Now, Then, Never – Week 1

I’ve been making changes, proactively, in my life. I’ve been trying to find more time to do the things I love more. One of those things being posting more about myself.

How very self-indulgent that sounds! Throughout my treatment, I treated my blog very much like a diary. Then life got busy and I felt I no longer had the time to spend writing about my day or my week.

I miss it though – I miss having a place I can share my thoughts. So, full of good intentions, I’m hoping to post once a week with a bit of a roundup on what’s happening in my life.

I’m hoping it will give me the same therapy I had previously, in writing down my thoughts. Well, typing them up. I also hope you might enjoy reading a little more about me and my family’s lives?

You already get a good glimpse of that in the review posts I write of course.

So I’m calling this new idea “Now, Then, Never”. I don’t expect it to be a lengthy post each week. I just hope I do find the time to post each week! And I hope you enjoy reading. If I don’t post every single week, I’m pretty sure the world won’t stop.

It’s just going to be a little round up of what I’m planning, what I’ve been doing and what I’m not doing any more. I hope it makes more sense as you read on.

Now, Then, Never

Now

I’ve been really enjoying a new focus on the blog. There will still the more of exactly the same content that you’re used to but I’m also really enjoying sharing more of my ideas with other mums on how to find more time to do the things that they love.

As you can see, I’m a work in progress with this myself!

I’ve set up a FB group of lovely mums so that we can all share our goals and tips on how we are achieving them.

I love to help people – throughout my career, it’s been one of the elements I’ve enjoyed most of all. Particularly, as I worked in HR, training and recruitment for more than ten years, I love to help people achieve their dream careers. Having done it myself in the past couple of years, I now more than ever want to help other mums crack it too.

If you’re a mum and this resonates with you, I’d love for you to join me in my Facebook group. To be eligible to join, sign up for one of my new free challenges! “15 Minute Mum” is all about finding time in your very busy day and it’s a free 7 day challenge that only takes 15 minutes per day.

“Declutter your Digital Life” is a free 3 day mini course with tips and hacks on how you can declutter your inbox, phone and social media. Both are getting really good feedback on how useful they are!

Then

Last month I was invited to the Priceline Beauty Prescription Live in Sydney and I finally posted about it here.

I went to my first Priceline event six months before and have been looking at photos from that day too. Although I disagree when other people tell me, it was nice to see how much my hair has actually grown! Yes, it’s still painfully slow but I’m getting there.

Last week I had a hair cut – basically to chop my mullet off. I shared this picture on Instagram – it’s almost a bob now!

I do wish it would grow quicker but it’s getting there. So much has happened since I finished chemo last May. At the end of November, I’ll be having my two year appointment with my surgeon. That means another mammogram and ultrasound.

I have so much confidence that it’s going to go well though. I still have my moments of panic, sadness and anxiety. They are getting fewer and as time goes on, I’m sure they will reduce even more.

Sometimes something will send me backwards – like an unusual symptom or when someone else is diagnosed or passes away. This week, I also had a very ‘real’ feeling nightmare that the cancer came back. I woke up filled with the worst sense of doom, like it was really over for me. But I quickly recovered and a few months ago, it would have taken me a lot longer to bounce back.

A lot has changed for the better and I hope that continues.

Never

On the subject of change, I thought I’d add a Never section. The things I won’t be doing again, for whatever reason.

I know people say “never say never”. Sometimes I do too. But as I’m treating this post a bit like a diary entry, I’ll be interested to see what I said “never” to when I read back in the future!

So what’s my “never”? It’s meat. I’ve been meat-free for two months now. I made the decision for health reasons and I’ve been nervous to share this on the blog for two reasons.

Firstly, I didn’t want to make a big announcement to just end up eating meat again and look foolish.

Secondly, I didn’t want to push the decisions I make for my health on anybody else. So I won’t say much more than this – I am no longer eating meat. I did start with the intention of being fully plant-based but I have, so far, found it too challenging. I’m still trying to transition to that though and I would welcome any advice, tips and recipes you have.

I will also add that I am not eating meat but I am still eating animal products such as dairy. For now. I just wanted to disclose that so no-one thought I was making any big claims otherwise.

All I’ll say is that I’m enjoying the change so far and like everything else in my life, it’s a work in progress and always subject to change.

So that’s what’s been happening lately! I’m busy, I’m healthy and I’m excited for the future. And that’s just about all I want for me and my family.

Mim x

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8 Comments

  1. Kylie T
    20th September 2017 / 6:40 am

    Thanks for the post Mim; your positivity is inspirational, here is too many happy times ahead!

    • 20th September 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you so so much Kylie! x

  2. 7th September 2017 / 9:14 pm

    So great to read Mim! Brilliant idea with the now, then, never! Looking forward to reading them as you go!

    • 7th September 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you lovely lady! I’ve really missed having my ‘diary’ :) x x

  3. 7th September 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. I was devastated about Olivia Newton John. That dream sounds horrible, but I’m sure everything will be fine in November. Well done on going meat free. And your hair looks great!

    • 7th September 2017 / 8:51 pm

      You are too lovely x it’s awful hearing that kind of news though isn’t it – for us and of course for them and their families x

  4. Michelle (inthegoodbooksblog)
    7th September 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Great post Mim. Best of luck with your new meat-free diet. I don’t have much advice, except to perhaps borrow (or buy) some vegetarian recipe books. There are some great ones out there and maybe they will give you ideas on meals etc. And just do what feels right for you xx

    • 7th September 2017 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks Michelle! I’ve been scouring the internet but I should invest in a book :) x

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