Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hummingbird's Song Art.

Ok. Yes, I know. Four months. No posting. Pretty big gap, right? But hey, I've been working my butt off and setting up some little goals in my life which may just turn out to be oh-so-awesome. Well, hopefully anyway.

As I mentioned on Facebook, running has taken a backseat to painting, which is consuming my personal time. I've even set up a separate website to showcase what I'm working on- Hummingbird's Song Art. No wordy posts there, just a gallery space for anyone who is somewhat interested in what I'm creating lately. Oh what, you'd like an example? 

Hummingbird's Song on Instagram

Inks, woodland creatures and coffee... I'm in the zone, I've found my bubble of happiness and I'm not planning on leaving anytime soon. Contentment is thy middle name. Add to that the very real possibility of exhibiting in the future which is both incredibly exciting and completely nerve wracking, and it looks like I'm going to be a busy girl for the rest of the year. 

But, I should still be running too. Just need to summon up the motivation in this chilly foggy weather! Now, back to the inks... 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Your Best Days Are Ahead of You.

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You know what? When you’re a kid, the world is at your fingertips. I once taught a class of prep kids and chatted to them about what they may want to be when they grew up (all the while trying to wrangle scissors and glue and glitter and hoping they’d create something at least resembling a Kandinsky) and let me tell you, you get no shortage of career choice. Police Officer, ballerina, teacher, pilot… err... a banana (no comment, but someone needs to break it gently to that particular cherub that they maaaay need an alternative) and it triggered the memory for me that when I was young, I actually dreamt of being a children’s book illustrator.

Well, I didn’t quite get there - I decided to follow in the footsteps of my mother and become an art teacher instead. However, with people changing their careers an average of six times in their lives, at least we know we can always find courses to suit at institutions such as Open Universities Australia.

The best thing about Open Universities Australia, apart from the fact that they offer a multitude of courses in all sorts of fields online, is the incredible amount of support they provide their students. Not sure what to study? Check out some recommended study paths. You can also suggest your area of interest or dream job and they will provide the course needed for that particular career. Feeling overwhelmed? Open Universities Australia offer Smarthinking, which is free online tutoring support and preparatory units to ease you into the world of academic writing and research. Other support services include, access to HECS and FEE HELP, scholarships and student counselling. Bonus! Open Universities Australia is dedicated to helping people overcome any real or perceived barriers that they feel are in the way of their dream goal.

I often wonder if I’ll continue to be a teacher for the rest of my working life. While I currently love my tenth year of teaching secondary kids the ins and outs of photography, I definitely have other interests that I may want to pursue as a career path in the future. As Open Universities Australia states - your best days are ahead of you, and it’s reassuring to know that if I choose to study in the future, I’ll have all the support in the world to do so.

Wanna know more? Check out the website for Open Universities Australia, or find them on their Facebook Page or Twitter.

Ok, now spill. Tell me.. what’s your dream job? Can you see yourself there in the future?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Running, Pineapples and Confessions.

After having a string of 40-something degree days for the past couple of weeks, it was so refreshing to have a cool change and go running in the rain on Saturday. I did actually try to go for one the previous Saturday, but when the mercury reached 36 degrees I admitted defeat and turned it into a run/slash walk. Well, at least I still killed a few calories, right? But the rain.. it was absolutely gorgeous. So calming.. it turned me all zen-like and it was nice to simply zone out and not think about anything for a while. 

I know that due to my lack of running the past couple of months I have lost a loooot of staminia, but it was nice to know I could still smash out a 6km, and that I can build back up to a 10km over the next couple of weeks. No shin splints have emerged (bonus!) and I just enjoyed being outdoors and getting the blood pumping again. 

And now, my confession. Yes, as my reward for running I did indeed out my feet up, chill out and watch The Bachelor (helloooo trashy TV!). Oh! And plus, how awesome are my pineapple coasters? They were a present from a gorgeous friend of mine. She totally knows me well, and that pop of colour goes perfectly on my coffee table. Adore.

Ciao my lovelies. Happy Monday!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Where Did January Go?

Um, excuse me? Where did January go? 


Do you know what I feel like doing today? Bullet points. No paragraphs here people, just a few short details of the a-happenins' that have been going on in my (extremely!) full life at the moment. 

  • Helloooo full time work after four years! And a new school! And a leadership role just to throw in the mix! Can I just say right now that although I feel like I've been caught up in a tornado trying to figure out processes and classes and routines and whatnot, I love my new school. My colleagues? Awesome. Best move I could have ever made. 
  • I went for a run last week, and it was tough. It felt heavy, I was slow, and the worse thing is... that shin splints are back. Ugh. Annoying to the point where I was being woken up through the night with shin, knee and ankle pain.. but only on the right leg. Strange. However apparently there are a few things I can do to help with that, so I need to check them out.
  • HEATWAVE. Hence the lack of running, the reason my plants are wilting and the reluctance to venture outdoors. I've been trying to walk in the evening when I get a chance on the 40 degree plus days, but even at 8pm it still feels like a sauna. 
  • Coles, you have outdone yourself. Both your Lemon Meringue and Pavlova ice cream are to die for. 
  • I can't get enough of bright colours this Summer. Maxi dresses with a splash of citron, hot pink tanks and turquoise bracelets. Love it! 
  • Cue massive excitement from me that The Block and My Kitchen Rules are back on TV. Cue massive disappointment from me when I discover they're both on at the same time. 
  • My sister introduced me to Beauty Sleep by Sleep Lab sheets from Adairs and my goodness... I will never look back. These sheets actually moisturise your skin while you sleep.. totally worth every cent! 
  • One of my colleagues is right on board to train for another half marathon, which is giving me a a spark of enthusiasm to maybe go for the half in Melbourne later this year. Unfortunately Geelong in April is out of my reach due to my busy schedule, but once I get into the swing of things at work I'm sure I'll want to start training again! 
Full time work means less blogging time.. sorry my darlings. I'll check in again soon! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Focus on the Moment.

Oh, hello! Hey there! How's 2014 treating you so far?

So, I've deliberately taken a huge back seat the past month when it comes to social media, and this is the first time I've opened up a 'new post' tab in quite a while. And you know what? It's been so damn good just to focus on living in the moment, and not feeling the pressure to tweet, instagram, facebook or blog every aspect of my life. I've allowed myself to switch off and simply relax. I've powered though three books while reading on the beach, I've been paddleboarding, tried to surf (epic fail!) and had marathon TV series sessions with my beautiful sister while snacking on Ben & Jerry's Phish Food. 

I've had the most incredible time with family and friends over the holiday season, and although my time in Queensland is coming to an end (sob!) I have many wonderful things to come home to, and I'm looking forward to attacking my new job in the most zealous way in a couple of weeks. 

But oh.. Queensland.. I always feel so restored coming here. Recharged, reneregized and ready to begin a routine when I head home. The want to run has returned, and I'm totally eager to start pounding the pavement again even though I think I'll have to start my training from the beginning again.. not even sure if I'd make 5km right now! Some new running gear, a new playlist, a new goal and a new attitude. 

Here's to 2014, and good times coming our way! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Glittery Reindeer, Glass Birds and Running Goals.

Glittery reindeer, shiny metallic baubles and tiny fairy lights? Yup, I'm a sucker for the Silly Season and I always get super excited when it's time to decorate the shiz out of my little home. Although- confession- I'm a tree snob. Tinsel is a forbidden word here, and each year I alternate colour schemes. This year? Purple and silver. Adairs have absolutely gorgeous decorations and I've already added a few to our collection- think glass birds with white feathery tails and giant baubles covered in miniature daisies. Divine. 

This is the first year I've also hung Christmas lights outside, and nothing made me happier to see the delight on my Little Lion's face when they were turned on for the first time. Side note- I still can't wrap my head around the fact that we've hit December already. A new year is sneaking up stealthily and I'm already beginning to think of new running goals.. something I am sorely missing and lacking and what I'm convinced I need to find my running mojo again. I'm pretty sure I'd love to give the Geelong Half Marathon another go and I definitely want to improve my time, and this time be better prepared with some hill training! 

Happy Monday my darlings!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Perfect Snack.

Oh late Spring.. how I love you. The promise of warmer weather, the longer evenings and an abundance of one of my favourite fruits... blueberries. I can't get enough of these little suckers, especially now I'm not paying a fortune for them through the off season! 

I thought I'd share with you my favourite afternoon snack, because, you know, I can do that. Grab a tub of yoghurt- I used to be a Greek yoghurt girl but lately I can't get enough of the new rebranded Dairy Farmer's Thick & Creamy yoghurt- so damn good! I find that you don't need much of it either, especially when you throw in a handful of blueberries. 

To finish it off I add a tablespoon of chia seeds to up my Omega 3 intake, and a drizzle a teaspoon of coconut oil for an energy boost. 

Super delicious, and a perfect little light snack to keep you going through the day. What's your afternoon go-to snack? 

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