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Daring to Dream

aunties place


In the little country town where I live there is a gorgeous little shop that you could easily lose yourself in.

Aunties Place is a maze of rooms, each lined wall to wall, and top to toe with trinkets and treasures.

Each time you visit you notice something wonderful that you somehow managed to miss the time before.

Occasionally I like to go in and just wander around, with no other purpose than to soak up some of the warmth and loveliness of its atmosphere.

 aunties place

In amongst all of this, one day, something caught my eye.

It was only something small, but as soon as I saw it I felt an instant connection and knew I had to take it home with me.


As I drove home I began to wonder why I had felt so compelled to buy it.  I knew Hubbster would take one look at it and scoff “But what’s it for?  What’s the point of it?”

I have always loved to write.  I have done it on a daily basis ever since I can remember, whether in a journal, or in letters to friends or…and that is when it hit me like a wet mackerel around the chops.

I have stopped writing stories.  I have stopped dipping into my imagination and sharing the magic that I find there.

Somehow I have let my dream of becoming a children’s author slip by the wayside.   Dishearted by failing to find a publisher for the stories I wrote about the Outback Witch, I realise now, that I stopped dreaming the dream.  I stopped reaching for the goal which had lit the fires in my heart for so long.  I simply stopped writing stories for children…and I didn’t even realise it until I held this little typewriter in my hand.

So – you see this useless trinket has a very important purpose. 

typewriter 2


Inside I have placed a note to myself – a confirmation of my dream.

I have placed it on my window sill so that I see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

The typewriter is my visual reminder everyday to turn my back on fear of failure and dare to dream my dream once more.

It may very well be the best $3 I have ever spent!


Do you have a dream that you have forgotten to dream, a goal that you have pushed by the wayside without even realising it?



Happiness Inspires Happiness

Disclosure: This post has been kindly sponsored by Kids Business, who recently chose me to be an ambassador for their ‘Happiness Inspires Happiness’ initiative.  As the sentiment ‘Believe in Me’ captures, the aim of this project is focused on inspiring other mums to feel happy about themselves, their achievements, and their body, life and future.









Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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