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Just a few snaps from our weekend walking in the woods then stopping off for a hot chocolate after Gracie’s swimming lesson this morning!

It wasn’t such a big deal for me turning 30, it was one of the happiest years of my life and I spent it celebrating with my love in the Hunter Valley immersed in wine tastings and fine dining.  Now I’m a bit further in, I can really feel the difference in my outlook on life and I’m enjoying this stage in my life so much more than my 20’s!

Here are some of the things I’ve learned

 

MOTHERHOOD

‘The challenge is in the change’ is what Gareth said to me when Gracie was just weeks old and I was asking him; will it get easier?!  And he was bang on the mark because one of the things I struggle with is when all of a sudden you don’t know what the hell is going on again??  Just when I think I’ve got it sorted and we’re in a good groove, Gracie goes and changes again and I have a whole new set of things to figure out!  That very same statement also helps me to remember that the harder times will also pass when things get tough.

LOVE

My mum always says that if you put each other first then you don’t need to put yourself first.  I’ve got the most loving, kind and amazing man I could ever wish for and luckily he seems to feel the same way about me as I do about him!  I think we look after each other pretty well

CELEBRATING OTHERS

I always felt like I would sound a bit patronising dishing out the compliments to others.  But I’ve come to realise that if it’s genuine then it will likely sound genuine too.   Whether it’s recognising a fellow mama who does something particularly well or a friend taking a risk and doing something new I think it’s so important to let people know if you’re proud or that you like how they do something.  When I first started this blog about 4 months ago, I was so surprised and warmed by the lovely comments and support, some from the most unlikely of people too!   Basically I have learned to spread the love – and you get back what you put out!

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ – Theodore Roosevelt

I love this quote and it always pops up in my head when negative thoughts try to creep in. I’ve learned it can be so destructive to compare especially if it means that someone else’s accomplishment makes you feel like a failure in some way.  I think comparison can be a positive thing if it means you’re inspired to do something new or want to improve in some way – or just to keep you motivated!

THE IMPORTANCE OF SKINCARE

SPF is a no brainer and not really a lesson from my 30’s but it’s something I’m already glad I was diligent about in my 20’s.  The thing I’ve learned is to really research products and get into a routine.  I often do it a lot earlier in the evening before we get comfy as it’s just the worst to be sleepy, ready for bed and have to then go do a skincare ritual with the effort it needs!  Skincare products are definitely worth investing in, as are treatments and it can be so daunting to choose which will be the best one for you.

COLLECT MEMORIES

Whilst I adore Chanel handbags, Prada sunglasses and covet a Carrie Bradshaw style shoe collection, I’ve learned that my best investment is in experiences.  I choose travel with my family, afternoon tea with my mum, a spa day with a friend or something totally new!   That’s pretty much the reason for starting this blog, to document the memories, big and small for Gracie to look back on.  It may mean I have to forego my PJs on the sofa when that’s all I feel up to in an evening or to survive on 3 hours sleep ahead of a flight alone with my toddler (that’s what happened before our Berlin trip…teething nightmares lol!).  It’s worth it for the memories we make and that’s worth more to me that any shoe or handbag!

What are your biggest learnings in life at the moment?

Happy Sunday all xx

 

 

 

 

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