I can’t remember when I first connected with Rachel online but it immediately felt like we’d known each other forever. Rachel is down to earth, funny, kind and very generous. And then she started a new blog all about what’s going down in Brisbane town so now I’m extra hooked. Brisbane has long been known as the backward cousin of Sydney and Melbourne but it has come into its own over the past few years, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to live here. And now we have this wonderful resource – Our Town Brisbane – at our fingertips so we never have to miss a thing.
Want to know more about the lady behind Our Town Brisbane? Take it away, Rachel…
What do you wish you had more of in your life?
Motivation to exercise – I go through phases with it and I’m definitely in the OFF phase at the moment.
Time – there are so many fabulous things going on in Brisbane that I DON’T get to, so I wish there was more time to fit them in.
And space – our house is getting too small for us but every time I think about moving I want to go and have a good lie down.
What do you wish you had less of?
Scarves. I have so many that I am afraid people are going to start referring to me as “that Scarf Lady”.
What’s your favourite ‘me time’ activity?
Shopping without my children is such a luxury. There’s nothing like the freedom of drifting unencumbered through my local Westfield, stopping hither and thither to admire all the lovely things without anyone complaining that they are hungry/tired/bored or whining about the fact that I’ve already looked at like a MILLION shoe shops already, OMG!
What’s the best gift you’ve given yourself recently?
A ticket to ProBlogger. Money very well spent and very indulgent to get two days away as well!
What’s your favourite song to belt out in the shower?
I’m not really a shower singer – mainly because my entire family thinks when I’m in the shower is the best time to ask me questions such as, “Have you seen my wallet?” and “Can I have $5 for an excursion today?”
However I do love a good car sing along so I belt out classics like the Foo Fighters and I’ve recently fallen in love with the Arctic Monkeys (years after everyone else, I know), so they get a good work out too.
You have a night off from the kids and unlimited funds: what do you do?
I’d book flights to Melbourne and sweep Brook off to some uber-fabulous celebrity chef restaurant for dinner. He’s a chef and I am a bit of a closet foodie so we’d probably try to check out a few places before heading back to a swanky hotel for “hotel sex” which is always just that bit better than the normal sex you have at home.
What’s the secret to striking a balance among your life’s competing priorities?
Not beating yourself up when things don’t go right. You can choose to dwell on the things you wish you had done better OR you can just pick up your shit and have another go tomorrow, which is what I choose to do. You’re never going to be perfect–LIFE is never going to be prefect – but if you’re in there swinging and giving it a 100% then I reckon you are probably doing better than you think you are.
Do you have a favourite memory involving champagne?
Too many to mention. I try to make champagne part of all my favourite memories. 🙂
Rachel is thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with her husband, The Chef.