In my Taking Stock – February 2015 post, I said I would do a Taking Stock post every month. Well we’re nearly out of time for March so let’s do it!
Oh how things can change so much in one month!! As you will see, I haven’t been the best but the way I see it – every slump comes with lessons.
Making: Plans to expand my comfort zone and at the same time address the fact that being home so much means I get lonely. Through meetup.com I’ve joined a couple of Brisbane photography groups! It will hopefully get me out of the house more. I’ll meet like-minded people. I’ll learn more about photography. Gotta be a good thing.
Cooking: Still cooking a lot of wheat and dairy free meals, avoiding processed foods (but not always succeeding – hello savoury biscuits sigh).
Drinking: Ideally I should give up coffee but I can’t do it – I LOVE my coffee! I have made some changes though. I have a splash of coconut milk (instead of dairy) and instead of the 1 Sugarine that I used to have (artificial sweeteners were recommended when I was younger, but now we learn they are bad for you!) I’m having a teaspoon of coconut palm sugar (better option than processed white sugar I think). Ultimately, I’d like to not need any sweeteners!!
Reading: I have not been able to read lately. My mind hasn’t been able to relax, focus and concentrate. I love reading and always have a book on the go, so this has been a huge indicator to me that things have not been the greatest with me lately and a reason for my recent blogging break (can’t concentrate and focus to write either).
Wanting: Peace of mind and no worries would be nice! Aside from that, it would be fabulous to have a more seasoned fellow blogger as friend and mentor (one can dream! haha). Someone to bounce my thoughts and ideas off and who could tell me what is rubbish and what is gold! I do miss that ‘work colleague banter’ from back in my corporate days! I hope to see collaboration with a fellow blogger or bloggers in my future!
Looking: Same as last month – looking forward to late April when the tennis player and myself head over to Tasmania for a 13-day driving holiday. I love to explore places I have never been before. I am hoping this will lift me out of my current slump and reignite the joy I find in photography.
Playing: Hooky – when we go to Tasmania. Cannot wait to leave behind housework, laundry, cooking, doggie poop pickups and lots of other boring adult tasks! My three young adult children will see very quickly how much I do once I am not here to do it! 😉
Deciding: Oh boy – lots of decisions to make and some that have been made. One decision that has been made is that I’m going to change my fortnightly newsletter to a monthly newsletter. I think it will lighten my load a little and more importantly, I believe that changing to monthly newsletters will provide me the capacity to produce far more interesting and thoughtful newsletters than is currently the case.
Wishing: There were more hours in a day!
Enjoying: The fact that I have come up with an idea for a free eBook for my current newsletter subscribers and any new subscribers. It will take some time to write but it is in the pipeline and I feel good about that!
Waiting: For my daughter to get rid of the junk she has loaded up on the day bed in our dining room. She cleaned out her room!
Liking: The early morning/evening hint of cooler weather on its way!
Wondering: Same as last month. Where I will be and what I will be doing by the end of 2015?
Loving: The fact I have booked myself a ticket to the main ProBlogger event being held on the Gold Coast in August. I have also booked myself three nights accommodation. Feeling a little indulgent over the costs but I need this.
Pondering: Too many things to list but one subject of pondering is around my attendance at the ProBlogger event in August. I ponder things like: will my attendance at ProBlogger be a turning point for me, will I get some aha moments, will I meet someone who will become a lifelong friend, so many ponderings.
Considering: Creating a schedule for myself in order to be more productive and have a better balance of activities across my days and weeks. Attempts so far have proven very difficult! Not sure that I like every moment of my life scheduled. Perhaps a ‘loose schedule’?
Buying: I’ve probably done a bit too much buying lately! lol ProBlogger tickets and accommodation, Tasmania flights, accommodation and a couple of tours. Still need to buy a few warm clothes for the Tassie trip too!
Watching: It’s over now but I totally got sucked up into watching “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”. I loved the dynamics between Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris (OMG she makes me laugh!).
Hoping: I can perk up and get my mojo back asap! These slumps are so very inconvenient and unattractive.
Marvelling: At so many inspiring people that I come across in the online world!
Cringing: Over the state of the kids bathroom. Needs a reno ASAP. How I’d love to get Shayna Blaze to my house!! Need some tips on how to renovate on a budget!
Needing: A sign! A change! A turning point! An aha moment!
Questioning: Myself …. all.the.time!
Smelling: Nothing. Refer to my previous Taking Stock posts!
Wearing: Birkenstocks – E.V.E.R.Y. D.A.Y and A.L.L. D.A.Y. I still have Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot. Please go away Plantar Fasciitis! I have Tasmania to walk around soon!
Following: My gut instinct, my heart and sometimes my head!
Noticing: That this period in my life is both exciting and challenging.
Knowing: That I will always have to live with, manage, and find ways to keep at bay and sometimes conquer the big D and the big A. I think that, amongst other things, it is part and parcel of this phase of my life.
Thinking: Far too much. Monkey mind has been ruling. Must meditate more to control the cheeky monkey!
Admiring: My daughter. She is amazing. She goes to University and is very smart. She has three ‘out of the box’ jobs, a great boyfriend, just bought her first car, is fiercely independent and confident and I am so very proud of her.
Sorting: Through my options. Reorganizing myself in order to provide a more sustainable balance incorporating all I need to be the best I can be.
Getting: Closer and closer to cooler weather and an exciting trip away. Two things I need right now.
Bookmarking: The ProBlogger event page, so that I will be updated on all news relevant to the event.
Coveting: Pure unadulterated joy, peace of mind and self-love.
Disliking: The tragedies, disasters and heartbreak that I see constantly in the news, including the most recent air disaster in France!
Opening: My mind to all possibilities.
Giggling: Not enough but usually at something on the TV.
Feeling: Oh dear – suppose I should be honest. I’ve been so down! As has been the case previously, this too will pass!
Snacking: I have a weakness for savoury biscuits, chocolate and cheese! Only one I have managed to stay away from is the cheese but the others I’ve had a sneaky bit of now and then.
Helping: Myself. Well I’m trying but I could really do a much better job of it!
Hearing: Right now? The whir of my little desk fan! It’s still hot here in Brisbane in March. Come on Autumn! Has anyone not guessed by now that I cannot stand hot, humid weather?! LOL
Here’s hoping my Taking Stock post for April is a little more uplifting!! If not, I actually might wait until after we get back from Tasmania in May for my next one! 😉
Ciao for now,
p.s. All sunrise photographs were taken locally in the Wynnum Manly area in Brisbane. They’re old photo’s taken with my old D3100 camera but only recently edited. I chose them for this post because to me sunrise’s represent new starts and hope! 😉
p.p.s. This Taking Stock concept and list was created by Pip from Meet me at Mikes.
[ Linking up today with Essentially Jess for #IBOT ]