Thoughtful Thursday

I’ve been wanting to do SO many things of late and I keep putting them off.

I know I’m not alone with this, so I have one question for you:

Why not do the things that you want to do? Do one thing that you’ve been putting off today.

(And say a big hello to my favourite Shoes. Hello Shoes!!!! They’re by Sachi and the colour is completely wrong, my camera simply cannot pick it up. I will try again)

100 People Project

The aim of this project is to photograph 100 People who do NOT live with me. One of the joys of having a camera to document the events and history of my family is that I’ve, uh, exploited that privilige! My son sees the camera come out and this is what I get:

(The boy says: Talk to the Hand!!!)

The hand of Doom.

So failing the ability to take perfectly composed pictures of my family, I, uh, choose things that are slightly less mobile:

Enter, friends:

Max and Sarah were a lot more accommodating, fabulous and tremendous friends. Hooray for friends! Announcing #1 and #2 of my 100 people who do not live with me project 🙂

To help with those Rabbit hole days

I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle! – Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

I love Alice in Wonderland. And today, I turned 28.

I love the story, I love the fact that it is a children’s story (I think I may start a topic about books for small people. After all, I am literary – I write a BLOG), the fact that it belongs to a different reality and oh, my, the strong girl characters. How often do we have strong female characters? (Another post – all about my love affair with Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki).

So without further adieu:

My birthday surprise from the spouse. Isn’t she lovely? From the movie “Alice in Wonderland”, a reminder to be true.

Although, I feel like I have much of my muchness at the moment 🙂 And the title of this post? From what the spouse said to me on giving me a beautifully wrapped parcel. This boy, he’s a keeper.

27 lessons I learned at 27

27 has been a big year for me – learning lessons wise. I have become happier, fatter and poorer, but a little bit wiser, too.

The things that I have learnt (in no particular order) are that:

  1. I cannot control the actions of the people around me
  2. Wishing for change will not bring it
  3. The more I try to be perfect, the more I limit myself
  4. When I take on too many projects, what I am saying is that it is okay to fail because I have spread myself too thin
  5. Friendship comes from the most unlikely of places, when you least expect it
  6. I can control how I think about situations, events and people
  7. Reserving judgement is a powerful tool
  8. No-one judges myself as harshly as I do
  9. It’s okay to not be happy all the time
  10. “This too shall pass”
  11. The more you try to hold onto something, the faster it goes. Why? Because you are no longer holding onto the moment, but what you perceive to be the moment
  12. Fear is what holds me back
  13. There is no point in trying to be someone else – I have all the qualifications I need to be myself
  14. Saying “I’m sorry” can be two of the hardest words to say
  15. Sarcasm doesn’t really achieve much
  16. Experiences are worth more than things
  17. Raising a child can be hard work
  18. Being “grown-up” is not liking doing some things, but still knowing you have to do them
  19. Waiting for someone to instinctively know what you need is mildly silly. How can anyone read your mind?
  20. You can give advice freely, but don’t be upset if it isn’t taken
  21. You can only claim a stake in what you achieve, otherwise you’re not living your own life
  22. If I can ever make another decision, I would, but with the information I have at the time, I make the best decisions that I can.
  23. Sharing another person’s joy, is one of the greatest things you can share. If you can assist them when things aren’t joyful, that is even better.
  24. Putting on loud, happy music is one of the best ways to defeat the icky, yucky, pervasive feelings.
  25. Lying to yourself hurts you, and those around you, at some point
  26. Sometimes, walking away is the most powerful decision you can make
  27. Happiness is a choice

So tomorrow, I will wake up 28. And I’m okay with that.

Tokyo Love, California Dreaming and Today

Today, April 24, according to SARK (in Living Juicy – Daily Morsels For your creative Soul):

Adventures are Nourishment for our Souls. Our souls like variety. I think that souls smile at adventure. Study adventure and its effects on your soul. Try this: create an adventure… What will your adventure be?

My soul, it is craving a little bit of adventure.

And then I tuned into The Sartorialist and fell in love with Tokyo.

And then Fashion Hayley and fell even further in love with Tokyo.

And then I opened up The Australian Magazine – to read a column about Tokyo.

Of course, this is all ridiculously coincidental.

I do this every year – the poignant combination of ageing a year, Autumn descending and being mid way through semester is a hard thing to swallow. And look, Tokyo has Cherry blossoms! Fashion Festivals! Spring! Who wouldn’t want to go?

So I sit and I wait. Mercury is in Retrograde and the advice is not to do anything rash, just sit and wait. Wait and sit. Does anything actually get achieved by doing that?

I don’t want to sit and wait.

I don’t want to be patient.

I want to do the things I want to do, NOW.

So it would appear that my adventure for the moment is going to be parenting in the suburbs in an as normal situation as you can get. My challenge will be to make it a creative adventure for all, while I continue to dream. My soul will be nourished by the adventure of not getting down about some of the things around me that aren’t 100% (or even 10% for that matter).

(also, I am reasonably sure that our Burning Man tickets will be going on sale soon. Oh!)

Photography is good for helping you want to clean your room

Truly!

This morning I took this photo of my second favourite pair of shoes:

BUT THE WINDOWS! The windows made my mother nauseous, so I cleaned them, rearranged the furniture, scrubbed the bedroom, tidied, swept, re-introduced the seasonal clothing and that was that.

I also created a playlist on youtube filled with happy high energy music to keep me cleaning.

Tomorrow: my study. Sunday: who knows? Monday: 28.

The way my life works

My life feels perfectly dull and boring from the inside, yet from the outside, I have a theory that sometimes, it isn’t as dull as I believe.

Take today as an example.

Today came about because of a conversation with my drama teacher two weeks ago.

Me: So, the boy has been complaining about not going to the theatre for a while now, do you recommend anything out at the moment?

Her: Oh! Where did I leave my bag?

Me: Um…..

Her: Here it is. You know, a horrible thing happens when you get old – you never can remember where you leave things. Just start reading that lesson plan there.

Me: **reading aloud**

Her: Poring through her bag. Pulls out her purse. Opens her purse pulls out a plethora of cards, receipts, cash, coins, notes, pictures and systematically goes through them.

Me: **smiling, continues to read**

Her: Here it is! This is a ticket that my friend Mrs. Red gave to me. She can’t make it on this day, but wanted me to find someone who could take it.

Me: Is that the one with the depressed dog?

Her: No, her dog died and she’s depressed over it.

No joke. This conversation happened.

And then I wound up going to a show about an existential crisis, of sorts.

I’m sure there is a message here. I’m still decoding, but I know it’s in there.