Posts Written OnJuly 2017

Values and Why

Spending time thinking about my Values and Why has been a game changer for me. Something clicked when I discovered each of these crucial concepts and it’s made thinking about my actions and schedule much simpler. In no uncertain terms, it’s been completely life changing. Not only have these realisations crystallised what I truly want from my future, they have made clear what I don’t want. They have allowed me to pinpoint what I want to spend my time doing day to day – with all that free time being the mum of a 9-month-old affords me! I’m going to…

One month to go!

City life will soon be a fond memory – it’s now less than one month until our move to the country! Me, husband, baby and cat…that’s going to be a fun car trip. Nothings packed. Nothing’s organised, but it’s going to happen whether we’re ready or not. It feels exciting and scary to be putting down roots and this last month I’m sure will bring with it a roller coaster of emotions. Excitement. Fear. Regret. Contentment. Rinse and repeat. I’m just trying to focus on the good stuff and forget about the niggling worries. The fact that we know no-one…

On overwhelm

It’s been a hard couple of weeks in our house. I’ve discovered that a teething baby that’s learning how to walk and talk does not sleep well. It’s left me feeling overwhelmed from sleep deprivation, and without motivation to do much but lay on the couch and stare blankly at the wall. But I’ve also learnt something extremely valuable amongst all of the chaos these last few weeks. In addition to the dishes being left unwashed, toys not being put away and general “crap everywhere” situation, there’s been things to do. I mean there’s always things to do, but particularly…

Why I started this blog

As of today, its been about a year since I started my recovery from burnout. A year since I hit ‘delete’ on my to do list, and blew up my life as I knew it. I’ve done a lot of thinking. Decompressing. It’s been great. I have slowly unravelled from a period of overwork that I now see lasted the best part of five years. They say there is no substitute for time, and unfortunately for us Type-A’s, that really is true. The irony that the hardest thing of all is actually doing nothing. For ‘doer’s’ this is excruciating. After…

The problem with goal setting

I love goal setting. LOVE it. Big picture thinking comes easily to me, and I could do it all day, every day. Dreaming big, imagining success and setting tasks for myself to achieve them is pure bliss. I’m learning however, that goal setting has a dark side. Setting goals and working towards them comes naturally, and helps move me towards a happier life, but it also feeds my perfectionism and tendency to burnout on everything that I do. I don’t like these things about myself, and I’d much rather bury them deep in my subconscious. But they are important to…

Coming home nearly killed me, but I wouldn’t change it for a second

Almost two years have passed since my husband and I repatriated home to Australia – a move I had looked forward to for years – yet never imagined it would push me to the brink of a breakdown. Ten years in London, gone in the blink of an eye. We didn’t have to come back of course, but there was a yearning we’d both felt over the years, a pull that had increased with the start of each new one. Wanting to start a family well into our thirties played a part no doubt, and having a baby in a…

The day we drove to the country and bought a house

If you told me one year ago that I would voluntarily want to live outside of a major city, I would have laughed in your face. And if you also told me that I’d want to buy a house and settle down for a while – in the country – I would be seriously questioning your mental state, and wondering what mind altering substance you were on to make you believe such a thing. But, alas, you would have had the last laugh. Because a couple of weeks ago we drove out to a regional city, about an hour from…