Tamara McWilliam Blog

on 03-Mar-2019

Today I feel like I am walking a thin tightrope. I am usually a very busy person and to juggle a few things at once is not surprising for me. My mind is always busy, I am always thinking of a million things at once but have always maintained a reasonable level of work life balance... (Prior to The Elk anyways) At the moment this picture couldn't be more accurate... 

Read More
on 28-Jan-2019

It is now the end of January. I really do think time goes faster as an adult than it did as a kid. I remember  making calendars in high school with my girlfriend and marking off the days busting to get to the end of the term... Now, I am looking for just a few more hours in the day, hence the blog writing at eleven o'clock at night! It has been a bloody awesome couple of weeks.  

Read More
on 17-Jan-2019

We have done our photoshoot!! What an amazing weekend! It was a hot balmy Saturday afternoon in the great burning Aussie sun... We travelled to Way way rainforest and you could feel the temperature drop a little under the protection of the foliage above us. The creeks were a little dry but the lush green rainforest shone mother natures brilliance. A massive shout out to Bettina, our photographer. It was a snakey afternoon for Betty, and not just in the sweets kind of way!  

Read More
on 07-Jan-2019

Feeling pretty pumped today! I have accomplished all of my jobs around the house that have been like a ball and chain around my ankle. Every time I walk passed these things to be done I would roll my eyes and think I really should be doing that! Well...I have finally finished them all. That is right, I am completely up to date and boy it feels great!! (Only took six month to get my shit back together due to the creation of the Elk) I have some pretty exciting things coming up... 

Read More
on 01-Jan-2019

I am so glad it is 2019. Not because last year was terrible... not at all. It would have to have been the fastest year to flash by my eyes since as far back as I can remember. It was filled with chaos, adventure and massive risk taking all whilst trying to balance a family and keep my sanity through out the madness. I had a couple of days off over the Christmas break, admittedly I usually take two weeks off around this time of year but due the change in our business a few days was all we could afford to take off before gearing back up and heading back in there... It is the first time in over six months I feel I have completely relaxed and found my compass in life. I have a little tweaking to do to get back on track completely but today I feel calm. Today I feel a little like my old self.  

Read More
on 30-Nov-2018

I am sitting at my desk taking a moment to breathe. I had the first of many scares with my teenage children and we have all lived through and came out the other side... THANK GOODNESS!! I am sitting here thinking what to write about this week,  I really didn't want to re-live the scare I had, so I decided to skip past that and began scrolling through facebook (insert head slapping emoji!) However I am glad I did. It is amazing how one thing can lead to another and somehow I ended up watching Queen do a live concert at the LIVE AID 1985. Has anyone taken the time to watch Freddie Mercury sing at that concert? I watched 'We are the champions' and the way that man sang that was mind blowing!! His expression showed pure courage, defiance, bravery and sheer determination. He gave it everything he had, it was raw and absolutely spectacular.  

Read More
on 20-Nov-2018

On Sunday the 18th of November I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Bowra Regional Writers Expo. What a fantastic event for our local community! It was an awesome day filled with authors and musicians. There were poetry readings, musical events, writing seminars and panels held over the period of the day. It is amazing the local support and the local talent we have in our valley. A massive thank you to Maz (Marion Syratt) who spent countless hours of her own time organising this event. I would also like to thank the kind ladies that volunteered as a part of the Pioneer cottage in Bowraville and served tea, coffee and delicious treats. There was something for everyone.  

Read More
on 15-Nov-2018

I have quickly raced home today for a couple of hours before going back to work at the Elk for the dinner run. Usually on a Thursday and Friday, Bree and I pull a 14-15 hour shift each day... today we have a couple of hours break before heading back in. So.. it is blog time. I am sitting at my computer and seriously feel like my head is going in a million different directions! Have I ordered the herbs? Have I written that reservation up? Oh crap! Did I get that out ready for tonight? What am I going to prep the family for dinner tonight? Shit! Where are the kids!! Where is my uniform, did I do the washing yesterday? Knickers, where are my God damn knickers! Yep that is about my life at the moment. A massive bundle of chaos.  

Read More
on 28-Oct-2018

Have you ever been to Magnetic Island? I haven't been any further than Fraser Island before and I found that to be an absolute dream, but boy... Magnetic Island was something else!  

Read More
on 26-Oct-2018

Well... it happened. I have turned 40.  It didn't hurt as much as I thought it was going to, if I am being truly honest. The lead up to turning 40 was a little odd. We have been so busy getting this Tapas Bar up and running, turning 40 went to the back burner. I was kind of hoping it would slide under the radar a little. A few days prior to my birthday,  I asked a couple of close girlfriends to join me and my immediate family (aka, children, husband, parents, sister) at the Tapas Bar for dinner. And they did. According to me... the job was done. I enjoyed my meal and loved the chance to be on the other side of the counter. I went to bed that night and felt accomplished. I was forty now, I felt like I had leapt to another dimension of my life and it actually felt like a positive change. I woke the next morning (being Saturday) and starting prepping for work. We had an anniversary party booked in for the night. Full house. Closed event. Mmmmm not quite the night I was planning on... 

Read More