So, this post is a little delayed – I had it all written out to post last Wednesday but the wiw-fi wouldn’t work at the resort so I held off until today. That probably isn’t the way I am supposed to do these WIAW but because it was a “special edition” (my mum’s birthday) for me, I thought I would break the rules just this once. It is still WIAW, just last Wednesday.
Today marks my mother’s 56th birthday and I think that it is an appropriate year to put into words how she is inspiring me every day, and more and more each and every day. The older I get the more I want to be like her, and the more I realise that will probably never happen as we are just very different people by nature – but I think in the end she is the better person, I just wasn’t born with that part of her.
Last year and this year particularly I have realised that my mum and I barely fight anymore and we really communicate. Obviously this is due to my age and that we are becoming more similar in our lives. With very few friends living in our town she is also my closest female that I have so I like spending time with her and I also want to learn from her. As I have gotten closer to the age of having children I have thought a lot at what she might have been like at my age and how she adjusted to the same situations as I am adjusting to at the moment – moving out of home, starting full-time work, building a home and starting a family. I have also began to realise that she doesn’t think about things the same way that I do. I really analyse everything in my life and try and control everything, but from what I can remember of being younger and from passing remarks she has made she never did – she never analysed when they should have children, she just got on with full-time work and didn’t stew on wasting her life, she lived in the moment and was a much more free person than I am, or ever will be. But the funny thing is that I am this way probably because I misinterpreted a lot of the time how she wanted my to be. Obviously with my allergies we needed a lot of control and I can’t even begin to imagine how adjusting to that would have been 25 years ago, but I think I took that control on internally and made myself much more guarded than she even anticipated. So letting go of some of that internal control helps to channel her a little more.
She is also one of the ways that I manage to make it through work each day and, hopefully, makes me a better person and pharmacist. Recently I started using the phrase “what would Mum do?” for pretty much every situation at work and just as a reminder to myself that I should try and be better than me.
Mum is a much better person than me, she is much better than pretty much everyone else there is. And her “work” personality is the one that I try and channel in my own work every day. She always smiles, also displays empathy and also goes further than other people would. She feels sorry for people, does not judge people and does not worry as much about how she will be perceived by others if she is nice to the people around her.
Just today she stopped and bought some lemonade from some kids on the street – she didn’t drink it, but they were on a very solitary street so “I might have been their only customer for the day!” she said.
So I try and channel that everyday, but I have a long way to go. She has been an inspiration for a long time and will continue to be, I am sure as I go through the future phases of my life. She has inspired every aspect of my being – professionally, family-orientated and socially. And the most important thing, no matter what happens in life I will never be alone.
Happy Birthday Mum xxx
So since this is a holiday post it will actually be a little different to every other Wednesday, yay! I have officially been on holidays for a whole week and I pretty much never want to go back which is so disappointing but also consolidating that I really want to develop my side businesses and make something of myself so that I never have to go “back to work”, but can always be working on myself and my many business endeavours.
Mornings, as you can probably tell by this time, are my favourite time of the day by far and I love the sunrise, the feeling, the quiet and the feeling of possibility.
On holidays we try and get up almost as early as regular days, but we don’t set alarms and just wake up to the sunshine streaming through the windows.
After a lazy start we get straight into it with some workouts, at Mildura there is an amazing little Fitness Trail down by the river where we run, jog and have a go at the exercise machines built there. It is a bit of fun and a really good way to start our fitness in the morning. We were buggered after that but we still walked into town to buy some bananas – I can’t not have bananas in the house because they are such a go-to fruit for me with their relatively low sugar content, fibre and potassium.
Then it was 9.00am and time to make breakfast for the clan – me and Mr C along with my brother and his girlfriend as we are all staying together this week (busy house!). For so many people we made my favourite bircher muesli – quick and healthy!
Then after some lounging and reading my book – Daphne Oz’s ‘Relish’ – we went off to water aerobics. This holiday is the only time that I do water aerobics but it is so much fun and you can really give yourself a good workout! That pretty much took up the entire morning, once you take the time for 6 people to then take showers etc so we were back to another meal, lunch.
Everyone went out for lunch today for Mum’s birthday at a beautiful winery along the river and ate antipasto plates but I had to eat quickly before I left because there was nothing I could eat there, unfortunately.
So at 12.30pm I had a brown rice, salmon in oil and avocado bowl, yum – I really wanted the protein and healthy carbs after all the working out this morning so it was much better than an antipasto, anyway for me.
After a slow drive back to our accommodation we did cups of tea, present and birthday cake. This is where my sugar-free life ends for the day sadly as I couldn’t refuse to eat Mum’s delicious icecream cake. Vanilla, strawberry and cappuccino flavours it is the best icecream in the world – and nut free as a bonus!
Then we headed back out to Happy Hour for some yum cheap drinks – I only got a soda water with fresh lemon since I will get a wine with dinner tonight (all about moderation).
Dinner was superb, we ate out at the Brewery in Mildura which is just wonderful and classic Italian and they cook for me and everything. I has a beautiful ricotta gnocchi with lamb ragu and it just melted in your mouth. It is so nice when somewhere can prepare a safe meal and we just love it. The service was great everyone’s meals were delicious and it was perfect. Pre-dinner drinks for me were a glass of Sauvignon blanc and for Mr C a glass of house brew pale ale, for dinner drinks I had my favourite Trentham estate Moscato and Mr C had the very popular Mildura Brewery Mallee Bull. We don’t drink barely ever so it was really nice to have a few delicious beverages for such a beautiful evening.
We never do dessert out and especially not after icecream cake 3 hours earlier so we all just headed home and made a cup of tea, so full and happy from our meals. I wish that this holiday never had to end, I love being surrounded by family all day long and the thought of going back to work is just depressing! But, soon we are going to be back to the reality of real life…until then I am going to make the most out of this icecream cake!!
Did anyone else have a particularly interesting or fun Wednesday this week?