Travel is scary

Miami from the sky

This is it, the last week before we head off on our travel adventure. I am so excited, though a bit daunted by all I have to achieve this week. My goal is really to ensure that my being on leave isn’t too much of an inconvenience to my colleagues, potentially impossible to achieve but I am going to try. I’ve been so focused on getting things done I haven’t really had time to process that we are about to embark on a huge adventure and that adventures are scary.

For 1,000′s of years humanity has been boldly leaving their place of safety, of sanctuary to travel to see what the world has to offer. Many adventurers knowingly faced mortal peril on the roads or at sea but they went anyway to see what lay out there for us. Others left by force, whether as slaves or prisoners, with no choice in the matter had to find their courage just to survive. More recently the world sent men and women out of Earth’s orbit to learn something about things beyond our world. Sitting in Sydney in 2014 it seems silly to be comparing our own adventure with these people but there is no other way for my brain to really understand it. We are about to step out into the big, scary world together and right now it is scary and just like adventurers from 1,000 years ago we could die, but again just like every adventurer ever fear is not a reason not to go. So adventuring we will go, hoping to learn something about the world at large that makes us better global citizens or at the very least to have some awesome stories to tell our grandchildren one day.


Happy Friday

Light the Night 2014

Tonight I am at Light the Night in Bondi (Sydneysiders I would love you to join me and if you can’t be there please, please donate). We are raising funds for cutting edge blood cancer research, the only way we will find a cure to cancer. I love this campaign and hope you will support it. Other than tonight out we have a quiet one planned, our last one at home for 2 months (cannot believe we go next Sunday).

Have a lovely weekend my friends, whatever you may be up to. xop


Happy Friday

Happy Friday

This week has been so busy that I can hardly believe its Friday again. Light the Night is on right now plus I only have 10 days of work left before our trip so there is A LOT to get done! You know what else I can’t believe? I can’t believe tomorrow is Poppy’s first birthday. We are headed to Newcastle to celebrate.

When Poppy was born Katy Perry was number one with Roar, sounds like a good song to have as a life motto.

If your weekend isn’t planned to include cake … then you should really do something about that situation. Happy Friday peeps, happy Friday! xxx


Wise Wednesday


Read the words above and then listen to the below.

Baba yetu is a piece composed by Christopher Tin, the lyrics are the Lord’s prayer in Swahili. I often find myself singing this even before I knew what the words meant. A beautiful piece.


Best piece of advice I’ve heard in a while

Little Alys (with sister Ellen)

I will explain

I mentioned on Friday that I was attending the Utopia Women’s Wellness event on Saturday. If you follow my Instagram you know I had a good day but there was one particular moment that has stayed with me. It was part of the talk by the always fabulous Jess Ainscough.

Picture yourself at age 6*. Think about how that little girl deserves to be treated – loved and cuddled, treated with kindness, protect her from those who will lead her to harm, give her opportunities to learn, ensure lots of exercise and sleep, no judgement or harsh words, oh and lots and lots of time to play.

Now remember that this little girl is me (or perhaps a better way to say it is that I am what that little girl became) she is still inside me deserving of all of those things. I guess for me the big difference now is that its not up to Mum and Dad to ensure that I have those things, I must do that for myself. It was this last bit which I realized as I opened my eyes is what made it so powerful for me.

From now on in I am making the conscious choice to treat myself the way Alys age 6 deserves to be treated.

*In the photo I am probably 4 or 5 but its the actual image that came to mind when Jess asked us to do this so seemed appropriate to include here.


Happy Friday

happy friday, weekend brunching

To be honest with you I am starting to feel the overwhelm that comes with taking 8 weeks leave. There is just so much to be done at work (I don’t want to stuff anyone around by being away), at home (sorting things for while away), here on the blog (I’ve been writing away so there is still plenty for you fine people to read) as well as the actual work of planning the trip. Still it is worth all of the grief to be able to go on an adventure like this. To see the world with Richard is my absolutely favourite thing to do.

I was listening to the radio on Monday and had a hard core flashback when The Corrs hit Runaway came on air. Oh I remember that song,  in 1995 when it was released I was 14 and just discovering my own musical style and I thought they were so so cool! Anyway I just had to share it here to send you off to your weekend.

Tomorrow I am headed to Utopia Women’s Wellness in particular to hear two women that I have wanted to hear speak for ages. The fabulously inspirational Jess Ainscough and Melissa Ambrosini, there are other great speakers but these are the two I am most excited about. We also hope on Sunday to get to see our Oma (or more accurately Richard’s German grandmother). Have a lovely weekend, I’m pretty sure I will be having one xxx


Wise Wednesday

Wise Wednesday with Marie Forleo

I am a huge fan of Marie Forleo so it was inevitable that I would share my favourite piece of advice from Marie. I really believe this. We can figure everything out and it reminds me that I need to just focus until its sorted.


Adventure Awaits

Let's Disappear, You and Me  |  The Fresh Exchange

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I mentioned a little while ago a side project that Richard and I were working on, well its finally time to let you in on the secret. We are heading to Europe! We fly out on Sunday 5 October and we return to Aussie shores again on Monday 1 December. This is the longest adventure we’ve ever taken together and we cannot be more excited.

Team Holz goes to Europe

Oh the places we’ll see, every red dot is a place we’ll be visiting on this trip

Richard has done a bit of Germany (my father-in-law still has family there so they went when they were kids) and he’s seen Italy. I have done London and Paris. So there is some shared ground but mostly its new territory, the sort of adventure that we will tell our grandchildren. A lot of the trip has already been organised, for example we’ve booked lots of accommodation through

If you have any tips of things to do in any of the locations on the map let me know in the comments below. Hopefully we’ve allowed enough time in each place to really see it, to wander around and absorb it all.

And what is happening to Rory in our absence, well a friend of mine is moving in with him to keep him company. So burglars you can just change your plans right now, this place is being watched.

I am excited to share this adventure with you all. As we travel we will stay in touch with you here and I am sure when we are home again we will have loads to share with you.


Happy Friday

baby sitting

I am going to be honest and say I am still recovering from babysitting last weekend. It was lovely and the photo above of them sweetly drawing is a treasured memory but it was hard work. Not that I didn’t think it would be it was just harder than I had anticipated. This weekend I plan to spend recovering.

So I am perhaps not done with romantic songs around here for today I share a gorgeous Doris Day piece. A friend of ours had it as their bridal waltz and hearing it in that context I realised the words, so much more poignant than I realised. Now it’s one of my favourite songs.

Here’s to a good one y’all xxx

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