Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gratitude Day: 002


Today:

I’m feeling: tired but optimistic

I’m listening to: the wind blowing pass my 'new' room

I’m thinking: that rediscovering things is a true joy. Treasure sometimes lies right under our noses.

I’m reading: journals, blogs and books to inspire and grow self.

I’m looking forward to: mail, June, new experiences, new friends and powerful change

I’m learning: to trust in my instincts, move forward with optimism and to love myself

I’m enjoying: good food cooked by my hand, new experiences even when they don't work out so well, laughter, music, candle light and love

I’m creating: a new reality in an old space

I’m grateful for: the chance to start again afresh every morning

Around the house are: little projects left to do and little corners that make me feel happy just by gazing on them. I am seeing progress!

In my kitchen: Mexican style beans, the beginning of a stir fry and pappadoms

I’m planning later in the coming week to: continue learning love, go to yoga, embrace change and finish up some projects.

My quote/verse for the upcoming week is: Bird by bird

I’m wishing you: peace, love and good food!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gratitude Day: 001



Today:

I’m feeling: confused and worried. Just when I think I know, I realize that I need to take a step back and breath.

I’m listening to: the sounds of the afternoon, buses passing, children playing, chicken clucking.

I’m thinking: that I owe myself some time to grow and change after the year I had in 2013. 

I’m reading: too much into some things and not enough of my persona development books and literature.

I’m looking forward to: a fresh start tomorrow after a good night's sleep. Meeting a new friend.

I’m learning: to take everything one step at a time. Don't leap ahead of myself because I think I should be able to. 

I’m enjoying: fresh breezes and a mason jar of cool water

I’m creating: new spaces, new routines and new ideas

I’m grateful for: my friends and myself. For the ability to take a second look and know that I will always have support.

Around the house are: four carrot tops growing which are now joined by a Romaine lettuce which is springing out new leaves.

In my kitchen: the wonderful discovery of wok oil and the continued joy of stir-fried food.

I’m planning later in the coming week to: finish up my home projects and start others. Send mail off to a friends and family. Enjoy the in between moments and really spend time with myself.

My quote/verse for the upcoming week is: Take a little time to laugh, a little time to sing; a little time to see the joy in every little thing.

I’m wishing you: peace and prosperity.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Gardening Groove

I have had a failure or two and some triumphs on my gardening journey but I find with each passing experience I get more and more interested in continuing.

I started a simple carrot greens 'garden' and I have harvested some of the greens already and I find that I enjoy the flavor in a salad. It is an excellent way to get the most out of a vegetable.


I had also taken to sprouting lentil beans and I find that they are a delightful crunchy additive to my stir-fry. I ate up the first set with absolutely no thought of taking a photo so below another set in the soaking stage.














I'll try to take a snap of them when they are done before they disappear into my tummy. No promises though. I plan to try to sprout other beans as well and have them as a regular part of my diet. I have so far stopped using dairy and wheat flour and my Mother seems convinced that I am 'too young' to have such a restrictive diet.

I prefer to look at another way. I have health problem that I have been struggling with and I have said enough is enough. My body is my refuge and I want to take better care of it. That is not to say that I wont sneak the occasional snack in there or an indulgence but one the other and it was be negligent to continue the same way I have been all of my life and expect things to change.

I can actually fit in a dress I bought when I was seventeen or so now so I am feeling pretty good about what I am doing for myself these days. I feel great. And I will only strive to be even more in tune with my body and its unique needs.

I also felt pretty happy with myself because I repotted my peppermint without incident into a bigger pot. I think it will be much happier in there now.



And as you can see my little pant is not so little anymore! I am so chuffed! Here is a close up of the spring onions growing in the pot beside it. I am worried about them and hoping that a few make it to a good enough size to be replanted into different pots.


I'll keep you all posted on how that goes.

All in all I am a happy gardener and pleased as punch that I was inspired to give this a try.

Simple Successes

I have been focusing on the home while on my sick leave, trying to make the place easier to clean and maintain. I also want to be as minimalist as possible as this allows me to be free of clutter on the outside and thus free from cutter on the inside as well.

I have under took a few simply DIY projects that left me feeling quite chuffed:

The first is a wire hanger re-purposed after a could 15 to 20 minutes of bending and shaping with a pliers into a brush stand for my boar-hair brush. I very recently, as in just last week started to use it to wet shave my legs in the iconic way that men shave their beards.

In my research I found that it is best for the brush to dry upside down. Stand cost anywhere from 15US to 100US and I am in no position at this time to buy anymore stuff. It isn't fancy, or pretty but it is functional.



I have been making lots of list to keep me on track in the big bedroom clean up and I found that I wanted a clip board. After searching and realizing that I simply again wasn't in a position to buy one I turned to Google and in no time realized that making one was super easy.

It didn't click at first but then I realized that I had all of the materials I needed already around me. In no time I had a clip board and was using it. I still haven't decided exactly how I will decorate it yet but I am just happy to have gotten around spending unnecessary money.



I have really made some good strides in my cleaning. I have my little pantry set up and the bookshelf area is starting to come together. It has been a real pleasure to see my spaces in a different light.



It continues to be a challenge to live with other people who view points don't entirely match up with my own in regards to my living space. I am learning to roll with it and not get too caught up in other people's ideas of  where things should be and how things should look.

As I continue to cull my things I hope to be left with a routine of cleaning that I can maintain and also that the management of my space spills over to the management of my time and I am able to do more of the things I love more often.

I find myself in a loop of internet vastness and then wonder where my day went. Slowly I want to move away from that and be able to account for most of my day. I am happy for now though at where I am going.

Peace and Blessings to all of you.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gratitude Day: 000

This post was inspired by my dear friend Nicky. Thank you for continuing to be a source of kindness, love and inspiration in my life.

Today:

I’m feeling:
thoughtful and in control of my life. Though I am not certain exactly where I am going, I feel empowered by my efforts.

I’m listening to:
my heart and my inner voice. 

I’m thinking:
that lessons are learned when it is the right time for them to sink in. Also, I believe that choosing the right material, people and influences for your mind can have a major effect on when change happens.

I’m looking forward to:
Cleaning my rooms, yoga and getting back to work.

I’m learning:
That everything happens to the good of the spirit. Challenges and triumphs alike all build us up to where we need to be.

I’m enjoying:
watching my garden grow, connecting with friends and rediscovering myself.

I’m creating:
a cowl for a friend and an environment for my personal and spiritual well being.

I’m grateful for:
my friends, my family, my inner voice and the ability to work and to have a good life in which I can be generous and kind.

Around the house are:
bags of clothing and rubbish to sort, wash and donate; and spaces slowly coming under control.

In my kitchen:
brown rice, lentils and cauliflower cooked in my rice cooker. :)

I’m planning later in the coming week to:
continue to declutter and clean. Go to the supermarket. Have a spa date with myself and enjoy a sugar scrub after a soak in the tub. Drop off my insurance forms.

My quote/verse for the upcoming week is:
I am my refuge.

I’m wishing you:
Self love, inner peace and contentment.