whatsupwithme

What’s up with me

whatsupwithme

Last week my most excellent Straight and Curly co-host Carly wrote a post with the same title as this one you’re reading here. Such a cool idea and, also, quite good timing. You see, there’s been a bit going on in my world since the start of last year and, till now, I haven’t felt able to share about it.

Why?

Well, as much as I admire people who are able to share about difficult times while they are in the midst of them, it’s something I find hard to do. Not because I like to pretend my life is always bright and shiny. Far from it. It’s mostly because I don’t like talking about stuff I’ve not processed yet. And I can’t process things when I’m right in the middle of them.

Anyway, I don’t know if it’s a bit of a false dawn, but after a 20-month period where the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of my life has been very challenging and stressful, I finally feel like I can breathe again.

The short story, (because the long story is boooooooring), is that after this happened, business life got to being very much ‘one thing after another’. Just as we’d catch our breath from a major challenge, another would occur. When you add in the normal challenges of everyday life, the financial and mental stresses that go with building a house, plus a couple of health scares … well, all I can say is ‘thank you’ to the universe for the fact that anxiety medication exists.

Interestingly, however, despite all that stress, uncertainty and anxiety, I’m not currently looking back on the past months with resentment or anger. And there is one big reason for that: I changed how I thought about ‘bad stuff’.

In the past, I believed if you worked hard and were a good person, then good things should happen to you.

So, when good things happened to me, I totally took them for granted. They were my due.

The bad things that happened?  I dropped into a victim mentality; one where I would rail against the universe and demand ‘Whyyyyyyy? Why is this happening to me?’.

Then, somewhere along the way I realised these two things:

1. Shit happens

There’s no reason for it. It’s not the universe (or God, or whoever) deciding you need a life lesson. Yes, we are capable of bringing stuff on ourselves. But, for the most part, challenges will arise of their own accord. Roadblocks will get thrown in our way. Tragic stuff will occur. Some people will get more than their ‘fair’ share, some will get less. There’s absolutely no rhyme or reason for any of it.

2. A happy, content life is not one where everything runs smoothly and nothing bad ever happens

For years I believed I could control life into some kind of benign ‘flatline’ state. I was quite willing to sacrifice the highest of highs in order to avoid the lowest of lows. But, no matter how hard I tried or how much of a control freak I was, I just didn’t seem to be able to avoid the ‘bad’ stuff. For years I took this to mean I wasn’t trying hard enough or being a good enough person. Now I know that a happy, content life isn’t one where nothing bad ever happens (because this skates very close to expecting life to be ‘perfect’ which, as we all know, is unrealistic). No, a happy, content life is actually one where we have the emotional resilience and fortitude to face challenges head on whilst also having enough awareness to be absurdly grateful for the good stuff.

Happily, that’s where I find myself today. Absurdly grateful for the good stuff in my life right now. And there is plenty of it.

My family is healthy, my marriage is solid, we’ve finally moved into our beautiful new house and business is busy, but not in a crushing way.

All of this has combined to gift me the most terrifying feeling of all: joy.

Why is joy terrifying?

As Dr Brene Brown has noted:

“How many of you have ever sat up and thought, ‘Wow, work’s going good, good relationship with my partner, parents seem to be doing okay. Holy crap. Something bad’s going to happen’? … You know what that is? [It’s] when we lose our tolerance for vulnerability. Joy becomes foreboding: ‘I’m scared it’s going to be taken away …’ What we do in moments of joyfulness is, we try to beat vulnerability to the punch.”

In what I think is a good sign that I’ve ‘come a long way’, I’m currently resisting that urge to beat vulnerability to the punch. (Case in point: I’m writing this post. If that isn’t inviting the universe to deliver a kick in the guts, I don’t know what is!)

Instead, I’m just sitting here enjoying the joy and not overthinking things too much.

It’s only take 39 years to get to this place but I can tell you with certainty, it’s a very nice place to be. And I know it’s going to stand me in good stead for the future, no matter what the future holds.

Anyway, that’s enough about me! I want to hear more about YOU now.

This blog is going to experience a tiny little course correction in coming months and before I get deep into that, I want to get a better feel for who I’m speaking to. So here’s a little template. I’d love you to cut and paste it into the comments below … and then fill in the blanks. (And thanks again to Carly for the idea!)

My name is ……

I live ……

I’m currently reading  ……

And listening to ……

I wish ……

I can’t wait until ……

I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. days/months/years

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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  1. My name is …… Claire

    I live in …… South Australia

    I’m currently reading …… Amy Schumer – “The girl with the lower back tattoo” (awesome book so far)

    And listening to …… A 2000’s mix!

    I wish …… I could truly be happy with myself (body image etc after 2 kids)

    I can’t wait until …… I am truly happy with myself 😛

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……4ish years!

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  2. My name is Kelly

    I live in South West Queensland

    I’m currently reading JD Robb and Business Text Books

    And listening to Podcasts – The Well, Straight and Curly, Let it Be, Richard Fiedler’s Conversations, RN Drive…

    I wish I could align work, exercise, study, parenting and caring for elderly parents so I could do them all well simultaneously

    I can’t wait until the weekend! 🙂

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for 6 months-ish?

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  3. My name is ……Jennifer Morton

    I live ……in Busselton, WA

    I’m currently reading ……Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

    And listening to ……voices in my head (even when I shouldn’t)

    I wish ……I was in Costa Rica with my BFF (she’s there on a 3-month holiday)

    I can’t wait until ……summer (I’m so cold)

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ………..3+ years (or so?? I have no idea really but a long time)

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  4. My name is ……Jodi

    I live ……Victoria

    I’m currently reading ……A manuscript from an emerging writer to give feedback on

    And listening to ……Guns n’ Roses and lots of podcasts

    I wish ……hard question, I don’t wish for much really, although I wish I had a publishing deal, but that’s more about hard work and dedication than wishing!

    I can’t wait until …… the warmer weather comes. I’m so sick of the cold and wet winter we’ve had.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. for years! Would it be 4 or 5 years?

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  5. My name is …… Anne

    I live …… inner west of Sydney

    I’m currently reading …… The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

    And listening to …… the radio

    I wish …… for little

    I can’t wait until …… dinner!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. about a year

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  6. My name is …… Cathy (Cath, Cat or Kit)

    I live …… in Wollongong NSW

    I’m currently reading …… not much

    And listening to …… many different podcasts

    I wish …… for world peace seriously but if that isn’t a possibility then kindness more kindness

    I can’t wait until …… my parents to get home from OS

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. 18mths or so

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  7. My name is …… Sally

    I live ……Country South Australia

    I’m currently reading …… 1-2-3 Magic Effective Disciplin for children 2-12

    And listening to …… lots of podcasts

    I wish ……for my efforts to create a more slow and mindful existence for our family to be successful and that we will continue to see the benefit in the changes we are making.

    I can’t wait until ……Those people in my life going through difficult times start to find some peace and direction again… it is horrible watching people you love suffer.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for about a year.

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      I hate watching people I love go through tough times. You feel so helpless. I hope they are through the worst now and on their way up Sally xx

  8. My name is …… Derick

    I live ……Las Vegas, NV – USA

    I’m currently reading ……”Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes” – William Briges, The AA Big Book and a handful of college text on history, philosophy and anthropology

    And listening to …… Christian music, Podcast on entrepreneurship, parenting advice, fitness, personal/spiritual growth, Leadership principles and personality type

    I wish ……I had the faith & deadication to build the relationships and life i desire. Departing from my current mildly focused-under performing-healthy energy life to a clear focus-Thriving-high energy life.

    I can’t wait until ……I overcome this several year old chronic upper back pain with diet, strength training and physical therapy

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for “Since you Did the TypeCoach.com INFJ siminare, when ever that was is the day I became a raving fan of yours!” days/months/years

    Favorite quotes from your post:
    A Life…it’s actually one where we have the emotional resilience to deal with challenges whilst also having enough awareness to be absurdly grateful for the good stuff. (Why? resilience to challenges+gratitude for blessing = Joy is my takeaway )

    I’m just sitting here enjoying the joy and not overthinking things too much. (Why? The day I can say this with honest is the day I am able to read the code of the movie “Matrix” main character NEO)

    It’s only take 39 years to get to this place but I can tell you with certainty, it’s a very nice place to be. (I am a 31 year old male INFJ, that desire above all to contribute to the world intentional, persistently and honestly. In such, I want to be the male version of you from the context of my life experiences, beliefs and values. I am a observer that is taking baby steps towards that goal by being a fan of your success. The day I can wholeheartedly say I a follower of you success in my daily practice will be the real win for me.)

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  9. My name is Skye.

    I live in Melbourne.

    I’m currently reading the 4 hour work week.

    And listening to the Undisclosed podcast.

    I wish I had more hours in the day.

    I can’t wait until my new business is established.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for about a year.

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  10. My name is Amanda

    I live Karratha

    I’m currently reading The Sleep Revolution by Ariana Huffington

    And listening to Rich Roll Podcast on Addictions and Let it be on Home

    I wish I paused for applause more often

    I can’t wait until tomorrow when I have no clients and can get planning after PB Event, until my next mountain bike ride, until the next PB event….!
    But really I am enjoying life every moment and have stopped saying I can’t wait until…. because I am the master planner and things will always be evolving, I’m loving steering the ship and taking on the waves no longer waiting for that perfect time!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for 1 year

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  11. My name is Cate

    I live in Brisbane

    I’m currently reading “The promise Kitchen” by peggy lampman

    And listening to “stand by me” on MAXMusic

    I wish hubby would get home, I’m starving

    I can’t wait until Christmas

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog since before her daughter was born

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  12. My name is …… Lily

    I live …… in beautiful Norfolk, UK & come from France.

    I’m currently reading …… nothing: waiting for this book to be delivered –> Making a Living While Making a Difference, Revised Edition: Conscious Careers in an Era of Independence

    And listening to …… Sia or the sound of the North sea when I can go on the coast.

    I wish …… I could find a job that is fulfilling and enables me to earn a decent salary without falling into luxury

    I can’t wait until …… I have a lil’ one of my own and carry on discover the better version of me I have been working on. She’s fantastic by the way; I have surprised myself!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. several years, maybe 3 or 4.

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      “and carry on discover the better version of me I have been working on. She’s fantastic by the way; I have surprised myself!”

      Love this Lily!

  13. My name is ……Sarah

    I live ……in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne

    I’m currently reading ……The Anxiety Book by Elisa Black

    And listening to ……#merrybiz podcast

    I wish ……anxiety and panic attacks would take a hike!

    I can’t wait until ……summer!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for bout 2 years

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  14. My name is …… Cate

    I live …… in rural NSW

    I’m currently reading …… Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler and lots of other things…

    And listening to …… music?

    I wish …… I could always remember what a beautiful place this world really is

    I can’t wait until …… I get myself sorted out to be able to be running my own business

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. a couple of years

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  15. My name is Nic (or Nicole if I’m in trouble)

    I live in Brisbane, largely in my laundry.

    I’m currently reading TV recaps because I can’t find my kindle charger…

    And listening to my “faves” playlist which contains far too many One Direction songs.

    I wish I didn’t have the killer sore throat I currently have.

    I can’t wait until my sore throat is gone

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog (on and off – because I’m hopeless) for about two years. Also I think this is the first I’ve commented xxx

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  16. My name is Ruth

    I live on the Central Coast of NSW

    I’m currently reading Amy Schumer’s The girl with the lower back tattoo (snap to the other lovely lady reading this!) and a book on Quiet Leadership

    And listening to Less Than Jake

    I wish my husband didn’t have to work so much on weekends.

    I can’t wait until we move into our new house and we can sit by our fishpond.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for 6ish months.

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  17. My name is …… Chloe

    I live …… SW Queensland country

    I’m currently reading  …… I have just finished (as in before reading this post The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante) and about to start All the Light We Cannot See

    And listening to …… The Jack Rabbit podcasts, em rusciano show, mamamia pods, woog and berry….. and the list goes on!

    I wish …… to be less constricted by debt and have more flexibility to have family holidays. My body wasn’t so injury prone and I miraculously had no pains. I wish to visit my sister overseas and most of all to have Hermione’s time traveller thingo.

    I can’t wait until …… I am debt free. And I am more financially organised.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. probably about a year. I honestly am not a big blog reader but am a podcast devourer. I always read the newsletters!

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  18. My name is ……Cathy

    I live ……in East Sussex, England

    I’m currently reading ……What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami.

    And listening to ……Irene Grandi – she’s a favourite.

    I wish ……my son wouldn’t stress about picking his A level subjects, when he hasn’t even sat his GCSE exams, plus the new school year has just started.

    I can’t wait until ……we move into our house (we’ve been renovating since late January)

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. a couple of years I think – not entirely sure…

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  19. My name is ……
    Stephanie

    I live ……
    Sydney NSW

    I’m currently reading ……
    the light on the water by Olga Lorenzo

    And listening to ……
    Christian worship music such as Hillsong

    I wish ……
    to be less bothered and obsessed about my weight. I’m currently wanting to lose another 5 kgs but if I can’t (due to under active thyroid) then I want to just be happy where I am and not jealous about others weight loss

    I can’t wait until …… my daughter finishes school next week and the HSC is done!!!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. days/months/years
    on and off about a year. ( not regularly)

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  20. My name is ……Bron

    I live ……vicariously through friends

    I’m currently reading …… The Apothecary’s Daughter by Charlotte Betts (Coo recommended it to me and it’s excellent)

    And listening to …… Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft. They remind me so much of Al and I, but kinda mixed together.

    I wish …… I was planning an overseas trip.

    I can’t wait until …… we go to Woodford.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. ever.

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  21. My name is …… Brooke

    I live …… Sydney

    I’m currently reading ……Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    And listening to ……an old Starbucks CD

    I wish …… I could figure out if it’s worth writing the story I’ve got in my head. Would anyone want to read it?

    I can’t wait until ……I get a legal job and get admitted as a lawyer.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. 2 months

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      “I wish …… I could figure out if it’s worth writing the story I’ve got in my head. Would anyone want to read it?”

      It doesn’t matter if anyone would want to read it. Just get that story out of your head! Worry about the second bit later 🙂

  22. My name is Sally.

    I live in the UK.

    I’m currently reading the very weird “Driving Big Davie” by Colin Bateman.

    And listening to an eclectic mix on a CD burned by a friend.

    I wish I was on a Greek island.

    I can’t wait until our new Vicar arrives (28 November 2016)…it’s been a very long year!!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for a number of months and look forward to it popping up in my Inbox.

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  23. My name is …… Cathy

    I live …… in West Virginia

    I’m currently reading …… Outlander

    And listening to …… Classic Rock

    I wish …… I could find a job I love

    I can’t wait until …… my son makes it through college

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. days/months/years

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  24. My name is …… Claire

    I live ……Singapore

    I’m currently reading …… Just finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara and just started The new Alain de Botton novel.

    And listening to ……podcasts especially Death Sex and Money and What Should I Read Next.

    I wish ……we knew where we would be living this time next year… Hard decisions are being made

    I can’t wait until ……the school holidays begin

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. Several years

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  25. My name is …… Jo

    I live …… Perth, WA

    I’m currently reading …… “Mum’s Not Having Chemo” by Laura Bond

    And listening to …… Podcasts (FX Medicine, Low Tox Life, Let It Be, Shiny Healthy You)

    I wish …… My mum didn’t have cancer..

    I can’t wait until …… Summer!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for…….. 2 weeks

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  26. My name is ……Marta Olson

    I live ……on Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

    I’m currently reading ……Everything by Alain de Botton (loved Status Anxiety, A Week in the Airport and News)

    And listening to ……my old favorites from the 60s

    I wish ……I could finally accept that there will ALWAYS be challenges and ups and downs and that I can’t control everything. (Loved this post…really hit home. THANK YOU.)

    I can’t wait until ……the US election (and Trump nightmare) is over. We really are better than this.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for 1 year.

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  27. My name is ……Anna

    I live ……Houston, TX, USA

    I’m currently reading …… All the amazing comments on this blog! (I can’t tear my eyes away!)

    And listening to …… Let it Be and Straight and Curly every morning or afternoon during my commute (yes, I’m THAT girl), also, Merriweather Council Podcast, Happier Podcast (by Gretchen Rubin) and sometimes She Percolates podcast with Jen Hatzung and Danielle (of Merriweather Council)

    I wish …… I could find a fulfilling job that didn’t leave me frustrated every day and could still contribute to supporting my family. ( I should probably start looking instead of just wishing)

    I can’t wait until ……This weekend when I finally have a Saturday at home (I totally relate to you on that one Kelly)

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. Honestly, today was the first day I read one of your posts but I feel like I never have time to read blogs. But as you know I’m an avid listener to your podcasts and frequent post-er on your FB group.

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  28. Kelly, firstly I wanted to say how much I love this sentence. Just brilliant!

    “…a happy, content life is actually one where we have the emotional resilience and fortitude to face challenges head on whilst also having enough awareness to be absurdly grateful for the good stuff.”

    Now…about me:

    My name is Kirsten.

    I live in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne.

    I’m currently reading “The life changing magic of not giving a f**k” by Sarah Knight.

    And listening to nothing but podcasts, including Straight & Curly, Let it Be etc.

    I wish for more confidence even though I know the magic trick is to just keep putting myself out there & each time I do it will get easier.

    I can’t wait until next April for our 15th wedding anniversary & the trip to Vietnam that we are saving for.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for about 18 months admittedly off & on.

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      Aw thank you Kirsten. It’s taken me a long while to come to that realisation. I really have thought for the longest while that ‘happiness’ = a trouble free life

  29. My name is ……Mary

    I live ……in Ballston Spa, NY USA

    I’m currently reading …… For the Love by Jen Hatmaker, Save Me by Lisa Scottoline, and Minimalist Living: Decluttering for Peace, Joy and Creativity by Genevieve Parker Hill

    And listening to ……too many podcasts to list from tiny houses to simple living to decluttering to spiritual

    I wish ……people would be kinder to one another

    I can’t wait until ……Actually I’ve been working on patience and living in the present after spending too much time looking forward to certain times/events and missing too much of the present, so now I work hard to stop myself when I start that old pattern.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. Just a short time. Only found it in the last month or two

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      Ah I too wish people would be kinder to each other. Wouldn’t the world be such a better place. Kindness is just one thing we can’t have too much of

  30. My name is Angie, but I will answer to Gnome or Gnomey.

    I live with my 2 boys in a quintessential 1980’s style home in the Nation’s Capital.

    I’m currently reading Moby Dick. (Which makes me sound all intellectual and stuff, but it’s a total fluke. I am trying to read it for the third time after not having much love for it years ago. It’s going to be sandwiched in between some pretty average paranormal chick lit on my what I read list for 2016)

    And listening to endless children’s cartoons.

    I wish I could eat as much saturated fats and sugar as I pleased without having to worry about my weight or health.

    I can’t wait until Hubby gets home from his latest FIFO rotation.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for a couple of years now that I stop and think about it… seems like only yesterday!

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  31. My name is Karen

    I live Walcha NSW

    I’m currently reading no books at the moment but I am reading Wellbeing magazine and Graziher magazine ( inspirational rural women)

    And listening to many podcasts including The Slow Home, Let it Be, Short and Curly, Happy Mama with Amy and country music on Pandora

    I wish I could keep my house tidy, my kids and husband happy and garden all day whenever I like.

    I can’t wait until the weather warms up and I can have longer days outside

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for about 18 months/years

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  32. My name is ….. Kay

    I live ….. in Perth

    I’m currently reading ….. ‘Talking to Tweenies’ (and a Jill Mansell novel)

    And listening to ….. Talk Italian (I’m learning Italian and my accent is appalling)

    I wish ….. I didn’t overthink so much

    I can’t wait until ….. Spring (it still feels like Winter and I’m so fed up of jeans and Ugg boots!)

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ….. a couple of years

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  33. My name is Rebecca

    I live in the Inner South of Melbourne, Victoria

    I’m currently reading ‘Game On’ by Bianca Chatfield & Leigh Russell. Bianca is an ex-Australian Diamonds netballer and Leigh is a high performance coach and it’s all about career development and performance management. I’m not sporty at all so I normally don’t resonate with sport analogies, but I’m really loving this as I’m currently in a very pertinent space of my career growth!

    And listening to mostly podcasts. As right now, it’s the MerryMaker Sisters (because I’m all caught up with Let It Be/ Straight & Curly!)

    I wish there was more ‘down time’ in the day to still be productive.

    I can’t wait until we can start thinking about/ booking a short break away.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for 12 months(ish??)

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  34. My name is ……Michelle

    I live ……London, UK

    I’m currently reading ……An Act of Kindness – Barbara Nadel

    And listening to ……podcasts! Slow Your Home, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Let it Be, Death, Sex and Money to name a few

    I wish ……I were better at making time for my art

    I can’t wait until ……my house refurbishment is done. We are living here while it’s being done and it’s far harder to cope with it than I thought it would be.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……just under a year.

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      After living with my Grandma during a three-day (yes, three days!) kitchen reno, I vowed never to live in a house while renovations were happpening. It’s just not fun!

  35. My name is Lindsey

    I live in Suffolk, UK

    I’m currently reading Tiny Buddha’s Guide To Loving Yourself by Lori Deschene

    And listening to BBC Radio 2 or Radio 4

    I wish I could find my real purpose and passion in life

    I can’t wait until mindfulness comes as second nature

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for just few days

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  36. My name is…… Jacqui

    I live at…… Lake Macquarie area NSW

    I’m currently reading…… Practical Perfection by Kelly (I know I sound like a suck up lol but it’s true, received it yesterday in mail) and also reading study texts.

    I am listening to….. Podcasts -Straight and Curly, The Slow Home, Let it Be and Becoming Who You Are
    Audiobook – Quiet Power, Susan Cain

    I wish……. I had more alone time to work on my life passion and purpose and to be with my own thoughts!!

    I can’t wait until…… I can find a quiet place to read.

    I have been reading Kelly’s Blog…….. for only a couple of months, I’m enjoying catching up on them all, I’m learning so much about myself, I am so grateful for that!

    Keep up the good work Kelly, but more importantly take care of yourself! Jacqui xxx

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  37. My name is Kristi

    I live in Cincinnati, Ohio

    I’m currently reading A Prayer for Owen Meany

    And listening to various Podcasts. I found the world of Podcasts within the last 12 months and I love them!

    I wish I had more energy to make healthy decisions!

    I can’t wait until . . . I don’t know. Everyday is a blessing!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for a few weeks and listening to her Podcasts for a few months now. I love both of them. Thanks!!

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      I loooooove podcasts too. I am not new to them having listened to them for years and year – but I love the variety available to us these days. Go back 6 years and when I was caught up on my favourites, I had nothing to listen to!

  38. My name is ……Jo

    I live ……On a small acreage block in the Gold Coast hinterland, where I grow veges, keep chickens, cook, and do craft.

    I’m currently reading ……Diana Gabaldon’s Brotherhood of the Blade, whilst I wait for the library to let me know that Tara Mohr’s Playing Big and Shonda Rimes Year of Yes are available.

    And listening to ……Bird and bush sounds against a background of the beautiful quiet at home, and silence on my drives to and from work.

    I wish ……That everyone would re-evaluate their lives, and be influenced to live more simply, grow some of their own food, work less, stress less, and not be so focused on money and consumerism.

    I can’t wait until ……I can wait thank you! There are things I really look forward to, like an upcoming trip to South Australia, but I want to be present, enjoy now, and not wish my life away.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for 3 years.

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      I love that you *CAN* wait Jo! I too aspire to being happy with the ‘now’ instead of always looking to the future (which is what I tend to do!)

  39. My name is ……Melinda

    I live ……on the Sunshine Coast

    I’m currently reading ……Still Alice

    And listening to …… my exercise playlist

    I wish …… that I could create more space and achieve more of what is important to me

    I can’t wait until …… I can exhale on an overseas trip next week!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. 7 days

  40. My name is …… Jessica.

    I live …… in Wollongong NSW. We’ve just had the 2 year anniversary of buying and moving into out first house, I’m so glad we still love where we live.

    I’m currently reading ……. Blog posts in feedly, mostly quilting/sewing related and I’m starting to add a few personal development type blogs to.

    And listening to …… all the music on my phone on shuffle, everything from 90s faves, current dance/pop, heavy metal and middle eastern. I just can’t decide, I feel like being surprised.

    I wish …… some of the people around me would be kinder and more understanding towards each other, I’m exhausted from being the happy smiley one (not usually me) and keeping my shield up all the time so that I don’t absorb the negativity going around, even when none of it is directed at me.

    I can’t wait until …… this time next year when I’ll be cruising the Mediterranean with my Mum for her birthday

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for ……….. Close to a year I think

  41. My name is …… Sarah

    I live …… Adelaide, South Australia

    I’m currently reading …… Thrive by Arianna Huffington and The More of Less by Joshua Becker

    And listening to …… Podcasts and sometimes ABC FM

    I wish …… my husband and I would find the courage and take the leap to cruise around Australia for how ever long and that I could convince my better half that a tiny house would be the way to go.

    I can’t wait until …… my husband is feeling like his old self again.

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for a few months. I’m a newby to the slow living movement.

  42. My name is …… Karen

    I live …… Central Coast, NSW (temporarily)

    I’m currently reading …… The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

    And listening to …… Pandora Radio – a mix of stations and Podcasts

    I wish …… I could find a consistency and routine to life. It doesn’t exist!

    I can’t wait until …… we sell our current home. We are moving back to Sydney!

    I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for 2 years (roughly)

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