Things I love: September 2016

things I love

So you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting very frequently. Sorry about that. Life has gotten busy (side note: how do other working mums find time to get anything done? Hats off to you if you are one!)

Long-term might remember that I used to do a monthly ‘reverse bucket list’ post. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one, but I thought I might do a ‘Things I love’ post instead to bring you up-to-date with where things are at in my world and give a shout out to some awesome things I’ve discovered recently:

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How to make good on your goals

Goals

The toughest thing (at least for me) about being a mum is trying to achieve my own goals. I still want to do as many things as before, but I suddenly find myself with a lot less time to achieve them. When you have a child, it’s easy to put yourself last.

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Invest in the now

Invest in the now

I have been facing a pleasant conundrum in recent weeks – for the first time ever I have got a fairly decent tax return (probably the result of not working for half the year!). There are many practical things I could put it towards – the mortgage, things for our daughter, our rainy day fund (which was seriously depleted by said maternity leave). But what I really want to do is take a family holiday to Fiji! For the three years prior to having a baby we travelled regularly, but obviously we’re not quite as free as we once were. But I love travel and have been hanging out for a holiday – it’s hard to go from two overseas trips a year to none! invest in the now

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What really happens at sleep school

sleep school

You might remember that a few short months ago my baby girl was a great sleeper and I was praising a certain book for getting her into a routine. Well I should have never been so quick to proclaim it, because once she hit 4 months old, everything fell apart. There’s an awful thing called the 4 month sleep regression that I had no idea about till it hit – in short, a baby’s sleep often gets worse for about a month at this time. Unfortunately in our case though, things never went back to normal. Previously we consistently had 1 hour naps in the morning and afternoon and a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day. I never realised how good that was until it turned into three 45 minute naps a day (and I mean, exactly 45 minutes!)

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My post-baby body journey: Check in #2

This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately... it's cold out!

This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately… it’s cold out!

Way back in February, I wrote a post on how I felt about my body since the birth of my daughter. In that post I listed 12 things I was going to do to improve both my body and my mindset about it. I even did a follow up post in April sharing my progress and promising to check in monthly. Since then? Silence. Crickets. Sorry about that.

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Book review: Get Rich Slow

get rich slow

A little while ago, I received a free copy of Get Rich Slow by Sarah Riegelhuth (not in exchange for review on this blog, just as a result of completing a survey). As regular readers know, I’m passionate about the need to take control of your own finances, which is also the basic message of this book. Unlike a lot of personal finance books, it’s about putting strategies in place to gradually grow your wealth over the long-term, as opposed to advocating get rich quick schemes. Continue reading

To my daughter on my return to work

 

tidying upv2Today I return to work after 8 months of maternity leave. I, of course, have mixed emotions. Some are positive – excitement at the opportunity to use my brain again and spend more time around adults. To be someone other than ‘mum’. But there have been tears (mine). There has been guilt and second-guessing.

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Why I’m taking a blogging break

holiday palm tree sun

I’ve preached more than once about learning to say no and not overcommitting yourself  but, like many, I’m not always good at taking my own advice.

I’ve decided to change this by taking a bit of a break from blogging. I only have one month left until my daughter starts daycare and I want to enjoy that month free from any distractions. That means a number of things, including blogging, will just need to wait for a little while.

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The supermum myth

supermum

Mummy guilt – it’s huge isn’t it? I think it’s compounded if you’re a perfectionist, like I am.

I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself – trying to be the best I can be across all aspects of my life: the best wife, friend, daughter, employee etc. Now I’m trying to be the best mother too, which I’m finding is a whole new level of perfectionism. When you literally have someone’s life depending on you, it’s easy to feel a lot of pressure.

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My post-baby body journey: Check in #1

post-baby body #1
About six weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how I felt about my body post-birth. In it, I made a list of the 12 things I’d spend the next 30 days doing. I also promised to check in with you after those 30 days and update you on how I was doing.

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