Nice Life Reminders Pip-Life When Life Is Not Peachy

Here comes the beginning of Plan B

March 25, 2020

Guess what? I lost my job of 3.5 years yesterday. Pretty crap. I loved my job and I love my ex-co-workers. I worked so so so hard, so I am pretty sad about this turn of events.

Times like this really highlight how being partnered may provide a safety net in the form of a teammate to go through this with, and being unpartnered may not.

All that said, I need a bit of a plan. No time to dilly-dally.

So while I am working myself out this FOURTEEN YEAR OLD blog is going to be my job. I am going to share ideas about how to stay chipper when things are not chipper. That means things to do, positive stories, stay ok mental health tips, music, kindnesses, snacks and more.

Just things that might make you feel a tiny bit better during these non-peachy times. But not twee things. No. More clever, cute, interesting, thoughtful or innovative things. Yes.

I will be back later today with today’s story, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

If you have not lost your job, maybe you can help me a tiny bit while I sort myself out?

I need to pay for my blog hosting ($100) each month to keep this site up. And I also need to pay for my internet ($80). Perhaps you could swing me a contribution towards that? But only if you re in a position to do so. If not that is okay! You can help by reading and sharing my posts. 🙂

My PayPal email address is if you are in a position to help me keep the blog up.

Account Details
Ms P J Lincolne
BSB : 083347
Account Number : 648071493

(Clearly I have other things to sort out too, but I just wanted to talk about this blog with the people who have been reading it over the years. I’ll work the other things out somehow, I reckon.)

And you could buy my book, if that sounds like your kind of thing. It’s called When Life Is Not Peachy. You can buy it or order it from anywhere that sells books – Readings, Booktopia, Kmart, Target, BigW, Amazon and more – and I will be paid a royalty (a percentage of the price you paid) in October 2020 or April 2021.

I am hoping to continue with working from home in the future as I have chronic asthma and compromised lungs due to multiple bouts of pneumonia and pleurisy. Don’t want to expose myself to the dastardly bug etc etc. Not being a slack cow, I promise.

x pip

PS – My insomnia tapped me on the shoulder again last night after months apart. Darn. If you are dealing with this too, know that you have a late night buddy in me!

PPS – So many people are in the same boat as me. I am so sorry if that is you or someone you know. Please stay in touch with me through these hard days. We can paddle towards the ‘better days’ finish line together and support one another.


  • Reply Ava April 27, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    Hi Pip, Seeing these comments about others who have been your readers for 14 years makes my support for less than a week seem inadequate. I stumbled across this blog and since have spent days finding time to read all of your amazing posts. Wishing you the best with health finance and your blog and hope your blog graces me with its presence for many years to come.

  • Reply Gina April 22, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Hi Pip, I’ve enjoyed your books and blog/email content for years and think your latest book has been published at the perfect time. So I’ve ordered several copies to send to friends who I know need some of your kind words to help them get through. Hopefully this helps.

    Take care xx

  • Reply Tiwana April 10, 2020 at 5:04 AM

    Dear Pip, I have been receiving your blog for many years and really enjoy reading it, after being referred by a friend back in 2008ish…. I have recently signed up for your blog course (which I’ve yet to really sink my teeth into) and would love to purchase your book for a friend. I hope these efforts will be of some support to you. As you can read, you have a great fan base of supportive followers cheering you on. Be well! xxx

  • Reply Jo March 30, 2020 at 7:39 PM

    Dear Pip,
    Your book recommendations, reliable recipes, and crafting how-tos are worth the money I have sent. They are probably worth more than that. I hope you can keep your chin up.
    Sending you love.

  • Reply Nicole Lutze March 29, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    Hi Pip, I’ve been reading your blog for years and love it. I don’t earn much and have temporarily lost three clients, however, I’d be happy to send a small donation your way. I only wish I could afford to give more. Take care during this shitty time. Nicole x

  • Reply Isabel March 29, 2020 at 1:06 PM

    Hey Pip! I’ve been reading your blog for around 8 years I reckon, ever since I bought your Make Hey While the Sun Shines at a bookshop in Leichhardt, Sydney. So much has changed in my life since then, but my admiration of you, your writing and your creativity has not.

    And did you know this – I met my now dear friend Carolyn, who also cares for my 1.5 year old, through your blogging course back in 2015. We met up in person in Melbourne after following each other’s blogs and are now good friends IRL. So I have much to thank you for.

    It’s financially hard to live a creative life. I have relatively recently turned my back on the salaried world of reliable pay coming in fortnightly for something more creative and uncertain, but at times like this, the financial side of that decision is scary. People think being an artist and a writer is so romantic, but our society doesn’t place much financial value on it, or as much as it might/should/could. Blogs and photography and writing and internet connections and books need to be paid for!

    Have sent what I can afford to your account, and hope you can persist through this difficult patch. You’re definitely not alone x love to you and thank you for this wonderful blog

  • Reply Nikki March 28, 2020 at 8:38 PM

    One of the first things I thought of for down time – finally time to learn to crochet. I love your blog and think you’re ace and I’m still working so it’s a no brainer to contribute $$. All
    The best

  • Reply Yasmin March 28, 2020 at 6:07 PM

    Hi Pip, really sorry to hear this. I’m not in Australia so can’t transfer via bank account, but you’ve given me the push I needed to order your book! Take care of yourself & keep healthy. xx

  • Reply Karen March 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Hi Pip, thanks so much for your amazing blog that I’ve been reading for years. You uplift and inspire so many people. Keep doing what you do so brilliantly. Sending you something to keep the sunshine going. Keep calm and carry on.

  • Reply Natalie March 26, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    A little bit of help was just deposited. Your blog has bought me much joy. Sending love and support your way. Xxxx

  • Reply Jojo March 26, 2020 at 8:52 AM

    Hi Pip, so sorry to hear about your job. I found your blog when I started learning to crochet and I love your blanket designs. I really enjoy reading your posts and am grateful to be in a position to support what you do. Take care.

  • Reply Nancy March 25, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    So sorry this has happened to you! Sent a little something your way in appreciation for the time and effort you put into your crochet posts which I have used extensively x

  • Reply Kay March 25, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    This is rubbish, I can’t believe that companies are doing this in these difficult times. Amazingly in England the government has put out grants to cover everyone’s wages up to 80% if they cannot work, and also a three month freeze on mortgages. Your company probably didn’t want to let you go. I am at home on a 12 week self isolation due to a health condition (as determined by the government) so will really be looking forward to reading blogs every day just to keep me going. . Hugs. x

  • Reply Carolyn March 25, 2020 at 4:25 PM

    Pip! I am so sad about this. I think you have had enough non-peachy times recently. Don’t need any more xx

  • Reply Betty March 25, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Hey – why not join patreon ?

    • Reply Suzie March 25, 2020 at 5:04 PM

      This! It was my first thought

    • Reply Rachel March 25, 2020 at 11:04 PM

      My thought too xxx

  • Reply Jane @ The Shady Baker March 25, 2020 at 2:01 PM

    Hello Pip, the world is just so uncertain isn’t it? I have just emailed you with a little offer of some assistance. Take care. Jane

    • Reply Holly Zarate March 25, 2020 at 9:27 PM

      Hey Pip,
      You are an amazing, creative soul. Your creative books helped me in 2009 (after the arrival of my first bub and subsequent postnatal depression) to teach myself to sew..and then crochet…and stitch…and cross stitch..and be confident to try new things..and to use creativity when I don’t feel great. I will definitely be buying a copy of your last book and will see if I can do more. Sending hugs xx

  • Reply Veggie Mama March 25, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Thinking of you, Pippin. Stay well <3

  • Reply Rose Neild March 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    I love your blog and your books. As an essential frontline health worker, I’m still getting paid while hoping I don’t get sick. I have a goal of helping where I can including lots of my local businesses. Let’s get through this together.

  • Reply Jenni Hunt March 25, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear this Pip. It’s a frightening time for a lot of people. I’m a health care worker, but in a specialised area and all our elective cases are cancelled. I’m only casual so no sick leave or holiday pay. A bit unsettling, however let’s take this situation and make it a positive, because there is always a positive. Let’s laugh and love and keep our hearts light and send all that loving energy out to the universe and those who need it. Who knows maybe this virus just needs a little love.

    I bought your beautiful book and gave it to my daughter (who cried), I went back to buy 2 more and they had sold out!! I hope this news gives you some happiness.

    Love to you in these challenging times xx

  • Reply amanda March 25, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    hi Pip, that sucks. Your book arrived yesterday so hope that leads to a royalty somewhere down the track. I echo the patreon idea but have chucked something via PayPal just the same. Good luck.

  • Reply Di March 25, 2020 at 9:19 AM

    Ahh that sucks , so sorry to hear ! Enjoy reading your kindly upbeat blog, its the news we should be reading .x

  • Reply Reannon March 25, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Such shitty shitty times Pip. It’s so nice of you to be want to be a beacon of good things for us all.
    As of right now I am lucky to still have my job. My days have been reduced but I’m staying positive. I get paid fortnightly so as soon as my pay comes in next week I’d be happy to help you keep this place, & yourself, going.
    All my love Pip xx

  • Reply Anna March 25, 2020 at 8:26 AM

    Hi, have you looked into Patreon? Maybe a way to let people help to support you to keep supporting us with your lovely brain.

  • Reply Helen March 25, 2020 at 8:18 AM

    Thank you Pip for sharing and thinking of others in this tough time.

  • Reply Louise March 25, 2020 at 8:05 AM

    This is totally sad! I’m so sorry about your job. Take care and remember to take care of yourself.

  • Reply Rachel March 25, 2020 at 8:04 AM

    Hey Pip, I don’t know what else to say other than I’m feeling it too. After Friday I’ll be out of work. A very strange feeling in uncertain times. Thinking of you.

    • Reply Jess March 25, 2020 at 9:57 PM

      Hey Pip, is there a bookshop / retailer you could recommend where you are guaranteed to get the most royalties? I live regionally and don’t have a local independent option.
      Also like the patreon idea. I’m sure many people who have long enjoyed your wonderful content for free would be happy to give back a little something.
      Take care x

      • Reply Kylie March 26, 2020 at 5:35 PM

        I’m wondering about this too Pip…I’d like to buy your book for each of my daughters because I’ve got a feeling, no, I KNOW that their lives (like so many others including their Mum and Dad!) are not going to be peachy for a while.
        As buying your book is my way of helping you to keep things here ticking over (and helping my girls of course!) I want as much of my money as possible to go to you – so please let me know and I will buy pronto.

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