I am a huge fan of Leo and his blog Zen Habits.  So he did a post recently about just starting something.  I have been trying to find ways to write this blog and doing all sorts of things but the one thing that I have not been doing is writing on it.

So because Leo says I should write more –  i will just write stuff.   I don’t promise anything profound but I do promise to try and just write my observations of the world and my little corner of it.  I will try and do it more often.

This weekend has been one of the lovliest in Sydney ever – very hot but as it is still spring not really beach weather as the water is still freezing!!  Of course I did not get to enjoy this weekend because I am a mother and a daughter so I had to spend the weekend running around after my kids, my friends and my parents.  Today, being Monday I now have some time to myself but of course now the weather is not so nice for being outside.

But I have time to be quiet and sit and I can leave the housework till later and no-one will care.  So that is a good thing.

Be Happy………



Today my husband, whom I shall now refer to as the Skipper, and I went for a bike ride around pyrmont and glebe.  It is a great ride about 12 kms of easy flat riding with some great views including of course the harbour and lots of boats – which kept the skipper happy!!

If you are interested I mapped it on map my run here is the link :


Most of this would be a great ride with kids, although the bit riding through the carpark of the fish markets is a bit scary – may be better to take kids around the markets – would not make it too much longer but equally as flat and easy.

So what is this Global Financial Crisis – at first when I heard the GFC I thought it was the Global Fashion Crisis, then I realised that was just me and my fashion sense.
Maybe it is a Global Fitness Crisis, no what I really think is that it is a Global Focus Crisis.

Think about it – one minute the “whole” world is focussed on making more money, having the biggest, latest and best stuff, the next minute we are all focused on the doom and gloom.

Maybe if we focused on the good stuff in life – making it simple again – maybe less work means more time to live and focus (there’s that word again) on what is important.

I know that life is getting scary with job security not what it used to be but if you have managed to hang onto your job then maybe a downturn in “busyness” leaves us time to have a focus crisis instead of a financial crisis.

Focus on the important things in life – focus on your health, do what is good for you not what “they” tell you to do.  Do what makes your body feel good, long term not short term.  Focus on your relationships – maybe less time at work means that you can spend more time with loved ones, walk your kids to school, stay for reading groups.  Do free stuff with your friends,  meet in the park and kick a ball you don’t need to spend money in a fancy restaurant or $20 cocktails to spend time with friends.

Finally what this all means is that maybe now that we have stopped chasing the mighty dollar and the next greatest electronic toy we can take the time to focus on what is really important – you.

All the money in the world is useless unless you have your health and someone to share it with.

Why not join with me in rejecting the Global Financial Crisis and starting our own Global Focus Collective.

How do you write Blog posts – not how do you write the words that go on the screen but what method do you use?  I’ve taken to carrying around a notebook – maybe I should also be sitting in coffee shops wearing a beret and looking serious…   I seem to be getting inspired everywhere I go.

Obviously being only my third post this is largely a rhetorical question – but until I can be bothered carrying my laptop around all day every day I guess I will keep on carrying my notebook and taking notes at inappropriate moments.

I guess I should start by explaining why I chose the name Tomato Jelly. I shall say this only once….

I have three businesses in the real world T.J. Creations – makers of glam patient gowns for infirm people, T.J. Solutions – business and accounting solutions and TeeJay Bags retailer of reusable lunchbags for school canteens.
All three are named for my children T & J – which reminds me why I work.

One day my daughter J said i should just call it all Tomato Jelly and be done with it – and the name stuck.

Nothing more, nothing less – wisdom of an eight year old

Hello blog world, let’s see where this takes us………………………….