Monday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for birthdays.

Today I am grateful to be forty nine.

I am grateful to be forty nine because I am not dead I am very much alive.


I am grateful to be forty nine because I love the ages my children are – not only are they independent, happy people but they can make and did make a cake for my birthday and gave me flowers and chocolate. 

Today I am grateful I am forty nine because I have wonderful friends that I can share special times with and that I choose to spend time with. I was lucky enough to watch Riverfire with dear friends and there was cake involved!

The river before the fireworks.

Cake

River fire . Photo courtesy of Melanie Quinn


Today I am grateful I am forty nine because I was spoilt by my husband. We went shopping together and he bought me a beautiful new outfit. He drove back to Brisbane from Palm Beach so we could go to River fire and we enjoyed watching Singing in the Rain yesterday afternoon. 

I know many people do not like getting older but for me I am grateful for many reasons. I know I am getting more wrinkles (even though my children told me yesterday that I didn’t have any – bless them!) but I have a wonderful life. David and I are able to enjoy each other’s company. I am still able to travel. I travel with David, I travel with our family and I travel with girlfriends.  Our children are still at an age where they want to spend time with us and are quite independent. I still have all my faculties. I am able to walk, swim and cycle. I have the ability to continue learning and studying. I love birthdays and I love being able to enjoy and celebrate them. 

Each age brings different challenges and different parts of life to enjoy. When I was young I enjoyed single life and school. When I was newly married I enjoyed setting up our home and getting to know David. When I was in my thirties I was constantly tired but loved raising and caring for our children. Now I am in my forties I still enjoy getting to know David, I am still raising our children and I love their company too. My Mum and Dad and David’s Mum and Dad are still incredibly independent and I love their company and being part of their continuing journey through life. I have a wonderful circle of friends and I am so glad to be able to share their journey through life also. 


So today I am grateful for my birthday and being able to live life to the full. 


Until next time 

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Friday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful that I am loving seeing everyone’s amazing holidays overseas. I love that my friends are overseas and posting lots of photos so I can enjoy seeing where they are and what they are doing.


Today I am grateful that I am having a holiday that is quiet and restful and that I am not overseas! We are spending some time at home and some time at the beach. 


Today I am grateful that it is the most magical day at Palm Beach and I am here to enjoy it.


Today I am grateful that I have just walked 6km with my daughters Lucy and Sophia. 

Today I am just grateful. 


Until next time


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Monday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful to have been able to share a lovely weekend with my dear friend Kylie. We spent the weekend in Toowoomba at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. 

Today I am grateful that my sister Susan was able to look after Sophia and Sophia had a lovely sleep over with her cousins Rosie and Maggie. 

Today I am grateful that I got home on Sunday and the house was in good order after Nicholas having a small get together of friends prior to the Law Dinner.

Today I am grateful for enjoying the Grand Parade in Toowoomba on Friday afternoon.



Today I am grateful that Kylie and I enjoyed a lovely meal at http://www.cafevaletta.com.au/ on Saturday night. It was a very homely and delicious meal.


Today I am grateful that Kylie and I enjoyed a bus ride and visited a number of beautiful gardens in Toowoomba on Sunday morning after a delicious breakfast at Park Cafe.


Today I am grateful to Zoe Watters from Flight Centre who found Kylie and I accommodation in Toowoomba when everything was booked out. Our accommodation was clean and comfortable and in a perfect central spot.


Today I am grateful for the gentle conversation and friendship that Kylie and I always share. 


Until next time

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Monday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for my amazing amazing weekend. 


Today I am grateful that my family was all together to support my Mum and Dad on the day their house went to auction. Even though the house didn’t sell on Saturday there was a lot of interest and I know someone will love it and buy it to make a whole lot of new wonderful family memories in it. It was fitting Mum and Dad and my sisters had a photo in the kitchen that morning. 

Slide show

Today I am grateful that my sisters took Mum and Dad to lunch on Saturday while  I was able to stay at the auction. 

Today I am grateful that Saturday afternoon was a wonderful afternoon of fun music at the Triffid. It was an afternoon to raise money for 

AEIOU.

Today I am grateful that David Shelberg gave me the opportunity to sing with him. We did lots of practice and even did some busking.

Busking

In the green room.


Today I am grateful that we got such a fantastic reception from the crowd in the beer garden at the Triffid when we sang.


Today I am grateful that so many friends came to support the event. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces in the crowd.

Today I am so grateful that my son Nicholas and his girlfriend Madi came to watch. It was an over 18 event so my girls couldn’t come to watch. 

Today I am grateful that my Mum and Dad and sisters and my sister in law all came to watch .

My sisters and I



Today I am grateful that my son picked me up from the venue later that night and brought me home. 

Today I am grateful that I went for a ride on Sunday morning followed by breakfast at St Lucys at the uni. I rode with some wonderful friends and felt incredibly safe.

Today I am grateful that I caught up with my oldest friends Lyndal and Naomi. It was wonderful to hear all their news about themselves and their families.

Today I am grateful I spent the afternoon with my sister Liz. 

Today I am grateful that my husband David is safe after his ride from Lorne in Victoria along the Great Ocean Road. 

The boys have qualified for The World Championships next year


I have had the most wonderful weekend with family and friends being supported and loved. Thank you to you all. 


Until next time

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Thursday’s Grateful Post 

Today I am grateful that I went for a walk this morning. I have niggling injuries that I am trying to fix but with no result just yet although I feel better in myself. I decided today I was just going to try walking because the benefits of getting out and exercising I think outweigh the injuries I have. It was wonderful to breathe in the fresh cool air and enjoy the outdoors. We will see how I feel tomorrow.


Today I am grateful for all the wonderful events available to do. There are so many walking, running, riding and swimming events available to challenge yourself. David showed me a Cycling tour in South Australia last night. It is a cycling holiday through the wineries in South Australia . It looks wonderful and perhaps something to aim to do in the future.

Today I am grateful that it is the first day of spring today. My vegetable garden is growing very fast and looking healthy and I have many plants covered in buds ready to burst.

Today I am grateful I am sleeping very well at the moment. Sleep always allows you to face the day a little more positively.

And finally today I am grateful I have lost a little bit of weight. 

Until next time 

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How to survive when s….t happens – and it always does. 

Lower your expectations. 

Make choices based on love not fear. Make choices about what you love not on the fear you may offend someone. Life is short do what you love. 

Practice gratitude. It is useful to write this down. Even if there is only one thing you can find to be grateful about research suggests practicing gratitude can improve your happiness. 

Forgive often. And then forgive some more. People do the best they can in every situation. Sometimes you might perceive that is not good enough for you. You have no idea what is going on in their lives so forgive them for not living up to your expectations. 

The most important person in your life is you. Look after you often. Go for a massage, have your nails done, go out for a walk. 

Crap happens. Accept it, sit with it and don’t fight it. Don’t pretend it isn’t or didn’t happen and if you feel bad that someone else’s crap is worse than yours just know your crap is yours alone and it is ok to feel bad about it. 

Have goals but make sure they are realistic. One person may have a goal to become an Ironman. Your goal might need to be get up in the morning or to put one foot after another for 24 hours.

Reduce toxicity in your life. Reduce toxic social media, reduce toxic television viewing, reduce toxic relationships. This is a good mantra for life but particularly pertinent when life is not as rosie as you would like it to be. There is nothing quite like reading about and watching other people’s crap to make yourself feel even more miserable. You don’t need it so if you can get rid of it. 

Breathe deeply at least once a day. Oxygen is the essence of life. Oxygenate your cells. 

Be gentle on yourself. Some days things don’t work out. That is ok. There is always tomorrow. 

Don’t ever say ” this happened for a reason”. That is rubbish. Things don’t happen for a reason. Accidents happen. Illness happens. Death happens. These things do not happen for a reason. The best way to deal with them is to acknowledge they have happened and allow them to become part of your story. It is up to you what that looks like. 

Accept help. If people offer to make a meal or take your kids to school say “Thank you that would be lovely”. Resist the temptation to say you are managing just fine. It will make them feel good about themselves and it will make your life a little easier. 

If you can’t cope get help. There are so many people out there to help- your GP, find a good psychologist , phone a friend or phone many of the help lines that are open 24hours/day. It is perfectly ok to ask for help.

Know you will have good days and bad days. The bad days will pass. 

And lastly always believe in the possibility of things getting better. 


Please note all these things are things that have worked for me over the last twelve months when my life has not looked the way I expected it to look. If you have things that have worked for you in difficult times I would love to hear from you so I can add them to the list. 

Until next time 

All my love 

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Monday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for the amazing weekend I have just had.

Today I am grateful that we were able to go  to the Head of the River. The Head of the River is the culmination for the rowing season and it is held at Kawana each year. There are 1o girls schools involved. Lucy was rowing in the Open Third Eight. It was a very exciting race. The girls have been very consistent the whole season coming second or third in each race. They came second on Saturday and reduced the margin between first and second to the smallest margin all season for their race. It was only five seconds difference between first and second. 

The Open Third Eight


Today I am grateful that Lucy was safe after going to a party to celebrate the end of the season. It was in a underage venue and I am very very glad it was well supervised and she is safe. 

Today I am grateful for being able to share my lovely friend Kylie’s surprise 49th birthday. She didn’t want a 50th so her husband organized a surprise 49th. If anyone knows me I am not good at keeping secrets but I didn’t spoil the surprise! it was a lovely party with special friends.

Today I am grateful that on Sunday morning Nicholas ran The Bridge to Brisbane. It is a 10km race over a number of Bridges in Brisbane. Nicholas did it in 46 minutes. I am so proud of him.

Today I am grateful that Sunday afternoon we were able to share a very special afternoon with some cycling friends. My friends Theresa and Mark got married in New Farm Park. They looked beautiful, the setting was glorious, the food delicious, the company fun, the music groovy and the amount of love in the air amazing. I am so glad we were invited and able to share in their special day. 

My friends who got married


Today I am grateful that My girls prepared a delicious Italian feast for Nicholas’s birthday on Sunday afternoon. NIcholas turned 20 on Saturday and we celebrated last night. We had pizza and birthday cake with delicious chocolate dipped strawberries. 

Wow ! What a full weekend. I am grateful last night I had a very good sleep and I am almost ready to face the week. 

This is how I feel today……

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Friday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for doing rowing breakfasts for the last seven weeks.

Today I am grateful for the lovely women I have worked with over the season. I have really enjoyed their company and I have learnt a lot about their girls.

Today I am grateful that I have helped to prepare beautiful food to fuel all the girls after their rowing session each Friday morning. We have made Bircher muesli, delicious muffins, bacon and egg burgers and fruit salad. I love that the girls have a big nutritious breakfast in their tummies to be able to then face the day.

Today I am grateful for all the grateful girls and their happy and tired faces at the end of their session.


Today I am grateful for all the coaches for all the time and energy that they have put in to developing training programs and running training sessions during the season. 

Lucy finishes her rowing season tomorrow at Head of The River. I am grateful that she has been in such a lovely crew, that they have trained hard, dealt with adversity in a resilient way and that she has had fun. I wish her and all the other rowers in the Brisbane Girls Grammar shed all the best tomorrow !

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Thursday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for appliances! 

Today I am grateful that I have a hairdryer to dry my hair.

Today I am grateful for my washing machine that washes my clothes.

Today I am grateful I have a dryer so that I can dry my clothes in wet weather.

Today I am grateful for my dishwasher so I don’t spend hours washing dirty dishes.

Today I am grateful for Sonos because it means I can listen to great music anytime I want to when I am at home. 

I wish though that one of my appliances could do this….

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Wednesday’s Grateful Post 

It has been a while since I posted about being grateful. Life has again got busy and I have not been recording on my blog or in my daily journal what I am grateful about. I woke up this morning and thought it is time to remind myself about all the wonderful things in my life. I don’t know about you but I sometimes forget and it is good to be reminded. So…..


Today I am grateful for the gentle rain that is watering my garden and especially my newly planted vegetable garden .


Today I am grateful for my lovely singing teacher Lesley Jackson. I had a singing lesson yesterday and it is one of the most favourite times of the week for me.


Today I am grateful for Jo Formoza. Jo has a practice called Back2Health and I am seeing her to work on detoxifying  my system of all the rubbish it has had in it in the last twelve months. I feel like it is the right time for me to do this. I have spent many months healing and resting and it is time now to do a reboot so my next stage of healing is as good as it can be. I am taking lots of herbs and drinking lots of tea. 


Today I am grateful for all the beautiful things flowering in my garden at the moment.


Today I am grateful for all my dear friends. Everyone goes through rough times and I have been surrounded by so much love in the last year. I feel that I have enough energy now to share that love with others who are going through rough times.Today I am grateful to be able to care, share time and prayers for those friends who are going through hard stuff at the moment and if you are reading this and stuff is yuk at the moment know I care about you deeply and that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am available any time for a coffee. 


  

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