10 Things You May Not Know About Me

I have been living with myself for 49 years, but golly gosh it is hard to come up with 10 things that you don’t know about me!

There is nothing like a blogging challenge to help get you thinking. Day 1 of Flourish Online’s Challenge is to introduce ourselves to all the participants so we can all get to know each other better!

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Blog post creation requires the assistance of one of my loves – coffee.

1. Beautiful Brisbane has been my home for 26 years, but I was born in Melbourne. From the tender age of 9, my backyard transformed from a standard block to hotel resorts. My father was in hotel management so we lived overseas in the hotels he managed. Tropical paradise, beaches, hotel food and house maids became the norm for me. Pretty awesome childhood!

2. The only downside to this fabulousness was that it took me 13 different schools to finish Year 12. I even went to 3 different schools in one year. That was tough, but I survived and still have some amazing friends from those stops along the road.

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 One of my backyards……The Westin Fiji!

3.  I was married for 8 years before I finally had children…..why?…..because I spent 13 years as a high flying Corporate Travel Consultant and putting that passport away was not an easy thing to do. I worked incredibly long hours but in return got to experience amazing destinations. Who would not want to fly to London to have dinner with their brother, or take corporate secretaries to Auckland for just for the day? Two miscarriages before we were blessed with Miss WW (18) also played a part in that.

4.  I am incredibly lucky that both of my parents are still alive and well. The built a beautiful home on the Sunshine Coast so I have a permanent ‘holiday’ home close to the beach, which is my absolute happy place.

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Yep, that’s how good it is!

5. I am a modern mumma who loves the conveniences of modern life, but blends it happily with ancient healing tools. There are crystals on my bedside table, pure essential oils burning away regularly, a vision board on the wall and Feng Shui placements in all area’s of my home.

6. I have written and published my first book – How To Unlock Your Child’s Super Powers! – A powerful guide to help your child be the best they can be and create an extraordinary life. I have learned the hard way that what you focus on is what you get. If children were taught at school to harness the power of their mind and focus on what they want not what they don’t have, the world is their oyster. I never went to university and nor did my ex. Miss WW (18) has just completed her first semester at Uni on the long path to becoming a Neurosurgeon and my other Miss WW (almost 15) is cruising merrily through life and school as she decides her path. I have taught my girls to follow their dreams, not follow my path or anyone else’s.

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7. I have only just caught up with the rest of the world and watched Game Of Thrones! Yeah I know, bit slow, but it was fun watching multiple episodes in one sitting.

8. My most favourite food in the whole wide world is Marzipan. My German heritage is totally to blame for this addiction. My saving grace is that the only place I can buy it is Aldi and I don’t get there often.

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Yum!

9. My favourite affirmation at the moment is – “I accept and allow abundance in to all areas of my life today

10.  My current reading pile includes 3 magazines, ‘Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journaling’ and ‘You Can Create An Exceptional Life’. I adore books, magazines and reading. It is my one true way of relaxing that I try to find time for everyday.

What is your most favourite way to relax?

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2012 – Healing and Happenings!

As the world is meant to end today, NOT, it does feel like a good day to share the year that has been!

Two more shifts at work, and I have some glorious days off, getting to spend some time with my amazing family at the beach, I am so looking forward to wining, dining, and a swim in the surf, bring it on!

2011 was one of the toughest years of my life, and I was so looking forward to it being over, and praying that 2012 would see me move forward and stop living in the pain of the past. In February ’11, I became a single parent, 23 years of marriage OVER! My year was full of pain, anger, and fear. I didn’t think I could survive, but thankfully I was born very tough, and even though I still have lapses of anguish, I have many more hours of calm and peace……healing is definately happening, THANK YOU!

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2012 started with a bang, our January’s usually are like this, no sooner is the festive season over, we laugh in to party mode with my birthday on the 16th and my eldest Miss WW turned sweet 16 on the 27th. A few days later with a Learners Permit in hand, she is learning to drive!

My other daughter had one of her best friends from Korea come and stay with us for two weeks, and I started a new 2nd job, as I have to keep this family afloat, and it has made a huge difference to the financial situtation at WW HQ, so that instead of burying my head in bills sand I was actually able to take control, get things organised, and keep the wolves from the door.

The start of the school year, saw my ‘baby’ take the giant leap into High School. As we only live a few minutes walk away from a big public High School, I enrolled her there, but all the time so concerned that she would get involved with the ‘wrong’ type of kids, or have to face the offer of drugs and goodness knows what else. Fortunately she took to HS like a duck to water, has made the most wonderful new friends who all come from famlies that have very similiar ideals on what is appropriate for girls this age, and to my relief she got through her first year, without a single issue, and brought home lovely report cards, one very happy mum!

Miss 16, is blessed with a wonderful mind and goes to an amazing school for ‘clever’ kids. She works her butt off, but acheives superb results and is heading in to her final year of High School before heading into the big wide world of University to start on her path to becoming a Neuro Surgeon. Very proud of my girls efforts!

As the weather cools, my ‘baby’ became a teenager and had a beautiful ‘Night In Paris’ party with all of her friends. and the world of Physie starts to heat up. Both of my girls are ‘Physie’ girls, a unique Australian culture of precision dance. Our big physie family is awesome, and provides the girls with a great way to keep fit and strong. Miss 13 does it for the fun, but Miss 16 is does it to win! Interclub competitions start the process of competing that culminates in Champion Girl Comp, States and if all goes well, NATIONALS! Miss brains transforms into a real life Barbie

Miss 16 had a great year, and we got to have two trips to Sydney for Nationals qualifying and then she made it into her first Nationals at the Opera House. What an amazing experience for both of us.

Working two jobs doesn’t leave me a lot of spare time, and whilst I have not yet ventured on to the dating floor (yet), I did decide that I needed to expand my social network as all of my wonderful friends are married and even though I still spend time with them enjoying their company, I needed to meet some other people who are in the same boat as me. I discovered with wonderful service called Meetup, a magical on-line invention that lets you start or simply participate in get togethers with people who have similar likes to your own. I have joined coffee groups, dining groups and more. When time allows between work and being executive chauffeur for my girls, I have discovered some wonderful places in Brisbane that I would have never ventured to on my own. Love it!

I did manage quite a few blog posts, got my second e-book  published, and have hatched plans for many more. My aim for 2013 is making more time for me, and my dreams. Lot’s of hard work this year has help to re-build my confidence, I am learning to let go of the past and simply focus on the future and where I want to be. Plenty of miles to still cover, but I am definately getting there!

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Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year, to all the wonderful bloggers linking up at With Some Grace today.

I HOPE ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!!!!!!!