Loading... Please wait...


The Art of Relaxing on Holiday

Posted by

What makes a holiday relaxing? I’ve just had a chalk and cheese holiday so it’s got me thinking… 

Having 2 weeks off we were all set to go away, but the weather turned and camping was put on the back burner over the Easter break. We spent the first week of school holidays lounging around at home. Sleeping in each morning, we rested during the day and didn’t do much at all really… we enjoyed taking the dog for walks on the beach, and generally just hanging out together living simply… I felt my stress levels drop as the house cleaning was put on the back burner and meal times happened when they happened.

Next thing I know we’d been invited down to Noosa to join a few families in a beautiful holiday house for a friend’s 40th birthday. So I packed the kids up and headed down to stay in a house that was much too fancy for me. With its endless bathrooms and bedrooms, grand kitchen, a fancy pool over-looking the canal not to mention a private pontoon we enjoyed civilized drinks and relaxed conversations. The beds were comfy, all the creature comforts were at hand, and the view, although suburban was pretty… there was nothing to do but relax. I resisted leaving, but after a few nights it was time to head home to hubby, unpack and pack again… the weather had cleared and camping was on the cards. As much as I resisted packing up again, we quickly gathered our supplies, loaded up our camper that afternoon, and left early the next morning for Inskip point…

Arriving at our bush camp, all was quiet except for the waves and the rustling of the trees. We set up camp in a secluded spot, whilst the kids played on the beach. Now if you’re thinking it’s all peaceful at this stage, I have to admit that setting up for us does involve the odd snappy remark as the stress levels increase- you know- when you hit that point where you’re hot and hungry, the kids are nagging you to find something you have no idea where it may be , and you’ve only got part of a tent set-up- you start to wonder why? Why do we do it? Is it all worth it? But fast-forward the set-up till you get to the good part of camping- the part where you’re sitting on the beach with a cuppa watching the sunrise and the kids are playing like kids are meant to. Now that is just priceless! We’re not active campers- camping for us means sitting back and not doing much at all. It involves cooking simple meals on the camp fire, fishing and beers for hubby, swimming and beaching, and just BE-ing in nature. And God, it’s good!

So what makes a better holiday? Is it creature comforts and mod-cons? Or is it that feeling of never being quite clean, of dodging pythons in the stinky composting toilets (I kid you not! A big carpet snake hung out above the doorway of the ladies toilet for 2 days! If ever you needed a hurry on- this will do it!). Is it coming home looking refreshed and feeling clean, or is it coming home with 5 days worth of sand in places it shouldn’t be, a mountain of sandy washing and a few too many mozzie bites from being out in the elements?

Having just experienced both I know what I prefer… nature is where I belong… even if I’ll be itching for a few more days and the sand from the front door to the laundry keeps on coming back to haunt me… I’ll happily take that feeling of re-connection to my planet above all else. 

View Comments

From FROG Lady to Brave Warrior

I’m doing it! I’m taking the plunge into the great abyss of the unknown... I’m going to be brave!!!It’s funny to look back on life and see how many doors you can unknowingly close on yourself when you just go with the flow and stop doing things outside of your comfort zone. If I used a house as [...]

Read More »

Could Embarrassment Be The Key To Happiness?

Here we are, almost one 12th into 2018… and I can feel it’s going to be a BIG year!Last year had its challenges, many of them… I retreated, and tried to work out what was going on within. I wished for more strength, and constantly fought with the anxiety demons in my head. It wasn’t a fun year. [...]

Read More »


Face blindness. What has it got to do with FROG you may ask? Well absolutely nothing, yet for me EVERYTHING!Have I ever passed you by in the street or perhaps the supermarket and given you a blank stare? Or maybe I’ve smiled politely at you, searching your face for a clue and then passed on by? You probably [...]

Read More »

Gut Health- The Fun Way!

Healthy habits- they are kind of like a roller coaster… sometimes they are up, sometimes they are down- well in my world they are. Although I don’t fall off the wagon into a pile of sugar and processed foods, I do know that I still need to actively add extra healthy habits to my life as just eating [...]

Read More »

Fuel those kids up!

It’s been 10 years today. 10 years since my son Jaia was born, and changed my life. Sometimes I wonder what I would be doing if he hadn’t come into my life. I probably wouldn’t be the FROG lady, and perhaps I wouldn’t be so convinced about eating organic. But kids change you. For the better.Being responsible for [...]

Read More »

Baby Steps to a Greener Planet

Have you ever considered what would happen if we all tried a little harder?We all live our lives according to reference points, rules we set for ourselves that are comfortable, but have you ever pondered how different things could be if we all pushed ourselves that little bit further. If we expected that little bit more of ourselves, if [...]

Read More »

Confessions of the FROG Lady

Right, I’m just going to come out and say it. No use pretending everything is OK- Because it’s not. My confession is happening now. I’ve told you a bit about it in the past, but now I’m going to just come right out and say it. I Am Not Of Sound Mind. Phew! Glad that’s over with.The reason [...]

Read More »

Can you feel the FROG vibe?

Do you sometimes wonder how you got to where you are in life? How that chain of events led you to your current destination which only leaves you wondering where you are headed down the track. Often we’re not aware of where we are headed until we actually arrive and it’s not until we experience events that make us [...]

Read More »

Sending some love to our farmers

Well there's only two words to describe the weather at the moment and that is HOT and DRY. We've all been sweltering and wondering when we'll ever see rain again. The grass is brown and crunchy and backyard gardens are starting to dry out... the forecast has been promising the odd bit of rain, but [...]

Read More »


Recent Updates

Connect with us