Welcome to our first edition of haven magazine for 2019! I don’t know about you but the summer vacay already seems a fading memory as I type this letter poolside at swimming lessons (in my work clothes, sadly – not bathers). Yes, people, we’re back to school and back to routine, which I’m loving, but I must admit I’m fumbling through the week and not as organised as I’d like to be.

February is realistically my ‘New Year’. I am trying to remember this as my to-do list hits a new page record and I get the guilts flicking through so many empty pages in my brand spanking new 2019 diary. It’s time to shift focus from the centre of my universe – yes, the kids – and get back a little ‘me’ time. Are you feeling the same way?

Let us inspire you as we all start kicking our New Year goals with full force. Whether they’re fitness, financial or organisational improvements, we break it down in this edition’s feature. We’ve also got ideas on educational apps, tips on family health, local events and day trips you can look forward to on the weekend, healthy eating tips, plus some tips for the mums on rocking that back-to-school fashion look!

As for me and my New Year’s resolutions, well, I’ve got a goal to run 5km without stopping, make my wellbeing time non-negotiable and cultivate more patience (darn, I’m not off to a good start!). I’ve resolved to take more vacations this year but mainly try to find the vacay vibe in each and every day.

Let’s make this an awesome year!

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haven is all about family, life and style in Brisbane's inner city suburbs, the Gold Coast, south to Byron Bay. We have been keeping parents in the know for over eight years, with fun, fresh and helpful stories that they can take tips from or treasure in their own library.