Lately

img_3545And so, just like that, another two months have passed by. Well, maybe not quite JUST like that… So many things have happened that in some ways it feels like a lot longer – but, as always, in other ways it feels like a lifetime. I do find that common parenting mantra “The days are long but the years are short” so apt sometimes.

So, in an effort to ease my way back in to this space here comes a post about some of what’s been going on in and around my life of late…

img_3566Settling into a new house – At the end of July we made the move to a new house in a different area – close to day care and a great school, a super dooper playground, shops (including a bottle shop thank you very much!!), a cute cafe, walking tracks and a really nice community vibe. Our new place has a great deck out the back with glimpses of water views that I am already planning to spend a lot of time on as summer rolls around. We are very happy in our new little space – even if we are still surrounded by unpacked boxes – but by god moving sucks big time!!!!

img_3345Sweet Pea Turned 4!!! – Not long after our move (3 days to be exact) our little girl became a medium girl by turning the ripe old age of 4! I still can’t quite believe it and have been spending a lot of time looking at videos of her when she was much younger lamenting the loss of my toddler. With 4 has come even more of a sassy attitude (surely there can’t be much more hiding in there??!!!) and many more questions, challenges and pushing of limits. But, to keep an eye on balance, I can see such a strong, determined, gutsy little girl growing before my eyes. As one of her day care teachers recently said to me – “It’s always going to be on her terms and there’s just nothing we can do about it”. Yep!

img_3673Cooking – A revolting stomach flu that hit me a few weeks ago has had me rethinking my everyday food consumption – nothing like the arrival of giardia to have you reevaluating your priorities!! We had become so reliant on “quick fix” meals and snacks – no one had felt like cooking after long days at work and we had snuck into some bad habits. I’m trying to slowly reverse this by digging out some of my cook books and having a go at creating meals that are yummy and easy. And you know what – I’m actually having some fun! You should probably check in with the other members of my household to see if what I’m putting on the table is edible though…

img_3675Working – I’ve set up my new work space at home and am in the process of planning some new work ideas and adventures…

img_3549Reading – My constant companion. Always.

img_3641 img_3605 img_3649A Beach Holiday – We recently took a week off work and spent a few days away in Kiama – it was glorious! Never underestimate the power of simply getting away. It was just what we all needed to recharge. We will definitely be back Kiama…

How about you? What’s been happening in your life lately?

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It’s Only Change

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They say that change is one of the few constants we can count on in life. Along with death and taxes change will ride along with us – sometimes taking place in a calm and orderly fashion, and at other times biting us on the arse from out of nowhere.

I would like to say that I’m a “go with the flow” kinda gal – that change doesn’t phase me in the least and that I can handle whatever life and its associated bit and bobs can throw at me.

I would like to say that.

But that would be a bit of a lie.

Ok – a rather huge lie!

I do not cope all that well with change in my personal life (just ask those who know me best!). I LOVE order and structure and routine and knowing what is coming up next – I’m a bit like a three year old looking for their 11.30am vegemite sandwich and cup of milk that way. If it comes to 11.30 and that sanga isn’t on a plate in front of me cut into neat little triangles with the crusts off my shit just might hit the fan!!

But, despite this seemingly innate need for consistency and order, change is coming at me like a freight train at the moment. Storming down on me, and those I care about, whether I like it or not. Whether I accept it, or not.

Some of these changes have been prompted by me – with some fear, anxiety and trepidation but nevertheless initiated by me and with the small degree of power and control that goes along with that choice.  Other changes have not been invited in – they have forced the door themselves and they are now firmly within my house – an unwelcome and detested guest.

The card in the photo above is from a box of things I used when I was working as a grief counsellor. I would encourage some of my clients who may have felt stuck or unsure of what they would like to talk about to choose a card – something that prompted a thought, an idea, a person. Something that helped them to talk – if that was what they wanted to do. I found the cards in a recent clean up and this one jumped out at me. I’m not sure that I fully believe its message, I’ve been a social worker, and a person for that matter, long enough to know that some changes can be dangerous. Some changes can bring about fear, insecurity, uncertainty. Some changes can be unwanted. Some changes can test us.

I believe in the ethos that change is a constant – we can’t always escape it, and nor would we always want to. But, asked for or not we do have a choice about how we respond to change. IN the end that is really the only thing most of us have any control over.

And so, in that spirit, I am going to try and face the changes in my life with confidence and as much positivity as I can muster. The fear will be there too but I will try not to let it be in the driver’s seat. And if all else fails I will make sure that vegemite sandwich is ready on the dot at 11.30…

 

How about you? Do you look forward to changes in your life or dread them??

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