Head and Heart #7 January 2015

Love from Lisa Head and Heart January 2015

Head and Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings in the raw.” It’s where I share a more personal side of myself on The Creative Canvass blog.

So here’s my Head and Heart for January 2015.

What I’ve been grateful for

WordPress Support

One of my one little word goals for this year was to focus on this blog, and in doing so I found myself giving it a mini facelift.

With any blog redesign comes problems that a non tech person like me can’t solve, and this is exactly what happened this time around.

I can’t thank the WordPress support community enough for helping me fix the problems I came across whilst undertaking my minor facelift. I feel like there’s nothing too hard for this community to fix. I’m very grateful to those who took the time to help me with some issues that I had.

The blogging community

This month I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Liebster Award, an award given to new blogs by other bloggers. I was really happy about this as I still don’t know how much this little blog is being read, or who’s stumbling across it.

Part of this award is paying it forward and nominating other worthy blogs to receive the award. It was a no brainer that I would nominate Helen at Helarious, who you all know created this awesome Head and Heart series.

Helen is someone I now consider a friend, which feels weird as we’ve never met (I hope to soon though.)

I’ve often heard other bloggers talk about the friends they made whilst blogging, which seems weird to me as I didn’t know that could happen, but now I feel it has and I’m really pleased that this blog has led me to one.

What I’ve been thinking about

The future

The future and what it holds occupies a lot of my time lately, probably due to having too much time on my hands. I have no idea what the future holds, all I can do is just remember that what will be will be and I can’t worry about it too much.

Household chores

I think I spend way too much time on Saturday’s doing boring chores. I have only just realised that not everything needs to be done all the time. I am now rethinking the way I clean the house so I can be more efficient with my time.

What I’m excited for


I’m attending my first ever blog seminar in March with ProBlogger, which I’m really excited about. I’m keen to meet other bloggers, and find out a little more about the blog space.

Christmas in July

I know we just had Christmas, and Christmas in July is one of those dodgy ways retailers try to get us to somehow spend money. For some reason I’ve decided to celebrate things better this year, and by this I really mean find excuses to eat more.

So this year I’ve decided to do Christmas in July, and have already started to plan my menu on my Christmas Pinterest board. I’m not going to decorate or put up any trees, but I’m sure as heck going to eat up a storm!

My Kitchen Rules

I love My Kitchen Rules and am really happy to have something to watch other than Desperate Housewives, which is taking up so much of my time. The only downfall is that whenever the contestants cook something sweet, I just have to eat something sweet along with them.

What I’ve been doing

Visiting the Osteopath

Somewhere in between my garden overhaul and painting expeditions I damaged a bursa in my left shoulder and it’s been painful for months.

I visited my Osteopath a few times, but seeing as it’s an injury that will eventually go away I’ve decided to now wait for it to heal on its own. I hope it will heal soon.

Trentham day trip

Trentham is one of the day trips I have on my to do list in my planner, but it’s now one that I can tick off.

Located approximately one hour from Melbourne, Trentham is a small town with a waterfall, shops, and eateries.

What I’ve been reading

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

This is the seventh book in the Shopaholic series, and I’ve read them all. I wasn’t overly impressed with this one, and it’s ended on a to be continued note. I find the main character Becky Brandon to be really annoying, and I’m sick of her fantasy land thoughts, which happen all the time. I’ll read the next one just to see how it finishes, but I’m glad I can finally put this one away.

The Tennis Party by Madeleine Wickham

Sophie Kinsella’s real name is Madeleine Wickham, she uses different names as her books have a different feel to them.

I could tell from the first page of this book that I prefer the books written under Madeleine Wickham. I’m really enjoying this book and will give a better update on it next month.

What I’ve been spending money on

Exercise gear

Technically I didn’t spend money on this as I used vouchers that I got for Christmas, so that was a bonus.

Other than this I’ve had a low spend month, just spending money on food as usual.

That’s my Head and Heart for another month.


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11 thoughts to “Head and Heart #7 January 2015”

  1. The blogging community is fantastic, it’s great to have a network of creative and supportive people around 🙂

    Christmas in July sounds like great fun, I love an excuse to celebrate 🙂 what date is Christmas in July usually celebrated?

    I hope your shoulder is on the mend, we’ve been doing quite a bit of a gardening overhaul over here too. Funnily enough it’s one of those things that is a constant work in progress.

    I might check out Madeline Wickham 🙂

    1. Hmm good question, I have no idea what date Christmas in July is, so I just went to trusty Google and couldn’t find anything, so maybe I’ll just celebrate it July 25.

      I hope my shoulder’s on the mend too, that’s what gardening will do to you, and I definitely agree that it’s a constant work in progress.

      Madeline is good but I’m hoping to get onto a new author soon 🙂

  2. I always love reading and discovering new blogs through blog linkups, they truly are a good way to meet new people 🙂 i devoured all of shophie kinsella’s books a while ago, might be time to pull them out of the book case and read them again! Xx

  3. Hey Lisa!!! Oh gosh, you are amazing thank you for the kind words, I’m honoured m’dear! And I was just sharing the same sentiments when I wrote mine this morning about the blogging community and making friends! Hun, when are you coming to Sydney – ever? 🙂 I did melbourne 2 years ago (for the first time – I KNOW!) so probably won’t be going back until I’ve done perth and the great barrier reef first! 🙁 But would seriously love to finally do a meet up one day!

    Is the blog seminar thing with Problogger different to the big annual conference? I’ve been to that one (2 years ago also) and it was fantastic. Definitely recommended if you’re just getting started with blogging or still trying to “work things out” – it did wonders, definitely try to go if you can! It is a touch exxy but I think worth it to do at least once

    Would love to hear about how you’re making chores more efficient. I still haven’t quite figured that one out (and I’m sure you’re doing more than me since I’m in a small apartment!)


    1. Hi Helen,

      I love Sydney and go there at least once a year. I’ll let you know when I’m next there, although I think it may be Xmas time only at this stage.

      I have been wanting to go to Perth for ages, I hear it’s really beautiful and has some amazing food.

      The Problogger event is a small event, it’s not the big one but I’ll definitely look out for the big event. It all sounds exciting.

      I’ll keep you updated on the chores 🙂

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