My journal book adventure.


During Journal Club by Jamie Ridler, I was inspired to grab a book off my self and start working through the exercises and prompts in my Journal.


The Happy Suburban Chick likes to journal, I am currently doing Journal Club and delving deep into the practice of journaling. The last week we explored using books off our shelves for journal prompts. This inspired me to get one of my books off the shelf.

Some books are really good for being part of the journaling process and discovering parts that you can apply to real life. I recently got Julia Cameron’s book Finding Water- The Art of Perseverance, this is the book I have chosen to do over the next 12 weeks.
Like Julia Cameron’s other books you need to know about a number of tools, Artist’s Dates, Morning Pages and Walking. You can find out about the tools in a previous post I did for Walking in this World.

I have already done the Artist’s Way and also Walking in this World and have found the prompts and exercise excellent for exploring in my journal. Also each time I work through one of her books I discover a new perspective and initiating changes that make my life so much enjoyable and in a much more positive direction.

Today I have chosen this prompt from week one which is uncovering a sense of optimism. It is easy to focus on the shoulds, however, those shoulds can limit us and get in the way of what we really want to be doing. This exercise is about focusing on the coulds to discover new possibilities. This is about completing the following quote and doing it as fast as you can. It is important not to overthink it or try to rationalize rather for the answers to just flow on the page unedited.

O ften we do things because we should, what this is about the things we could do. Julia suggests we come up with ten answers to the following prompt.

Journal Prompt: I could try…………………………………………………………..

I love journaling and I love journaling with books I write more about this in my blog Living a beautiful life- journaling and walking.

I really recommend taking a book and not just reading it, but also live it and see what works for you. What book could you read and apply to your life today?


Wishing you all a wonderful day!



Another day bites the dust.


Saturday evening and I am sipping wine, munching on dip and biscuits, listening to some very strange chill out music. I have been trying to convince my husband to cook dinner tonight. He has gone to the kitchen and is making a lot of noise, so I am very hopeful.

The day has been spent organizing paper work for contests and trying to use easySpeak for my Cranbourne Toastmasters club. It is my personal project for the weekend to work on.  My new role of VPE ( Vice President of Education) requires me to set up the agenda for the meetings.  I am struggling with create a template for the contests.  There is always that one thing I don’t know what to do. Solution after some Couch Carol videos, and playing around, I find myself growling at my computer. It is at this point I grab my phone and make a phone call and ask for help. I find my fellow Toastmasters are always willing to help.

It Saturday evening, the chill out music and wine, give a real Saturday night feel. Still I need to get this blog post done as part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, so here I am on my couch computer on lap, my fingers tapping out the words.

This is  a personal/lifestyle blog, I tend to blog about life. I love journaling, Toastmasters and personal develpment. My newest hobby is photography.  My biggest learning curve has been navigating the resources, funding and programmes for my 16 year old son with a disability. I am not an expert rather a Happy Suburban Chick trying to improve each day and be the best person I can be.

Got questions? Ask me anything!

Today I invite you to ask me anything and leave your question or comment in the comment box.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!






A New Day!



My intention for the day is: I am curious and open to whatever this day has to offer me.

Each day, I walk out the door into the everyday adventures that life has to offer. Now is where the magic is, where serendipity shows up, and intuition guides me, and opportunity lives. Today is where I am creating the person I will be tomorrow.

Wishing you a wonderful day!






Suburban boardwalk adventure



It had been a late Thursday night at Toastmasters enjoying learning public speaking, leadership, and catching up with Toastmaster friends, and I was feeling tired. I decided a quiet day was what I needed today and so I had declared Friday as my day off. Like every Friday, I did some journaling in my car as I waited for my gym class to start just allowing all my thoughts to get dumped on the page. Then it was time to look after my health by getting some exercise and my happy on, with an energetic Sh’bam class. I then squeezed in some grocery shopping. From here I discovered a lakeside boardwalk to meander along, and took some time out to de-stress and relax. I have planed a delicious meal to enjoy with my family tonight which will be followed by a family movie. I am excited because no work this weekend, it is going to be a weekend off.


When I think of living the good life, I think it includes:

Work I love doing.

Taking care of my health and exercising

Spending time with family and friends

Relaxing, walking and journaling

Learning and developing new skills.

Appreciating all the good things in my life.

Also a little disappointed in myself, this year I was going to plan my weekends more so I don’t waste them. Some weekends are good and some just happen. This weekend I have only planed a dinner out for Mr. Serious’s birthday! It looks like being a weekend that is just going to happen.


What do you think living the good life looks like?

Have a fantastic Friday and a lovely weekend!




The Yearly Review! 2014

I chose this picture because I just love the vivid red colure of the flower. Beautiful!

I chose this picture because I just love the vivid red color of the flower. Beautiful!

Yesterday I took some time out to pen my yearly review in my journal. Unfortunately it was an  unremarkable year and no where as sparkly as I would have liked it to have been. It was one of those years where life got in the way, or more likely I let it get in the way. It was what you call a mediocre year. I certainly enjoyed my year, however I didn’t achieve a lot. So here are some of the interesting musings of the year I noticed:

  • It was a relaxing year, I diligently made an effort not to over commit. I also purposefully sort out time during my day to relax.
  • I was proud of the work I put into my volunteer roles.
  • Continued to attend my Toastmasters group give speeches, take on roles, and attended events.
  • I enjoyed doing lots of online courses, and continuing to learn.
  • My family embraced the Friday night movie night, and we enjoyed a family day outing at least once a month.
  • I went on two family holidays Philip Island and Sydney, both full of exploring and having fun.
  •  Little Miss Popularity and myself went on lots of walking adventures.
  • I continued to work part-time in my regular job.
  • I re-joined the gym and got back into Yoga and Sh’bam classes which I just loved.
  • I continued with my blog, and hopefully improved the quality of my images, this is one of the things I did purposefully try to do over the year.
  • Did oodles of journaling, and wrote in my journal most days.
  • Did way too much housework, especially cleaning up after other people.( This has to change)
  • Finally got my fire blanket hanging on the inside of my kitchen pantry door.
  • Got outdoor comfy chairs to relax on, relaxed a little too much.


In 2014 I successfully slowed down and enjoyed life, especially spending time with my family and dog.


It is an interesting exercise reviewing the year, and one that I recommend, so get out your journal and explore 2014, what was it for you?


The dog is sleep soundly snoring her head off as I sit here writing this post. The year is almost complete, with a New Year ready to begin. I have started penning my goals for the year ahead. What I hope for in the following year is to be focused on my goals and taking actions to move towards them, and doing this on a consistent basis.

Happy New Year to you all,

May 2015 be an amazingly good year!



Write Everyday! December Challenge.

Write Everyday

She was woken out of a heavy sleep by the shaking of the house and bed. It was an earth tremor, and a huge wake up call as she contemplated her life.  Her life had become stale and stuck. She was contented, grateful for everything that she had. She was even happy at times. Yet something was missing, some juiciness , some daringness, and some action in fact a lot of action was missing. She would constantly write the words ‘ I think’, ‘I wish’, ‘If only” and ‘I hope’ in her journal pages. She had forgotten how to be, and to do. Things were about to change; she decided she would do something different, she would actually write each day of December. It didn’t mater what she wrote as long as it was something. Soon the words poured out onto the page. Most of it was crap, but how she enjoyed her time writing such crap.


My challenge for December is to write everyday in my Evernote pages, it doesn’t have to be good work, the words just have to make it onto the page. It is about establishing a practice of writing.


My motto for the month, will be just do the work.

Wishing you all an amazing day!



Just do the work

How Do You Make People Feel?


Today I have heard this quote from several different people.

“ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”~Maya Angelou

It is like the universe is trying to make a point.

“Focus on how you make people feel”

So I have been wondering about that throughout the day.

How do I make people feel?

Then I pause to wonder how do I want to make people to feel?

Good, happy, loved, listened too, important, respected, motivated, inspired, positive feelings anyway.

So before I say or do anything I will pause and ask this question

how do I want people to feel?

What are your thoughts about this quote? Please leave a comment.

Wishing you all a wonderful Day!


The Journaling Life!


My Journal is imperfect, a reflection of my imperfect life.

It is unique, boring and juicy another reflection of my life.

It includes stories about my surroundings, and the weather of course.

I write about my days and happenings. Today, right now, at the moment sort of stuff.

It also includes sentences and paragraphs about hopes, dreams, concerns, annoyances, anger, love, and goals.

Plus it includes silly stuff that can be confused as important at the time.

I write about stuff, any sort of important and unimportant sort of stuff.

I write to clear my mind, record my life, and reflect upon life.

I write, because I simply need to write!

Are you are journal writer? Why do you journal? Would love to read your thoughts on journaling so please leave me a comment.


Living A Life Worth Examining!


Loved this afternoon as we collected Little Miss Popularity.  She had been having a holiday with her Grandparents, full of lap time, walks and lots and lots of attention.

We of course have just got back from our own holiday, and have missed her so much. Currently she is in the rumpus room, having lap time with Mr. Serious.

Loving tonight, as the young Mr. Serious cooked us a three-course meal, garlic bread, cheesy bacon macaroni dish, and chocolate pudding. Yummy! Also he did the dishes, scrubbing all the pots. Loving that.

Definitely enjoyed today!

To the Ultimate Blog Challenge: Who do you most admire and why? 

I admire Julia Cameron, for her work especially the books that  she has written to help her fellow creatives to break through blocks and get back in touch with their creative work or hobbies

I admire her for her own creative body of work. Mostly I am grateful that I have been exposed to her books and tools. My life is so much more deeper and enjoyable now that I do my morning pages daily and go on weekly Artist’s Dates. I have enjoyed the process of getting back in touch with my creativity.

“We’ve all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way.

She encourages her readers to live fully, and live the life that is true to who we are, not the life we think we should live, rather the life that our soul calls us to live. We are encouraged to listen to that quiet voice inside us, and allow it to get louder and stronger. Our quiet voice is the inner voice of the soul, it guides us to really live life in a way that supports who we authentically are.

I continue to work through her books, to learn a little bit more about myself, and to know that my age doesn’t mater. It is never to late to work on your own creativity. Thankfully this opens the way for possibilities.

“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too sill to work on your creativity.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way

Wishing you all a wonderful day!


Reviewing September Adventures. Planing October, With The Theme Enjoying Life!

Sydney Holiday, visit and tour of Government House. Beautiful Sunny Sydney!

Sydney Holiday, visit and tour of Government House.
Beautiful Sunny Sydney!

I looked back on my journal notes today and I noticed I penned to ‘seek out more adventures’, in September. It was certainly a month full of activities and adventures. How fast this September has gone, it has been full of:
  • Education, with me attending a two day nursing course.
  • Being more involved with school council and fundraising day.
  • Being involved in Toastmaster activities, judging and organising a contests for my own club.
  • Reading wonderful books on my kindle.
  • A wild and wonderful adventure to Sydney for a short sunny holiday.
  • Attending gym and doing more exercise, regular journalling and guided meditations.
  • Completed my Writing For The Web Course.

Looking forward to October, with lots of things planed such as:

  • Ultimate blog challenge for October( Getting back into my blogging)
  • Becoming a Confident Trainer course
  • Being involve in a speech craft course for my Toastmaster club, and also having a fun night to promote my club and invite visitors too.
  • Being involved with my son’s school
  • Getting back into my weekly Artist’s Dates and playing more
  • Enjoying longer days with daylight savings commencing this Sunday.

This month in my journal I have put ‘Enjoying Life’, as the theme above the page. I think it is the thought of longer days and the hope of more sunshine and sunny warm days in this up coming month of October, that promises  enjoying life more. To get outside and play more, to read my books out under the pagola, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee outside, and to get out into the garden all sound delicious things to do. Also you may have noticed I have been struggling with my blogging, I am hoping a little push from doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge will get me back into the habit of writing. I do love my blog and I am not ready to give it up, it certainly needs some more attention.

Back to my suburban day, washing on, ironing done, and now to organise and cook some dinner. Although I have enjoyed the hour curled up on my chair in the lounge as I created this blog post. It is all part of ‘Enjoying Life’.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!