Pieces of Me

May ~ My Month of Grateful

My year always starts in a whirl wind. Summer holidays – family road trip – start of the new school year – AJ’s birthday – our anniversary – our holiday away sans kids – PJ’s birthday – my birthday – throw in Easter and this year Kidspot Voices of 2014 and I am well and…

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Kidspot Voices of 2014

There is good reason you should always check your spam folder. Sitting at breakfast in the Sunrise hotel in Hoi An mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed with one hand and holding my Vietnamese coffee with the other. I received a text from my sister “any emails from Kidspot?” Breakfast was our time to chat,…

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The Confucius Cup

I was standing in Tan Ky House; a house that was two centuries old and had been home to seven generations in Hoi An. I was lost in my own world. The voice of the tour guide drifted past me; I was distracted by the heat, my sore feet and the longing for another Hoi…

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Do You Look After Yourself?

Probably second to “how do you manage to do so much?” I find myself being asked “are you looking after yourself?” Since having my boys, I have stopped even knowing what that question means. When I was juggling a newborn I thought it meant “are you getting enough sleep?” Quite seriously in that case, the…

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Kara’s Party Ideas Workshop

Sometimes opportunities tap you on the shoulder and you leap at the chance to dive into them. Other times you need a little convincing. When the news of Kara’s Party Ideas Workshop popped up on my Facebook feed I cannot deny that I was excited about the mere idea of being in the same room…

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Vietnam

The resonating heart beat of the city echoes with each sound of the motorcycle horn. It is a ceaseless pulsating hum that forms the backdrop to Ho Chi Minh. Hanging thick in the air is not the pollution you would expect from a city bustling with seven million people. Instead the air is heavy with…

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Free Falling

Sometimes I wonder just how much control we have over our lives. The scientist in me calls to reason and logic and begs for control over almost everything in our lives, if not everything. But the dreamer in me believes otherwise. This year started with a new mantra. I started this year being open to…

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Memories

I ended last year disappointed in myself for quite a few things. It was not a good way to live a year, nor end a year. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to expectations and I am learning to be more kind to myself and let go of many things. But some…

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Surrender

A new year and it feels like a barricade has gone up in my mind with a bright neon sign – “wrong way go back.” The imaginary hazard tape protecting the peace and tranquillity of the summer and stopping me from getting caught up in the crazy faced pace madness that defined last year. It…

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Stealing Time

I cannot begin to define the year that has passed. If I did, I feel that my words would only reduce the significance of so many important events and moments to mere words on paper, a two dimensional memory and nothing more. I wish I could write that this year has been defined by my…

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