Who Am I?


Hi I’m Jenny!

…and here’s my Youtube Channel:  Chaotically Minimal

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 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.  Our 3 boys are now (almost)  teenagers and Germany is just a small stop over for us until we return back to our homeland, Australia.

Thank you for stopping by, I’d love to hear from you!  Any topics you’d like to hear me chat about (on video or in print) do ask away.  I have a tendency towards being far too stuck in my own head, it’s always nice to have outside input to pull me out of myself if only for a little while.

13 thoughts on “Who Am I?”

  1. I love England whether it’s raining or not! I wish I could move to England. I’ve never been there but it calls to me. I would love to travel to Scotland as well! And Wales! A beautiful country! I so hate living here in the states! It’s not all it’s racked up to be.

    Most moms have low self esteem. I do, but not as bad as I used to. I have two boys who are older now, but still drive me crazy. It does get easier!

  2. England is a beautiful country (though very under-appreciated by the general public over here who all want to live in the U.S or Australia! grass is always greener I suppose!) and I do so love the rain!

    My header image is a photo taken last Christmas on a Scottish beach (loved it!), I didn’t think it possible but I actually think Scotland might be prettier then England! It’s also refreshing that the Scottish have so much pride in their country and their people. They don’t moan about the weather and not once were we asked, “Why on earth would Australians come here for Christmas when you could be sitting on a warm beach?”.

    We were going to have a short trip to Wales for Christmas this year but decided to save our pennies instead. We’ll get there one day!

    All that said, my hubby wants to live in the U.S and he is slowly swaying me. It might happen one day! Not too soon though I hope 🙂

    Good to hear it gets easier…though I imagine it will get harder first? Three teenage boys under my roof scares the crap out of me! Though hopefully by the time our youngest is a teen his eldest brother will be past the worst of it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting 🙂 🙂

  3. Well I’m a Brit who lived in the states for four and a half years and then back to England again. It’s hard to say which is better, they each have good and bad points like anyway. England is my home so I kind of always knew I would want to come back here, but the states was fun (it was Las Vegas I lived in, so how could it not be fun!).

    Love the look of your recipes, must try some of them 🙂

      1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Vanessa, I love the feedback 🙂

        Living away from your homeland really does help you appreciate some of the things from you take for granted growing up, doesn’t it. It’s usually the little things I miss the most. I think most people assume being Australian I must miss the warm weather, sunshine and beaches but those things would probably be at the bottom of my list of reasons to move back.

        Living in Las Vegas must have been amazing! My hubby would love to move to the U.S for a few years. I’d rather wait until the kids are grown up, but only out of paranoia that the kids wouldn’t be as safe in a U.S public school as they are here in the U.K or back in Australia.
        The education here in the U.K is amazing too, so I think we’ll probably be here for the long haul.

        What took you to Las Vegas and then back home to England again?

  4. Hi, it won’t let me nest another comment under yours, but to answer your question – What took me to Vegas was that I married someone from there, and what brought me back was that I had had a daughter, and was pregnant with my son and just didn’t want them going to school there, so made a decision to come back to England in plenty of time for them to start their schooling over here. I also felt quite homesick for England despite loving Vegas. We’ve been back 10 years now, but I still miss lots of things about Vegas.

    You’re right about how living away from your homeland helps you appreciate a lot of the things you took for granted growing up, but also it makes you see your home country differently – you see it through the eyes of the people where you’re at, and realise that they have very strange ideas about your country!

  5. Hello,

    You have a very cute boy up there. Congratz! 🙂

    I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. And thank you again, many blessings and much love to you.. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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