20 January 2011

My blog's new look

What do you think of my blog's new look?

For 2011 I thought I'd customise my blog so it was a bit more 'me'. I couldn't find a suitable image under Blogger's background images, so drew an illustration of my daughter and I (well sort of) at the park. The illustration was done in watercolour pencils. I hope you like it.

From time to time I might post some of my illustrations and artwork on to the site, comments are very welcome. :-)

All illustrations are subject to copyright, so please don't replicate any of my illustrations without my permission. I am happy for you to link to my blog.

If you are interested in my work please feel free to contact me.

18 January 2011

Being grateful

Last month I received Oprah's Spirit e-newsletter in my Inbox, amongst some of the articles was a blurb about "A World of Gratitude" and asked the question "What are you grateful for?"

Whenever I was at the computer I tried jotting down 3 or 4 lines about what I was grateful for at that time, and saved it into a Notepad file which I stored away within my documents on my computer.

As I watch the horrific scenes and devastation caused by the Queensland floods, and now the floods in Victoria and upper NSW, I seem to think more and more about what it is I am grateful for.

It's strange how something like a natural disaster such as the Queensland floods makes you reflect on what it is that your are grateful for, when at any other time, on any ordinary other day you wouldn't give it two thoughts.

In no particular how here are some of the things I am grateful for:

I am grateful for being healthy, and for my husband and little girl who are both healthy.
I am grateful that I live in a country that has running water, electricity, sanitisation, fresh food etc.
I am grateful that I am alive and can experience beautiful things.

I am grateful for my loving, wonderful husband and beautiful little girl.
I am grateful to have a roof over my head, food in my belly and clothes on my back.
I am grateful for my relationship with my parents.
I am grateful for my hubby working hard so I can be home to raise our daughter.

I am grateful for not having family or friends who have lost their lives or houses in the floods.
I am grateful for being born in a free country.

What is it that you are grateful for?

06 January 2011

New Years Resolutions....what's yours?

Happy New Year!!

I can't believe it's 2011 already and we are up to day 6 of the new year. These past couple weeks have wizzed on by, especially with SuperDad being on holidays (which Popette and I have loved!), but it means I have been very slack and haven't done any blogging for a while....not that anyone is reading my blog, I think?

Hello!! Anybody out there!??! Please drop me a line if you are reading this, I would love to hear from you, someone, anyone?

Christmas is now a distant memory, it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. My little girl had a 35 minute sleep in the car after a big day visiting rele's and my brother and his family. She seemed to enjoy christmas, even though she nearly 'lost it' when sitting on Santa's lap for her photo....but now when she sees Santa she gets excited and says "Santa", and will point to him or show me her photo of her and Santa. I think the stroller she got from Santa went down a treat too! :-)

Of course it wouldn't be the new year without a new year's resolution or two or three....My resolutions for the year are not to worry so much about what people think, to try and live in the 'moment' and not dwell on the past or worry about the future (which will be hard as I'm a natural worrier), try to drink more water, and join a gym so I can run around with my daughter without running out of breath. :-)

Do you have any new year's resolutions? Are you good at keeping them or do you find that they fizzle out as quickly as you think of them?