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User Image thewritersink Posted: Nov 3, 2017 8:30 PM (UTC)
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So I'm joining the #novemberthankfulchallenge and I'm beginning with these two. ๐Ÿ’™ My beautiful Mumma and Daddio. They celebrated their 42nd anniversary on the 1st and they have been facing some challenges of late BUT their faith is so inspiring. Seriously they never give up! Never EVERRRR do they fail to find hope or see the good. They give glory to God in every situation no matter how hard it is and they have a relentless tenacity that honestly shocks and amazes us all. By the grace of God :) I love you so much Mum and Dad. So thankful for you. If you want to tell them how amazing they are go ahead in the comments!! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป @margieboxy @davidbox2010 Xoxo #novemberthanks #iknowwedontdothanksgivinginaustraliabutiWILLbe ๐Ÿ˜‚ #love #stickability #faithful #margieanddave

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User Image thewritersink Posted: Feb 21, 2018 10:42 AM (UTC)

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Gosh. For 12 years I ran at a crazy pace doing things only to perform and for affirmation, because I placed othersโ€™ opinions above my own voice.
A year ago things began bubbling up. So I began the journey of digging into my pain and more recently, with the help of a psychologist, analyzing my thought patterns and rewiring my brain.
This is a flipping massive journey and I know there will be a book from it.
Processing pain hurts, it takes a LOT of energy, and is no joke. (Itโ€™s the bravest thing we can do, so if youโ€™re doing this too, I take my hat off to you.)
So for now my focus is being kind to myself as I process.
And trying new fun things. :)
Lots of them.
Like ballet. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
And this. ๐Ÿ–‹ Object writing.
Thatโ€™s a bit fun isnโ€™t it? :)
Havenโ€™t written in seven months.
But I just picked something in my living room, set my timer and wrote for ten minutes about it.
Todayโ€™s subject was NYC. (Of course ๐Ÿ˜)
He makes ALL things new ๐Ÿฆ‹
Keep going donโ€™t give up :) nat xo
#slowdown #breathe #letsbekindtoourselves #seasonofselfcare #busyissolastseason
User Image thewritersink Posted: Feb 17, 2018 10:54 PM (UTC)
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Oh what a night โœจ๐Ÿฅ‚ Celebrating forty means celebrating LIFE. Yep! Dress by @bronxandbanco back redesign by me ๐Ÿ˜ Xo @kellytapley thanks for this pic, have loved being friends with you since kinder ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ xo
User Image thewritersink Posted: Feb 12, 2018 10:27 PM (UTC)

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My beautiful friend sent me this. So true โžณ โžณ โžณ #keepgoing #keepaiming
Whatever you are facing and wherever you find yourself, celebrate something.
Celebrate friends, family, a phone conversation, an extra long hug, a personal joke, a knowing glance by someone who loves you.
Celebrate how you were brave this week, for choosing to love when it was flipping hard, and for not giving up today.
When we are slow and generous to thank, we SEE.
And boy, there is so much to see, and be thankful for.
Studies say thankfulness actually releases dopamine, which makes us feel good. #yepthatsright ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
Man. Even as I am writing these words my heart and mind are feeling more at ease. #hellodopamine
The worry from earlier is subsiding.
So, reflecting on forty, Iโ€™m really thankful for my LIFE. ๐Ÿฆ‹
And so, being a massive celebrator of ALL events (big or tiny) to celebrate this puppy (#40), I took a drive down the Great Ocean Road with these chickie babes. ๐Ÿฅ
CELEBRATE (v.) = โ€œto acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.โ€ โœจ๐Ÿฅ‚
So go for it, celebrate this week. Be kind to yourself. What will you do?
I picked The Great Ocean Road.
Oh Wye River.
What a place.
What a dream spot to chill and celebrate LIFE, bravery, strength โš”๏ธ and a flipping beautiful milestone ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿจ๐ŸŒด Thank you girls for spoiling me. xo
#birthdayweek #letthecelebrationscontinue
#happybirthdaytome xo
User Image thewritersink Posted: Feb 10, 2018 12:28 PM (UTC)

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FORTY โœจItโ€™s my birthday!! Itโ€™s funny, every single one of my friends told me something happens when you turn forty.
And now I know what it is.
Itโ€™s like a switch has been flicked and I can feel it. If youโ€™re there already youโ€™ll know what I mean, and if youโ€™re not yet youโ€™ll know when you get there. :)
Iโ€™m thankful for everything Iโ€™ve learnt this decade, Iโ€™ve been through the fire and Iโ€™m slowly coming out the other side.
Iโ€™m fierce and brave and Iโ€™m so proud of who I have become.
So unbelievably thankful for beautiful friends and family. Hereโ€™s to a brand new decade. Happy birthday to meeeeee!!! โœจโœจโœจ xoxo
User Image thewritersink Posted: Feb 8, 2018 2:46 PM (UTC)

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Iโ€™m back!๐ŸŒท And itโ€™s officially Birthday Eve ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ #thebigone ๐Ÿ˜œ #onemoresleep ๐Ÿ“ท @amy.miocevich xo
User Image thewritersink Posted: Feb 1, 2018 1:41 AM (UTC)

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Taking a lil break from social media :) Bye bye โœŒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒด xo #socialmediadetox #likeajuicecleansebutbetter ๐Ÿ˜‚
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 28, 2018 2:19 AM (UTC)
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After a delightful 2-day migraine ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ it was nice to pop down the end of my street for a quick swim ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ #cabinfever #nearlygone #hallelujah #migrainesarenoflippingjoke ๐Ÿค•๐Ÿคข
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 28, 2018 2:09 AM (UTC)

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Whether weโ€™re in the trenches or flying high, he never leaves us xo ๐Ÿฆ‹โš”๏ธ
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 26, 2018 1:41 PM (UTC)

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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŽถ
{Kurt Vonnegut} #truth #creativity #thefairytaleawaits @touramigo
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 26, 2018 1:33 PM (UTC)

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Canโ€™t stop looking at this. So stunning :) ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ 2018 goals ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป @kerriehessillustration #kerriehessillustration
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 23, 2018 10:32 AM (UTC)
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This happened tonight. When bullets are flying from all sides, creativity is an UNSTOPPABLE SHIELD. โš”๏ธ
If youโ€™re in the fire, use your creativity. ASAP. X #ohyesidid #ballet #fightthegoodfight #thespace #creativity #stiritup
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 23, 2018 10:31 AM (UTC)

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He makes all things NEW. :) ๐Ÿฆ‹
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 22, 2018 5:48 AM (UTC)

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Sometimes showing up, being brave, taking ownership of your life, dealing with past traumas, focusing on growing, having hard conversations, and discovering truth feels like the stupidest mistake EVER, like running into the deepest most craziest ocean.
BUT, actually itโ€™s the bravest and most beautiful thing you can do for yourself. ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ And like the ocean, when you know itโ€™s safe, diving headfirst into the waves and getting your hair wet and all crazy looking and swimming when you canโ€™t touch the ground, itโ€™s actually one of the most freeing things youโ€™ll ever do.
If youโ€™re like me and youโ€™re on this journey, I salute you. ๐Ÿ’™โš”๏ธ
Nat xoxo
Thanks for the pic @colettewerden ๐Ÿ˜˜
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 21, 2018 8:49 PM (UTC)

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Okay I think Iโ€™m a little bit obsessed with her. And I need one of these tutus STAT. ๐Ÿ‘—
Natty: โ€œWeโ€™re walking on the roadโ€
Bella: โ€œWoad! Wacking! (Walking)โ€
Oh my. Too much cuteness.
Bella you are such a sweetheart!!! ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฆ‹ #bellajoy ๐Ÿ“ท @margieboxy
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 14, 2018 10:24 AM (UTC)

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Tried all these on today ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘— Hmmmm. Do you think my colour palate is obvious? #noblack #dressups #fancy #pastelsalltheway #thefairytaleawaits #anythingcanhappen
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 14, 2018 6:13 AM (UTC)

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Just having a moment. So very thankful. โœจ
When you stop and think about this... itโ€™s really quite overwhelming :) xoxo @virginemamapapa
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 13, 2018 9:24 AM (UTC)

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In about 5 hours, in South Africa, my beautiful NYC sister Whitney is marrying her prince, Christo. ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป
In this pic we are on the rooftop of the Hudson Hotel in New York City last September, celebrating her engagement. โœจ
THIS, my friends is a fairytale story. And Whit, you have been SO courageous and brave this past year!!! I have loved watching your love story unfold. โค๏ธ
You are so special to me. Our New York adventures have been like a movie, and I am so thankful for your friendship.
I am so sad I canโ€™t be there to celebrate with you tonight. ๐Ÿ˜ญ
My heart is with you and Iโ€™m so excited for your new adventure. :) โœจ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒˆ
I canโ€™t wait to see you soon my darling โ€” congratulations!! ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‰ xoxo
Love you gorgeous bride enjoy every second!!!๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป #friendship #celebrateyourbesties #thefairytaleawaits #anythingcanhappen @wlynnr
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 13, 2018 9:08 AM (UTC)

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Come on Melbs. Um. Just checking you know itโ€™s summer right? #wintermuch?
User Image thewritersink Posted: Jan 12, 2018 12:30 AM (UTC)

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She would have been married to her sweetheart, my Papa, for 71 years yesterday. So we bought her flowers and had beautiful cups of Buckingham Palace tea in China teacups ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•
Fairytale love affairs that last a lifetime do exist, I have seen it with my own eyes.
My Nanny and Papa met through a photograph during the war. Nannyโ€™s friend had a photo of her boyfriend and Papa was also in the photo. โ€œThis is Fred why donโ€™t you write to him?!โ€ Her friend said.
So she did.
And for two years they wrote letters back and forth. He was in Darwin in the RAAF Radar and she was in the WAF in Sydney.
They both met each otherโ€™s families before meeting each other. :) They married on January 11, 1947 and that December my Dad was born!
Of course she gets teary and misses him dearly. I canโ€™t imagine what that must feel like, losing a love like that. A lifetime of memories... but the beauty that weaves its way through this story, even through the pain, is so precious.
Happy anniversary Fred and Joy. :)
๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’• #lifetimeloveaffair #lovestory #anythinncanhappen #thefairytaleawaits #nannylooksamazingfor95!