Encouragement / 26.09.2018

I love achieving goals and dreams. It is an incredible feeling that you never forget. You just want more of it. Who doesn’t?   But I have found in myself that my attitude shifts like a boat on a restless sea sailing to achieve that goal or dream I have in mind. I am hopeful. I am despairing. I am determined. I am on the verge of giving up. I am peaceful. I am frustrated. And probably on the top of that list in bold letters should be written I...

Encouragement / 15.09.2018

As you know today is not Thursday, my typical day for blogging. I don’t usually write on a Saturday but today is an exciting day. Dandelion Dust & Honey is 2! For me that’s something worth celebrating and obviously a reason to eat cake.   Many of you have travelled the two years with me, others have only joined recently, whatever the case I thank you for embracing Dandelion Dust & Honey with kindness and love.   I can’t imagine where the next two years will take me, but I look forward...

Encouragement / 23.08.2018

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. It has been for a variety of reasons from being busy to lacking inspiration (past two sentences) to wondering how to blend honesty with hope; to have the rawness yet still have the encouragement for all of you who read. Side note: Thank you to everyone who reads it means a lot. Anyway, I finally have something to write about: fresh starts.   “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it” – Anne of Green Gables   Last week was tough as I fought...

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...

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...

Encouragement / 18.01.2018

The day I finished up my volunteer position in November last year I chatted to my supervisor about ways I could improve. After offering a few suggestions and encouragement she said “you are really just lacking opportunities”. I knew in that moment I had been building to [dramatic music please]…APPROACHING AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY! This is a huge step for me as it shows progress in acceptance, confidence and love of myself. As well as, to be honest, choking down my pride. My reasons for avoiding this avenue before was...

Encouragement / 11.01.2018

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. Having more energy was definitely a big factor in enjoying the festive season but it was more than that for me. It was making memories; for instance we played cricket as a whole family and welcomed in the New Year with family friends, glow stick bracelets, sparklers and fireworks on TV. So different from last year (Turning Over a New Leaf)! The festive season gave me hope and excitement for...

Encouragement / 14.09.2017

It is one more sleep until we have made it a year! That’s right on 15th September 2016 I posted my first blog post for Dandelion Dust & Honey called New Beginnings. I was never really the person to be like ‘one day I am going to start a blog’ I mean what would I call it and what on earth would I write about? The excuses kept coming. Yet Jesus kept nudging me with the idea. I remember a friend’s dad once said to me something like ‘Jesus...