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...

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)....

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 / 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 / 01.02.2018

Due to Cerebral Palsy I struggle to walk backwards it is a lot easier to move forwards. Yet in life, figuratively speaking, I can bolt in the opposite direction at a moment’s notice. But I don’t want to be who I once was: full of fear and anxiety, lacking confidence and, at times due to these things, afraid to try; because let’s be honest not many of us like to fail even though falling down is a natural part of life. I read on Instagram one day that...

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...