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.
(Featured image via Pinterest)