Spending my 20s hitting all the big milestones… apparently. Have I made it yet?
It’s been a little while, huh? Apologies for the lack of posts recently. If you’ve been following a few of my last posts or have spoken to me lately, you’ll know over the last 4 months or so i have been trying to purchase a house. After 37 inspections, 4 offers, and 2 contracts, I am happy to announce (if you didn’t know already) I found a really great place in the east of Brisbane. All the hard work finally paid off. I think it’ll take me a little while longer to get everything all set up, but it’s all well under way. Life is good.
As I was packing up and cleaning my old house, I had moved most of my furniture and stuff into the garage. I remember walking around the garage one night and thinking, wow, this is most of what they would call my “net worth”. My value according to that measurement could be measured in just about a double garage.
And it got me thinking about a question a lot of us ask, especially in our 20s and 30s…
It’s my upbringing, or my personality, or the government, or that girl, or… here are 7 things people always blame.
In Australia, we pride ourselves on being what we call Aussie battlers. There’s always something we’re struggling against. I’m always telling foreigners who come to visit our country that almost everything can kill you. When they ask for the list, it goes something like – funnelweb spiders, redbacks, great white sharks, stingrays, dingoes, taipans, fierce snakes, brown snakes, fire tornadoes in the Simpson Desert, floods, bushfires, conefish, box jellyfish, kangaroos (if they kick you or hit your car), stagnant water… mate, everything’s out to get us.
Is waiting to be chosen the right approach to take in life? Here are 8 pros and cons.
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot more about the decision making process. I’ve been trying to buy a house lately, and it’s absolutely full on. I had some basic ideas on what’s involved, but I had no idea it was such a big emotional time, or that it would involve so much effort and energy. The ones to go for, the ones not to, the amount of your offer, the stipulations on your contract, just… ugh. Sometimes it’s a bit much. But it’s definitely all going to pay off in the end.
I’ve found myself comparing the experience of buying a house to a lot of other big decisions in life. The decision to settle down, the decision to study, the career you pick, the place of employment, the country you live in. All massive decisions to make. Because of my current mental state, I’ve been extremely attentive to when people discuss how they make decisions, and why. Continue reading
Anxiety, depression, dark thoughts and paralyzing emotions – it can be very difficult facing mental health issues.
Mental health has been one of the largest areas of medical research in recent years, and rightly so. There seems to be an ever increasing amount of us who either have had some sort of mental health issue at some point, currently struggle with one, or know someone close to us who is. According to the Black Dog Institute, one in five Australians experience some sort of issue during a year.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you too have been affected by these issues in some way. Perhaps you are going through an issue yourself, or perhaps you have someone close to you in that boat, and you’re not sure what to do. Continue reading
When you’re faced with equally good decisions, which path do you take? It can be pretty hard choosing between two good options… or more.
I’ve recently been in a very exciting season of life. Not gonna lie – it’s been quite stressful, a little bit tense, a little bit uneasy, and a little unsettling. But the step I’m making is something I’ve been aiming towards for a while, and it’s pretty great to be standing in the midst of it all. Continue reading
Some of the most undervalued people in our world, but a group very close to my heart – here are 5 reasons I love pastors and Christian leaders.
I am quite actively involved in my local church. I get a lot of comments about it, usually from different people who see me serving in a lot of different areas. “Oh, you’re here too!”. Yep! Your friendly Lego Hair representative popping up all over the place. It’s because I’m a big believer in the message of the church and in the impact it has on people’s lives.
Tonight I was talking with a great couple that oversee one of the services I help out at, and I was telling them 7 reasons why I love them and why they’re great. In truth, Christian leaders are one of the biggest passion areas of my life. I have so much time for them – in fact, you’ll find most of my spare time is spent investing in people in those sorts of positions or roles, or just even listening to them. I don’t even see it as something that’s “nice to do” – for me, it’s a reason why I’m alive, and I don’t know of many better ways to spend my time. I could (and actually probably do) spend all my spare time celebrating those people who invest so much into others. I was even praying tonight, “Just give me pastors”. I love them so much. Continue reading
Ever have a song describe exactly how you’re feeling? Here are 8 songs that really spoke to me.
Everyone loves music. There’s something about someone singing it instead of saying it that all of a sudden gives a sentence so much more meaning. Music can take you on a journey or transport you to somewhere else. It can bring you back to a memory, or help set you free in a moment.
Like you, there’ve been many different times in my life where a song has spoken to me where I’m at. Here are 8 songs that really spoke to me.
Don’t you hate it when someone acts like a hypocrite? Whether it’s them, you, or me, these are 6 not-so-funny contradictions in life.
No one likes a hypocrite. If I asked you if you know any hypocrites, chances are you could list a bunch off right now. Usually we target those in politics or in the public eye who have famously said one thing, and then famously done another. We hammer celebrities like Miley Cyrus who have gone on the record of being anti-drugs, for instance, and next minute been busted for another crazy night out. Other times, we hammer family members or friends who we’ve seen up close and personal, and seen when their private behaviour is very different to what they want everyone else to believe.
In truth, all of us are guilty of living out a contradiction. Where we say one thing, but actually mean another. Where we say we believe in something, but our behaviour is completely the opposite. You know the drill. Continue reading
The person who appreciates you the least may actually be the person reading this right now. You’re probably taking yourself for granted.
Source: Samuel Goldwyn
Everyone wants to be appreciated. It’s a need that all of us have. Sometimes people are made to feel bad for their need to feel needed. I don’t think that’s something we need to feel bad about. All of us are looking for the place where we belong. In a crazy world, we’re trying to find our fit, the place or the people or the dreams or the things that make us feel alive.
In our search for significance, we long to feel appreciated. Not necessarily for what we do, but also for who we are. But hey, it’s also nice to feel appreciated for what you do. To know that others value your contribution to the world, and to feel like what you bring has made a difference in someone else’s life. Continue reading
One week he’s sitting by himself, the next he’s next to someone you don’t know. Here’s why Christian guys date outside their church.
A Christian guy!… get it?
I recently wrote about Why Christian Girls Date Non-Christian Guys. I wrote it in response to a number of my female friends bringing up the feelings they’ve felt about trying to find a Nice Christian Guy, and whether or not one truly exists. I pretty much took real statements that I’ve heard been made and decided to have a look at where they’re coming from and what’s really behind the decisions and the pressures we face. Continue reading