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Solving those work nightmares

October 24, 2018

Work nightmares.  You know the ones.  Those that make you toss and turn at night.  You can’t stop your mind from going a million miles an hour.  Trying to solve problems all night long.

These dreams have been a curse for me for a long time.  A stressful case at work will keep me up all night.  So will urgent deadlines.  An early morning flight will have me dreaming about sleeping through my alarm clock and waking up to a taxi in the driveway!

Worst of all are those dreams where I’m actually making up the problems – real or not.

And in the morning, I wake up feeling tired and stressed instead of refreshed. Continue Reading…

Budgeting, lifestyle, Parenting, Renovation

Some people spend their holidays drinking cocktails …

October 12, 2018

Some people spend their holidays drinking cocktails.  I am envious.  I would love to sit by a pool in the sun drinking Pina Coladas.  It reminds me of our time in Fiji, a jug of Pina Colada, sun loungers, a two-year-old playing at our feet.

But this holidays it was not to be.  This week I’ve spent my precious annual leave sanding, cleaning, stripping wallpaper, pulling staples out of the floor, and learning to wallpaper.  This girls have been bored out of their minds, and have been fighting like crazy.  The novelty of stripping wallpaper wore off after the first weekend.

But we are building a future for our children and ourselves.  There are a lot of sacrifices we have to make, but it will all be worthwhile in a few months when the house is complete.

And at least I can say I have learned something new!

Because life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than your comfort zone [Billy Cox].

This was my first ever attempt at wallpapering (“after” photos to come):

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Master Bedroom – work in progress

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Master Bedroom – “before”

 



 

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Happy Monday!

August 19, 2018

I am the first to dread Mondays in our house.  I suffer horribly from the “Monday Blues”. But I’m done with it.  It’s not helping me or anybody else, so I’m turning over a new leaf.  Welcome to POSITIVE MONDAYS!

This week it’s back to work as normal.  I’m slowly recovering from the flu, and my brain is almost functional again.  I just got a pay rise (not sure if that is a good thing, or if it just adds to the handcuffs, but an interesting topic to explore later…).  And, if all goes to plan, we may even buy a house this week!

I wish you all a fantastic week, with whatever it is you are doing.  Remember:

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love – then make that day count!“
Steve Maraboli

Have a great week!

XX

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lifestyle, Parenting

Doing your best does not mean working yourself to breaking point

August 13, 2018
work-life balance

A friend reminded me recently that doing my best does not mean working myself to the point of a breakdown.  And I thought I had been doing quite well with this whole work-life balance thing!  Oh well.  Sometimes we are good at kidding ourselves.

Last week I made myself very ill.  It started with a cold.  I went to work.  I spread my germs around.  Then I went to Sydney for a conference.  My daughter said to me “Mummy I don’t want you to go to Australia, you don’t have to work when you are sick”.  I said I do, and her response “but not always Mummy”.  I could put this conversation down to childhood innocence and idealism.  But she was right.

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Parenting, Travel

The Beartooth Highway Photo Diary – An Amazing Journey Series

August 3, 2018
Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is a 68 mile All American Road that winds its way through Montana and Wyoming, leading its travellers to the iconic Yellowstone National Park.  At 3,337m high, there is some serious elevation – a bag of chip bursting elevation in fact!  Starting from around 1,600m in elevation, you start your climb starts in grassy meadows, travelling through switch-backs and steep zigzags, past banks of snow, and skiers blasting past your window.

The Itinerary

We flew into Billings Airport, as the closest airport we could find to Yellowstone National Park, that didn’t cost an extremely exorbitant amount (i.e. Jackson Hole).  Billings turned out to be a great place to pick up a rental, stock up the car, and find cheap accommodation.  I have to provide a recommendation here for the Hilltop Inn.  This was the cheapest hotel accommodation in our entire trip, and it provided free breakfast.  The room was huge, and to top it off there was a microwave and a fridge so we could self-cater a family dinner (with the help of a hot chicken from Walmart!).  Would love it if they didn’t use disposable plastic for EVERYTHING though, a little better for the environment if they used glasses, plates, knives, forks etc instead of the single-use plastic variety – wrapped in another layer of plastic for hygiene.

The Beartooth Highway

We had three amazing All American Roads on our bucket list for our US Trip – the Beartooth Highway, the Big Sur Coast Highway, and the Tioga Pass (technically a National Scenic Byway).  Unfortunately for us, a storm took out a key bridge on the Big Sur Coast Highway, and the snow didn’t clear from the Tioga Pass by the time we travelled through in early July – which left only the Beartooth Highway.

Even then, the Beartooth Highway was CLOSED the day before we left Billings.  Hubby was devastated, knowing the Big Sur was closed, watching the snow reports daily for the Tioga Pass, and refreshing the Beartooth Highway website hourly for updates to see if it was going to open.   In the morning when we were due to leave Billings the hotel staff gave us the good news – it was open.  For now.  Get moving… We knew we were still hours away from the start of the Highway, but we took the risk.  We were very lucky.  It was closed again the next day!

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Food, lifestyle, Parenting

What I learned from being sober

August 1, 2018

On 1 July I pledged to give up alcohol, and I signed up for Dry July to raise funds for people affected by cancer.  A month later and I’ve reached my goal, I’ve abstained from alcohol and I’ve raised $249.75 for Look Good Feel Better, to help people living with cancer.  And I’ve been surprised with what I’ve learned along the way.

Why I gave up alcohol

I had a number of reasons for giving up alcohol and signing up for Dry July.   Firstly, I was looking forward to the health benefits of not drinking for a month.  Secondly, I’ve also lost too many people I love to the hideous illness.

I lost my father to cancer over 15 years ago.  Despite his fight, he didn’t make it to my graduation.  He wasn’t there to walk me down the aisle at my wedding.  And he never got to meet his beautiful grandchildren.

Recently we also lost one of my daughter’s school friends, at eight years old.  A little girl who loved cats and princesses.  A little girl who didn’t make it to her 9th birthday.

Dry July felt like something I needed to do this year.  Something positive.

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lifestyle, Parenting

Blogging failures – when a Technophobe tries to blog!

July 27, 2018

It’s Friday and it’s time to celebrate the weekend!!  Unfortunately, I’m still doing Dry July so I won’t be seeing in the weekend with the traditional Friday night glass of wine (OK, the reality is it’s probably more like a bottle!)

I’ve been back at work this week after our beautiful holiday in Taupo.  Here’s a little snapshot (proper blog to follow shortly):

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Miss M and I exploring Taupo whilst Hubby and Miss T are off skiing without us…

I’ve also been a bit quiet on the blogging side.  But truth be told, there is a reason for that!

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lifestyle, Parenting

Parenting failures – when things don’t go to plan

July 17, 2018

If you’ve been following along you will know that it is currently school holidays in New Zealand.  If you’re new to this blog, welcome!  Anyway, it is currently school holidays, and I’ve got a week off work to spend with my girls.

It all started out great, with traditional hut making and sleepovers, and a touch of roller skating…  And that is where it started to go wrong (unbeknown to me).  Miss M was complaining of a sore wrist after a fall on the roller skating rink.  She could still move her wrist in all directions, bend her fingers, and do everything else a wrist is supposed to do.  So we decided to put an ice pad on, and give it a day or so to settle down.

A few days later and the wrist was still sore.  The X-Rays revealed a sprain.  The Doctors were a little more concerned.  And this is the result:

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(She is not in pain by the way).

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Food, lifestyle, Travel

It all starts now – an Amazing Journey series – part 2

May 12, 2018

Five years ago we re-evaluated our lives and our goals after the sudden loss of my mother in law.  We vowed to slow down and to enjoy life with our small children.  We got outside and explored.  And we travelled.  This Amazing Journey series documents our journey through Canada and the US, provides an insight on travelling with children, local destination tips and tricks, and, of course, gives an Accountant’s perspective on making the most of your holiday dollar.

The day we left New Zealand was crazy! We had been cramming everything into a short period before our departure – I’d been on the road most of the month, my mother was leaving for three months, we worked right up to the last day to maximize our annual leave – and we had to get our house ready to rent out on AirBNB while we were away. By the time we reached the airport that evening, I collapsed with the shakes. I hadn’t eaten all day and have a habit of fainting – so my husband promptly left me there to find food and something to drink. Give me half an hour, and a bit of sugar – and it’s time for the adventure to begin!

A year in the planning – it all starts now. Continue Reading…

Parenting, Travel

The Mickey Mouse guide to the value of money – saving for the dream family adventure

May 9, 2018

So we want to meet Mickey Mouse, but meeting Mickey and all his friends is not cheap. We were dreaming of an amazing family holiday – but how do we save for it?

First of all – we needed children buy in.

We started the discussion with the girls around where they wanted to go, and they each nominated two or three places in Canada and the US before voting for their favourites.

Now we had the girls “on board”, but it’s important to us that our children learn the value of money. So we started a conversation with the girls about saving money as a family. Continue Reading…

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