Slowing down & enjoying life!


One of my New Years resolutions was healthy ways for healthy days, I was beginning to think it really wasn’t going that well. Then I was reminded how fast, dramatic and stressful life can be. However this January I have been feeling relaxed and rested. I eased my way into the New Year. January  has been a month of camping, walking, reading and relaxing with family. It has been the best way to enjoy the summer, especially when it is the long school holiday break . My slow and relaxing month of January has been good for my mental health. Also I got to try something new,  barefoot bowling  and was challenged with some bush walking at Wilson’s Promontory.   Now I need to set a SMART goal to get me back to the gym in February. I have been exploring goals for this intention of healthy ways for healthy days, and coming up with a goal and action plan.


I sat outside today on this blissful summers afternoon writing this blog post. Two birds sat on the tv aerial musically tweeting away, it seems they had so much to say. My dog Little Miss Popularity kept me company and enjoyed rolling her fluffy self in the grass. It was blissfully  relaxing sitting outside under the leafy  lipstick maple tree with a light breeze blowing past me. I think this quote by writer Henry James sums it up perfectly.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

Here is what I have been loving recently, check out these journaling resources on the web:

I am always on the look out for a good journal post or video, so leave a comment if you have one you would like to share.

Wishing you a wonderful day!



Essential oils that improve clear thinking, memory and focus.

both burning oils

How delightful it is to journal and burn some of my favourite oils in my oil burner. I love dabbling with my essential oils, and find they really do effect my mood. I tend to burn my candles more these days when journaling. However when I am doing my visual journaling I still like to get my oils out and burn them. I find that I can create a relaxing mood for my journaling.

As for the NaBloPoMo July challenge on connecting, I can honestly say this blog is not doing much connecting at all. However my other blog, Happy Suburban Chick seems to connect much more easier. The most successful post I had on it, remains the most successful post. It was called, Essential Oils That Improve Clear Thinking, Memory And Focus. It can be found at:

This was a post I research to help my own study habits at the time. I have always loved dabbling in essential oils and enjoy using them. I guess essential oils and clear thinking is something that people want to know about.

I think for a blog post to connect, it needs to be on a topic that people are interested in.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Happy Suburban Chick

Today I thought I would add another post from my old blog “Just”, although I have stop blogging on Just it is still out there in the blog world. My old blog wasn’t quiet what I wanted. It actually started out as a school project. However it served its purpose by helping me to learn a lot about learning, and technology especially computers. It also introduced me to blogging. This is one of my favourite and personally useful  posts.

I delight in using my oil burner to diffuse the lovely scent of oils throughout my house. The diffusing of essential oils can actually create a mood like relaxation, uplifting and even increasing clear thinking and memory.
Currently I enjoy using lavender which I find creates a relaxing mood, elevates stress and often helps slow me down at the end of a busy day. At other times I use a refreshing…

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Connect- Connecting With Myself And With Others #NaBloPoMo

Conect day 1

Journaling and Walking is very much about self-exploration, self-development and deep reflection. To me journaling and walking are my creative practices. They are the two things that unleash my creativity, and allow me to live more creatively and full of energy in my everyday life.

I am also about deeply delving into books and actually applying them to everyday life. Currently I am working through Julia Cameron’s book Walking In This World. I find the journaling process helps me to put the exercises into practice, to experiment and play with the exercises. It has enabled me to discover more about life and myself. It also helps me to make the changes I need so as to move towards living a beautiful life everyday.

I still feel that I am trying to find my own voice in my writing, and that my writing hasn’t quiet reached the intuitive level that I would like it to be.

This blog is very much about connecting with my self. Although I am sharing this journey on my blog, I do not feel I have made a connection with people, or that they are reading what I have to say. I often wonder if anyone reads my blog at all. I often doubt myself and think who am I to write this stuff anyway.  I keep going because it is something I feel called to do, to explore, to ramble on about.  I hope others can find tidbits of wisdom in my writing and bits that they can take away and play with in their own life, so they too can live a beautiful life.

I also would love to make connections and learn from others about their journaling process and walking practice. I value feedback, so please leave a comment.
During the month of July I will be expanding myself and writing to connect with other people out in the world. Oh it is exciting! So join me on the  NaBloPoMo -July 2015 Challenge. (Theme: Connect)

Wishing you all a wonderful day!