Taking Stock: December 2014

 

I feel like a lot has happened in December. I know I was a bit quiet on the blogging front, but my offline life was certainly busy with everyday things. I’m taking leave from work in order to rest, but before that was a flurry of tying up loose ends. I got to spend quality time with family, which is always nice. And I’ve re-connected with old friends. However, I must admit that although December started off well and with such promise, I’m feeling a little sad as the last few weeks have been a bit of a low. Nevermind, I guess. I’ll just take a few deep breaths and focus on what’s ahead.

Making: a big, red scarf . And I’m nearly done!

Cooking: marinated beef ribs with roast vegetables and a bean salad for Christmas dinner.

Drinking: hazelnut lattรฉs and water. But mainly hazelnut lattรฉs.

Reading: nothing but DIY blogs this month.

Wanting: to be able to make my own dresses.

Looking: at spaces around the home and mentally planning on what I could do with it.

Playing:Real Love” by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, “In Your Arms” by Nico and Vinz, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (oh damn this song is catchy).

Deciding: to eat less meat and more vegetables.

Wishing: I could spend more time with Super Boy.

Enjoying: the trip to the Hunter Valley and Newcastle City.

Waiting: for time off work so I can sleep in.

Liking: the Christmas vibes with the bright lights and gaudy tinsel.

Wondering: if I should keep my hair short for a while or start to let it grow.

Loving: the ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ podcast (but not loving how I found out they’ll be live at the Soho Theatre in London and that I won’t be able to see them).

Pondering: what I’ve done this year and what I’d like to be able to do next year.

Considering: what I should do with the front yard and where to start…

Watching: my jacaranda seedlings growing day by day.

Hoping: the jacaranda seedlings that have sprouted will survive and eventually become the beautiful trees I’ve seen all Spring.

Marvelling: at how much I am similar to my Mum and Dad in our behaviours, and yet so different as well.

Needing: to feel loved.

Smelling: freshly cut grass.

Wearing: the new dresses I bought to work. And denim shorts and a plain v-neck tee outside of work.

Following: people on Instagram who I hope will keep me inspired for 2015.

Noticing: the cutest little baby praying mantis (only 1cm long) in my mandarin plant. I almost died of a cuteness overload.

Knowing: I have a lot to do around the home during my break from work, but that I also need to take time to rest and do nothing.

Thinking: about my goals for the new year, and how I’ll go about achieving them.

Admiring: people with long hair. Or would the better term be ‘lusting after’?

Sorting: through all my clothes again for another round of clearing out.

Buying: lots of gifts for family and friends because, well, Christmas.

Saving: very little. See above.

Getting: a few more indoor plants for the home.

Disliking: messiness and keeping things we don’t need.

Opening: one-too-many chocolates.

Giggling: with my Younger Sister via Skype, and with the Bestie over the phone.

Feeling: well-rested, yet tired. Happy, but sad. Reflective, yet excited about the year ahead.

I guess that concludes a year (yikes!) of ‘taking stock’. It’s been fun and challenging to sit down and sum up my life month by month. I think I’ll continue with this next year, but make some tiny changes to the questions asked. Feel free to join in if you’d like, and let me know if you do. I’d like to hear about what you’re all up to.

In the mean time, I like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Let’s make it a great one!

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