Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Kid President

by Sammie on October 22, 2014

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It’s that simple, isn’t it? Now if Kid President can work this out, and he’s a kid, why can’t all the grown up presidents figure it out too? Imagine how good the world could be.

Yes, imagine that.

I’m not a president and I guess if you’re reading my blog, neither are you. But together, we can make the world a better place. We can do good things that make a difference in a good way. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out  Chantelle’s list of good things we can do.

I hope your day is full of the good stuff.


Life Defining Moments

by Sammie on October 20, 2014

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So last week my Disneyland Half Marathon “Memory CD” arrived and I was so excited I could have crushed a grape. A whole vineyard of them, actually.

I have never bought official running photos before because well, they’re usually very unflattering and the Disneyland ones are no exception. The only  difference is of course that these photos were taken in  Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, so although the photos are unflattering, I look happy. Really, really happy. Weirder still, is that looking at these photos makes me really, really happy.

Anyways, the last photo in the collection is this.


The moment I got to cross the finish line AND high five MINNIE MOUSE!

This wasn’t just the highlight of my Disneyland adventure, nor even the highlight of our trip, or even the highlight of my year, it’s  a highlight of my life, what I have chosen to call a life defining moment. You know about life defining moments, right? You know,  it’s one of those game changing times, that no matter what you do, or where you go, you will never forget it for as long as you live.

Now, I don’t say call this a life defining moment lightly. In that high five and those 21km were my hopes and dreams of the past 3 years. I wrote about how the Disneyland Half Marathon gave me closure on cancer here.  My legs may have felt about a tonne heavier but my heart, it was as light as a feather.

I also have this bit of bling to jog my memory! What’s not to love about a medal the size of a doughnut?

Disneyland Half Marathon medal

When I think back upon a life definining moment whether it be a day ago or a decade ago, it’s as if I am transported back in time and I  feel all the feels and experience all the emotions, as if it’s happening all over again. Is it the same for you too?

One night while my brain was whirring at a trillion miles an hour as it is wont to do when it should be buying a one way ticket to sleepy town, I started to think of other life defining moments.

These include  include saying “I do,”  because getting married was so much more than just a big pink dress and a bit of a knees up, and feeling the sand between my toes the first time  I stood on Bondi Beach. (FYI – Australia, it was love at first sight!) Shortly after arriving down under, I decided I never wanted to leave and hot footed it to an immigration lawyer. True story.

Cancer was a series of life defining moments. It made me question my life and the choices I make living it. Life was good before, but now life is great. I can only liken life before to a really good photo, and life now, that’s been enhanced with a kick-ass filter, that makes it look sensational. When I say cancer changed my life for the better, people look at me like I had a part of a brain removed and not just my thyroid. But it’s true, it really is.

So now I’ve told you my life defining moments, will you tell me yours?

Where to Stay in Bali – The Conrad Suites

October 16, 2014

This time two weeks ago I was back in Bali chillaxing as if it was going out of fashion. “Sigh.” We made a return visit to  the Conrad Suites Bali which was the perfect place to kick back and relax after five weeks of running around on our epic adventures. The suites are located in an [...]

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Winnie the Pooh

October 15, 2014

Winnie knows what’s what. In the blogosphere, the question on everyone’s lips, is “what’s your niche?”  I’ve pondered this question for almost 3 years and could never come up with an appropriate answer. Until that was, when I saw this quote from the oh-so-wise Winnie the Pooh and had my lightbulb moment.  ”Ta-Da!” Your niche [...]

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Thermomix No Bake Granola Bars

October 14, 2014

Makes 12  bars or 16 squares We love these no bake Granola bars of dairy-free deliciousness. They are just like LCM bars, only they taste better and they’re better for you. They have proved to be very popular in these parts and I  hope you love them as much as we do.  Ingredients 190g rolled [...]

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The Cancerversary – the 3rd edition

October 10, 2014

Today, I have at least 1000 reasons  to smile. It’s my 3rd cancerversary, so let’s get this party started, ok? I always feel compelled to mark my cancerversaries because they remind me of not just how far I’ve come but how much I have to be grateful for and how much I still have to look [...]

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Just Say No

October 8, 2014

Last week, I read this awesome post by the equally awesome Dr Sash and it really resonated with me. Since I had cancer, I am much better at saying no  to things I can’t or don’t want to do, but at the same time, I am constantly in the grip of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) because I [...]

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Simone’s Thermomix Best Ever Muffins

October 7, 2014

Makes 12 I know recipes have been in short supply of late. Five weeks of globetrotting will do that to one’s blog. However, this one is a corker. Simone was kind enough to share her best ever muffin recipe with me   which I cannily converted to the Thermomix. These muffins are the light fantastic. [...]

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Taking Stock – The Back to Reality Edition

October 6, 2014

Pip from Meet me at Mike’s started the Taking Stock series and I love it so. I’ve taken stock a couple of times this year, first in January and then in June but I was so  inspired by Nikki from Styling You’s  recent post, that I decided to take some stock of my own. Welcome to  the Back to [...]

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Bumbu Bali Cooking Class – How to Become a Balinese Masterchef

October 2, 2014

So I’ve wanted to go to the Bumbu Bali  Cooking School for like, forever. Well, since last year when I came to Bali, which feels like forever. These classes are super popular,  have a maximum of only  14 students and get booked up way in advance. I was so miffed at missing out last time [...]

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