What a Craptacular Week!

Nothing but a load of trash!

So, was your week as rubbish as mine? My week was not the week from Hell. But it was pretty damn close. So much so that I haven’t been able to write anything here. Since the day when the Malaysian Airline plane was shot down, it seemed to me that there was absolutely nothing worth writing about. Why write anything when all that’s going on around you is one horror after another? People hurting other people. People hurting the planet. People hurting themselves. Rapes. Murders. Wars. Insane Governments. Sun flares. Sink holes. You name it, last week it was getting up in my face.

It got me down because to add to that my day job, my home and my relationship status (or lack-thereof) are all in serious need of an overhaul. But I didn’t want to bitch and moan and dump my misery on you. I don’t want to censor myself, and I want to keep my writing as real as possible. I write this blog for my own pleasure as much as I write it for yours so I made a pact with myself over the weekend to admit to you and myself that yes, last week was utter shite. Sometimes life is bleak. Sometimes you’re powerless to change the ghastly circumstances around you. But just like lightning things can change in a flash. And it can be something really simple that makes that change. For me it was this weekend.

From Drab

From Drab…


I awoke on Saturday to another miserable cold, rainy day, and toddled off to see my shrink (see, here’s me not censoring myself – depression and anxiety? Me too!) I had a really great and inspiring talk with her, then toddled further down the road to have brunch with my lovely friend Jini. By 10.30am I was already inspired, I was actually enjoying my cold walk in the drizzling rain, I had money in my wallet for a delicious meal at a nice cafe at the beach with one of my most favourite people in the world. Hello, I was waking up (again) to the fact, that my life is in fact, pretty bloody good.

A few more hours of inspirational creative discussions with Jini, who, dear reader, is an amazing writer – watch this space, I see a thrilling novel on the horizon – and the sun had started to shine as the rainclouds quickly dispersed. How good is mid-winter sunshine?! Seriously, when you feel awful, go stand in it for a few minutes and soak it up. Sunshine is joy in the form of heat and light.

An evening of laughter and bad movies with some other amazing friends – Krystyna and Marc – confirmed the goodness of life. (Snowpiercer is an awesome movie name, don’t you think?!) With more sunshine and coffee and beautiful scenery than you can shake a fist at in Manly today; phone calls with friends and family topped up the weekend, and my joy tank is now refilled. So the simple things – friends, family, sunshine, scenery, and lots of coffee – were all it took to bring me back to joy.

To Fab!

To Fab!

As I went for my evening run tonight, I made the commitment to myself to continue writing this blog as a form of enjoyment for me and for you. I won’t hide the fact that sometimes I feel like my life is crapola. I refuse to wallow in it either. I’ll be focusing on the good bits. Because life is full of them. Sometimes you’ve got to use a magnifying glass, but they’re there. It will give me the greatest pleasure to know that you’ve read my words and smiled, or chuckled, snorted, guffawed, or had one of those really big blasts of air from your nostrils where you freak out that something might have gone flying from it and hit your neighbour in the face. Belly laughs are great, and comments on the post are even better.

Remember, lots of shit makes your garden bloom with vigour. Imagine what a shitty week’s done for your life. Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week!

8 thoughts on “What a Craptacular Week!

  1. Lovely post, Kylie! In the face of worldly horrors we can all do a little bit to reduce the misery we see inside and outside of ourselves. But the trick is not to be consumed by it.

    I hope you are having a great week.

    • Hi Ben, thanks for your lovely response. I agree, we can all do our little bit to reduce the misery. All those little bits that we all do go a long way to building a big dose of joy. We just need to remember to see those bits and pull them together. Non-consumption by misery is definitely the tricky bit, so hopefully my blog is a nice little reminder for me (and anyone else who reads it) to find and focus on the bright sparks in every day. Even the fact that we all woke up this morning is a small miracle. We get to have another day finding the good in life. How cool is that?!
      I’m definitely having a much better week this week, and hoping you are too.
      Much love, Kylie xx

  2. Kylie I have not seen you for many years (probably since primary school ) but your images on Facebook always brighten my day and I read your entry above as I sit at home trying to get three kids, my business and my life in some sort of order and you have made me realise that sitting here with the kids in a (very) messy house is ok because it is the little things that make life worthwhile – so I am going to make myself a strong cup of coffee and relax and ignore the house and not worry so much about trying to have everything perfect xxxxx have a great week!

    • Thanks Adriana. What a lovely message! It’s been years, I know. I see your photos too, and I still see the Adriana I used to know and love at school; still with the awesome cars, and now with just a few more gorgeous kids – congrats! I know all about that need to strive for perfection, I stress about it nearly every day. And then sometimes I remember that perfection is for the gods. But look at them! They were a bloody mess! So YAY for you! Go enjoy that strong cup of coffee and maybe one of those old school Mars Bar slices we used to make! So great to hear from you. Have an awesome, awesome week. And give your kids a squeeze from me!
      Much love, Kylie xx

  3. You’ve inspired my beginning of a craptacular week (being the fact its Monday and I’m stuck inside on this beautiful day at work), and made me realise that its not really that crapola. 15 weeks and counting and I am out of this job and becoming a part of the travelling world. Thanks for the inspiration I needed to get me through this Monday morning.


    • Thanks lovely Lan Lan. So happy to know that I’ve inspired the beginning of your week. And between you and me (and the rest of the web) you inspire the bejesus out of me too! 15 weeks is nothing. I can’t wait to see you eating your way around the planet and I hope to see you on the road!
      Much love, Kylie xx

  4. 🙂 Yes, it’s the people we connect with that give life meaning. So true.
    You brightened my weekend as well, and equally inspired, I sit at my computer to begin the working week!
    Love it!
    *hugs* Kylie.

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