Brisbane: Features and art

I think there could be a posted present if someone can work out where (most!) of these are. They’re all in Brisbane. All on the South side. Go!

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28 things I learned at 28

Tomorrow, I wake up 29. I don’t care about this number.
29 sounds glamorous, mysterious and magic.
In 2009, I did my 27 lessons I learned at 27.
They are still totally appropriate, but here are 28 more.
  1. That when you think your life is big, it gets bigger
  2. When you think you can love no more, that life finds a way to make your heart bigger
  3. Blending in is the devil
  4. There is no such thing as normal
  5. Letting go is hard
  6. Nothing happens without effort
  7. Wishing is giving control of your path to someone else
  8. Dust breeds dust bunnies
  9. Sometimes, the cat chooses you
  10. What has gone before, isn’t always the predictor for what comes next
  11. When things are hard, laugh. Enjoy the challenge.
  12. Running is a really, really, really good way for me to channel my anger
  13. I like exercise
  14. Roller Derby is a sport, not just spectacle
  15. Opting out is sometimes the opposite
  16. Courage comes in all shapes and sizes

  17. That being interested in everything is not a sign of failure
  18. I have a place in my family
  19. Friendships are not static
  20. People are not static
  21. There is a point in parenting where you see the future clearly (and it makes you teary to see it)
  22. Love does not come in one size
  23. Relationships are based on trust and communication
  24. Semantics are mildly important at times, deathly important at others and irrelevant at other times
  25. Time is precious
  26. Joy comes from within
  27. My favourite colour is not pink
  28. I am who I am, and I am truly okay with that.
Not as profound as last year, but some of these are very new. Embracing me, in all my crazy guises.

Holding On

It seems with the arrival of school holidays, somehow, incredibly, he has grown.

He is more than he was last week.

More bold, more brave, more silly, more tall, more talkative, more shy.

More.

And I find myself almost desperate to hold onto his littleness.

{stop, little one, please stop}

Holding on and squeezing, almost suffocating him. {Is this what my parent’s felt?}

And letting go. Again and again.

To wherever life takes him.

{We’ll always find a way, little one, always}

24/7 – My week in the static image

It felt like I was hardly at home, this week. Yet, there are hardly any photos! Our weekend consisted of parent/teacher interviews, derby and relaxing. Chillaxing, even. I have ideas taking shape and form on the horizon, which I will share really, really, really soon. For the moment, see what I got up to!

 

On the wall of a friend’s studio

This man is making big changes to his life and those who are around him could not be more proud of his achievements, or happier for him. It is truly a delight to see someone take the reins of their existence as he is doing. Oddly, I bumped into him twice this week and managed to squeeze in a chai latte with him. West End is an awesome place.

I went running…. On the treadmill. I can get up to 10.5km an hour and sustain it for about 3 minutes. I am working on being able to run/move 2km in 15 minutes. I’m currently on about 17 minutes. Suzie Dominzn and I are going to run the Bridge to Brisbane in August. Yes, I am putting it out there for the two of us! I think she would want me to make clear that we will do the 5km run!

 

My derby league had its second bout – Furies vs Vandals. I went for the Furies, they, uh, did not win. I reckon their second bout will see them come back to form! The after party is held at this quaint gem (ha, ha!) of a hotel… they cater for funerals too!

What is not pictured: Lunch on Friday with a fellow photographer, Janine Coveney and her gorgeous 2 year old (my new BFF). If you click here you can see photos from the day. With ME in them. Such a novelty!

It was pointed out to me quite recently that I have the most incredibly talented friends. From photographers, actors and musicians to doctors, accountants and entrepreneurs. I am truly, truly, truly fortunate to be surrounded by the people I am and incredibly blessed to have found such a supportive group in which I feel I belong. There is no one in my life that I do not appreciate or feel that their contribution is less than any other person’s. And that is an incredible gift to have in life. Thank-you, friends.

 

My Vintage Closet – The orange dress

Can I say, it’s hard to get other people to take photos of you? Even harder to actually share them? The little boy took this at the Christening on Sunday. By the way – Christenings are cool. The girl I knew who threw the shindig together – genius. The settings were perfection and we felt so welcomed! It was a really, really, really wonderful day!

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The orange dress is a no-name frock. I’m putting it in the 60’s. It’s all crocheted.

Hand made.

I love this dress!!!!! Purchased from a Capalaba Thrift store for $25 this year 🙂

Shoes: Diana Ferrari T-strap mary janes from about 3 seasons ago.

Socks: Target ($0.86)

Boy: My own. I tried storing him in the back of my closet, but he’s too tall 😉