Helllllo! I’m back after a gorgeous Summer break with my family.
We spent a week in Noosa which was just magic. Such a fun and easy holiday with kids (blog post to come!).
I also headed to the South West of WA to a beautiful beach house for a very relaxing stay with my girls, parents and my beautiful Nana. Very special memories.
It’s the start of a brand spanking New Year! A great time for reflection and to think about goals, hopes and dreams for 2016.
My hubby and I recently spent every spare moment decluttering our home – clothes, toys, linen, crockery, toiletries – bags and bags of stuff have been donated or thrown out. How on earth do we accumulate so much stuff?
It drives me NUTS!
Arriving back from Seclusion on the Bay – a beautifully minimalistic beach house – I feel the urge to keep our home as simple and clutter free as possible.
I find it’s so much easier if everything has a place, rather than taking up space on tables and floors. Last year I had shelves built for the girls school bags. As soon as they get home from school, the girls take their lunch boxes our of their bags, and I pop them away in the cupboard. Soooo much easier than having bags, keys, art and STUFF everywhere!
I recently read about the Marie Kondo approach to organising your home, if it doesn’t spark joy – send it on it’s way!
I’m going to do my very best to keep our home clutter free and organised this year. If we don’t need or want it – it’s out the door.
If you want some tips on getting your home organised, you might like this post I wrote a few years back, ‘Organising Your Home‘.
FITNESS AND WELLNESS
The best thing I’ve done in the last few years is invest in my wellness and find my kind of exercise – Pilates. I absolutely love it and it really works for me. I exercise more for my mind than my body – if I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, flat or run down (which let’s face it, is one or the other during most weeks!) – Pilates re-energises me, helps me focus and I always leave feeling ready for whatever the day throws at me. I am so much stronger and more confident for doing Pilates.
Some weeks it does get tricky finding time to exercise, so I try to squeeze something in – even if it’s a 15 minute at home session with Pilates by Lisa, a session at One FHL or a walk for fresh air with my girls.
I get grumpy if I don’t exercise!
I grew up without a TV and reading was my first love. I read everything from the Anne of Green Gables series, What Katie Did, Anne Frank’s Diary, The Story Girl and loads more. I was always spending time at the library finding new books to read.
I continued my love of reading throughout my twenties and even had a book review column in ‘Air Crew’ magazine when I lived in Dubai working for an international airline.
Over Summer I finally made time to read again.
I LOVED ‘The Girl on The Train’ – read it in 2 days.
I also really enjoyed Liane Moriartys ‘Big Little Lies’, ‘ The Husbands Secret’ and Diane Von Furstenburgs biography ‘The Woman I Wanted To Be’.
I’d LOVE to hear what your most recent favourite read is.
TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Gosh it’s so easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life, rushing around without spending time doing what makes you truly happy.
For me – time with family and friends is the most important thing. I commented to my hubby how I was sad I hadn’t spent much quality time with my Nana, so I booked in a breakfast with her and my Pop and invited them to join us on our trip down South.
We had such a special time together, my girls loved chatting with my Nan, asking her questions, showing her their dancing and singing and I loved watching my Nan and my girls together. It made me truly happy.
Memories I will treasure forever.
Wishing you all a wonderfully, happy, healthy and safe 2016!
I hope you spend it with the people you love, doing things that make you truly happy.
A x x x x x
What are your hopes and dreams for the New Year?
What makes you truly happy?0