I am so grateful for my sister Rebecca, its her birthday today - Happy Birthday Rebecca! (note: My three siblings are all born within five days of each other (although different years, obvs) in March, what’s up with that parents?) I am so grateful I get to hang out with her this weekend. I am so grateful I have two amazing sisters, I feel so spoilt. I am so grateful I got to speak with Alison last night. I am so grateful she loved her present. I am so grateful that I don’t start work til 12pm today, I have such a beautiful, relaxed morning ahead of me. I am so grateful for all the fresh food I have in my fridge right now. I am so grateful for all the organic and vegetarian options that are available these days. I am so grateful I found a store that sells almond milk, I have quite the smoothie planned for this morning! I am so grateful that each new day is a fresh start.
Wouldn’t it be nice to perfect the art of the home hair dye? I mean, I’m pretty good now, but wouldn’t it be nice to go pro?
Today I intend to feel zesty.
I love the range of emotions experienced while watching amateur theatre, last night there were moments that made me laugh until I cried and other times where I was desperately praying for an act of god to put an end to the extreme tedium- what a roller coaster. I love how intense my economics tutor is, boy loves his supply and demand. I love Quorn products. I love my ladybird brooch. I love the first dip on a new bus pass. I love Zombie Ghost Train. I love Alex’s ‘17 “Brilliant” Ideas For You To Steal At Will’, especially this one:
In the spirit of Bring It On, Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets and Stick It, a rag-tag team of strippers must band together to save their beloved club from demolition. Lessons are learned. Corporate fat cats are defeated. Soul-stirring montages ensue.
I would watch that.
9 things I appreciate about Rebecca
She is an eternal optimist
She is incredibly resilient
She is always reading
She’s not afraid to try new things
She never gives up
She has a classic and well developed sense of personal style
She has the perfect shade of red hair
She practices life design too!
She has a beautiful smile
Affirmation du jour
Less than perfect thoughts, diet, relationship or outcome? F*ck it. Lack of motivation? F*ck it. Feeling sub par? F*ck it. Nothing matters, really, so stop trying so hard. Just be, just allow, just smile, and it will happen.
I am excited to be getting my hair cut this afternoon! I am excited for pump tomorrow morning!!
I am so grateful for my capacity to improve. I am so grateful to be always learning new things. I am so grateful that all my most basic needs are met and I can concentrate on self actualisation. I am so grateful that I’m up to date with all my tutorial homework. I am so grateful that my muscles feel good today. I am so grateful for easy to use WordPress plugins. I am so grateful for all the amusing and enthusiastic lecturers and tutors I have this session. I am so grateful for my big sister Alison, who is such a role model to me. Happy Birthday Alison!
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a really peaceful, easy day at work? Wouldn’t it be nice to reach my referral target? Wouldn’t it be nice to go grocery shopping this afternoon? Wouldn’t it be nice to be inspired? Wouldn’t it be nice to constantly have a stream of ideas?
Today I intend to be present in the moment.
The Waiting Place in Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Best to be avoided…
I love awesome salads from the Stock Market. I love being able to get a hair appointment exactly when I want it. I love Eleanor’s lecture art. I love grid paper. I love coffee/sparkling water dates with Fi. I love working on my site. I love Dr Seuss. I love Blair and Dan! I love giant mugs. I love purple ink. I love staying up late. I love rainbow eye shadow. I love it when I can grasp concepts immediately.
Affirmation du jour
I conduct myself honourably at all times - louise l. hay
I am a loving, honourable and compassionate human being. I treat others as I deserve to be treated; with honour, respect and decency.
9 things I appreciate about Alison
She has helped and supported me so much throughout my education. From buying me my first Mac at the start of high school, to contacting umpteen exercise books and proof reading a million essays, she has been completely amazing!
She is extremely driven in her career and is always looking for new opportunities
She has awesome curly hair
She always does things to the best of her ability
She is so brave - exhibit a: moving halfway across the world without a job offer or fluency in the language to be with her husband.
She is making the above situation work!
She is a dedicated and loving mum to miss Sophie.
We have a common passion for workout dvds
She is a Nigella Lawson in training
I am excited to speak to Alison tonight. I am excited for the next time she comes back home to visit. I am excited for my last tute of the week this evening.
I am so grateful I woke up this morning and went for a run. I am so grateful for my blender – such a trooper. I am so grateful for spell check. I am so grateful I am getting better at breathing slowly and deeply during meditation. I am so grateful I can incorporate meditation into my daily routine. I am so grateful to be getting more emotionally fit every day. I am so grateful for this process of consciously and selectively creating my life. Wayne Dyer says ‘if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change‘ and I think that is so true! I spend all day thinking about what to write in these posts and I can tell you that constantly looking and finding things to appreciate in the world around me is truly a great way to be. Life just keeps getting better and better, its a snowball effect.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get my hair cut? Wouldn’t it be nice to make a new running playlist? Wouldn’t it be nice to bake some bread or maybe some muffins? Wouldn’t it be nice if Coles sold almond milk?
Today I intend to catch myself in any negative thought patterns, to analyse their validity and to steer my mind in a more fruitful direction.
I love vanilla Diet Coke. I love Millionaire Hot Seat. I love early marks. I love Cadbury mini eggs. I love pretending that people who randomly walk out of lectures are actually storming out in outrage over the content of the lecture slides (maybe they are???) I love having fresh ink cartridges in my printer. I love my PO box. I love discount gym memberships. I love Arrested Development. I love feeling productive. I love that my general education class (which I chose solely because it was offered online) is looking like it will actually be pretty interesting. I love people who are passionate about what they do. I love that new resources are always coming into my life at just the right time. I love that all you have to do is ask and what you need will come.
Affirmation du jour
I create my own luck. Opportunity and serendipity abound, I just need to open the door to let them in.
I am excited for tax time*. I am excited for the Easter Show! I am excited to do some baking. I am excited for the time when I have a business card, although I suppose I could get one right now…
*I just enjoy doing my return, ok?!**
**that weird isn’t it? Maybe I shouldn’t have dropped Accounting after all?***
I am so grateful that I got to be a part of the ANZ float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last night! Definitely one of the best experiences of my life to date! I am so grateful I got to dance the whole way in front of cheering crowds. I am so grateful that Zach told me about it and got me involved. I am so grateful to work for a company that openly supports and promotes diversity. I am so grateful such amazing costumes were provided for us. I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who coordinated the ANZ float, costumes, choreography and general fabulousness - they did such a great job!
Some pre parade photos courtesy of Aubrey
I am so grateful I could invite friends and family to join in and that Fi and Aubrey were mine. I am so grateful they had such a fun time. I am so grateful Fi actually made it in time! I am so grateful I got to see so many other awesome costumes and floats close up. I am so grateful I got to be right in the middle of such an amazing party atmosphere.
I am so grateful the parade continues to run year after year. I am so grateful no one melted or was hideously disfigured by burns after having holy water thrown on them by Christian protesters (ha!) I am so grateful that I live in a country where the gay community can overtly express their love and pride in such a way without fear of harmful retribution from other groups.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be in the parade again next year? Wouldn’t it be nice if the Federal government legislated in support of gay marriage? Wouldn’t it be nice if people didn’t feel the need to push so hard against things, merely because they are outside their own interpretation of the world?
I love glitter lips. I love cherub wings. I love being an ANZel. I love confetti. I love drag queens with crazy headgear. I love heart shaped balloons. I love sassy commentary. I love seeing everyone in their raunchy costumes. I love everyone being so chatty and friendly. I love getting dressed up.
I love seeing the Sydney Roller Derby League out in force. I love being a part of something so positive and fun. I love feeling proud of my workplace. I love feeling proud of my city. I love singing old Vanessa Amorosi songs at the top of my lungs. I love enthusiastic crowd members. I love cute police officers. I love dancing (kind of) in time with 100+ others. I love gay pride. I love celebrating love and lust between consenting adults, no matter what their gender. I love angels at McDonald’s…
I am so grateful for this beautiful Sydney day. I am so grateful for the amazing nights sleep I had. I am so grateful I went to all my classes yesterday. I am so grateful they were entertaining and make me want to go again. I am so grateful I did a juice cleanse - I feel so much better! I am so grateful I was able to afford the great cleanse program offered by Urban Remedy, which was not only tasty but had a wonderful emotional and nutritional support element as well. I am so grateful its over now though and I can enjoy delicious, amazing solids again! I am so grateful for money in my bank account and food in my fridge. I am so grateful I got to hang out with Fi yesterday. I am so grateful Fi appreciates a good mani/pedi as much as I do :) I am so grateful I’m going back to work today. I am so grateful I’m starting late so I can spend the morning as I wish. I am so grateful Caitlin has made it safely to Göttingen.
Wouldn’t it be nice if work was busy today and my shift went by really fast? Wouldn’t it be nice if every customer I served was happy and delighted by the process? Wouldn’t it be nice if my new debit card came today? Wouldn’t it be nice to do another Vortex meditation? Wouldn’t it be nice to just have the best Thursday ever?
Today I intend to be playful and just enjoy the day.
I love clipart heavy lecture notes. I love my pastel watermelon themed nails. I love playing Harry Potter Lego on the wii! I love coconut water. I love writing all my upcoming homework in my diary. I love feeling organised. I love dry brushing. I love reading before going to sleep and consequently having fantastical dreams.
Affirmation du jour
I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy - dr. wayne dyer
Life excites me! I am passionate about my goals and excited by the opportunities the universe provides.
I am excited for sushi times at Pino’s tonight. Woo!
I am so grateful for this lovely rain were having this morning. I am so grateful for the convenience of living on campus. I am so grateful my nails are getting so much stronger. I am so grateful today is the last day of my juice cleanse ;) I am so grateful for the super fluorescent lights in my lecture last night that kept me alert and taking notes for the whole three hours. I am so grateful for my travel ten, which is like a little state funded magic carpet. I am so grateful I can always easily pay my rent. Holy Sh*t! I am so grateful for government scholarships! I am so grateful for perfect financial timing. I am so grateful I will now be able to buy my textbooks and gym membership with total ease. I am so grateful for all the fun things on my social calendar in the next couple of weeks.
Sydney Opera House Barbie…
Wouldn’t it be nice to continue this health kick long after my cleanse is over? Wouldn’t it be nice to make awesome raw smoothies and juices myself? Wouldn’t it be nice to cleanse on a regular basis? Wouldn’t it be nice to have raw breakfasts and lunches 80% of the time?
Today I intend to go to all my classes. Today I intend to ‘chew’ my juice. Today I intend to enjoy all the magical abundance that is my life!
I love notebook mode in Word. I love being engaged with the material. I love the smell of frangipanis. I love peppermint tea. I love Arj Barker. I love being wide awake in the morning without the help of caffeine. I love waking up with random songs in my head. I love how many new outfit options I have in my wardrobe right now. I love that I’m getting back into the habit of doing these posts first thing in the morning. I love that I take the time out to set my day up in a happy and positive frame of mind.
Affirmation du jour
I trust my future to be joyous and amazing
I create my future daily filled with positivity and love and so I know that it will be wonderful
I am excited for Erin’s good bye gathering on Friday. I am excited to hang out with Fi today. I am excited to get back into gym classes. I am excited to go shopping for healthy meal ingredients. I am excited to pay my billz.
I am so grateful that I was able to pick which days I am working to fit in with my uni timetable this session. I am so grateful my new boss was so accommodating. I am so grateful that I have leave today so I can see Caitlin off at the airport. I am so grateful that she is brave enough to go on exchange, its such an amazing opportunity and so inspiring. I am so grateful for the pile of new books I have to read. I am so grateful I got to have (a liquid) lunch with Zach yesterday and that he got me up to speed with what’s been happening at work while I’ve been away. I am so grateful that I survived day one of my juice cleanse without cheating! I am so grateful I didn’t give in to my insane blood toast lust.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all our Mardi Gras costumes fit perfectly and looked amazing? Wouldn’t it be nice to get some glitter makeup to wear with it? Wouldn’t it be nice if Caitlin’s new flatmates in Göttingen were super friendly and delightful? Wouldn’t it be nice to do all my tute work several days before it was due?
Today I intend to embrace the process. Today I intend to get organised. Today I intend to feel energised and awake. Today I intend to sparkle. And how could I not:
I love picking up four packages at once from the post office (I’d forgotten what I’d even bought so it felt like Christmas opening them up!) I love naps. I love my ridiculous Mardi Gras costume (I’m going to be dressed as Cupid, watch out world!) I love re-reading old favourites. I love navy blue. I love that the boys are enjoying the chocolate I got them from Germany. I love drinking juices I never would have gone for before (I mean spinach, really?) I love that I’m doing something positive for my health. I love Lady GaGa gifs.
Affirmation du jour
This is easy!
When I fully commit myself to something, when I believe at my very core that it is necessary, I find the process effortless.
I am excited to get my nails done with Fi. I am excited to see No Strings Attached and Gnomeo and Juliet at the movies. I am excited to get stuck into my course work. I am excited to eat something solid on Thursday. I am excited for Caitlin and this big adventure she is about to begin (even though I will miss her desperately!) I am excited for this whole new month ahead of me.
Today is my mum, Veronica’s, birthday and this post is to dedicated to her and how awesome she is!
Ha ha, look at her, hiding behind that tree! See, awesome.
I am so grateful for all the great advice my mum has given me. I am so grateful for the example she has set for me on how to bounce back from life’s setbacks. I am so grateful to her for putting up with me throughout my dreary, self indulgent teen years. I am so grateful she instilled in me a love of reading. I am so grateful for her sense of humour and fun approach to life. I am so grateful that she taught me how to knit, not to mention the million other life skills that I learned at her side. I am so grateful to my mum for getting me help when I was depressed. I am so grateful to her for the countless binds she has helped me out of and counselled me through.
I am so grateful she encouraged me through all my hair colour changes, piercings and dietary experiments. I am so grateful for her help with essay editing and the constructive criticism she offers. I am so grateful for all the delicious vegetarian meals she cooks for me when I go home. I am so grateful she is completely non-judgemental. I am so grateful for all her hard work and the sacrifices she made to put me through private school. I am so grateful to her for introducing me to the joys of Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison and Meat Loaf! I am so grateful to her for teaching me its ok to be myself.
I am so grateful to my mum for teaching me to drive. I am so grateful she is so easy to talk to. I am so grateful for all the encouragement she gives me. I am so grateful she loves beauty products as much as me and enjoys discussing new advancements at length. I am so grateful for the 21 years worth of laundry she has done for me. I am so grateful she’s always offered me a shoulder to cry on. I am so grateful she loves animals. I am so grateful to her for taking such good care of my puppy while I’m away at uni. I am so grateful I know I can call her any time about any thing. I am so grateful to her for doing such a super job raising me as a single parent.
11 more things I appreciate about my mum:
She is super resilient. Nothing keeps this woman down for long!
She is courageous
She gives great pep talks - she’s my personal cheer leader
She is charming and funny and so nice
She can talk underwater
She is incredibly generous and always puts her family first
She ‘gets’ me
She is a problem solver and can always put things in perspective
She is an amazing cook!
She is an expert home renovator
She is a savvy business woman to boot
I love you mama, thank you so much for everything! Hope you have a beautiful day!
edit: the photos in this post seem to be playing up :/ Check back later if you can’t see any cuteness.
I am so grateful to Alison and Karsten for having me over to stay with them and for being such wonderful hosts. I have had such a delightful time - you guys are the best! I am so grateful I’ve been able to spend time with my niece, who is such a cutie. I’m so grateful I got to visit the beautiful city of Frankfurt again.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have another wonderful flying companion? Wouldn’t it be nice if my flight felt super fast? Wouldn’t it be nice to get some sexy new headphones duty free? Wouldn’t it be nice to stay awake all Saturday and go to bed at a reasonable time?
I love Sophie. I love Alison. I love Karsten. I love this little German family unit! I love their vacuum, seriously, its really quiet and powerful. I love the new polka dot skirt I bought today from H&M. I love 50s silhouettes. I love fingerless gloves. I love diet coke. I love The Chase. I love picture books. I love illustrations. I love peanut butter on toast. I love that all my shopping and souvenirs are fitting so easily into my suitcase (hot tip: have little to no clothing for alternate climates and consequently pack nothing to begin with).
I am so excited to watch some bad rom-coms on the plane home and drink some poor quality, complimentary scotch (which demands to be masked with ginger ale). I am so excited to see my flatmates, my second family. I am so excited to see the other co-stars in my life including Fi, Caitlin and Zach. I am so, so excited to sleep in my own bed. I am so excited to not have to wear thermals under my jeans. I am so excited to feel the Australian sunshine on my skin (its supposed to be 28°C on Saturday!!!! That’s skirt weather, ladies and gentlemen :D)