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Blast from the past

We all experience bumping into people from our past and I had a blast from my past the other day but not in human form. I found my past in my jewellery box. Who knew that by decided to change my bracelet for the first time in an age that I would be transported back to the happiest time of my life, my 24th year.

I was reminded of a piece of coral that I found while I was diving off the Great Barrier Reef and stole very boldly from the ocean floor to make into a necklace. Then there was the female Buddha necklace I bought in Thailand and wore every day for the three months I was there and whenever I could when I came home. You see Buddha necklaces aren’t really acceptable in the work place with a suit.

Nor is a tongue ring but I persevered and bought a clear plastic bar and managed to keep it out of sight from even my work mates. When I opened my jewellery box and saw all my various piercing jewels I was reminded about the day I got my tongue pierced on Bondi beach and how much I loved it but was terrified it would ruin my teeth. I wasn’t one of those people that showed it off… most didn’t even know I had it!

I also remembered getting my nose pierced in Airlie Beach, Queensland on a 39degree day when I had a very rare day off from my diving instructor job and thought foolishly that nothing could be sorer than a tongue piercing.. how wrong I was!

I remembered the shell anklet I bought in Byron Bay and wore for a year and a half and the turquoise bracelets I wore for special occasions!   Then there was the green stone necklaces from New Zealand that you pretty much had to buy if you visited so of course I donned a piece on a thread of black leather for my month visit there.

I’m so happy I kept all my bits and pieces from my nearly two years travelling. It was an experience of a lifetime and I have all the photos, jewellery, piercing marks and memories to show for it. You see, now I wear respectable, grown up jewellery but there is a very large part of me that is still that tongue ring, Buddha necklace and anklet wearing free spirit.

When did you last look in your jewellery box… I bet it holds some pretty amazing memories.

My jewellery box of memories

My jewellery box of memories

Happy Hippy in Melbourne... love this photo of me!

Happy Hippy in Melbourne… love this photo of me!

Lost mojo found

Anyone who writes a blog or anything for that matter will understand the frustration and slight panic of not knowing what to write about. You go about your business and then something reminds you of the fact that you haven’t written a blog for another week and then realise the weeks have added up to months.

I have just experienced my second blogging drought and it drove me crazy…. but I’m baaaaaack!

I have had a lot on the past two months. Some big decisions have been and are being made and when something like this happens to me I find it difficult to write about the smaller stuff as the bigger stuff consumes my attention.

I’ve a busy few months ahead too, like most I expect. My biggest home based challenge at the moment is child care juggling and it is such a juggle! I am not one to just ‘trust that it will all work out’ and leave it to the last minute. I am a planner and once I set my mind on sorting something I find it very difficult to rest until it is fixed.

For example, school is shut over Easter and summer and I need to figure out what on earth I will do with my daughter in the mornings. My son is still in creche so he is sorted. We have childcare options available to us from 11am but what about those three hours before that I need to be in work? It’s all still up in the air but I’ve sorted out an Easter camp and some summer camps plus we have a nearly three week holiday (which I can’t wait for) however most camps start at 10am… what to do with her from 8-10am? There may be a few early morning wake up calls at Granny’s house I think!

Then there is the additional cost of the camps and extra childcare hours too. Next year I am definitely going to plan financially for the summer months. Wouldn’t it be lovely if one parent could take one month off and the other the second month during the summer?

Also, himself is away a lot with work at the moment. This week was Sweden, two weeks time is Austin, Texas, then France and then Bratislava… and those are only his travel plans till the beginning of June! So I’ll be single parenting amongst the childcare juggling act!

There is a silver lining though…. I get to escape for a week to Spain at the beginning of June with my bestie.. a whole week with no children, husbands or work…. I honestly think it is the only thing keeping me going!

Finally, I just came across this on my twitter stream and was challenged by the tweeter @flogardens aka Cathriona Edwards to try to not be mindful looking at this clip. Trying to be in the moment and not race ahead is so difficult and I don’t think I am alone in that particular struggle. If you want to experience mindfulness click the link below.. it’s only 4.49mins and I can guarantee you will be absorbed by it.

Slim-A-Thin

Some people require a little pressure to succeed. Others prefer not to have any at all. We all work differently and I like to think that is what makes the world go round.

I’m doing the Slimming World weight loss plan and they have just started a sponsored slim programme and I LOVE IT! I am one of those people who needs the watchful eye of others over me sometimes, especially when it comes to food! That saying “If a tree falls in the woods and nobody see’s it does it still make a sound?” can be applied to my eating habits.

If no one saw me eat it, it simply didn’t happen!

I have been involved in every slimming group and plan around and I’ve never come across this simple yet very effective approach. For six week members can get sponsored by their nearest and dearest to lose weight for a worthy local cause. It’s that simple and I’m calling it a Slim-A-Thin.

Some will set a weight loss target for themselves, some will not. Some will have each pound of weight loss sponsored, others may only collect if they reach their personal target. I am going to get my nearest and dearest to sponsor me for each pound I lose. I am at the stage where I have lost the easy-to-lose weight and now comes the hard slog, so this couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

My Slim-A-Thin starts today and it’s all in aid of a special needs school in Bray who are fundraising to upgrade their outdoor play area. It’s a very worthy cause which will also benefit me! win-win.

Now I’m going to think twice before I have that spoonfull of Nutella from the jar! Wish me luck and if you see me buying Nutella in the supermarket just shout Slim-A-Thin at me!

nutella spoon

Stop #neknominate

If you don’t know about #neknominate I’ll fill you in. A person drinks (nek) a pint of alcohol in one go, films it on their mobile phone, posts it to facebook and then nominates two other people to nek a pint within 24 hours. Harmless fun? A bit of craic? Possibly if it stayed as chugging a pint of beer and it was left at that but it hasn’t. This is what has happened.

People are opening sealed bottles of Vodka and drinking the entire bottle in full in less than a minute. A farmer in his 60′s in Scotland donned a mankini and nothing else in the middle of January and was seen sculling two large glasses of whiskey in front of his cow shed while he grabbed his chest throughout. Another downed a pint of beer, vodka and break fluid. 

It gets worse, so much more tragically worse. People have died as a result of this. The latest #neknomination tragedy saw two young Irish boys in their twenties lose their lives as a result of the excessive drinking in one case and the other jumped into a river after his #neknomiation and tragically drowned.

It’s the 20-something that is being targeted by their peers. Some can just nek the pint of beer but others feel a huge amount of peer pressure to outdo everyone before them in their challenge and to add some crazy mixture, amount of alcohol or stunt afterwards.

Would I have participated if I was nominated when I was in my twenties? Yes, I probably would have. I am not a saint but it simply needs to stop. It is a pity that it took death to slow the #neknominations down in Ireland but will it stop it? It started in Australia and has exploded in Ireland in the past month and is a global challenge at this stage.

The young people taking part view it as a bit of craic. At their age they think they are invincible and sure what could possibly go wrong. I was that twenty-something and never thought any harm would come to me. It’s only now I have children I can see all the dangers that face them and faced me.

It needs to stop. It’s not funny. It’s not cool. It’s killing people. Do you really want to be in a chain-mail that leads to someones death? I didn’t think so.

 

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