Who Am I?

Hi I’m Jenny!

Welcome to my blog…honestly it’s a bit all over the place…much like me, really…

In theory my blog is where I hang out and share with you some of the things I’m loving at the moment…yummy recipes, adventures out and about (we love long walks in random directions!), our travels and drips and drabs of whatever latest ‘obsession’ I’m currently calling a hobby. In reality, my writing largely devolves into random ramblings containing: self-explorations, half-baked analysis of the world around me and very loosely, semi-thought-through conclusions I’ve reached about my life and life in general.

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.

My blogging story so far…

I began blogging in 2006 from Brisbane, Australia: with 3 small boys, 5-years-old 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. If you’re interested in our time in London, click on ‘The London Years’ to access all those posts.

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.  However, ultimately it was too public and wasn’t serving me in a positive way.

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 reclusive-ness 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.

Once we landed back home in Australia we hit the ground running.Β  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.Β  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 18 months.

My eldest and my youngest…

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 πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for my Youtube channel it’s over here: Jen the INFP – Chaotically Minimal

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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  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 πŸ™‚


      1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Vanessa, I love the feedback πŸ™‚

        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! πŸ™‚

    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.. πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein


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