Apr 15, 2011

Friend Friday: Gratitude.

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It's been a whole year since Katy Rose at Modly Chic started her Friend Friday challenges.  I've only had the pleasure of joining in over the last few months but I really admire Katy's approachable and 'real world' approach to fashion and its role in the lives of normal women with lives and families outside the industry.

This week's questions take us and Katy back to where it all began, with the first set of questions she posted to the FBFF'ers.  The theme is gratitude and I think this is a value I personally can never ever be reminded too often about.

Without further ado....

1. When it comes to me personally – I owe a lot of who I am to:
My wonderful parents for their love and for being such excellent role models.  My parents made many sacrifices for us and the only things they asked of us in return was that we be the best people we could be.  Not the best out of the class at school, the swimming team or the pianists or violinists at the musical school but to fulfil our potentials and to not let any opportunity go to waste.  It wasn't just about educational opportunities, it was about the other things life offered us.  The school trips, the school balls, the first pay cheque and so on.

I also respect that though they themselves may not have valued the material things their children valued (designer labels, world trips for the sake of just travelling to see the world and sporty cars), they reserved their judgement and only cautioned us about spending within our means, prioritizing how we spent our money and not living on credit for recreational wants.

I could write more about how much my siblings, my husband and extended family also mean to me but this is not the place.

2. When it comes to me professionally – I owe a lot of who I am to:
My mentors and professional superiors.  There were some harsh characters amongst the people I've worked with but both the kind words and 'the words I really had to hear' inspired and motivated me when things were hard and seemed impossible.  In my current work situation, my peers in all the disciplines that form my work place continue to teach me and to make my job such each day.  We share the ups and the downs which makes them both much easier to bear.

3. When it comes to the art of blogging, I’m grateful to these people for helping me through some rough spots:
  • A Farmer's Wife at Life in the Country: for her wise and down to earth reassurance about all that is good in the world, and for letting it be okay for women in their 30s to embrace their inner nanna with abandon.
  • Miss Kitty Cat at Miss Kitty-Cat Goes To Town: for her willingness to share the burden of the journey and impeccable taste in fashion.
  • Faux Fuchsia (who needs no further introduction): for being there when the chips are down with such chic and for introducing me to the wonder that is the Red Phoenix Emporium and to the lovely L & W and their mum S who are behind the label.
  • Carly Findlay at Tune Into Radio Carly: for being an inspiration for life and for blogging. 
4. One blogging challenge I’m grateful happened because it made me stronger was…
It wasn't a formal challenge per se.  It was the challenge I set myself to be completely honest about a difficult experience in my life this year.  I was made stronger by writing about it because seeing my feelings at the time in print on my blog was a definite thing from which I can move on from.  I've given myself a 3 month period of recovery after which I'm going to go back to those posts and marvel at how far I've come.

The posts also generated alot of discussion amongst readers as well as a dialogue between myself and the wonderful people who took the trouble to email me directly.  I am sure that all of this has helped me beyond measure.

5. To my readers, I’d like to say…
Thank you!  Can you believe (possibly... there are that many posts!!) it's been over a year?  Neither can I.  The blog has grown into something I never envisioned when I made those first tentative posts.  May we remain friends in the blogosphere and hopefully in real life for many, many years to come.


Happy one year anniversary, Katy Rose and FBFF!!


  1. Right back at you SSG.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  2. Loving your blog!! So colourful!! Your answers are lovely!! I am from sydney too!! How long have you been blogging for?

    Monique xx


  3. And I am now your newest follower!!

    Monique xx


  4. Hi SSG, I loved reading your answers to this one! Particularly no. 4, it's quite amazing how your blogging helped you cope with this difficult issue. And thank you for being so candid about it, I truly admire you for that! Have a great weekend! xxx

  5. Awww, thanks for the love. Right back atch 'ya! I don't know why, but now I need to read about your day for my day to be complete :) Thanks for writing honest, funny and delicious posts.


  6. Gratitude and grace come through loud and clear in your post.
    You are surrounded and supported by fabulous blogger friends.

    Enjoy your weekend....and maybe one of those cute cupcakes :)

  7. Love your colorfulness - I am a sucker for color! I understand writing about a personal change and upheaval. Going through that myself. Sharing it makes a difference, no?
    Happy Friend Friday!!

  8. Thank you so much. I am so glad we met :)

  9. Another fab post SSG. You write so eloquently and from the heart.

    I hope your three month mark has you in a much better place.

    TDM xx

  10. Monique: hello and thank for stopping by! I've been blogging for just over a year.

    Yvonne: colour helps everything!

    SSG xxx


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