Easter is one of my favorite holidays, not just because I love chocolate, but because the eggs, chicks and bunnies are all symbols of spring, renewal and regrowth.

But as Australia slides into autumn chances are you’re embracing spring. It’s a time of year when living Down Under makes me feel upside down and quite envious of all my dear readers who are looking forward to spring and summer ahead of you.

So even though the summer is coming to an end here I’m with you in spirit, enjoying the spring blossom, frolicking lambs and signs of nature slowly waking up.

Still March, April and May are a beautiful time of year here in Noosa too with the ocean still warm enough for swimming and the water as clear as I’ve ever seen it. The Candy kids have just finished a two week school holiday which was mainly spent at home with lots of beach trips, long walks and endless reading.

We celebrated Rich’s birthday in the middle of all that with chocolate fudge cake and a meal in an Indian restaurant. We treated the kids to endless frozen slushies as a reward for the long walks in Noosa National Park (pictured above) and marveled at how busy the beaches were.

It was all about doing less and being happy with what we’ve got. About accepting that no matter how good we have it I’m the type of person that still wants more. And about doing nothing about that at all.

I didn’t work (unless it was essential), I didn’t write and I didn’t even exercise. Instead I dedicated the time to chillaxing and thoroughly enjoyed that.

It’s easy to laugh off new words like chillax but a cross between chilling out and relaxing was just what I needed. I feel renewed, refreshed and ready to roll again.

Not too quickly though. Easy does it. Once you’ve got that chillax vibe going you want to hang onto it as long as you can.

How do you chillax? Are you going easy on yourself right now?

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  1. Seana Smith April 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    We’ve had a couple of quiet weeks of school hols too, kids go back on Tuesday. It’s beent he best school holidays so far, have really enjoyed it… until yesterday… when we had a pear-shaped day, caused by a disrupted night camping int he back garden!! I do enjoy relaxing and feeling my over-busy head slow down… and no timetables, above all no timetables.

    • Annabel Candy April 28, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Hi Seana,

      It’s so good to have nothing to do – glad you enjoyed it (mostly :)

  2. Laurel March 9, 2016 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Hi Annabel! I torally forgot how I started following you, but I truly enjoy your writing! I’m over in Fort Myers Beach, FL. I used to live north in Ohio where we had a lovely “change” of seasons. In Florida, it is barely noticeable because it is so hot all tear round. Oz sounds lovely. Wish I could visit someday. I’ll look you up! Enjoy your Easter ????

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