No more Babble

No more Babble

I think it’s been pretty obvious for a while, that my blog hasn’t been high on my list of priorities. Which is sort of true. I still spend so much time writing posts in my head and wondering what new ideas I can come up with. I love to write, I love to blog. But the time has come to make the decision to let Abbie’s Babble rest.

I’m very much of the opinion that if I can’t do something well and with my whole heart, then I probably shouldn’t do it at all. I started this blog as a means of dealing with the grief of losing my mum all the while adjusting to my new role as mum of four in a blended family. That season has passed now. My grief will never end and I’ll always be a very blessed mum. But right now, I need to focus on being hands on raising my family and being an amazing wife.

So I’ll say goodbye. And thank you. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have read and commented on my posts. I was always amazed at every comment – that anyone would take the time to read my words and then actually connect enough to say something.

My posts will stay here as I love to go back to read, to see just how far I have come. The memories are real. But for now, I’ll say goodbye. Or maybe see you later … in another form if I feel the need…

Abbie x

 

I object!

I object!

To object: to offer a reason or argument in opposition.

I deal with objection a lot in the form of my feisty nine year old who ‘objects’ to at least half of what I say on a daily basis.

I’m learning to see that this isn’t [always] a bad thing. As with many of my daughter’s seemingly toilsome traits.

“She’s a firecracker” we tell people. I always make sure to place a positive spin on the challenges she offers us as her parents though.

She’s optimistic not unrealistic. Imaginative not a day dreamer. Spontaneous rather than impulsive or undisciplined. Her non stop chatter; that’s a great communicator right there. And instead of staying she’s stubborn and disorganised, I’ll tell you she’s a determined wee things who’d rather focus on people than things.

I love all of her, regardless. Even in my frustration.

And some day, I don’t doubt for a second, all of her personality traits will develop into an amazing young lady, a leader. Quite possibly a lawyer so all those objections can be focused on someone other than her mama!

 

This post was written in response to The Daily Post writing prompt: “Object”

 

 

No longer longing

No longer longing

I no longer wistfully long for the life I once wanted, the life I dreamed I might grow into.

I have it.

I’m living my childhood dream. I’m a mama to children who are happy, healthy and fully engaged in everything life throws at them. I’m married to my very own ‘tall dark and handsome’, who also happens to be caring, loyal, loving, my best friend and more beyond that.  My wonderful husband supports me to stay at home and take charge of raising our family.  I have friends. I’ve seen a little of the world outside my own country. I have more in my life than I need. More in fact, than many on this great earth.

I am blessed.

I am grateful.

I am happy.

I don’t need to long. Because I have.

This post was written in response to The Daily Post writing prompt: “Longing”

Mathematically challenged

Mathematically challenged

To divide is the opposite of to multiply. Yep, got that. But divide is so much more than that…

Divide is that black mark on my childhood bedroom wall where my math text book was slammed from across the room at my desk. Frustrated much? Yeah. Statistics not my strength.

Divide is watching my children be so themselves, and so completely different. One who sails through, achieving top possible math scores. One who struggles to meet standards years below their age … and being completely frustrated at their inability to conquer this part of their life.

Divide is the dollars I have to manage across so many piles every month to make our house run. It never goes away.

Divide is the number of miles between my love and I as he serves his country across the sea right now.

Divide is not my favourite word!

This post was written in response to The Daily Post writing prompt: “Divide”

Let me reintroduce myself

Let me reintroduce myself

There are moments in life that define us – maybe immediately, or perhaps they set off a transformation that rolls out over time. A journey.

The last few years have been the latter for me. Quite simply, I’m different to the me who was here two years ago. It’s fair to say I’ve been through the fire and I’ve come out differently. But the same. But different.

I’m still Abbie – I still like most of the same things, my heart hasn’t changed. But I now have a different view of the world … and how I want to live in the world. So I’m back, with plenty to say, and after a process of reinvention, I think I’ve found my voice again – the authentic voice that will speak truly from my heart, no bulls*it, always keeping it real.

The marketer in me wanted to come up with a few key words to sum up my priorities. To focus on those things that have a big impact in this stage of my life, and speak about who I am (or am striving to be).

This is what I came up with:

(See what I did there? LOVE alliteration!)

Over the next few weeks I will cover these aspects and hopefully from there, you’ll have a good idea of where I’ve been.

Yay, I’m blogging again! Well, blog, singular post, but Rome wasn’t built in a day 🙂

Thanks for reading x

 

Why I can’t blog when all I want to do is blog

Do you ever want to do something so much, that it’s almost impossible to start?

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This is bliss right? Or maybe not! Sometimes I just can’t settle into the thing I really want to do. *Sigh*

That new book on your bedside table that you can’t start reading until you’re in JUST the right headspace…

The tidy up of your top drawer because you don’t feel strong enough to make the big ‘keep/sell or giveaway/bin’ decisions you know will be required…

Or writing blog posts because you never seem to have QUITE enough head space and there’s SO much you want to get out…

All three have been true for me over the last few months. Although I did finally finish a book that had been taunting me since I bought it a year ago! The writing, or lack of, has bugged me most. My brain is working overtime, desperately trying to process all the thoughts locked in without release.

I miss writing. OOOOhhhhh I miss writing. I haven’t even been journalling. Time is an issue. Busy busy busy, ah-ha status normal. That doesn’t help me be creative at all. But mostly, I think it’s my need for things to be perfect – if I can’t pull out the perfect post, I don’t seem to be able to get going on any writing at all. Hmmmmm, yes I really need to work on that, I do know that perfection is not a healthy standard!!!

So I’m back. Yep, here I am. With thoughts, ideas and plans a plenty. Watch this space…

Where I write

I always imagine other bloggers/writers/people working from home sitting in very glamorous home offices with all their modern conveniences around them. True?

Although not glamorous, or even an office, I thought I’d share my space anyway. It’s just a corner of a room – a corner of the upstairs lounge I share with a TV, xbox, cheerleading practice mat and a mountain of lego. None-the-less it’s a corner I’m very happy with!

Up until very recently I’ve been blogging from the couch but I decided to claim a part of the house for myself. The upstairs desk had become a bit of a dead zone – a dumping ground (yes, guilty) for all the ‘we’re not sure what to do with it’ items.

Now it’s mine. I did a massive de-clutter and very cheaply made it as girlie as I could … to dissuade my husband and three sons from using it – maybe that’s my way of marking my territory!

It’s a sunny spot, with a lovely view over the neighbourhood rooftops and now that I’m the only one who uses it, it’s always tidy. My very busy diary (command central for our home) has it’s own spot, I have special mementos around me, my chargers are permanently plugged in (so not being ‘borrowed’ constantly) and things are always where I expect them to be. What more can a girl ask for? Blessed I am.

I’m still mostly inspired when I’m out walking or doing something completely away from the computer (my trusty notebook is never far away) but it’s so nice to come back to this gorgeous space and get it all down on screen.

Where do you write from?

My office space

Abbie x

Sharing

I stumbled on this quote during my Pinterest wanderings this week and it kind of freaked me out as it, almost word-for-word, says exactly what I’m working on in a draft post at the moment! I guess somebody out there is thinking the same way that I am.

So here’s a sneak into a post that will be coming up next week(ish)…

Share your story

Abbie x

I’m not enough

I’m not enough

I can’t be all things to all people. I’m always letting someone down. I know that. On some level, I know that trying to be what everyone else wants/needs is a pursuit that will never end well. I also know that I probably place more of those pressures on myself than anyone else.

But don’t we all have days where, in our own heads, we just don’t measure up?

The days I run non stop after the kids so that by the time I get to sit down with my husband in the evening I don’t have anything left to give him. I’ve let him down. The fact that I’m not the uncomplicated daughter/sister my family would like, the woman who will accept anything they say or do. To them, I’m a Jesus freak. I let them down all the time because I’m ‘different’. The days my body lets me down and then I barely function outside of the bathroom or lying on my bed. Those days I let everyone down.

I’m learning something though.

Even though I might fail to my own standards, or even to someone else’s standards, I am enough. Continue reading “I’m not enough”

Reading your own blog

Do you ever go back and read over your old blog posts – wander through the past and take a look at where you’ve come from in the last few weeks/months/years?

In my head, I had that as a reason to start blogging, a way to chronicle these days of my life. I’m so glad I wrote so much down last year! A LOT happened and wow, as a person, I have changed so much.

Psalm 27:7I just spent some time flicking through my archives and looking at my journey since last May. I’m proud of what I’ve come through, and how I’ve come through it. I’m so grateful to my God for never leaving me and for always strengthening me, even if He did have to drag me through some of those stormy days kicking and screaming.

And I’m so excited.

I am now full of peace, joy and calm. I’m excited about the future (not forgetting the NOW of course). But looking back and seeing that much growth in such a short time, and knowing that now, I am actively and intentionally seeking to be on this journey with Him, I just have to be excited about where my Creator is going to take me next. I can see doors that I know will start to open. At last. Bring it!

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INSTAblogging

As 2015 has well and truly set itself in motion, I realise how different this year is to the last one. Without getting all deep and personal about the big stuff (for a change), I just realistically, don’t have as much time on my hands to blog as I used to. Ironically, giving up work out of the home, has taken that away – my job last year had a lot of down time, I used that for writing.

Now however, I am better employed. I’m running my home properly, I’m really focused on my time with God every day, I’m (going to, yes definitely) exercising at least three times a week, I’m having time to catch up with friends, I’m full on mum duties from 2.30pm-8.00pm and I’m not doing all the domestic stuff in a hurry last thing at night (yay!). So while I do have a few windows to spend in my blog community, time is more precious.

So what’s my point?

I’m not giving up!!! But I think I need to change how I look at this.

INSTAbloggingWhen I do something, I want to do it well.That’s just me. So I don’t want to publish a pile of half-hearted blog posts just to keep my stats up or something. That’s not why I’m here anyway. So I will write and post when I can. And the times when I can’t, I have fallen in love with Instagram. It’s perfect for when I’ve got a few minutes to share snapshots of our live, or create an image or put a quick thought out there. INSTAblogging. Which I didn’t actually know was a real term until I Googled it!

So please do head over to Instagram (abbiesbabble) and join me. And please don’t give up on me here, I”ll find my groove and get some posts rolling and checking yours out too … when I can.

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Just playing in the background

It’s not really a writing day today so I’ve just been playing in the background of my blog.

I can not for the life of me get the Goodreads widget to work (I’m trying to show my currently reading  list). The WordPress help forums are super helpful though and no doubt they’ll have an answer for me soon – at which point I’ll probably slap myself and wonder how I could have missed something so simple! haha.

On a brighter note, I did tutü* with my social media icons – I found these gorgeous icons and felt the need to use them.

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Thanks to Design Bolts, found on Soft Icons for the freebie. Love them!

 

I’m constantly making little tweaks here and there on Abbie’s Babble. What have you changed on your blog lately?

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 * Given that the majority of my readers are not Kiwi’s there’s a good chance you’ll be wondering what the heck this word tutü is (which should really have a macron above the second ‘u’ but I can’t find one in special characters). No this is not tutu as in the ballet costume. This is a Mäori (macron above ‘a’) word, which means to fiddle. I guess for pronunciation think Spanish ‘toro’ for bull but end with ‘u’ not ‘o’.

Virtual Blog Tour Award

To drink tea and to journalSo here’s an award that’s a little different. But first things first, let me use my manners and say a big thank you to Marla over at A Pendulum World for nominating me for the Virtual Blog Tour Award. Again I say, I’m so pleased (and surprised) when someone thinks of Abbie’s Babble when developing a list of award nominees.

This award is a little different to the usual ‘getting to know you’ facts and questions – which I love to answer and then read everyone else’s responses to by the way, it’s a great way to get an insight into who my fellow bloggers are. Anyway, this one is about getting know the inner blogger as opposed to the inner creative as far as I can see (if you know what I mean?!).

Here are the rules

  1. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
  2. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do:
    • What am I working on at the moment?
    • How does my work differ to others in my genre?
    • Why do I write/create what I do?
    • How does my writing/creative process work?
  3. Compose a one-time post which is posted on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator).

The four bloggers I nominate

Here are the four bloggers I nominate. I’ll look forward to seeing your responses on Monday 1 December.

  • Amanda Grace – I love this lady’s work and keen to find out more about her process 🙂
  • Wanderlust – Hagen’s blog is visually stunning, holds beautiful photography and she crafts the words beautifully.
  • Send Sunshine – Jessica’s blog is just pure positivity and inspiration. I love every post, every day.
  • The All Encompassing Compass – Heather has a great perspective and writes so well. A great blog.

My answers

What am I working on at the moment?

Right now I’m working on a post about Halloween – but by the time this appears you will have already read that. My blog isn’t something I work too far in advance with (at this stage). I tend to write about what’s happening in my world, at the moment.

How does my work differ to others in my genre?

I don’t think I actually have a genre. I’m not a mum blog, or a faith blog, or a health blog or a [insert any genre here] blog. Maybe that makes me different? I blog about life, my life. And given that I’m the only one living my life, I guess my blog couldn’t possibly be like any other!

Why do I write/create what I do?

I write because I can, because I love it, because it helps me work out the mess of thoughts that tend to fly around in my head. When I write, things just make sense. I started to blog as part of a journey of self-discovery. And I am discovering, and totally enjoying the process. I wrote a post a couple of months after I started blogging called I Blog Because, which I think still stands true.

I blog because when I do ... things just make sense.How does my writing/creative process work?

This totally depends on the day! Quite often my blog posts are formed while I’m in the shower, preparing dinner, or driving my car. Also in the wee small hours of the morning in my journal when I’m battling insomnia. Those rare times I’m actually alone with my thoughts. Because I spend so much time forming the posts in my head, often by the time I sit down to write, it’s just a matter of letting my fingers race across the keyboard and letting it all out. I quite often publish my first draft, mostly I only need to do a quite proof read on-screen to be happy. I’ve always written things best after letting them spend a long time in my mind – when planning university work I always PLAN to write essays just a few days before they are due, knowing that by the time I get to actual writing, most of the words are already there, well thought through and ready to go anyway.

Thanks again Marla for this nomination 🙂

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Humbled by the Lovely and the Liebster

Once again, some one, actually in this case, some oneS, has noticed my little blog and nominated me for a couple of awards. I’ll make my acceptance and thank-yous in a slightly unconventional way if that’s okay.

Liebster AwardThank you Marla from A Pendulum World for the Liebster. I’m not sure how you stumbled across my blog, but I sure am glad you did. Your comments and support of my blog are just gorgeous and I’m really enjoying the insight you bring into your posts too.

You’ve asked for five random facts about me and I’ll answer your questions below.

Random Facts

  1. I love hokey pokey ice-cream.
  2. I always thought I would end up with a big family … of girls. Instead I have one girl and three boys!
  3. I love to nap – I can even nap in the school car park for 10mins before picking kids up at the end of the day!
  4. I LOVE music, especially live music, but I don’t play an instrument myself.
  5. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 29 years old and four months pregnant at the time!

Marla’s questions and my answers

  1. Why do you blog?
    I started blogging because I love to write. I have journalled for years – blogging (putting it in a public forum) challenges me to write a little more clearly. All that is true but I continue to blog because I’ve found a community which is just gorgeous. I think I put it best here or there are a few posts about why I blog (I think about this a lot, it has become a big part of my life) under my blog tag here 🙂
  2. Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
    My mum. She was my best friend, my role model, my mum. She taught me amazing life lessons. She modeled them too. I am who I am because of her. And I miss her like crazy every day.
  3. What brings you the most peace in life?
    My faith in God.
  4. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
    Anywhere I am warm and can relax with a good book (so clichéd right?!).
  5. What is your favorite book?
    Just one?! The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay has been on my top five list since I first read it as a teenager.

one-lovely-blog-awardThank you Trish from Digital Trish for One Lovely Blog nomination. Trish has loads of very cool photography – she calls herself amateur but honestly, to someone who likes things that look amazing, well, it all looks pretty pro to me!

You’ve asked me to share seven random facts about myself so here are seven more…

Random Facts

  1. I love crunchy peanut butter with slices of fresh tomato, salt and pepper on toast.
  2. I have never seen my national rugby team, The All Blacks, play live. If I had a bucket list, that would so definitely be on it.
  3. I have always been a bookworm. My parents used to encourage us to play outside in the fresh air and sunshine, so I would take my book outside and read 😉
  4. I have really big feet (US size 10, Euro 41-42). This can mean I often get great deals in end of season sales which leads me to….
  5. … I LOVE a bargain. My mum used to (semi) jokingly say ‘it’s not what you spend, it’s what you save’. My theory is it is better to buy something quality on special, than something cheap, just because it’s cheap. That said, when I bought my boys three pairs of sports shorts for a total of $12 at K-MART the other day, I was pretty happy with that too!!!
  6. I secretly love watching Dr Phil.
  7. Some day my husband and I want to build a house in the country, nothing flash, but some where family want to gather and grandchildren (I want lots of grandchildren, God willing) can play in.

Blogs you should check out…

Because I’ve done this a few times now, I’m going to refer back to my original award list of blogs, with a few additions. Not saying they have to respond, most of them have anyway. These are just my fav places in blog-land to read, all for different reasons…

 Scattered Smothered Covered

Amanda Grace

Journey of Kylie

Life Love and Whatever

Life Being Girly

The Blended Life

My Eclectic Existence

Jess May

Stuff I Tell My Sister

Truth Shall Set You Free So Don’t Be A Cry Baby

Organised Babble

Introvert Spring

Anastasia Amour

Hands Free Mama

Thanks again Marla and Trish.

I hope you all enjoy checking out these blogs, there’s something there for everyone I’m sure…

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ONE VOICE

Earlier in the year, the kids and I were loving this song with an anti-bullying message by a young kiwi artist. It seems more relevant now that our own family is being affected by bullying so here’s the video again…

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For the last few weeks the kids and I have been loving a new song on the airwaves. I recently learned it’s by an awesome and inspiring young kiwi artist.

The lyrics, the message, and the story to get the song out there – it’s too good and too important not to share.

Here’s the link to Nakita Turner’s website but even if her story doesn’t interest you, take five and listen to her song.

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Scripted Sunday

I love words, words are everywhere. I make a point of hanging on to the words – whether from books, blogs, magazines, pins, lyrics etc – that mean something to and/or inspire me.

So today is the first Scripted Sunday post where I plan to share the words that have jumped out at me through the week.

This week, song lyrics from Chris Tomlin. My daughter had this song on repeat on our car trip last weekend. It’s pretty powerful (and a great one to sing at the top of your lungs).

Whom shall I fear? The God of angel armies has my back, He IS a friend of mine. There’s my confidence right there…

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The first Foodie Friday

When it comes to food choices, I tend to follow my gut (no pun intended!). I’m naturally drawn to healthy options … give me sushi over McDonalds any day. I do take my role as Guardian of the Pantry for my family quite seriously as I want to raise an active and healthy family. I did think I was doing really well with my ‘everything in moderation’ approach until that was blown out of the water recently with a lot of media attention to the sugar debate. This really prompted some thinking and a bit of research from me.

So this post is about my thoughts on food. As I’m aiming for a Foodie Friday post each fortnight, it’s probably really important that you know my overall philosophy.

I’m not going to quote facts and statistics back to you. I’m not good at remembering that stuff anyway. But I do know when I read/hear something and it feels right for me and my family. I get that everyone has opinions and philosophy of their own. I respect that and am grateful daily that there are really not dietary restrictions in my home.

I generally make good choices for my family in terms of nutrition. I make sure everyone has a good breakfast, lunch boxes are full of variety, and dinner is pretty much made from scratch. We eat a lot of meat (helps that my husband hunts and we have access to home-kill beef from time to time). I do have a zero tolerance to fizzy and fruit juice, except for special occasions (moderation!). So I’m not doing too bad am I?

There’s been a media storm around sugar here lately. I was already aware of the risks and limited negative benefits of a high sugar diet but had no idea how much sugar there really was in our diet. Some things I thought were good foods, actually really are not – like white rice and couscous!

CoffeeAs I write this I’m stirring half a teaspoon of raw sugar into my flat white. I’m human! But that is, I think, an example that perfectly reflects my approach. I’m not going on a complete sugar ban, I do still believe that all things in moderation is a healthy approach. That’s tempered now with a healthy dose of education which allows me to give my family better options. For example, instead of loading breakfast cereal with brown sugar, most of us now opt for fruit and homemade Greek yoghurt as toppings. I also make my own muesli from fresh/raw sources (and it’s yummy!). There’s still sweetness to suit our palettes but it is now coming from less refined sources.

I know that if I ban anything completely, my kids are old enough to get it themselves and will binge – they love sweet snacks and convenience food…they are kids. I want to encourage a healthy relationship with food so make a point of talking to them about nutrition. The two oldest boys pack their own lunch and I love to hear “I’ve got hockey today I better have some extra protein”. On the other hand I also had “oh mum, enough with the sugar already” as I stopped a third helping of tomato sauce at the dinner table (do you have any idea how much sugar in that stuff!).

Balance is key. I won’t deny, but I will offer ‘better’ alternatives and ‘sometimes’ foods.

So what do I teach my kids:

  • Protein – good! There’s plenty of ways to get it and I make sure these are readily available.
  • Sugar – we love the sweet stuff but we need to get it from natural sources as much as possible (fruit and honey are great in my eyes). Sugar in fruit is fructose (a simple sugar) and it’s packaged with water, minerals, vitamins and fibre – the fibre that slows the sugar absorption by our bodies so we don’t get those highs and lows as blood-glucose levels fluctuate (I think that’s right?!).
  • Carbs – yep, love ’em too! There are good carbs and bad carbs – we aim for carbs that are full of fibre to minimise the negative effects. Brown rice is better than white, wholemeal bread better than white, whole-grains, veges, fruit and beans are best choices. We love kumara, chickpeas, lentils and quinoa, How lucky am I not to have fussy kids?

So here it is, the food philosophy of Abbie:

Food philosophy
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Wow, that was really great to actually put on paper. I’m a lot clearer now, hope you can all see where I’m coming from?

Next time I’ll write about some of the changes I’ve made to my family’s diet so far … and how they have been received (which is not all good, even for me!).

Is there anything there that you can relate to? Or disagree with? Please correct me if I’m wrong on any of the factual stuff too! Do you have a food philosophy?

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Being happy

Being happy

Being happy is not just ‘not being sad’. Being happy is your soul singing, the good emotions bubbling from the depth of your belly, loving your life so much you can find good in every day. In my humble opinion anyway.

We can’t just expect ‘happy’ in our life. Although I’m sure many do. Happy is something we need to create.

Making choices that make us happy, are often hard. I wonder why that is? What is built into us that doesn’t allow us to accept happiness and joy? Continue reading “Being happy”

What else is new here?

Planning
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I’ve tackled some blog planning. Just a couple of months to see if planning works for me in this forum. I had a look at what I actually want to achieve with Abbie’s Babble which will come as no surprise to those who read my recent posts on where my blog is at and the new look.

So for those who follow, here’s some things you can expect to see (can you tell that I just love alliteration?!):

Random Rants – I’ve written a couple of these and really enjoyed writing them so will aim for a one of these every few weeks.

Scripted Sunday – An idea I had to share my love of words. Each Sunday it’s ALL about the words – quotes/saying/lyrics/pins/books that have inspired me, really made me think or are just plain beautiful.

Foodie Friday – I love food. I love digging up new recipes and trying new things. I never cook the same meal twice in a month (well, hardly ever!). I’m also embarking on a sugar reduction in our home. So while I have no official authority on the matter, and none of the recipes etc will be original, look out every other Friday for some gorgeous pics, recipes, tips and links that are all things food and follow my motto: All things in moderation.

Thankful Thursday – I’ve been sharing thoughts and words from the gratitude pages of my journal for a while now. I often go back and read the old posts if I get to feeling sad or sorry for myself and need a kick in the butt to get a smile back in my heart.

I haven’t planned out every day of every week but I thought a bit of structure couldn’t hurt. There’s still plenty of scope for me to blog about whatever is on my mind or happening in the world at any given time. Which of course is exactly what this blog is about – a place I come to, to be inspired and to get my thoughts and memories down where I can revisit them.

I did enjoy planning things out and thinking about how I’m going to keep this going though … and of course the trip to the stationery shop to buy a new folder, pens and washi tape to make it all look gorgeous was an added bonus. Yep, I’m old school, love the paper copy for some things!

Is there anything you would like to see/read from me? Any of my posts that you really like or dislike? At the end of the day, I’m here for me, but I love that there are gorgeous people who visit regularly so I’m keen to hear what you think.

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Always dream, and dream new dreams

Dream. ALWAYS dream.

Life is unpredictable. We can’t control a lot of what’s happening outside, but most of us can control what’s happening inside. Always have dreams to keep you going and at some point, make sure you start working towards them. My dreams have changed over the years but when I look properly, I can see I’m now living what was my dream just a few years ago (one of them anyway).

Dreams are our minds way of telling us what we really want. Don’t ignore your imagination – when you really let it go, I think it will show you the desires of your heart. Work on those dreams … the big ones are probably those that will make us happiest.

What do you dream of? I will share mine in a future post…

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Sisterhood of the travelling something…(award)

sisterhood-of-the-world-blogger-award2Okay I’m just kidding with you. I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award. But like Wax, who nominated me, my first thoughts were to the book Sisterhood of the travelling pants which I really enjoyed (pretty sure the movie was ok too). Anyway, I digress, back to the award. Once again, that someone took the time to read my posts and then for my name to pop up when they’re thinking of blogs they love … wow, awesome. I’m not going to lie, it makes me feel happy and proud. A big thanks to Wax for this nomination – a lovely lady with a cool perspective on life.

So, the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. TICK
  2. Put the award logo on your blog. TICK
  3. Answer the ten questions they have set you – I love doing and reading these!
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer – ditto number 3.
  5. Nominate ten people – see below.

Wax’s questions and my answers…

Who do you miss right now?

My mum. No question. It’s eight months since she died and I know I will miss her every single day of my life. I also know the missing get’s more bearable (most days) as time passes.

I also miss my bestie and so wish we lived closer (she’s two hours away).

What’s the story behind your name? (Or do you have any idea why your parents gave you that name?)

I have no idea. I do know however, that after I was born, there were a few more babies called Abbie and Abbie-Jayne (my real first name) in our small town.

What is the one thing you are most proud of?

My time as a single mum. I got thrown a real curve ball when my first husband left, our baby was only weeks old. With the support of my family and friends I pulled through and spent five years raising a great kid. I also studied by distance and earned a Bachelor Degree, graduating on the Deans List (quite chuffed about that too, just quietly).

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?

A few years ago I would have said 22. Now I think that there is joy and wisdom that comes with growing older so I’m pretty happy to continue on this journey and make it to a really healthy old age (85 at least so my husband and I can make our 50th wedding anniversary).

What is your greatest addiction?

Books!!!

What is the most common compliment people give you?

I’m very tall (I THINK that’s a compliment) or I have lovely hair (it’s long and naturally blonde, I think it’s pretty ordinary but anyway…)

What is your favorite part of the day?

NOT the mornings! Picking the kids up from school I think – everyone is usually so enthusiastic.

Who would you like to play your life story in a movie? Why?

Reese Witherspoon just because I think she’s gorgeous (not saying anything about myself here by the way).

Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?

Salty all the way!

If you had a magic lamp and the genie granted you 3 wishes, what would the 3 wishes be?

I wrote a post about this a while ago I think. Yep, here it is…

And drum-roll please, here are my nominees:

Actually, and I hope this isn’t cheating, but I’ve had a couple of Liebster Awards and so the people I nominated for those, would be the same that I would place here. Check out The Liebster  and The Liebseter (again?).

Seen as they’ve already answered my questions, I won’t give them another list!

Thanks again Wax! x

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Dear dream reader

Dear dream reader

Dream readerThank you for visiting my blog. I wonder how you found my space?

While you are here, I want you to know that you’re really just like me. Except that you’re not. Because none of us is exactly the same as another. But we do have things in common.

We’re alive and striving to live the best possible version of our lives every single day. Our lives are busy – we so seek a place that is peaceful and where we can be true to ourselves. Even if just for 10 minutes in a 24 hour period.

We blog because in this online world, we’ve found a place where we matter, where we can make a difference, where we can inspire and be inspired. There is freedom in words. Here, we are allowed to be ourselves without the barriers that society so often places in our way.

Things that are real matter to us. We want the world to be a better place. In reading other people’s real stories, we are encouraged on our own journey which has already travelled quite a crooked path. But we are lucky – because we know that the crooked path has taught us lessons, strengthened us, made us who we are today. And we love to share our stories as a way to encourage others.

But really, we’re just here because we enjoy it here. This is a place we have come to love. The statistics and the likes don’t matter. They are lovely, an affirmation: someone understands us. But they don’t matter. Reading, writing, interacting. That is why we keep coming back.

You are awesome.

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A new look

Following on from my last post, I’m moving forward with a new look and a modified About page. I wanted something that more reflected me – a bit brighter and more cheerful to set the scene for my blog. I hope you like it.

I’m also sitting down to do some actual blog planning. So far it’s been a case of ‘be inspired, write, post’. As life gets busier over summer (hallelujah, spring is here, summer is coming!), I think I need to be more proactive to keep up with this blog that I love.

Have a beautiful blessed day where ever you are…

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TWEET TWEET

@abbiesbabbleSo yesterday I decided to go to ‘the dark side’ and explore the world that is Twitter. Up until now I’ve been a real Facebook kind of a girl. At the moment the Twitter-sphere look interesting and slightly (a lot!) confusing but I’m sure that in a short time I will have a new addiction.

When I started blogging, I thought it was just going to be me, writing and playing with my site  – I love that stuff. Turns out bloggers are a pretty cool bunch of people and connecting with great people online is something I’m really enjoying. Heck I’m an introvert, the inter-web is my ideal playground!

And that’s why I now have a twitter handle – why don’t you head on over and join me

MIRROR MIRROR

Daily Prompt: The Mirror Crack’d
You wake up one morning to a world without mirrors. How does your life — from your everyday routines to your perception of yourself — change?

How would my routines and perception of myself change without mirrors?

Mirror MirrorRoutines – well they probably wouldn’t change really. I blow dry my hair in my (walk-in) wardrobe and 95% of the time my  makeup routine consists of smearing tinted moisturiser over my face and spraying perfume. None of which requires a mirror.

I think I would probably get someone else to start cutting my fringe though!

Self perception – again, probably wouldn’t change a lot. I don’t think most of us see what’s really in front of us when we look in the mirror anyway. I’m pretty secure with my appearance so not being able to see myself shouldn’t increase or decrease this.

It’s working on the inside stuff, the more important stuff, which challenges me at the moment.