Head & Heart

Head & Heart: November 2015

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Summer. She’s here. With her sunny disposition, warm hugs and never ending supply of margaritas, my favourite season has finally come to the party and I couldn’t be more excited.

But before we pop the bubbly, let’s talk about November. The last month has been a roundabout of teasingly warm-cold weather, fun events and too many late nights. And no, not too many late nights because of the fun events – too many late nights because I’ve left too many design projects to the last minute. Not the kind of sleep I like losing.

So November was a month of highs and lows, but in the end, I think I came out on top. Here are my reflections on the month just gone.

Grateful… for family and friends that always go above and beyond in their support and love. You know who you are and I can’t thank you all enough.

Thinking… about the year that is almost over and the new year to come. 2015 has been a year for new beginnings and I’m hoping 2016 will bring some focus, consolidation and growth.

Drinking… rosé. It’s the perfect wine for this warmer weather and there are a few local wineries producing some killer rosé at the moment – Eden Road and Mount Majura are my picks for the 2015 rosé vintage.

Winning… a burger making competition. Well, technically I haven’t won yet, but that’s where you come in.

head heartHere’s the story. At the opening of Hoi Polloi, the new restaurant at Old Parliament House, I went up against 11 foodies to create a politically-inspired burger. My burger, “The Full Yard”, inspired by Bob Hawke, is a real down-to-earth Aussie burger – beef, cheddar, grilled pineapple,beetroot, caramelised onion, iceberg lettuce, mayo and tomato chilli jam on a milk bun.

As a vegetarian, I can’t try it, but apparently it was delicious because it came in the top 3 and is now on the menu until mid December. If it’s ordered more than the other two, it’ll become a permanent fixture on the menu. So if you’re into your beef burgers and want to help your girl out, head along to Hoi Polloi and try “The Full Yard”. You know want to.

Excited… for everything summer – sun-kissed skin, long warm evenings, cocktails with friends and parties on our balcony.

Counting… down the days until end of year holidays. I plan to catch up on sleep, swim in the ocean and spend quality time with family and friends. 18 days…

Originally created by Helen of Lime Tree Bower, Head & Heart is a monthly ritual where I take the time to reflect on the month that was. If you want to share, I’d love to hear from you – how did November treat you?

– Bec x

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Head & Heart: September & October 2015

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The other day someone told me that it’s less than 9 weeks until the year 2016. I honestly didn’t believe them, but I looked it up and it was true. So, here we are in November 2015 and I’ve become that person who talks about how quickly time flies. I mean, seriously, who am I?

The last two months have been super busy, but pretty damn fun too. There were weekends away, weekends at home, one pretty big roadtrip and the launch of a new business in between. Here are some of my reflections on the two months just gone, as well as a few snaps from my instagram.

Grateful… for weekends away and spontaneous holidays. Matt and I spent a week on the road, up and down the east coast. We had no plans, except thinking it would be cool if we made it to Byron. There was only one night that we almost didn’t have accommodation, but our saving grace was the tent we threw in at the last minute.

Excited… for new projects. I trained as an Angelic Reiki healer earlier in the year and last month I launched Song of Oya, my home healing studio. I’m available for healings on weekends at the moment, but you can check out my website if you’re interested in more info.

Trying… to be more organised and efficient. I’m working full-time, studying interior design at night, blogging, freelance writing and now running a small business. Lucky I like my lists.

Buying… new clothes. I cleaned out my wardrobe before we moved house and now the warmer weather is here, I have no clothes.

Thinking… there are only two months left of the year, so I better make them count. I’d love to hear your plans, what are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Originally created by Helen of Lime Tree Bower, Head & Heart is a little ritual that I like to use to reflect on the month just gone. You can join in too, by writing your own post or using #headheart on twitter or instagram.

– Bec x

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Head & Heart: August 2015

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The month of August has come and gone, and just like that, another Canberra winter is over. Spring has arrived with it’s promise of warmer days, blooming flowers and seemingly endless hay fever. I can’t wait.

But first, I want to take a moment to reflect on the month just gone. This little ritual is called Head & Heart, “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings, in the raw”. Originally created by Helen of Lime Tree Bower, feel free to join in too, if you want.

For me, August was a month of new arrivals, settling in and smashing goals. 

Grateful… for precious new additions to the family. Matt’s sister and her husband had a baby in early August and he is the most amazing little human.

Thinking… about decorating the apartment and asking the most important questions, like “where should we hang this artwork?”

Doing… the City2Surf, smashing my goal time and spending the rest of the weekend eating our way around Sydney.

Planning… a trip to Bali in July next year. I’ve booked a 7-day retreat in Ubud called The Authentic Feminine. If you’ve got any recommendations for things to do, places to see and food to eat, send them my way.

Watching… only Netflix. I’ve forgotten what free-to-air TV feels like and it’s bliss.

Excited… for the warmer weather, summer dresses and bare legs.

– Bec x

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Head & Heart: July 2015

July was a truly killer month. I marked four years as a vegetarian, took some time off work for a little staycation and spent some quality time visiting my nonna and extended family in country NSW.

In other life news (probably the biggest ever), I also became the proud new owner of a rather large debt. Yes, finally, after 18 months, the wrong coloured kitchen and one failed attempt at settlement, I’ve moved out of home and into my own little apartment with Matt. It’s amazing, busy and terrifying all at the same time.

So now we’ve arrived at August and I’m back with another ritual Head & Heart post. It’s “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings, in the raw”, originally created by Helen of Lime Tree Bower. You can join in too, if you want. It’s a good little exercise to close out a month and look forward to the next.

Grateful… for secret family recipes and time spent making biscotti with nonna.

Thinking… that I probably should have trained more for the City2Surf this weekend. I’ll let you know how that goes down when I get to the end of 14km on Sunday morning.

Excited… to be finally in our new little apartment. It might not be very big and there’s still a lot to do, but it’s ours.

Doing… a lot of packing and unpacking, cleaning and culling, and rediscovering some of my favourite things that I had packed away. Moving has been a lot like Christmas, except more work.

Learning… how to use a cordless drill. Hooray for flat pack furniture and little DIY projects!

Eating… off chopping boards and borrowed plates. Crockery is next on the shopping list.

Counting… down the days until springtime. It’s 26 sleeps, in case you were wondering.

I’ve also shared a few little pics from the month just gone. I hope that July treated you well too!

– Bec x

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Head & Heart: June 2015

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Last week, as the month of June was coming to a close, life threw me a little reminder about gratitude.

It all started a few weeks ago when I spoke to a group of young people from out of town about leadership. It was a spur of the moment thing, we were hosting them at my work and one of the speakers they had organised was a no-show. Just like that, my boss threw me in the deep end and told me to go be a role model.

A few weeks went by and on Monday morning I arrived to a gorgeous little email from one of the young women I’d spoken to. It was short, just a few lines to say thank you for some of the things I had said, but it was a pretty flippin’ good start to my week. It was also a nice little reminder of how powerful a simple “thank you” can be.

So, to cut a long story short, I’ve decided that I need more gratitude in my life and will be joining in this little monthly blogging ritual called Head & Heart.

First seen courtesy of the lovely Kate of Netherleigh, but originally created by Helen of Lime Tree Bower, Head & Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings, in the raw.” You can join in too, if you want. 

Grateful… for quiet moments at home and the winter sun. There is nothing better than when the beautiful, but eerie, morning fog lifts and the sun comes out to play.

Thinking… how is it June already? I’m hoping that taking the time to reflect each month will help slow down time. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Excited… for the big move. Soon Matt and I will have a little one bedroom apartment all to ourselves.

Doing… breakfast dates before work. Sometimes even on my own.

Learning… how to drive manual. Matt is so patient with me, maybe this month I’ll even learn how to go backwards. I mean, reverse.

Reading… back over the list of 25 things I wanted to do before I turned 25 and realising that I better get my shit together.

Watching… the final episode of the Sopranos. It took us a good 9 months to get through the whole series, but we made it and, boy, was it worth it.

Spending… all of my money on furniture and white goods, in anticipation of *fingers crossed* finally moving into the apartment I bought off the plan all the way back at the end of 2013.

Below are a few of my favourite moments from the month of June.

– Bec x

PS. What are you grateful for this month?

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