Feeling blessed

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to a PartyLite candle party at my friends place. It was such a tempting party to attend full of lovely women and indulgent food. There were so many beautiful candles and accessories. I stayed strong and only ordered 2 melt packs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait for them to arrive. I was even lucky enough to win the lucky door prize! It is a pity I left early so didn’t get to bring my prize home.

I haven’t been using my candles lately so today when I woke I looked through my stash and chose one that a gorgeous friend of mine gave me. It is currently filling my house with its beautiful scent.

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While I knit some more of my beautiful hoodie.

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I hope where ever you are today something lovely brightens your day.
Xxx

Feeling flat…

Sorry for the downer post but I let the ball drop for a while and I have put on some of the weight I lost. So today I am feeling pretty down and having a fat day, which really isn’t like me. I like to see the positives in life, to laugh and smile. I refuse to let this get to me!
So today I draw inspiration from some of my favourite quotes…

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“Happiness is acceptance.”
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I have chosen to accept my current physique and challenge myself to use it to make more change. I will make a new plan of attack because…

“Happy people plan actions, they donโ€™t plan results.”
Dennis Waitley

I honestly need to push myself to get to where I want to be so today I start fresh.

I want to be toned, healthy and fit.

I want to say goodbye to the rolls because I am not a freaking bakery. I am Danni and I want to feel comfortable in my skin.

I acknowledge this next stage will not be an easy stage. It will be one that I need to push myself but if I don’t I will never get to where I want to be!

Until next time…

Xxx

Goodbye 2012!

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So 2012 was a mixed bag for us. Full of ups and downs and man did it go fast!!!!

The highlight was moving to the stunning southern highlands and embracing life. Shifting some weight and enjoying the fresh food and air.

For 2013 we want to continue on our healthy lifestyle path.

3 positives from 2012 are:
*moving to Moss Vale
*buying my dream camera
*our week of holiday.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me and my little family, for genuine friendships and understanding. I hope 2013 brings health and happiness to you all.

Featherdale

On Friday my friend Alina and I went to Featherdale Wildlife Park.
It was a stinking hot and very windy day. The poor animals were feeling the 38 degree heat just as much as we were.
We had a great day walking around Featherdale looking at all the animals.
When we went into the kids farmyard animal section a inquisitive goat came over to greet us. This totally freaked me out, he looked like he wanted to eat my pram! I bought Jake a little ice-cream cone full of food but as the goat came over poor little Jake freaked out and threw it all on the floor. =D

Featherdale is a great place to take young children but over the hotter month I definitely recommend going early in the morning.

Here are the photos I took.

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I got to pat this cute Koala. Jake wasn’t keen on patting him though.

 

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The kids were so cute holding hands and looking after each other without us even asking them to.Image

On this day, I am grateful for (27/09/2012)

Today I am grateful for…

*Meg – my wonderful patient friend who generously made it possible to learn to knit. She answered all my questions so patiently. Thanks Beautiful

*Jan – my daycare mum. I am ever so grateful for everything that she does and knowing that my big boy is in the safest hands. I love that he is being looked after by someone he loves who truly cares about him.

*Online shopping – who doesn’t love the ability to shop from their arm chair?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

R U OK ?

R U OK?

I don’t think that I ask my friends and family this enough.
So with all my heart, love and support I want to take this moment to say

I care
I am here for you (anywhere, anytime, anyway)
I am OK

Are YOU?

I know many of my friends and loved ones battle depression, probably more than I am fully aware of. I have been through times of darkness and with the love and support of my friends and family I am now OK. I might not always be OK, so if you are ever worried please don’t hesitate to ask as I promise to always ask you.

Even if I do not ask I care, feel free to talk to me by email, text, Facebook PM or just by picking up that phone. Any time of day. You are important to me. Your happiness matters.

If I (or anyone else) ask it is okay to answer honestly and share as much as you can.
It is hard.
Please don’t live in darkness, alone.

Today is RUOK Day, so if there is anyone out there who you are worried about please don’t hesitate to ask.
Here is a link to the RUOK website for more information.
It has great resources on understanding depression, how to ask RUOK?, how to say I am not OK, how to get help if you need it and there are even inspirational stories.

It is a great website and organisation so please check it out.

Xxx

Social media

As I lay here feeding my baby and checking Facebook I find myself deep in thought…

The funny thing about Facebook social media is its ability to make me happy one moment and then sad the next.

Lack of actual adult conversation can leave me feeling flat so at these times I hop on Facebook and talk to my friends, family and acquaintances. I have met so many awesome mums online and talk regularly with them on Facebook. It is so nice to know they are always around when I need them, whether it be just for a chat or for a little advice.

On the flip side I often find that I open Facebook and feel like an outsider. I contribute where I can but sometimes i can’t shake the feeling that I am on the outside looking in and intruding on everyone’s life. That I am that socially awkward person sitting in the corner, you know the kid that doesn’t fit into the cool crowd…

Inevitably I start thinking about how social media fits into society and how many teens use it. I start wondering what my boys will go through as they grow up and how it will affect their lives. Will it be a tool they can use to chat happily to their friends or will it be something that is used to torment them?

How does Facebook make you feel? Am I alone with my love/hate relationship with social media?