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Happy New Year

1 Jan

Wow, 2014 crept up pretty quickly. I wasn’t really expecting to be watching fireworks and sipping bubbles quite this soon, but there we were last night, with the rest of Sydney sitting by the harbour, picnicking and bathing in the spectacular fireworks that Sydney New Years Eve is famous for.

Sydney celebrates New Years Eve exceptionally well. Take one of the worlds prettiest harbour cities, add gorgeous summer weather (except for the 10 minute freak rain shower) and top it off with one of the world’s best fireworks display, and you have a Sydney New Years Eve.

If you don’t have a party to go to, if you forget to plan something huge, then all you need to do in Sydney is head on down to the harbour foreshore. With around 2 million partygoers lining the harbour’s edge, every vantage point becomes a huge multicultural communal celebration farewelling the old and welcoming the new.

When all the fun and games are over, it’s a great time to think and take stock about the year that was, and the year that will be. I love making resolutions, I’m generally not so great at keeping them, but my heart is in the right place. This year I’ve decided to keep it simple, just three resolutions that are hopefully very easy to keep. I’m thinking of them in a purely selfish way, something for my mind – blog more (not hard given 2013’s very ordinary effort), something for my heart – reach out and contact old friends, organise those catch ups and basically see more of people, and something for my body and soul – get out into nature and visit as many National Parks as I can (I would love to visit all of the National Parks in NSW one day). While they are resolutions that are purely for my own improvement, they are also definitely things that I can and will share.


Most importantly I hope that 2014 brings laughter, love and happy memories. Cheers to the new year!


No more nevers

17 Jan


Happy new year! I have finally given up the procrastination for my first post of the 2012. Yes, it has taken me a while, but the new year is bit busy around Drawn Outdoors HQ, not only do we have the fun of celebrating Christmas and New Year, but it’s also Mr Perfect and then the Drama Queen’s birthdays in quick succession. (I also have a really good excuse, in my quest to embrace our new christmas technology, our Ipad ate my blog post!)

Because of the number of celebrations, I love the new year. Not only is is a time for family, friends, food and fun, but it’s also a time for new starts, setting new priorities and making resolutions. Whether you’re planning to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthier or just smile more, it’s a time for taking a bit of a look forward and back and readjusting a little.

We have a new outlook around Drawn Outdoors. It’s been inspired by my lovely Drama Queen. I’m not sure why, but she has been turning into a bit of a negative nelly. More and more often I was hearing the word never. “I’ll never have chocolate again!” or “I’ll never ever play with my ponies”. Basically her world was becoming a bit too doom and gloom for my liking, so we made a new rule…

No more Nevers

Instead of never we’ve turned it into “I can’t wait”. Now we get “I can’t wait to have chocolate again” and “I can’t wait to go to the beach”. Not only are the words different and more positive, but they come with a smile instead of a scowl. I think it has actually made a huge difference to her general outlook.

The good news is, that between the rainy days that this Sydney summer has served up, the Capricorn birthday routine of choice this year has been beaches and pubs. Mornings spent in the sand sun and surf (well as much surf as a Sydney harbour beach can serve up) and evenings relaxing in a beer garden with family and friends… I’m hoping this tradition hangs on for my birthday!

In celebration of our new philosophy, happy new year and I can’t wait until my next blog post!!! Why don’t you join us in our quest to eradicate the nevers.


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