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A New Year

2 Jan

Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s been a little more than a month since I was last here which means I have A LOT to update you on!!

I ran in two local races at the end of the year, cooked up some really yummy Christmas treats and took a trip back to Australia for the holidays.

So stay tuned for some interesting tales coming your way 🙂

All the best for 2014!

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Everyday Hero: Typhoon Haiyan

14 Nov

Typhoon Haiyan – EMERGENCY APPEAL

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I’m sure that most of you will have heard about Typhoon Haiyan and the devastation it has caused in the Philippines and most of you will have seen photographs in newspapers, magazines and social media or video footage on your televisions. You can’t help but feel empathy for these people and what they are suffering.

But what do we do with this empathy? Do we hop on a plane to the Philippines and help out “on the ground” with the immediate physical needs? Do we take a moment of silence and offer our prayers and thoughts of support? Do we open our wallets and give to the dozens of aid organisations working in the Philippines? Do you give away your unwanted clothes and unloved toys?

Perhaps getting on a jet plane is a bit extreme for some people and perhaps costly for others. And whilst giving away our unwanted items makes us as donors feel good, these types of donations put substantial pressure on relief agencies due to the time and expense and sheer hassle of shipping and sorting these gifts. So you want to make a monetary donation. Great! Which organisation do you choose? With so many of the larger aid agencies campaigning for our money it can be difficult to know just how much of your money will make it to the Philippines and what it will actually be used for. GiveWell.org suggests choosing an organization with a pre-existing presence in the Philippines as they will help where they can, and get out of the way where they can’t. And spend time finding an organisation that is transparent and accountable so that if your donation is not used for relief efforts in the Philippines due to “overfunding” then you will know it is being used for another crisis.

My brother-in-law is an Everyday Hero.

My brother-in-law has been so moved by the events in the Philippines that he is fundraising on behalf of World Vision for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. 100% of the money raised will go to World Visions Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal and there’s extra special bonuses for donors living in Australia!

I, personally, have been supporting World Vision for more than 10 years and now my husband and I continue to support them in an even bigger way than I could when I was in my teens. I strongly believe in the vision and mission of World Vision and it is with this conviction that I encourage you today, if you haven’t already donated your time, money, or prayers, to visit my bro’s page (HERE!) and consider making a donation.

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Ben – Everyday Hero

It doesn’t matter how big or small your donation may be, it might not seem like much to you but every little bit helps and every little bit counts and every little bit will make a HUGE difference in the lives of those in the Philippines. So please, make a donation today!

One Year Blogging Anniversary

10 Oct

The end of October marks my one year blogging anniversary.

Congratulations to me! And congratulations to you for sticking with me this long!!

To be honest, when I started this blog I didn’t have any idea what I would write about, I didn’t think any one would be interested in my life stories and I didn’t even know how to write about our journeys. This blog thing is like a modern-day diary for me, a way for me to remember what we’ve been up to while we’re living abroad, because when you have the memory of a goldfish like I do its important to journal things that are important so that when I look at these posts in one or two years time I’ll be able to relive these precious moments. Perhaps I should start noting down what movies we’ve seen; would save my husband hours of agony watching movies for the second time because I insisted I’ve never seen it 🙂

Now here we are one year later and you know what? I DO have things to write about, some of you ARE interested in my tales and I THINK I’m getting the hang of this writing/journaling/blogging thing. You want proof? I’ve posted 43 tales covering the broader topics of food, travel and running, I’ve had over 1,000 views from over 50 countries around the world (WOW!) AND some of you have even said how great I am (I already know how fabulous I am but thank you for agreeing with me). I still get excited when one person looks at my blog, likes my posts or makes a comment! I’m crazy, I know, and my husband can verify!!

Thank you for stopping by and reading my tales and travelling on this journey called life with me. I hope to entertain you all some more so here’s to the next 12 months of Cheese & Vegemite.

xxx

A little look back at the last year

Friendships Old and New

27 Aug

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

― A.A. Milne

We had lunch with friends on Sunday, a beautiful time of sharing a meal together, sharing stories together, sharing life together. It made me think about friendships; old friends and new friends. Old friends are those back in Australia, the one’s we did life with during our childhood and adolescence and twenty-somethings. New friends are those we’ve met in Geneva, the transient one’s we currently do life with.

“The best mirror is an old friend.”

― George Herbert

There will always be a part of my heart that belongs to my dear friends in Australia. We don’t speak as often as we would like but when we do there’s something that feels so comfortable and warm and homely. We haven’t seen each other for 2 years but I know that when we do see each other in December it will be just as it always was, as if we’ve been there all along. They know my history, they know my struggles, they have cried with me in pain and celebrated with me in joy. My husband tells me that friends are for a season but for me, these girls are here in my life for life.

“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

My new friends in Geneva make each day more exciting. We are all on different adventures, traveling in different directions and our friendship is fleeting. It is here that I have learned the value of investing in new friendships even though they might not last for very long. I am learning that the friends I do have here are very dear to me and there will also be a part of my heart that belongs to them. Yes, these friends are for season and yes I may never see some of them again or speak to them again once we part our ways for opposite ends of the earth but the life I have lived with these ladies during this season of my life will forever be remembered.

To all my nearest and dearest, thank you for doing life with me, my life is better for having you in it.

“By chance we met, by choice we become friends” ― Millie Huang

My Fabulous 30th Birthday Party with an 80’s Theme

8 Aug

I love birthdays. Especially my own. For one whole day (or week!) I get to enjoy all the attention and love and hugs that are thrown my way.

But this year was unlike any other year; this year marked by 30th year. A lot of my friends are also hitting the “big 3-0” this year, each with different perceptions and reactions. For me, this was an exciting time. I didn’t have any of the fears or regrets that some people associate with entering a new decade of their life. I am more than happy with where I am in life and I was proud to celebrate the end of my twenties and embrace the commencement of this “grown-up” phase of my life. And what better way to do that then with a party dedicated to my early years – the 1980s.

I started planning this party more than 6 months ago and I had quickly settled on the 1980s theme although my husband was determined for me to have a 1990s theme as he thought this better represented the age of my childhood but I thought the 1980s was just easier all round.

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Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

It’s Valentine’s Day

so I thought it appropriate to share a little bit of cuteness and love

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I’m sure we’ve all received a corny card or two on Valentine’s Day…

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or perhaps a little poem or song written just for you…

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This one made me laugh because it is so very much like us and who doesn’t like a bit of Disney lovin’

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Just because I love Snoopy

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the people we love; whether it be a spouse, a partner, a sister or brother, a parent or even a close friend. But it shouldn’t be the only day of the year that we make an effort to show our love to those around us. So what are you doing this Valentine’s Day? Are you flying the coop to rekindle that romance? Are you paying top dollar for heart-shaped balloons and red roses? Are you cooking  your way to your lover’s heart? Or have you hired a romantic movie or two? It doesn’t matter if you have plans or no plans, if you spend a lot or a little money, but it’s who you spend this day with that matters.

This year marks our 12th Valentine’s Day – six while dating and six married – and this next picture is for my Valentine.

Lets Go Together ValentineWe’ve been going together for 12 years now. It’s been a bumpy ride with many ups and downs. But we’re on this road together. There’s no turning back, there are no exits and no stopping. We’re going full steam ahead, driving into the sun. Sure there’ll be dark days and rainy days and more bumpy days, but we’re on this journey called life together and I don’t want to be travelling beside anyone but you. So please be my Valentine ~ for the next 50 years or so?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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