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Penny for your thoughts: How do you unwind?


After a long silence from my part I thought the most appropriate way to re-enter this space would be to talk about relaxing. After starting a career in teaching this has been on the forefront of my thoughts. It seems to be a challenge to find a balance between working and relaxing – especially with a job where you’re never done and could always do more. So, I’m curious, how do you manage it? What makes you relax after a long day in the office / school / university / workplace?

In the last year or so I’ve realised that these small things make me unwind:


Lighting a candle while having a bath or a shower and leaving the lights off. Amazing what a bit of ambience can do to calm your busy head.


Comfy slippers (or woolly socks) that keep your feet toasty.


Reading a good book (thank you Sarah for this one – making my way through it!)


Going out for a walk. I can’t wait for the afternoons/evenings to get brighter to be able to do this more!

Like I said these are very small things but help me to keep find some kind of balance between home and work. Although it’s definitely a constant area for improvement.

Have a relaxing week ūüôā


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Penny for your thoughts: The Great Gatsby


After almost eight years I find my self coming to the end of a season and starting the beginning of a new one.

I was walking along a road I had walked so many times in the last eight ¬†years, a road that had before been an escape, a road that I had lived off, a road which I had known and had known me but somehow it felt different…the sun shone brightly (and about time that you made an appearance sun!) As I walked, in the sun, ¬†I read. From experience I have learnt that reading and walking can be a dangerous affair…It is an art to avoid lamp posts, pedestrians, prams and dog poop. I don’t want to sound smug but I pretty much nailed it.

”And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees … I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes it happens like this. That there is a book, poem, song that you have read or heard a thousand times and the words that you have seen, known & missed jump out at you and describe for you feelings, hopes or dreams that you may not have even known how to articulate. This has happened to me, today in the sun.

Cheesy but true.

P.S. I can’t wait for Baz Luhrmann’s film of this book, ‘The Great Gatsby’ to come out and blow my mind.

F. Scott Fitgerald and Baz Luhrmann in my mind only a winning combination!

Happy Thursday/Friday morning

xx Celeste 

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Penny for your thoughts: Amanda Palmer – The art of asking.


Yesterday, perusing the interweb, I came across this Ted talk by musician Amanda Palmer. Talking about ‘The Art of Asking‘. Like anything there are bits I love and bits I don’t love (being distracted by her eyebrows). More than her eyebrows what stayed with me was the invitation to creative generosity, community and humility.

To be generous with creativity, to be generous in community and to have humility are things in my life that I want to be in constant pursuit of.

Although I’m not sure I would strip naked though for drunk Germans to draw all over me. Maybe if the conditions were perfect? Hmm.. Perhaps not.

Have a look and see what you think? About the talk.. not particularly about getting naked for drunk Germans. But you tell me what you think about that also!

– Celeste xx

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Penny for your thoughts: Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.


I have been thinking, as you do at this time of year, on the year that has passed. The things done and left undone. Taking stock of the things I am grateful for, the things that have disappointed and the things that make me excited for the new year. 

November 17th, 2012 saw me return to my motherland (Australia) for the first time in 12 years! That is a lot of years. I was pretty nervous to see how I would find it, and how it would find me.

It turns out we were the best of friends and it’s as if it we had never been a part. Although, I would regularly gasp and say things like,

‘Paddlepops, I remember Paddlepops!’ and,

‘The Crystal Car Wash Cafe! That still exists!?’ and,

‘Summer Rolls!! I forgot about them but I loved them so much!!’ (Summer Rolls are nougat, dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut! I ate at least 27!)

Generally my nostalgia centered around food… that says a lot about me. But also returning to places, the smells, the faces, the hot air. I love it. It felt like home. It felt like me.

Turns out, I still call Australia home! I am saving up some lovely places, stories, memories and pictures for you all over the next few weeks so be excited. Very excited! Or be ready to be bored hearing about the ‘magic’ of Australia from me.

Anyway, back to the thing at hand.

Dear 2012,

thanks for giving me that time in Australia. Thanks for beautiful times with lovely friends old and new. Thanks for the time with people who know and love me, people who help remind me of who I am. Thanks for the hearing of music, live and recorded, that makes me feel a little more excited to be alive. Thanks for the chance to create, to make, to be inspired. Thanks for the times that have been minor therefore making the major all the brighter. Thanks for saying goodbye…

I look forward to meeting you 2013 and excited to bring you in with that beaut lady Sarah in her motherland of Northern Ireland. Woot!

Happy New Year!


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Penny for your thoughts: Rein that colour in!

I have a colour that I am obsessed with. Sure I go through stages when I am obsessed with lots of different things that come and go but there is one that has stood the test of time and I have so many things that are turquoise. Maybe too much?

– Celeste

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Penny for your thoughts: ‘The generally accepted silliness of love and relationships’

I mentioned in the ‘Weekend in Pictures‘ that I had been talking to someone and they said this great thing. They were explaining why they wrote a pop song about something ‘silly like black pepper’ rather than the ‘generally accepted silliness of love and relationships’.

That left me thinking about just that, the silliness of love and relationships. I am sure he meant something intelligent and existential but it made me ponder the awkwardness and silliness of my own experience of love and relationships. You see, I am particularly gifted in being silly and awkward when it comes to romance.

There is the silliness of accepting complimentsSO UNCOMFORTABLE. My first boyfriend tried to tell me my smile was pretty. I slapped my hand over my mouth and yelled ‘Shut up!’. 12 years later I have improved in this area but not by much.. my current strategy is to either a) ignore it entirely and keep talking or b) make fun of the compliment giver ensuring they won’t make that same mistake again!

The silliness of dates with someone you don’t really know. I went on a date recently and was seeing a friend beforehand so showed them pictures of the date on my iphone (incase they turned out to be axe man – you can never be too careful!) and she managed to ‘like’ 10 of his pictures without realising. That was uncomfortable. However the great thing about dates with someone you don’t really know is that it doesn’t get too serious, you can have fun and when it doesn’t work out you’re generally not gutted, you’ve made a friend AND you don’t have to see/run into them all the time.

The silliness of saying yes to dates even when you don’t really want to just because you think you’ll be judged if you don’t. It has been said to me, ‘you have to stop being so choosy, he is hot and you may not get another one like that!’¬† So uncomfortably I said yes and then hid from him. He got the idea.

The silliness of rejection. Being rejected, awful. Doing the rejecting, more awful and then sometimes the immense relief that you’ve been rejected therefore you don’t have to be the rejector!

The silliness and awkwardness of kissing. Oh man, everyone else seems to kiss in a super cool and smooth way. I am the one who bumps heads/teeth or, in the excitement of kissing, forgets to breathe. Even though I regularly breathe through my nose in general life I seem to always forget to do so when kissing. I frequently vow to ‘practice’, err …on my hand ?- i guess, but always forget until I once again am about to pass out, not from being overcome by passion and intensity but from lack of oxygen.

The silliness and awkwardness of not kissing. There was one poor, poor, boy who dated me when I was a teenager and for six months… SIX MONTHS, we didn’t kiss. He tried, I thought that he was just talking really close to me and would get cross-eyed trying to look at him. He also would get a little saliva bubble on his teeth when he got nervous… I didn’t want it to pop on me.

The silliness relating to the fine line between stalker and romantic. I think that line is defined by how hot the person is. The words ‘I thought you looked pretty’ can be either creepy or butterfly inducing depending on whether you want to hear it from that person in particular or not. Poor guys, they have no chance really.

The silliness that your friends assume you’re going to die a long, slow and lonely death if you’re not ‘snapped up’ soon and as a result a well-meaning flurry of set ups ensue. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe.

The silliness in the assumption that because someone ‘likes’ your photo on facebook that they are, in fact, in love with you.

The silliness that going for coffee and a few text messages mean you want someone’s babies.

The silliness in all the pondering on this silliness and taking it too seriously.

Life is such fun,

live it,

laugh at it

and make new friends.

Now I may be alone in experiencing all this silliness so as always please don’t judge me.

Happy Hump Day! (wait .. that is what they call Wednesday’s isn’t it? Somehow it takes on a slightly different meaning in the context of this post?)

xx Celeste


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Penny for your thoughts: You’re a stickhead, I’m a stickhead.

SO we very rarely/never have any negative things to post but…

…I was thinking about how often I get annoyed with stupid people and then, ironically, how the rest of the time I must BE stupid people to everyone else.

There are sometimes though, that make me want to say mean things about people. I don’t think it would be in good taste to use a ‘power word’ ¬†on this blog so I am going to use a ‘sounds like’. Sometimes I think people are ‘Stickheads’.

For example, when there is a driver that fails to indicate when changing lanes the irony in that situation is that by failing to indicate they are in fact indicating that they are a stickhead.

There are times that I have had a ten minute conversation with someone only remembering later that it was their birthday and I never wished them a ‘Happy Birthday’ espesh when they had remembered mine and I had got a card, present AND cake from them. I am a stickhead.

There are times that someone stops in the middle of a walk way to talk to someone or with a trolley and refuses to move out of the way even though they know full well that they are in it. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I, distracted by a bird, cut someone up in traffic and expect them to accept my smile, shrug and wave as an apology. I am a stickhead.

There are times when someone posts something ignorant, hateful or preachy as a status that causes an all out social network war that noone shall win. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I get totally sucked in and contribute my fair share to the social network war that noone shall win. I am a stickhead.

There are times when someone who you care about and have trusted does something that smarts. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I have out of insecurity, tiredness, jealousy or hormones have said or done something careless to someone I care about. I am a stickhead.

Then there are times I don’t give someone the grace I wish they would give me. I am a proper stickhead then.

Then there are times when I don’t realise my fog lights are on for two months.. yep 2 months!!! … or when I see ‘peppermint’ but read ‘pepper mint’ and say loudly, ‘Oh gosh! Pepper Mints, pepper flavoured mints that is DISGUSTING .. oh wait, peppermint. Oh yeah!’ Then I am not a stickhead I just verge on massive stupidity! Hopefully lovable stupidity!

Anyway, I guess after thinking about all the things that ‘get my goat’ – er, where does that saying even come from!? – I came to the conclusion that people are stickheads and I am a stickhead.

Either we be stickheads together or give each other a break. I vote give each other a break. Maybe I will even try and be a nicer person?!


No really. I am trying to be a nicer person.

Let’s be nice together?

– Celeste


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Penny for your thoughts: 29 things for 29

EEK, in just one short week I will hit my 28th birthday!! (insert expletive here)

I am not one of those people that revels in the attention and wishes their birthday lasted a week,  I actually hate the pressure of it, the forced attention.. it always feels a bit weird. For someone that you would think loves being the center of attention, my birthday always gives me a little panic.

Last year I went to one of my favourite places to eat, Wahaca, for some Mexican street food and delicious tequila with some of my absolute favourite people. It was one of the loveliest birthday’s I’d ever had!¬† I decided I would make a list of things to do before my next birthday, so on the back of a Wahaca menu I made a list of 28 things for 28. On reading over said list I have just realised how few of them I have actually done.. dang it!

It seems in the next few days I have got to learn the harmonica, skinny dip, read Dostoyevsky, travel to NY, travel to Nashville, meet Dolly Parton and master swahili. I think I may transfer some over… or maybe be a little more realistic with my 29 things for 29.

This year hasn’t been a total loss though, I managed to tick a few things off the list. I learnt 3 more chords on the guitar, wrote some songs, went to gigs, did some gigs, prayed for strangers, learnt 3 new dishes, did pilates, was creative.. (Oh hello, Tracks of Foxes), increased facetime with some of my favourites, didn’t get another tattoo (Much to the joy/relief of my parents!), recorded some music, wore false eyelashes once a month and had a ‘Back to the Future’ marathon (that one is a particular favourite and should maybe be a regular feature?)

Thinking about my list and reaching 28 (gulp!) it has got me thinking about the things I want to do .. Being brave… being disciplined .. and living life, no regrets! – ‘No regrets’ makes me sound like Tim Riggins. If you don’t know who Tim Riggins is, you need to… He will change your life!

It has also reminded me to be grateful for the things I have. I am so thankful for the kindness of my friends, the love of my family, the roof over my head, my church, my job, pretty dresses and, of course, kiev.

The older I get, though, the more things I am going to need to do/conquer/master…¬† I’m pretty sure that brushing up on my grammar should be on the list, but I still have 28 more things to come up with and¬† I am open to ideas!!

Any suggestions for 29 things for 29?

– Celeste x


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Penny for your thoughts: Where I stood…

So Blanche, my little green Peugot 106, has died. She has been very good to me. Blanche and I shared many an emotion, story, journey, moment and song together.¬† She has carried almost all of the people I love.¬† It’s a sad day when you need to say goodbye to your car!

Dear Blanche,

Thanks for the laughs.


Your replacement ‘Sylvie’ is on her way.

As a result of Blanche’s departure I have had a lot of time waiting for lifts, thinking about life and errr… taking pictures of my feet. I’ve only just realised, don’t judge me, that our feet are our very own built in cars. Kind of. Our feet take us places, share memories, moments, emotions … Ok, maybe I am reaching a bit here but you get the idea. Here are some pictures from ‘Where I stood‘.

Maybe it’s a bit weird orrrr … maybe it will catch on? Send us pictures of where you’ve stood?

– Celeste x

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Penny for your thoughts: It’s all about the little things…

I can’t believe it’s May already.

Sometimes days past us by with¬†such speed that it’s hard to keep up. So, as a way of trying to appreciate those fleeting precious moments in our lives, take mental (or physical) snapshots¬†of moments that are lovely. Whether it’s with dear friends or family, a much needed moment to yourself or a view that is good for your soul. Whatever it is take it and tuck it deep in your mind cogs.

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