These last few weeks have been a little quieter on the blog front, and for good reason!
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I find myself trying to explain my online silence a lot. The truth is, I shouldn’t have to. The last 6-8 months have seen me spending less time online, and more time getting back to what really makes me happy – being present in whatever it is that I am doing. Whether it is simply having breakfast without checking my phone, or sitting down to an afternoon of cheese and wine with my parents; the offline time I now afford myself means the world to me.
I have had more offline time these past few weeks than usual.
In the space of just 3 weeks, I had 2 family weddings down in Margaret River; and sadly had to say goodbye to my grandma in Bunbury too. You would never imagine it, but it happened to us.
Just over a week after my cousin’s wedding our grandma sadly passed after a long battle with Parkinsons. And, exactly a week after grandma’s passing, my cousin’s younger sister was due to get married too. To say it was a rollercoaster of emotions for the family would be an understatement.
It may have been chaotic and emotional at times, but my heart was so full. I can’t actually remember the last time I spent so much time with all of my mum’s side of the family together in the one spot. Somewhere in the vicinity of 10 years ago would probably be most accurate. All of a sudden my second cousins whom I changed nappies on are old enough to have ‘cousins shots’ at the bar with us; and all of the extended family (through marriage) on my late grandad’s side were there in support. It was just magic. Family really is everything, not matter how crazy and quirky yours may be.
Despite the madness that ensued with so many big happenings in such a short space of time, I managed to really enjoy leading a slower paced life.
Thanks to all the family things happening down south the last few weeks, I found myself spending a good chunk of time back in Bunbury and surrounds. Normally my visits back home are more fleeting, so it was nice to be able to spend a little bit more quality time there.
I always love going home. I love being back with my parents in their respective homes, and I love the little creature comforts of the town I grew up in. Interestingly enough, Jo from The Glam Whisperer sent me a message while I was down there telling me that I ‘look my happiest’ when I am back in Bunbury.
She wouldn’t be wrong either.
I feel an immense sense of calm when I am back at home. All the stresses of the city life stay back up in the city and I am free to just be. I spend most of my time at the beach, out in the backyard, wandering in to town or barbecuing on the beach or boat. It is the lifestyle I grew up with and the lifestyle I love slipping back in to . Perth is my home, but Bunbury will always have a piece of my heart.
My slower pace hasn’t meant I have stopped working all together though, there has still been a lot going on!
In fact, I even ended up at an event down in Bunbury while I was there for the funeral and a wedding (you may have seen some of it on Instagram). I spent a day with the City of Bunbury and representatives of all the surrounding shires, celebrating the launch of their new consumer tourism branding, magazine and website. We explored street art, went on a mini boat tour and wound up at a gorgeous grazing lunch on the beach. It was such a beautiful day that has me so reenergised about everything happening down in my home town.
I have also been working hard on a lot of freelance work. There are always freelance pieces being put together behind the scenes, but the last month or so has seen an influx on that front. It excites me to be writing on topics I might not normally get to cover on the blog! As you can imagine, it does take up a lot of my time; thus explaining the slight radio silence you see here. That and the obvious attention on a slow paced lifestyle of late!