A Year of Yes, Week 5: Nitaai Breathing

Today I visit the St Helen’s Community centre in Glebe not quite sure what to expect in the advertised “relaxed breathing” class. At best I guess it will be a lesson in something like pranayama. I have practised different types of meditative breathing techniques before but I think this is still a “new” experience for…

A Year of Yes, Weeks 3 and 4: Beginner’s Pottery

In week 2 of my pottery class we smooth, shape and prepare our bowls for painting and firing in the kiln. Again, two hours flies by as it takes incredible focus to trim and shape my dishes. Once we receive our instruction on the process it’s all up to me to finish my projects and…

A Year of Yes, Week 2: Beginner’s Pottery Course

Today I begin my first of three, beginner’s pottery lessons, at Silky Shapes Pottery Studio in Crow’s Nest. When I arrive, there are several ladies finishing up their work and a few others on a sofa chatting, waiting for the next class to start. The room smells strongly of curry and earth. The space is…

A Year of Yes

Something I love about travel is stepping outside of my comfort zone. I wholeheartedly believe that through discomfort comes growth. Unfortunately, the day-to-day routine gets the better of me. Life feels stagnant. I encourage my kids to say yes to trying new things. They are all so good at it. They are joiners and so…

On Becoming a Sydneysider

As we approach two years in Sydney, I am reminded of how far we have come as residents in this strange and wonderful land. We began our time here with annoyances and jokes about all of the differences compared to where we had lived previously. Patience and time are what is required to feel more…

Cairns, Crocs and Companions

Airline: Jet Star Flight Time: 2.5 hours from Sydney Time Zone: AEST Dates: 4 July – 8 July, 2018 Thank god for good friends. They have your back when you need it the most, they don’t complain and they support you and your attitude when you are down. Just these sorts of friends flew over…