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When life forces you to slow down

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about feeling exhausted, and since then I’ve taken a break from writing. Something that unfortunately had to come off my calendar due to the sheer amount of ‘life’ going on – frequent travel, my birthday, Q’s birthday, renovating and everything else. It’s been a lot of fun, but my tank was nearing empty. After a week at home catching up I was all geared up to be super productive and knock some lingering tasks off my to-do list over the weekend. Of course, life had other plans. On Saturday I came down ill…

Living a slow, fast life

My mind is at home but my body is still 3000km away. We just returned home from a week away in Perth, Western Australia, followed by a few days back in Melbourne seeing friends. I love to travel, it’s in my DNA. But, unfortunately, the jump in an Uber with carry on luggage days are gone, and instead we schlep bags upon bags of kid stuff from car to shuttle to terminal. And back again. We’re now ‘those people’ who have stacked an airport trolley so high that you can’t turn a corner without losing the entire contents of your…

Is your life in alignment with your Why?

Two years ago I left my corporate job in London to start my own business. It had been a dream of mine for years and I had counted down the days until I could hand in my resignation – a symbol of all the hard work, saving and sacrifice that I had put into making that day a reality. I was literally working seven days a week for two years just to be able to start enjoying my life. Looking back, it seems crazy. The problem was – and I had no idea at the time – I didn’t actually…

(Don’t) Do your best

They say that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and last week this is exactly what happened to me. It was supposed to be a week of getting things done – the annoying little tasks on my to do list that had been put off for weeks because they were either extremely time consuming or extremely boring – or both. I’d declared it my ‘power week’ – a week of blasting through procrastination, of being productive and also making progress on the planning stages of our home renovation. It was going to be great and I…

Saying no and saying yes

It’s now one week until moving day, so of course we’re in the thick of packing, right? Wrong! We’re currently in Brisbane escaping the Melbourne winter and spending some time with family. Good times. The last few weeks have been a blur of broken sleep, teething, packing and trying to get organised for our move. It’s been exhausting. My past antidote to this state is to go on a little trip somewhere, but that kind of spontaneity hasn’t really been possible over the last year due to the realities of life with a baby. But this time I decided to…

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…

So it begins…

Hello there! Welcome to Always In The Deep End. I’m Nicole and I’m a writer. Well, I want to be a writer you see. I’ve been writing for YEARS in one form or another – Creative writing at school, Masters essays in my former life as a Scientist and some travel and health blogs I experimented with back when blogging was semi-cool, semi-weird. The thing is, I’ve never really stuck with writing over the long term. It’s been a recurring theme throughout my life and something I’ve always loved doing since I was a kid… but for whatever reason my practice…