Once upon a Wednesday | About the Shizzle


I have a loaded question for you… is your life panning out as you expected/hoped/planned?

I know mine hasn’t and still doesn’t quite hit the mark and I’m totally ok with that. I don’t need material things like fancy cars, designer clothes, top notch jewellery or a big house… I just want time. Time to spend with Vincent doing the things we enjoy, simple things like having coffee together, getting together with siblings, spending precious time with our grown up kids and grandkids that live so far away, watching the grandkids in their school plays, doing ballet and dance and sports and playing their x-box games.

Time and opportunities to have lunch with the kids, to hear about their work and about what they’re doing in their spare time. You know, those amazing family times that quite often we take for granted.

Time to grow in my photography journey and time to develop and grow my business. Time to rest and relax and do things that soothe my soul. But time has become such an rare and expensive commodity as we’ve become so plugged in to mobile devices and online shizzle. Now I know that’s technically not a word… it’s one I’ve made up and I used it in a text message to Jodie last week. “Shizzle?” she asked! I love it because it can mean anything you want it to mean, as in good, fun stuff or rubbish, grotty stuff! And let’s face it, life is full of both kinds of shizzle, is it not?! So you could say “What.a.load.of.shizzle” versus “Yay! It was so much shizzle!” See what I mean?! It’s all in the tone of the voice!

But seriously, time is a commodity that’s not always spared. Time is something that’s not always granted. And we have to make the most of the time we get.

Bad shizzle, the sad times and hard stuff, makes us stronger. Good shizzle, the fun, happy stuff, is life’s way of saying, hey, you deserve a break. And when we hear of others’ bad shizzle, we realise that we have so much to be thankful for no matter our journey.

So while I say my life doesn’t always turn out the way I expect, it is my life, I make my choices and it belongs to me. It’s given me some really sad and hard times and I’ve learnt so much about myself during those difficult times, but it’s also given and continues to give me some totally priceless times that I feel so honoured to experience. It also makes me want to spend my time doing things that make my heart sing. How about you? Think people, places, experiences…

So yeah, life, with all its good and bad shizzle, it’s precious moments and its’ sharp turns and corners, is all part of our journey and I hope you remember that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Much love,


Word art by Cathy Zielske at Designer Digitals.