By Jess Fellows

guess what

For a whole day we heard nothing but “Guess what I’m 5 now”. “Guess what  I am still 5 now”. “Guess what I’ll still be 5 on Saturday”. Yep there has been a birthday in the house this week!

As every parent says,”we can’t believe where the time has gone”. And as every scared parent says,”if she has this much attitude now, lord help us when she is 15!”

Our little planner, outfit changer, decorator, chatterer, perfector of the back stroke embarks on a pretty big year ahead we also look forward to her insightful take on this world each and every day.

By Jess Fellows

feet first

Many times throughout my life that I have been told to jump feet first into something and just do it.
You know the things … career challenges, starting a family, buying a house, crushing grapes etc.

Sometimes you can procrastinate so much about something that all that is left to do is … well jump!

I am a total procrastinator! I will look for the excuse, reason, sign, symbol and weather forecast that will give me the reason to not do something I am not 100% AOK with.

So here is a mid-week challenge – if you choose to accept it?
Think of one thing that you are or have been procrastinating about. It may be tiny or it may be huge! It may seem insignificant or totally life-changing. But whatever it is … just jump!

Jump right in, get your hands dirty, get that sinking feeling, in about 20 mins totally regret it and in about 45 minutes totally embrace it! But be proud that you just did it!

By Jess Fellows

getting back to reading

Reading brings such pleasure – well it did pre- having children. Since popping out the kiddies I have struggled to get my reading mojo back till now.

As a specialist print-based designer I am a traditionalist reader (aka prefer the paper variety rather then this e-book business). But recently I have discovered the convenience an e-book offers.

For me my day is broken into pretty much 10 minute stints of activities. Which if you have a book on your phone or ipad can mean while I wait at school in the pick-up circle waiting for said children I can quickly read a chapter or two.

No I am in no way proclaiming I have seen the e-book reading light and will convert forever but I am totally enjoying that it has allowed me to get back into reading. And I have certainly not given up on the paper variety (my last credit card transaction at Amazon can vouch for that).

So for a simple pleasure that I relished and I didn’t do because “I did not have the time” or felt a pang of guilt each time I looked at the pile of unread books on my bedside table this discovery has enlivened this pleasure all over again.

Now I am looking at other pleasures I enjoyed that may have fallen by the wayside and see if I can’t reboot some love into them!

Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

desktop comfort

Sitting down each day at my desk it’s weird how much comfort I find in just being amongst my stuff.

It’s usually messy, but it’s my mess. Everything from the felt tip pens, doodle journal, coffee (so much coffee), laptop, swatch books, phone etc … is comfortable and what I need to attack each day.

I must admit I do secretly love a good peek at other peoples workspaces too! Seeing these spaces I find fascinating. It’s like a taste of how other people think, how they create, how they function.

Even those magazine articles that interview creatives at their desks or amongst their stuff are awesome and I will search them out (yes I am even guilty of secretly ripping out these articles from doctor surgery magazines).

It’s weird to think that some people sit amongst mounting crap and create the most amazing things and other sit in a completely sterile setting and equally create amazing things. I’m sure there is some psychology behind all this but for now I am happy to just stalk others peoples settings.

Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

goal setting

Are you a goal setter? I never thought I was but recently I was asked to set some goals and I realised that I am actually quite the goal setter! Who knew?

There are many reasons why people set goals but for me it has always been combining something I want with needing a challenge. There also might be a link between feeling bored and setting goals but that’s a whole other blog post…

In trying to identify and set new goals recently, much more thought has been given to the outcomes I want. Or more specifically the way I want to feel when these are reached. Factoring this into the actual goal has made setting it much more challenging.

Though clarifying this has already had a noticeable effect on my focus and determination. So it will be interesting to see if it is sustainable or if it makes the outcome any more rewarding.

Only time will tell but getting specific has felt quite rewarding already and I am tempted to see how effective being more specific in other aspects of life and work might turn out. Let’s see shall we…

By Jess Fellows

time flying

Time really does fly you know?

I can’t believe it is almost August.
I can’t believe I just booked a Christmas event.
I can’t believe I am now ‘officially’ in my mid-30’s.
I can’t believe my littlest starts school in 6 months.
I can’t believe I have kept our new trees alive for two months.
I can’t believe weekends come and go faster then a four year old eating a bowl of ice-cream.
I can’t believe my to do list can possibly get any longer and that I will ever have time to do it.
I can’t believe …

And the list goes on. Well here’s to the here and now! Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

quiet time

Some days it’s noisy. Not as in like you are standing at a concert with tunes hammering your brain noisy. But rather life noisy. People asking questions. Kids complaining. Phones ringing. Traffic. Supermarket buzz. Cat meowing. You get the picture?

Sometimes you just don’t notice. It happens so much that it is just ‘normal’.

When I was a kid and our family took long road trips (well let’s face it when you are a kid and need to spend 30 minutes or more in the back seat with your annoying little sister it was a long road trip), my dad would frequently state it was ‘nature appreciation time’. The radio would be shut off. No one could speak and, depending where we were, the windows would be wound down to listen to nature as well as stare at it as it passed by.

As a kid it was extremely boring. As a parent I can now see his genius!

It takes a lot of effort to get my world to be quiet. I have inherited the ‘nature appreciation’ travel clause and am teaching my kids that the ‘silent game’ requires quite the skill to win (ok ok I am bribing them with food to play well). But each day I am trying to achieve just 5 minutes of silence.

Not much you say? Have you ever sat still with no noise and let yourself just be? It’s trick and feels a tad indulgent and I am not sure if it making any difference but I am being reminded that peace can happen even if for a fleeting moment.

Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

did I mention I like coffee?

Have I mentioned I like coffee?
Well this image popped onto my desk this week and immediately I was up and running to the machine to brew yet another cup of the delicious stuff.

Not sure when or how our love affair started but after many years we are as close and in love with each other as ever.
Every single day the smell and taste comforts and soothes. The social element is not lost on me either.

(Did you notice if you stare at this pic for just a few moments you start to smell coffee beans. No? Just me I suppose)

Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

it might just snow

Did you hear? Did you hear? It might just snow here on Sunday!

I know I know – I seem a tad too excited and I think I am making everyone I live with a little crazy also. But it’s snow people! SNOW!

So there goes my planned weekend of catching up on the washing, partaking in some baking and chill-out time. I am guaranteed to be plastered the BOM app and watching out a window for any teeny hint of a white particle falling from the sky.

SNOW! Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

somewhere on an edge

Well I have been a little quiet here on the blog over the past couple of weeks. It’s been the usual though. Busy work. Busy life.

We did sneak a teeny mid-winter defrost holiday in at Byron Bay. Oh my! What an awesome pocket of the world. And since being home it has been go go go on the catch-up front.

Having a short trip away (although it was one epic road trip that I am not keen to repeat soon) got me thinking. It is amazing  how long you can sustain teetering on the edge of being so busy that you just might combust.

I learnt that I chill out very quickly. I can totally distract my mind from being concerned about what I should be doing and focus on present moments and opportunities. And when I switch back to busy mode I don’t resent taking a break, in fact I feel better for it. Yes I know probably not rocket science to most but I do enjoy discovering these revelations.

Back in the busy busy and I am dreaming about that beach at Byron Bay and no deadlines  and sleeping in and endless coffee and and and … Of course it would be nice to live in that pace but I also know I thrive on my busy. So instead of getting to the edge I choose to enjoy the view the instead!.

Enjoy!

1 2
guess what
feet first
getting back to reading
desktop comfort
goal setting
time flying
quiet time
did I mention I like coffee?
it might just snow
somewhere on an edge