Oh the places you’ll go

I wasn’t my best person this weekend. I was moody, I shouted and I sulked and today I feel awful about it. I feel like I have probably scared my child for life. I don’t like to shout at her but she is such a handful at the moment. Basically when I say go this way, she will automatically go that way.


Anyhoo, enough of my hormonal moments, lets get on with this Monday! I got up this morning in serious need of inspiration. And who better to inspire me than Dr Seuss. So here are the words to Oh, the places you’ll go:

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.


You’ll be on y our way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t
Because, sometimes they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!


Thanks Dr Suess! So I’m off to move mountains. Chat later………



I (heart) printables

I would love to start this post by telling you that I am just the most organised person ever. Unfortunately this is not true, although I am trying to change this.

Disorganisation + Mommy brain = a lot of unnecessary running around, stress and frustration.

I am starting small with a day planner. I found this great one on Life’s a Journal. I have been using it for a week and its working perfectly for me.



Now I am on the lookout for a great weekly to do list so if you see any let me know!

The downside of being a Mom.

Being a mom is an amazing, very rewarding ‘job’, and I love every minute of it. Well almost every minute…..  I’ll explain. When I became a mother, it was like a part of my brain that wasn’t really used before opened up 24/7. This part is called “Unnecessary Worry and Paranoia”. Let me explain how this part works…..

I spend every second of every day worrying about my child, and whilst I do this my brain takes me through all the worst case scenarios. For example, my daughter is going to a party with her Uncle, Aunt and cousin today. The party is about an hours drive from home. Now instead of my brain playing nice and giving my lovely thoughts of how she is going to play and have fun, its showing me car crashes, accidents, falling, hurting herself etc.

At one point, soon after Jaes birth, I thought I may be losing the plot a bit. I had never had to deal with a constant worry that something was going to happen to her. I asked my mom if she thought I was okay, and her words to me were “Emy, being a mom makes part of you a very morbid person”. It is impossible not to worry, how would I cope if something had to happen.

The hardest part of this paranoia is trying to keep it to yourself. I don’t really want to be calling every 5 minutes. I also don’t want my family to think that I don’t trust them and for my boyfriend to think that he needs to find me alternative accommodation (ie madhouse).

So I will just sit in my office (yes, I’m at work) and keep myself busy and try my hardest not to crack up.

Lessons learned………l

I was struggling to find something to blog about. Then yesterday something amazing happened. Well, amazing for me anyway, in a mother raising a child kind of way. As a mom you often wonder if you are doing things the right way, and hopefully not screwing your child up for life.

Yesterday I needed to donate blood and fetch Jae-Lyn from school, and the only way I was going to be able to do both would be to take her with me. Now, Jae-Lyn is sensitive, if you hurt she hurts. I made the mistake of coming home from work with a plaster on my finger, she burst into tears.

I was explaining to her why I donate blood. About how it helps sick people and children. She burst into tears. And I nearly started my car up and drove home. But then I didn’t. I took her in, went through the process of having my blood pressure taken, iron levels checked. And then somewhere between to cookies and juice boxes Jae relaxed, she sat on the bed next to me. And chatted about school. She watched me as they put the needle in and I smiled at her (even though inside I was clenching my teeth and screaming silently). We laughed and she demonstrated some ballet (I think) and we kept the nurses very entertained. We shared my cookie and juice. And even when I was done and she saw the 500mls of blood they had just drained from me, she smiled.

I helped my daughter get over a fear. She will still hurt sometimes, she is human. What she has learnt is that even though you think something is going to go one way it might just go another way. And sometimes you need to trust, even though your brain tells you otherwise. And that makes this mom happy.