Do you ever have those thoughts of ‘Thank GOD I don’t have to do THAT anymore?’ Like when you sell a shit car and you realise just how awful it was to deal with it breaking down every week? Or that dreadful back pain you had for years is much better now that you do yoga regularly?
I love discovering little life hacks like that. Changing one thing and then months down the track you’re so grateful you made that change because you were so ‘in’ your misery before that you didn’t realise how awful it was until you fixed it.
Here are a few things that are saving my life right now.
1. My living situation
Mr Smaggle and I lived in a fantastic location in a one bedroom flat for six years, and we had no idea how much it was killing us. We live in a much shitter suburb now, but we have a house with actual rooms in it, we each have a desk, there’s natural light and a little garden. We waited far too long to move because moving sucks, but everything about our lives has improved with this move. If you think your house or living situation is dangerous for your health and productivity, move. No matter how annoying or painful it is.
I’ve just come up to my two year anniversary of F45, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing it. It’s a perfect 45 minute, high-intensity workout and it’s different every day. It’s also tough work, which I love. It took almost a full year of attending classes to be able to complete a whole session without modifying any exercises or taking breaks, and I was reasonably fit when I started there. I also particularly love my new F45. It’s big and spacious and the trainers are excellent. I’m just so grateful to have a no-brainer class I can do five times a week, and it’s a 7-minute drive from my house. It’s also excellent because it’s a franchise and there’s one near my parent’s house and my in-law’s house for when I visit my hometown. It just ticks all my boxes.
3. Heat up wheat bags
This suggestion is such a weird random one, but I didn’t grow up with heat up wheat bags in my house, they just weren’t a thing but in Mr Smaggle’s home, heat up wheat bags are almost as important as coffee. Are you cold? Get yourself a heat pack. Sore neck? Pop a heat pack on it. Feeling a bit sad? Get a heat pack. Mr Smaggle’s mum makes them from old towels and fills them with rice, and we get given a few every couple of years. I thought it was weird when Mr Smaggle and I first started living together but they’ve just become such a big part of my life now, I don’t know how I lived without them before. I might do a tutorial for making them on Smaggle. Let me know if you’re keen and I’ll get my mother-in-law to teach me how to make them for a DIY.
4. Massive beeswax wraps
I’ve been using small beeswax wraps for a few years now on things like avocado and half-finished veggies, and I wanted to get some big ones, but they’re costly, so I kept avoiding it. My brother-in-law got us these enormous beeswax wraps for Christmas, and we use them every week for covering up big plates of food like curries and frittatas. You just scrub them with cold soapy water and hang them out to dry for the next use. I still occasionally use cling wrap if I’m travelling, but most of the time, I use beeswax wraps. I feel like they keep the food fresher too.
5. Chrissy from Hair Romance
If you have curly hair and you want advice for maintaining it follow Christina Butcher on Hair Romance and join her Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/hairromancecrew/. She has some fantastic videos, and she’s so incredibly patient. I’ve been having hair struggles for years, and she’s so incredibly supportive. She’s the best. I text her photos of my hair every couple of days, and she’s all ‘Try this drying method!’ or ‘Use a lighter leave in conditioner’. She introduced me The Curly Girl Method but is also great at permitting me to break the rules if it’s not working. She’s a very rad human.
I just love my group of Crochettes so much. It’s such a privilege to be able to share my favourite thing with such a gorgeous group of people. They’re so supportive and kind and enthusiastic; I honestly couldn’t have hand-picked a better community. I love them. I also love watching newbies learn and seeing them fall in love with this calming yet productive activity. It’s ace.