All posts tagged: Fun

Eating Happiness

You know those moments when you feel so happy that you could burst? How do you fill your soul – so that pure joy radiates like a smile through your whole being? I experienced one of those soul-fulfilling moments yesterday and it reminded me how simply and easily I can fill my soul with a warm glow (if I allow it). That pure ecstatic feeling where you can simply smile at the most random of moments? Because your heart is full! Observing George (my Mr five) aka ‘Observing the magic’: The magic in his eyes, the innocence, the pure and uninterrupted joy, the energy and fulfilment without the need for anything more! The cheekiness, the candidness and the natural air of enjoyment… he has an effortless being of happiness, which radiates as a warm and loving glow all around him, which then lovingly extends to myself – I feel his magic! The laughter, THAT uninhibited laughter – you want to bottle as medicine! A medicine for when we ourselves want to exude that flamboyant zest …

What’s Your Flight Style?

Are you a talker, sleeper or ‘do-er’? I recently boarded a flight back to Sydney after a work trip. We’d had a beautiful morning at the beach before reluctantly packing to head back home… Home is inland and very much ‘beachless’. A little sad to leave the turquoise ocean behind, yet, feeling grateful for our mini break. Anyway, the point of this article is to seek ‘What’s Your Flight Style’? This may seem like a weird question, yet this thought process came to me when I boarded this particular flight back to Sydney. We slotted into our row of three and immediately did our [family] ritual… bags up or under the seat. iPad hidden so that Mr ‘four’ can be bribed to sleep before the iPad comes out, drink bottle ready, snacks within easy reach, and don’t forget the three favourite super hero figurines that must be held in gorgeous chubby toddler hands. Hubby’s usually catching flies before take off (i.e. yes, he is snoring and sound asleep – an impossibility for me). The above …

Simplify.

Can we have it all? All at the same time… All working harmoniously and simultaneously… All with equal prioritisation… All with equal attention and focus… What am I talking about? The ‘all’ refers to all the different pieces, or facets of life, (the ‘slices of cake’). Can we eat the whole cake? Should we eat the whole cake? No… I don’t believe that would be healthy for us, both literally and metaphorically. Why? If we try and cram too many pieces or facets into our everyday world, we will overindulge, we will eventually feel sick and eventually it will all come unstuck. Who struggles with balance? Work, kids, hobbies, ‘me’ time, relationship time, family time, study time, exercise, healthy eating, cooking, kids sport, extra curricular, chasing dreams, working on a project, working on yourself??? How do we get the balance right? For me it’s piece-by-piece… It’s imperfection and it’s a constant balance between learning and listening to myself, my intuition. If you feel torn between two facets of life and it leaves you feeling like …

Busy Having Fun!

I thought it was timely to take my own advice, after sharing three days of reality I knew I wanted to pick things up. In saying that, I honestly believe that whilst I shared some difficult sentiments of facing cancer, I also highlighted just how important life is and why you should make the most of it… celebrate life and enjoy life. So that’s why, my blog stops here today… I’m off to my first ever Melbourne races (Cox Plate) and I endeavour to soak it up and not worry about getting a blog up in time.  Whilst I know it would be entertaining for me to post a blog after a day of champagne, I won’t do that to you all. So today… I’m busy having fun! Happy Saturday everyone… you can see some pics of my day on Instagram (@becbraid). Bec x P.S. I have been receiving some beautiful and warm messages of support from likewise beautiful people.  I always write back to everyone, so bare with me getting back to you as I’m …

Sunny Saturday

When you drive into Coolamon, you feel welcomed. I smile and marvel at how the Coolamon shire present themselves in terms of first impressions when entering their beautiful town. Driving in through the main tree lined street, you are captured by the foreground of greenery against the background of blue skies. The tall and classic double-pendant street lighting, marks the center strip, adding character and capturing the ‘old world’, yet simultaneously integrating modern and immaculate town planning. At the end of the beautiful trees, but before you reach the New Hotel, I spot the quaint little house on my right (next to the motel)– home to the newest store in Coolamon, a giftware store named ‘Lumela’… but first it’s time for coffee. Proceeding along the main street, I make my first stop at Ajanta with my Mum in tow… we are having a girls morning. Ajanta truly is a little gem – it’s raw and it’s tangled in vintage goodness. Our date scones and coffee are served up on English Royal Dalton and Gainsborough fine …

‘Breast’ Friends

I thought I would share the special bond I share with my friend Anna, my ‘breast’ friend.  I will introduce her in my video blog below, however, I just want to highlight a few things before you get watching. Anna has had breast cancer twice and a rare mucoepidermoid carcinoma … Surviving three primary cancers and about to embark on further surgery next week, I just wanted to say, she’s pretty much Superwoman. Anna was 35 years old when first diagnosed so we have a lot in common in terms of being young with children and facing all the challenges that come with Cancer. Anna showed me that there was life after cancer in some of my darkest moments, she was my strength and my hope – we now provide that to each other.  We understand it first hand and that’s why a ‘breast friend’ is truly an amazing friendship to have – I’m very grateful. Take a look below… at my second video blog I did with Anna.  Please grab a cuppa and watch …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

HERE I talk about ‘Blog-tober’ and the challenge I set for myself with regard to Breast Cancer Awareness month this year (2016). Thirty-One  Blogs – in – Thirty-One Days I will update links below as they are published… enjoy, and share. ONE… The Shower that Saved My Life TWO… 5 Hard Truths – Part 1 THREE… Save the Box FOUR… 5 Hard Truths – Part 2 FIVE… Wiggin’ Out SIX… 5 Hard Truths – Part 3 SEVEN… Words From My Mum EIGHT… The Perfect Gift NINE… ‘Breast Friends’ TEN… Why did I get cancer? ELEVEN… Does your mind get along with your body? TWELVE… Dear Mind + Body THIRTEEN… It’s NO Pink Ribbon FOURTEEN… I’m Only Human FIFTEEN… Sunny Saturday SIXTEEN… Hair Diaries SEVENTEEN… You are NOT your cancer EIGHTEEN… The Fear NINETEEN… The Bad Days TWENTY… Facing the Fear of Death TWENTY-ONE… Breaking Point TWENTY-TWO…Busy Having Fun TWENTY-THREE… One Life – The Blog in the Media TWENTY-FOUR… What about invisible illness? TWENTY-FIVE… Time Out TWENTY-EIGHT… Go Easy on Yourself TWENTY-NINE… Simplify THIRTY… Flipagram video (see day thirty-one below) THIRTY-ONE… That’s a Wrap

‘Blog-tober’

Here I go… I’ve set myself a challenge and I’m excited… Jump on board! For those of you who don’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a survivor of young breast cancer, with an innate love to write and a will to educate – I have instigated this project to share with you:  What can you expect in ‘Blog-tober’? Whilst not everything will directly be about breast cancer – because let’s face it… breast cancer is shit and no-one wants 31 days of shit… right?! I do, however, aim to give the month of October a flavour of pink… “To see the light, you must first learn to deal with darkness” – Dan Millman “There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. And that will never change” – unknown. [Nothing quite like a dose of reality – life is certainly about accepting the good with the bad and the great with the ugly]. Your ‘taste of pink’ ‘Blog-tober’ preview: REAL and raw diary entries written …

‘One Life’ – BLOG

My Blog has a name… Hooray! When I decided to name my blog, I came up with a good A4 page full of ideas. I was trying to be clever with a ‘play on words’, whilst simultaneously trying to make it simple and easy to remember. I had names such as ‘Word Polish’, which I absolutely loved and even considered as my business name at one point prior to deciding on simplicity and having identity. Other names I toyed with were, ‘Word Spa’, ‘Word Craft’, ‘Word Society’, ‘Word Bird’ – etc – all of which I adored. However, I guess there were two reasons, which created a change of mind on the direction of branding and how I would name it.

Girl’s Weekend x

As soon as babies infiltrate the ‘girlfriend’ scene, things change! Life is no longer about hanging with your gal pals whenever you feel like it. You have to schedule this time… and if by some miracle you are all free on the same day or weekend, you nearly fall off your seat… because it’s so damn rare to suit everyone. Then, you think you’ve made plans… you’re excited, everyone is – and then a dreaded note from school or sport lands on your kitchen bench and you read it… “That date, something is on, I’m sure of it…” The penny drops… it’s a dinner with the girls or a lunch date or a day trip or SOMETHING… something that had taken about 153 group texts between four or five girls to get consensus that it was indeed happening. In fact, I’m sure everyone goes to bed dreaming about this said ‘girl time’. But… just like that, your little people in your life or a family member or something drops a bomb on you, with an …