Competition Time

International Trophy  (LOC)Hello!

It is officially my Birthday! To celebrate, it is competition time!

As I said previously, during February I wanted to encourage people to get up and get involved #dontsitonthesidelines.

I wanted it to be a month of having fun, being motivated and making happy changes. I wanted it to be a month where people think more consciously about the choices they make, play with their kids more, have fun with their friends and indulge in the things that bring joy to their hearts.

I know we are already hitting the end of the month, but better late than never. I want to close the month with a competition! One lucky reader will win three prizes. Open to International readers as well.

1. A Donation of $50 (Australian Dollars) to a charity of your choice.

2. A Wild Active Wear Hoodie, sizes and colours subject to availability.

3. A Nutrimetics Travel Size Comfort cleanser, toner, day cream and night cream.

How do you enter? Easy peasy my friends. Do any or all of the following and enter using the rafflecopter below:

1. Leave a comment below on a positive change you would like to make in your life,  a positive change you have already made or something that always holds you back.

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Tweet about the giveaway.

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Simple! The competition ends 1st of March 2015! Good luck!

Jess xoxoxox

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In this Moment

20140915_111952As I lay awake in the cool night air, at the end of my girls bed, I can’t sleep.  But I am okay with that, sleep will come soon enough.  I feel at peace in the moment. Just soaking up the present. You see change is in the air, I can see it, feel it, smell it. I can almost touch it.

Right now everything is precious and as it should be. My kids are blissfully unaware of how fast life progresses and how it can hurtle you across the room or gently place you on the sand. They are naive, as they should be, but not fools. I embrace the moment, I am naive too. I don’t know what the future holds, nor do I want to in this moment. I just want to be. I just want to be in this moment.

It is amazing how time can be so fleeting,  yet in this moment time seems to be standing still. It is the middle of the night and the house is almost silent. The silence is broken up only by my kids gentle breathing. Every gentle breath can be heard. Their breathing is slow and methodical. It brings with it comfort and calmness. Their energy is so real and innocent.

Usually insomnia would frustrate me, upset me and worry me. The weariness that is coming for me the next day would haunt the moment. Not tonight. Tonight for some reason is different. I am just enjoying being in this moment. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful for this insomnia. This moment feels like what living is all about, I am present and soaking it all in.

My senses are all awakened. I am so calm and every sound has become crisper, every emotion is stronger and everything I touch is more real.

Tomorrow is a new day and with it will come busyness, catching up, running around, getting ready, preparing, doing, finishing, calming down, racing to and fro. I know I will get swept along and caught in the flow. The moments will be more fleeting and I won’t have time to even notice them.

I don’t know if I will ever have another moment like this. My head usually hits the pillow hard. Tomorrow things will have changed, even if it is only by a fraction, even if it is not even noticeable to me. One day I will look back upon this moment and realise it is gone.

But for now I am going to soak up this moment and be grateful to be alive.

Jess xoxoxox

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When the Sidelines are not an option #dontsitonthesidelines

"It's Raining Again" Supertramp 1982Hello!

I hope your week is kicking off nicely! I can’t believe we are already at Thursday! Where has the time gone!?!

As I eluded to in my last post, the weekend was quite eventful. Following on from our little race we rested at home. Then we headed out to get groceries for the week ahead. Everything went well, and despite how tired the girls were they behaved beautifully. No meltdowns. That in itself is almost miraculous for 3 little tired kids + the mall.

I packed up the car and my husband tried to start the engine. Flat. We tried to jump start it. Nope. We called the NRMA and it had to be towed.

Remarkably throughout the whole ordeal I felt very calm. I think the older I get the better I am about just not worrying about things that don’t matter. And really a broken down car is a pain (and sometimes a mega inconvenience), but nothing more. I took the kids to play at the park in the mall while we waited for the NRMA. It was an adventure (to them at least). My car is old, I know its days are numbered. I don’t want to be without a car, but there are plenty of people who are without far more.

I sort of thought being carless might have forced me onto the sidelines, but ironically it has had the opposite impact. If I want to go somewhere or get something done. I have to get moving, get active and just embrace whatever comes my way.

We happened to have quite a lot of heavy rain. I could have really complained about it, there were times when I definitely felt like it. Complaining is contagious and I really didn’t want to spend who knows how many rainy morning walks to kindy listening to complaints about the rain.

However, in general I actually quite like rain, it reminds me of being a kid. I used to love walking home from school by myself in the rain as I had an excellent excuse for playing in it. I would take. my. time.  I would look for tadpoles and frogs, splash and just enjoy the feeling of the rain.

So my kids and I embraced the weather, the circumstances, the lack of car and just enjoyed those moments. We jumped in puddles, got wet and muddy and had fun!

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We even got a little rainbow!

Ironically only a month ago I was complaining that I was finding it hard to get in enough exercise through the day. Now it is all happening! I feel like I have been walking non stop since the weekend!

Do you enjoy the rain?

Jess xoxox

 

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