• My first paid job

    Monday, December 5, 2016 Permalink

    Thankfully nepotism was alive and well in 1983 after I turned 15 and was looking for my first part-time job. I was younger than most of my school friends (with a late December birthday) so many were already making the big bucks by the time I decided I needed my own cold hard cash.

  • Taking stock – December 2016

    Thursday, December 1, 2016 Permalink

    For reasons unknown I’ve struggled with a topic for today’s post. I’m trying to keep my Thursday posts up-beat and non-book related but the inspiration fairy has seemingly deserted me this week. So I’ve decided – given it’s December 1st – to ‘take stock’… something initiated by Pip from Meet Me At Mike’s. Adjusted slightly to cater for my own idiosyncrasies… of course.

  • Birthdays and bucket lists

    Monday, November 28, 2016 Permalink

    This time next month it will be my birthday. Well, on this date. In December. And I’ll be 49. Quite frankly I don’t know how the fuck that happened cos it seems like I just turned 40 and was depressed about my forever-single and childless status. (On that note, do you think I should write to my 39 year old self and tell her things aren’t going to change any time soon? Just so she’s prepared?!)

  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, November 27, 2016 Permalink

    As this Sunday rolls around I’ve had my Gilmore Girls appetite sated, done a teensy bit of reading, and blogged a little. It also rained for a day or two so I’ve had an excuse for not watering my yard or exercising. So life – in my neck of the woods – is good.

  • The comparison trap

    Thursday, November 24, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve written before (a number of times) about the comparison trap… and contemplated the impact it can have on our confidence and happiness.

    My recent post about happiness and success circled around this very issue and I found myself contemplating it even more so as I responded to comments.

    It’s something I struggle with BIG TIME. And I know I’m not alone in that.

  • When our priorities surprise us

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Permalink

    Last Thursday I wrote about success and happiness and shared a couple of quotes which made sense to me. I talked about ‘intuitive decision making’ which sounds very wanky, but really just means ‘going with your gut’.

    I quoted Christie Inge and Kelly and Brooke from the Let It Be podcast – all of whom talked about the sense of discomfort when our choices aren’t aligned with our values or goals.

  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, November 20, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve had a surprisingly productive week on the book reviewing and blogging front, publishing something every day. Of course if I wasn’t quite as ‘all or nothing’ I would have saved a post or two for coming weeks when apathy will set in. Oh well… moderation schmoderation!

  • Success and happiness

    Thursday, November 17, 2016 Permalink

    A month or so ago I had 7hrs of driving for a 90min work meeting. I downloaded an audiobook for the occasion – not realising until too late that it was a novella and would occupy me for less than 2hrs.

    Thankfully I had a gazillion podcasts on hand to keep me company. A series I particularly enjoyed was Let It Be, by Kelly Exeter and Brooke McAlary. Their discussions centre around living simply and authentically, and the sessions that resonated focussed on happiness, success and… our legacy.