Everyday Small Things

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Everyday Small Things: Window shopping Wishlists & Reading

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Here are some links for some interesting reading this weekend or window shopping:

If you are new to blogging, this article can be really helpful by Michael Hyatt.

Feel like trying out a new recipe?  Try the Moroccan Chicken Tagine from The Paleo Network.  Every recipe I have tried from this website has been super quick and super duper tasty!

What to learn more about Vitamin A?  The Paleo Network had another interesting article on this topic – click here.

For another quick and easy Paleo recipe (that I’m actually going to go an cook up right now), Swiss chard with raisons, pine nuts and porkito go to this page on Nom Nom Paleo.

I’m getting into wearing natural waves in my hair more often, so this post came at just the right time from How-to-Hair Girl.

Daily Fitness Inspiration what you need?  I love Mark Raynsford’s Daily PT.

Interested in learning how to keep your body the well oiled machine it evolved to be?  Go to Mobility WOD (workout of the day) and learn how to look after each joint in your body.  Kelly posts a new 10 minute video each day so there is a huge library of information to look through if you are looking for specific treatments.

Here are the links to my Window Shopping pictures above:

1.http://www.puloma.com/en/style/classics/evening/turquoise-flat-clutch.html – have had my eye on this bag for a while now.  The website supports local French designers!!
2.http://www.toms.co.uk/kitty-tortoise/e – I really agree with Tom’s philosophy.  When it comes to glasses, for every pair you buy they do an eyesight saving operation.  A brilliant excuse for a new summer pair of sunnies!
3.http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-heritage-sewing-machine-limited-edition/p231671150 – really missing my sewing machine in Australia at the moment.  Thinking of getting a simple cheapy to satisfy my creative urge.
4.http://www.fitnessfoodie.com.au/?page_id=20 – I’m just salivating looking at this recipe!
Have a great day! xx

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Everyday Small Things: Wisdoms

Today I somehow ended up watching a video by one of my favourite bloggers Elsie from A Beautiful Mess.  She was being interviewed as an ambassador for ShapeWhatsToCome where she quoted this as the best piece of advice she had been given:

What doesn’t get done, doesn’t need to get done.

How true?!!!  I find Elsie and her sister Emma’s blog really inspirational.  They’ve created a whole business for themselves and I just love reading their lifestyle blog ABM.  They are so creative in their ‘art’ of blogging:  they produce ‘clever and enticing features’ and ‘top tip features’ that I find really addictive to read!  In fact I was a little obsessed with their website for a week or two (or three…).  Through reading about their lifestyle I have been motivated to get creative again by Making & Baking (soon to be a regular feature here), Photography & simply creating this blog!  So thanks ladies for inspiring me!  And Thanks Elsie for the tip!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

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G’day and Welcome!

I am so happy you’ve found me and my blog (Everyday Small Things – EST)!  Over the last few years I’ve felt life flit away from me – the never ending rush of deadlines and to-do lists.  But, NO MORE!  This year I am choosing to remember to STOP.  LOOK.  LISTEN (no kids we are not learning to cross the road here.. or maybe we are on some metaphorical level…?!).  I want to be aware of the small pleasures in my day that do make me happy rather than casting them to the wayside as not being significant enough as I have been.

As an Aussie living in the UK working as a secondary teacher, I have been experiencing some of the happiest, warmest, most spontaneous, darkest, loneliest, most character-building moments in my almost 30 years so far.  Two years has quickly turned into six!  And so I’ve found myself feeling deeply agitated, confused and at times folks.. unstable.

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My boyfriend and I at the London Olympics (Mens Hockey – Australia smashed South Africa boomyah) 2013.

This blog came about because although I love teaching, I’ve felt I would always move on from it… exactly to where I am still not sure  – possibly into media which has always been a dream.  And to support this transition I wanted to show that I am more ‘media-literate’ than just using an interactive whiteboard.  So I have tossed and turned on this idea for some time now… even started and deleted a number of different blogs.  But it is true what they say… the best blogs are about the things that are important to you each day… which brings me here….

What is important to me right now?  At this moment?  Well these things:  remembering that there are things each day that bring me happiness and put a smile on my face – that is the Everyday Small Things.  Somehow I’d forgotten this.  Crazy!  I am a young, educated, empowered woman.  How could I forget such a fundamental concept from my childhood?!  I thought I’d go off to the UK.. party, be an outstanding teacher, get rich, get fit, fall in love and of course save the world.  Yeah I’ve achieved a lot of this, but I hadn’t set realistic goals here, had I?!  What have I learnt?  I can’t do it all at once.  And that’s cool.  I’m fine now with needing eight hours sleep.  Of needing regular ‘KT time’.  Of not having boundless reserves of energy.  And with all that in mind I am standing here… at this junction in my life… lucky enough to be able to have the choice and ability to make change.  To be grateful.  And most of all happy.

I hope to have a number of regular features.. so stay tuned!

What’s important to you right now in your life?