• Not happy? Make a change

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s kinda fitting that it was on this exact day five years ago I finished full time work. I’d accepted a redundancy package from my government job and had decided to make my seachange. Within a couple of weeks I’d sold my place, bought a new one and by the end of October 2012 I’d moved.

    I’ve loved my post-seachange life. I decided – at one point – that I never wanted to work full-time again. After all…. I’d been working full time non-stop since finishing University in my early 20s, over two decades before. I wanted a break. My world revolved around my job/s and left little space for anything else. I wanted the proverbial work / life balance. Or I wanted A LIFE full stop.

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  • Taking stock: September 2017

    Thursday, September 14, 2017 Permalink

    It’s early Thursday morning and I’m completely devoid of ideas for today’s post so going with the ubiquitous ‘taking stock’ post again, although pretending it’s THAT time of the month…. when I share all sorts of random facts jostling for space in my busy little brain.

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  • My (lack of) legacy

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve been thinking about the future of late. Primarily because my overseas bestie asked me if I thought I was going to stay where I am after my mum (who lives in a nearby town) has gone (and yes, god forbid); and because my aforementioned mother watched something on TV about Australian women not having enough superannuation and has decided I will have to live in my car in years to come.

    I actually have some thoughts about the ‘long term’ but they’re for another time because today I wanted to talk about my legacy. Or perhaps… my fears about my lack thereof. 

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  • Living with less

    Thursday, August 24, 2017 Permalink

    In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been doing more than my usual share of navel-gazing recently. It started with my ‘not fulfilled’ post. I don’t usually talk about my professional life online (or publicly) as I’ve worked in the sort of jobs (and with the sort of people) where confidentiality is appreciated. And important.

    However… one of the things I’ve really struggled with of late IS the work stuff. Or more specifically, this whole ‘needing to earn money to pay the bills’ malarkey.

    I’ve talked before about having opposing key values. I very much value my freedom and am keen to live a more creative and fulfilled life, but equally value financial security.

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  • Taking Stock – August 2017

    Thursday, August 17, 2017 Permalink

    I’m taking the easy way out for today’s Lovin’ Life Link-up post. I’ve been working in my day job since returning from the Romance Writers of Australia conference and – although I took the time to devour two books in two nights – my creativity has faltered. So today I’m doing one of those ‘taking stock’ posts and just sharing a range of crap leaping to mind. And yes, you’re welcome.

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  • Ten lessons from romance writers

    Monday, August 14, 2017 Permalink

    Last week I mentioned I was attending the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference. It possibly surprised some given that I don’t write romance, and don’t really write (anything other than blog posts and book reviews) full stop.

    However, as I’ve explained in the past…. I. LOVE. TO. WRITE. I love words. I love phrases. I love the whir and click as a sentence falls neatly into place. And hanging with people who ‘get’ that is a wonderful thing.

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  • Romance Writers of Australia and me!

    Thursday, August 10, 2017 Permalink

    Some of you may recall the post I wrote earlier this year about ‘why I don’t read romance novels’. The timing was ironic because no sooner had I hit ‘publish’ when I won a registration to the Australian Romance Readers’ Association convention in Melbourne.

    Although I still had to pay accommodation and flights (and am again a mortgage-holder) I decided to go, and am so glad I did. The people I met were unbelievably friendly and it was wonderful to hang with people as passionate about reading and writing as moi. 

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  • Perfectionism, and other ways to screw up our lives

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve talked about perfectionism A LOT on this blog. Not to mention my own perfectionist tendencies. In fact, when I attempted to find an old post to link here, I found so many I figured I’d just link to the many MANY posts I’ve written.

    However… flicking back through them, along with a new realisation has made me think about the notion of perfectionism – not to mention my own behaviour – quite differently.

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  • Fulfilment, satisfaction and gratitude

    Thursday, July 27, 2017 Permalink

    I couldn’t help myself the other day. I detest when others play the victim-card on social media (particularly when it’s undeserving… or so says me) and I knew it was such a ‘first world problem’ but I shared this nonetheless.

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