Light Links: September (+ October Intentions!)

Hi lovely readers. I’m going to mix it up with this last post of the month.

Along with the regular Light Links, I’m also going to look forward to the next month and set some intentions (I love this word over ‘goals’ - thanks Jess Lively).

Then at the end of each month we’ll recap and see how I did. Sound good? Ok, let’s go...

October Intentions

Cut off technology at 10pm (and read hard copy books)

So my reminders plan was going along brilliantly, but since I finished my last hard copy book, I’ve been a little lost after 10pm and have either been reading on my Kindle app or (let’s be honest) perusing the internet again.

This month I’m going to pick some books to replace the internet habit and wind down before bed without a screen.

This time last year...

This time last year...

Enjoy the daylight

Spring has rushed into Melbourne and I’m noticing the longer days more than ever before. I think because our new house has lots of natural light, it’s more obvious than in previous years.

I’m planning on sitting on our balcony or in our courtyard with a glass of wine after work as often as possible in October. 

Revel in upcoming events

I have some exciting plans for October - things I booked in months ago that are now almost upon me. It’s my birthday, I’m going to Soulfest and I’m spending a biennial weekend away with all the women in my family. I really connected to Laura Vanderkam’s post on how to make time slow down. This month I want to enjoy the moments I’ve been anticipating for so long and remember Laura’s quote:

“For the door does close, and eventually I will look back on all of this. Even happy moments bear in their shadows this melancholic reality. All moments, good or bad, are finite. All you can do is deepen your experience of them.”

September’s Light Links

And for those who enjoy my favourite links of the month, here they are for September.

Some measures to help you get to your higher self

It is 100% worth getting organised Friday afternoon for the week ahead: 

A fascinating article on intuitive eating and the intrinsic need to control

Anyone else struggle with being an adult some days

And finally, don’t forget to let go of perfection. 

Light Links: July

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Welcome to the monthly round up of my favourite links. I have to say I’ve been laying low this month as the weather has been pretty grim here in Melbourne - leaving more time for me to find great links for you to enjoy.

Despite many quiet evenings, I have also been spending a lot of time with friends and family.

I often forget how much relationships fill you up in between a busy work and home schedule.

And of course I had a fabulous time with the visitor I mentioned in this post. I hope you’re spending time with people who matter, and can also take some downtime to read through and get some take aways from these links:

I’m pretty much obsessed with the concept of intuitive eating lately. Here’s the basics. Could you make this mindset shift?

How many days a week do you take 8 hours for play? That’s the premise of work life balance.

I’m not too sure I have a good relationship with my smartphone but this article got me thinking about ways I could be more mindful. I’m good at #5, #10 and #13, but pretty awful with #12 and #22.

My husband is on holiday at the moment so I’m living vicariously through him by reading articles like this and this.

And for the parents out there. It doesn’t sound confusing at all…

Alissa Vitti has been popping up in my feeds a lot over the last few weeks. Jess Lively interviewed her last week about hormones and the power of your period. Very interesting stuff.


What stood out to you on the internet this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Light Links: May

How has your May been lovely readers? We’ve had some beautiful crisp days in Melbourne but the early mornings and evenings are definitely getting a little too chilly for me as we head into winter starting in June.

Luckily I escaped for a warmer weekend in Sydney, with quality girlfriend time. I also did some more decluttering at home and we celebrated my husband’s birthday. I’ve got lots of great links for you this month so grab a warm tea (or a cool wine) and enjoy.

Having a bad day? How to turn it around and talk yourself into a great day at work.

Smart ways to dial back at work (yes, you can dial back!) once you’ve set an expectation around your performance.

A personal story on saying yes to your purpose. Can you believe a female’s confidence peaks at 8 years old?

False ideas we may have around being a mother and having a career - a three part series:

Inspired by the original post from Jess Lively, Grace from Design Sponge shares the things that scare her.

Stop fighting against your feelings and ‘accept what is’.  

And finally, 40 quotes to help quiet your mind


Light Links: April

 
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How was your April? Mine was a great one - work has been busy but fulfilling, I've had some balanced weekends catching up with family and good friends, and life with Pickles the kitten is always sweet.

Grab a cup of your favourite coffee, tea or wine and enjoy some of my favourite links this month. And do let me know which one strikes a chord with you in the comments below.

See you in May! 

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We're starting off with something to bring ease to your weeknights: three easy, fresh and tasty pasta dishes. Sending this to the husband now. Hint hint...

Working too hard? Ok, who isn't really? I'm not guilty of all of these points, but holy moly numbers 3 and 4 stuck out to me.

I think I've always known I'm an HSP (highly sensitive person). Here's why we need rituals

You ladies know I'm now living the pared back life in my wardrobe (and yes, I promise there are more posts to come like that!). Here's some more realistic tips on building a minimalist wardrobe

Do you read Cupcakes and Cashmere? Her blog is massive, but she seems really down to earth. I'm always into behind the scenes posts - here's one on the tech and apps Emily uses day to day.

I could pretty much recommend every episode of the podcast The Lively Show, but this one stood out to me because of the bravery and honesty around, I'm sure, a fairly taboo topic. An interesting story about dealing with painful sex

Light Links: March

 
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How was your March lovely readers? My first thought was to say that mine was busy, but I've been reading a lot recently about how busy is some kind of proud badge we're all trying to wear.

'I work longer days than you', 'I haven't taken a lunch break in weeks', 'I check my email at 3am' ...and so on... This is definitely not me, but I don't want it to become me either. I've been very mindful to take care of myself through good food, exercise, meditation and kitten cuddles, so I don't burn out.

The weather is getting a little cooler in Melbourne which does make my motivation waver a little. I'm going to try and take advantage of future hibernation instead. I'm hoping for chats with friends on the couch, red wine and fuzzy blankets. To my northern hemisphere friends, enjoy all that spring brings!

Here are some of my favourite links from the last month:

When I have the motivation to prep for my morning the night before, things run much more smoothly. If you're not a morning person, here's some ideas on how to become one

I'm always on the look out for new gym songs and I found this '90s collection to work out too (or just listen to as a Monday motivator!) 

I'm sure I've said this before - but I love Zen Habits. Read this one about doing less, or really leaving yourself wanting more

For those struggling to see the positives at the moment - three great reminders. 

And lastly, a longer ready about how being busy is making us sick.  

 

Light Links: December

 
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Happy December lovelies. It has been a fun one for me – holiday parties, our housewarming (6 months late!) and some great weather.

I hope you’ve had a great December and enjoyed some celebrations too. 

Time to enjoy some of my favourite links from the last month. Happy new year, thanks for reading and see you for lots more in 2015! 

Oh and a quick note - I'll be posting on Mondays in 2015, so hopefully my posts will help you start the week off right.

A moving but confronting post on miscarriage and those things we need to stop sweeping under the rug.

Ready to change jobs or career path next year? Use the holiday downtime to get prepared for a change in 2015.

One of my resolutions is to improve my body image and stop stressing about my weight. Here's someone who has stopped the weight obsession. My favourite quote? "Never again would I confuse my self worth with a number, no matter how high or low it was."

I'm always fascinated by these experiments. What it's like to live a week based on Pinterest's most popular pins.

What looking back and looking forward can do for your goals. How Laura Jane Williams changed her life in 2014.

Light links: October

 

October has been a busy month, enjoying birthdays and finishing up my current job. Melbourne has had some lovely warm days too. I won’t rub it in to my northern hemisphere friends, but I’m looking forward to a great summer. Here are some links that caught my eye in October:

Totally boring and practical, I’m always googling how to store my fruit and veg. Why do my carrots never last?!

I love these 5 pragmatic tips about finding time for the things you want to do and not getting lost in busy days. My favourite is number three.

In the same vein, are you addicted to being busy? I do find the guilt seeps in if I’m not always ‘being productive’.

1984 and Brave New World are two of my favourite books, so I was excited to read this note Aldous Huxley sent George Orwell when 1984 came out (and to find out that he taught him briefly!). I must agree, I favour Brave New World.

An encouraging post about why it’s ok to do ‘the phantom’ (as I call it) at parties, and leave without saying goodbye.

Light links: September

 
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September has flown by, but for good reason – I spent a week of it on holiday! Enjoy the last days of September and some links I've found around the place this last month.

Pay freeze at work? Time to join a library and reap the positive feelings of reading and a pay rise.

 A cute infographic linking exercise and happiness.

This is just brilliant. Instagram has some distinct image trends, and Olivia lifts the curtain on their reality.

I found Susanna Conway recently and love this older post on freeing yourself from bad juju on the internet.

Do you guys follow Jess Lively? I particularly love her weekly podcast, The Lively Show

Light links: August

 
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It's the last weekend of winter here in Australia and, amazingly, it's a sunny one. Enjoy the last days of August and some links I've found around the place this last month.

The brilliant Myf Warhurst shuns the pressure of lists in favour of humour and ease.

Ditching the efficiency of Google Maps to submit to the senses. Could I slow down enough to take the scenic route? I’d like to try.

This one broke my heart a little. I spent a year living in London and this pretty much nails it. Thanks Ashleigh.

Some great tips that support ease at home. We moved house a few months back and I’m still working on number 3 – home décor perfectionism.

I’m fascinated by the ‘not good enough’ voice in many women’s heads – just one of the areas addressed by these successful women.

Holidays and the rest your brain truly needs