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: August

Spring is finally on its way to Australia. Longer days and sunshine do make a difference to my mood, no matter how I try and accept winter.

I’ve been trying to inject some more fun into my days this month. I’ve been making sure I schedule fun catch ups and self care early in the week, so I’m not always hanging out for the weekend.

Some of those self care occasions involve reading my favourite blogs. My favourite links from this month are below - enjoy!

Wondering how to simplify your days? I need to focus on #4.

I think Mindy Kaling is my hero. Here’s an essay from her on confidence (and her interesting view on mistakenly labelling people as ‘workaholics’). Plus Stephen Colbert loves her too = win. 

If you personally need some ideas on self-care, read this. I love the cute flow chart.

This one was very popular on my social media this month - what to do if you’re feeling burnt out and unmotivated

On that note, I’m off on holidays for a week! For all you planners out there, here’s some ideas on how to make the most of a day off.

And if you’re interested in holidaying like it’s 1999, read this:

“You bring a paperback book and a fancy new yellow Sony CD player. You have a drink, read a little and relax.When your friends show up, you snap a few group photos with a disposable film camera (there’s no such thing as a selfie yet) and hope they turned out O.K. It’s heaven."

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: June

Happy end of June, dear readers. How was your month?

We started the month with our annual winery jaunt to Rutherglen and ended June with a bonfire at a friend's farm in Trentham. I know it's cliche but it really does rejuvenate me to get out of town and do something different on a weekend. Try and schedule some time out of your regular town when you can.

It wasn't all picture perfect winter getaways though - I had a cold that hung around for quite a while. After feeling virtuous for taking a day off in an attempt to halt the cold in its tracks, it ended up hanging around for longer than I'd hoped. It's a great reminder to stop and truly relax when your body tells you to. If you could see my wintery outfit and ugg boots right now, you'd know I'm embracing this idea.

Enjoy my favourite links from this month. 

The pressure to look good when every day is now school photo day...

Do you guys know about my obsession with watching cooking shows? Barefoot Contessa used to be my Saturday morning jam. Check out some life lessons from Ina Garten.

I am not a messy person, but have feelings of both jealousy and appreciation for those around me that are. Here's 3 lessons we can learn from the messy

How many times a day do you apologise? Things you need to stop saying sorry for

A dear friend of mine told me about a breathing technique she's been trying to help her fall asleep. The next day I spotted this article that claims to help you fall asleep in under one minute. I'm yet to try it out, but let me know your results in the comments below. 

This spookily sums up my impression of Sweden on my short trip there a few years back. I love so many of these lessons, but definitely need the one about not letting the weather stop you as we head into the Melbourne winter. 

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: February

 
The newest family member - Pickles! 

The newest family member - Pickles! 

It's the last Monday of February (and the last Monday of summer here in Australia) and we're a couple of months into the year. It's going pretty great for me so far, but there's lots of things I hope to work on in 2015, including one of my favourite things - this blog.

February was full of quality catch ups with friends and a new addition to our family, a rescue kitten named Pickles. He's pretty amazing.

Here are some interesting links I've found over the last month. Enjoy your week lovely readers.

I'm not sure how realistic this is, but here's a take on the perfect routine for your work day. Yeah, power naps still don't fly at my workplace.

Do you regularly criticise your body? I know I do. Hopefully it won't take illness to appreciate it - here's a beautiful take on how we view our bodies from Susannah Conway

A breakthrough for me in February - I deleted the MyFitnessPal app from my phone! This article reminds me why.

I forgot to share this one back during the holiday season, but it's just as relevant throughout the year. Ditch the pressure of planning an amazing holiday, stay home, stay off social media and relax

And for a laugh I'm sure we can all relate to - The 12 emotional stages of a pedicure

My new 2IC here at the blog.

My new 2IC here at the blog.


Light Links: January

 
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Repeat after me: I will not become one of those people who constantly talks about how the months are flying by…

Ok, January has gone a little quickly.

But between winery visits, beach swims, dancing to hip hop from 1988-1992 (truth), a 30 day yoga challenge and a few days off, it’s been an eventful, summery one. A theme came through in my favourite links this month - lots of ease and clearing space. It’s a great time of year for that. Enjoy.

A very handy guide for those bleary-eyed mornings, particularly after a break from work. 10 things to do for the first 10 minutes of your day.

Brilliant for multi-taskers (like me) - how to use unexpected free time.

How blissful does this sound? A staycation spent reading. If you’re not a reader, insert your favourite activity and go for it.

Here's a great article on mindfulness. I’ve been working on this in January. When I’m at work, focusing on work. When I’m exercising, focusing on my body. Stop living life a few hours ahead of yourself and stay present.

My new mantra for decluttering - stop buying more cute storage contraptions to keep it in and throw it out instead.

What are you making more space for in 2015?

 

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.