Tamara McWilliam Blog

on 09-Sep-2018

My writing has taken a seat on the back burner the last few weeks. I have snuck in a few hours here and there but nowhere near as much as I would have liked. I am sitting in bed writing this blog tonight and have already fallen asleep three times with the computer on my lap! (no stress though, I have finished my cup of tea, so there won't be any spilt tea all over me when I fall asleep the next time.) To say the last ten weeks have been busy would be an understatement. As you are most likely aware we have been re-modelling the shop we have owned for fifteen years and opened a Tapas Bar. 

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on 19-Aug-2018

 It is a sad day saying farewell to Aretha Franklin. The Queen of soul. Aretha was one of the most amazing female artists of all time, her music had a profound affect on me at a pivotal point in my life...Teenage years... I know many people my age would most likely know her name but not really know her music, she was more an artist of my parents era than mine. Aside from the fact I really think I was born a little late, as you may have noticed my taste in many things are a little off kilter for my age group... my parents didn't really listen to Aretha Franklin. How did I come across her you ask? Well... Let me tell you a little story. 

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on 08-Aug-2018

There are a thousand things I should be doing right now and writing a blog certainly isn't one of them. I am laying in bed at the moment, everyone is sound asleep and the distant sound of the traffic travelling along the highway is but a hum now the road has moved out of the main Street of Macksville. I can no longer see the flickering lights of the trucks that once crossed the bridge in quick succession one after the other until the wee hours of the morning. My head feels restless tonight. I am scanning through the million tasks left to do before we open the Tapas Bar and it feels a little crazy. I drove home after work this afternoon in a rush to get ready to go to a Chamber meeting and as I drove passed Wallace Lane, the bright mural by Joe Brown flickered in my peripheral vision.  

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on 04-Aug-2018

I have been struggling over the past few weeks to remain focused. Have you ever had a moment in your life where everything seems to happen all at once and everything  just whizzes by in a blur. I have experienced many of those moments lately. Elk on 38 is in mid setup. If you aren't already up to speed on the Elk on 38, my mother sister and I have decided to diversify (yet again) and open a Tapas Bar three nights a week. In doing this we have opened a can of worms. What can of worms you ask? Let me fill you in... After doing extensive market research and a business plan we budgeted out the entire process. There have been a few minor (ok... so maybe major...) setbacks. Owning the building has many advantages but in this case it has been that horrid can of worms I was talking about. A new roof was needed. A new bathroom was needed, the floor needed work, as well as the hot water system, the grease trap, some electrical issues and of course some unexpected plumbing.  

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on 29-Jul-2018

It is an overcast and chilly Sunday morning. I have just noticed it is strangely quiet in my household... My hubby bounded out of bed this morning before I was barley conscious to take the old roof from the shop to the tip and then back for a quick cooked breakfast and on to the shop to oil the floor boards my brother-in-law sanded yesterday. Our lives have been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks. The shop is looking amazing and 'Elk on 38' is transforming before our eyes. It is exciting yet exhausting giving our business of fifteen years a much needed facelift and diversification turn.  

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on 19-Jul-2018

My teenagers have been perfect these past two weeks!! I know I know... I have probably jinxed myself, and all hell will break loose any moment!! But in all seriousness, it has been a hectic couple of weeks and they have been fantastic through it. There have been so many changes occurring within our business meaning we have hardly stopped long enough to draw breath. I am feeling a little run down and exhausted. The down side to that is I have had a bad dose of the flu making me even more run down and exhausted!  You would think being a Naturopath I would be all over it... but unfortunately, I am also human and at times forget to realise my burning out level.  

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on 05-Jul-2018

It is Thursday night and it is the first time this week I am settled into bed before midnight. It has been one of those weeks where you feel like the energiser bunny...You just keep going and going... There has been some pretty awesome things happening this week and at times I have needed to take a step back and take a quick breath before jumping feet first back into the chaos. First things first...  

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on 27-Jun-2018

As you are most likely aware I am a writer by night and work in my family business by day. Tonight for my blog I am going to take you for a little look into the other side of my world. My day world.  

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on 18-Jun-2018

For five days, I rode the Peace train. No, I haven't lost it... (not yet anyway!) It has been a difficult few weeks, months...years actually. As a young teenager (I am reflecting to teenage years as I have two very teenage, teenagers in my house at the moment  and everyday is a teenager day. Any parent that has been in this position is currently rolling their eyes letting out a deep groan just before they smack their heads against the closest brick wall...) As I was saying, as a young teenager my parents would often say (amongst other things...) 'Life is like a rollercoaster, most of the time it scares the shit out of you, then you have moments when it goes slow along the straight before you plummet back down a steep hill.' You know what... they were soooooo right. For five days and five nights... I rode the Peace Train... not the head spinning messed up rollercoaster.  

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on 08-Jun-2018

It is Friday. It's funny, I seem to write most of my blogs late at night. Perhaps it is because it is a quiet time for me. I have all of my 'home jobs' done and the kids are in bed. Right at this moment, the house is quiet, I have poured myself a steaming hot cup of peppermint tea, jumped into bed with my laptop on my lap and for the first time all week I can feel my bones and muscles relax throughout my entire body. What a week it has been.  

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