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All ready for a tree change

We have a very exciting announcement to make.

In a couple of weeks time, I will be starting a new job which will mean that we will be moving to Bendigo in central Victoria.  For my international readers, Bendigo is a lovely regional city of about 140,000 people, much smaller than the ever-growing city of Melbourne (almost 5 million), where I have lived for most of my adult life.

It’s a huge move for us as it means that we will need to move house (obviously), schools, church, local sporting teams, Karen’s job and a range of other significant changes.  Thankfully, Karen’s sister’s family live in Bendigo and their presence and friendship will make the transition much easier.

Why are we doing this?

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Madison pacing me in a local parkrun

For the past few years, I’ve been conscious of my poor level of fitness.  As a father of three very active kids, it was getting harder and harder to keep up with them.

A daily regime of religiously walking 10,000 steps over the past 3-4 years has helped slightly, but I still had a long way to go.

Through a series of circumstances, a few months ago I found myself standing at the start line of a local 5km parkrun. Parkruns are a fantastic initiative that enables people to run, walk (or in my case hobble) for 5km early on a Saturday morning. You register for a barcode and are able to track your times, giving an incentive to continually improve.  Best of all it’s free!

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Today is Good Friday.

As a Christian, it’s a wonderful opportunity for reflection.

On this day, we remember that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, sacrificed His life for us in the ultimate act of love.

As a consequence, of His death and resurrection on the third day, we have an opportunity to be reconciled to God.

What extraordinary, boundless love.

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This Valentine’s Day marks 24 years since Karen and I started dating.

In those 24 years, we have shared many momentous moments.

Moving states, changing careers, raising kids.

We’ve celebrated milestones, debated options and gone through the fire together.

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Well, here we are again, at the end of another year.

2018 was another big year for this humble little blog and I went past 2.3 million views since starting in 2010

Thanks everyone for your support this year, I really appreciate all of you and trust that 2019 will be your best year yet.

I now have written over 2,250 posts on this blog since I launched and here are the 10 posts that have generated the most traffic in 2018: Read the rest of this entry »

Reading for me is a wonderful combination of necessity and recreation.

Some books that I read give me an opportunity to learn, whilst some keep me entertained.  Of course, the very best have a way of doing both.

Every year, I set out to read every day, with the goal to complete 25 books and in 2018, I have had the privilege of learning from, and being entertained by, some terrific writers.

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Merry Christmas from Madison, Logan and Hayden

It’s that time of year again when we send and receive Christmas cards with updates from friends and family.  I have a few family members who write lovely letters with the details of their year and so here is the annual message from our tribe.

2018 has been an amazing year, with lots of adventures as the kids continue to grow and develop, and my work situation changed dramatically. Read the rest of this entry »

22 years ago, my darling Karen walked down the aisle and we made a covenant together and started an exciting adventure.

That adventure has led us across Australia, from the Pilbara in north-west Australia to the suburbs of Melbourne.

We’ve holidayed throughout the country and in her homeland in the UK.

We’ve had two houses and a range of jobs and cars.

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Happy Birthday Logan and Madison

On this day 11 years ago, our wonderful twins, Madison and Logan, were born.

They were born three minutes apart, but despite being twins, they are very, very different.

Madison is full of life.

Ever the performer, she dances and prances around the house with seemingly endless enthusiasm.

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For over 8 years, I have run my own resume writing and career coaching business, the last 6 years full-time.

It’s been a fantastic opportunity and it has been a privilege to work closely with thousands of clients from around Australia (and globally), helping them to achieve their career goals and find meaningful work.

But that has come to an end and I had my first day in my new role today.

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