Hi I’m Jenny!
Welcome to my blog where I come to share many of the things that I love: yummy recipes, adventures out and about (we love long walks in random directions!), our travels in Europe, my self-exploration and analysis of what I’ve learned (and still need to learn in this long and winding process called life), discussing random thoughts I have on the world and on occasion I share the latest ‘obsession’ I’m currently calling a hobby (searching for and reading obscure old books, soap making, herbalism, personality types…and the list goes on!).
I feel like I lost my blogging mojo many, many moons ago but it was such an enriching part of my life that I’m determined to flex my writing muscle again and hopefully get back into the swing of blogging.
I began blogging in 2006 from Brisbane, Australia: with 3 small boys, 5 years and under…a sleep debt so wide and deep I was a danger behind the wheel of our car and a mind riddled with angst and guilt making every day life a struggle.
In 2009 we moved from a sleepy Aussie city to London (with a brief 12 month stint in rural England). Adjusting to a new country came with it’s struggles for sure but once I recovered from the shock and awe of being in the U.K I dedicated a lot more time to my food blogging. We loved our first few years in the U.K, exploring and experiencing events and activities around London with our young family. I loved sharing all that here on the blog and I’m so grateful to have that record to look back on.
In the safety and security of a life that was now my own in a foreign country a lot of odd memories from my childhood starting plaguing my mind. I was also ready to begin tackling an eating disorder I had been struggling with since I was 11. Unfortunately with all the things I was working through, I needed to withdraw from all social media as I knew it was a strong trigger for a lot of my unhealthy habits. Sadly this also included giving up blogging. For a while there I was blogging memories I was dealing with over on my more ‘diary like’ blog, Chaotically Rambling. It was too public and wasn’t serving me in a positive way any more.
I stopped blogging in 2012. I turned my back on the blogging world (even as a casual commenter or reader on other’s blogs) until 2016 when I attempted to get back into writing and snuck back into blogging for a few random posts. It didn’t stick that time, but that’s okay. Sometimes we have to dip a toe in to test the waters and then ‘choose’ to take a step back for a little until it feels ‘right’ for us to dive in.
After almost a decade in the U.K where I honestly believed I would live for the rest of my life, we put our London home on the market and moved to Frankfurt, Germany. We spent 18 months living up on top of a mountain, exploring the forest and trying schnitzel and apfel wein at many a random pub we stumbled across during our treks. Our two youngest sons were in an intensive German language class at the local school and came along in leaps and bounds learning the language. For me, always a hermit being in a country where I didn’t speak the language worsened my reclusiveness and as a result my learning of the German language was stunted.
During the lonely time living shut away in a top floor apartment on the outskirts of Frankfurt I started a Youtube channel. I wasn’t speaking much of anything to any one in real life, talking to a camera became an outlet for opening myself back up again.
After our time in Germany, we packed up the rest of our lives (we had already sent one shipment of boxes from London back home to Australia but had taken a van’s worth of ‘stuff’ to Germany with us). Then all in one long night we did an end of tenancy clean and clear out of our German apartment AND finished packing our bags so we could all get on a plane to head home to Brisbane, Australia. My husband and I squeezed in a 45 minute sleep that night and that ended up being a terrible idea. It put us 45 minutes behind schedule and we were literally ditching bags of trash (little annoying things to be thrown out last minute like the toilet brush, packaging from our final meal prep, cleaning cloths, cleaning products…) in bins of neighbours and running with our luggage down the mountain to the train station.
Fortunately the airport staff were lovely and ran us through the airport to make our flight just in the nick of time.
Once we landed back home in Australia we hit the ground running. We bought a car within the first week and left the kids with my husband’s parents whilst we headed North to find somewhere to rent and hopefully eventually buy and settle down. Lots of little decisions and external forces pushed us towards a small seaside town in regional Queensland and that’s where we’ve been for the past year.
My camera recently broke so my vlogging has come to halt. Hopefully I can get my blogging back in action. I go a bit cray cray when I keep it all bottled up in my head, so an outlet is a must for me!
Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions or comments or just want to have a chat please feel free to comment! I love reading them and responding 🙂
If you’re looking for my Youtube channel it’s over here: Jen the INFP – Chaotically Minimal