Simple living decisions

It’s always important to make time to reflect and try to figure out what next for the next few months. Whether you are trying to live a much simpler life or just trying to live, taking time out is key to surviving and being happy.

  city scenes of my hood

city scenes of my hood

For me, I had a first full quarter with my new team and new strategy which has worked well, I have closed off a menacing issue that has been going on for the last three years of my life, and I have managed to relinquish and extra business activities which were causing unnecessary pressure.

Now I feel like I am finally in a mental and healthy position to enjoy life again and plan for the upcoming year. Yes, it’s nearly 2019 … can you believe it?

No matter what comes to play over the next few weeks and months, I know for a fact that I will continue to follow living a simple life - learning to live without rather than never being satisfied and wanting. My focus will now be back on my home and family.

How am I doing or starting this?

  • continue to clean and throw out things that our family do not need or have not used in over a year

  • stop buying commercial cleaners and making my own (I so love this and the house smells amazing every time I use my new homemade cleaning products)

Over this coming week, I am going to start planning our meals and grocery shopping again. I haven’t been doing much real cooking lately and I kinda miss it! I’ll share how that goes with you in a few weeks.

Home made cleaning products

So today I finally got my act together and starting cleaning my house with homemade cleaning products.

It actually started a few weeks ago, when I began using Eucalyptus oil and water to clean my floors, both timber and concrete. I was sick of buying cleaning products, going through them really quickly and then having to buy more products all over again. Not to mention the waste, but the cost of cleaning was and required shelf space to store was increasing. So much for my drive to live simply!

I always have eucalyptus oil on hand (great to put in steam to drive away colds and the winter lurgy), with it’s great anti-bacterial properties, I thought why not just start using it to clean the floors. It works wonders! Just mix with some water, spray or pour on the floors and mop away. It also leaves the house smelling divine and fresh.

After searching on the internet for homemade cleaning products and a trip to my best friend Chemist Warehouse, I came home with a few items to help me get started on my cleaning concoctions.

The following is an Apple Cider based General Cleaner which I put together and have just used to clean my bathroom and kitchen. I’ll look to use it for the whole house, once I get the motivation to clean again :-)

General Cleaner

In a spray bottle, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and boiled water.
Add a few liberal drops of eucalyptus oil.

Shake well and clean away!!!

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General Cleaner

apple cider vinegar, water, eucalyptus oil

The bucket list

Bucket list meaning:
"a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime"

Yesterday marked the end of another part of my professional career in technology allowing me to tick off yet another item on my bucket list: work with an early stage technology startup!

On Monday I will be joining an early stage Australian startup Bookwell (bookwell.com.au) as Head of Sales, which is something I am really looking forward to and excited about.

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This opportunity is another reminder that you can never really plan for what is going to truly happen in life, but only be prepared to handle change. I have always wanted to work for a startup, and continue to quench my thirst for learning. Joining Bookwell will allow me to do this, especially as it will throw me into an industry which I know very little about. But I know with persistence and sheer hard work, it won't take long for things to really take off.

This year, I want to keep sharing with you stories on what keeps me passionate and driven throughout my life. I realise that I can never really give up 'working or staying involved' in the technology space as it is one of my passions. But I can never give up recent new found joys such as my ceramics practice either!

Luv,
Belinda x

New studio and new direction for 2018

As we reach the end of 2017, I am trying to slow back down and reflect on achievements and learnings for the year passed. Needless to say, it's been crazy and hectic.

I started a new pottery studio with two others (Deb Taylor and Agatha Pupaher) in a bid to provide space to the growing number of people in our community interested in this art and craft.

After a few months, however, I discovered that trying to balance running a studio, with work, my own ceramic practice and most importantly supporting my family, was too much. I had all of a sudden gotten 'busy' again and lost sight of why I had made the decisions in my life to slow down a few years ago.

So it was time to break away and go on my own as a ceramicist/potter.

 scenes from my new studio dec 2017

scenes from my new studio dec 2017

Moving studios will allow me more concentrated focus on developing my skills and growing my business into the future. And I am hoping to share with you some of the new things planned early in the new year.

My new studio also now allows me to spend quality time with my growing son and the rest of my family. As I get older, I realise even more the importance of family. They are the ones who will always be by my side, no matter the circumstances and I have to cherish every moment and opportunity to be with them.

How did you get started?

Many people ask me how I got started with ceramics. And to be honest, the answer is not a profound calling! The truth is, I got started with ceramics because I had enough of constantly buying stuff online and thought to myself ... surely it would be easy to make myself a dinner set.

With a new goal at hand, I spent all night trawling through the internet trying to find a pottery course close by ... finally found one ... enrolled in the next available course ... and patiently waited for the first day to arrive. This was back in early 2013.

After my first lesson I was addicted. However, it wasn't easy! The first pieces I made were awful, but at the time, I thought it looked great :-) Surely this thing I have just made could pass as a cup, and surely I can make 8 of these exactly the same.

Well, over four years on and my family is still waiting for our dinner set made by me and also a set of matching cups to drink from. They could be waiting for a while. We only use seconds/samples at home!

I have never looked back from that first lesson. I have found a new passion where I can create, really slow my thoughts and pace of living. I am also honoured to be able share the beauty of handmade with you, which I hope you all enjoy.

 

 learning to throw

learning to throw

AFL Grand Final Day 2017

Even though I'm a Sydney-sider through and through, I have been addicted to AFL since my son started playing when he was 5 years old. The game is pretty exciting and full on at the best of times. The Swans didn't make it this year, but still I sit with the family glued to the TV watching in anticipation on who will win.

 watching the game in the comfort of home

watching the game in the comfort of home

Dinner has been put on hold and we are resorting to eating junk food ... but hey, it is the grand final after all!

Please excuse the brevity of this first post as I'm not used to blogging. Here's hoping that my blogs will get better over time.