Happy new year 15 days in :)

The other day, I listed on a used furniture site a sofa bed that had become superfluous due to a change of room configurations and the change in location of my study area (bear with me, I do have a point…well, sort of) and by doing so met the beautiful soul who came to buy it. Unbeknownst to me, my listing on the site also included the link to my blog and, Donna, the buyer of aforementioned sofa bed, had read a few of the posts. To be honest, I hadn’t thought about the blog for awhile and it was kinda nice hearing someone talk about it enthusiastically. And it made me miss it.

I caught up with a friend recently who asked if I’d written any more on the book I’ve been trying to finish for the last gazillion years. And of course, my face gave her the answer. And now after talking to Donna as well, I realised I had allowed writing for work and writing for study to take away my creative writing time and that in light of a new year, I could pencil in some blog/book writing time. It might just be half an hour a week or even a month. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” after all. So, although I’m not a new years resolution type person, that’s one little goal that is just for me – no benefits to anyone or anything except for keeping my inner creative pixie quiet and happy.

Some of you may remember my Grateful Book of 2016. Well, I didn’t have a special project last year, so as 2017 turned into 2018, I had an idea for a new project. Essentially, it’s a cork board specifically for polaroids of anyone who comes and spends time with us – for coffee, a meal, a swim, a wine, a night or two.

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We can’t wait to watch it fill up over the year and have a board full of all the friends and family we have had the privilege of having in our home. Tomorrow night there will be another one up there – the trick is going to be remembering to take the polaroid each time!

It’s also a great visual cue for me to be intentional about asking people to our home – aka actioning my lesson and word for the year last year (rest) by replenishing and refreshing myself by the presence of those people I love.

So, this year, while still full and somewhat uncertain, is off to a good start. And I’m excited to be back here, writing again 🙂 And thanks Donna for your encouragement even though you probably didn’t even know that’s what you were doing! 🙂

 

Stylish Award: Seven Things About Me….and other stuff

Anthony F Rando gave me this award – thank you Anthony!

The rules:

  • Thank and link back to the person giving the award.
  • Share seven things about yourself.
  • Award 10 to 15 blogs who you think deserve this award and contact them about the award.
Seven things about me (in no particular order):
  • I have a lazy side that would dearly love to spend a large part of every day in my pyjamas playing computer games.
  • In another life, I would be a professional dancer.
  • I love cheezels and twisties when they are slightly stale and a bit chewy – weird but true!
  • I secretly love the show “7th Heaven” (how embarrassing)
  • I was born in Tasmania as the youngest of five children.
  • I used to be painfully shy and now I’m not.
  • I hope one day to be walking past a bookshop (that’s on the proviso that they still exist in the future :P) and see books with my name on them on the shelves.

 

Now, blogs that are worth checking out (I have broken the rules and only listed seven here…keeping in line with only having to provide seven extraordinary facts about myself):

4amwriter.com
(fantastic short story on this site, well worth a read and a browse around)

Karen Tyrrell
(wonderful writer and support to newbies like me – thank you, Karen)

Writing in the Water
(love what this girl says and the honesty with which she says it)

Penny Jar
(lovely memoir on growing up the youngest child of nine)

Veronica’s Nap
(great on-line story and blog)

The Path to Protect
(this amazing young woman is active in the protection of marine life and raising awareness of their plight)

Awkward Family Photos
(this site is strangely addictive in a voyeuristic kinda way and always gives me a chuckle)

Enjoy people!