17 Jan 2015

Evernote – My second brain

No Comments Work

Which ONE tool are you going to use to become more productive?
#nataliesisson

One of my favourite sayings goes something like this: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

In recent months I’ve had a considerable amount of overwhelm: family stuff, work stuff, health stuff…. lots of “stuff”.  I don’t know how many pieces of information cross my desk or call for my attention each day, but it’s a safe assumption that my ability to retain most of it is, shall we say, limited.

As someone with an oft-foggy brain thanks to fibro and RA, it’s a struggle to hold onto the links, the to-dos and all that stuff I just mentioned. I used to be able to recall someone’s phone number at will or pull some weird factoid out of the hat during local pub trivia nights. Not quite so much any more.  Read more

15 Jan 2015

Starting with intent

5 Comments 15daychallenge, life

Setting your intention is like drawing an arrow from the quiver of your heart. 
Bruce Black

A few weeks ago, I literally set fire to some of the things that have been holding me back in 2014. There were 15 little pieces of paper with “stuff” that I wanted to let go of from my everyday so that I could makes some space for change.

The idea came from a recent post by author Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote about the ceremonies she used to have on New Year’s Day to help focus on what she wanted for the coming year.

I really liked the idea of beckoning into my life the things I wanted, such as being able to work independent of any location, to have the financial freedom to work as my health allowed rather than always pushing too hard, to be able to take time to travel again and do it without worrying about the hit on my income (as many self-employed folks do). I want a life of being able to “work anywhre” where I’m not tethered to a desk, a location or an ‘hours-for-dollars’ way of working.

But in order to create room to focus on my freedom goals, I needed to actively let go of some thoughts, fears and self-doubt that have held me back. Writing those things down on paper and watching them disintegrate was a very tangible, freeing experience. Read more

05 Jan 2015

The F**k It List

No Comments life, rheumatoid arthritis

Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
Philip Sidney

Okay, so I’m sure that most of us have heard about the concept of a bucket list, which is a list of all the experiences the owner wants to have or have accomplished during their lifetime. Over the holidays, I read about a different concept: the F**k It List.

Phil Watt’s article on Elephant Journal is about the idea of how precious life is, that it can be gone in a second, and that many of us feel compelled to create bucket lists to ensure we achieve the things we’ve always wanted to do in life. But he also workshops the idea of creating a list of things we need to grow in how we think, feel and act, letting go of the things that hold us back from our true potential and the things that we’ve become emotionally attached to but which have no real power over us. Read more

25 Dec 2014

Merry Christmas Spoonies

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“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”
#HarlanMiller

Christmas seems to have arrived so quickly this year and it’s taken a little while for the festive spirit to find us in this household. We are two members short this year and it’s a little harder to fill the void for some reason. Nonetheless, we’ve persevered and have found our joys in the little things and in being with each other. Read more

13 Oct 2014

Springtime

No Comments life, notes

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”
#Proverb

The crumble of the soil between my fingers felt incredibly good today, planting a few new herbs and gently pruning my small but well producing balcony veggie patch. The first of the paper daisies flowered today; a rich deep purple that reminded me of the colour of my high school formal dress. This is its third year; it’s almost always the first show of colour we get.

My balcony garden not as big as it has been in previous years, but the herbs are growing well, the lettuces have provided me with several lunches and the blueberries are still coming into their own.  Read more

08 Jul 2014

Spoonies

1 Comment fibromyalgia, hashimotos, rheumatoid arthritis

“Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.”
#MohsinHamid

It’s been a while since my last update, but I wanted to give a shout-out to the lovely Julie Ryan, who writes and curates Counting My Spoons. She recently interviewed me for her weekly Fibro Warriors series, which is a really great way of learning about fibromyalgia and how these amazing people manage their health.

This has to be one of the best ways I can think of to help others understand what can be a very invisible but equally challenging disease. Julie’s blog was inspired by The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino, and her aim is to help educate and inspire us all to connect and share our fibro story.

Head on over to her blog for a great dose of inspiration, empathy and compassion.

 

20 Feb 2014

Energy

No Comments life, wellbeing

“The dog is a reflection of your energy, of your behaviour. You have to ask, ‘What am I doing?’ That’s the right question to ask.”
#CesarMillan

The days are getting shorter as autumn takes its time in getting here. Our clocks turn back on April 6 to standard time and that’s when we’ll really notice the downshift to cooler days and nights. We’ve had something of an Indian summer here over March, with warm days still in the high 20s. Winters in Sydney are pretty mild by comparison to the cities I’ve lived in or visited during my travels. An Edinburgh winter is bitterly cold, an Oslo winter dark and at times oppressive, a New York winter freezing but still incredibly beautiful.

Sydney winters are often dry, bright and sunny but pleasant, around 18-20’C most days with cool to cold(ish) nights. Still, having said that, the energy of the city starts to wind down a little as the days get shorter. Personally, I love it at this time of year because it’s still mild enough that you can be outside and enjoying all the city has to offer and if it starts to get cool of an evening, you just tug on a cardy or a light sweater.

I also find that my energy comes back a little.

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01 Feb 2014

Paperbarks

2 Comments life, spaces, travel

“Time spent amongst the trees is never wasted time.”
#KatrinaMayer

So last week was my fortieth birthday and to help me ease into my next decade, my best friend decided to whisk me away to the south coast of NSW for a four-day girl’s weekend away. 2013 had proven to be both stressful and busy for both of us so it was fantastic to take some time out so soon after Christmas and before the last days of summer left us.

Several months before, my bestie asked: “What do you want to do for your birthday?” After 24 years of friendship, we know each other pretty well and when I moved home to Australia six years ago, we started taking these birthday weekends away together to celebrate in the way that only besties can. The deal is that we each get to plan the other’s birthday weekend, so these weekends are always a bit of a secret and the challenge is to let nothing slip. Zilch, nada. Read more

24 Jan 2014

Forty

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“If my life weren’t funny then it would just be true and that’s unacceptable.”
#CarrieFisher

40 years. 14,610 days. 21,038,400 minutes.

That’s how long my feet have been on this planet. It’s quite an auspicious thing to arrive at the first day of my 40th year and feel remarkably grateful for where I stand in my life.

I’ve been looking forward to my 40th birthday in much the way I did my 30th: happy that I’ve made it through another decade, not worried – too much – about a few more wrinkles and a little wistful that the whispers about being childless, single and ‘getting on’ are growing quieter. Read more

01 Jan 2014

Hello 2014!

No Comments life

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
#BradPaisley

2014 has arrived and we are on our way home after a very lovely night out with friends celebrating New Year in what will be a very memorable night. Along with 4000 other lucky winners of the Cahill Expressway ticket draw, we arrived early and set up camp to watch Sydney light up under what is arguably the best fireworks show on earth at this time of year. It has been a beautiful and fun filled night and, hopefully, a happy omen of the year that is to come.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year for 2014. Let’s make this a year worth writing about :)