Memories of 2016

2016 has been quite the year.

It started with a family holiday in Palm Springs (the best place & not just for adults) and we continued to take short trips out of town throughout the year, something we haven't really done in 2015.

Our beautiful Zelda arrived early and surprised us all. Lulu started pre-school. Our renovation finished. Nick built his first bike.

I collaborated with local business owners to host a Maternity Leave Lunch  and I organised a sold out charity movie night.

And as the year draws to a close I thought I'd share a few of the highlights from the past year on Girl in the Pjs:

Home Decor highlights - our Before and After - Open Plan Kitchen and the best backyard swimming pools

Parrtjima
Pregnancy style

Style

highlights - Autumn Colours and Black Dress with Furry Vest

2016 has come to a busy, busy end and I am looking forward to taking it a little easier in the new year. So many people are wanting this year to be over, but I for one, I am so thankful for all the things we have been able to do and experience this year. I achieved the goals I set for myself. I have a renewed focus on my day job and this blog.

Stay tuned in 2017 for more collaborative work and more of our everyday life in Central Australia.  Wishing you all a very happy new year, thank you so much for reading  xx

New Podcasts to Love

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My most favourite podcast, Something Wonky, has ended. They said they would only do 200 episodes and they have done just that, 200. Podcasts are my jam when I work out, I can't do it without them, so I have been on the lookout for something else to listen to. Scrolling through the top 100 podcasts on iTunes, I came across the Mamamia Podcast Network. Mamamia is not normally a website that I go to. The site just isn't for me, but I greatly admire Mia Freedman, the woman behind Mamamia. She has been a force for good in the magazine world and she has achieved so much. It also turns out that the podcasts produced by the Mamamia network are for me. The 

No Filter

podcast and the

I Don't Know How She Does It

podcast are both fantastic.

On

No Filter

Mia interviews interesting people about their lives, no filter. I started with the Caroline Overington interview and found it fascinating. From her time in New York working as a correspondent with 18 mth old twins, to her mantra 'Fake it until you make it', to her helping Oprah live her best life.

I Don't Know How She Does It

 podcast has an interview with busy women about how the fit everything into their day. Women who you've wondered 'how the hell does she do it all?' It's a fascinating incite into the lives of women we admire and women we may not have heard of, who have busy, busy lives. I started with the Michelle Bridges podcast, eager to hear how she's going with her fitness empire and new bubba. Interestingly enough she does not have a full-time nanny, she co shares the 'babysitting' with her partner.

Both podcasts have the feeling that you are just out for coffee with friends. The women chat easily, it's fun and it makes you think. It's very different to Something Wonky, I am going to have to find a new political podcast, but I do like how

No Filter

and

I Don't Know How She Does It

have opened my listening horizons.

Ps

Seven Things to Read Do Listen

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Podcasts I'm Loving

Post Partum Fitness Update

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Ok, so inspire of my best intentions, I have not been regular with my exercise. I have, however, found that my overall fitness level has been maintained through this past pregnancy and postpartum exercise has not been as big a mountain to climb, so to speak. Through August I was quite sick and this stopped me from exercising as much as I would have liked. I'd like to blame the kids, I really would but they haven't stopped me from exercising, I have. September has been a little on the cooler side and that just prevents me getting out of bed early in the morning. Plus the rain, who wants to head outside in the rain, even if it is to the gym?

Achievements

Instead of dwelling on what I haven't achieve, let's look instead at what I have accomplished, fitness wise, in the past three months:

My fastest ever 5kms - I entered the 5km run during the Alice Springs Running Festival and completed my fastest 5kms.

I can do 3 sets of 40 sec wall sits.

I did the 8km King of the Mountain walk from the YMCA to the top of Mt Gillen. I placed in the top 50 females. Considering there were 500 participants, I think that was pretty good.

Goals

I haven't hit many of my goals but did achieve things that weren't on my goal list. Maybe the lesson here is not to make goals & to take every opportunity that is offered? Ha! This time round I am going to set a realistic goal of exercising at least 4 days per week. Here's to realistic goals & grasping opportunities.

Ps

My Postpartum Fitness Journey

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Exercise Stats 2016 Week 1

(inc my previous goals).

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My Morning Routine

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I love reading about people's routines, so today I thought I would share my morning routine with you!

When you have a

3 year old, you don’t tend to need an alarm. Lulu wakes me up anywhere between

5:30am and 6am

. Nick and I alternate which mornings we exercise (You can read about how we fit exercise into our daily routine here). If it’s his day to go mountain bike riding* then I play with Lulu, make coffee and breakfast. For breakfast I love muesli and Lulu normally has toast.

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7am

Post breakfast is a scramble to shower, clothe, hair and make-up before getting Lulu ready. By the time I’m ready, Nick is normally home to help get Lulu ready. I then prepare her daycare things while he gets ready.  

7:35am

We leave Triple J on in the morning as a time keeping devise and because for the most part, they tend to play great music in the mornings. 

7:50am

Nick’s work is across town and takes longer to get to, so I drop Lulu at daycare.  We’re normally backing out of the driveway around 7:50am. The daycare drop off is usually a fairly easy process. She loves her daycare and her friends and is easily distracted as soon as she gets there.  I then drive to work. To get a little more exercise in my day I have been parking a little way away from my work and I normally arrive a little after 8am which I make up at the end of the day. 

What does your morning routine look like? It is all rushed or a little relaxed?

Please share in the comments below.  

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Saturday Mornings - Coffee and TV on the couch!

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f it’s my day to exercise then I head to the gym and shower there before heading home to help get Lulu ready for daycare. 

Ps

3 Ways to Fit Exercise into your Daily Routine

Inner Confidence - A lightbulb moment

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At the gym the other a little while ago I was listening to

Jen Kirkman’s podcast

and she mentioned that at school she always assumed she was right and the other kids were wrong. For example, if the kids hated her shoes then she would just think that they were idiots with no taste, that she was the one with awesome taste. This struck a cord with me as I tend to be the opposite, wondering what is wrong with me and what I can change. A friend had also mentioned something similar a few weeks before, saying that she never takes that look on someone’s face or their attitude personally, she just assumes that they are having a bad day. Again I am the opposite, tending to wonder what have I done to upset them. 

This realisation, that other people don’t internalise things the way I do has been more than a little life changing. I shouldn’t always be wondering what I have done to upset people or thinking that my clothes/hair etc aren’t good enough. I need to be confident in my behaviour and instead think that they are the ones with horrible taste or that they are having a bad day. I can think about what I can do to make their day better but I don’t have to wonder what I have done wrong because the answer is more than likely that I haven’t done anything wrong!

It really made me think that I sure don’t want to be instilling that kind of self doubt in Lulu at all. I want her to be confident and assured in her taste. I want her to have empathy for other people but I don’t want her to internalise other people’s behaviour and attitudes. I want her to have Jen and my friend’s confidence - and my new found confidence. 

Do you internalise everything or do you have a well developed inner confidence?

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