• Feeling the joy

    Thursday, February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone who knows me would also know I’d rather stick a hot poker in my eye than go on a cruise ship. I know I know, my perception of oldies playing shuttleboard or drama a la The Love Boat are all seriously outdated, but I’ve never had any desire to travel aboard something that could strike an iceberg or spring a leak. (And yes I know the Titanic incident was a rarity and Poseidon Adventure a movie, but still…)

    Which makes it more inexplicable that… I AM GOING ON A CRUISE. (And I’m actually looking forward to it!)

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  • Becoming grumpy

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been feeling bad of late. I’m pretty sure I’ve been more short-tempered than I should be with my mother.

    And she doesn’t deserve it.

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  • How quickly a heart can break

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 Permalink

    I haven’t written any non-bookish posts here for a while. All is okay but I’ve been struggling a little in my usual #firstworldproblems way. Stressing more than I should about work; worrying about things I think I SHOULD be doing (writing, blogging, reading), but not. The usual. And then there are the mid-life hormones running rampant through my now 50yr old body. In fact, I decided I was dying the other night cos according to my Fitbit I actually spent a few hours with my heartrate in the ‘fat-burning’ zone while lying in bed, even reaching the ‘cardio’ zone a few times. Bloody palpitations. 

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  • Revelations, not resolutions

    Thursday, January 4, 2018 Permalink

    I gave up on the idea of New Year’s resolutions years ago. Even my thinly-veiled versions, labelled as ‘goals’ didn’t help me when it came to following through on dreams or ideas. I am however, partial to the idea of continuous improvement – that management catch-cry of the 1990s, which I’m sure has since been forgotten… along with Milli Vanilli and the like.

    It’s not uncommon then that my navel-gazing leads to the odd revelation or two, and I’ve been I’ve been pondering a couple, particularly in light of the new year and that concept of new beginnings. And stuff.

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  • #5before50: the styled photo-shoot

    Thursday, December 21, 2017 Permalink

    One of the items on my ‘5 things to do before I turn 50’ (aka #5before50) list was a styled photo-shoot. Naturally it took me 11 of the 12 months allocated to achieve this mini-goal as I kept putting it off thinking I’d: 1. lose more weight; 2. get better hair; 3. consider botox; 4. feel less vain about doing it; and 5. suddenly become younger and more attractive.

    None of those things happened. Instead I almost ran out of time and when my mother asked for gift ideas, we agreed it’d be something she could shout me. And – between you and me – I hoped it’d be a way of accepting me as me (ignoring my body, big nose and yellow teeth and so forth!).

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  • 2017: a retrospective

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 Permalink

    I’m heading to the first of my Christmas celebrations tonight: a dinner with friends. And tomorrow night I have a work dinner (bizarrely, at the same place I’m going to tonight!). And then a break-up for my pilates class on Sunday. My work area closes between Christmas and New Year so we’re forced to take time off and I’m most certainly excited about the impending break. I may pop back in here for a #5before50 update before the end of the year but I’m thinking this might be my last post for a while so figured it was a good time to wrap-up my year.

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  • Self-care vs self-indulgence

    Thursday, November 30, 2017 Permalink

    I was talking to someone earlier this week about last week’s post. The one about self-care…. the fact that it looks different for everyone and that sometimes it’s about doing the stuff we don’t want to do in the short term to make life easier, in the long term.

    My devoted listener (aka the therapist I pay to listen to me) commented that she’d recently been involved in a similar discussion. One which took a slightly different turn. It was she said, about self-care vs self-indulgence.

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  • Self-care: about more than bubble baths

    Thursday, November 23, 2017 Permalink

    I read (and shared) an article I found on Facebook last weekend. The piece, from Thought Catalogue, about self-care by Brianna Wiest resonated with me – and others obviously – and I’ve been pondering it since.

    It was the ‘bubble bath’ phrase that drew my attention initially. And, anyone who knows me knows I love my baths. (As is evident from my blog header!)

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