This is happening…new post…new series…let’s see where this goes

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So I haven’t been here for a while and I don’t know what the point is, where this will go, if this is the right place to be doing it BUT I’m going to give it a go! I’m going to back myself. I’m doing it for me and because I enjoy it. I’ll see where it takes me. And after all, a start is enough.

So to start – taking stock (as borrowed from pip):

19 March 2015
Making : this new blog
Cooking : nil
Drinking : lots of water and the odd beer
Reading: random bits off the internet
Wanting: a bit of career clarity
Looking: forward to getting things back on track
Playing: dare I say – hay day
Deciding: to go for the job or not to go for the job
Wishing: I had more confidence in my instincts
Enjoying: time at home, in the sun with my mum
Waiting: for something decent to come on tv
Liking: trying this again
Wondering: where this will go
Loving: being at home
Pondering: career options
Considering: going to bed
Watching: random bits of kiwi tv at midnight
Hoping: I’ll sleep well
Marvelling: at how rejuvenating a trip home is
Needing: to take a breath
Smelling: freshly showered
Wearing: trackies and white tee!
Following: a random assortment of bloggers
Noticing: I tired
Knowing: things will work out
Thinking: too much

Here goes🎈

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Friday I love you!

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Happy Friday!

It’s a dreary looking day here in Melbourne but that is no reason to be down when there are so many great possibilities for the weekend!

I’m thinking about checking out this new pop up wine bar at the Windsor, this cultural hub / wine bar in Fitzroy which sounds interesting and maybe a visit to the reinvented Pony!

Now if you were worried that that looked all a little too wine based there’ll also be a bit of rowing, coffee catch ups and I’d like to spend some quality time with my book.

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I’ll also be continuing on with this week’s challenge of doing work you love. I started the contemplation earlier in the week and think its time to do a bit of googling to see what different things are out there. And you know what, I might just end up feeling that the job I have is the one for me but with ideas about next steps or extra-curricular activities that fulfil unexplored passions!

What will you be watering this weekend?

M x

Thursday so soon?

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Hey there, how’s your week travelling?

It’s Thursday, hurrah! My good friend Bea over at the google year calls it the best day of the week, and I must admit when we have sparklings after work it is pretty fantastic.

What will your Thursday bring?

As I [semi-regularly] do today is photo Thursday, a snap shot from the past couple of weeks in the watering year.

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Let me decipher those photo’s a little for you in no particular order:

  1. the awesome pop up patch in Melbourne! A roof top urban garden where you can rent crates to grow stuff! A great place to wander through on your lunchbreak or just hang out (and that’s free!)
  2. my very healthy airplane lunch – key elements: msg ladden noodles and beer (NZ Steinlager to be specific), Food for champions!
  3. the gnomes that live on a bend on the way up Mt Buller…we helped furnish their home with a little more snow on a recent trip
  4. a sample of the delightful buzzy bees painted on the concrete around the pop up patch

 

What’s your week looked like?

Meanwhile I’ve been enjoy spaces of quiet time and thinking about what work I love…no epiphanies yet but the week isn’t over yet!

See you tomorrow for some weekend watering ideas and more about doing work you love.

M x

Quiet time

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Hey there! How’s your week going?

A recent blog by Leo of Zen Habits gave me pause for thought. It was all about creating space for quiet time in our day. As I read Leo’s comments about rushing, filling every spare moment with social engagements and noise I found myself nodding.

He spoke about some of the changes he had made in his life to incorporate a bit more quiet and how it gave him space to process thoughts and ideas, helped him be more conscious and more energy when with others, the space to be selective and reflective. It sounded good. I felt calmer just reading about his morning tea ritual and imagining myself doing similar.

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He listed simple things to try:

  1. Create a little quiet space in the morning.
  2. Meditate for 2 minutes a day (to start with). Just sit and put your attention on your breath, returning when your thoughts distract you.
  3. When you feel the urge to socialize online, pause. Give yourself a little quiet instead.
  4. When you feel the automatic urge to say Yes to an invitation, consider saying No instead, unless it’s something that will truly enrich your life.
  5. Don’t take music on a run or walk. Instead, give yourself space with your thoughts.
  6. When someone talks to you, instead of jumping in with something about yourself, just listen. Absorb. Reflect their thoughts back to them. Appreciate their beauty.
  7. Make time for the people closest to you. One-on-one time is best. Really pay attention to them.
  8. Make time for creating, with no distractions.
  9. Spend some time decluttering, and creating peaceful space.
  10. Create space between your automatic reaction, and your actions (or words). Even one second is enough. In that space, consider whether your reaction is appropriate.
  11. Instead of rushing, take a breath, and slow down.
  12. Pay attention to sensations of whatever you’re eating, drinking, doing.
  13. Have a daily time for reflection.

 

Of course its not about doing them all or banning all noise, I love a good tune, a bit of banter but there is some space in the daily chaos for a bit more zen or at least pausing before operating on autopilot.

So I’ve been pausing a little more before I automatically go to turn on the stereo or whip out my phone. I’ve enjoyed eating breakfast without my normal news in the background. And it has made me feel calmer. Next up is a bit more listening, and a bit less rushing. And pausing from time to time.

What do you think about quiet time?

M x

 

Is it spring yet?

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Hey there, how’ve you been? I’ve been on another winter hiatus, all this cold weather has had me hibernating, taking trips to the snow, a weekend jaunt to NZ, a brief winter romance and generally keeping my head down.

But watering your life waits for no man, woman or yeti and so onwards and upwards!

What changes have come and gone since we last spoke…it turns out quite a few [with mixed success]:

Change 28: Replace opinions with curiosity = a bit of a non-starter but *one I would like to return to*

Change 29: Read = Unintentionally Done!

Change 30: Cut out shopping = kinda

Change 31: Learn that you’re good enough = non-starter and definitely *one to come back to*

Change 32: Create = non-starter

Change 33: Eat real food = kinda

So a patchy effort on my behalf – let me know if you’re interested in more details on any of the changes and i’ll get onto that in a future post.

Meanwhile this weeks change is Change 34: Explore work you love, now that sounds like a great place to get back into the swing of things, especially with spring around the corner.

So check in later in the week for a progress report on change 34, a post on a little something called quiet time, photo Thursday and a weekend wrap up.

In the meantime here’s my favourite song….yep its still my current favourite

Nice to be seeing you again.

M x

Change 27 – valuing time over money!

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Hey there new week!

How was your weekend? I had a wonderful time in the Mornington Peninsula, some quality girlfriend time and caught up on sleep. Now we’re into week 27 which brings with it a new change – Value time more than money!

What does this mean? Well …

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It’s about taking time out to step back, take stock of what you spend time on and how that relates to what you value…what makes you happy, content, invigorated. Basically what how you spend your time says about what you value. Sometimes I feel I get caught up, like a lot of us,  in the day-to-day, with a long wish list of things I would like to do and things that I know make me really happy or are important to me yet often they don’t quite make it to reality. Do I really value tv time? Facebook?

Now its not about thinking I have to spend all my time all the time on passions, joys etc. with no down time. I value downtime and a bit of quality tv time. But stepping back to see how the balance is. As time really is a precious resource so why not spend as much of it as possible on the things and people we love. In or outside of work.

Also lately I’ve caught myself looking over the fence at other people’s lives and get caught into the comparison trap of wishing I was doing what they were. The whole point of the watering year is to focus on my side of the fence so I think this is a timely change.

In terms of how to make this change:

1. Take an assessment of how you’re spending your time. What do you do most with your time?

2. Ask yourself whether you should readjust things. Make time for the things that you really want be doing — spend time with friends and loved ones, create, read, head outside, play sport, take a bath. You’ll never have enough time to do everything, but you can make time to do some of the things that are really important to you.

3. Consider the direction of your career. Since you spend most of your day working, it’s a fair idea to try and be doing something you like. Is this what you really want to do? Will this particular job lead you to where you want to be? And as scary as it seems are there ways to take your career into your own hands? Or work towards an alternative outside of work hours with hobbies, study and the like.

So I’m going to try these steps this week and observe how I spend my time, what I value and what changes I can make.

What will you be watering?

Here’s a little something for the eyes and ears to get the week started.

M x

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Friday party time

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And it’s another Friday…woo hoo!

What will you be watering this weekend?

I’m off to the Mornington Peninsula for a weekend with some lovely gal’s to celebrate one of my fav’s birthday. There will be nice food, wine and company; a trip to the hot springs; hopefully a visit to the Archibald Prize and a whole lot of chilling in between!

I think there will be opportunity for lovely sleep-in’s so I should be good on this week’s sleeping challenge! Ready for Change 27 come Monday.

In term’s of other watering ideas, during the week I got on the Great Gatsby bandwagon – a sparkly Baz spectacular, though such a tragic story! And also tried another new Melbourne bar – Mercy.

Happy weekend whatever you’re watering and here’s my latest favourite tune to get you on your way.

M x

Framed Thursday [winter edition]

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Hi there, how’s your weekend going, getting more sleep?

My results are mixed so far. Generally I’ve been getting a bit less than the recommended 7 hours. So I’m still working my way through the steps in an attempt to get more – today it was early to rise and exercise. I definitely don’t think falling asleep will be a problem but getting to bed early enough will be!

In the meantime here are some pic’s from the wintry week that was. See you Friday for a look ahead to what’s on the agenda for watering this weekend.

Happy Thursday!

M x

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New week reporting in

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Hey people, how was your weekend?

The snow weekend was a wintry delight full of laughs, adventures and some quality down-time as well.

Change 25 – Let go of TV ended up being a SUCCESS! Hurray! And in all honesty, apart from a couple of habits it wasn’t too hard. I did resort to it a couple of times when I was feeling glum and to watch the rugby. But overall a success.

Though the key question – did I do more things that I want to do, i.e. read, cook, get back to my crafting? Well….kinda. Well…not so much. I did catch up on my blogging! And I did do more reading [I’m loving Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close]. But crafting and cooking a meal, not so much.

I’m thinking of setting a non-negotiable night in to do those things and to ignore my temptation and FOMO to participate in social engagements. I’ll see how I go. How do you go making time for your passions?

Meanwhile it is monday, a brand new week and a brand new change. This week we’re up to Change 26 (crikey that means half way through the year) – Get More Sleep! So tune in tomorrow for how to tackle this one.

Have a great week y’all!

M x

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Get more sleep!

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So Change 26 is Get More Sleep! This is a constant challenge of mine, you too? Sleep is kind of fundamental to everything. With enough sleep things run smoothly, I’m better tempered, get to work on time, heck I’m more fun. When I don’t have it, the wheels well and truly fall off. And while I know this,I generally don’t get enough.

So, what does Leo suggest to make this change:

1. Assess how much sleep you’re getting. If it’s less than 7 hours consider getting more sleep.

2. Take a nap. Totally not going to happen during the working week for me [though the weekends are another story].

In this case he suggests at least disconnecting from digital devices: phones, computers [again a challenge with work, but maybe some paper based reading / meetings instead for a period of time?].

3. Disconnect, go outside, take a walk, stretch [more do-able].

4. Exercise in whatever form suits you – running, walking, biking, swimming, hula hooping (though maybe not within half an hour of going to bed).

5. Get up early. [Hmmm this sounds counter-intuitive] Apparently if you shift your body clock a bit earlier it will help you feel more tired and get to sleep at the other end of the day. [I’m dubious]

6. Go to bed earlier. [not rocket science but I think the key step for me] turn off the internet, your phone, tv…it will all still be there tomorrow. Put in the time to change your habits. Reading before bed always helps me, I just need to get to bed earlier to get more than half a page in!

7. Establish a bedtime ritual to unwind. So this means turning devices off, clearing stuff up, showering or having a hot drink if that’s your thing and whatever else gets you into the sleep zone. The key is to start it an hour before bedtime so that you’re starting to slow down well before your head hits the pillow.

8. Next, focus your attention. Once you’ve done your bedtime ritual and unwound, then its time to quiet the mind if it’s still racing. If thats a struggle you could try closing your eyes and visualising your day,moment by moment from the time you woke up. The tiny details like getting up, having a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing your teeth…..asleep yet?

Sleep is one of those things I enjoy so much [and need in order to avoid meltdowns] though find I don’t get enough. So this week I’m going to try a different step each day and see how I go getting more of it.

Good luck if you’re also trying to get more sleep. I’ll see you later in the week to report on my progress.

M x

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