Harmony & Happiness

“Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.” – Jose Marti As a human being, I’ve always felt an inherent need for peace and harmony. I find it difficult when I know that I’ve offended or upset someone,…

Chit Chat

As I sit here with my (almost cold) cup of tea, a pile of work to my left and a flickering eucalyptus candle to my right, I feel like turning around to my work mates and having a quick pick-me-up chat. The only problem with working from home is the lack of office culture. Working from…

Freelance Writing

Just before my 23rd birthday, I sat down and wrote a blog post all about being 22. It was a huge year for me – newly married, moving to Melbourne, joining a new church, making new friends and starting my career as a journalist. It was fun, scary, hard and honestly, a bit miserable at times….

Being a Planner

In my experience, planners are either short-term checklist-ers, long term bucket list-ers, or non planners who find freedom in lack of planning –  and if you fall under that last category, I tip my hat to you! I’ve certainly never been that person. I’ve always wished I was better at short term planning, which is one of the reasons…

Reflections on Easter Sunday

Today I spoke to somebody who told me that if they spoke about the fact that they loved Jesus in their home country, they and their family would not only be oppressed – they would be executed. As a young woman living in Australia, with the freedom to love my heavenly father freely and openly, this…

Minimalism?

I found myself deep in a YouTube rabbit hole recently. The kind where you’re watching a video and see something interesting pop up in the side bar… so you click it, and then click another link, and another, until you’re binge watching videos on a topic that didn’t exist in your world until three hours earlier. Maybe I’ve…

Spicy Yellow Curry

There’s nothing better than throwing veggies, meat and a bunch of spices in a slow cooker and spending the next five or six hours enjoying that warm aroma of spices simmering and bubbling away. We don’t save curries for the warmer months in our household – Peter and I will both happily cook them all year…

Planning Our Wedding

When we got engaged in November 2014, I had grand plans of documenting the process of planning our wedding on this little blog. Between turning 21, going on a whirlwind two month trip around Europe and nutting out the little details in just under four months, blogging got put on hold and all thoughts of planning…

What 22 Felt Like

Did you ever play a song one last time, just for the memories? I remember going to bed on the eve of my 16th birthday, playing Taylor Swift’s ‘Fifteen’ one last time while I could still relate to it. So, just for the sake of tradition, I blasted 22 on the way home from work this…

Winsome

W I N S O M E   I S   H E R E Winsome (the blog) has been a long time coming. From a hint of an idea, to a seasonal online magazine, and finally to a blog, Winsome has been unfolding and transforming for a long time. Yesterday, after much planning, designing, praying…

Huge Announcement

Friends! It has been quite a while between posts. Yes, this has partially been laziness (busyness might be a better description) but it’s also because I’ve been working towards something very close to my heart, that I’ve been waiting and waiting to share with you. In 2013, myself and two friends set out to start an…

A Date with Brighton Beach

We’ve been doing our best to get-to-know our new home city, and most weekends we’ve managed to go somewhere, or do something new. Yesterday we drove to South Melbourne for a burger, and drove on to Brighton Beach to go for a walk and see the famously bright & colourful beach huts. Albert’s Hamburgers in…