taking a Brisbane break {baby bucket list}

 In creative work life balance

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while, will probably know that I am having a baby. It is my fifth and final and I am very much looking forward to the impending November due date. Being a realist though, I know that having a baby is lots of work and so at the moment I am ticking different things off my “baby bucket list”. It is a list of mostly simply things that I know become very difficult to do once I have a new bub to care for. One of those things is travelling. So, when I realised last week that I had an airline credit that was soon to expire, I made a last minute decision to head somewhere warm. I flew to Brisbane.

hello sunshine!

hello sunshine!

It always feels unnatural and hard to leave my family, (the night before I often make excuses to my husband as to why I shouldn’t go) but, as I have done it regularly enough now, I feel like everyone actually benefits from my absence. I am blessed to have a husband who excels at the whole dad/house thing and I know I can walk away and everyone is fine without me. Things are done differently, thats for sure. But, I (my cooking), is appreciated so much more when I return.

the view from one of my friend's front verandahs..

the view from one of my friend’s front verandahs..

The timing of my mini break turned out to be spot on, as on short notice I managed to see two of my dearest friends, both I have known since our days as young teenagers in Katherine Northern Territory. I also spent time with my dad, who I am very close to, (he flew to Europe for two months the next day) and my grandmother. I also saw other relatives I haven’t seen for a long time. It was great to relax and refresh and spend time with people who I rarely get to spend quality time with.

My daddy dearest

My daddy dearest

The lovely Chloe & Jules..

The lovely Chloe & Jules..

The beautiful Julianna..

The beautiful Julianna..

My Grandmother and her partner, I was intimidated by their collective artistic talent!

My Grandmother and her partner, I was intimidated by their collective artistic talent!

I am back home now.

The reality of how busy and full my life is is always confronting for the first day or so, but then I am head long into it as usual and thriving. Holidays are wonderful, but it’s nice to know you have a life you love waiting for you when you get home. I have worked hard and made lots of good decisions over the years to get me to this place. I am in my element here, with my garden full of veggies and chickens and the cool grey winter cloaking everything, with my brain too full of ideas and with never enough hours in a day and with my own studio to make my ideas actually happen, (some of them at least). At the very heart of my content though, is the chaos and energy that is my own little family. Looking after them and making life as memorable as possible.

Home to the cold Victorian winter.

Home to the cold Victorian winter.

I have always said this, that the the best thing about going away.. is coming back home again, how true it feels for me.

Make your life one you love.

Jasmine x

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