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I’ve been looking forward to taking stock #011. It usually takes me a few days, working in bursts, to get this post written. I love that it does make me stop and take stock. Think about the things that have been going right and not so right lately.
Making: earrings for the upcoming Autumn/Winter collection – Simplicity.
Cooking: a simple delicious alternative to pasta – zucchini, spinach and garlic, stir fried with coconut oil.
Drinking: water kefir – 250 mL daily – to help with my gut health.
Reading: ‘The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden’ by Jonas Jonasson. I read ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ first. Loved it. Loving the Girl as well. Highly, highly recommend them!
Wanting: a weekend off the mountain still…
Looking: at taking an overseas holiday this year.
Playing: the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtrack… loud, with dancing and singing included!
Deciding: on a birthday gift for my Girl.
Wishing: for my energy levels to get back to normal.
Enjoying: the laziness of school holidays and the lack of routine.
Waiting: for school term to start… back to work…
Liking: dinners on the deck in the late afternoon sunshine.
Wondering: what 2017 will bring.
Loving: my daily drink of water kefir.
Pondering: what direction to take.
Considering: buying a car for the Girl. Weighing up the pros and cons at the moment, as it’s a big commitment for her.
Watching: or rather marathoning ‘Gilmore girls’ with my Little Man. I love Lorelai’s bent sense of humour.
Hoping: that my Muse makes a return soon.
Marvelling: at just how complex and interrelated a system our bodies can be, and how sometimes modern medicine just doesn’t seem to get that.
Needing: a weekend off the mountain.
Smelling: the beetles at night.
Wearing: my new Kowtow dresses.
Following: the yellow brick road….
Noticing: how much my Little Man is growing. New shoes soon, for sure.
Knowing: that I cannot do it all.
Thinking: about what’s for dinner…. I get so sick of deciding what we will eat every night.
Feeling: relaxed after a morning meditation and affirmations session.
Admiring: the dogged determination of my Little Man as he builds a dam.
Sorting: through and shredding paperwork from last year.
Buying: as little as possible. Embracing the minimalist way of life.
Getting: up at 7 a.m. every morning and trying to prepare myself for the school term and earlier morning starts.
Bookmarking: lots of interesting stuff to share on my Facebook pages.
Opening: the washing machine to hang the n-th load of washing.
Giggling: at Lorelai’s jokes.
Snacking: on blueberry and pear smoothies.
Coveting: a weekend off the mountain (yes, there’s a theme here!)
Wishing: that people would pick up their own shit and not leave shoes in the middle of the doorway.
Helping: out friends as needed.
Hearing: the dog snore.
Are you a fan of Gilmore girls? And marathoned any good t.v. shows lately that you’d recommend?
This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for forever, so finally I am sharing with you (most) of what is inside my camera bag and where I work.
I keep a Speedlite 270EX II in my bag as well. Again, I had every intention of learning how to use it, but preferring to photograph in natural light, I’ve just never really had the need to master the flash. It’s on my to-do list for this year, though.
I don’t know how I managed without my Rapid Strap before I bought it! Lovingly called the Sniper-Strap, I purchased mine after attending a Love Your Camera workshop with Angie Baxter and seeing hers in action. Since then I’ve bought one for Daughter’s camera as well. Why do I love my strap so much? It slings across my body and takes all pressure off my neck when I’m wearing my camera. I can (and have) literally have my camera on my body all day without it being a nuisance. Best money I ever spent!
All of my gear (plus bits and pieces I’ve purchased and never really used… can you say Gary Wong diffuser?!) lives in my Kelly Moore camera bag. It helps keep the dust off of everything when it’s not in use and protects it when I travel or am at a photo shoot. It all lives beside the Mercedes I got for my birthday a few years back (the real thing was a tad expensive), and my 2 red hippie camper vans (because one day I’m going to own one and travel around Australia in it!).
This is where I work. I made the decision to purchase an electric standing desk last year because I find that sitting puts too much pressure on my back. I have a Human Tool Balance Spot anti-fatigue mat that helps to keep me upright and moving and alleviates the pressure on my feet when standing for long periods.
So there you have it.
I’d love it if you would share a link to photos of your workspace if you have one. I love being a little voyeuristic and peeking at how others set up their spaces.
“besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
the wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
~ Lin Yutang
Life can be complicated. We’re all busy. Too much to do, too little time to do it. Work. Family. Business. Friends. Commitments. Life. Too many demands on your time and all with conflicting agendas.
It was while reading the latest edition of Flow that I came across the phrase ‘just do as much as you can‘.
I read that phrase and there was a lightbulb moment for me. A sense of joy to know that others were embracing the do-less-go-slow concept. That I’m not alone and not lazy. And the realisation that I wanted to commit to this concept for the next 12 months.
If I’m honest with myself, I’ve been doing this for the last 12 months already. The last 3 months out of necessity, not choice, as my health and energy levels plummeted to all-time lows.
Letting others do for me, and not insisting on doing everything myself. Giving my inner perfectionist permission to leave the mess. Not spending my every waking hour in helper mode. Delegating more at home and freeing up my time for things I love and excel at. Just doing as much as I can.
I can hear you all inwardly screaming “But how do I do that? I’ve got too much to do and not enough time to do it!”
Here are 11 ways to get you started:
Make a conscious decision to do less. Focus on what is important, what needs to be done and let the rest go. It might take some practice but keep at it.
Find pleasure in what you are doing when you are doing it. Chose one task to do mindfully today, like, folding the washing. It’s fresh from the line, crisp and clean, and most importantly, now folded.
Disconnect from your technology. The constant interruptions of messages and calls, and being at the mercy and demands of others. There are benefits to being unreachable.
Be present when you are with others. Without close contact with other people, we grow into cold, lonely beings. Make time every single day to spend with loved ones. Listen. Share stories. Share moments. And you won’t end up with a single death-bed regret.
Learn to say “no”. Alexandra Franzen has even written a 5 step script to saying the perfect ‘no’ if you’re stuck on how to do it graciously.
Eat slower. Savour the flavours, the texture, the taste. And take the time to eat proper food at a sit-down dinner with your family. Ask about their day and talk about yours. It’s important.
Drive slower. Notice the sights when you drive. Wave to passers-by. Allow yourself to enjoy your inner Miss Daisy.
Stop multi-tasking. Focus on just one task. If you find yourself tempted to wander, stop, breathe and come back mentally to what you are doing.
Take a moment to breathe. There will be moments when the stress and overwhelm will hit. This is when you stop and take a moment to breathe. And if you need to, take another breath. Continue breathing until the feeling has passed.
2017 is my year to embrace the simplicity, to find time to unwind and to slow down the pace of life.
want to join me?