Beginning again

Beginning again

Dawn is my favourite time of day.

There’s something to be said for being awake before the rest of the world to watch a new day unfold. It’s a peaceful time. Just you and the sounds of nature, unsullied by the sounds of cars, sirens, and toddlers shouting “Muuuuuuuum!” from their bedroom.

Like I said, it’s a peaceful time.

Most days, you will find me with a cup of coffee and a good book, snuggled in bed with a candle burning in the background. It is my “me time”. The time when I get to take a full, deep breath and appreciate the life I have created for myself and my son.

One morning, I was mindlessly scrolling on Instagram (as you do, am I right?) and I came across a text that struck a chord with me.

“There is something you currently already have, that the you from five years ago would be tremendously proud of.”

It made me pause because we are always in search of something more in this “always on”, rat race world.

We want the faster car, bigger house, more money, flash-y holidays, and the designer bag. We want more, more, more and we want it now. But do we ever stop and reflect on what we’re doing to get from where we are to where we think we want to be?

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Book Chat: November 2020 Reads

Book Chat: November 2020 Reads

The end of the month means it’s time for book chat!

Can you believe it’s the end of November? It feels like 2020 has zoomed by in the blink of an eye and now we’re staring Christmas in the face. There are candy canes everywhere, Christmas trees are flooding my Instagram feed, and Christmas carols are playing in every store. How did that happen?

So, what did I read in November?

I’m constantly asked about my favourite books, authors and genres. Reality is that I love all books. I will read any book that comes my way. My perfect day involves brunch followed by pots of coffee and a ginormous stack of books. Maybe a thunderstorm or two – just for good measure. Throughout November, I made it a priority to make a coffee and read before starting my work day. It’s a small act of self care that has quickly become part of my daily routine. It sets me up for a good day and has helped me to power through some books. Win-win.

Confessions of a Single Mum: What It’s Like When You’re Expecting The Unexpected x Amy Nickell

I picked this book up on a whim as hello, I am a single mum. I thought it would be a chance to get another perspective of a single parent in an easy-to-consume, entertaining way. I ended up picking up (and putting down) this book multiple times because I just couldn’t get invested in the story which, as a single parent, I found a tad ironic. I nodded along and drew many parallels but the overall tone didn’t “gel” with me. I liked the idea behind the book but I won’t be rushing to recommend it to other people.

Rating: ★★★

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I’m back, baby!

Alert the press. Tell the paparazzi. Someone warn the god damn state troopers. The Caffeinated Millennial is back and she’s here to stay (I think).

2020 has been a fucking t-r-i-p.

I would have laughed in your face if you had told me that the world would be gripped by a pandemic in 2020. I would have thought you were on a bad trip or had visited one too many shady “fortune tellers”. Unfortunately, we all know Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a very real thing and has brought about a very scary reality to many people. People losing jobs, homes, and relationships – everything a person works towards was taken in a moment’s notice.

My heart has broken over and over for those who have been affected – and continue to be affected – by the pandemic.

I am one of the “lucky ones”.

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