The sea, packages arriving, kissing Nola's paws, twinkly lights, Family dinner at Mum + Dads, recipes, (ones I've been using so long, the pages are stained and ripped) roadtrips, crafts, the snow, passport stamps, a clean kitchen, sunrise dips in the ocean, movies in bed, coffee, the smell of my husbands cheek, rainy days at home baking goodies, cabins in the woods, Hubby winning me stuffed animals at the fair, room service in fancy hotels, crochet everything, sitting by the fire, op shop scores, picnics, cancelled plans, booking flights, Christmas time, fresh clean sheets, anything gold, kimonos, my favourite caramel candle, laughing with friends, sleeping under the stars, sandwiches on fresh bread, our home, the sound of my family when we're all together.
Things I love...
Hi there, thank you so much for stopping by!
Let me introduce myself, my name is Sian... Now let's talk about the pronunciation which I often get asked about! Think of the word 'barn'. Drop the B and put a SH in front of it. (That's for us Aussies!). If you're American, it's more like this - shaan. It can get pretty tricky trying to explain it sometimes!
Anyway, now that we've got that out of the way, I'll tell you a little bit about myself.
I live in Northern NSW, just south of the Gold Coast (this is one of the main questions I get asked, so I'll tick that off the list). We're in the mountains, but still only 7 minutes from the beach, much to the delight of my surf obsessed husband. Our property has fruit trees galore, and the most beautiful view. There's so much space for activities! We spend lots of time in the pool in Summer, and in Winter we love to have a little fire in the yard. We have a one year old German Sheperd pup named Nola, who we named after one of our favourite places we visited on our honeymoon. (New Orleans). We had such an amazing time there, we drank hand grenades, we danced in the street, I was covered in big colourful beads, I took hubby to a strip club! (he didn't have a bucks party so I thought it'd be funny and would make me wife of the year. It was actually lots of fun). I'm getting off track. Ok back to it.
We have a very hyperactive, affectionate pup who we spoil rotten. We live about 4 minutes from parents, which is convenient because we're there a lot! I have a younger brother close by also, John (he's a fireman - so is my Dad), John married a lovely lady named Carly, and they made my beautiful little nephew, Sonny, who we all worship. He's the light of our lives. The 6 of us (Mum, Dad, John, Carly, Brendan and I) have a 6 way group text going all day every day. Pictures of Sonny and Nola get sent back and forth, we check in on what everyone else is doing for dinner when we can't be bothered to make any, we send links, you get the idea.
I'm self employed (I have been for 10 years now and I could never go back). I have a business called Passian Dance Fitness, and I've been running classes on the Gold Coast for 7 years now! We're the biggest dance fitness group in Australia, and we have a very big, loyal following. Dancing and choreographing is my absolute passion, so it has been a dream come true to be able to do this for so long.
I also style photoshoots and events, and for the past few months I've been selling my handmade crafts online. Basically if I'm doing something creative, I'm happy. Prior to all of this, I was actually a mortgage broker! And before that, I was a preschool group leader. Before all this, a couple of years out of high school, I found myself about to drop out of uni for the second time. I was doing a double degree in Science and education, and I HATED it. I was always wagging classes to go to the beach with my friends, or basically do anything that didn't involve uni. I was so lost and frustrated. I sat down with my parents to have a big talk about it, I cried (I never cry). At the end of the longggg discussion Dad said to me, ok if you could do anything in the world, what would it be? And without hesitation I replied - dance. I just want to dance. It wouldn't be until 8 years later, at 26 years old, that I'd actually realise my dream of earning a living from dancing. And to be honest I never gave it another thought, it was just a teenage day dream that I never thought would come true. I just think we're destined for some things, and maybe our hearts know it before our head does.
As many of you have noticed, I do lead a very lovely life. Many days are spent at the beach, visiting farm stalls, hanging at home, picking fruit etc. I'm so very lucky to have this lifestyle, and let me tell you, it does not get taken for granted even for one second. I will say though, it did take A LOT of hard work in the earlier days, I'm talking 7 days a week, long hours, living and breathing it. And as much as I do get free time, I also do 'work' behind the scenes. Majority of my work happens to be watching music videos for inspiration and choreographing dance routines! Which, before I started my own classes, I used to do anyway, for fun! You know what they say, do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life... It's so true. And styling is such a wonderful creative outlet for me... I absolutely love it. But rest assured, that is hard, back breaking work. And definitely not as glamorous as everyone thinks!
We're currently renovating our house, which is so rewarding but SUPER hard. We bought a real fixer-upper! lol. A tragic 90's house that needed a desperate revamp. We're so lucky to have my Dad, he's done so much to improve this home of ours. He can do pretty much anything we ask of him, from electrical work, to painting, to building a huge fence around our perimeter. I could go on and on. I'll be sharing some before and after pictures in another tab on here (called - 'our casa') which is still being finalised.
A bit about hubby, or B as I often refer to him on here. I never actually call him that, always Brendan. Brendan often gets stopped in public, 'you're Sigh-anne's husband, I've seen you on instagram!). Lol (nobody knows how to say my name!). Brendan is a very laid back, easy going guy. He'd give a stranger the shirt off his back, he's one of the most generous people I've ever known and he never EVER has a bad word to say about anyone. EVER. To give you an idea about him, we went to Woolies one day and there was a homeless man just outside. I was going to give him some money on my way out and be on with my day. (Which honestly I thought was the right thing to do?). I'm doing the shopping and brendan says he's going to grab a pie and coffee. I took about 20 minutes to do the shopping and I find Brendan outside sitting next to this homeless man, they're both sitting on the ground, on this man's ragged old blanket, eating a pie and having a coffee together. When we were driving home, I said to B, how come you didn't just give him some money? And what if he didn't even like pies and coffee? Lol... And his reply was this - Nobody gives him the time of day, they want to give him some money and dismiss him like he's not even there. I wanted to give him something more valuable, my time. He probably doesn't have many people to talk to.
B is always opening my eyes to things like that. He teaches me things everyday. He's the most patient person I've ever met and does everything at a calm pace (complete opposite to me!). He's the guy picking up rubbish at the beach. He's the guy opening the door for me, and pulling out my chair. He's the guy watching youtube videos for 3 hours straight! Ok, that's not a compliment but I had to give you a balanced picture of who he is ;)
He's also a champion kick boxer, who would never hurt a fly. He eats 38 meals a day, leaves his banana skins on the counter and makes a hell of a noise first thing in the morning. But he's a great human, and anyone who meets him says exactly the same thing. We disagree more than we agree, we're complete opposites, but somehow we were just meant to be together!
And I think that's a good little glimpse into my life! I'm just a gal, that's still 17 on the inside, who loves life (clichè, but I do) and is trying to make it as beautiful as possible for everyone around me.