Friday 20th April 2018

Three Month Review. #LifeThisWeek 13/52. 2017.47.

Three Month Review. #LifeThisWeek 13/52. 2017.47.

Recently I was asked what this prompt might mean and I responded that any kind of review would be fine. It is always up to bloggers to take the prompt and interpret as they wish. However, I am not even sure that I knew what I would write about when I chose it. It became clear last week when I wrote this here:

I have chosen to reduce my blogging output as of this week so as to be more mindful of my self-care and self-kindness. I am not making any further intentions at this point. My life has been on a learning curve as part of ageing and transition to living with both a chronic condition (IBS and its accompanying limitations) and the stress which is part of my inner being. I am wanting to feel less inward pressure on myself and needing to care for myself more. Blogging has been a part of my life for more than 6 years and will continue to be but I am blogging now for when and if I choose to. I know that regular readers will completely understand my new(er) direction as of today! Thank you!

So. That’s out there now.

Yes, Monday link ups will continue. Yes, so will the prompts. I will write fewer posts on a timetabled weekly basis as I did. Tuesdays at I Blog On Tuesdays here with Kylie Purtell required me to have new content each week. For over 100 posts this has been possible but I have made the choice now to blog less on Tuesdays. There will be a post tomorrow! If you know anyone who is wanting to teach or get some work teaching casually this post is must!

It’s been a really interesting three months. I have taken two posts from each of the months and highlighted them for the mix of content and how the year has gone for me and what has changed, if at all.


I made the decision on 1 January that each Sunday I would consider an INTENTION to match my needs at the time and then to write about how that progressed the following week. I linked these posts to Leanne’s Link Up each week. After last week, there will be no more. I actually felt too much pressure on me to keep up!

The year always seems to start somewhere in blogging land and beyond with a word of the year. So, I was original (not!) and did this for the 2nd link up for #lifethisweek for KINDNESS. Here it is. What I have learned from this is to be KIND to me first is a challenge but in looking after myself better (see above about cutting back on blogging) it seems I am remembering my word!


I do love writing about education and schooling and in particular to help families with young children going to school for the first time and in the primary school years. I combined my now-regular practice of MEDITATION along with what’s happening in schools for this post. 

Regular readers and commenters know how much creative pursuits such as ART & MANDALAS are now part of my retired-life. Each weekend I link up with Sammie – The Annoyed Thyroid – for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole and this was a creative life catch up.


On Fridays I join up with a number of photography link ups and I admit I do not comment on anyone’s posts in general others than the hosts. I am not naming the link ups because lately there have been fewer appearing. However, I did love this one I made as a tribute to the planet and knowing we live in a WONDERFUL WORLD.  What is interesting for me is that THIS time, I used other people’s photos!

Recently I wrote a post about LEARNING for the Tuesday education blog post. This time however, it was about my learning and I asked readers about their learning. We are lifelong learners in my opinion.

My three month review is done. Well, not quite. I am humbled and delighted to have so many supportive blogging friends (met or not yet met) and this is why this space and its community will always be important to me. I do hope that you too find the world of blogging to connect as I do. I blog to connect. I said that day one 2015 and that remains. I do not blog for fame, money, sponsors nor stats. 

I blog for me and for you to connect with me whenever you can.

Thank you! Let’s hope our Monday link up community continues and that you are here too!


Joining with Alicia here for Open Slather and Kell here for Mummy Mondays.

Thanks for linking up this week.

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  1. Take care of yourself Denyse. Your health is one of the most important things you have! This post today is timely for me too to reassess the pressures I place on myself and my own health.


    • Ah, how interesting that it resonated for you too Ingrid. We do need to self-care more don’t we? Thank you. Denyse x

  2. I think when it becomes work rather than a task you enjoy doing, it’s time to roll back. My break starts Saturday for the whole month of April, so I’ll see you in May.

    • It’s a bit of a ‘pattern’ for me and luckily I recognise when it become more work-like than fun. Thank you. Enjoy your break. See you in May. D.

  3. I think it’s fabulous that your word of the year (that even now has me humming that annoying song…lol) is your reminder that the primary person to be kind to is…you. Have a great week.

  4. I’m glad this Monday linky will continue 🙂

  5. I’m glad that you’re doing this for yourself Denyse. You’ve got to look after yourself and we will all adjust around that. I’ll still read whenever you feel like blogging, and hopefully it helps you feel a bit better. xx

    • Thanks Kat. It takes some time for me to sense what might help and this ‘taking the pressure off’ will in some ways. I am working on the other aspects of accepting the health situation the way it is and living the life I want as best I can! D xx

  6. Hi Denyse

    Thank you for the update. Wishing you the very best as you adapt your life to the changes that a chronic illness brings with it. May writing continue to be a joy but on your terms.

    Take care and looking forward to continuing sharing Life This Week with you.

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you so much SSG. I dont want IBS to ‘rule’ what I do so am slowly learning to manage my situation more actively and mindfully. It is a long process. Thanks for your support always! D xx

  7. Take care Denyse, great that you know yourself so well x

  8. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore. Glad you made the right decision for yourself. There are so many other things to enjoy in life and sometimes doing nothing (except watching DA) is good too!

    • So true. It seems I start off with much vigour and enthusiasm and then find out I am human..who knew!? Anyway, of course, there is more to life that blogging, right?!!

  9. It is so hard to blog consistently! On the odd week that I manage to get 3 posts done it absolutely kills me, lol. You are doing a great job but remember to look after yourself!

    • I did for well over 20 months…every day..but I confess, original content can be draining when generally it’s coming out of my brain! I am glad that I have recognised this now and thank you for your kind words and support!! D xx

  10. I think you are doing a fantastic job. But make sure you take time for yourself.

    • It’s funny thing Kell, I actually have TOO much time for myself in many ways and actually miss hanging with the little grandkids who are back in Sydney but they have changed and grown too so I do need to find things other than blogging which also fills my heart and mind. Denyse x

  11. as I’ve come to realise this year myself, self care is more important than we give it credit for! You do an awesome job here, but good on you for recognising the need to slow down! Thank you!

    • Interesting time isn’t it? it seems that unless we take charge of our health/welfare no-one else will unless we become sick. I am glad we can self-care more!

  12. inthegoodbooksblog says:

    It can all get a bit overwhelming and I am glad you have made yourself a priority Denyse. I hope it all works out for you as you want it to xx

    • Yes it can and whilst I have felt like this before, I realised I had to do something different and the blog posts I was doing can have a break and then I shall see how much I miss them. Thank you.

  13. Take care of yourself and I am sure that having a new attitude to blogging with help you. Do what makes you happy.

  14. Good for you Denyse! It is all about what is the right thing for you isn’t it. I will still look forward to linking up and your prompts. Take care and have a great week!

    • Thank you Sue. Maybe by telling it as it is I also help others. We become very bound up in this ‘people pleasing thing’ at times. Your support is appreciated.

  15. I was touched by your honest post on Facebook Denyse, when you said you were stepping back a bit to relieve the pressure. I guess I could relate because as much as I love blogging and connecting as you do, I find it can become a bit of an obsession, especially the social media aspect of it. I struggle a bit with finding a balance and am trying to put more time and energy into my actual writing and publishing and less on Facebook/Insta etc. Social media is not good for my mental health or my productivity. I’m working on it though.

    I’m pleased to hear your link up will continue! Thanks for providing a place for us to share our wares. x

    • Thank you Shauna, that is really kind of you to notice. Blogging (and other SM) is the main way I get to connect each day with people other than my dear husband which is why I hold it dear. There is little I can do on a commitment basis outside the house and being totally honest, I am not drawn to anything here. Maybe over time it might. My ‘world’ was education/schooling and the family. That world has moved on and I am glad I am not nearly as busy and still seek some things which are going to help me adjust better to life that is slow and not social. The physical environment in comfy, the rest is different. Time will tell. Thank you for sharing too. I have to come away from some aspects of SM when it looks like everyone having the ‘great life’ bar me..and we all know that is NOT true but in darker moments it can appear that way. I like your insights. Denyse x

  16. Self care and self kindness are so important. Take care. xx

  17. I also feel the same Denyse. I want to blog less and self-care more. But as of now, I’m having trouble creating a schedule for myself. I hope I can sort it tomorrow. xx


    • I found a plan does work for me. It needs to be realistic and take into account all of what you want too do and need to have greater balance. I hope it goes well.

  18. It’s hard to believe we’re already three months in to the year! I’m not spending as much time on blogging as I’d like now that I’m near enough to working full time with family commitments as well. I still enjoy it though and if it became too much of a chore, I’d review like you and scale back.

    • I think it’s good to know you remain keen to keep blogging as you enjoy it but also that you know yourself well enough to take a ‘stocktake’ of life and change around that as needed.

  19. I know how you feel Denyse. Good idea. Do what makes you happy. As you know I’ve been less on social media these past couple of month. But my once a week blog is what I can manage at the moment. You’re right, it’s about connecting with people and if they like what you write, then your job is done. Take Care Mxox

    • Once a week is good if that keeps us connected and feeling like we are still enjoying what we do. I hear you on managing what you can manage without sacrificing too much else at the same time. It’s called ‘balance’ I believe!!

  20. I am only managing one post a week at the moment. I do miss joining in with wordless wednesday terribly but I can only do what I can. I haven’t been linking up because I don’t have the extra time to dedicate to visiting other blogs, and I feel bad if I can’t fit them in. I have to find a balance though where my days are not overrun by other peoples needs, I need to meet my own needs too for my own sanity! 🙂

    • I know what you mean and I am glad you see the ‘balance’ thing as you do right now. Different and unexpected priorities have to happen. I was going on 4 wordless/photo based link ups until very recently but 2 I know have not had anything on them for weeks. In once case, other priorities, in the other I dont know. I have not been taking anything like the photos I used to either. I have tended to leave my sharing to IG these days rather than here. More connections there. I do hope the coming school hols bring some respite for you and having the girls home with add some fun too.

  21. I have reduced the amount of posts I am putting out too. I used to blog every second day, but am dropping back to every third day – and I will reduce it further if I need to.

    • That sounds like something you have done to make life with 3 boys and a new business work better for you. Good luck Shari! Thank you for linking up too! D xx

  22. I need to start practising meditation more regularly. I started off the year practising it but then, as life got busy, that fell by the wayside. Feeling overwhelmed lately is a sign that I need to do it more often. Hope the rest of the year is good for you Denyse!

    • So true that when we feel overwhelmed is when we need this the most. Can you find even 10 minutes? I was too wired to do 15 minutes with headspace when I first started, but found 10 was manageable. I truly cannot always feel or see a difference but I do know that if I dont then I notice..if that makes sense. D xx