5 surprising things I’ve gained from becoming a student again

So many good things come from being a uni student- you get a student discount on public transport, you can get free Microsoft office programmes, and you (hopefully) learn new things!  I’m now in my third term of a bridging course that will see me eligible to enter a bachelor degree, I’m studying part time (25 hours a week is what they estimate) and I’ve been surprised at some of the positive things that have come about thanks to my study.   Continue reading

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Helping kids deal with grief

It’s not something any one wants to deal with but death and dying are natural parts of life.  Whether it be a pet, someone in your community, or even closer to home eventually our kids will have to face the concept of death, and it’s an issue not many parents are equipped to handle.  Recently our family had to say goodbye to a family member- here’s how we helped the kids cope.  Continue reading

Stop, drop & roll- 3 things to do when you are overwhelmed with life

No it’s not a fire drill!  Lately life in our household has been frantic.  Not only have we been running through daily life as per usual, but we have also just been through ‘show season’, where we volunteer at the 3 local agricultural shows around us.  Add on a few ‘bonus’ bits and pieces (hello football windup, sick kids and various unexpected events- I’m looking at you) and you have a frazzled family and an overwhelmed Mum (that’s me).  So I’m sharing my 3 coping strategies for getting through your week when you are feeling overwhelmed.

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Farm Wife Life; when the paddocks are bare.

It’s hard to explain, to someone who hasn’t lived ‘in the bush’, what it’s like to be here day in day out.  There’s a lot to love about living here, when I’m not finding creepy crawlies in my house.  One of the hardest times to live in a small town is when the industry around you is struggling.  This is especially true if the reason a year isn’t going well is due to something as simple as rain.

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Please don’t tell me to “just take a deep breath”

It’s not easy to write the less than perfect parts of life, and while I’d love to pretend I’m 100% on top of everything, that’s sadly not the case!

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Dear Busy Mum

Dear busy Mum, yes you the one that just rushed in through the school gate with a toddler in tow and a harried look on your face (like I did yesterday), I just wanted to let you know you are doing a great job.   Continue reading

Busy or effective?

I’m busy.  I’m so busy doing stuff , that I have no time for the little things like playing with the kids, or taking time to relax or do something I really, really want to.  I’m time and energy poor and it’s starting to get on my nerves!  So I’m writing this letter to myself, and all the other people out there that have too much going on to do things that they really want to do.
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Why Volunteering Makes the World Go ‘Round

In any community- big or small, urban or rural, the single best way to meet people and make meaningful connections is to volunteer.  By selflessly putting yourself out there, you are showing people who you are and volunteering says only good things about you.  It says you’re thoughtful, and care about something other than yourself, and if you volunteer- give you time for little in return- in my opinion you are someone I want to know.

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Mental Health Week; Beyond the Farm Gate

A few years ago I sat down with a beautiful friend who had just won the Western Australian Rural Ambassador award- in fact she had taken over from me, the first time in WA that the award had been won by two people from the same town in back to back years- quite an achievement.  We discussed what we could do with our newfound public profiles, our new networks and an ignited passion to ‘do something’ with the opportunity we had.  With Liz’s passion for mental health advocacy and her skills in health promotion, we decided to create a video, it would have two sides, it would educate people about our area and what farmers ‘do all year’ and it would draw attention to and give some support to men’s mental health because more men die by suicide than road accidents every year– a scary statistic.   Continue reading