Affirmative

If you come across me muttering to myself, please don’t escort me to the local loony bin (or PC equivalent) because I’m probably reciting affirmations (or hugging and telling giant rose quartz rocks I love them). Affirmations are inspirational statements you say or think about yourself.  These positive phrases help set off a chain ofContinue reading “Affirmative”

Yvette vs. world: Spring edition

It’s that time again, spring is springing. Jasmine fills the nostrils, blossoms bloom, baby birdies chirp and the sun comes out (in between rain and gale-force winds if you’re in Melbourne). A perfect time to reflect, renew and try some new things on my quest to being the best version of Vettie I can be.Continue reading “Yvette vs. world: Spring edition”

Negative Ninnies

Are you surrounded by negative ninnies? You know the type. Debbie and Dave Downer who always seem to be there reminding you of the black lining, the thunderclouds overhead, the glass half empty, the what-if-it-doesn’ts? We are greatly impacted by those we surround ourselves. Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five peopleContinue reading “Negative Ninnies”

Never give up

It’s hard not to give up and give in when something you want eludes you. Maybe you didn’t want it that bad after all, maybe a substitute will suffice but maybe there’s still a small voice whispering, I still want it. How can you amplify this voice and continue to go for what you wantContinue reading “Never give up”

Now for a walk in the black forest

I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of a brisk walk. Winter in Melbourne may not seem the obvious time for this but there’s a kind of magic in breathing in the crisp air and crunching the crisp leaves underfoot. It clears the mind, awakens the senses and rejuvenates the body. I get into a kind ofContinue reading “Now for a walk in the black forest”

Wishful Drinking

Now I must admit that I stole the title from Carrie Fisher’s (RIP Queen) excellent memoir but it’s such a good one. I’ve done a lot of wishful drinking in my time. Wishing to change my mood, fill the void, escape loneliness or boredom or just plain wishing for another drink. I’m pleased to reportContinue reading “Wishful Drinking”

Socially Sober

I spent 2 weeks off social media and survived! How did I do it? How did I find it? What have I learnt? What did I miss in the land of the Kardashians and cat videos? As part of my Yvette vs. the world challenges, a dear reader-thanks Melissa-suggested a social media break. At firstContinue reading “Socially Sober”

All in

I’ve been thinking about the advice we are sometimes given by well meaning parents, teachers and members of the general public. ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’, ‘have something to fall back on’, ‘get a balanced education’, ‘don’t rock the boat’. Obviously this is coming from a place of protection and concern andContinue reading “All in”

Yvette vs. the world

I’m going to give myself challenges like I’m a little guinea pig. Things I want to try or do or experience. I’m a scaredy cat though so I doubt there will be anything involving heights or going upside down or spinning around. This may need to be considered on a case by case basis. I’veContinue reading “Yvette vs. the world”

These are a few of my favourite things

Don’t get me wrong, I love raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens as much as the next gal but there are some additions I’d like to make to this song. Here are a few more of my favourite things. British crime dramas with dapper detectives: Sherlock, Midsomer Murders and Broadchurch. Something about the floppyContinue reading “These are a few of my favourite things”