Self Love / 26.07.2018

Fun fact about me: as a little girl I loved fairy tales and princesses. My favourite Disney princess was Ariel from the Little Mermaid. I really related to the song ‘A Part of Your World’ because it appealed to my sense of wanting to belong, not to mention she had an amazing singing voice which I wish I had. And to top it off, Ariel got to swim around in the ocean all day long – I would pretend I was a mermaid in the bathtub (ah well)....

Health + Wellbeing / 12.07.2018

This week on the blog I wanted to share something light – hearted and fun. Cooking is one of my favourite hobbies and a tasty one at that! Since it’s the middle of winter and cold outside I thought I would share four cosy winter dishes that are among my favourites. Beef and vegetable soup This is my grandma’s recipe that she passed down to my Mum so I guess you could call it a family heirloom. 500gr lamb or beef ¾ cup barley Salt Cover with water   Put lid on and cook slowly for 2+...

Encouragement / 21.06.2018

When I wrote Try Again I was terrified that I would fail the second I started studying. That my future plans would shatter the minute I started chasing them. Yet despite fear gripping my heart I waited for my workbook to arrive in the mail. It did. And the most surprising thing? The fear melted away to excitement. Yes you read correctly, I, Cathryn Harrison, of all people are now excited to learn about financial calculations! The subject of maths and I have a rocky relationship since the very...

Health + Wellbeing / 07.06.2018

On Tuesday I finalised my enrolment in a Certificate IV in Accounting! Driving home I felt completely overwhelmed as my past experience of study (that didn’t go so well) filled my mind with insecurity and panic took over my being. My Mum strongly encouraged me to challenge those thoughts. To not just let fear consume me like it is the only option I have. To remember to fight back. You and I have a choice to challenge the negativity and anxiety/fear surrounding ourselves and our lives. I would like to...

Encouragement / 24.05.2018

Once I get the paperwork finalised I will be going back to study, this time a Certificate IV in Accounting. I have to admit that while I am looking forward to completing the course I am also apprehensive. Why? Because I have tried to go back to study after my original degree of Strategic Communication. Last year I embarked on completing a Bachelor of Commerce. I completely failed the first semester. Previously study was the thing I was good at, so I didn’t cope with failure; even to...

Encouragement / 10.05.2018

I have listened to this song before thanks to the movie The Other Woman but the lyrics only struck me this week and I would like to share them with you. The song is called The Sun is Rising by Britt Nicole. When life has cut too deep and left you hurting The future you had hoped for is now burning And the dreams you held so tight lost their meaning And you don't know if you'll ever find the healing You're gonna make it You're gonna make it And the night can only last...

Encouragement / 26.04.2018

Today it hit me, at the end of this year it will be 2 years since I graduated and 3 years since I finished my uni degree in Strategic Communication. Rather than feeling proud I felt the opposite; highly anxious and deep sadness. Why? Because I haven’t accomplished what I term ‘success’. It was like ‘what have you been doing with your life?’ in the most accusing, unkind tone. Let’s pause there for a moment, because I would like to share 3 strategies to deal with anxiety I have...

Travel / 19.04.2018

This is my first ever travel blog post! Although I don’t want it to be your typical one. Yes I think you should all pack your bags and experience beautiful Byron Bay for yourselves; but I hope you never give up on your travel dreams. I got reminded just how sweet it is when you achieve a dream. Ticking off one from the bucket list it is an incredible feeling. I added Byron Bay to my bucket list about 2 years earlier. I discovered the clothing brand Spell &...

Health + Wellbeing / 29.03.2018

A few months ago I shared on Instagram and Facebook words that still ring true for me today so I thought I would add them to a blog post: I am naturally an optimistic person. Sometimes my family calls me Pollyanna because I see the positive. Yet recently that hasn’t been the case, I am quicker at finding the negative in the situation rather than the positive. When I am on this train of thought it can spiral out of control and all I want to do is sit...

Health + Wellbeing / 22.03.2018

This morning Facebook reminded me of a memory – my 21st birthday party! Turning 21 was probably one of my favourite birthdays! It was so much fun with multiple celebrations and surprises! On the morning of my birthday I was home for present opening with family – I even got a jacaranda tree from my sister (such a beautiful tree). Next I headed down to uni for classes; it was really nice getting happy birthdays as I went through the day. With classes finished for the day I...