Fabulous blogger and author and crafter and all-round good person Pip Lincolne started this idea of “taking stock” way back at the start of the year. She’s even including the below list in her upcoming book.
I joined in then and really did mean to do this once a quarter but, you know … life … and … LIFE.
I really wanted to do it this week as we’re a third of the way through our road trip, I’ve had a super exciting and busy couple of months with Unlock Your Style launch and the next two months is also booked solid with book and speaking events and blog work.
I still pinch myself every day that this is my job. It can get fabulously hectic and easily tip into overwhelm but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Whenever the overwhelm knocks at the door, I do try and take time out and take stock. It’s not always possible but it’s worth a try.
Here’s where I’m at now.
Making: Memories. We are Day 4 on our road/fly trip to Adelaide. It’s the first we’ve done with Master SY. It’s the first we’ve done together as a couple. We’re seeing more of Australia. We’re meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.
Cooking: Pulled-pork tacos. Before we went away we had friends and their kids over for dinner. Is there any better way to feed a tribe?
Drinking: Champagne. Because life’s too short not to celebrate with Champagne.
Reading: Gone Girl. Need to finish it before the movie comes out. I’m making Mr SY read it too … so we can discuss it. Gripping.
Wanting: For nothing. Life is good. Spending time on the road, throwing out the routine is a good thing.
Looking: Forward to meeting SY readers at the Adelaide launch of my book, Unlock Your Style.
Playing: At each stop on our trip, Master SY has kids to play with. It amazes me how it only takes kids all of 2.5 seconds to either become best friends or pick up where they left off last time they met.
Deciding: Not to drive all the way to Adelaide was a VERY GOOD IDEA. Mr SY and I sat down over dinner just over a week ago and really broke down our “idea” of this trip and realised that that would be a strettchhhhhh in such a limited time. Instead we decided to drive to Canberra and fly to Adelaide from there.
Wishing: That we’d done this sooner. I guess I was always scared that Mr SY and I would end up killing each other about an hour into the journey. So far, so good … except that bit where the GPS sent us through an industrial area to do a u-turn on to the motorway. Still don’t know why that happened.
Enjoying: The simple things. Good conversations. Smiling faces. And special morning teas (below was at Your Vintage Occasion Tea Salon, inside Dirty Jane’s in Bowral).
Waiting: To see what today will bring. We’re heading to the Nation’s Capital. I want to see the flowers; Mr SY the War Memorial. Life’s about contrasts, yes?
Liking: Seeing parts of Australia that I’ve never seen – or haven’t seen for a very long time.
Wondering: About the end of the year. It’s coming so fast. So much is booked in. I’ll be taking one day and one week at a time.
Loving: BabyMac‘s house filled with light and love.
Pondering: How different life has been for us this year. Moving to Brisbane has been a good thing. There is more time for US without hours sucked up by commuting.
Considering: 2015. Is it too early? I don’t think so. We are planning a trip to Europe to visit my parents, Mr SY’s extended UK family and our good friends who are living in Italy for a year.
Watching: We are “between” TV shows at the moment and looking for a new show to binge on. This is how we watch our favourite shows. Episode after episode. Lying on the couch at 11pm on a Saturday night, ewaiting for the other to say … “just one more episode”.
Hoping: That Asher Keddie’s new TV show, Party Tricks, will help fill the void Offspring left in my heart and my wardrobe.
Marvelling: That tulips aren’t just found in florist shops. They grow in public gardens. And that people don’t cut them and take them home.
Needing: To slow time, to savour more of all of this.
Smelling: All the fresh flowers. Tulips, bluebells, daffodils, freesias, camellias.
Wearing: I’ve mostly packed Mela Purdie clothes and flat shoes (these Frankie4 Footwear slides are my faves) for this trip. I love being able to pull out any piece and know that it doesn’t matter that it’s been in a suitcase all week.
Following: Miss Chardy. I met Miss Chardy at last month’s Problogger Training Event. She lives hours from nowhere in the Northern Territory, wears a strand of pearls like nobody’s business and as her name suggests, loves a Chardy or two.
Noticing: The change of seasons. I love this. I especially love it when you can see spring evolving before your eyes. Trees budding, flowers blooming. At home it’s the frangipani trees that are welcoming us with new foliage. Down south, new growth and the renewal that comes post-winter is every where.
Knowing: Life is good. Right now, in this moment. Life is very good.
Thinking: About friends who don’t have it so good right now. Friends who have been hit hard by sick family members and tragedy.
Admiring: Those same friends for their honesty, strength and courage.
Sorting: Through last summer’s clothes … a big job I’d planned to do the Sunday before we left on our road trip but the small matter of the shower door falling off its hinges and landing in glass shards on me put paid to that idea. It’s first on the list when I return. It stresses me not to have my wardrobe organised and ready for the warm weather.
Buying: Hostess gifts. I love searching for and hunting down just the right gift for our hosts whenever we stay at a friend’s home.
Getting: My fill of family time.
Bookmarking: Accommodation and sight-seeing options along this road trip. Can highly recommend Yamba and Angourie as great places to stop for sangas beside the beach … and as far as motels go, Kempsey Powerhouse rates a very good mention. Very clean, awesome bed and sheets – and the food at the restaurant was superb.
Disliking: I’m drawing a blank. When life is good, the niggling dislikes fade into the distance, don’t they?
Opening: A bottle of Champagne. Because it’s Monday afternoon.
Giggling: At how Mr SY captures our holiday moments compared with my photos.
Snacking: On too much cheese, dips and chips … buy hey, it’s the holidays.
Coveting: Colin Munro’s timber products. Have you ever? Don’t think we’re not leaving the Southern Highlands without a board or two. Colin is just one of many local artisans and designers exhibiting at the inaugural DNA Festival in Burrawang this weekend.
Oh and Colin’s wife, Mrs Munro goes ok too. I’m taking home one of her pieces next time. You can find out more about the Munros here.
Helping: Drive and navigate. Mr SY did all the driving on the first day. He didn’t trust me, I don’t think. He came to his senses the next day and we split the shifts.
Hearing: The sounds of kids laughing under a hose on the trampoline. Is there a sweeter sound?
Where are you at? Perhaps you’d like to complete Pip’s list? Perhaps you’d like to answer just three or four of the prompts in the comments below?
A blank list for you…