At the end of summer Bo and I took a road trip with two of our favourite people to spend some serious down time on a gorgeous farm out in the middle of the Western Australian Wheatbelt. There is something very grounding about being in the middle of nowhere, with no phone signal, with nothing to do except play cards and throw nets into dams and drink beers and talk about life with people that you love.
It’s been a very full start to the year for us, I’m working more than I ever have since having Bo and we’ve had to make some big adjustments to find that elusive life-work balance that we all strive to find. Bo is at school and the landscape of our lives is shifting in exciting and wonderful ways. We’ve been really lucky to meet some beautiful new people and have some incredible adventures and open ourselves up to worlds of new experiences even when they seem a little scary at first… but isn’t that what life is all about anyway?
I was very fortunate to be invited to speak at another TEDx event which I’m almost prepared for but still totally nervous about. So in this time of excitement and nerves and the usual battles with self doubt and worthiness I thought now was a better time than ever to sit down and take stock of life where it sits right now. To sit in this moment and gratitude and to check in with myself.
It’s been many, many months since I’ve done one of these… and I invite you to play along!
Making: words on pages
Cooking: veggies from the garden – hello pumpkin glut my good friend!
Drinking: Far too much coffee
Reading: Yoko Ono’s ACORN – Gifted to me by a lovely friend after I accidentally bought one in spanish (oops)
Wanting: the people I love all around me
Looking: At street art being thrown up on walls all around our regional town
Playing: A lot of old music
Wasting: nothing at all
Sewing: holes in little leggings from days spent climbing trees
Wishing: for time to slow down just a little
Enjoying: new friends
Waiting: for the winter
Liking: cute pictures of new babies and friends falling in love
Wondering: Where we are going to camp for Easter… (any suggestions?)
Loving: Dear Sugar – what a spectacular podcast that is.
Hoping: to see my grandfather again sometime soon
Marvelling: At the incredible wisdom of a four year old
Needing: that salt water on my skin
Smelling: The roses
Wearing: cotton t-shirts and not much else (hello autumn, are you coming soon?)
Following: little footsteps along the beaches
Noticing: how fast the grass grows
Knowing: that good things are coming
Thinking: about time and how we use it
Bookmarking: Zadie Smith essays and musings
Opening: my heart
Giggling: at the very bizarre musings of that same (wise) four year old.
Feeling: excited, content, hopeful
Have you taken stock lately?
Taking Stock is the lovechild of Pip from Meet me at Mikes she’s a lovely soul and her little corner of the internet is always worth a visit.