I’m real, not perfect

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

As I write this post, it’s the kids first day of school (yesterday). Their first day of school is usually the day that symbolises my new year has begun, like the last month was a practise run and now is the time to get serious about my new years resolutions.

As I take a look back on the previous year I must admit I felt really flat, I felt like I lost a little bit of me. It’s so easy to put on a happy face in photos, but reality is it just wasn’t my year and I want to share with you all my good and bad, keeping it real.

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Last year wasn’t my year:

  • The kids moved school and I was really concerned about them settling in, they were fine, me not so much.
  • Easter last year I started to get very bad lower back pain, it took me over 4 months to finally see a doctor who sent me to a rheumatoid arthritis specialist. Basically, I have arthritis appearing in my lower back, he referred me onto a physio and within 2 sessions I felt the pain diminish. Why did it take me so long to get my back seen to and be in pain for so long, I think I was just too busy??
  • We had been looking for a new house for 18 months, since April 2014. Just looking at houses every weekend was very draining and emotional wondering if we will or won’t move, as I was really ready for a change. Thankfully we found one and moved into the new house in December 2015. I love it, we have all settled in so nicely.
  • Then with all there is to do to move house, I must have got a little (well, very) stressed and my hair started to fall out again, I’ve learnt that my body can’t handle stress.
  • I was tired, most of the year I found I was hitting a wall around 2pm, I was exhausted and lacked energy.  Late last year I was told I had chronic fatigue and anxiety, which helps to explain why I was so tired.

Because of my lower back pain and fatigue, I stopped exercising and despite having gastric sleeve surgery I have put on weight.  I didn’t put on weight purely for the lack of exercising, there is more to it, which I will share with you in another post, but I have booked in to see my GP for a full health check. This year I will be looking after myself and not allowing busy to get in the way of my health.

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Mostly though 2015 had a shadow over me, for those that may remember something happened to my blog mid-2014.  I won’t go into detail and please don’t write anything in the comments, I’m sorry to those that don’t know what happened, however, legally I can not say but really need to share this.

I was overwhelmed by the response and support of my readers and the blogging community, I was so very very grateful.  But very quickly after this happened, I was told legally I was unable to talk about it and I feel I never got to thank you, my readers and the blogging community and I feel bad I haven’t had the chance to do this.  I stand tall with pride for standing up for what I believe in, what is right from wrong. However, this incident really affected me, I lost a little bit of drive, enthusiasm and somehow self-confidence.  Despite the incident happening in 2014 it went through to 2015 and I felt like it was a shadow over me, I am a dweller and find it very hard to forget. I know I need to get over this.  So just quickly I want to thank you.  From today on, I am putting this behind me and moving forward.

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I am making some changes on the blog in 2016, I am working on making the site mobile friendly, but most importantly I am putting the personal me back into the blog and sad to say my assistant Kate will no longer be working with me.  Kate helped me to reply to comments and type up newsletters, which was very helpful. But in 2016 I want to get to know you, my readers more and will be doing this all myself.

It is extra work, and to be kind to myself there maybe weeks that I won’t be publishing a blog post every day, instead I will spend the time chatting to you via the blog comments and social media. A happy balance.

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I am really excited about 2016, I do have my enthusiasm back, kids are loving their school, we have our new house (which I am very excited to share with you), I feel I have my fatigue under control and I have a drive to get my health back on track.  The kids got me a bike for my birthday and I am really enjoying riding around with them, makes me feel like a kid again.

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This image above was shared by Lisa Messenger the editor of The Collective Hub, I’m only new to reading her magazine and have just loved it.  I’m not one for reading books nor the words in magazines, but I can truly say this is where I have found my motivation and drive again to be that successful and happy me.

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Niomi January 28, 2016 - 5:12 AM

Thank you for your inspiring and heartfelt post Kat, I wish you a 2016 full of good health, happiness and fulfilment.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 7:40 AM

Thank you Niomi, I already feel it’s going to be a great year, I truly hope it continues onwards and upwards 😉

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Sandra January 28, 2016 - 5:17 AM

Only a newish reader but I’m with you in happily ending 2015, my horrible started in 2014 when husband deserted marriage! Long story but young kids, selling home and moved late in 2015 to a house not only needing some work to make it the home we want but also keeps throwing up issues. Hoping 2016 is better for us both.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 7:57 AM

that is so much for you to go through Sandra, I hope that 2016 helps you to find you to be strong and that it doesn’t take too long to do the work on your house.

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Sandra January 28, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Thanks Kat I hope the same for you. I found you by googling shredded chicken last year and my allergy plagued oldest has had it for lunch pretty much everyday since.

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Anne At Home January 28, 2016 - 5:52 AM

Just wanted to say how wonderful & inspiring your blog is to me. From your lunch box ideas (my kids are taking Tupperware sandwich keepers to school this year thanks to you), to homework stations, meal planning, stay at home mum series, back to school series through January, Christmas planning and so on, I have taken so many of your ideas & incorporated them into my home. Thanks for your honesty today, I hope 2016 will be better. Anne x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 7:58 AM

Thank you Anne, I truly love writing my blog and sharing what I do in my home to help inspire others with ideas for their home. Can’t wait to share with you all the new project I have yet to start in our new house 😉

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Tracey January 28, 2016 - 6:02 AM

Hi Kat,
I remember what happened in 2014 and I’m a dweller too so I can understand how it would have effected your 2015.
I’m looking forward to reading some more directly from you in 2016 and all about your new home.
I’ve jusy started reading The Working Mums Collective which I found inspiring. I’m going to look at the Collective Hub next.
Here’s to you and I in 2016 Kat! I’ve never felt so strongly in my bones before that this is going to be a wonderful year!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 7:59 AM

Love your enthusiasm for 2016 Tracey, it is going to be a wonderful year I already feel it too!! Ooh the working mums collective sounds interesting, I’ll go check it out, thank you.

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Danielle January 28, 2016 - 6:22 AM

Sweet Kat, you don’t need a new year or to turn a page of the calendar to take charge. You simply need to choose “today is the day”. Dr Seuss will tell you, “your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:02 AM

Your absolutely right Danielle, but like diets I’ll start on Monday, I had it in my head I wanted to write this post and share it and make from the kids first day of school all about positiveness and not looking back on what I was dwellling on. I’m proud of myself to sticking to my commitment and feel so good to say thank you and move forward. Your right though, it’s doesn’t need to be a Monday, or first day of something, any day is the perfect day to start, love that quote by Dr Seuss, I feel I am getting up that mountain for sure 🙂

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Vanessa Rowse January 28, 2016 - 6:27 AM

Thanks so much for sharing Kat. You’ve had an enormous couple of years and no surprises it has taken it’s toll on you physically. I hope 2016 is your year and you find health, happiness and have lots of fun in your new house! x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:03 AM

Thank you lovely Vanessa, feeling great about this year already 🙂

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Indi January 28, 2016 - 6:40 AM

Hi Kat, I just want to say that your blog is a huge inspiration for me – I’ve always enjoyed organising things in general but it took having children to make me want to attack the house.
I loved your 20 day challenge last year and hope you will be running it again.
All the best for 2016!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:05 AM

That’s so great to hear you loved the challenge Indi, yes it will be back in 2016, I have to find the right time as it’s a lot of work and now that I don’t have Kate to help me have to find that happy balance 🙂

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Jen January 28, 2016 - 6:44 AM

Dear Kat we have never met, but you have inspired me in my home and lifestyle. You are a genuine and generous loving person. Reclaim your time and yourself in 2016.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:06 AM

Thank you so much Jen, reading these comments is so lovely and your words are truly so kind, I am so pleased I published this post I’m already feeling better 🙂

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Cathryn January 28, 2016 - 6:46 AM

Hi Kat, so glad you have found your way through the deep dark forest. I was wondering where you had got to … the blog lost a little of its spark, which tells us that you were preoccupied, which means something awry in your life. Lovely to hear you are onto it …. seize the joy available in this sweet 16 year!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:07 AM

It did and I could see it and it’s good for me to read that you could see it too, it was hard with the will we or won’t we move, do I do the work I wanted to do in the old house or not cause we will sell it, i felt like I was in limbo. I’m going to start sharing posts about the move and the new house soon, can’t wait to share it all with you 🙂

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Belinda January 28, 2016 - 6:59 AM

Hi Kat, I too had abad 2015 & am looking forward to a rewarding 2016. I wish you well & I thank you for your blog, I have been following for awhile now.

I hope you have a great 2016 & I wish you well for the year ahead.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:09 AM

I like how you put that Belinda, rewarding…. it’s a very deserving word, especially those that didn’t have a great previous year, love it!! I hope your 2016 starts to show improvement for you very very soon.

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Di January 28, 2016 - 7:06 AM

Hi Kat,
Thankyou for such a heartfelt blog post. I have been a long term reader/follower and have used and shared a lot of your tips and ideas. I wanted to share with you a post that I wrote about living with Chronic Fatigue. I am a long time sufferer but I have not let it get in the way of living my life. I hope in reading it it may give you some understanding, hope and some ways to cope with this new diagnosis. I wish you all the best. Di

https://open.abc.net.au/explore/92574

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 7:52 AM

Thank you so much Di for sharing your story, I was told that mine started when I caught a cold sometime last year, I do remember being really sick twice, and while I am sick I usually don’t sit still and relax, I find it hard to just stay still, but learnt now it’s important to do so. As you say it’s about balance and knowing when you need to stop and take time out for yourself. Funny that you say forgetful and can’t get words out…. that’s been me lately, the kids have noticed I have started calling everything ‘thingy’ can you get the ‘thingy’ put that ‘thingy’ away, the word just isn’t’ top of tongue.

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Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living January 28, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Loved your honesty Kat and wishing 2016 to be fabulous for you – be kind to yourself and look after your health. That is so important. We will all be here backing you, whether you drop in daily or every few days! Cannot wait to hear more about your new home, glad you are all settling in well 🙂 xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:10 AM

Thank you Ashlea, the house it so lovely, we went away to Sydney last weekend and coming home to this house felt like home, looking forward to sharing it all with you.

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Rachel January 28, 2016 - 7:44 AM

Sorry to hear you’ve had such a difficult year Kat, but thank you for sharing your feelings with us. I find it refreshing to hear honesty because it’s so easy for us to compare our lives with other people’s highlight reels (Facebook, instagram etc) and the reality is often quite different. I love your optimistic approach to the new year. Your readers appreciate the wonderful ideas and wisdom you share with us. Happy 2016 x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Your right Rachel, it’s very easy to share the good but I feel I also have to share the not so good, it’s real, it happens and good to know that the person behind the screen isn’t perfect. I love quotes and inspirational stories, I find strength in them to help change my mindset and really for me mindset is the top of the leaderboard to help make change.

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Miriam January 28, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Dear Kat,
I know what you mean when you say you were left with a residual shadow after such a traumatic time. Back in 2012 I had a deeply traumatic event that lead to a complete mental breakdown. After much counselling and support from so many people I am now well again but every so often I feel that shadow from the past. I have no additional advice for moving forward – your positivity and enthusiasm will pull you through. I just wanted you to know you’re not alone!!!
You inspire me every day and I thank you for that! I feel as though you speak to my heart, never with judgement, but always with positivity and encouragement.
So, thank you!
Love Miriam (a disorganised housewife! Haha!)

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Thank you Miriam, these words are a delight to read and so pleased this is how I make you feel, that’s what this blog is all about. I think it’s good to talk about the issues you have, I have caught up with friends recently for dinner and coffee, they are a great outlet and happy to listen. I am very enthusiastic about 2016, already know I have made a positive step forward, thank you x

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Claire January 28, 2016 - 9:40 AM

Kay, so happy I came across your Blog. Here’s to a wonderful 2016.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Glad your hear Claire 🙂

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Kate January 28, 2016 - 9:41 AM

Thank you for sharing Kat, I have loved following your blog the last few years. You have been such an inspiration to me as a new house wife and made me feel valued as a human. I’m now preparing to go back to work full time and God it is daunting! All the best and I look forward to hearing from you more personally xox

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 9:58 AM

I work in the home and find it a juggle working and kids. I hope you can find an even balance. With how I have felt the past year, I found that being organised the night before, making kids lunches, clothes ready to hang on the line makes the morning so much easier. Wishing you all the best for your return to work.

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Bettina January 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Its so good to read this post and to hear you once again! I have missed the personal side to your blog and I remember the 2014 issue, and I am glad that you feel you can start to move forward! I hope you never have to go through anything like that again! I can’t wait to see what you do this year and am glad that you are feeling more in control on your fatigue and bring on the health changes. That is something I am struggling with too, I was doing well with my weightloss in 2012-2013 but in the September I hit a bump in the form of an abscess and just never got back on track and have put most of the weight I had lost back on, devastating! But we have to pick ourselves up and move forward! No more looking back! Much love to you Kat, and Happy 2016!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 10:25 AM

That’s right Bettina, no more looking back. I have booked in a full health check with my GP, which I think is a good thing to do. I have wanted to do it for awhile, but that word ‘busy’ got in the way. I’m my priority for the moment and want to find the underlying cause to my weight gain. Here’s to 2016 xx

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Bettina January 28, 2016 - 10:30 AM

I’m so glad you are taking care of you! Its a hard thing to do at times, as we put others ahead of ourselves (and I do not have children and this still happens). Keep smiling and looking forward! Can’t wait to hear how you go! And try not to be scared as you head to your appointment, just go with the flow and hopefully you can find out what is going on and start to work towards getting back on track. xxx

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Norlin January 28, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Knowing what’s been getting you down is always the first step to making things better Katrina. I’m positive that 2016 will be the year where you will live your life to the fullest!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Thank you Norlin x

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Samantha January 28, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Hi Kat, It seems my new year always starts in February. I haven’t been alone for 8 weeks. I am giving myself today off. No housework, etc. Have just made a lovely hot cup of tea, caught up on your blog and am planning to watch a movie and maybe crochet.
Am glad to see you getting your mojo back for 2016. Last year, your blog seemed to lose a little something for me, but that seems to be changing. Honestly, would rather read one detailed post a week than have you feel like you have to write something just for the sake of putting something on the blog. Hope this doesn’t come across as harsh as that is not my intention 🙁
Here’s to a fabulous 2016 for us all!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 2:11 PM

I love the feedback Samantha, it’s good for me to read and know and I certainly want to make improvements, thank you for your honesty I really do appreciate it. Which movie did you watch? Hope you enjoyed your day of peace 🙂

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Samantha January 29, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Thanks Kat. I enjoyed watching Cinderella yesterday. Back on the job today 🙂

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Charlene January 28, 2016 - 11:11 AM

Yaye for more Katrina!! I truly love your blog – you are an inspiration to us all because YOU ARE REAL! 2016 is definitely going to be amazing for you Katrina! New beginnings for you, your family and your blog! Woohoo!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Thank you Charlene, always love your support, I’m excited about the new year, onwards and upwards 🙂

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KP January 28, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Congratulations Kat, on reclaiming your strength and determination! May 2016 be a year full of enjoyment, new experiences and strong connections with your readers.

xKP

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Thank you KP, one step at a time and I know I will get there, already feel so much better 🙂

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katepickle January 28, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Much love and hugs!
I can relate to feeling like last year got the better of you… I feel that way too.
Lets hope 2016 is the year we both get out from under whatever cloud is following us around, and let’s hope it’s also the year we get to catch up in person for a good bloody chat! 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 2:13 PM

We need a good chat Kate, that would be wonderful hope you can make the RGM this year would be great to see you. Let’s help each other for under the cloud, we can do it!!

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MarieJeanne January 28, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Well done Katrina. Looking forward to more of you!! Very best wishes.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Thank you so much MarieJeanne, the support has been great and probably all this is what I needed to hear and read, I feel very content at the moment x

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Lorraine January 28, 2016 - 12:40 PM

GO YOU Kat!! This is going to be a wonderful year for you.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Already feel so good Lorraine, have made all the right decision so far, thank you for your support and words of wisdom last week x

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Dani January 28, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Just wanted to say GO GIRL!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 5:01 PM

LOL, thank you Dani x

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Gillian January 28, 2016 - 5:09 PM

I enjoy your blog and yours is the only daily email I read every day, that you are real is the reason! Thank you for sharing yourself and your life and I know 2016 will be better for you

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 28, 2016 - 5:17 PM

It will be, thank you so much Gillian for continuing to read 🙂

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Hira January 28, 2016 - 8:49 PM

Hi Kat, i’ve been reading your blog since long and I must say, you are the most inspiring blogger for me as yet (coming from a person who reads a lot of blogs). I had been wondering why you have slowed down and now got the answer. To be very honest, i was a bit worried for you too, there is some special connection which I can’t explain but really without knowing you in person, a lot of times I understand where you are coming from. One thing I have always always felt that you dont take as much care of yourself as you should. Please its a request from a well wisher, take care of yourself!!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 7:39 AM

I’ve never experienced what I felt last year Hira, it was December that I knew I didn’t want to continue feeling this way and started to make some changes and decisions about the blogs future. I’m excited to take it bake to basics and also continue with work/family balance. Your words are so kind Hira thank you, your kindness and support is so very lovely. I will take take of myself, promise x

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Hira January 28, 2016 - 8:49 PM

Hi Kat, i’ve been reading your blog since long and I must say, you are the most inspiring blogger for me as yet (coming from a person who reads a lot of blogs). I had been wondering why you have slowed down and now got the answer. To be very honest, i was a bit worried for you too, there is some special connection which I can’t explain but really without knowing you in person, a lot of times I understand where you are coming from. One thing I have always always felt that you dont take as much care of yourself as you should. Please its a request from a well wisher, take care of yourself!!!

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Denyse January 28, 2016 - 9:46 PM

Wow Kat! Bravo… Telling your story from the past 12-18 months with such honesty can only be healing & helpful. I am so glad we have reconnected too! Always around to chat & help in any way I can. 2015 was a Sh!T year for me as I struggled with retiring from teaching, selling our home & leaving Sydney & away from our lovely grandkids.. But I’m sensing already I’m being rejuvenated in 2016 to keep on telling my stories on the blog & re-connecting.. Blogging is a great medium isn’t it? That’s how we met! Glad you are happier in your new home ‘ I hope the GP visit yields some positive outcomes! Love Denyse x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 7:41 AM

I am too Denyse, so pleased you have emailed me and I’m really enjoying reading your tips!! Moving house sounds like an easy job, but it is so emotional and draining at the same time. I hope you are feeling settled in your new home, have you already made plans to visit the grandkids??

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Denyse January 28, 2016 - 9:46 PM

Wow Kat! Bravo… Telling your story from the past 12-18 months with such honesty can only be healing & helpful. I am so glad we have reconnected too! Always around to chat & help in any way I can. 2015 was a Sh!T year for me as I struggled with retiring from teaching, selling our home & leaving Sydney & away from our lovely grandkids.. But I’m sensing already I’m being rejuvenated in 2016 to keep on telling my stories on the blog & re-connecting.. Blogging is a great medium isn’t it? That’s how we met! Glad you are happier in your new home ‘ I hope the GP visit yields some positive outcomes! Love Denyse x

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Julie January 28, 2016 - 10:49 PM

Thankyou for sharing yourself with us. I found your blog when my daughter now 4 1/2 was a baby. I was feeling overwhelmed and your blog helped me put one foot in front of the other as I learned about looking after my home and new little family from you. Thankyou so much. All the best this year. Please look after yourself.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 7:44 AM

HI Julie, that’s so lovely to hear that it has helped you and your family, thank you for your lovely words, I will look after myself and get my health back on track.

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Kim January 29, 2016 - 12:04 AM

Hi Kat,
Thankyou. I always feel unlifted and happy when i read your blogs, as you say happy photos dont always tell the real story. Hopefully 2016 will be a lot better for you and yours. Yoi do have a really supportive community behind you. Although we dont know you personally, we feel as though we do. good luck, chhers Kim

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 7:45 AM

thank you Kim, I would so love to catch up with everybody one day for coffee, I slept so well last night, everybody’s words of support and encouragement is so very lovely.

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Lyn McGuire January 29, 2016 - 12:46 AM

Kat –
You are so cute! No wonder you get tired and stressed…look what a dynamo you are. You should be very proud of this website you created. My kids are grown but I like to look and see the creative things you come up with, and your affirmations. You send a little bit of your positive energy out into the world every day…that’s a wonderful achievement. Take care of yourself.
Lyn in the USA

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 7:47 AM

I love the quotes, quotes help to inspire and motivate me. I’ve put quite a few up on my new office wall, I really love looking at them everyday. Thank you Lyn for your kindness x

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Rhonda January 29, 2016 - 9:51 AM

Hi Kat – oh this sounds so like me!! Small business owner / operator, 2 kids – one has just left home, hubby working shift work and I just don’t MAKE time for myself and often feel like it is groundhog day. My business is a fully hosted B and B so I MUST smile every day and be ‘available’ – so so draining some days. Anyway – like so many others, I feel inspired by your blog and can relate to the daily dilemas. All the best for your 2016 – and cheers to mine too!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:22 PM

Hi Rhonda, ooh that must be hard, being it’s a B and B are you able to have day’s off? I think that’s the biggest struggle working from home the ability to switch off from work mode. All the best for a wonderful 2016 for you x

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Kate January 29, 2016 - 9:53 AM

Hi Kat,

Thank-you for your post. I too didn’t have a great 2015 but for completely different reasons of course. It is great to know however, that just like the sun comes up tomorrow, a new year is like the start of a new chapter in our journey.

Lessons learnt but left behind.

And don’t be so hard on yourself, we are all human and in the crazy world we live in today, we all need to remember that!

Wishing you and your family, fresh sheets and fresh memories in 2016. xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:23 PM

your so right Kate, lessons learnt but left behind, like that!

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Karen January 29, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Reading this article was like looking into my own life. From gastric sleeve to health to personal issues. 2016 is our year the year to get balance in life and a healthy body and mind.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:24 PM

Absolutely Karen, have you put on weight after the sleeve, I haven’t had time to do much research, but didn’t realise it was common, many have emailed me saying they have put some weight on too. I’ll let you know how I go.

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Jodie January 29, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Sounds like a great plan for 2016. Your health should always be a priority. Then your family. Then work. 🙂
You have created such an awesome business & community and you should be incredibly proud.
I wish you all the very best and hope that 2016 is an AWESOME year for you professionally and personally. xxx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Thank you Jodie, I appreciate you comment, especially as I remember you commenting from the very early days I started the blog 🙂

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Paula January 29, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Hi Kat

All the best with focusing on 2016 and getting out from clouds from previous years. I’ve been reading your blog/posts/web etc for about 2 years now, and your laundry organisation tip was one I took to heart. Literally. Instead of regular arguments with my 25, 23 and 20 year old sons, we all now have our own washing baskets. I brought one of those stacking drawer combos that go in the wardrobe, labelled all their names on it and for the last 9 months it’s each to his own! Needless to say my water bill has gone up, but my stress level has decreased considerably. Sometimes it’s letting go of the small stuff to make positive change.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:27 PM

Love that balance you have there Paula, whilst the water goes up at least your stress goes down and gives you some extra time for you. Here’s to the positive changes 🙂

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Jennifer January 29, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Thanks for your honesty Kat, it’s so refreshing to read in this digital era. The reality of your life is the same for many of us – we’re all in this together. Hope 2016 is a much happier joyful year for you. Your blog and site inspires me daily to be a great household organiser. I love all of your advice and ideas and my family is the better for it xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:28 PM

thank you Jennifer, love that description ‘household organiser’ 🙂

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Chloe January 29, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Kat! I felt COMPELLED to comment. I want to thank you for all of your help to our family. You started me on an amazing journey of self improvement which started with the 20 days to organise your home. After that, I decided to go almost chemical free, toxin free, eat wholefoods, practice mindfulness, meditate, start yoga and the list goes on and on and on, and it ALL started from you suggesting that I simply make my bed each day. I too, suffer severely from anxiety (which is why I decided to do the 20days cause I couldn’t get ahead of my life I was so overwhelmed) and have adverse health affects. I’m not one to through around ‘shoulds’ but I’m hearing that your body is giving you warning signs! We’ve all heard you now say you are going to make your health a priority this year so we will hold you accountable! I can’t recommend enough starting some mindfulness and doing 5 mins meditation a day. Maybe make tiny steps this year and as I did, take those few moments while the kettle is boiling to simply stand or sit with no distractions (phone, mag, tv etc) and just listen to your breath as it is. I used to do the bench wipe while I waited for the kettle but now I have realised I need those couple of moments. I am so glad you have shared this with everyone, it is so important to be organised and it makes for an easier home but it is MOST important that the mums make their health and wellness #1 in the home and this is an excellent learning topic and a whole series in itself! I would love to hear how you went with the move and what you would do differently next time (and no one will judge if you say you’d hire a cleaner haha). Many, many thanks Kat and take care of yourself!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:32 PM

Love that Chloe, I do feel it, put it out there that I should post regular updates about my health for accountability. I think the move brought on the most stress and anxiety, the house was a mess with packing, and I just don’t cope well when it is. Thank you so much, I love that I and my blog have been able to help you make positive changes in your home, this a so motivating for me. I’ll start sharing posts about the new home soon. Thank you so much Chloe for commenting, reading all these posts has been ‘unreal’ of a better word, I need to hear it all 🙂

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Chloe January 29, 2016 - 11:44 PM

Thank you Kat. And I appreciate you taking the time to read and reply to all of the comments, it IS so nice to get replies! This is your year!

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Katrina January 29, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Hi, I’ve only just started following yr newsletters and blogs and have just read your latest post. Such a big year for you & your family with many things I think other mums can relate to. Thanks for your honestly and keeping it real, we need more of it on social media. Wishing you health & happiness for the new year. Kat (cool name ?)

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Thank you Katrina (super awesome name). I have so many great post ideas coming up, hope you enjoy them 🙂

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Lyn January 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

I am new to this site and wanted to say how much I enjoy the posts, advice and tips. I have been married for 35 years and had become very “lazy” and disorganized and our home was a mess. I had no energy or eagerness to start tidying. Your daily chores have motivated and kick started my decluttering and cleaning frenzy. I work full time but have been doing bits each night and looking forward to the weekend to put a big dent in some more tasks. Thank you for all that you do, you are a gem!

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me January 29, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Gosh you sure have had a lot to deal with in the past year but I can tell from this very upbeat post that you’re on track for a stellar 2016! I must admit a lot of not so great incidents happened to me in 2015 and I took them not so well. This year I need to make some changes that will help me become a healthier and happier person, able to take the punches and knocks that invariably come our way. I hope to see your smiling face around town again soon xxx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Hello lovely, we should definitely try and do coffee in the coming weeks! I hope 2016 is a better and healthier year for you, pitty I don’t live as close any more otherwise we could go walking together 🙁

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Kirsty January 29, 2016 - 10:26 PM

Wow. Kat. This is the first time I have typed in.
I feel like I know you after following your blog every day for at least 2-3 years; most of all after today.
You are an absolutely wonderful and strong person and I enjoy reading your inspirational tips so much.
If one small voice can help you know that we love you, then this has worked.
Life is full of trials – each in its own way. But, there is always the future puling us forward, such that there is something to look forward to, something to strive for, something to live for. No matter how great. No matter how small.
I want to thank you for your positive and sunny side, that I know will always be there. Your readers are always with you.
K

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Naw thank you so much Kirsty. I try and keep it real, that’s what I love about writing this blog, you can read magazines and see beautifully styled kitchens, bedrooms extra but my house is real and I have to share my real story along with it. I am so pleased I shared this post, I am feeling so positive and so much better sharing it. Thank you for commenting Kirsty, it’s so lovely these past few days to reconnect with my readers x

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Jude January 29, 2016 - 11:28 PM

Best wishes for a good year!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:17 PM

thank you Jude

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Melissa @ All Around Oz January 30, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Kat….you hid your struggles so well and I think a big part of being able to move forward with a clean slate is sharing those struggles. Well done to you gorgeous lady xxx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Miss seeing you and your smiling face each week Mel xx

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Lyn January 30, 2016 - 12:28 PM

I am to to this site and wanted to say thank you. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:22 PM

Thank you Lyn xx

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Chris Ann January 30, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Thanks for sharing Kat, and I am so pleased that you are coming back to ‘normal’. I am a lot older than you and have had my share of struggles with life, so I think I know how you felt, but I just want to let you know that bad things always end eventually and I have always felt so inspired by you – I am still trying to get myself organised, but definitely improving.
I missed whatever happened in 2014 – must have been while I was having new knees installed on both legs[best thing I ever plucked up the courage to do!!!] and of course, in all the preadmission testing they discovered a medical issue that should have made me lose weight and hadn’t – but after being treated for it in 2015 the weight piled on! Very discouraging! Still, such is life, at least I can now walk miles without pain and that’s huge for me!
Thank you for all you do for us messy, disorganised people!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:26 PM

Thank you so much Chris Ann, I do feel those bad shadows that I had over me have gone, and mostly just reconnecting with you all and reading all these beautiful comments… truly thank you so much for taking the time to comment and share.

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Mia January 30, 2016 - 2:23 PM

Thank you for being real Kat. It takes courage to be authentic and to call out when things aren’t working. I hope you invest the time in yourself, it’s the best thing you’ll ever do.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Hi Mia, I have just finished tomorrows post, which will help me keep accountable to looking after myself and share with you how I am going!!

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Tracy January 30, 2016 - 6:14 PM

Hi Kat
I have followed your Organised Housewife for a while cause I would in my dreams love to be an organised housewife & mum.
But mostly found your Gastric Sleeve journey very easy to relate too & real. When you wrote a blog ages ago that you had the surgery, I was looking at the operation and I did find inspiration from your story. I am now nearly 12 months post op and thank you for sharing your story cause it has changed my life. Hope 2016 is a better year for you.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:33 PM

so pleased that it has inspired you Tracy, I started to put on weight mid last year, which would have been 18 months post op, my surgeon says I’m the first for it to happen to and wants to do bypass surgery on me. I am reluctant to have another surgery as I feel I need to work out the cause for the weight gain, give my health a really good check and make sure there is no other reason. We did a swallow test and it did show that my stomach has stretched slightly. How are you feeling after the surgery?

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natalie January 31, 2016 - 2:56 PM

I love that quote

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:33 PM

It’s a good one isn’t it and so true!

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Shennie January 31, 2016 - 4:00 PM

You are an inspiration! Will be praying that your health continues to improve dramatically! Don’t be putting too much pressure on yourself, but well done for mustering up the drive to keep going and getting passionate again. Thanks for being real with us all xxx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Always Shennie I think it’s important to share all side and not just the good 🙂

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Kirsty @ My Home Truths January 31, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The last two years haven’t been kind to me either Kat and I’m starting out this year determined to make 2016 happier and more purposeful. I hope the year is kinder to you – remember to take care of yourself and listen to your body x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:36 PM

Thank you Kirsty, you have already been a great help with getting my balance back on track, especially through back to school time sharing your fabulous posts. I hope 2016 is an improvement than last year for you xx

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Penny February 1, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Hi Kat

Even though I virtually never comment, please know that I think you and your blog are fantastic and I read your posts religiously!! I feel like it’s always there to give me a boost when I feel a bit flat and bored with the never ending housework/meal planning hamster wheel that is the life of a mother of small (or any age really) children!!

Here’s to a fantastic 2016 for you and your family!!!

PS I will try to remember to comment more so you know what your readers are enjoying!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 1, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Hello Penny, lovely to e-meet you and thank you for commenting, although sometimes it’s hard to reply to them all I really do like reading comments and reading others views and opinions. LOL your so right, it can be a hamster wheel, ground hog day, fun when the curve balls are thrown in there!

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LouisaG February 9, 2016 - 9:06 AM

I’m spending time this morning catching up on my favourite blogs, and your’s was first on the list. So glad you are taking care of you, its our number one, before everything, without exception, only then we can be the best Mumma/wife/blogger/Kat/Louisa. Big love to you darling heart, you are going amazing!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Thank you lovely Louisa, your always so insightful and encouraging, thank you. I’m feeling really good at the moment, so pleased I shared this post there is so much love here and it has truly warmed my heart.

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Kam February 18, 2016 - 8:59 PM

Hi Kat, found your blog by accident researching Australia, and a possible move there soon.
My family and I are also facing huge changes in our lives this year, and I can only pray that somehow all our dreams come true. As a family we have decided to put ourselves first for a change, and do what we feel is right…in this case immigration. 2016 is filled with so much adventure fear new prospects challenges but its all built on a dream of a better life for us. Go 2016! thank you for this super inspiring post!

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