It’s time for my last quarterly Taking Stock post for 2022. Here’s where you can catch up on any previous Taking Stock posts if you’re interested.
So, let’s go!
Admiring: confidence and business nous. I’ve discovered I’m a creative and not at all business minded!
Becoming: more introspective and spiritually minded as I get older. I see the joy and magic in simple things and I’m aware of the non essential things that clutter our lives more clearly now.
Curious: about life and its purpose. Following on from ‘becoming’, I am learning that we are all here for a reason, be it big or small, and that life is a journey of learnings and lessons and that most importantly, we are so much more than the bodies that we are in.
Delighted: to have recently done another art mentoring module with Natalie of Studio Yellow & signed up to another in the new year. Then I’ve done all eight modules!
Excited: is sadly not something I feel enough of these days but if and when I get the holiday booked to New Zealand for next year I will be excited once I step on to the plane and am on my way!
Feeling: the Christmas Spirit start to come on board now that I’ve put some decorations up. I am determined to soak up and enjoy this Christmas despite the busyness that surrounds it.
Going: out to dinner at Manly Boathouse restaurant for my twin’s 30th birthdays on 19 November was a fun night! How can I possibly be a mother to 30 year olds??
Helping: my mother at this phase of her life is a no brainer and a privilege. I’ll do anything I can to keep her as safe, happy and as well as possible.
Imploring: my dog Ava to pahleeese stop barking and going crazy when visitors arrive and when they leave! Seriously, I think I need a dog behaviour expert to help me out with this problem that has developed as she’s gotten older. She is only happy when guests are seated as then she’s not worried that they will leave!
Joking: around and being a bit silly can help us cope with difficult times and is a great tonic to lift our spirits. There was lots of that at my one and only Christmas party – my art social club Christmas lunch and Secret Santa outing which was very much enjoyed.
Knowing: that this Christmas is going to be very hard for people I know and love and many others pulls at my heart. I have some insight. It was 5 years since my Dad passed away on 2 December. This will be our 6th Christmas without him.
Loving: my outing with my friend Jo to see the musical ‘Mary Poppins’. What a fabulous production – loved it! We had lunch first and then the musical and always enjoy each other’s company very much.
Making: lots of healthy salads and wraps and delicious dinners. I needed to change up my eating habits a bit to shift a few kg’s and feel a bit less sluggish. Here’s a really yummy carrot salad recipe I shared to my social media recently after receiving a few Instagram DM’s requesting it (I had shared the making of the salad in my Insta stories).
Next: year I hope to get back into my art a lot more. Maybe I’ll do another challenge to get me on my way again?
Observing: the horrible comments I see on social media (not my social media) these days, especially news articles, is a sad reflection of society today, which is why I rarely look anymore!
Posting: here on the blog regularly once every week for a while now so well done me, especially cos it’s been a difficult year and I’m not always at home.
Questioning: myself, my purpose, my talents, my goals, my direction … and more, always. This kinda links in with what I said under ‘becoming’ and ‘curious’.
Reading: recipes for glazing a ham and making White Christmas is in my near future as I’ll be doing both for the first time very soon! If you’re wondering why it’s a first time, you can find out in my ‘Christmas Spirit‘ post.
Staying: home for Christmas this year will be a joy! I am hosting Christmas this year so will not be on the roads at all on the day which is a first. Back when the kids were little we used to have breakfast at home, open Santa gifts etc, then off to ‘the tennis players’ side of the family for lunch, then home for a shower and a rest if we had time, then over to my parents house (other side of town) for Christmas dinner. Then when dinner being a main event became too much for my parents, we alternated having Christmas lunch between families each year. Then it reached the stage where I needed to be with my parents for Christmas day, then Mum for Christmas day, so we began celebrating Christmas early with the The Tennis Player’s family so basically we have 2 x Christmas days!
Trying: to understand why bad things can happen to such good people.
Understanding: that life is short really does help get priorities in order.
Viewing: a lot of daggy Christmas movies on Netflix lately. Easy viewing providing some great down time.
Welcoming: the delights of ducted aircon during recent ‘heatwave’ days. I’ve yet to have my first swim in the pool for the season but I don’t think it is far away!
eXtreme: sports will not be on the agenda for our New Zealand trip even though NZ is famous for them!
Yes: to surviving a very difficult 2022 and yes to thriving during 2023!
Zzz: I wish I could sleep a full 8 hours and until a bit later in the mornings!
Well that was a bit of fun and something a bit different. Thanks Denyse for the A-Z word prompts!
If you’ve read this far, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all my very best wishes for good health and a happy and fulfilling 2023. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and get some days to rest and relax too. My thoughts and heart and with those of you who will find this Christmas hard for whatever reason. I see you. You’re in my heart and thoughts and I am confident that you are strong and will make it through the day the best you can.
This is my last post for 2022. I’ll be back sometime in January. I’m not going to give a date. I’ll be back when I feel rested and ready. Ahhh this being my own boss thing is cool! Merry Christmas to you and cheers to a fabulous 2023 ahead for us all.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics‘