Intuition is a powerful thing …

Trust you gut - Kylie Garner // Kreatology

Back in my university days I worked in small bakery owned by a husband and wife team who had recently become new parents and needed a helping hand at the shop.

It definitely wasn’t a glamorous job, but it helped pay the bills while I studied my Journalism degree.

They seemed nice enough initially. However each day I turned up for work, something just didn’t feel right. I could never put my finger on it. From the moment I walked through the doors of a morning, I would get this horrible churning in my stomach.

I put it down to anxiety and tried to fight through it, but each day the feeling got worse.

One day the wife dropped a sliced loaf of bread on the ground. To my dismay she picked it up, placed it in a bag and put it on the shelf ready for sale. I then watched as she sold it to a customer.

That was the day it just got too much for me and I resigned.

Barely a week after I left, there was a drive by shooting at the bakery. Turns out the baker’s wife was having an affair with the shop owner next door and the baker wasn’t to happy about it!

Intuition is a powerful thing. Sometimes, if it doesn’t feel right, you just have to trust your gut …

Thank you 2012, hello 2013!

Thank you 2012, Hello 2013

Gosh time flies. To be honest, the past two years are a bit of a blur. We said hello to a cheeky little redhead man named Riley in 2010 and since then, I’ve been consumed with finding a balance between freelancing and family. Trying to maintain a sense of identity that wasn’t simply “stay at home mum” has been a bit of a challenge.

It has taken a while, but I think I’ve settled into a rhythm. Having said that, I can’t help but feel I’ve been maintaining status quo.

So I’m declaring 2013 the year of change. It’s time to kick old habits and start new ones. And if it ain’t working, change it. I’m not going make grand New Year resolutions. The plan is to make small incremental changes that have a big impact long-term.

Here are a few things I want to focus on:

Get social – And I don’t mean social media! I’m sure all the mummies out there would understand that sometimes it’s easier to stay at home and avoid the public humiliation of a toddler tantrum. But it’s important to stay connected to family, friends and peers. So I’m looking forward to coffee with friends, eggs benny with my besty, the occasional lychee martini with the girls, client lunches, networking functions, art exhibitions, event launches …

Play more tennis – I struggle when it comes to exercise. I force myself to go to the gym because I know it’s good for me and if it wasn’t for the company of my good friend Cathy, I’m not sure I’d go at all. But I LOOOOVE tennis, so rather than force myself into something I dread, I’ll throw myself into something I love.

Kick the sugar habit – I’ve been reading Sweet Poison by David Gillespie and the effect sugar can have on your health and ability to lose weight. Frankly, it’s a bit scary. So I’m saying goodbye to soft drink, juices, ice cream, cookies and cake. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so giving up the chocolate is going to be devastating.

Blog, blog, blog – Time to show this blog some love.

Shoot lots – Photography is a bit of an artistic pursuit of mine and after my 2012 Canon EOS Photo5 win, I’m keen to perfect my craft. The only way to do this is shoot lots! So the plan is to take the camera with me everywhere and shoot as much as I can.

Take a barista class – The perfect Café Latte is an art form. I can tell when it has been made with love – the coffee has a fresh earthy aroma, the froth is silky smooth almost like a melted marshmallow and the latte art somehow makes you pause to appreciate the extra love on top. I’m on a mission to perfect my froth, so why not become a qualified barista?

Side projects – I have been collaborating with some lovely ladies on a few side projects in the past year, but unfortunately they’ve taken a back seat to paid work. So I am keen to dedicate time to get them off the ground in 2013. Stay tuned!

Learn to sing – who doesn’t want to rock the local karaoke bar?

But most of all, I am really looking forward to see what 2013 brings.