Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sundays are for savouring

This week, I am grateful for...

1. My little 'un having a wonderful time at her first two days of school! It's been hard to extract details from her as to what she actually did during the day (just par for the course at this age!) but she went in chirpy and confident and came home so full of life. And was excited about returning the following day. Yay!

2. I was so very relieved that my littlie has also responded well to this second, different course of antibiotics and her cough has cleared up very quickly. She also did not suffer any side effects, notably the nausea that our rather surly pharmacist put the wind up me about. (And yes, I am changing pharmacists pronto.)

3. Taking it very easy while my daughter was at school. The first morning went very smoothly and I was not as overcome with emotion as I'd feared. I guess I got all my tears out earlier that week! It was also lovely that my husband went to work late that morning so he could come to school with us, then he and I went out for a coffee.

4. The first week of The Walk, a new online offering from Melody Ross and the wonderful team at Brave Girls Club. I had been looking for some soulful, artsy inspiration to guide me through the month and this is just perfect. I doubt I'll get around to every single art project but Melody's courses never fail to provide journalling inspiration and wonderful new art techniques. Love!

5. The safe arrival of my beautiful new niece! She is simply exquisite and I am so in love with her. And so very proud of my sister for the way she managed a very difficult delivery and lead-up to it.

6. My sister's delivery giving me pause for thought and prompting me to ask myself some deep questions about what I truly want for the arrival of my son. My sister's experience of labour was so similar to my own (even though mine was not induced), that I am confronting the reality of what labour actually means for me and my family, and I don't mean just physically. In fact, it's the emotional and psychological impact on the body that I feel is much more relevant here. I am grateful for the discussions with my obstetrician that are going to come out of this, evidence that I am in such a different place from last time.

7. Arcade Fire's most recent album Reflektor. I bought this for my husband for Christmas and he remains a little ambivalent about it but I love it more each time I hear it. Somehow, it manages to motivate me to get off the couch and do stuff (which is saying a lot at the moment!) so I use it as a kind of a soul bribe.

8. Two beautiful necklaces from Wilde Asher, which arrived this week. What's not to love about talismans called Globetrotter and Treasure Seeker? They are beautifully made and somehow manage to remind me of life's possibility and serenity every time I put them on.

9. This excellent post by Lisa Congdon on fear of emptiness and way in which it prevents her from truly stopping to recharge her batteries. I can so relate to this and it's heartening to read that even a talented and successful artist like Lisa continues to faces the same dilemma. She's a wise and generous soul, that one.

10. Deciding that baby steps are OK. Each day, I wake up with a To Do list as long as my arm. Each night, I go to bed having achieved about a tenth of what was on the list... if that. The discomfort and the heat just get the better of me. And this week, anxiety had a huge part to play in keeping me stagnant. But frankly, is I manage to get a decent night's sleep having cleansed my face, brushed my teeth and taken my vitamins (writing a blog post is a serious bonus), then I reckon I'm doing damn well. Even if I do have bad dreams about how grotty our floors are!

10. + 1. The self-sown zucchini in our front garden. How much joy is there in that delicate saffron flower? I also love the way in coaxed me out with my camera just now, something that hasn't happened in a while.

What are you grateful for this week?

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