Taking stock, whimsy and 200 Cartwheels

Thanks to Pip from Meet Me at Mikes. She posted this  blog post earlier, in May, about taking stock and I loved its simplicity and it is particularly relevant to me today. So I’ve decided to share my list of things that I’m taking stock of this long weekend. Because sometimes a bit of whimsy in our lives is a great thing.

I was thinking how important it is to take the time to take really take stock of our lives (and that was before I stumbled upon the lovely post by Pip at Meet Me at Mikes – so a little bit of serendipity thrown in to!). It has just been so lovely to have the time and space to actually wind down, enjoy my family, enjoy being home – not rushing from place to place.

We also did a few things that we don’t normally do: we went to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens to spend some time in the Children’s Garden, then we went to a french cafe, Entrecôte for afternoon coffee – the fire was burning and there were people drinking red wine on banquette seating. Heartwarming, soul warming stuff. Then on to the Vietnamese quarter for an early dinner.

Today, a walk in the country. We walked a rail trail walking track in Red Hill. With a two year old in tow we couldn’t commit to the entire track, so my eight year old suggested that when she had completed 200 cartwheels it would be time to turn around. I love the whimsy in that. We all agreed to her goal, and it was very well-timed. Cold hands and tired legs synchronised with her 200th cartwheel.

So here is my list of things I’m taking stock of. I’ve also included a blank list for you to copy and paste. Share it if you want to, but don’t feel you have to, but I’d love to read your list.

Completing it will make you feel good.

Making: Nut bread

Cooking : Slow cooked lamb shanks

Drinking : red wine

Reading: The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson

Wanting: another early night

Looking: at my open fire

Playing: Angus & Julia Stone

Deciding: to turn off my modem when my kids go to bed

Wishing: we didn’t have to wait till November for the next long weekend

Enjoying: the cosiness of my house

Waiting: for responses to my pitches

Liking: wearing trainers all day

Wondering: how soon I can change into my PJs

Loving: my family, my life; right now

Pondering: how to bring more soulful activities in to my everyday

Considering: pulling out my Mum’s sewing machine and enrolling in a course

Buying: magazines (my weakness)

Watching: how fast my kids grow

Hoping: they don’t grow too fast

Marvelling: at how much a difference taking stock makes to your outlook

Cringing: about wearing runners all day

Needing: some funkier runners to wear all day

Questioning: how long winter will actually last

Smelling: the log burning on the fire

Wearing: jeans and a cardi (and runners) – soon to be PJs

Following: some new and refreshing blogs

Noticing: the small things that make me happy

Knowing: how much these small things matter

Thinking: how fortunate I am

Admiring: my most excellent and gorgeous husband

Sorting: my two year olds bursting draws

Getting: comfortable in front of the fire

Bookmarking: Meet Me at Mikes

Coveting: a back-pack handbag made by Eco Collective Australia

Disliking: the vortex of social media

Opening: some Cookies & Cream ice cream

Giggling: with my kids

Feeling: full and warm

Snacking: on ice cream

Helping: put the kids to bed

Hearing: the fire crackling

So here is your list. Enjoy.

Making :

Cooking :

Drinking :

Reading:

Wanting:

Looking:

Playing:

Deciding:

Wishing:

Enjoying:

Waiting:

Liking:

Wondering:

Loving:

Pondering:

Considering:

Buying:

Watching:
Hoping:

Marvelling:

Cringing:

Needing:

Questioning:

Smelling:

Wearing:

Following:

Noticing:

Knowing:

Thinking:

Admiring:

Sorting:

Getting:

Bookmarking:

Coveting:

Disliking:

Opening:

Giggling:

Feeling:

Snacking:

Helping:

Hearing:

(Featured image via Pinterest)

Comments

  1. Frankie says

    Wonderful. Will not only write up my list but also visit the children’s garden and check out the french place!

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