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 Yesterday via a chat on facebook a topic that came up was they need some more storage.  So today I have put together a few toy storage ideas that I hope may inspire you. Kids Toy Storage Ideas Create some hanging baskets, The Mother Huddle shows a create step by step tutorial image credit image […]

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Each Sunday I email or post on facebook the daily task of preparing for the week ahead, and one of the tasks is to sync your phone with your calendar.  I have had quite a few requests with needing help on how to do this, so hopefully you can find my tutorial easy to understand. […]

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  • So you know of a good diary/planner ap?ReplyCancel

  • I just downloaded remember the milk, yet to use it but it looks goodReplyCancel

  • I sync my gmail calendar to my iPhone iCal. It’s the best and I don’t loose anything. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • An alternative that allows real time syncing across all your devices and even access from any computer is gmail! You can have your email, calendar, etc synced to outlook through IMAP or the exchange function on your devices! Synching things across devices then isn’t contingent on plugging into your computer & syncing with iTunes!

    (Though if you’re happy with your way & are able to leave your computer on at night time, you can set up your iPhone & iPad to sync automatically with iTunes over your wifi home network when you plug them into charge at night)! :-)ReplyCancel

March is creeping up on us.  The March monthly calendar can be downloaded, for you to plan and be organised for the upcoming month. Plan your month Ideas to add the following to your calendar: Birthdays & Anniversaries Holidays Public Holidays, find dates here School term start and end dates here Pupil free school days School events, […]

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  • Thanks for designing these calendar Katrina! I’m thinking I need to check out the others you’ve listed. Beginning to see the need of having everything in black and white now…not just in my phone.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the reminders, Kat. Now to remember to buy printer ink to print them out!ReplyCancel

  • Well no surprises if I tell you I’m in love with that yellow one!ReplyCancel

  • Lorri

    Thank you very much, I love your website and I subscribed to your daily email ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lorri :)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much Katrina. I needed a spare calendar to write my gardening plans on. The ‘net is full of really dish-dull templates. Thanks for providing some colour and beauty!ReplyCancel

As you all know I think highly of my friend Naomi from the Seven Cherubs blog and without hesitation I was happy to share with you all a conference which she is helping to put together.    Power of Moms is essentially a ‘gathering place for deliberate mothers’ and a website that is very unique. They […]

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  • I’m so excited – can’t wait to go !!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sevencherubs

    I am so looking forward to this as well. Looking forward to seeing you and Hayley there. Here is to being a power mom and mum!ReplyCancel

  • April Perry

    Thanks so much for helping to spread the word! I LOVE your blog, and I’m excited to learn more from you. Saren and I can’t wait to meet some of the wonderful mums of Australia.ReplyCancel

Some of the most beneficial tools that I have here at home have to be my kids routine charts, eliminating the constant, are you dressed yet, did you remember to brush your teeth?  The nagging, then the rush out the door.  Not only are they a reminder for the kids, they help ME and make it a […]

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  • Will be purchasing all of your charts once I get my printer’s ink refilled, it used to cost $20+ now its $40+.ReplyCancel

  • If yr in a postion to find this useful..another option would be to Download onto USB, take to Office Works & let them do it on A3 for a few dollars – my printer @ home is almost obsolete despite me refilling with Generic refills – hardly worth the time or supply costs – you can also email thru yr work & have it waiting to be picked excellent service..& nowhere near the 100% increase you mention..ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Thoms

    Hi Katrina, love the look of your forms, and your site for that matter. Do you have your own ebook? I also have an organising site named focus’s more on motivation, routines and habits than straight organising. Will be sure to say hi again soon. Oh I’m from the coast too. Living in Brisbane now.ReplyCancel

Sorry today’s post is a little late, I have been working really hard the last week with upgrading a section of the website, all to be revealed later today.   I hope you have all enjoyed the guest posters from last week contributing their posts the ‘Organising You’ series:  Organising and celebrating you, A mothers […]

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  • I made this exact recipe on the weekend for a cake fundraiser stall, and then put them on the end of skewers & placed in a small vase. So effective & the kids loved them!ReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    Wow! I didn’t realise Julie Goodwin had a website with her recipes on it!!! Thanks!!! (I was given “our family table” cookbook for Mother’s Day) I’ve started to meal plan – not quite getting to the full seven days – but from Monday to Friday the meals are planned out! I’ve been thinking about doing a shepherds pie for awhile… thanks for reminding me to ‘plan it in’…ReplyCancel

  • Can anyone suggest a substitute for cocoa?ReplyCancel

  • Glenn, that is such a good idea, I’m going to do that tooReplyCancel

  • Anoter cute idea was putting a spearmint leaf lolly onto a skewer, followed by a marshmallow, spread some butter icing on the end of marshmallow, dip into sprinkles. Cute edible marshmallow flowers in a vase :)ReplyCancel

  • Oopsiemumma

    I’ve only just discovered your meal plans and I LOVE them. They are what real people can cook for real kids. I always used to do meal plans with exotic dishes then would get stressed about cooking it and it would always turn out hideous. I’ve only just recently discovered the power of doing a meal plan with ‘normal’ foods. So nice to know you do too and I’ll be popping back to check each week, your schnitzel is one I keep forgetting to put on my plans. You never know but one day I might get organised and be able to link up with you!ReplyCancel

  • Use caramel out if a tin!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz
    this is our meal plan for the week ahead!

This is a guest post by Alyce, from the blog Blossom Heart. Greetings! My name is Alyce, and I over-think.  Am I alone in this? Probably not, but maybe I am… I am a girl after all; us girls do like to over-think things. But maybe people will think I’m crazy, maybe it’ll sound like […]

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  • I hear you about talking to yourself – in your head or muttering to your kids. Careful it doesn’t spill out when you’re out by yourself, like it did witg me! Lol! But I think I’m going to start getting a diary instead of just relying on the organiser in my phone. Too many things happening atm.ReplyCancel

  • gail

    Katrina–I do the same thing with replaying secnarios in my head, conversing with my various selves (no, I do not have multiple personality disorder). I was concerned at one point, but as a quite mature–ahem–grandma, I now think it’s just what caring people do. Thanks for your blog.ReplyCancel

    • At my mums group we actually had a discussion the other day about how it’s kinda funny that we all rehearse and/or replay conversations in our heads :)ReplyCancel

  • gail

    Sorry–The post is Guest Alyce, not Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    OMG thank you I am not aloneReplyCancel

    • Thank YOU I’m not alone, lol! I hope you can find some peace :)ReplyCancel

  • I regularly talk to myself too and I’m sure some comes out aloud by the look on some peoples faces…lolReplyCancel

  • neeny_81

    Yes I can relate to you Alyce! Definitely! I make sure I read a book before sleeping, I let myself get caught in the story and my thoughts go away until I am so heavy eyed I might have accidentally dribbled… lol ReplyCancel

    • Haha!! Yes, when my husband is away, I sleep terriibly, so I stay up late so I’m nice and tired. In fact, even when he’s at home and on the rare occasion goes to bed before I do, I’ll stay up later than usual so I can just go to sleep when I’m in bed.ReplyCancel

  • Hehe, I’m worried that my husband might hear me when I’m muttering to myself in the shower sometimes!! But no indication so far of this ;)ReplyCancel

  • I’m so glad that I’m not alone. Thank you for this post. I also use a diary to jot down the things I need to do for the week to prevent me from suddenly waking at 2am realising that I need to to A, B, or C the next day and then can’t get back to sleep because I don’t want to forget. So, yes, the diary certainly helps. I also like to read before I turn off the lights as this helps me wind down and fall asleep quicker and I’ve also recently started a gratitude journal that I keep by my bedside where I write 3 things I’m grateful for that day no matter how bad a day I’ve had. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Such a great post. I keep a book and “brain dump” in there multiple times a day. Thinks i need to do for home, work, the kids, thinks i think i want to research etc anything that comes to mind goes in my book and i love it! Sooo easy!ReplyCancel

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! HERE ARE 5 THAT I LOVED & LIKED A Spoonful of Sugar  – Loyalty Card Wallet Fantastic idea to organise all the extra cards from your purse A pocketful of me  – Project Life Inspired Scrapbooking Now that the busy time of […]

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This is a guest post by Susan, from the blog Frost Bite. As women or homemakers we are juggling all day, every day and quite often we put ourselves last in the list of things to do.  So I was thrilled to hear that The Organised Housewife is focusing on YOU this month. So what […]

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  • Love this article! I’m never sure what I can or can’t freeze. This has inspired me to try againReplyCancel

  • I wish! The Bloke is a trifle picky and really doesn’t like to eat reheated frozen meals. And after an unfortnuate incident involving a steak dinner and a bad oyster – he also refuses to eat casseroles. Ever again. Even chicken ones. This makes me roll my eyes a lot, and also makes me a fairly epic failure at meal planning.

    However, for the next few months, our relative work hours are going to be VERY conducive to him being in charge of dinner during the week (he will be home at 3.30pm compared to my normal 6.00pm) So, come Saturday morning, I will be sitting him down and asking him what he’s planning to cook us for the next week! {insert evil laughter}

    School lunches involve me whacking together eight vegemite sandwiches, chopping half into bite sized pieces for the gummy kid and the rest go in whole for the big kid with teeth, and bunging the whole lot into the freezer. Then, if I am feeling charitable toward the wee monsters, whip up a batch of muffins or cupcakes and that’s lunch done for the week! They get a lunch order once a week because I can only fit 8 tupperware sandwich keepers in my freezer! ReplyCancel

  • Di4mk63

    This is excellent! I have just converted my mother to freezing left-overs! As my Dad has just passed away, she is still learning to cook for one, so the idea of having a meal ready in the freezer is great, for those days when she is too tired, too hot, or been out in the garden too late! Thanks for the great post!ReplyCancel

  • Sarahlouise_perry

    I love it, especially the part about swanning around like a domestic goddess! I have just boughtSusan’s book, looking forward to putting into practice!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Great post! Am just tracking down the book now. I need to expand our repertoire of freezables for those days where the toddler, baby and I are all decompensating and a freshly cooked meal just isn’t going to happen.ReplyCancel

  • I have been finding mornings so much easier now I have a freezer full of baked goodies. Hubby used to take frozen meals (mostly curries) to work for lunch, but now he is making himself salad wraps. Thankfully he makes them himself so it doesn’t add to my morning stress. ReplyCancel

  • I’m a big freezer fan. I live in a unit but still have my little freezer attached to the fridge and another bar freezer. I couldn’t live without them! ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Caz Makepeace, from the blog yTravel Blog. image credit There’s the pull that comes with being a mother. From one direction to the next, the demands never stop. The dishes continue to pile up in the sink as you race around in a frantic 15 minute pick-up-everything-from-the floor-and-shove-it-somewhere dash. You’ve […]

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  • Wait!? The is such a thing as taking a break??ReplyCancel

  • * there … I hate it when I do that :/ReplyCancel

  • Ha ha. My break is coming up in 15 hours – a weekend in Sydney by myself – no kids, no hubby, no breaking up fights, horrendous dinner times, repeating myself all the time, etc. cannot wait!!ReplyCancel

  • I love her phrase “don’t break this date with yourself”. The idea of making a date with yourself is wonderful. There are too few such dates in my diary. I’m making two today; a haircut and a morning to visit friends. Thanks Caz and Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Waiting for the night off so I can sleep all the way through without the break up of sleeps for my lil boy’s feeds & without the guilty feelings the next day…… Dream dream :)ReplyCancel

  • Going camping weekend after next to sit on the beach with a glass of wine and a book!ReplyCancel

  • […] all mothers, not just those with newborns, The Mother’s Guide to Taking a Break is a guest post by Caz Makepeace on The Organised Housewife. This bit, “Place the word […]ReplyCancel

  • […] contributing their posts the ‘Organising You’ series:  Organising and celebrating you, A mothers guide to taking a break, Making your freezer work for you and Organising my […]ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Needed to read this today thank you! Time to make the date for our return to Thailand – we’ve been just talking about it for way too long :)ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Julie, from the blog Beautiful You by Julie. image credit:  ‘Be Yourself Be Beautiful Ebook’ from Beautiful You by Julie. Sometimes, (ok lots of times!), as women, wives, mothers, entrepreneurs, employees and all the other hats we wear – we put everything and everyone ahead of ourselves.  We come […]

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  • Thank you – its good to be reminded :)ReplyCancel

  • Easy to say, hard to do!ReplyCancel

  • Tia

    Great guest post. As a mother I definitely put myself last and that needs to change!ReplyCancel

    • Your right Tia, you have to look after you and I am sure you will be a better mother for it! ReplyCancel

  • Roze

    very true! think everyone needs ‘me’ time…i love to have a cup of tea an flick through emails once my 1year old is asleep :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina!
    Long time reader here, don’t think I have commented before though. Life has always been too busy! But the more emphasis I put on myself the more organised I am, the better life flows and the more time I have for fun stuff like blogging and blog reading!!

    Oh my goodness, great guest post. More people need to know this! I have been working on this myself! I’m learning the importance of putting myself first. I love that has a flow on effect to the rest of the family (and family life) too.

  • […] guest posters from last week contributing their posts the ‘Organising You’ series:  Organising and celebrating you, A mothers guide to taking a break, Making your freezer work for you and Organising my […]ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang Prior to starting this blog I was contemplating returning back to work being that all my kids are at school.  Before kids I was a secretary for a property development company, typing dictated letters, answering phones, collating 100+ page contracts and more.  I worked 8.30am – 5pm 5 days a week, […]

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  • Theimperfecthousewife

    I wanted to write books. Still do. But it seems like a far off dream- one that could never reallt happen.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the link…. although I am working at the moment I feel that when my job finishes I will branch into something else… this will help me decide and train before my job finishes!ReplyCancel

  • Catty

    I always wanted to be a teacher but never went to University because I wanted to earn money fast so I could own my own house and have some savings set aside so that when I did get pregnant (I got married young) I could stop working. I still dream about going back to Uni and becoming a teacher but I don’t want my husband and kids to ‘suffer’ because I am choose a career over them. I know it will be better for the family financially in the long run but 4 years of study with young children seems a distant dream.ReplyCancel

  • Avisionsplendid

    Hi Katrina, I too had a career change via external study at TAFE. I was a solicitor who upgraded my teaching skills via TAFE online and now I teach legal studies for secretaries and paralegals through TAFE. The online study suited me at the time and now the online work allows me to work from home or the office. For me it’s all about balance for my family and joy for me ! There are lots of options out there for us mums.

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  • Brenda

    I had dreams of being a hairdresser. I suppose that dream has been answered in part, by having 4 daughters! I’m very fortunate that my chosen career in Occupational Therapy is very family friendly, and I have been able to stay in that field.ReplyCancel

  • MelMummyofThree

    I always wanted to be a marine biologist! A bit of a far cry from the Customer Service Manager I became, but I did love it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    i’ll be returning to work as a physio, but have also been questioning what type of work i should pursue. lots of different specialities and interrest areas! the course cost is definately a major facttor!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    When I was younger I wanted to be a solicitor. Now, eight years and two kids later, I’m contemplating doing my Bachelor of Laws.

    Well, that was once I got over my infatuation with being the pink power ranger, of course….ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thank you for the link…I currently work full time and like you want to learn web design so that I can go from working full time to partime so I can spend time with my kids.ReplyCancel

  • I wanted to run a hotel, went to uni for three years, walked straight out into my chosen job and left it after two years because I never saw my husband… I now dream of writing whilst being at home looking after the family… Maybe one day it’ll happen :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I wanted to be a mum and be able to work from home…. So far I am a mum but I do now work from home yet.ReplyCancel

  • That’s great Katrina. You have done a great job with this blog. Where did you learn how to set it up? Did you find a short course on website design? I couldn’t see one on Seek.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    This would be fantastic, would love the opportunity to do some study this yearReplyCancel

  • Sparkle1983

    I always wanted to be a wife and mother for as long as i could remember, I love caring for people, cooking, creating things and Teaching so what a perfect way to do all of this than to be a mother to my two beautiful kids and my amazing husband who works very hard so i can continue to be in my perfect job and raise our children.ReplyCancel

  • My little man is three and a half and I’m about to start my 3rd year at uni. I study on campus full time and have only ever done two or three days a week, no more than if I’d gone back to work part time. I do spend most evenings after his bedtime studying and when assignments are due my (full time working) hubby will take our son out for some daddy/son playtime on the weekend. It’s win win, they get special time together and I get time to study. It can be done, it’s all about organisation!! :0)ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    I have always wanted to be a Primary School teacher. However I have never had the guts to go to University. Now with an almost 4yr old I think it is about time I start to look at my future and decide what I WANT. ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    this year i am about to finish my final year of my psychology degree. i started my career change before having children then left the workforce and put my study on hold for 4 years. it has taken me 12 years (including a 4 year break) but i have managed to almost complete my studies while having young children. the house is far from perfect and i have had to accept that but the kids are fed and happy and i am pursuing my dream. it can be done!ReplyCancel

  • Karen_anne

    I always wanted to be a hairdresser from as far back as i can remember. My parents gave me no option but to go to TAFE and do a secretarial course. I became a legal secretary and was secretary to Managing Parter of a mid sized Sydney firm which I loved. Then 18 1/2 years ago I had my daughter, followed by 4 boys, the youngest is now 4 1/2 and it’s his last year at home. My daugher is in her 3rd year of a Hairdressing apprenticeship! I have been seriously considering getting an apprenticeship next year once the little one goes to school and becoming a hairdresser so my daughter and I can one day own our own salon!ReplyCancel

  • guest

    I always wanted to be a mother and stay home and look after my children. I now have 5 children but unfortunately have now been working for the past 23 years. Maybe I might be a stay at home grandmother – here’s hopingReplyCancel

  • I am looking forward to attempting to re-enter the workforce in the middle of the year. My middle child is starting school and the youngest is happy to be at childcare so I really feel that the time is right. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    I always wanted to be a librarian as I’m such a big book worm. Ended up being an Office Coordinator which I loved even more as I loooove to coordinate! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I wanted to be either a travel agent or a physio. I ended up being an acrobat!
    Now that I have a little boy and a baby on the way, I have had a career change and have my own face painting and make up business, love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mummytiff1988

    I always wanted to be a lawyer! I couldn’t imagine anything worse now as I would love to have my own cafe :D Either that or a princess still lolReplyCancel

  • Tia

    When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher. But have changed my mind and plan on study to be a teacher’s aide insteadReplyCancel

  • Tellie C

    I always wanted to be a Mother and I always wanted to Adopt! – that was my ‘job choice’ as a very young child, oilder child and teenager. I now have 4 Children, 1 of which is mine and the other 3 I foster, and Im 24 years old. Before that I worked in childcare and worked everyday during highschool! I havent worked in almost 2 years, but being at home with all of my Children is the Job I always wanted and was always the Job for me! ReplyCancel

  • Kanton68

    I am currently a director in a Community Bank company and my desire is to further my learning with marketing/advertising and media this would help promote the community benefits and community strengthening that are available by supporting local businesses. I’m currently looking into options to help achieve these goals.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    What did I want to be when I was younger? Wow … I wanted badly, very badly, to be a vet. I even picked all my subjects for Year 11 and 12 based on the tertiary requirements I would need. And THEN I went and did work experience in a vet surgery. Well. After almost passing out during one operation, and bawling my eyes out after work on another day due to watching a cat be put to sleep, I kind of figured perhaps it wasn’t the right career choice for me!

    The funny thing is that my almost 7 year old daughter now wants to be a vet / dolphin trainer (both, not just one). Trying to be encouraging, but I can see her soft spot for animals will leave her feeling the same as me :)ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    I wanted to be a journalist but didn’t quite get into uni. Meet my partner and had the kids and was quite happy staying at home until I had an unexpected pregnancy that miscarried. This caused me to think about what I really wanted to do and that was to be a teacher. So when my kids were 6 & 8 I went back to uni full time. Hard work but well worth it. If it’s something you want to do then make it happen. ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    A designer- I have no idea what I will do now though!ReplyCancel

  • Melissab

    I wanted to be a forensic scientist. I got almost all the way through my science degree, had my kids and found I could no longer stomach that sort of thing!!
    I’m full time at home with 4 kids and still don’t quite know what I want to be when I grow up…..ReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a chef and ended up a home ec teacher, close but will never get to be famousReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a teacher…I did that but think there is something else I might like to do…just not sure what!ReplyCancel

  • When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher. Then a nurse, a marketing person, then back to a teacher. Now I’m studying my Masters in Gifted Education part-time while being a SAHM. Who knows what I’ll do once the kids are at school. I know I don’t want to do anything full-time so I can still be available for the kids, so who knows?!ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      I am a teacher looking to start doing my masters part time so I can be a teacher librarian, but I am scared of the workload, plus my academic writing is not so good. Good luck to youReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a stuntman… that’s not going to happen. Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I wanted to be a fighter pilot! Probably too late for that now!ReplyCancel

  • jodie.moss

    i wanted to be a nurse and a mummy and im now bothReplyCancel

  • Wendy brookes

    I was only just saying this tonight, I want to go back to work but not what I was doing before I had kids, but what to do, where to start, when will I have the time, this would be perfect!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • T C

    I am still young i like to think 21 . I am currently studying to be a biotechnologist . i want to help women who cant conceive children. As i am more than likely going to end up one those ladies due to what doctors have said to me . Thank god my partner has children so i can experience some kind of parenting so I don’t feel like I miss out too much .ReplyCancel

  • I really want to write my own recipe book..I’ll get there one day.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    I don’t think I was ever sure what I wanted to be. My answers always changed depending on what my friends wanted to be, what book I had been reading or what TV show I had just watched.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    As a mum who has been lucky enough to be able to stay at home with her kids I haven’t given much thought to this subject. I’ve been getting asked a lot lately what will you do when they go to school? I really don’t know yet what I would like to do, so this is a great idea to get me thinking about it and perhaps preparing for that day which is coming sooner than I would like!ReplyCancel

  • Bec S

    I wanted to be a dress designer when i was younger – turned out I didn’t have any talent! Then I wanted to be a pharmacist – but year 12 physics was a pre-requisit for getting into uni – and I hated physics – so there goes that dream too!ReplyCancel

  • I really wanted to be a sound engineer…producing records and touring the world with awesome bands! I had work experience lined up to work with The Church, and totally chickened out. Wonder what might have been if I’d faith in myself…ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    I wanted to be a stockbroker and completely stuffed up my work eperience long sotry but im so glad i didn’t go down that route- especially given the state of the finance industry today!ReplyCancel

  • Eleise Bott

    I wanted to wear a suit to work in the city! I got there as a corporate and hated it! Much happier helping people now and enjoying my job and life!ReplyCancel

  • A lawyer. Standing up in court and arguing. Pity I’ve never liked arguing or public speaking.ReplyCancel

  • Ha, i was a pharmacolgoist working in chemistry for a huge oil company. I only worked for 2 years between having my first, straight after 2 science degrees, & having twins. Funny thing about twins – i didn’t want to express for 2 or be a working mother of 3, so very happy to slide away from the workforce, even if i was only 26.
    In the 11 years since, i’ve got an 8 year old & ZERO desire to ever resume the workforce, not now my eldest is in year 8, high school is super invovled & my hsuband is constantly away, i’m the only constant parent & to 4 children, i have to be full time, plus sports on weekends, i love it. We’re organising a life in the country & keeping the children in city private schools, so i never have to work (no mortgage).
    Very different to playing with drugs all day – my children never got sick, so my skills were useless. The psych degree has come in handy though. Love Posie ReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    I wanted to be a dolphin trainer…didn’t happen but now my daughter wants to do the same thing so will do all in my power to help her fulfill her dreams!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    I always wanted to be an Airline Hostess for as long as I can remember…. When I got a little bit older I wanted to work with animals (Zoo Keeper or Vet something along those lines) I even got to do work experience at the Perth Zoo when I was 15! Then a little later I was interested in being either a Customs Officer or joining the Navy/Air Force…. Even though I would still love to do any of those jobs – I am far far away from all of them :) For the last 10 years I have worked in the Banking/Financial Industry!!! Its funny how life takes its twists and turns :)ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    I have have always been creative and I also love to have things around me sorted and in order. In high school two of my subjects were art and accounting. I clearly remember one teached saying that it was odd for a student to love both art and accounting as artistic people are naturally messy and people in accounting strive for neatness and order! I was so offended and I have spent the rest of my life proving him wrong. I would love to study interior designing……artistic and orderly!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    There are so many options available these days. I love that we can always find ways to improve ourselves :)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy H

    I wanted to be a vet, as I love animals. However, I know I would get too attached and take it personally if I couldn’t help them.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra B

    I wanted to be a photographer but with limited money, i couldn’t get into uni or afford a great camera so life got in the way of me doing what i love. now i think it would be too competitive to actually do it for a career….but i still love itReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I always wanted to be a teacher and a mother. I managed the mother bit, but the teacher bit never panned out.ReplyCancel

  • kmarree

    I always wanted to be a Nanny, I finished high school and proceeded to accomplish this dream and who would have thought that to this day I would be running my own nanny agency. It hasn’t been that way all the way, I also have a diploma in in Tourism Management and have worked in resorts and PA’d in corporate offices. My beautiful children have been my biggest inspiration to my dream :)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I am just about to start part time study externally, scary after not studying for 15 years. I also work 10 random hours a week and have a 2 yr old and a partner who works away. I know I’m going to have to be super organised. Would love to hear any tips and study plans that have worked.ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    I always wanted to work in a library. I graduated with a diploma of library information services at the end of 2010. Learning is lifelong.ReplyCancel

  • You have just made my day! After being out of the workforce for a couple of years due to a psychological injury, i have been cleared to go back and i am raring to go! However hubby and I are planning our first baby (he has 3 gorgeous boys from his first marriage) and we have 50/50.
    I have been racking my brain as to where to look, uni, tafe etc but i just found everything that was in my head on seeklearning. Thank you so much! ReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    As a teen, I wanted to become a Dr.. it didn’t happen, life did, but recently after reading an article in a periodical, it started to get into my head again… So I’m now in the process of applying for an undergraduate degree… (as a mature aged student going back to study is going to be quite a challenge!)ReplyCancel

  • Goingkookies

    When I was young growing up, I wanted to be a writer… pen novels after novels. But till now, I’ve yet to write even a chapter. Find it a struggle to put emotions, descriptions into words.. silly. And I would love to be a photographer and capture moments to last a lifetime but the technical aspects always confound me.ReplyCancel

  • home&hobbies

    This resonated with me a lot, thankyou! I did business studies at school, with the aim of working in an office until I became an air hostess. But I stayed working as a secretary for the next 20 years! Some mindnumblingly boring stuff sometimes, but most of the time a really good career. I had a few permanent jobs, but preferred temping. I worked for some amazing companies – advertising, medical, legal, oil exploration, banks, government. One job I had my own office with harbour views! Some secretaries end up doing really well, especially P.A.’s. And as an Aussie secretary in Britain in the 90’s I had no problem getting well-paid positions which enabled my dream of living & working overseas to come true, & funded my travels around the world. Now after 9 years as a sahm I have been looking to get back into it, but it is hard, especially at my age and being out of it so long.ReplyCancel

  • Raelenenoble

    I have always worked in an office of one type or another. I’m currently not working and have been pondering a career change. Maybe an online business of some sort, but where do I start and what could I sell?ReplyCancel

  • Alieshacarol

    I have always wanted to be an Interior Designer!! ReplyCancel

  • I always wanted to be a stylist…. now i style my 3 year old!ReplyCancel

  • Mick

    Wanted to be an Archaeologist – boy messed up on that one ReplyCancel

  • All I wanted to be was a mum, and I am! But my husband and I are also small business owners, to enable us to both be home with our kids while they are young. It’s a struggle, and once they are both in school I will be returning to school as well to be able to do more for our business. At least now I know where to start looking! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Waixel

    I wanted to be a hairdresser, then an accountant, then a travel consultant.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Redcliffe

    I would love to work as an allied health assistantReplyCancel

  • grantbard

    I wanted to be like my Dad, working in a office of some type.ReplyCancel

  • I’m currently going through the ‘thinking” about studying/looking for a job. My youngest has just started at kindy 2 days a week, and I’m hoping this year will be a bit a a gap-year for me before starting back at work this year. I wont be returning to my pre-kids shift work career, so need to find something else.
    I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, and am now thinking education assistant…but still thinking.ReplyCancel

  • Jen_l_lee

    I am about to head into my 2nd year of a Bachelor of Education. I realised I was spending all of my time and energy on my children, but I was only living in the now. I decided that I had to do something for myself which was focused on the future. I needed to do something that was going to benefit my whole family as well as enrich my life as my own person. It is hard to remember that we aren’t just MUM or WIFE.. we are still the same person we always have been and this needs to be nurtured as well :) Any one considering study for a future career or just to satisfy some internal desire.. I say go for it!! ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Pavlovich

    Have always wanted to be a Police Officer. I sent my application in recently.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    When I was little I always wanted to be a waitress lol but now I couldn’t think of anything worse. I’m a stay at home mum and really that’s living the dream for me. I would like to study fitness and nutritional and find a job in that industry when my kids start schoolReplyCancel

  • I am just like you! I ALWAYS wanted to be a secretary but was always told to “aim higher”. I am now a secretary in an accounting firm in the suburbs, but being in the suburbs, it’s minimum wage. I’ve been looking at doing a medical terminology course through TAFE so that I can apply at hospitals and earn just a bit more money..after baby #2 is born!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Lawrence

    i always wanted to be a kindy teacher!!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan Marriott

    I wanted to be an interior designer. Then just before I left high school I was a qualified Real Estate agent & now studying Bachelor of Education (Primary). Im really looking forward to becoming a school teacher! :)ReplyCancel

  • Keira

    We have a close family group of friends, the father of which drives an earth moving bacco, all I ever wanted to be like was like uncle Johnny I even had a replica bacco n would play for hrs with it in the sand Pitt! I have ended up being a hairdresser instead amazing how things change!!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I don’t know how I missed this until now, but anyway….
    When I was a little girl I wanted to be a nurse because I liked looking after people and thought I’d therefore make a good nurse. Then I found out that I might have to see blood and decided against it!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Williams

    I always wanted to own my own business and be successful!ReplyCancel

  • Lol, same as Morgan, I wanted to be an interior designer. I had it all worked out…. then my parents moved to another state & I definitely didn’t want to be there…. decided to do a rebel thing & dropped out of school. Who knew I was only wrecking things for myself, sigh. Many years on & I’ve got a Dip in Business, not as colourful but it pays the bills.ReplyCancel

  • Simone Valentine

    I always wanted to be a police officer, however events in my life changed my path & i am very happy as a makeup artist, but am definately looking into further study.ReplyCancel

  • Jess mccarthy

    I always wanted to be a mum and a foster mum so i could give kids who needed it a home where they would be loved.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Adams

    Ha ha I wanted to be a historian but there was no money,
    In that career choice for me,
    Happy now just to be,
    Employed gainfully.ReplyCancel

  • Katie S

    I always wanted to write childrens books! I have a wild, wonderful imagination and my mum and sister are amazing drawers, i would use them to do the pics… Also i would love to be a interior decorator! But never knew how to start it off!ReplyCancel

  • tmum

    I always wanted to be a marine biologist then i did a degree in hospitality management then went onto conveyancing then banking now i have to find something new as i am being made redundant ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Wilson

    I always wanted to be a teacher or child care worker. This was until I had children of my own. I am a stay at home mum and are happy to help out close friends by looking after their young children now that my boys are teenagers but I couldn’t do it full time. It may change once they are in University and/or working themselves but I still have about 6 years to make decisions!ReplyCancel

  • ohhh sooo many things Id like to studyReplyCancel

  • Missaliant

    I wanted to be anything that my big brother wanted to be, but then I decided I wanted to be an air hostess, cause you got to fly everywhere for free..lolReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a vet, an aeronautical engineer or an actress – quite diverse choices, now I am a mum, with 2 online businesses, lots of hobbies and when Im not on mat leave an job in HR…who would have thoughtReplyCancel

  • mogy37

    When I was younger I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, OMG now I have my own kids there is no way I would want to work with a class full of them each day!!ReplyCancel

  • Annette Hill

    I wanted to be a teacher but went to secretarial college and 25 years later I still love administration work!! I love things to be organised, correct, neat and finished. I live helping others excel and finding typos nobody else finds.ReplyCancel

  • I did the the Diploma of Office Administration too!! I think back now and wonder who ever thought up the idea for ‘how to organise a filing cabinet’.. I always thought it was common sense.. but there were some girls in my class that had never turned on a computer.. it was something that I excelled at and did as a career all through my 10 years before children! Now I am ready to go back to work… and really don’t want to be an office chick again.. I want to do something a little different.. Perhaps be a bee keeper.. I wonder if you can do that in the ‘burbs;.. THanks for the seek-learn I never knew that and now on a big search for my next career path! They always say that when you turn 30 you find yourself a new direction!! Its my time!ReplyCancel

  • Heatherw

    I work Part-time, and I am lucky that my job is very flexible, allowing me to be there for the children. It’s a tough, and very personal, decision to make.. Good luckReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    When I was young I wanted to be a chef and follow in the footsteps of 3 generations of women behind me. Spent all of my schooling towards it and when I was in my early 20s realised that it is NOT for me :(
    Took a massive leap and headed to office work (after dabbling in many hospitality areas and then retail) and loved it. When I was pregnant with my daughter I had many complications and had to leave work early and ended up not even being able to walk into my workplace (superannuation dealing with deaths and illness) without a panic attack.
    Have since had another child and have developed physical health issues and really have no idea of what im able to do as well as not knowing what skills are still viable.
    I still live with the hope that one day I will be able to work again and now my baby is 5 and at school full time im really feeling quite lost.
    well that’s my “why I want to win” story :DReplyCancel

  • Heatherw

    I always wanted to be a teacher when I was little….probably because teachers were one of our first role models…would have been perfect in hindsight now… Wkg school hrs and school holidays. ReplyCancel

  • Jem81_au

    I wanted to be an actress!!!!!!!!

  • Jen

    I wanted to be a nurse, teacher or especially librarian. I started nursing at uni, swapped to teaching and enjoyed some time doing that. I would love to be a librarian being surrounded by books all day …. Hmmmm just one problem …. I’m really bad at contacting books!!!ReplyCancel

  • It was a pharmacist and a marine biologist i never got anywhere near them lol. i am now going to do a course to be a teacher aide so i can work school hours and be home with the kids when school is over and on holidaysReplyCancel

  • Annette burns

    I wanted to be a teacher for prep or junior primary kids.

  • Hannah Nix

    I wanted to be a scientist, and then a writer…now im studying to be a nurse lol!ReplyCancel

  • I always wanted to be a teacher. I would set up my blackboard and teach my dolls different subjects. Now I am a single mum of 4 kids under 4 and I am halfway through my Bachelor of Education which i started right after my twins were born! Crazy I know, but it can be done… I was working 2 days a week also but was made redundant(blessing in disguise).ReplyCancel

  • CathyB

    I wanted to be a shopkeeper, so I could press the buttons. When I was finally old enough to be a check out chick in high school, they moved to scanners. i felt so ripped off!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday

    I wanted to be a paediatrician. Didn’t even come close! =)ReplyCancel

  • Del

    I wanted to help people in some way so i became a nurse and just last year after having my daughter, i completed my post grad in paediatric nursing. Juggling school, a new baby and house work was fun and I made it happen and got it done with high distinctions and a lot of support from my partner.ReplyCancel

  • Officegirlj

    I was going to be a Hair Dresser. Work experience for 2 weeks was not really what I expected. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I always wanted to be a teacher, am currently studying to be one! ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Stevens

    I have recently decided to study midwifery after my children have all began at school. Fingers crossed we have the money then, hehe,ReplyCancel

    • Kelli Stevens

      When I was growing up I only ever wanted to be a mummy and I am doing that, so it’s a big deal for me to finally have some career aspirations. :)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I wanted to be an artist when I was younger! ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    I wanted to be a vet nurse, did it, loved it but missed working with people. I then worked in admin and accounts and loved it, but left when I had kids.
    I now have 2 under 18 months and am studying to be a child care worker – something I can do while I have my babies and beyond :)ReplyCancel

  • Billie Mac

    I have just found out the University near me offers a bachelor of Education online. I am so excited to be able to finish my Education degree and not have to sacrifice time with my little boys. ReplyCancel

  • Krystle

    I have been working as a photographer (self taught) for the past 3 years and am excited to start studying online this year to have a certificate behind me :)ReplyCancel

Very easy meals this week as I have been busy preparing for my twins, now 9, birthday parties.  Full blog post about their parties coming soon, however we had a wonderful day, filled with so much fun, smiles and excitement. This weeks meal plan Monday – Fish, pasta and vegetables Tuesday – Creamy Thai Chicken with brown […]

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