I Lay My Life Down

I Lay My Life Down

Today at work we had Staff Commencement; a day held twice a year for all staff. The idea of this is not only to welcome staff back but to spend time together as a community, provide feedback and to take time away from work to get to know each other.

At one point in the morning, a lady quoted the disciple, Peter, saying “I lay my life down for you”.

I lay my life down…for you.
Think about that for one moment – laying your life down for someone else.

This got me thinking: no matter what we do – we are laying our lives down for someone else, or something greater than ourselves.
If you are a carer or a nurse, you are spending one third of each day helping others. If you are a manager, you are spending one third of each day leading your staff and company in a positive light. If you are an administrator, you are spending one third of each day allowing your organisation to exist – your organisation empowers, educates, provides joy to others and makes world a safer, more sustainable place.
If you are a mother or father, you support your family emotionally, finically and domestically – laying your life down for them. If you are a brother, sister or friend, you provide an outlet and bring happiness to another’s life.
No matter what you do, no matter who you are, you are doing something meaningful – laying your life down for someone else.




Deciding on Law

Deciding on Law

In my final year of studying my Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan, I decided that I would sit the LSAT; I saw myself doing sport law (My degree was in Sport Management/Marketing/Communications) and perhaps becoming a sports agent – both of which required going to Law School.
In Fall semester, around October, I decided to book into the February LSAT in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Most people would spend 6-12months studying for the LSAT. Not me – I wanted to sit the text before graduating the following April.

After balancing full-time University, work and my LSAT study, I finally sat the test at Univeristy of Michigan’s Angell Hall. The LSAT consists of six 35minute sections. The first five sections are a mix of logical reasoning questions (testing the ability to critically evaluate and complete arguments), analytical reasoning questions (testing the ability to understand structures of relationships whilst drawing logical conclusions) and reading comprehension questions (testing the ability of understanding with insight). The final section is a writing sample. For the writing sample you are given a scenario where a decision needs to be made based off of two options, both of which are logical outcomes – you are required to consider both options and then argue for one.

Angell Hall
(Photo: http://flickriver.com/photos/pikturewerk/2301242062/)

The morning of my LSAT I was running late for check-in and I had to pay in a paid parking-area, however I had no coins! I had to call a friend a 7am to drive to where my car was and to put coins in the machine for me whilst I was sitting the test. Entering the test, you have to leave you bag and coat outside, only taking a clear zip-lock bag with your admission ticket, ID (for me this was both my Michigan drivers license and passport), a watch, pencils, highlighter, eraser and a snack. Honestly, by the time the sixth and final section came around my brain could not focus any more. As soon as I finished the test, I walked out and didn’t think about it again. It is hard to know if you do well or not.

At the end of February our LSAT scores came out and I was very happy with mine, however for the next two years I did not do anything with it. I became busy with settling back into life in Australia, work, moving in with Tom, moving house and starting a new job. It wasn’t until earlier this year, when I was loving my job and I could see myself moving into the areas of the organisation that having a Doctor of Law would be beneficial, that finally prompted me to apply to the Juris Doctor.

Not wanting to stop full-time work, Law School is something that I will have to balance with work and my home life on a part-time basis. Tom is also completing his PhD and so our nights and weekends will be filled with studying and research.

I am sure I will keep you up-to-date over the next few years and share my journey of Law School with you all x

In the Daylight

In the Daylight

logo.pngRecently, I was shopping at our nearest mall and walked into one of my favourite boutiques; a local home-wear/stationary shop. After browsing around, I ended up purchasing an art print that I loved; I opened to the print to find out who the artist was and came across In the Daylight.

In the Daylight is located in Queensland – so by supporting them, you are also supporting  local businesses ☺

Here are some of the items sold on their website, that I love:

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Jess, her husband, Rick, and their two dogs create beautiful artworks and items to add to your home!


Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Just a solo singer and his guitar 🎼🎤



An Australian Christmas

An Australian Christmas

This year, we had a low-key, quiet Christmas; see what we got up to:

We both hope that you and your friends and family had a wonderful, blessed Christmas xx

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things

Boutique Coffee

Boutique Coffee

So recently, especially where I work, I have noticed a trend of coffee shops now also having their own boutique either within the café or connected next door.

The convenience of this is great and is probably one reason why coffee shops have become so popular, however I don’t think my wallet would agree. Quite often, I will go grab a coffee on my lunch break or head to the café for a meal and a couple minutes later I will find myself looking at clothes or home-wears.

Not complaining, as I have managed to grab some wonderful items for my home on sale that I would not have discovered otherwise.

Has anyone else noticed this? Let me know what your favourites are by commenting below x

The Art of Writing

Those who have been to my home or my office at work, will know that I am a die-hard stationary fan. Brands like Kikki K, Kate Spade and Rifle Paper Co. fill my desks. Yes, I love my work and having a neat home, but it is more than that. I feel that it is so important to enjoy the pens you write with and the paper you write on; not only does it allow us to enjoy the jobs we do, it encourages us hand write, doodle and colour. With technology on the rise, we are continually writing less with our own hands. Companies like Kikki K and Rifle Paper Co., who make beautiful and colourful stationary, really do keep the art of handwriting alive.

Some of my more recent favourite items from Rifle Paper Co. are:

Recipe Box and Cards

Market List

Garden Notebooks

Desk Calendar

Tom and I are moving house in 4days and I am very much looking forward to decorating Tom’s Office with a modern industrial theme downstairs, plus my desk area upstairs for blogging (full of Vera Bradley, I must add). I will post some pictures, likely on Instagram, once the house has been unpacked and we are settled in.


First and Last

First and Last

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.”

Just sit with that thought for a moment….


So thanks to Claudia, we are both officially addicted to ‘Younger‘.

‘Younger’ is the perfect modern day TV-show for every girl in their 20s; iPhones, memes, affairs, Tinder, Goodreads, careers, love and tattoos.

Plus, if you watched Lizzy McGuire growing up, just like Claudia and I, you’ll love seeing Hilary Duff back in action.

Watch the season 4 promo here:


Law Student | Engaged | Family | Hope
  • @riflepaperco #blog #quote #love
  • Breakfast of champions 🍒🍓#farmersmarket #breakfast #yum #blog
  • Wanna play checkers? #blog #checkers #australia #queensland #game #forrest
  • I can't give you the sunset, but I can give you the night.
- Erin McCarthy
#blog #travel #quote #love #australia
  • If I had to describe the scent of Michigan in spring and summer, it wouldn't be a
particular smell – blooming wildflowers or boat exhaust off the lake – it would be a color: Green.
- Viola Shipman,
#blog #travel #quote #love #michigan
  • I visited my family today and only eight hours after seeing them I am already homesick 😪 but going to bed tonight snuggled with Tom and my two cats sure does help 😽
You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.
- Frederick Buechner
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