sunday driving


We went for a drive into the hinterland and down south today.  We used to do these drives all the time when we lived with Mum but we haven’t since we moved to our own place.  This was partly because funds have been a little bit tighter but also because we don’t have the intense desire to get out of here like we did at Mum’s hahahah.  We just love where we live so much! 

Just over the border into New South Wales

I am itching to travel and our winter snow holiday is 6 months away so I thought we could all do with a mini adventure day drive to some of our favourite places.  It will give us that taste of travel without spending much money and it is something we can all do (pup included) without too much preparation or organisation.  I love feeling like a tourist in our area.  It makes you see the place so differently and helps you enjoy it so much more.  I also love seeing it through Lennox’s eyes.  She loves going on adventures and so does out dog Kaida. 

Kaida loves to travel too!

 

The only thing is I want the house clean for when I get back!  I hate walking away from a filthy house to have a great day only to have to come back to it all at the end of the day.  It is just something I have to do.  So before I go today I am doing the dishes, will sweep the floor and hang out the washing so when I come home it is all fresh and ready to make dinner and cosy up at home in fresh sheets ready for our start to the week. It doesn’t take long to do but it feels so good to come home to! 

Knox Park, Murwillumbah

It is so important to have good places for breaks on road trips – no matter how long the drive is.  As a mum I have found this so much more important than I did before having a child.  There are so many reasons a good place to break is important but one that has a play area, toilet and shade/shelter is a must. Even if the play area is just a creek, fountain or garden with some grass is fine, as long as it is off the road a bit so you don’t have to worry that your lil one will run off into cars. 

a monument to the original lumberjacks of the area.

When going on longer road trips it is so awesome to have good places to stop and recharge or have somewhere comfortable and pretty to make and eat food and for our little girl to run off some of the energy that gets built up by sitting in the car for hours.   Today we stopped in Knox Park Murwillumbah NSW.  We have never stopped there before but we will definitely stop there again as it was huge and the gardens were beautiful, it had a huge shaded playground as well as heaps of green space and also this cool lily pond with a duck and ibis island!  We had a great little picinic under a tree near the lake – even though there are tables and chairs I like sitting on a blanket under a tree.  

lily from the pond


We drove down through to Pottsville, we were planning on going further on but then saw this spot at the creek and had to stop.  We spent all afternoon here, it was magic.  We so needed a day like this and it didn’t cost us anything but $20 petrol.  I took food and water and we just had fun! 

Pottsville, New South Wales

a massive friend we met today in the creek. glad we just met the one!

new year starts with a declutter


Further to my last post about my main goals for the year, I have a goal to declutter intensively this year – to a near minimalistic degree. I just want to live fully and simply and I know I dont need stuff to do that.  In fact I generally feel better and fresher and lighter with less stuff. 

The New Year started with 7 bags of mostly clothes, fabric, and lots of books going to charity and I have started again and have two more bags full.  I would love to throw more out but it really takes time to go through things with a toddler destroying your hard work! But bit by bit I keep pruning back our stuff.  It feels so good!! 

I like the idea that cleaning out disused things makes way for other good things to come into your life and I am all about that! Do you believe in that too? Who else feels amazing when throwing out stuff? Or am I just weird like that? hahaha ☮️

resolutions


I am someone who loves a new year, I love starting things fresh and in life things can get so filthy, murky and confusing that you can’t tell which way is up, so the new year is like a swim in crystal clear lagoon for me. I always feel optimistic and ambitious and pumped to start this fresh sparkly new year with my best foot forward. 

This year is really no different however I have experienced a few firsts this new years so my new year feels a little more fresh.  This was our first new year in our own little home and we have such great plans for this year and our home.  We would like to build a patio cover off the back, do some more painting and maybe even get the front fenced! I would also like to upgrade the aircon as the one we have is ancient!! 

For me personally it is a first (in about 20years) for me to join a gym. Yep I know, so many people have ‘get fit’ as their new years resolution but I actually joined last year but the new program starts this year and I am super keen to be a part of it.  A huge goal of mine is to fit in the clothes that I used to wear before I became pregnant.  I thought after doing some personal training and fitness programs, that I had an ok level of fitness but I am so much more unfit than I thought! It takes me about 5 days to get over an intense workout!! The first day after I can barely move hahahah but it is definitely working and I love the time I get to myself. 😁

Another main goal is to get ahead more financially but also save for our holidays and as rainy day insurance. I hope to work on my business ideas more and quit one of my jobs.  I have a mid-term goal to live overseas with the family for about a year or more – in about 4 or 5 years, so I would like to get working on an income stream that can be taken anywhere.  


So these are my main goals for the year, lets see how I go hey! Do you have any goals for the year? ☮️