New Beginnings

January 2014…

With those words comes  a breath of fresh air, for me personally, I was happy to see the end of 2013. So many amazing, crazy, wonderful & painful memories will forever be encased in what was 2013. One of my biggest years by FAR. work wise, soul wise, growth wise, it is one year I will be sure to remember, for the crazy beautiful roller coaster it was.

..and with that said.

HELLOOOOO 2014… This year, wow, i just know it is going to be MASSIVE. Wheels are being set in motion & plans are being followed through to ensure this is going to be absolutely KICK ASS!

I usually set myself a word or a phrase to kick start my year and this year is no exception.

This year it is ALL about New Beginnings.

– new location

– new aspirations

– new dreams

– new qualifications

– new friends

– new loves

– new PATH

– and soooooo much more.

What is your word for the year ? how do you want to feel, what do you want to be? If you need help with crunching it down to one word or  phrase.. you know where to find me!

~Linking in with Mrs #IBOT for community lovin’ ~


January 21, 2014 - 6:54 am

Lydia C. Lee - Wow! That’s a whole lot of change. Mine would be work, or money…and then balance. Getting the first but needing it to fit in with the lifestyle of 4 others. Of course, I’ve gone with a phrase – Walked in, Danced out.

January 21, 2014 - 7:04 am

Alli @ Ducks on the dam - Go you! I love the start of a new year for new planning

January 21, 2014 - 7:22 am

Mystery Case - My word this year is ‘me’. It’s for once in a very long time going to be all about ‘me’. For the first time in 20 year and 22 moves, hubby now has a permanent job and we no longer need to move at short notice and uproot three girls. I finally get a chance to put my career back on the agenda, not just take whatever is going and fits in with the family.

I’ve also signed up for a 12 week goddess transformation and I’m hoping to win the $10k makeover. Can’t wait to get started.

January 21, 2014 - 8:32 am

Cider In The Sun - Lydia – LOVE that phrase!!!! really really do. balance is a good word too, so hard to find it these days, but with a little shuffle, it can happen! x

January 21, 2014 - 8:33 am

Cider In The Sun - Alli – YES, it sometimes falls by the wayside, but I am determined to excel this year… like no other. x

January 21, 2014 - 8:36 am

Cider In The Sun - MC – That sounds like a VERY full on time with so many moves.. but how exciting that this is the year for YOU! Settled, career back on track, sounds like the start of an amazing year to be had. Good luck with it all and HUGE HUGE positive good luck vibes for your goddess transformation !!!

January 21, 2014 - 9:10 am

Me - It certainly sounds like you are going to have a kick-butt year – good for you !!!!!
I’m going to have to have a think about what my word for 2014 will be – if I picked it right now it would be – frustration – but that isn’t exactly a positive one so will have a think about something more suitable.
Have the BEST week !

January 21, 2014 - 10:11 am

Karen - What a year you have ahead of you! So many new beginnings, it all sounds very exciting!! 2014 for me is going to be about challenging myself!!! And following dreams! x Karen #teamIBOT

January 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Lee-Anne - An exquisite photo and lovely, uplifting words to match. 🙂

January 21, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Carica - This year I am focusing on Better. I have decided to avoid the whole “I need to change” thing and just do better in areas where I know I can do… better. I’m inspired by the new year and am expected better along with some new beginnings. #IBOT


January 21, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Deb - An Inspirational Journey - I love this, great attitude!!!

January 21, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me - What a gorgeous photo! This year I have to get in control, of myself, my life and my work. Sounds like you’ve got LOTS to look forward to – I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to 2013 I have to say, I lost many people I thought were friends, but obviously not

January 21, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Tegan - I have high hopes for this year. 2013 felt like a serious of kicks while I was down but I am telling myself that this year WILL be better and the only way from here is up baby!

January 21, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Fiona {the barefoot mumma} - Great attitude!! Have an awesome 2014 🙂

January 22, 2014 - 6:46 am

Cider In The Sun - Me (L) – yes, please think of something, something positive and uplifting that you can look at and remind yourself of and feel all warm and fuzzy. frustration is not good, I really hope that passes soon. x

January 22, 2014 - 6:46 am

Cider In The Sun - Karen – Challenging and dream following sounds PERFECT! I think it is going to be a kick-ass year for many! x

January 22, 2014 - 6:47 am

Cider In The Sun - Lee-Anne – Thank you! I am quite partial to a sunset snap! x

January 22, 2014 - 6:48 am

Cider In The Sun - Carica – I like it! Why not try and improve ont he things already infront of you, kudos to you and heres cheers to a inspiring year ahead x

January 22, 2014 - 6:48 am

Cider In The Sun - Deb – Thank you! Attitude is the first step forward x

January 22, 2014 - 6:49 am

Cider In The Sun - Emily – Beautiful sunset isn’t it! CONTROL is a wonderful word – Don’t linger in 2013 & lost friends. This just means you nwo have room for YOU and for some amazing new people to stumble on in. x

January 22, 2014 - 6:50 am

Cider In The Sun - tegan – Well, I think this is the year then, for all those kicks to fade into the past and for the happiness and love to shine on through. The first step is gettign yourself to believe this – you are there! x

January 22, 2014 - 6:50 am

Cider In The Sun - Fiona – Thank you, and you too! x

January 22, 2014 - 11:38 am

Melinda - Sounds like you have a big exciting year ahead! My word for 2014 is… I have no idea yet. Time to work on that I think! xx

January 22, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Cider In The Sun - Melinda – YES, that is the plan, choc full of awesome. Let me knwo when you come up with your word! xx

January 22, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Becci Birdy Num Num - I’m feeling positive about 2014 too and I think my word will be Do! I’ve talked too long and now with a new job in a different field (from the last 10 years), I’m excited for once. I just need to Do!

January 22, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Deb @ Home life simplified - wow sounds exciting – i love new beginnings – cannot wait to hear more. my word is nourish and it is all about investing in myself, my family, my dreams -= one positive step at a time xx

January 26, 2014 - 12:01 am

[email protected] - So exciting Meagan, you’ve got the whole, big , beautiful year ahead of you…..woohoo!!
My word for 2014 is DARE, and I hope I do xx

What’s something you used to enjoy doing before life got in the way?

Oh hey there! I know it has been a while between posts, there has been a lot going on over at the HAUS OF ME which has taken up allllll of my time and then some!

I’m still not ALL THERE as such, but wanted to share something with you from one of my nearest and dearest – Mr Jamie Scanlon.

So without further adieu, here is a marvelous post that ponders the question…. What is something you used to enj0y before life got in the way?! :

This question itself poses many more questions, the first one that I see is “what IS life”? How often do we hear people say “well that’s life”? What does this actually mean? Perhaps I’ll get to that in another post but for the purpose of today’s discussion, read this with your own definition of life in mind and draw comparisons based on your own values and beliefs.

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January 14, 2014 - 9:02 am

Vanessa - I have been there – I am there! I have all the trappings of a ‘proper’ or ‘good’ job (fancy company name, corporate credit cards) and none of these are things I want! I’m working my way out, but damn it’s a slow path out.

January 14, 2014 - 10:07 am

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile - I used to love having long conversations on the phone and now I’ll either have a really quick chat or just text instead. Kinda sad, but what can you do when time is limited?! xx Lucy #TeamIBOT

January 14, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Josefa @always Josefa - What an insightful post, love the idea of peeling back the layers, I think sometimes we do not even realise that the layers are being put there in the first place. I have started to peel away the layers slowly, to read, to write, to sleep, to “just be” with my boys….they are the moments that count xx Josefa #teamIBOT

January 14, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Kelly HTandT - I’m still trying to figure out what I love to do 🙂
Missed you girl x

January 15, 2014 - 3:54 pm

EssentiallyJess - Honestly I have no idea what I used to enjoy before life got in the way. I can’t remember ever not being so busy that I had time to just do stuff.
I was thinking the other day I miss having not got got my sewing machine out for a while, but I can’t commit to a project atm, so I won’t start one if I know i can’t finish it.

January 17, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Jamie - Hi everyone and thanks for your comments. This post was born after a I wrote a short story which goes into a bit more detail about my journey over the last 12-18 months which is by no means over. I am looking at turning it into a book at some point so watch this space! I will leave you with one piece of advice as there seems to be a similar theme in the comments, think of 3 things you used to do when you were younger, no matter how simple they are, think really hard what you wanted to be when you grew up when you were young and full of creativity. Actively make some time one afternoon, evening or even morning if you can manage it and carry out those activities that you used to do.

My example in my story is that I used to play the piano, I used to ride my bike and I used to draw, these things I had not done in a long time as I got caught up in the game of life. One day, I bought some new music books, I got a new bike and I bought some paper and pencils and did all three things which my soul had craved for so long. I actually ended up taking a month of work and what I like to think of as a month of life where I did what I wanted, when I wanted, with who I wanted and where I wanted and it made such a difference coming out the other side.

I hope this adds some value to your already budding thoughts. From reading the comments, I don’t think any of you are too far away from acting on those simple things you used to enjoy before life got in the way 🙂