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El que quiera pescado que se moje el culo.

(He who wants fish should get his arse wet.)

Meaning: If you want something, get it yourself.


Remember the Australian film, Strictly Ballroom, starring Paul Mecurio? It came out in 1992 and became one of my childhood favourites. (Yes, I don’t mind Baz Luhrmann-style productions.)

Around the same time, one of my Australian uncles moved to Spain and made it his permanent home. The idea of being an Australian and living in a foreign country seemed way-out-crazy to my single-digit-brain. The extraordinary idea drew me in like a fishpond draws in a cat.

The result of me detecting all this foreign country space ‘junk’ orbiting my brain was the birth of my curiosity in the world. An intense interest in foreign nations and peoples grew within me, especially for Spain and the Spanish. I became as alert as a meerkat every time something Spanish blipped on my radar.

I’ve claimed for far too long that one day I’ll visit my uncle in Spain and experience Spanish culture. I’d really prefer to live in Spain (for at least a few months) with my husband and son.

Living such a lofty dream feels unachievable for someone like me, but I hold onto the hope that one day I’ll get to Spain. And I’ll work hard to make my dream come true.

So I’ve decided this year to take the first steps towards making this dream come true. I’m going to do a free online course with some buddies to learn the basics of the Spanish language. I cannot tell you how excited I am!

Afterall, Más vale tarde que nunca. (Better late than never.)


(If you’re interested in joining my online Spanish language group – let me know.)


3 thoughts on “Española”

  1. What a wonderful dream! As I know no Spanish what so ever instead I’ll leave with “Chookas” which is an Aussie term to say good luck to someone in theatre. Chookas my dear chookas!

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Hi and welcome to my blog!

I’m new to this whole blogging thing so I hope you’ll bear with me as I learn the ropes…

The name, ‘Motion and Musings’, originally started as my email signature but it has become my blog’s name.

I originally came up with ‘Motion and Musings’ after seeing a friend’s email signature. His was, ‘Sent using imagination and fingers’. It was kind of like a trademark and I thought it was clever. Plus, I’ve always liked the use of idiosyncratic phrases because they contribute a uniqueness, they set us apart from the crowd. So I thought up ‘Motion and Musings’.

I’m one of those people always trying to get a lot done (I have a never-ending amount of lists). This is where the ‘motion’ notion came from. I feel like I’m always moving, never stopping!

The ‘musings’ part was inspired by my inclination to think about life, deeply. Many have labelled me as a deep thinker, and deep feeler, so I’ve come to identify myself as such.

I often don’t have much time to just sit and think. Or perhaps, it’s that I don’t allow myself much time to be doing ‘nothing’. I never just twiddle my thumbs (I don’t think many parents have that much time!) So my musings often occur when I’m in motion. And that’s how the name ‘Motion and Musings’ was born.

I hope you enjoy my thoughts about life, relationships, wellbeing and writing.

Have you ever coined a unique name, email signature or trademark? I’d love to hear about it!


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  1. Well done on launching the blog Jodes!! It has an atmospheric design that will be a great foundation for posting your musings and so much more as time progresses!

  2. Love it Jodie, and yes, it is so fitting for you my friend, you amaze me with everything you seem to fit in. And I am grateful for the musing side of your personality, and the interesting conversations it gives rise to. 🙂 Can’t wait to get more of a look at these thoughts through the blog in the near future xx

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