All posts tagged: inspiration

When I get sick of writing. And clouds.

Writing is my job. I’m the editor of a street magazine, which means I write lots of interesting stories about Tasmania – and edit many others. I’m communications specialist for a not-for-profit organisation, which means I write topic-specific content for blog and social media. I also freelance for a handful of clients, which means I write to convey brand messages and other such stuff. And then there’s all the other writing that one does. Writing shopping lists. Writing text messages. Writing Christmas cards (recently). Writing a note to say I’ve “gone for a walk … back by 7am” (rarely). I get sick of writing sometimes. It feels sacrilegious to say so. But I do. Same with social media. I just get sick of saying things all the time. And being watched and critiqued. I’m an introvert, you see. Sometimes it just plain wearies me to write. And yet, I love it so. Times like this, I recognise the need to throw wide the windows and let a new breeze blow in. How? By writing without …

The year in books (2017)

Once again I’m going to tell you just how marvellous it is to be part of a book club. We call ourselves The Romans 12:2 Project, because we’re all keen for this “renewing of the mind” business. Especially when it comes to seeking God’s will for our lives. We’re a rabble of women, meeting every five weeks or so, spurring each other on as we sink our teeth into a feast of words, glorious words! Here are the books I’ve read this year. Not in any particular order. Healing Begins in the Heart, by Karen Mace. Moving Mountains, by John Eldredge. The Sacred Year, by Michael Yankoski. Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist. Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity, by Kerri Wyatt Kent. Revealing Heaven, by Kat Kerr. Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry. Wearing God, by Lauren F. Winner. My Seventh Monsoon, by Naomi Reed. (I also read Congo Dawn by Tasmanian author Katherine Scholes, which was a great fiction novel! Good for holiday escapism!) The exercise of writing …

Attention Women!

This is a quick little post to let you know about something truly AWESOME that my church does.  Every year there’s this women’s day called Flourish which, incidentally, has grown to become the BIGGEST WOMEN’S EVENT IN THE STATE!  Around 450-500 women are attending each year. It’s a day designed purely for women to enjoy, to feel important and loved, to get inspired and to take time out from the hustle and bustle of life.  And it’s definitely not religious and churchy like some might assume.  It’s for EVERY woman. You will be spoilt, entertained (last year Reuben Koops made a guest appearance!), fed (scrummy lunch and snacks included) – you will even have the chance to shop at the Flourish handmade market!  There’s always an excellent keynote speaker flown in from interstate, speaking on relevant topics with the potential to really encourage you and change your life.  This year Karen Wilson will speak on what it means to be genuine – she’s titled it ‘Inside Out’. I’m on the Flourish organising committee and it’s …

Aussie Reflections

Hi friends! Just wanted to let you know that I had an article selected for publication recently in a book of reflections and meditations.  The book is called Aussie Reflections (Strand Publishing) and is available at Christian bookshops everywhere.  I have a few to give away – just LIKE my Faith Like a Mushroom Facebook page (if you haven’t already), and then LIKE the Aussie Reflections post and I will randomly select a few of you to receive a copy. Here’s what the blurb says: INSPIRATION.  LAUGHTER.  WISDOM. From dropping your iPod in the bath to getting a haircut … from being surprised by an eavesdropper to receiving a bunch of flowers … 25 short, uplifting stories about everyday happenings that made ordinary Aussies pause and reflect on life’s deeper meanings. This collection will nurture an awareness and appreciation for the joy, love and wonder that surrounds you daily.  The mixture of humorous and tender stories will both deepen your faith and delight your heart.  For what it’s worth, I’ve really enjoyed reading the musings …