On being thankful

As Thanksgiving dawns for our American friends, I’ve just put my little half American Love Bug to bed. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner together. Minus the Thanksgiving food and with a super side-dish of gratitude. Actually, the gratitude was more like the main meal.

Being thankful. Practising gratitude. These are not once a year things for us. It’s something I’ve encouraged Love Bug to do always. We try to appreciate at least one new thing each day. Big things and small things.

Tonight she told me she was thankful for having me as her mumma; for Bella and Beary; for our family; for her friends; for doing gymnastics and swimming on the weekend; for Muttsy and having her Aunty Shannon who had loved Muttsy when she was a little girl and then gave him to her when she realised how much Love Bug adored him; and for me tickling her back when I put her to bed each night.


As for me? The current state of the world isn’t super conducive to the gratitude big picture. But there is a LOT to be thankful for.

I’m thankful that I live in an age I was able to fulfil my wish to become a mumma on my own by choice. I’m thankful for my divine daughter. I’m thankful for another year with my precious fuzzy loves. Bella’s health issues had me worried for a minute {or a million} so the sprouting of each new grey fur on her snout is cause for celebration and gratitude. I’m incredibly thankful for my family.

I’m thankful that I have a job, a roof over our heads and food to eat. I’m thankful there is peace in the land we live.

I’m thankful that I was reminded what it’s like to date someone who I am meaningfully connected to. To have a colony of butterflies in my tummy and to feel wanted and cared for. To look forward to my phone ringing or letting me know there was a message.

I’m thankful that I have friends, conversation, music and sunshine in my life. And wine.

And I’m thankful for you. For those of you who have been with us from the beginning, and those who have only joined our journey recently. Thank you for visiting. I am grateful for every time you do.

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Dear America: keep teaching your children LOVE

As part of a global family, and being one of the community of parents that spans our Earth, I can’t help but wonder in the wake of the US election:

What kind of future world do I want for my Love Bug?

I know what kind of world I don’t want her to grow up in. With every fibre of my being I know the answer to that. So, how do we make sure the future of our children is not sullied by all of the things we don’t want?

Dear America:
Keep teaching your children LOVE.
Teach them kindness.
Teach them compassion.
Teach them understanding.
Teach them friendship.
Teach them consideration.
Teach them loyalty.
Teach them their value.
Teach them about climate change.
Teach them that one person can change the world.
Teach them that they can make a difference.
Teach them hope.
Teach them the importance of community.
Teach them to be positive and to look for the silver lining.
Teach them to be curious.
Teach them to question the status quo.
Teach them they can do anything.
Teach them to be engaged.
Teach them acceptance.
Teach them gratitude.
Teach them tenacity.
Teach them to be safe. And to protect what they love.
Teach them dedication.
Teach them empathy.
Teach them grace.
Teach them that their actions have consequences.
Teach them that they matter.
Teach them dignity.
Teach them to be inclusive.
Teach them that we are all equal.
Teach them respect. For themselves and others.
Teach them that they will fall down.
Teach them how to get back up again.
Teach them conviction.
Teach them that there is no Plan B for our planet, so we all need to look after it and all of the critters we share it with. Every one of us holds this responsibility.
Teach them to speak out against wrong.
Teach them how to disagree with love and respect.
Teach them to be brave.
Teach them how to argue without fighting.
Teach them to be strong and proud being their whole self.
Teach them that they are enough.
As Hillary says: teach them that we are stronger together.
Teach them that love is LOVE.

Teach them all of these things by showing them.

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I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

{Today, more than any in recent memory, think about the truth in those words. The Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston.}

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I’m with her

As the US polls start to close on the East Coast, I hope for the sake of our American friends {and, to be honest, for the rest of us too!} that today sees history being made. What an incredible day for women this will be!

From my Instagram account earlier …



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Magical fibres

I can’t remember where I first heard this saying about dogs, but as I brushed my fuzzy loves yesterday and amassed a mountain of fur, I was reminded of it.


Lucky for me there is an abundant supply of joy and love fibres in my home!

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Essential viewing: Before the Flood

I have been waiting for this documentary to be released. Before the Flood is available to watch free of charge here from 30 October until 6 November.

From the National Geographic site:

As newly appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change, Leonardo DiCaprio embarks on the role of a lifetime. Journeying from the remote wastes of Greenland to the burning forests of Sumatra to the halls of the Vatican, DiCaprio explores climate change’s devastating impact on the planet. He uses his unprecedented access to speak with activists, scientists, and world leaders. Delving deep into the causes of the crisis and uncovering potential solutions to it.


I watched it last night. It is terrifying. Sticking our heads in the sand and thinking I can’t make a difference is no longer acceptable. Climate change is real. It will destroy our planet. There is no Plan B for our planet.

We must all take responsibility and do what we can immediately.

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Do you ever wonder if the Universe really does have your back?

It’s been a tough few days and I’ve been fighting my anxiety every step of the way. Despite every attempt not to, there has been hot stinging in my eyes as I try to fight the tears. There have been many flocks of winged creatures caged in my chest and elephants sitting on me.

It’s days like these that I can’t help but think: do you ever wonder if the Universe really does have your back?

I believe in fate.
I believe in life’s timing.
I am present.
I am grateful.
I am optimistic.
I am kind and giving.
I believe in the greater picture and that we are all where we are supposed to be at any given moment in time.

But some days – for some minutes – or some hours – I waiver ever so.

What the hell is the Universe be doing to me right now? What {more} lessons am I supposed to be learning about relationships?

Or is the Universe just having a good laugh at me:

Oh you thought that, finally, you might have a relationship
that is worthy of your time and energy?
That it would last and not just be gone in a flash? 

While standing with my feet in the dirt, connected to the earth, breathing to try to release the birds and move the elephant, I’m trying being conscious and aware and present.

But I’m not winning today. I feel paralysed, light headed and foggy. If the earth could swallow me whole I’d let it.

So I’m not winning today.

Not at all.


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There’s a little crack in my heart today

It’s been quiet around here lately. A few of you who are friends on other forms of social media know that we’ve been busy.

School has been busy. Work has taken on some more projects. And I met someone.

Having a romantic interest again after a very long stretch of time without it was a little terrifying as a concept, but in reality it was super easy. Because he was easy to talk to, easy to be with, easy to imagine tomorrow with.

Then, in the middle of a conversation, it was over.

There’s a little crack in my heart today.

There’s also a lot of static in my brain, which I’m going to try really hard to ignore.

I’m going to try not to over analyse my every move and word from the past couple of months. I’m going to try not to wonder about things I said. Things I did.

Yes, I did just repeat myself. My anxiety makes me over analyse everything. Or maybe my over analysis makes me anxious. Either way it’s how I’m wired. I pull the same things apart and look at it from a different angle to see if there’s anything I’ve missed. Anything I could or should have done differently.


I’m going to try really hard to let the Universe play out whatever plan it has, without worrying that I did something wrong. I’m going to try really hard not to cry. I’m going to try really hard to believe that the path I’m on is the path I’m meant to be on.

And I’m going to try really hard to fight my anxiety.

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