Alli has news – big news! It’s time for change. Time to move on …

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It's time for change. Serious change. Time to take a chance. Walk my talk. Throw myself from the plane with all the faith in the world that my parachute will open. Just under two years ago my world was turned upside down when my business partner suddenly decided she wanted to pursue a different path (which was, of course, her right). I was shocked. I was terrified. All that hard work for nothing! I had to start again. After some serious … [Read more...]

Battling the thoughts in my head …

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Last week I shared a stack of intimate thoughts with a room filled predominately with strangers at our first big inspirational event. I know, right? Totally crazy in the coconut! Yep, I stood on a stage and read a poem. An actual poem (called 'She Sits'). An intimate, vulnerable, potentially embarrassing expose of the thoughts in my head. Even for this sooky-la-la over-sharer it was completely freaking terrifying! I expected some women … [Read more...]

Turning 40 – my life, my legacy, and a girl called Jess …

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I’m 40 today – happy birthday to me! And while I’m totally fine and dandy with saying see you later to my 30s (in fact – good riddance is probably appropriate to some extent), I have to admit that over the last few days I’ve found myself deep in contemplation. I haven’t been contemplating old age or wrinkles or saggy boobs or whether my eyes will soon fail me. Nope. Nor have I been thinking about the fact that I am now, and will be for many … [Read more...]

Let the Fabulous 40 Birthday Festivities Begin …

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Tomorrow I turn 40. Yep, the big 4-0! I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 38. It has been said before. I'm strangely okay with 40. As I've said before, I'm not exactly where I thought I'd be at this specific milestone, but I am happy and loved and safe. Can't ask for too much more than that (other than lotto - I'd like to win lotto, please!). There are a million ways I could celebrate, many of them extravagant. But, let’s be honest, I’m … [Read more...]

Memo to Women Everywhere: STOP BEING SO BLOODY MEAN!

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So, this week I made the super stupid mistake of commenting on a post about vaccination. I know, what was I thinking, right? Well, in my defence I was suffering from a gastro bug which clearly impaired my ability to think like a sane, rationale person who usually tries hard not to incite hysteria or cause dramas between women. Whoops! My bad. Let me be clear – it was a well thought-out, positive, non-judgemental comment. Just a few … [Read more...]

Why I’m running away from home (and you should too!)

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I know it’s only February, and it’s embarrassing to admit it, but I’m already seriously stressed. A seven-month-old baby girl who is not sleeping well, a little man who has just started grade one, an overworked and overwhelmed husband, a half-baked renovation and three businesses to juggle and I am spent. Exhausted. Confused. Overwhelmed. Knackered. Lost.  Blah.  I know – first world problems. But I am. No people, I’m not waving ... I’m … [Read more...]

A letter to my boobs / memo to my mammaries …

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Dear Boobs, Sorry I haven't written in a while. Hang on. Scrap that. This is my first letter to you - a memo to my mammories, if you will. We've been through so much together and this week we hit quite the milestone (our last ever breastfeed - boo hoo), so I thought I'd reflect on our relationship over the past 39 years. You truly are one of my closest friends – in fact, there’s no escaping you! We’re together for life, it seems. And … [Read more...]

Everything you ‘never’ wanted to know about a sooky-la-la, over-sharing, perfectly flawed almost 40-year-old …

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This year I turn 40! And you know what? I’m surprisingly okay with 40. I can’t put my hand on my heart and say that I am totally where I thought I’d be in life, but I have much to be grateful for. I have two gorgeous, healthy kids, a loving husband, a stack of supportive family, lots of loyal (crazy!) friends, a number of exciting little business ventures, my health, an awesome business partner, a new house (in need of a little TLC), and a … [Read more...]

What NOT to do when your son calls your bum big and chubby!

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A few days ago I went shopping with both Hudson and Grace, quite the achievement as a) Hudson hates shopping with a passion, and b) Gracie isn't a big fan of the pram. Yes, I know, I know, watch this space for the 2014 Mother of the Year announcement. Anyway, all was going unexpectedly well when something strange happened. There we were in the suck-me-in undies section when we had a nose to tail collision. Literally. Hudson's nose into my … [Read more...]

Confession time – I’m a red hot mess!

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In breaking news, I have officially let myself go. I'm a red hot mess, but for good reason. Our precious baby Grace is certainly worth it, but still, there's no denying that on a scale of one to holy hotness I am a solid -1.5. Thankfully I wasn't thinking of launching my international modelling career any time soon (phew right?!) so I have some time to tidy myself up. Guess I just forgot how much birthing / raising a little human takes out of … [Read more...]