Welcome to another week of listing our lives and sharing them here! If you are lurking and thinking of joining in I hope you will do so. You do not need to be here every week, just jump in when you feel inspired.
The A to Z of now
Abundance – I can feel a shift as the season is changing. I am trusting this feeling and having faith that all will be fine.
Books – I can never get enough reading time, I am greedy and could read for 4 hours a day or more if left to it.
Cool nights – enjoying the shift from sweating at night and needing an ice pack to realizing too late I should have worn more to bed (although the very next night is back to hot as heck again).
Doodling -I start out alone, but am usually joined soon enough by my 9 year old who grabs any opportunity to create.
Eggs – from our chickens – so grateful to the girls for providing these to us day after day.
Frangipani – picking them up on our walks, inhaling the scent, stroking the soft petals.
Gearing up for school holidays which start on Friday. Aiming for the balance of time with the kids, time for work and time for myself. The holy grail of my happiness.
Hoops. Taunting me from my art cart. I have yet to begin my planned stitching project. Aiming to get it started and spend evening time creating bit by bit.
Icy poles – all manner of ice blocks still being consumed by my kids as Autumn is technically here but most days are still very hot.
Java. See tired and Zzzz below for why I am now having two coffees each morning instead of my usual one. Resit the third …
Kicking myself too often lately (see self-compassion below).
Love. So grateful for those in my life.
Music - listening to my eight year old learning “Rolling in the Deep” on drums (which she almost nailed in one lesson), loving her new teacher.
Notebooks. My addiction. Note taking, planning, doodling…currently using 5 different notebooks and resisting the itch to use more.
Overhaul. Gearing up for the self care blueprint for this year and updating content, adding a webinar (eek – there goes that comfort zone again), easing into the discomfort of self-promotion all while sharing my passions.
Poetry. Making up book spine poems with my kids. Listening to my 9 year old memorizing and performing a Banjo Patterson piece for her class.
Quiet moments. Sitting on my bed, dog laying across my legs or nestled in close, the house settled for the night, book in hand.
Reaching out. Going out of my comfort zone to honour my guiding words of the year which included “connect”.
Self confidence and self-compassion. Two areas I am working hard on right now. Belief in me! Giving myself a break!
Tired – when my husband calls from Sydney in the mornings we both mention how tired we are.
Umbrellas need replacing after a summer so heavily consumed by rain that they have been dying one by one.
Videos. Learning with video lessons in art courses I am taking, webinar replays for business, and vlogs by lovely bloggers. Enjoying videos shot of my family including our attempts to record our dog dreaming (she snores, whistles and mutters in her sleep).
Walks. getting out and about two or three times a day with the dog and kids. Admittedly we resist (and often skip) the evening walk much to Evie’s disappointment, as some nights we are too far gone to get ourselves out the door.
X country – my 9 year old is turning ten soon so this year had to participate in a cross country race at school this past week (they split the kids in her year based on who is turning ten goes with the year 5-7 kids). I still remember her dropping out of sports day as a year 1 kid. Now she was okay with getting a high five from me for coming “third from last”. In her case participating really is enough! I love how proud she was of friends who came in the top 3.
Yoga. I am trying to work up the courage to try this again. One of those “much needed” things that I resist because it is not my natural zone. Wanting to fight my “I hate exercising at home” feelings and use an app I have on the ipad or use the wii fit I have never used.
Zzzz. Taking naps like never before. I know I am truly tired as I now take naps on the weekend when I have spent my whole life being a non-napper since I was a toddler.
Featured list from week nine:
Claire from Adventures in Singapore both because her home life reminds me of our old life back in Bangkok and also for the difference form life here in Australia for you to check out – urban lights, poolside at her apartment complex, greenery among the concrete jungle.
Listmania List number eleven:
Books – anything you want to share or remember about books – your favourites, your current reading pile, favourite series, favourite books turned into movies, books in your home, anything goes.
Week ten link up here:
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