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Thankful Thursday: cheers to my mummy

15 Dec

I’m joining in Thankful Thursday, an initiative by power blogger Kate Says Stuff.

I have a lot to be thankful for. My first few years in Sydney were a lot like a Luna Park rollercoaster – endless ups and downs and unfounded fears that the whole thing might not be bolted down and I’ll fall off! I now feel fairly confident teetering towards my fourth year in the big smoke. And I have my wonderful mum to thank for that.

Me and mum @ Garden Island

Here are just a few of the million-plus reasons why I’m dedicating this week’s Thankful Thursday to mum:

  • When I moved to Sydney and didn’t know a soul – mum helped me stick it out.
  • When I felt lost in my career and wanted out – mum inspired me to start my professional organising business.
  • When business got tough – mum lent a hand and supported my decisions to return to work as an employee.
  • When I brought The Lad home – mum welcomed him into the family with open arms. And laughed at how well suited we were, given our shared love for lying on the couch watching crap TV.
  • When she faced difficult decisions and events in her own business – mum powered up and took her business, Cabins in the Clouds, to new heights (pun intended).
  • When navigating life as a newly single woman – mum bravely stuck it out and transformed into an even more mesmerising woman.

Above all, I’m thankful that as each year rolls into the next, mum and I grow closer together. Hardly a few days go by without us sharing a giggle or a cry on the phone.

I hope I’m half the woman my mum is when I’m her age. She is a trooper. A light in my life. She is my bold and beautiful mum. 🙂

Thanks mummy xoxo

Christians say “I do” to marriage equality

17 Nov

Here’s the thing – I believe in God. I also believe in marriage equality. For man who loves man, for woman who loves woman and for woman who loves man who loves woman and man. Whatevs. It’s all love, ain’t it?

As Dolly Parton has said, “I think everyone should be free to love who they want. There’s not enough love in the world, so find love where you can. And if you find it, consider yourself lucky.”

Amen sister.

I’ve noticed Christianity being pulled into the marriage equality debate recently. In many discussions I’ve had about the issue, someone has said something along the lines of, “I’m so sick of Christians being anti-gay marriage.’

Now, I don’t want to get into a religious debate. I think anyone should be free to believe (or not believe) whatever feels right for them. But here’s the thing – not all Christians are against marriage equality. In fact, a recent national online poll found that 53% of Australians who identify as Christian support same-sex marriage. I’m proud to be part of that 53%.

Australian Marriage Equality spokesperson Malcolm McPherson (a Christian) said about the results:

“Clearly, most Australian Christians believe same-sex marriage is consistent with Christian values like justice, love, compassion and fidelity, not opposed to these values.”

God is love, people!

Inspired by the 10,000+ Christians who have sent letters to their MPs rallying for same-sex marriage, I signed the Christians 4 Equality campaign.

I signed it for equality, I signed it for tolerance and I signed it for love. I signed it so that one day I can watch two of the most precious men in my life make the same commitment to each other that I am free to make with anyone I choose. I signed it so that my (as yet unborn) children will grow up in a world where the phrases ‘marriage equality’ and ‘gay marriage’ don’t exist – it’s just ‘marriage’. I signed it so that whether or not my kids choose a same sex or opposite sex partner to share a life with, they will never have to question or hide that decision. I signed it because I believe in love. And I believe in a God who loves.

To same-sex marriage, I say ‘bring it oooooooon!’

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