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Monday, December 12, 2011

Have an awesome Christmas and New Year

It's been a year full of awesome, hasn't it! But that time of year has come, and I'm signing off from my blogging to take a break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Here's what we'll be getting up to Down Under :)

(prawn skewers, yum!)

(Nothing beats going to the beach on Christmas morning - no snow for us!)

(BBQs with family and friends)

(Test cricket on Boxing Day)

(Pavlova - my favorite dessert of all time!!!)

(And my niece/nephew is due on Boxing Day, woot!)

I hope you all have a fantastic festive season, filled with lots of good food, eats, and company. I'll miss you all, can't wait to reconnect in the New Year and hear all about what you've been doing.

Lots of hugs,

Monday, December 5, 2011

Loving what you do

As some of you may know from previous blog posts, I moved to a new city in January of this year. Canberra-the capital city of Australia-is very spread out, and there are wide open spaces in between many of the suburbs. I was driving along the other day looking out at the scenery (in between watching the road, of course), and I thought to myself, "I really love living here."

You see, while I've spent the last 15 years of my life in major cities, I was raised a country girl, and I'm just starting to realize that it's in my blood.

And that got me thinking. There are some things in life that we know are just right for us, that are in our blood, that have wriggled their way into our hearts and will never let go. There are some things we tolerate, some we push through hoping they'll change for the better, others we hate right from the start. But some things, the best things, just...click. It's how I feel about living here, in a city I now hope I never leave. And it's how I feel about my writing.

My writing is what I love. And it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. No matter what happens, whether I end up published or not, whether I publish multiple books or only one, I simply can't see a day where I give my writing up. And it brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

How about you: Do you love what you do? What things in your life make you smile, make you think that you'll never give them up?

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