It’s time for my first Taking Stock post for 2023! I can’t believe it’s already been over 3 months since my last Taking Stock post in December 2022. In that one I used the A-Z word prompts dreamt up by Denyse Whelan. This time I’ll revert back to the original word prompts by the creator of Taking Stock – Pip of Meet Me at Mikes.
WARNING: I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed and stressed lately, so this post will probably reflect that. I believe in being real and honest. This is real life. Let’s go!
Making: lots of phone calls and replying to lots of emails in relation to aged care
Getting: a bit too overwhelmed, stressed, tired and on the road to burn out
Cooking: meals for Mum every second Monday before I go over to stay a few days
Sipping: on a port nearly every evening. I know I probably shouldn’t!
Reading: it’s been far too long since I’ve read a book!
Thinking: too much, all the time, way too much worry
Remembering: self care, self care, self care. Taking off for a few days respite tomorrow.
Looking: forward to a few days away (leaving tomorrow) and our trip to NZ coming up in May!
Listening: to podcasts now and then – a good distraction – but sometimes (a lot lately) I can’t take anymore input and prefer to listen to SILENCE
Wishing: for improved peace of mind
Enjoying: watching art videos on YouTube
Appreciating: those that assist me and us with the care of Mum
Wanting: safety and good care for Mum & peace of mind for us
Eating: well but snacking too much which is what I do when I’m stressed
Finishing: I’ve finished ALL art mentoring modules with Studio Yellow which is good but it’s sad to not have that regular activity anymore
Liking: the fact that hopefully soon the weather will be cooler?! Fingers crossed!
Loving: the fact I have two things to look forward to – a little getaway and a longer holiday
Buying: art supplies lately – still more I want – it’s becoming a little too much of an obsession I think!
Watching: I watched the Elvis movie for the second time with Mum last week. It’s out on Netflix! I actually enjoyed it more on the second viewing!
Hoping: all the current hold ups and issues being experienced with regards to Mum’s care are soon resolved
Wearing: what in New Zealand? I still need to put my thoughts on what clothing I will need in NZ in May! I think a few purchases will be required!
Walking: there will be quite a bit of walking (nothing too difficult for my dodgy foot) in New Zealand so I’ll need comfy hiking kinda clothes along with regular casual daywear and a couple of dressier options for evening.
Following: lots of artists on Instagram and YouTube. Gosh I’ve found so many ink and watercolour artists and urban artists and more that are so inspiring to me.
Noticing: that I’m heading for burn out and need a break so I’m acting on it
Saving: energy for what is most important at the moment
Waiting: waiting, waiting, waiting for a couple of services that will improve our situation. It’s private so I can’t be specific but OMG the aged care system is so convaluted, slow and frustrating!
Bookmarking: No time for bookmarking anything lately
Coveting: Peace of mind
Feeling: Um…think I’ve covered this one!
Hearing: the hum of the fridge.
So sorry folks, as you can see things have started getting on top of me a bit BUT I will be ok. I recognise these things because I’ve been here before – though for very different reasons last time. I know what I need to do and so I am doing it. We have a few nights away coming up as I need time out from my normal daily life and jobs desperately. Of course there will be lots of nature involved as that always helps to restore and uplift me. Check out my social media over coming days and you’ll see where we go. It’s not far away. Then of course, we have 3 weeks in New Zealand coming up in May. These things will help to reduce my stress and overwhelm, restore some peace and calm, and return me to a better functioning person for all! The last time I had a break was the short stint up at Mount Tamborine that we had in mid August 2022. The last time I had holiday that was longer than a week is a long distant memory that I can’t even recall so bring on New Zealand so I can remember what a real holiday feels like.
No photo collage this time because I really haven’t done anything of much interest to share except my art which I’ve already shared and also I needed to keep this post quick and simple this time. The next Taking Stock post though (due towards the end of June) will be fabulous! I will have been on my short getaway and my New Zealand holiday so there will be heaps of photos and hopefully I’ll be feeling the benefits from some time out and will be happily restored and full of energy again!
Do you recognise when you’re stressed and know what you need to do to help yourself? I hope so. If not – I’ve written many, many posts on Self Investment that might give you some ideas.
Ciao for now,