe in June? (Insert excited squeal.) This should be easy. This should not rate on the ‘difficult decisions to make in life’ scale. 

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy Faithfulness

I was standing alone on a little stage, behind a lectern with a microphone in my face and a coffin by my side. A room full of tearful, strained faces looked up at me, completely lost and hopeless. The funeral director started the sound track of the hymn I had just announced, and the room filled with the sound of a large choir and full orchestra. The pitch of the soundtrack was too high and difficult to sing to, and it felt as if I was the only one in the room singing. I felt self-conscious and embarrassed as I tried to sing along with the beautiful choir, but I just wanted the grieving family to experience the truth in the words of courage and strength, so I sang as well as I could.

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The Secret to Enjoying Housework

The Secret to Enjoying Housework

I hate housework- always have. I had a messy bedroom as a child, and being clean and tidy has never come naturally or easily to me. I have had to work really hard to come to the place now where my home is almost always presentable, and rarely embarrassing. But, even though I’ve learned how to keep my house tidy, it’s been a genuinely difficult journey. Over the years I have learned how to do housework; recently, I’ve been learning how to enjoy it.

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When the Reading Plan gets to Leviticus

When the Reading Plan gets to Leviticus

When good intentions meet real life

I’ve been following the Read Scripture Bible reading plan every day since the beginning of the year. It’s been great. Genesis is great reading, with dysfunctional families that make a season of Revenge seem boring. Exodus is full of excitement and miracles displaying God’s power. Then, we get to Leviticus. It’s been the downfall of many well-intentioned Bible readers before me, and for good reason. It’s a hard slog!

Many new year good intentions hit a Leviticus just a few short weeks in. The dreaming and planning is finished and it’s time to get things done. The inspiration of a new year full of possibilities and opportunities get us started enthusiastically and carry us for a while, and then we hit Leviticus...

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Self-Improvement V Contentment

Self-Improvement V Contentment

Just a few weeks into the beginning of a new year and there is this fight in my world. Self-improvement and productivity is going up against contentment and peace. Late last year as I was finalising all my planning for 2017 I read 'Getting Things Done' by David Allen. I was all excited to get myself super-organised so that I could be more productive and achieve amazing things this year, to make the most of every day...

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My Perpetual Calendar Begins

My Perpetual Calendar Begins

2017 feels like the first day of the rest of my life. I know, cliche and true of every day, but very real for me right now.

Our family has been through so many season changes this year. Moving house, graduations from university and high school, saying goodbye to the car we’ve owned for fifteen years, and our middle child moving out of home just four days before Christmas. This all happened in the last three months, after the first half of the year being framed around the possibility of us moving overseas. While all of these milestones have been happy occasions, celebrating the achievements of our growing family, this year has left me a bit rattled. A lot has changed, and it’s changed permanently. There is no going back...

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I Quit

I Quit

I’ve had enough. I don’t want to do this anymore. That’s it. I’m done. I give up.

It’s been a big year, and I’ve had enough. Enough suffering, pain and tragedy. Enough dishes, enough washing, enough grocery shopping. Enough packing and unpacking and sorting and decluttering. Enough of my kids exams and graduations and milestones. Enough driving in traffic and finding something healthy for lunch and deciding what to wear to work. I’m tired and I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of Christmas already and I haven’t done one thing to prepare yet. I’m tired of everything and everyone and I want to quit...

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