Wednesday, 18 January 2012

In the wise words of Gisele!

"People think if you look after yourself you’re being selfish, you know. But what Tom  (Gisele's equally hot husband) taught me is that in order to be your best, you have to honor your own needs first. If I honor my needs first, I will be the best wife, the best mom, the best sister, the best friend. I have to come first, because then everyone benefits." Source: Gisele - Million Looks

I know what you are probably thinking - easy for the supermodel with a gazillon dollars to say. But isn't it true that on those rare occasions when you do put yourself at the front of the queue before everyone and everything else, you actually feel and are 100% better for doing it.

This year I have made it a resolution to do something that is totally about me (catch up with friends, meditate, go to the gym - ha! ha!, read a book) once a week and yep I am sticking to it and yep by Sunday I am no longer the wicked witch of the west.

PS. Took me awhile to work it out but having a job is not actually doing something for me!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Masterchef I ain't and don't want to be!

I have a confession to make. About once a fortnight, I stick a couple of slices of cheese on a piece of bread, zap it for 30 secs and call cheese on toast dinner for my 3.5 year old. He loves it, I'm completely fine with it (hey it was a whispered suggestion from the childcare director given the big lunch they eat) and he is fine. Not an ounce of puppy fat on that kid.

What I don't get is when your family's food choices and cooking prowess (or in my case lack of it) became everyone else's business? Why have birthday cakes and play date lunches and shock horror buying puree food out of a jar become a litmus test on your parenting. The other day at the park I got the frozen stare of Siberia when pulling out a packet of Tiny Teddys v's the butter beans and salad being offered to the other child. Don't worry the child had no manners, would not share his toys and was not toilet trained at 3. As long as he has his alfalfa, they were doing a great job.

Next time it happens I am so tempted to say that if it worries them that much, they are more than welcome to make an extra serving of organic chicken with quinoa for my lot (and me too). Any day out of the kitchen for me is a great day!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

like the first day of school

I don't know why I feel nervous given I have exactly zero subscribers but maybe it is because I am finally here. Hi, I am Catriona and this is my blog.

For the last couple of years whilst having a loving marriage, a rockin child and a stimulating career I have blindly being mouthing off to anyone that asked that "you can't have it all". Why? because I felt a pressure (whether it was true or not) to say I couldn't.

Well I am over it. I do believe you can have it all - a family, a career, a sense of self and this blog is my resource to inspire and reflect and help others who want it as well. Hi there, I hope you stick around.