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taking stock #013

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Life has thrown yet another series of them at our family.  Nothing we can’t handle, but it’s put us off-kilter a little.
No blanks in this edition of taking stock.  Instead, I’ve left this page open the entire day and come back to this post multiple times.  No pressure to answer. More time to think through what has been influencing my life of late.

So here’s the lucky #013 of taking stock.  It’s a mixed bag!

Making: condensed milk, lemon and gingernut puddings – a little bit of comfort food for the soul (thanks, Simon, for the recipe!)
Cooking: up a plan for a weekend away with the girls
Drinking: kefir water – still on it and still loving it
ReadingThe Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry, MD – how ‘healthy’ food  can actually be harming you
Wanting: to do so much more, but pacing myself – life is a journey, not a destination
Looking: up and reading journal articles on Ankylosing Spondylitis
Playing: Imagine Dragons album Evolve on repeat
Deciding: on a Sunday afternoon what is on the dinner menu for the coming week – makes life so much easier
Wishing: that I lived closer to my brothers and sister…
Enjoying: moments in the sunshine
Waiting: for the results from the Boys MRI
Liking: only working 1 day a week now
Wondering: why it took me so long to make the decision to only work 1 day a week
Loving: my new role as the publicity and promotions manager at school
Pondering: ‘be the change’ – and how it is applicable to me at this point in my life
Considering: getting my nose pierced – something I’ve always wanted to do, but keep chickening out on
WatchingBuffy, the Vampire Slayer – still! The kids are still loving it, and still having a blast bagging it out each episode
Hoping: that all goes well for my Beautiful Girl as she prepares to leave the nest again
Marveling: at how warm our day times temperatures have been lately
Needing: to stop and stretch more
Smelling: immune booster oil – still having it burning, because the Boy can’t manage to shake his cough
Wearing: my new Peruvian alpaca wool knitted jumper – soooooo warm
Following: up on blood tests to see if my iron levels have increased
Noticing: how I feel when I do a yoga session – my mind and body loves it
Knowing: that I will be able to help my Boy on his journey with Ankylosing Spondylitis
Thinking: about getting a medicinal tattoo – anyone knows of a reputable tattoo artist who only uses natural inks?
Feeling: pleased with myself at what I have achieved over the last couple of days
Admiring: the colours of a sunset
Sorting: through all sorts of shit in my house – it’s time to go Minimalist
Buying: as little as possible
Getting: all of my affairs in order, so that if I do drop off the planet, it’s all organized for my family (& no, I’m not about to drop off the planet)
Bookmarking: medical journal articles on Ankylosing Spondylitis – trying to read enough to understand, but not overwhelm me
Disliking: unanswered emails….
Opening: mail… bills… why do they all seem to come at once?
Giggling: do I really giggle?  I don’t think I do!
Snacking: on crystallized ginger
Coveting: nothing – it’s the Minimalist in me coming out
Wishing: that the Boy didn’t have to deal with Ankylosing Spondylitis
Hearing: the whir of my computer fan

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

What has been happening in your life?  And more specifically, do you have any experience with Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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taking the first step & following the trail of breadcrumbs

you know how sometimes when you need it most, the universe leaves you a trail of breadcrumbs

In mid-August, I took a week off from my paid job.

I was tired.
I wasn’t happy.

and I was really wondering what the hell to do with my life

following the trail

I hadn’t been entirely happy in my job for some time.  It had become an effort to get myself ready in the mornings, I was getting very short with the kids at work and then at the end of the day, coming home and drinking too much wine. Something had to give…

That something ended up being having my skill as a photographer questioned by people who know not-very-much about photography.  I was so severely pissed off at having my knowledge and ability questioned.  I’d reached breaking-point,

so, I walked into the Boss’s office and asked for the week off.  I looked like shit, so he told me to take as long as I needed

I took a week. A week of laying in the sun, reading my book and having conversations with the dog – who apart from wanting me to pat her all of the time, made for a great listener.

By the end of the week, things still weren’t any clearer.  I wanted to take a leap of faith and start a photography business… something I’ve been dreaming about for a little while now, but the uncertainty about income (especially when there always seems to be something popping up to drain the bank balance) had me torn.

enter the breadcrumbs

Part of my unsettlement (if that is even a word!) this year has been that it is my Beautiful Girl’s final year at school.  It’s been a big year for her, and for all of us in the family as well.  And even though I knew the time was coming for her to fly from the nest and make her own way in life, I wasn’t sure I ready for that.

It was a conversation with my Naturopath that was the catalyst for my first step.  I can’t remember the exact words, but it was the proverbial  lightbulb moment when I realised that it was time for me to put what I wanted first. And I wanted to start this business.

The longest journey, or project, begins with the first step.
When it is too hard to picture the whole journey, break it down into smaller ones.

~from Now Is the Time by Patrick Lindsay

A couple of days later I came across The 100 Day Goal – 100 days of actions towards a goal that you really want.  I’d made the initial decision and discussed it with the family, but now I had to start the journey to making it actually happen. This program was how I was going to break down the setting up of my business into smaller, manageable chunks.

A bundle of other advice was appearing in my inbox and feeds as well.  And instead of giving these things a cursory glance, I took the time to read them and to really mull them over.

I was following my trail of breadcrumbs.

Today is Day 50 of the 100.  I’m half way there, with still a bit to do.

By December 8, I will well and truly have this business up and running.  And I’m excited about it.

because life is short, too short to be unhappy and wondering ‘what if’

Anything is possible if you want it hard enough.  You’ve just to got to eat your elephant one bite at a time.

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Our Family Health Journey Begins

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Back in late March this year, Daughter got sick – really sick.  The glands in her neck were that swollen that she was lapsing in and out of consciousness with the pain.  It was a scary couple of days.

After a (mis-)diagnosis of mumps, and the required exclusion period from school, she seemed to start to mend.

But we were faced with a whole new set of symptoms – fatigue and aching joints, and her glands were definitely not going down.

In our family, we try to let our bodies do the healing (with nutritional and homeopathic support), but after a month of very little improvement, I was beginning to suspect Glandular Fever.

Several blood test later – all with no results – I requested a rheumatoid factor test, which came back slightly elevated.

Our GP began to suspect Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which really started to get us worried.  And by now Daughter was really not in a good way.  She wasn’t sleeping well and was in fairly constant pain with her joints.

As a family, and definitely for our Sweet Girl, we’d all reached a point where we realised that we needed professional medical help.

Enter Pauline – our naturopath.

And the beginning of our health journey.

Over the next several weeks, I will share with you some of things we’ve been learning about health and nutrition – and giving our bodies the support they need in order to not be host to the nasties that circulate our world.

I am by no means a trained medical professional and do not under any circumstances pretend to be.  Any information I share with you here is based purely on personal experience.  I strongly advise that you consult with a trained naturopath or medical professional before undertaking any changes to you or your family’s current health, nutrition or exercise regimes.

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