Sunshine and warm winds. Flowers in bloom, lazy Sundays and crisp, perfect weather to take a walk in the sun.
But, being Melbourne it’s also full of wet and windy days and not-quite-letting-go of the warm blankets and thick socks.
But, SPRING!!! (exclamation mark totally required :D)
I’ve had an interesting week. A little tiring with some travel here and there – our weekend away last week to Red Hill was wonderful and I wish I was rich enough to own a little place there, right near the beach and always be surrounded by the hills and the vineyards and the amazing local food.
I headed straight to Sydney after plonking my bags down from Red Hill and stayed a few days in the North-Western suburbs of Parramatta where I reacquainted myself with the gym, basked in the glorious sunshine, ate way too much, indulged in room service and drank fresh juice at the breakfast buffet every morning.
This weekend is full of birthdays – my father-in-law, a friend’s 30th and also a few days ago welcoming a new baby girl to my other friends. Funnily enough, another friend-couple are due this weekend so we might even have another baby in the group.
My nightstand is getting rather full with all the books I have started as I greedily get stuck into one, and then another and then abandon them all to read what the world is up to online.
Here is what caught my eye this week:
- Spring is traditionally a time for renewal. And it feels like that more so this year. I’m slowly finding my feet but still find myself paralysed in moments of doubt. Rachael from In Spaces Between gets it right every time and in this post gives the most wonderful advice for some of the biggest challenges we face. (Also – in exciting news she has released her new FREE e-book aptly titled More Magic All The Time. It’s a fantastic read for those days when you need some inspiration)
- There’s a highly touted myth that women cannot be friends with other women. That secretly we’re out to get each other and that we wouldn’t hesitate to bring each other down. I’m not saying there aren’t women like that, but I like to think that we do have each other’s backs and can forge long-lasting, meaningful relationships. If you do struggle though, or know someone who does this post from Jezebel on “How to be friends with another Woman” might just help.
- Mothers for hire? This is the second article I’ve read in recent months about outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. Like many things, the trend has picked up and a lot of it is going unregulated. Women are often from poor families, getting into it to bring in some earnings and don’t know of their rights. It’s an interesting read of how women’s bodies and motherhood have been commoditised and it makes my heart a little sad.
- Healthy eating surprisingly brings a lot of issues to some. Some people see it as an affront to them, others can’t wrap their minds around eating only vegetables, or even think there is something wrong with you. I’ve said it before – eating choices are personal and really shouldn’t be judged. Jess from the Wellness Warrior has a great article on how to deal with food judgement.
- I’m a wishful list writer. I list out my goals, my visions and dreams and then somehow….they get swept away in the wind. This post from Brandy on throwing away your bucket list and just living life is a good one to read next time you think of those ill-fated resolutions. via Amy.
- So if you’re REALLY stuck for things to do on this weekend – here’s a hilarious post from Thought Catalog on all those things you said you would do this weekend and never did. Haha, I’m so tempted to do all of them.
What are you up to this weekend? Are you a list-maker or a meh-let’s-see-what-happens kinda person?