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Winter Wonder

April 17, 2016
Winter fog

I’m a summer-kind-of-girl. The clocks turning back to end daylight saving is my reminder that the season of cold is coming. I know I’m not alone, and this is in Sydney where it barely gets in the single digits! So as days at the beach become rare & the long sleeves appear it’s easy to get a bit demotivated & nostalgic for sand & salt. 

I don’t remember having the same hesitations as a child. Back then winter was a time to get the raincoat on & play in the puddles. Fun was had no matter what season. I think it’s time to update the mindset & embrace winter for what it is – cozy & an opportunity to enjoy some downtime without feeling like your missing out on the sunshine.

Recently I read a blog over at Darling which resonated with me & was on this very theme (link at bottom). Apparently there is a Danish word – Hygge – similar to cozy and according to the Danes it’s “a sense of warmth, of togetherness, of intimacy and wellbeing.” I love this! It puts a whole new spin on winter – almost makes it irresistible!

So this year instead of wishing winter be over, lets embrace it. I’m going to enjoy every moment of curling up by a fire with a hot cup of tea or glass of red wine, initiate dinner parties at home full of vibrant conversation with friends and bounce out of bed for a walk in the crisp winter air.

Are you ready to embrace winter too?

M x

http://darlingmagazine.org/why-embracing-hygge-will-radically-change-your-winter/

To Give With Love

December 2, 2015
Wrapped Christmas Presents

The season of giving is upon us! I really enjoy giving presents that will be bring my close family and friends much happiness, but this year I have a new perspective. During the year I read The Five Languages of Love after it had reappeared as a book suggestion several times. I didn’t jump into with total enthusiasm but was curious, and it has certainly made me consider my relationships differently. The five languages are:
Gifts
Quality time
Acts of service
Touch or feel
Words of affirmation Read on…

Cycle Power

November 18, 2015
Hyde Park, London, in the Fall

London and Amsterdam have been my home for the last few weeks. I’m fortunate to be enjoying a break from work and spending time catching up with friends. It’s cold, grey and wet now. When I arrived there was still the odd day of blue skies, the trees were eagerly holding on to their golden leaves and the temperature was mild. In just two weeks the trees have become almost bare, the days are much shorter and the air is crisp. Winter is setting in and the people I speak to are starting to enjoy hibernating at home a little more.

Back home in Australia, it’s warm, sunny and the days are getting longer. Summer is fast approaching and this time of year has a real buzz with people heading out more and more.

The cycle of the seasons is so important for us, along with many other cycles. A day, month or life are obvious cycles. But what about the other ones – pregnancy, relationships, work or career. So many aspects of life operate in much more subtle cycles.  Read on…