Journaled Thoughts ~ A Letter to My Team

Dear Team,

I just wanted to write you a letter. I’ve been working as an assistant manager for nearly a year now and I thought by now I’d have this role down pat but I’m realising that I’ve still got a lot to learn and experience. I want you to know that I still don’t know everything, that every single shift I am presented with opportunities to learn and grow. I have had to accept that it’s ok to be a beginner and you probably don’t realise how much learning and making things up I’ve done on the go.

I am still learning how to ask for help when I need it and how to face conflict and confrontation instead of running away from them. My ideas about myself are constantly challenged and I have experienced a rainbow of emotions in the last year. I’ve realised that if I can be happy and full of ‘positive’ emotion I can equally be angry and experience a variety of ‘negative’ emotions which is natural, I’m learning too that these are just emotions and that they pass.

I’m also still learning to accept that sometimes I am wrong and that it’s ok to be. Sometimes I struggle to accept feedback and advice because sometimes for me this highlights that I don’t know something and I don’t like like not knowing or sometimes even being told.

I’m learning a lot about people, their values and their why’s. Why you all want to come to work besides the money and how you want to feel. I’m learning how to work with such a large group of individuals and how to not only keep myself motivated but everyone else as well.

I am learning how to be gentle with myself and how to look after myself. I am constantly being reminded that when I’m not looking after me I can’t show up as the best version of myself.

I am learning that everything happens for a reason and that mistakes are what make us human, mine and yours and that they help us grow. I’m learning how to teach and guide and leave space for creativity and individuality.

I’m learning about perspective and how it can make the difference between a ‘good’ shift and a ‘bad’ shift and how everyone has their own ideas, thoughts and opinions.

Dear Team. I am far from having it all figured out and to be honest I probably won’t but please be patient with me as I continue finding my way through this chapter of my journey.

As a final note something I don’t say all that often is thank you. Thank you for being part of this journey with me. I am also learning to accept you are all individuals on your own journeys and we have all just happened to cross paths in this job for a reason.

With Much Love

Caitlin xx

Little Adventures



That really is one of my favourite quotes. Life is one big adventure comprising of all the little adventures and chapters in between. Adventure can be an actual adventure such as travelling overseas or to another country or it’s the little things like moving out for the first time, a new job, exploring a new coffee shop, opening yourself up to new experience, people and places.

I’ve been on a few big overseas adventures and somewhere in the middle of my last adventure I realised some of the things that keep drawing me to travel, one being breaking the repetition of the everyday. I also love to lose myself in new things and experiences, to meet new people and also to get to know myself better. I travel and adventure to explore life and what it has to offer, to step out of my comfort zone where things are new and different, while I was on this trip all of this was true. But then the trip ended and I came back to ‘reality’, everything was familiar and comfortable again and I let the day to day patterns take over

I’m familiar with this change between adventures and day to day life which is why during my last trip I also began to realise that maybe adventures don’t have to be limited to overseas travel. Maybe I can bring adventure to every week or day. So during that trip I began writing a list, a list of big and little adventures and activities, a list of mini adventures to make it feel like I’m travelling without actually going overseas. When I came home I forgot all about that list until the other day when my feet were itching so badly to travel again, to explore somewhere new. Realistically at the moment overseas isn’t quite possible which is ok because in a large way it’s the feelings of travel and adventure I’m chasing.

Which brings me back to that list I wrote. Why do we wait for adventure? Why do we think of adventure as a month long trip overseas? Why can’t we explore new places in our own home town? Why don’t we find ways at home to open our senses and step out of our comfort zones? Don’t get me wrong making a big overseas trip is pretty epic but there are so many other ways we can include a bit of adventure in our everyday.

From today I’m vowing to include a little or big adventure into each week and I’ll keep myself accountable over on Instagram. For me that might be as simple as spending a few hours exploring a part of my city I haven’t before. Maybe trying a new café or restaurant. Go indoor rock climbing with a friend (who’s up to join me?), go to a museum, spend an hour taking pretty photos. Go on a day trip or maybe spend a night somewhere, chat to strangers, be a tourist in my own backyard. Do some of the things I would do if I were travelling. I want to do these things to make the weeks count, break the everyday pattern and to enjoy all there is to experience and maybe calm the travel bug for now. It is so possible to have mini adventures and they don’t have to involve a lot of time or money just a little imagination and a sense of adventure.


The book (and movie) ‘Me Before You’ comes to mind, and if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie yet you really need to! I dog eared so many pages because of their beautiful quotes. One of my favourites though is
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
I know it’s a super cliché one but I think it’s pretty perfect. I really want to make an effort to bring adventure into my life in big or small ways and that starts now after all Life is One Big Adventure.

The Happy Collection ~ Winter

Happy Spring and September! It’s been a little while since I’ve written a Happy Collection post, February to be exact. I’ve been a little more active on the blog again these last few months and so thought I’d do a collection of things that made me happy over the winter.

Getting Creative:


At the beginning of August I made some happy little inspiration cards. One of my happy places is sitting cross legged in my room with craft supplies all around me feeling like I can completely let go and allow the creative magic to flow. I’m yet to find a purpose for the cute little cards I made but I loved the process of creating. This is something I want to include a little bit more of in my weeks.

Happy Eats:

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen in during Winter, more than I have the entire time I’ve lived in my flat. Baking in the kitchen for me has been a creative outlet and something I founds so much joy in. I have made many batches of muffins, choc chip biscuits and pancakes. None of which were particularly healthy but were tasty comfort food for winter. The muffins and biscuits I shared with family and friends which were greatly enjoyed. For someone who has never had much luck in the kitchen it was lovely to succeed at different recipes I made from scratch. There is something about baking from scratch, watching everything come together, making it with love while dancing to good music then getting to eat the results. If you’re after a tasty biscuit recipe check this one out.

Happy Reads:

I read two lovely novels over Winter

The Bee Keepers Secret by Josephine Moon and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The Bee Keepers Secret was set on the beautiful Sunshine Coast (somewhere I am very familiar with) at a gorgeous little retreat I would love to visit if it was real. The story features beautiful characters and reminds you how important family, telling the truth and bees are.

Truly Madly Guilty had me hooked from the start and is a story about life and it’s messiness at times. In terms of mystery novels Liane Moriarty’s are about as dramatic I get and really they aren’t even that dramatic.

Quotes To Inspire:


Happy Watching:

If you are looking for a little inspiration any of Prince Ea’s videos are beautiful and powerful.

Happy Songs:

This one is for dancing in your lounge room…

This one I played many many times at work before opening…

Making Me Happy:

I am so grateful for many things this Winter of 2016 has bought. One being that we were blessed with such beautiful mild weather for most of winter. I am grateful for

~ The time I spent with my family ~ My Rainbow Umbrella (read about it here) ~ Lessons on how to be gentle with myself ~ Nights to chill on the couch watching a good show ~ Spending time in mother nature ~ A beautiful new laptop ~ Lessons in gratitude (read them here) ~ Simple Joys and sweet Days (read them here) ~ Teamwork and Leadership ~ Sister Circles ~ Manifesto writing ~ Home baking ~ Snapchat stories ~Melissa Ambrosini’s Goddess Group and Goddess Group on Demand ~ All the little adventures and stories that have made up the winter of 2016.

Final Thoughts:

In some ways I feel like I was just going through the motions a fair bit of the time in Winter. Now that Spring is here I’m ready to make a more conscious effort to set some intention for my days, get creative, spend time in nature, bake more but experiment with nourishing foods. Do more things that fill my cup up and take stock of the simple joys and little things in life. I feel a few more blog posts will be written in the coming month.

Wishing you a beautiful happy spring and September.

Love Caitlin xx

Simple Joys ~ A Rainbow Umbrella


I think I might make this a little series. A little series of good things, simple joys, things that make me happy. The understated things that can make a big impact. This is my story about a rainbow beach umbrella.

Last week I went to visit my family in Noosa. The couple of days I was there visiting the weather was absolutely beautiful. For the middle of August Mother Nature was really turning it on. The weather was the kind where it was begging you to be outside by the ocean enjoying all its natural glory. I had told my two sisters that we would be leaving home at 10.15am to go on an adventure, I had no idea what we were going to do but that was part of the fun. We made a plan as we went along which involved packing books and towels, buying smoothies and heading for the beach. I had it in my mind that I wanted to find something that could provide us with a bit of shade so we could sit on the beach for as long as we wanted without getting baked, I didn’t know what this thing would be though or where I would find one.

After wandering in and out of shops I was nearly going to give up on my quest for shade until I decided to give the news agency of all places a try and I was in luck. They had four umbrellas of various colours and sizes left. When I saw that one of them was rainbow it was love at first sight. I didn’t realise at the time just how big (or how much) it was but on a slight whim I turned to my sister and said ‘yup, I’m buying it’. Pretty sure I walked out of the shop with the biggest goofiest grin on my face. Do you know how awesome a rainbow umbrella is?


At the beach my other sister said more than once the umbrella was too big (and she was possibly thinking it was a bit ridiculous) but oh my goodness, once we worked out the best way to set it up it was awesome. Sitting on the beach under that rainbow umbrella with my two sisters chatting, reading, people watching and eating lunch was such a simple, beautiful way to spend a few hours. I know it’s not always possible to just move to the beach for a day but my story isn’t about that.


Thinking about this beautiful day provides me with some lovely little reminders.

  • Sometimes when you don’t make plans life can unfold in magical ways
  • You may not know what you are looking for but when you find it you’ll know
  • Don’t worry if you look ridiculous as long as you like something that’s all that matters
  • Time spent with people you love is beautiful
  • Rainbow umbrellas bring out your inner child
  • Time in Mother nature can bring you back to the moment
  • Don’t let money stand in your way from getting something you love
  • Find and appreciate simple joys in each and every day
  • Take selfies, because why not
  • Sometimes a change in scenery is all you need
  • Doing things you find joy in with the people you love fills your cup up
  • Adventures don’t have to be big and extravagant

The little trip could be passed off as nothing all that spectacular but for the three of us I’d like to think it was a great adventure. It bought me so much joy sitting under a rainbow on the beach enjoying a beautiful day with lovely company. I’m off to the beach again this weekend and if you want to find me just look for the big rainbow umbrella.

I’ll leave you with a question. What’s one thing, person or place or combination of all three that has bought you joy in a simple and beautiful way?

Dissing a Clunky Old Laptop



So the last week I bought a new laptop, not just any new laptop but a MacBook. Something I have been dreaming about owning for years. My old laptop is starting to become a bit of a dinosaur, it doesn’t survive without constant power supply and takes ages to turn on and off. With my new beautiful laptop in hand it was so easy to dis and bag out the old dinosaur of a thing that I’ve used for about five years now. But when I get truthful I actually really like that big old thing. It served me so well for that time, allowed me to type thousands of words, make beautiful designs and quirky little videos. I am grateful for the time I had with it.

That got me thinking, that how sometimes after change we are so quick to judge and ‘bag out’ what was and has been and think how much better off we are now. Whether that be a job, a place, a relationship or a thing. Once change has come and we’ve settled into the new change we can be quick to judge what came before. It’s at this time that I think we can show a little gratitude and love towards what has been. I’m not saying we have to hold onto the old things when they no longer serve us because change can be good and some things just stop working and that’s ok.

I’ve had things (jobs, people, places) that have been in my life for many years that eventually changed, these’s changes were good and though hard at the time were for the better. However sometimes now when I think back on what was I catch myself thinking about them from a place of judgement. Thoughts like why did you stay in what wasn’t working for so long? That thing was never really good. That place was never that great. Maybe this is the inner voice still trying to help me feel good about the change, I’m not sure. But truth be told though these things in my life have all played a part in shaping who I am today, they have served me and have been important chapters in my story, so for that I’m grateful.

I’m also grateful that by letting these things go it also opens up opportunities for new chapters, people, places, jobs and things to come into your life. Which I think is the key, gratitude. That whenever you look back on something you can find the little bit of gold and good and gratitude in whatever it is you are looking back on.

So to my clunky old laptop, thank you for serving me and the good times and to my new laptop I’m looking forward to lots of creative times ahead with you, starting with this blog post.


A Happy, Sweet Day

Yesterday I had such a beautiful, happy, sweet day. It was so lovely that I wanted to write about it, for everyone to read and also for my future self. I started the day by pulling a card from Gabby Bernsteins’ deck Miricales Now. I set the intention to pull a card with a guiding theme for the day and the card I pulled was ‘I make time to recharge my battery. The world needs my energetic light.’ So beautiful and fitting, it was my day off and it’s been a month of learning and growing and moments that were a little sucky. The weather has also been cold, grey and rainy and I felt I hadn’t properly seen the sun for quite a while, I know it’s winter but I need a bit of sunshine to help fuel me sometimes. 
Over the course of the day there were 23 things (plenty of other little things) that made me happy:

  1. waking up to see blue skies
  2. making myself pancakes for breakfast
  3. chiropractic appointments
  4. being the only one in the park
  5. being in the park on a beautiful day
  6. wearing sandals and a t-shirt
  7. reading a good book in the sunshine
  8. working on a course that lights me up
  9. lunch with my nana in an outside cafe
  10. having dessert
  11. fresh juice
  12. kookaburras laughing
  13. chats with my mum
  14. chilling in my room
  15. eating a homemade muffin
  16. walking in a beautiful park
  17. reading under a jacaranda tree
  18. listening to Hamish and Andy on the radio
  19. having leftovers for dinner
  20. 23′ at 5pm in winter
  21. chats with a beautiful friend/cousin
  22. watching a trashy soap and eating chocolate
  23. going to bed with fluffy socks


You see I wanted to write about this because all of the things I’ve written on the list made me happy but they didn’t require a lot of effort or money, they we’re such simple joys that one by one recharged my batteries and filled my cup just a little more. The weather played a big part, blue skies and 23′ at 5pm, I’m lucky to live in Australia where this is a day in the middle of winter. 

One of my favourite movies is ‘About Time’, I’ve written about it before and if you haven’t seen it watch it now. (Possible spoiler alert) The quote that always gets me is: (PS he’s a time traveller)

“Tim: And so he told me his secret formula for happiness. Part one of the two part plan was that I should just get on with ordinary life, living it day by day, like anyone else.

But then came part two of Dad’s plan. He told me to live every day again almost exactly the same. The first time with all the tensions and worries that stop us noticing how sweet the world can be, but the second time noticing.

How beautiful! Yesterday was all about a simple mindset shift, I can’t travel in time and take all the suckiness out but I can choose to see how sweet the world can be and take the time to relish in the simple joys that make me happy with the day I’ve got. 

Future Caitlin remember this: when things are a little sucky and you’re struggling to remain positive remember you only live this day once, the not so great times will pass but make sure you do 1, 2 or 23 little things that help remind you how sweet the world can be. Take the time to do what makes you happy and that recharges your batteries, you can’t go running around on empty. 

So what about you? Are you letting the tensions, worries and weather stop you from appreciating how sweet the world can be. What simple joys fuel you and light you up? How can you make today happy? 

Forgetting to Play – Little Thoughts Part 1


What did I like to do when I was younger? Where would I loose time?

I’d read or scrapbook in my early teens. But going back even younger I’d play games where I used my imagination and creativity.

I’d play with my dolls for hours, be their teacher, take them on holidays, throw them parties.

I’d play with my barbies and polly pockets. Living out intricate stories where the dolls would go to school or run shops and have sleep overs.

I’d play with my brother with lego. Building big lego worlds for a family who ran a day care centre and went on holidays in a big lego truck.

I’d play with paper and pens. Writing books and stories.

I’d play with my friends and siblings. Being the teacher for bike school, fairy school, scooter school, actual school.

I’d play on my own. Imagining a job for myself where I was the host of a craft show, a secretary for events offices.

I’d play with design. Designing the interior floor layouts of houses, classrooms, fairy shops and craft shops then play out a story in those scenes.

I’d play with young children. Filming our own TV show, planning school games with them, taking them on little adventures.

I’d play with scrapbooking. Loosing myself for hours in the world of paper, photos and creating.

I’d play with my laptop. Creating videos and designing little inspiational pictures.

When I was younger I’d play. I’m not saying I’m old now but I do think that maybe I’ve forgotten the act of play. Of loosing yourself in your own imagination and just trusting your creative process. Not second guessing everything.

Back then I didn’t fear not being creative. Dreaming up worlds and ideas and making plans was fun not scary. In the imaginative games we were in control of how everything happened. There was no fear.

But now I don’t play as much. I second guess all the time if I’m really creative. The plans and ideas I dream up don’t seem like good ideas or justifiable. I let fear take over and let it keep saying ‘What if?’. But it’s not what if something magical happens it’s what if something bad happens.

Sometimes I get in the flow things start happening and I start creating and dreaming and getting carried along a beautiful ride and then all it takes is a pause. A pause in the thoughts and the moment where a single fleating thought or feeling can pass and be gone but in it’s path leaves the thoughts of the mean girl again. The thoughts that say I’m not left handed so I can’t be creative, I’m not trained properly, my art doesn’t look like others I work in hospitality, you’re not a writer. What are you doing? You’re not creative? Things might go wrong.

I read a book the other day by a beautiful Irish author. The last paragraph of the book was a quote about thoughts and moments. How thoughts are fleeting and a lot can happen in a moment, it was beautiful and perfect.

I feel as though I’m reaching a point where I want to play again. I want to create and I want to let go of those what if’s and doubts because playing and creating is what lights me up and fuels my passions.

How do I plan on doing this? I don’t know, well I don’t know logically. But if I pause and allow myself to feel what I need to be doing I know it’s just to release all inhabitions and do it. Let myself explore and create with child like wonder, play and allow the magic to happen. 

I need to remember again that I’m a beautiful being with a light that can’t be dimmed and a love for play and creating, dreaming and imagining, wherever and whatever that takes me. I find joy in the little things that make me happy and that in turn helps the world.

I feel there’s more to this story, how teaching/leading seems to be a common theme, the need to create, and how I sometimes forget to do my own thing instead of what everyone else is doing, little stories that I feel like sharing.

I think I stopped playing as much somewhere along the way which has changed how I think about creating. Too much listening to what others have to say. Too much observing what others do and what they create and how they live life. That’s their story and I have to live mine. There’s freedom in that.

I am free to play and create.

Much love



PS Just after I presse publish on this I saw the most fitting quote shared on Instagram by Susana Frioni “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.”

A little love for Ireland

Happy St Patrick’s Day. I have to admit I have a little thing for Ireland and the Irish. I’d always been a little curious about Ireland then May last year (2015) I spent four beautiful weeks exploring the gorgeous Emerald Isle and it’s fair enough to say I’m a little in love. I wanted to share a little collection of Irish wisdom, thoughts and inspiration and he little things I love about Ireland in celebration of St Patrick’s day.

Irish Sayings and Words

My name is Irish, Caitlin meaning Pure.

One of my favourite Irish sayings (of which there’s many)
‘A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.’
Oh how I agree with that. I had a couple of big days last week which resulted in me feeling rather run down, and not in the best frame of mind before I went to sleep. I knew I had to do something about this, if I went to bed grumpy I was most likely going to wake up grumpy. So late at night I found some videos (of an Irish Comedian) that actually made me laugh out loud and have a really good chuckle. And you know what? I went to bed feeling a lot happier and had a great sleep and woke up feeling great.

‘Thanks a million’, was something I heard quite a bit while exploring Ireland, to me it’s such a beautiful thing to say (the Irish accent helps). To me it’s a little reminder to be grateful for the little and big things in your life and to express gratitude to the people in your life.

The Irish are great at having some Craic (pronounced crack), good old fun. I’m not much of a pub or club person but I did venture into a couple of pubs in Ireland that were full of people having a great time with good food, good drink and great music. So remember to have some fun, enjoy life.



Leprechauns, Fairies and Irish Folk Lore

In Dublin I was so excited to visit a leprechaun museum. We were told fairy tales and Irish folk lore, got in touch with our inner child and allowed ourselves to believe in magic. On many of my little tours we were told about Irish Folk lore, the fairy people and the mischievous leprechauns. I was definitely reminded to stay in touch with my inner child and remember to believe in magic.

Irish Authors

I’ve got to say there’s something about a good novel written by an Irish Author. At the moment I’m loving Cecelia Ahern’s novels (the author of PS I Love You). Her books have left me wanting to visit Dublin and Ireland again and feeling more than a little inspired.

“And then one good thing happened that day, the first good thing, the only good thing, but sometimes you only ever need one good thing.”
― Cecelia Ahern, One Hundred Names

“Every single ordinary person has an extraordinary story.”
― Cecelia Ahern, One Hundred Names

“Life is a series of moments and moments are always changing, just like thoughts, negative and positive. And though it may be human nature to dwell, like many natural things, it’s senseless. Senseless to allow a single thought to inhabit a mind because thoughts are like guests or fair-weathered friends. As soon as they arrive they can leave, and even the ones that take a long time to emerge fully can disappear in an instant. Moments are precious, sometimes they linger and other times they’re fleeting and yet so much could be done in them; you can change a mind, you could save a life, you could even fall in love.”
– Cecelia Ahern, How to Fall in Love


Good Tunes

It’s fair to say Ireland has their fair share of good music. I’ve always loved The Chorrs, Ronan Keating, Hozier and even U2’s song Beautiful Day.

So why not don some green, put on some Irish inspired music and have some Craic. Fall in love with a good novel and dream of an Emerald Isle…

Gentle Days with Less Busy

Last week I was visiting my family and one particular day myself and my youngest sister were having a rather ‘Lazy’ day. It was rainy and we were watching episodes of our favourite childhood show back to back while playing on our laptops designing and pinteresting away. At one point I thought I should be doing something else, I need to be doing something, going places, ticking things off a list (which I didn’t have). I was then  scrolling through Instagram and saw a quote “Does it get much better than this?”. That made me stop. Yeah I could have been playing at the beach, traveling, going to coffee or some other extravagant activity but I wasn’t and for where I was right then, with the company and what we were doing I was in my absolute element and it felt like it couldn’t get much better than that.

The same has happened the last two days for me, I’ve scored three days off in a row (which for me only happens occasionally) with nothing specific planned. I’ve just been taking each moment as it comes and at one point I caught myself thinking again shouldn’t I be doing something more? Shouldn’t I be making a big list of things to be done. When I get honest with myself though and pushed that mean girl thought aside I realise there’s actually nothing else I’d rather be doing in this moment. That I’m quite happy reading a little, baking, designing pretty things.

This has had me thinking about expectations, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), not being present, feeling guilt over being ‘lazy’ and striving for busy. I’ve been placing expectations on myself that I need to constantly be busy, doing something, working on something, going somewhere. I also don’t want to miss out on things I think I should be doing. I feel that regardless of the fact I work a 40 hour week and often have days off with multiple appointments etc on I still feel lazy if I’m not ticking jobs off a list. All this keeps me from being in the present moment and stops me from enjoying beautiful gentle days doing the little things I love. Less is sometimes more.

So next time I feel myself falling into this pattern again I’m going to stop and ask

Am I wearing busy as a badge? 

How can I embrace the gentle days and feel a little more present?

How can I do less but with more focus?

Am I fully appreciating the company of another beautiful soul?

Am I taking time to do the little things that make me happy?

Have I stopped to stare at the sky for a while?

Have I savored my beautiful meal?

Have I done something to fill my cup up?

I’ll also remind myslef it’s ok if I don’t do big tasks and things today but instead did lots of little gentle things adding up to a lovely day.

The Happy Collection : February

Full to the brim

Hey There You 🙂

How was your February? What did you do to make it a happy month? Did you take time to do things for you?

I’ve got to say February is one of my favourite months. To begin with it’s my birthday month, yay 🙂 . Being in the southern hemisphere February is the last official month of summer, which means the weather is still nice and warm, the days are still long and early mornings and late afternoons are glorious. Where January is where you do all the planning, dreaming and feeling into a new year, February for me is the month of making things happen.

On Make Today Happy I was doing a little semi monthly review where I’d share things I was loving from the month that had passed. I haven’t done one for a little while now but I’m back for February sharing a slightly refreshed version, The Happy Collection. This is going to be a collection of Happy little things you can come back to during the next month if you feel like a little happy boost. So here’s the things that made me happy in February.

Getting Creative:

I rediscovered how much I need to find creative outlets in order to fill up my cup. It wasn’t like I hadn’t been doing anything creative at all because I had, I was writing on here, colouring in and taking pics for Instagram but nothing I lost huge amounts of time doing. That was until I opened up my Adobe creative programs and lost myself for quite a while just playing around designi things. Stay tuned for some happy little pri tables I’ve created. Another little craft I spent an afternoon doing was creating happy rocks, I’m going to be doing a blog post on them too so stay tuned for that.

The whole process of loosing myself in creativity made me realise the mean girl chatter that had stopped me from creating in the first place. The voice that was saying I’m not creative, imaginative or good enough to design and make. Well I say stuff that, it makes me happy so I’m just going to do it anyway. Let me ask you, how often do you create, play and imagine? What do you like doing? What’s a creative hobby you’ve let slip? How can you be more creative in March?

Food to Nourish:

I saw Lola Berry speak at the 2015 Utopia Women’s Wellness event, prior to that I’d only heard of her a little. Hearing her speak that day you couldn’t help but smile and be inspired about living a happy and nourishing life style. Since then I bought one of her cookbooks and received another two for my birthday. Of all the cookbooks I own, I’ve made the most recipes out of the Lola Berry ones. The recipes are tasty, allow for adaptation and seem to work (my poor oven causes a bit of a problem). My favourite from February was for a Banana/Raspberry loaf, yummo. Grab her book or search for Banana loaf recipes to make today.

Happy Reads:

I’ve been loving Melissa Ambrosini’s book – Mastering Your Mean Girl, I’m about half way through and loving every bit of it. I also loved these reads from some lovely bloggers. On Valentines day the lovely ladies at Violet Gray ran their second instagram flash mob #imperfectlymevg This was the second year I took part in the flash mob which encourages ladies to share an authentic and real photo of themselves and talk about the ways in which their imperfections make them perfect. I loved reading everyone’s beautiful captions and I particularly loved this post by Erin at In Our Stillness.

Quotes To Inspire:

“You are a beautiful, talented and brilliant human. Don’t you forget it.”

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know”

Happy Watching:

For a bit of a laugh I went to the movies to see ‘How to Be Single’ on my own. There were plenty of laughs but also a nice little reminder that it’s ok to be single, you have to learn how to be you on your own before that changes. I’ve also been enjoying the Soulpancake series 1-100, sweet little videos to bring a little happiness to your day.

Music to make you Smile:

A song to chill to (really been loving this one):

A song for dancing in your lounge room to:

Well lovely, that’s a wrap on February. I have to say February presented plenty of opportunities for me to practice filling my cup up, taking time for the things I love and returning to love. March is going to be about Shining, shining bright by nourishing and caring for me and showing what I’m made of.

Love Caitlin xx