The Free Woman Has Launched


Yep – The Free Woman officially launched last Monday, and I am completely blown away by the response. Countless people have shared it on their social media platforms, subscribers are coming in, the hits are in the thousands, it’s already being advertising on other websites, and the contributors team is growing. Speechless. And to think that this is only the beginning! Crazy, crazy stuff I tell ya.

To check it all out, see and follow along on social media – Instagram @thefreewmn, Twitter @thefreewmn and Hope you’ll join!

Also, I have the best friends. They sent lovely messages, gifts, and more. I am beyond blessed and incredibly thankful.


Have a wonderful Monday!! Will begin posting regularly here again soon. Much love, x

Update: Taking A Week’s Break


[via Pinterest]

Hi lovely people,

Hope you’ve been well!

Sending through a little update to let you all know I won’t be posting anything this week. You probably noticed last week too that I didn’t post as much as usual. And that’s because, well, I had food poisoning last Wednesday, was in bed for a few days, + had a massive weekend with a conference (when I probably should have rested some more). Simply put, I’m exhausted. Added to that, I’m now days behind in work + start back at study today.

So, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging this week to put my life back in order + fully recover.

In the meantime, catch up on posts you may have missed + I’ll still be posting adorable, hilarious, + inspiring things on my Facebook Page – would love to connect with you on it if we haven’t already –

Have a brilliant week + will write to you next week!

Much love,

Bethany x

‘Tis The Season


’tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la….’

[My family celebrated Christmas last week because they've gone to Sydney to be with extended family this year. So, tomorrow it's simply one of my brother's + I. I'm so excited to have a quiet one in, celebrate at church in the morning, read the day away, + watch Christmas movies!]

May your Christmas be filled with abundant food, friends + family, delightful conversations, presents + presence that warm your heart, + an altogether beautiful atmosphere of gratitude + thankfulness. 

bethany, x

[snaps via personal Instagram account]

// ‘Christmas, my child, is love in action.’ – Dale Evans

22 Lessons Learnt

– being on this earth for 22 years now (I heart birthday’s!), I decided that it would be good to write down 22 lessons I’ve learnt. But then I thought… “just blog it, Bethany!”. so, here are my 22 lessons, x –

twinkle:: 22 Lessons Learnt :: 

1. There is a reason for every single season in life.

2. Hope, Love, + Vision are the power behind what will propel you into your best future.

3. fear, hate, + procrastination are powerful. If you give them time they will rob you of all your potential, dreams + life.

4. Always trust your “hunch”.

5. Your talent/calling/purpose in life will always follow you. Embrace it.

6. Look after yourself :: gym shmym, go for a walk/jog/run outside; make friends with salad, beef, + sugary cupcakes; get a haircut; smile lot’s; dress to impress, yourself… we were given this body for a purpose, treat + present it well.

7. Consistency is key to — character, integrity, friendships, leadership, + work.

8. Respect your leaders, supervisors, pastor’s, parents, elders, employers, + everyone who’s above you. They’re wiser, brighter, + have a wealth more knowledge. You may not understand what they’re doing or saying at the time, but you’ll look back + be thankful.

9. Don’t become so focussed on helping others that you forget to do something for yourself. Treat yourself to something special weekly – it makes you feel brilliant. Example: coffee date by yourself, favourite treat (hello vanilla slice!), visit your favourite location, watch a movie, see a band, etc etc.

10. A person’s word is credible, but a person’s action reveals + holds much more weight.

11. Joy is worth more than gold.

12. Travel :: the world is glorious + ruined + unique in every square inch.

lifounyc  [all snaps taken by me -- island of lifou & new york city]

13. Listen more – people live amazing stories. Give them the chance to tell it.

14. Value + use your voice – you were given it for a reason.

15. Time :: is fleeting. Plan for the future. Live for the present. And smile at the past because that’s where it got you today.

16. Social Media :: it’s brilliant, intriguing, makes communicating easy, but it can seriously suck the life out of you. No-one is going to be at the end of their days wishing they spent more time on Facebook.

17. Community :: being part of a ‘community’ + something greater than ourself is marvellous + what we were created for. Cherish it.

18. You can’t do life on your own. Ask people to + for help, + include the lovely souls. Your life will be brighter + better because of it.

19. Be nice to everyone + show respect, always. Not because of how it will reflect onto you, but simply because everyone deserves to be treated nicely + respected.

20. Be wise with who you allow into your inner world. Friendships are in layers… like an onion.

21. Love your quirks :: it’s what sets you a part + stamps your you-ness on you.

22. and last, but definitely not least, Timothy Keller sums up my last thought perfectly: “we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time.”

:: time to share – what lessons have you learnt in your life thus far? ::

Family Find: Charles H. Spurgeon

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” [Charles H. Spurgeon]

Over the weekend my dad flew up to Sydney to visit his family for a couple of days. While there he discovered some very interesting information about our family…

Charles H. Spurgeon.

He is one of the most prolific preachers in Christian history. He was incredibly influential, preached to an estimated 10,000,000 people, + up to ten times a week at various locations in the 1800s. And at some point in your life, you will have read quotes by him. He’s phenomenal.

In 1865, my great great great (maybe another great?) grandparents were married by the legendary Charles H. Spurgeon. But more than that, they were the first couple Spurgeon married in the Metropolitan Tabernacle + had 4,000 people in attendance at the wedding ceremony.

:: Metropolitan Tabernacle interior ::

 Their Marriage Certificate:

Isn’t it funny the things you find out about your family line? (Haha).

Care to share one of your stories?