Making Me Happy

Good morning hot stuff! I couldn’t agree more with the above – what do you think?

Read on for a list of the things that have rocked my world this week – simple soul-warmers that have softened the edges of what has been another full-o-action week in the life of Rach!

Farmers Market Goodies


Oh how I love a good jaunt around the Farmers Markets! Amongst bags of fresher than fresh veggies, on Saturday we picked up some to-die-for pineapple and this raw chocolate fudge slice from Raw Ecstasy (ecstasy – ain’t that the truth!) which ended up being my breakfast. Oops.

(In case you were wondering, I promise it wasn’t as huge as it looks in the pic. If only.)

* For some awesome raw/ vegan dessert recipes to whip up at home, check out this section on Vegie Head.

Dinner With My Bro


My brother Andy has been working in North Queensland for the past 6 weeks so it was awesome to catch up with him (after making this quick video, of course).

We ate Thai food, laughed a lot, mused on the ways Andy and my other brother Ryan (26 and almost 25, respectively) had changed in the past year. We all hit that point – and if I had to pluck some numbers out of the air, I’d say 25 and then again around 30 years of age are just of those two “milestones” – where change is bright and bold and obvious, rather than beige and slow and under-the-radar.

I feel like the three of us are all at that point in our lives right now. Transitioning. Wiggling around. Stepping into new skin. Uh huh.



I’m off to Melbourne tomorrow and I thought I’d give you a sneaky-peek into What I’ve Packed to Wear to the Problogger Conference.

Sass & Bide silk pants, floral shirts, boots, some basic tees and my sequin jacket (for Friday night) all made the cut.

(Please excuse the shocking photo, I’m racing out the door!)

This Quote



I remember listening to a Pearl Jam live concert around 1997 or so and before playing “Daughter,” Eddie Vedder mumbled in his gorgeous, husky voice: “This one’s for whoever wants it.” The crowd went crazy.

In borrowing from my good friend Eddie here, I’ve shared a quote below on purposefully straying from “The Path”… and it goes out to whoever wants it (or whoever needs the comfort of those words today).

A poignant reminder that we’re never lost when we veer off the path, we’re simply wandering new trails that lead us to exactly where we need to go.

“Sometimes, following unknown paths, we find ourselves in a maze of growth, in failing light, unsure where we are, flailing through jungles of stiff, impenetrable shrubs and sharp briars in deceptively benign-looking woods. All at once we realise we are lost, unable to retrace our steps. Then, suddenly, we come out onto a paved highway, far from where we thought we were, feeling a gratefulness and a relief we are ashamed to acknowledge.” | Robert Finch

Creative Inspiration, Every Day


I hazard a guess that you’ve heard of Julia Cameron’s celebrated book The Artist’s Way – a ground-breaking and spiritual tome on the creative process. The book shown above serves a follow on from The Artist’s Way, with daily creative reminders laid out for all 365 days of the year. It’s pretty darn brilliant.

Never one to follow suit completely, instead of reading consecutive pages, I love leaving things up to the Universe and flicking to a random page to see what words of wisdom lie before me.

Freakishly, I landed on the pages below (the correct date for today). WHAAAAAT?! Seriously! Guess the Universe likes order and sequence after all!

Other bits + bobs:

Lovely gifts in the mail (and a bottle of Moet from my boss!) + holiday scheming + that summer feeling + Burleigh on the weekends – I love seeing people milling around, sipping coffee in cafes, lazing at the beach, riding their bikes, holding hands, LIVING + Super Soul Sunday + emails from readers that bring tears to my eyes and warm me from the inside out. Thank you. x

+ What’s on your love list this week, superstar? You know sharing positive experiences gives them wings so go ahead, make EVERYONE’S day by unleashing your joy right here in the comments!

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16 Comments to “Making Me Happy”

  1. Take a coat/jacket to Melbourne – I just got back, it was FREEZING. I was seriously caught out and had to make a dash to the shops for a new jacket.

    Making me happy this week: the love and support of family and friends during hard times.

  2. I have loads that is making me happy this week. Excitement and preparation for my first half marathon and its on my birthday. Going to a wedding to get dressed up and have lovely fun time with family. This week us ending up like a pretty epic one and very exciting embracing every moment of it! Have fun at the pro blogger event, unable to make it so scored myself a virtual ticket. Yay

  3. Hi Rach!

    Just a quick note to say I love your bright shining attitude that comes across in your blogging! I’ve been having a bit of a blah sort of week, and when I read your blog it always picks me up! So thank you. Hope you have fun in Melbs! Definitely take warm clothes, it’s pretty chilly here compared with the Gold Coast! xxxx

  4. I’m super excited about my virtual pass to the pro-blogger event (‘see’ you there, Maddison!) and all the mayzin’ learnin’ heading my way. I am also loving ‘that summer feeling’ as you put it… Seriously, does Queensland get any better than the glories of Spring?!!

    I am also loving that my boy is down this weekend + that I have eaten super-freaking-healthy this week + listening to the Wellness Guys podcasts + just having booked in two weeks off over Christmas – my first holiday in a year and a half! Yaycaboodles!

    Also, as per usual, your blog makes my innards smile, so thank you! xo!

  5. Kate: I’m so sorry to hear that you’re experiencing some challenges/ pain right now. Thinking of you and sending you peace honey. It sucks. Lean on those beautiful people around you. xx

    Sarah: Thanks lovely, there really is. I love the Rumi quote “I can’t stop pointing to the beauty” and your comment reminds me of that. xx

    Maddison: OH YEAH GIRL! Sounds like an amazing week – and big applause for your first half marathon (and on your birthday? You’re good!) Hope you enjoy the event online, you might even see the back of my head ;) xx

    Kate: That’s the aim! Thanks so much, the consensus has definitely been a resounding COAT! to the “to coat or not to coat?” question, so looks like I’ll be making some additions to my suitcase tonight. xx

    Jess: Well I have to say, all this talk of jackets and coats and freezing southern weather DOES have me tapping my toes in delight + remembering my lovely swim at the beach on Saturday. We’re lucky.

    Also: boy, nourishment – of the body and mind variety – and holidays. Life is peachy. So happy for you Lawnmower Lady (haha!) xx

  6. Love this list – that raw fudge looks amazing.

    Yay – you’re coming to the Problogger conference! Will have to look out for you there :) I haven’t even thought about what to wear lol.

    Definitely take a winter coat – tomorrow is horrible and the next couple of days will churn out a typical Melbourne welcome.

    It’s funny how much I love Pearl Jam’s live tracks so much better than the studio ones – Daughter and Alive are my favourites :)

    Hope to see you soon!

  7. Junaluska: It was soooo good – sweet ‘n’ juicy. Guess that doesn’t help the salivating? ;)

    Sig: Oh yay, will def see you there then! Coat will be packed immediately. And having seen Pearl Jam live twice, I know what you mean (but I’m still a big fan of their albums). xx

  8. Making me happy – only having a four day week so I can go to the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson show in London on Friday and enjoy a full day of expectation, then stay overnight in a hotel with numerous friends who will also have been to the show. Saturday morning a leisurely brekkie and then off for a looooong train journey to Edinburgh with my Mummy for a few day in a four start hotel and lots of sightseeing in tru tourist stylee!!

  9. Love love love the Making Me Happy posts, it is a great way to celebrate mid week and stop to take a second or two to reflect in weeks of days that seem to roll into one…did someone say bllluurrrr?!

    Making me happy this week =

    ~ New laptop/IT set up at work which has made my life soooo much easier and less stressful
    ~ Working my butt off at work (and after hours at home) in an attempt to get on top of things so I can feel in control again and enjoy a weekend feeling accomplished and therefore really relax
    ~ Accepting that I cannot get home to the GC for Xmas with my family this year (flights $$$!) so making plans for a fab Xmas in our new house with my partners family
    ~ Reading. Its the best.
    ~ Coconut water. Its also the best.


  10. I am LOVING the 90 day transformation project I am doing with Connie Chapman from A Life of Perfect Days + 300 other wonderful souls, it is seriously life changing!

    All people doing the project share and contribute on the Facebook page and Rachel your blog has been mentioned MANY times as peoples favorite blog, yay! I think that is amazing!

  11. Claire: OH MY GOSH – Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson? What I’d do to see that!! Hope you had a beautiful time. xx

    Stacey Lee: Thanks gorgeous. What a ripper of a week for you – hooray! Xx

    Christine: You’ll love it! (and yes, it seems that way) ;) xx

    Nikki: Connie is amazing – I’m yet to get involved in the FB group as I’m chasing my tail a little at the moment, but can’t wait to poke my head in. And wow, thank you for letting me know, what an honour xx

    Beej: Welcome honey! xx

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    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
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