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Priorities 2019

I’ve struggled a lot with motivation and I think prioritising so to start the New Year I’ve decided to write a bit of list to keep me on track….

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I’m sure there’s a few more things I should consider i.e. friends, gym…… but I think this is a good starting point / guide post.

Having said that priority No. 1 for this week is…..holiday time on the beach 🙂

Wishing you all a blessed week.

What priorities do you have – for 2019?

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Books

Six degrees of separation from the French man’s wife to the Australian convict

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by booksaremyfavouriteandbest,  and gets you to take one title, and link through five other titles to see where you end up.

January’s starting point is The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. I was randomly gifted this book at our annual bookclub Christmas bookswap however never finished it.

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Another older book I recieved at this annual event was Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert. It appears unread in my Goodreads account but I’m sure I finished this thanks to it also being a bookclub read. I seem to remember an interesting feminist discussion was had.

Madame Bovary’s title characters first name was Emma which takes me to another more classical book Emma by Jane Austen. I don’t believe I’ve read this book nor seen the complete movie however I do know I have watched the complete series of Pride And Prejudice along with reading the book which I seem to remember enjoying.

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Another classic I’m sure I’ve read and enjoyed was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte when I was a teenager living at home. It sounds like I need to re-read a few of these to refresh my memory. Another book I read from the shelves at home was For the Term of his Natural Life by Marcus Clarke which for a long time I’ve wanted to re-read to see if it still as good as I remember.

Well I didn’t mean to take a classical theme but there you have it.

Do you have any thoughts on these links/books? Happy Reading 🙂

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Front-yard Cricket

Welcome to 2019 🙂

The weather finally cooled down enough to actually be outside and we had a family moment ❤

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December was a tough month. It’s the anniversary of my stillborn son’s birthday. I slowed down early and then when break time really came around I felt I had to ‘do’ especially as I had Hubby home ‘thanks’ to an achilles injury. So then the guilt started and the flatness spread and I just couldn’t get into the Christmas energy. Thankfully I trust my family and friends and feel no need to act, so much food and joyful fellowship was still had. My energy is gradually returning and I’m working on focusing on the moment rather than stressing about what hasn’t been done and what I feel needs to be done in the future (and trying to be understanding towards my family). I still generally feel like an over-privileged princess as I constantly choose puzzles, reading and tv over houshold tasks. But I get the washing and dishes done and I’m confident my children feel loved which is priority no. 1.

I usually like New Years Resolutions but havn’t had the motivation yet – still working on my Christmas letters! Having said that things must be improving…..

  1. One blog a month.
  2. I’d like to do something political this Australian election year. I got some ‘beginner’s guide’ books for Christmas
  3. Finish my counselling degree – to be honest I’m pretty scared about this, I had hoped to finish last year but due to mental health slowed this right down
  4. Make our spare room functional
  5. Rehash last years goal of spending more time outdoors/exercising

Each day is an open book for me at the moment – such a gift – such a responsibility.

There’s going to be good moments, nothing moments, some shockers and a whole lot in between. I pray I continue to seek connection. I’m not sure what God’s purpose for my life is but I will try and trust that each step in this journey, even the one’s I take in a dysfunctional direction are teaching me what I need to know.

 

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WWW Wednesday 4th December 2018

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I’ve missed sharing about a number of books recently but have made my way back for another round of WWW Wednesday with Sam from Taking on a World of Words. This is a fun and simple meme, with just three W questions to answer: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? You can also join by answering and linking your blog post back on Sam’s post here.  

What did you recently finish reading:

Rosie Coloured Glasses By Brianna Wolfson – I picked this off the library display shelf quickly for a weekend read. From Goodreads

Just as opposites attract, they can also cause friction, and no one feels that friction more than Rex and Rosie’s daughter, Willow. Rex is serious and unsentimental and tapes checklists of chores on Willow’s bedroom door. Rosie is sparkling and enchanting and meets Willow in their treehouse in the middle of the night to feast on candy.

After Rex and Rosie’s divorce, Willow finds herself navigating their two different worlds. She is clearly under the spell of her exciting, fun-loving mother. But as Rosie’s behaviour becomes more turbulent, the darker underpinnings of her manic love are revealed.

I found this to be a wonderfully written story, with insightful characters, however it was also incredibly sad and for that reason difficult to read. Not a light weekend fluff but worth a look 4/5.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – again I picked this one up from the library, as an audiobook for the car. The narrator Mirron Willis was fantastic. I’m glad I listened to this book as I’m sure some parts would have dragged and yet it felt like such an important book about american slavery, a must-read which was truly heart-breaking. The characters created were so easy to imagine 5/5.

Also recently read Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the Nigerian civil war and Walking the Boundaries by Jackie French about the changing landscape of a property and the people who come before, I love Jackie French (and my son’s class just had a letter to her replied to)

I really enjoyed all of these books and would love to hear what other’s have thought about them.

What are you currently reading:

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

What do you think you’ll read next:

I’m coming into summer holidays so I might be able to allow myself a longer read. I’ve got some politic themed books I bought for my hubby to give me for Christmas but actually I don’t know what I’ll pick up next.

*Updated – thank you for the comments which gave me the motivation to add a bit more detail. And thanks to Goldenager’s review a Kate Kerrigan book may be next for me

Happy Reading 🙂

 

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#4 Sunday ABC

I had so many thoughts for blogging this week and now that I’m finally sitting in front of the computer, it’s sadly quite a chore. But writing posts in my head is therapeutic, reading others words often inspires and connecting can turn a day around, so here’s Round 4.

Please feel free to join in with your own responses either in the comments or as your own post 🙂

My week in a nutshell – I’ve been flat and then productive and now tired and worried. My husband  has injured his foot just as we start harvest and I’m fairly well the worst nurse-wife ever.

A is for Affirmation

My motto for the week is to ride it out…..maybe not quite like this fella :p

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B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – Coming through a fog of flatness and the gratitude of feeling energetic again. enjoying some favourite episodes of Grey’s

Worst – Seeing jobs that need doing and having no desire to do them

OMM – (On my mind) How I will cope doing all the cooking and supporting my husband who will understandably get frustrated as he heals.

C is for Community

Katie from How I Killed Betty wrote two blogs this week that really hit home for me.

Attacking Life, or Running Away

and, What do you do to combat depression and/or anxiety?

She describes her blog as a diary on how to tackle depression and anxiety and it definitely helps me to have others share their journeys, ideas and challenges. Sometimes it can all feel hopeless or just hard work but when the skies clear…..

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You know it’s worth pulling through and that you can do it, time and time again.

 

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#3 Sunday ABC

Welcome to Round 3 of my new-ish regular feature, please feel free to join in with your own responses either in the comments or as your own post 🙂

A is for Affirmation

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B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – Staying at the world’s best B&B aka my sister and brother-in-laws. They let me sleep in and serve bacon and egg muffins!

Worst – Feeling fatigued all week

OMM – (On my mind) I think I’ve been too tired to think this week :p but we do have our council elections voting slips to send back so have been thinking about some of the candidates and local issues.

C is for Community – this is normally when I share a favourite post or two from the last week. Today however I’m sharing today’s experience of worship. Our congregation was invited to attend a destination 2+hours away in another rural community. I love the feeling of being amongst family in whatever church we worship in. Today felt extra special being Reformation Sunday.

I’m sorry it’s short today. I debated not posting but I think it’s a fair reflection of my last week!

Ooops need to add a p.s. A shout out to OT’s and OT week, a profession I’m so proud and privileged to be a part of and special thanks to the amazing people we work with.

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#2 Sunday ABC’s

I’m back for Round 2 of my new regular feature 🙂

A is for Affirmation

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From Matilda the Musical – song Naughty, link to video clip

B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – Getting to the end of what was a surprisingly busy week and enjoying a lovely day in the sunshine, drinking with friends.

Worst – I’ve spent today following the Dewey 24 hour readathon, and falling in love with the bloggers, but only managed 58 pages myself!

OMM – (On my mind) Themes that came up for me this week included stillbirth, domestic violence, abortion and sexual harassment. I talked about it with my placement supervisor and gave myself a slow day Thursday to feel the emotions but with Matilda singing me on, it’s not enough to hear these stories (but oh what a privilege that is), I want to DO something too…first step for now is continuing my commitments with our local suicide prevention network and also sharing blogs like the one below

C is for Community – where we can share a favourite post or two from the last week.

I was a Promiscuous Teen: An Open Letter to all the Men from my Past

On a lighter note I am so not a cook or baker but I have left this page open in the hope of making it soon (or passing on the recipe to my Mum!)

Carrot Cake Bites

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday

GJ