OG Aria, with a side of pondering...
After we’d taken our seats for dinner, I turned to the top table and just took the image of these two in. In a day full of moments, I found myself in one. I reflected on the thousands of photos I have taken of them over the past 27 years. In that moment and in the many others that day, I was taking in precious memories of gratitude, friendship and love #meredithandbraedengotmarried
Happy Mothers’ Day to the one who first made me a mother, and now a grand mother. I am in awe of your calm and relaxed approach to parenting, and I could not be prouder of you 💕 #mothersday #aeweekinthelife
I came home early from my volunteer gig. As a seasoned volunteer I felt that we were under-utilized, and given the fact that organisation is my crack, I was pretty disappointed. I found plenty to do and I’m sure festival-goers had a great day, but it sticks in my craw. Back home the girls and I watched Drag Race while Mikaela dyed my hair. @silkyganache
, I know that you’re living in a reality tv bubble, but you did NOT win that lip-sync and @oddlyyvie
certainly does not deserve your unkind words. I hope you take some time this week to bring some humility into your practice. #aeweekinthelife #dragrace
Today’s focus is celebrating. This guy has been making my breakfast for as long as I can remember. We’re not the get up and get out of the house early kinda weekend people. We’re more like the hope for a sleep-in and lie in bed for as long as we can until a headache or hunger pangs drive us out of bed people. We enjoy a cooked breakfast and listen to Kim Hill on National Radio before we do our own thing in our respective hobby spaces. Right now he’s changing a tyre on my car, then he’s dropping me off at a volunteer gig I have today ❤️ #aeweekinthelife
Yoga was great. I worked hard and was connected to the movements. I was breathing heavily after many of the tracks, and hardly anything hurt. Winning!!! #aeweekinthelife
Today’s class was definitely a high It was one where you realize half way through, that “hey, I’m having a really good time and not much is actually hurting!” You see, in my head I’m still 23, but my body’s like “bitch please” 😂 Gym buddy Evelyn @evieloo888
is one great high all on her own. She is always so supportive; so full of energy and positivity and kindness and makes every class fun. #aeweekinthelife
Looking at my stories today through the lens of highs and lows. After almost 35 years of marriage, there have certainly been plenty of them. Almost losing him 5 years ago was certainly a low, but also a high. There’s something very life-affirming about a brush with death, but you would never know that unless you’d experienced it. It’s just been him and me for the last part of this week. As I was coming down the stairs to the kitchen I said I was grateful for Mothers’ Day falling during Week in the Life, otherwise I wouldn’t have any photos of two of my girls in my album. That’s just the way it is when they’re adults - living their own lives and are too busy or don’t think they’re doing anything ‘interesting enough’ to send you photos. I woke up this morning with another one of those headaches. Usually once I get up and start my day it goes away, but not today. I’ve never been a fan of taking pain meds, but sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up. I’ve discovered if i don’t, I end up feeling nauseous which can put a dampener on my day, and I still plan on going to the gym! #aeweekinthelife
Hello Thursday: is it me, or is this week going really fast? Today @aliedwards
has encouraged us to see our stories through the lens of ‘tough stuff’. I was contemplating this at 6.17am when I woke and got up to go to the bathroom. Firstly I struggled to remember if I’d been up in the night already - (every morning when you wake up and realise you ‘slept through’ is like winning the lottery). My body has seen plenty of changes in the past 2 years: an irregular cycle, poor sleep quality, loss of balance, memory lapses, headaches, aches and pains that are hard to recover from, irritability and weight gain. Three years ago I was at my slimmest and fittest and it’s been a hard fall from grace. I don’t want to waste a second not appreciating my body, and my challenge has been to have the serenity to accept these things that I cannot change.
Menopause is hard. I think one of its many challenges is that it’s largely invisible and completely individual. It’s an open secret that needs more dialogue and acceptance.
“Pay attention to meeeeeee”. I was hoping to get some scrapbooking done before dinner, but with @tashie__b
gone from the house for a couple of months, Moe is nek level needy 😹😭😹 He’s literally between me and my photo library #aeweekinthelife
Never really saw myself living next door to a church, but we do! There are no bells, but apparently a recording of them. Either way, in almost 2 years I’ve never heard them. I also never imagined I’d end up living in the middle of a [albeit small] suburban village, but I do! I love the sounds of the street ‘waking up’ each morning #aeweekinthelife
Book Club was great and my snack game was strong. I also learned the most fascinating fun fact: DID YOU KNOW there are more insects on the planet than there are grains of sand (10 quintillion v 7 quintillion (that’s 19 zeros for anyone who’s interested) #lovesafunfact #aeweekinthelife
Observing the joy that comes from sharing my craft, and how much joy it brings to those you share it with. After making a Mothers’ Day card, Donna was keen to make several thank you cards - which we did today 💕 #aeweekinthelife
Today marks 1 year of my 6 month contract 🤣 Observing that life is full of unexpected twists and turns. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to achieve in this role. #aeweekinthelife