Hi. I’m Miss Pip.
When I started this blog I lived in Vientiane, Laos in a big wooden house with my partner of 15 years, our 3 beautiful daughters and our two well travelled cats.
I had been what is known in the expat world as ‘the trailing spouse’ for many years and have been lucky enough to have lived, for extended periods, in both Thailand and Laos. All my daughters were born in Bangkok and would prefer sticky rice and fried chicken to pasta and cheese. I love South East Asia but I yearn for the comforts of home – sealed roads, clothes in my size and vegemite!
In 2012 I turned 40. Turning forty sucked.
For starters I was FORTY… and any woman who tells you she has joyfully embraced that milestone is fibbing a little bit!
I had a six-month-old baby, two toddlers, 15 unwanted kilos and bad hair. I was unemployed and unfulfilled. I had been dragged half way around the world (again) in pursuit of my partner’s brilliant career to a place that had yet to impress me at all. I was lonely. I was exhausted. I was forty years old and I had no idea who I was or what made me happy. I was ashamed of who I had become. I had thought I would be something more, something better, something… fabulous!
So I decided to change. I decided to let go of the past, accept my present and embrace a future where I AM the most fabulous version of me that I can be.
So the countdown has started. On 1 August 2016 I will be 44 years and 91 days old and I will be FABULOUS!
In the last 18 months much has changed and much hasn’t. The baby is now a toddler and the toddlers are now at school. There are now only 5 unwanted kilos but I still can’t do a thing with my hair. The big wooden house in Laos has been replaced by a small weatherboard cottage in Australia. The cats have been adopted and are living their twilight years on Vientiane. They are missed. I drive on sealed roads, buy vegemite at will and yearn for a roadside noodle stand or a spicy papaya salad and sticky rice.
I am still on the ‘other’ side of forty and still searching for fabulous, thought I fear I may not make the deadline!
When I can, it brings me joy to record the journey in all it’s messy, funny, crazy, hopeful, fabulousness.
I would love it if you decide to join me . You might discover your own fabulous along the way.
27 thoughts on “About me and my fabulous…”
You’ll be fabulous because the girls will all be able to feed and clothe themselves…and will all be at school. You’ll have 6 fabulous hours to yourself, every day.
That does sound pretty fabulous Martin. What to do with all that time?
Miss Pip you have always been one of the most fabulous people I know! I’m looking forward to reading about you being fabulous on this blog. Love you xxx
Aawh! Thank so much. Right back at you.
I made it! It’s the beginning of a magnificent™ long friendship.
An honour! Yes, the beginning of a FABULOUS friendship.
I’ve landed on your site through the Mason Bentley blog party! Looking forward to reading your blog. Somehow I don’t think it will take you as long to find your fabulous as it did me.:)
Thanks Margaret. Welcome to the party!
I would say you sound just fab: 3 kids, handsome partner, beautiful house, and South East Asia! I love it all.
Aaawh shucks… I am very lucky I guess. I don’t live in NY though!
But you DO live in my favorite vacation spot!
Hello Miss Pip, I’m visiting straight from the MasonBentley online party – off for a wander around your lovely blog 🙂
I hope you enjoyed your visit
Hi again Miss Pip! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, congratulations! The rules for the award are at this link: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/08/15/a-flurry-of-awards-and-the-the-versatile-blogger-award-goes-to/
Have a great day, where ever you are 🙂
So happy you could join us for the blog Party! Enjoying your blog, I think i’ll hang around for a while!
i can relate! I turned 40 last year and that sucked! I went awol for a year but now I’m back. We are fabulous at 40!
Yup… 40 required some serious sole searching… I need to update this page cos I am now 41 and THAT is not something I have dealt with yet!!!
Hahah we are the same age then! It makes me feel better I’m not alone ;p
All the most fabulous people are 41 these days!
yes absolutely!!! x
Yes, they are totally fibbing. However, you’re well on your way to fabulous, from what I can see. I’m running the NYC marathon next Sunday–that’s what turning 40 did to me…Addled me brain!! You’re coping much better. Here, have some champers (sorry, I’ve been knocking them back at Maison Bentley bash and don’t want the party to stop!) To––hic!–40!
Jackie – sipping champagne and celebrate the biggest social event of the season with my own private after party! Good luck with the marathon. Fabulous effort. Some friends and I are aiming for the Siem Reap, Cambodia marathon this time next year but I will be the only one with a 4 in the age category.
Well, you seem pretty fabulous already, but here’s to being fabulousER!
Thanks… working on it but need to find my flow. It’s out there somewhere.
Hi there, great story and great idea for a blog! All the best with your move back to Brisbane.
Thanks… Big changes ahead
here’s to being fabulous!