A Weekend For ThanksGiving!

I'm a big believer in being grateful. One of the best weapons against dark thoughts is to focus on all the blessings we have in our lives. Despite being an Australian, I've even hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the sheer thrill of being able to get together with the people I care about and have a gratitude party. I've been thinking about the things I'm most happy for in my life, and yes there's the usual, family, friends, pets and clean hair, but I wanted to get past those (even though they are very important) and focus on some of the luxuries I'm grateful for.

Top Ten Things I'm Grateful For 2015, in no particular order:

In the spirit of thankfulness and sharing the love. 
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Share in the comments what you are thankful for, and have a blessed day.

I know what I'm doing—Sortof

I've mastered this 'looking like I know what I'm doing' thing. Today is Little Miss' first day of school. She took the teachers hand and went into the school room without a second glance at her mother, who was holding in the tears like a champion—if I do say so myself. I'm missing her sweet presence in the house, man it's quiet.

Right now I'm sitting at my desk editing Drift, the third book in my Silver Tides Series. This is how I look:

Not bad, huh. I look pretty organized except for hubbies clothes strewn all over the guest bed (I should probably do something about that ... tomorrow).

But here's the thing, I'm not wearing any pants. Before you freak out and log off, hear me out. It's a 100% humidity here and no one is home, so no one will be glancing my magnificent thunder thighs. If I hadn't told you about no-pants Wednesday then you would be none the wiser.

Often when we meet people we just see the polished snap shot of their lives. There might be a few stray things, but we don't know what's really going on unless they tell us. The most happy, talented individuals may be struggling with depression, addiction, abuse, low-selfesteem or a myriad of other things that we have no idea about. So as you go about life be kind and be honest. Don't be afraid to get past the snap shot and find deeper relationships.

This Facebook life has us all editing our lives to show off the good stuff and minimise the bad, but life is a mixture of everything. So let's do life together honestly and with grace. Let's eat cake first. Dance in the rain. Cry at life. Let's jog, and eat, and play, and laugh, and live. Let's really live. Let's cry at life transitions and celebrate the milestones. Let's live, because existing is not enough.

Speaking of celebrating, I'm going to buy cake to celebrate Little Miss' first day at school.

Blessings to you

BRING ON 2015!

It's that time of year where I get philosophical about life. There's something nostalgic about the end of a year. It might be the tide of well wishers on Facebook, or the smart-alec emails people send.
There have been a few posts of disappointment regarding not having met financial or waistline goals during 2014.

Let me be Suzi Downer for a moment and confess that most New Years Eves have been doused in disappointment, add a dash or boredom, and a pinch of crazy and you've got a swinging-pity-party on your hands. It's been so bad the last few years I haven't even written New Years resolutions, my only hope being that the following year would not suck as bad as the previous one.

This New Years Eve? Well, it's two hours from midnight and I'm trying to convince my little brother to watch 21 Jump Street with me. That might seem pretty terrible, but it's ok. In fact life is pretty great. Is it better than last year? I honestly don't know, but I do have a better attitude about it. How I think about things makes all the difference.

I'm writing New Years resolutions this year. My first resolution is to look for the positive in every situation. I want to enjoy my daughter's smile, play more, worry less, be more grateful and less whiney.
To steal a line from Augustus Waters (The Fault In Our Stars by John Green), "It's a good life." It really is a good life. I want to appreciate it, how about you?

Here is my spin on the meme I've been seeing online. Can you relate?