"I snapped this picture the other night at the end of a long day. I was tired. I was irritated. I had sent my husband a text telling him that I knew it wouldn't make a difference, but I wanted him to know that I was feeling fed up with how much he works and with all that I have to do everyday by myself. The full time job, cooking dinner, bathing kids, weekend trips without him, keeping up a home, you name it I was resenting it. I have to have these little moments once (ok several times) throughout planting and harvest season. Then this happened. He came in, fixed his plate and sat down to eat all alone. He was tired. He was hot. He was exhausted. Rather than complain, he said he was sorry I was tired and felt that way. Charlotte joined him and talked his head off and even ate most of his dinner. He didn't complain. He shared, and it hit me. Do I wish that we saw him more than an hour or so a day? Yes. But, the love he has for his craft is something to envy. Farmers work in a thankless profession. It's always non GMO this and organic that, and let's not even talk about the stress from Mother Nature. This is a man who is working to uphold 4 generations of blood sweat and tears and showing his children the value of hard work and discipline. So while I felt frustrated, I really should have felt thankful. I got to sit down to dinner and hear all the stories from the day with the kids. I got to give them a bath and hear their squeals and giggles. I got to snuggle and love on them for 3 hours more than he did. He is the one sacrificing, not me. We will keep on keeping on until the next rainy day when we get a few extra hours with our hard worker. In the meantime, the next time you slip into that comfy cotton shirt or eat delicious farm fresh food, thank a farmer. Where would we be without them?"
I don't remember being more tired, lonely or overwhelmed in my life. Yes the more you have the more your work load grows but to me, there is nothing like the wave of shock that hits you when you bring home your first baby. Remember these things,
Nothing is permanent, don't ever feel like you have let yourself down, you have created a monster or in anyway made your own life harder by spoiling your baby. Every day is different, some days baby sleeps and you brush your teeth, some days baby doesn't and you rock in the corner staring at the wall.
Time spent enjoying yourself is not time waisted. There is nothing more important then your mental health. Do something everyday that you WANT to do. Maybe that's going for a run, maybe it's youtubing cat videos.
Some mums seem like naturals. They have blow dried hair and expensive prams. Inside they want to drown themselves in vodka, file for divorce and pull a bong too. They are just private queens so they do this on the inside. We are all struggling.
Vaginal births, breast feeding and co-sleeping are great, but so are C-sections, formula and babysitters. Your happiness is more important then any of it.
You feel a huge divide between your partner and you, you feel like he just doesn't understand. Do you know what? It's likely that he doesn't right now, but he will, he will learn to understand. The divide will shrink and you will feel connected again.
You are succeeding. Every single day that you get through, you are succeeding, with no sleep, loud screams, marital breakdowns, no post baby weight loss, you are succeeding.
You are such a fucking royal success story, what you are doing is phenomenal and overwhelmingly hard.
In response to widespread illegal and unconscionable activity, including the slaughtering of tens of thousands of dogs, I can today announce that NSW is putting an end to greyhound racing.
More than a year ago, we established a Special Commission of Inquiry into the greyhound industry after very disturbing reports emerged of cruelty to animals and other illegal activities.
We have now received the report of the Commission, conducted by former High Court Judge Michael McHugh, and the findings are damning. A link to the whole report is below, but some of the findings include:
• The mass killing of greyhounds. The report found, “In NSW in the last 12 years… somewhere between 48,891 and 68,448 dogs were killed because they were considered too slow to pay their way or were unsuitable for racing.” In the industry, they call this “wastage”. It’s not wastage: it is the unnecessary slaughtering of tens of thousands of healthy dogs.
• The widespread practice of “live baiting”. This is where live animals, like rabbits, are used as bait to be chased by dogs in training sessions. The report found that, even though this is already illegal and carries heavy penalties, “a trainer, who admitted to engaging in live baiting, testified that about 10-20% of trainers engaged in live baiting.”
• The systemic deception of the public concerning the numbers of deaths and injuries of dogs. It is estimated that 180 greyhounds per year sustain catastrophic injuries during races such as skull fractures or broken backs that result in their immediate death. But the commission found that “Greyhound Racing NSW had adopted a policy of deliberately misreporting the extent of injuries suffered by greyhounds at racetracks.”
• The industry is not capable, in the short or medium term, of reforming. The report found that “it appears unlikely that the issue of the large scale killing of healthy greyhounds by the industry can be addressed successfully in the future.” In fact, the report found that, "such is the culture of the industry and some of its leaders that it is no longer, if it ever was, entitled to the trust of the community."
One of the issues we have had to wrestle with is the positive impact of the greyhound racing industry. There are over 1000 direct jobs in the industry and nearly 6000 registered owners of greyhounds. Dog racing can be an important part of the social fabric of regional towns. And, of course, having a punt on the dogs over a few beers is good fun for many people.
So, as Mr McHugh asked, do such benefits of the dog racing industry outweigh the shortcomings?
Based on this report, the Government believes they do not.
Greyhound racing has been banned in many countries and many states of the US and is legal in only eight countries around the world. NSW will be the first state in Australia to ban it.
Over the coming months, we will consult with the industry to help minimise the pain as best we can for the innocent industry participants as we work towards an orderly industry shutdown. We will develop a strategy to work with the RSPCA to manage the welfare of existing greyhounds. And the transition arrangement for Greyhound Racing NSW assets (like greyhound racing tracks) will ensure they are used for open public space, alternative sports facilities or other community use.
I feel much empathy for innocent trainers and those who will lose their job or hobby as a result of this. And I understand the disappointment of people who enjoy having a punt on the dogs. But we simply cannot and will not stand-by and allow the widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals.
You can read the full report here: http://www.greyhoundracinginquiry.justice.nsw.gov.au/
OMG ITS DECEMBER!! To kick off the festivities, we are giving away $2000 worth of goodies for you and a friend to share this Christmas...
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Who loves Carrot Cake? You'll love this recipe even more because it only has 5g of carbs per slice (as opposed to over 50g in a traditional carrot cake!) I actually have a slice of this for breakfast with my coffee because I feel just so good eating it - Packed with carrots, zucchini, walnuts, cinnamon and coconut :) Just so healthy. Here's the recipe: https://annaslowcarbkitchen.com.au/low-carb-carrot-cake #lovelowcarb #lowcarbeasy #lowcarbcake #lowcarbsnack
"Today I received my wedding gown back. I sent it off earlier this year to be made into angel gowns for babies that don't make it home from the hospital and I'll be donating them to the NICU at Vanderbilt. 17 little gowns were made from my dress and as beautiful as they are I pray they are never needed." <3 (Credit: Facebook/ Justi Underwood Bates) #9Today
I used to be a truck driver but I just couldn't do that any more. I found my step-son hanging in the garage, he had killed himself. I couldn't save him...
I've been homeless for just over a year now. A lot of guilt and blame from his mum went onto me and we couldn't go on. Being a truck driver, you have a lot of responsibility. You're driving these massive machines and one wrong move could not only mean the end of your life, but of many people's lives and that's why I had to quit.
Being on the street in Australia isn't as tough as in other countries. If you get off your arse you can find food, you can find shelter, you can find someone who gives a damn. You go to a third world country and it's not like that.
I want to get off the street soon though. I'm seeing a psychologist at the moment. She reckons after another three visits I can go back to driving. I can't wait.
The reason I had to stop driving in the first place was because I nearly killed a young family. I was doing 100km/hr on the freeway when it happened. I was about a metre away when I saw their car. I turned the steering wheel so hard to avoid them... Thank god I did. A couple of minutes later I stopped in at a truck stop, called my boss and told him to come get his truck. I just couldn't risk killing someone. I was done. The image of my step-son in the garage had taken over my mind to a point where I got distracted. I was totally awake when it happened but inside I wasn't and that's just not good enough...
Since being on the streets I've tried to help people. There was one girl who was self-harming. She was gay and she was being teased and was having body image issues. She sat with me one day and I saw the marks on her arms. I asked her why she had done that to herself. She told me. I then told her my story. She went home that night to her mum and cried with her for a couple of hours. She came back a week later, gave me a massive hug and thanked me. That was an amazing feeling, to help someone. She came back a couple of weeks ago again and introduced me to her girlfriend. She is happy now. All because someone sat there and listened to her.
So that has inspired me. I am going to go back to driving trucks for just long enough to save up some money. My dream now is to do a Certificate 4 in Youth Counseling. In my heart I know I couldn't save my boy but maybe I can help save others. I think that's what I am meant to do.
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"1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime."
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Luxe Fitness has a "Limited Edition" Vanilla Coconut Protein Powder available to purchase on www.luxefitness.com
$5 from each bottle sold will be donated to the NZBCF (New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation). Your donation goes towards research, education and support, for all the brave ladies that battle this horrible disease.
#BREAKING: Tanya Plibersek and I have given notice to the Parliament that we intend to introduce a private member's bill to make marriage equality a reality - without an expensive & divisive plebiscite.