2017 Stocktake

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It’s been a long time since I last blogged but I’ve been wanting to take some time to look back on 2017 since it was a majorly busy year.

Initially the plan was to just to list the different events that made 2017 but since I’ve been dabbling in the lettering scene I thought I’d do a year’s recap by hand:

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These events were extracted from my Google Calendar so I’m certain there may have been some things that somehow didn’t get saved there (and some I didn’t include because I couldn’t fit them in!).

Safe to say it was a eventful but fruitful year.

A quick summary and reflection shows:

  1. Watched 6 movies in the cinemas (Beauty & The Beast, The Case for Christ, Wonder Woman, The Red Pill, Star Wars: The First Jedi & The Greatest Showman)
  2. Attended 5 weddings (not including our own)
  3. Bought 4 LuxBite Durian Croissants for my dad for father’s day!
  4. Attended 3 baby shower events (including hosting one!)
  5. Attended 2 30th birthday party events
  6. Attended 2 musicals (My Fair Lady: with my mum for mother’s day and Aladdin: with my husband the day after we got married!)
  7. Witnessed 2 brothers in Christ get baptised
  8. Attended 2 lettering workshops ❤
  9. Attended 1 1st birthday party
  10. Attended my first live stadium concert (Han Zimmer!!)
  11. Visited Canberra for the first time for the HRLA Legal Academy
  12. September, November and December were our busiest months
  13. Read through Without Rival with Yen

Amongst these events, there were many lunch/dinner catchups, PrayLoveCare nights,  foodie adventures (NOMA!!) intercessory prayer meetings, housewarmings and lots and LOTS of wedding related tasks/events!

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selah. part 1

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I’m sure this is not a new concept but being sick sucks.

It puts everything on pause.  All the things you wanted to do you can’t do.  I’ve had to postpone coffees, lunches, miss out on part of a conference and be an apology for two major events on my calendar this last week.

Though I am (hopefully) on the tail end of this cold/flu concoction, thankfully this selah period has not just been dead time.  Contemplation was had.

Selah (/ˈslə/Hebrewסֶלָה‎, also transliterated as selāh) is a word used seventy-four times in the Hebrew Bible—seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The meaning of the word is not known, though various interpretations are given below. (It should not be confused with the Hebrew word sela‘ (Hebrewסֶלַע‎) which means “rock”.) It is probably either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like “stop and listen.” Selah can also be used to indicate that there is to be a musical interlude at that point in the Psalm.[1] The Amplified Bible translates selah as “pause, and think of that.” It can also be interpreted as a form of underlining in preparation for the next paragraph.

STOP AND LISTEN

Why the flu?  Why sick now? There are probably various factors and I’m no doctor but I’m sure part of the reason is that my immune system is/was down.  Why was it down? Again a myriad of possible reasons but unfortunately, comments such as “you are doing too much”, “don’t push yourself too hard” probably get mentioned more often than it should when I share about what’s coming up in the week ahead.

Finally the body said, “enough is enough”. Down we go until we get enough rest thank you very much. *sigh*

Tried to head into work twice last week – both failed attempts and finally I had to stop and listen.  It was time to stop fighting the desire to just keep going and push through and give in to the rest that needed to take place.

And now here’s me stopping and listening to my body now and it’s saying stop – save the words for later and write the rest another time.

So here’s part 1 on the reflections gained whilst being sick.

Good night.

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who I am.

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I had a revelation this weekend.

Revelation; in Greek, the word “revelation” is the unveiling of something hidden so that it may be seen and known for what it is.

It is something I have known but something that I had lost sight of.

It is not something crazy that will change the world out there.

It is something that is internal and changes the world inside here (but once it has changed the internal world it has the potential to change the outside world).

It is not something all that extraordinary but maybe it is.

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the catch-22

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Oh dear.  Has it really been almost 6 months since I last posted? *sigh*

Somehow leisure activities and things that replenish get kicked to the bottom of the priority list when you are always feeling pressed for time.

But the catch-22 that I’ve realised lately is that if you don’t make time for replenishing activities then you eventually get to the stage where your output is more than your input and then that is the classic environment for a mental melt-down…

I’ve definitely been feeling weary lately.  And I have the pimples to prove it!  Every time I start thinking about all the things that need to get done and how little time there seems to complete it, my world starts to cave in and anxiety seems to take over.

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back for 2015!

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Hi blogosphere!

It has been way too long.

My intention way back when was to make my big return to blogging at the start of 2015 but when I woke up on 1st January 2015, I didn’t really feel ready for the new year to start, let alone start writing about it.  There was still a huge question mark over a few areas in my life and the motivation tank seemed quite depleted.

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What a month we had…

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Well well well.

Where to start?

October turned out to be a very interesting month indeed.  I don’t know about you but each month seems to move quicker and quicker… time is sprinting towards the 31 December!

Ready for the monthly recap?? And….. GO!

  • Interview for PhD paper (not mine but helping a friend);
  • AC’s BBQ housewarming (where all the girls sat and ate and the boy cooked – nice);
  • HCF Annual Fundraising Dinner (it’s freaky singing in front of 200+ people!);
  • Sounds of the Nations Arts Gathering (so good – see details here);
  • Finished Songwriting course (and a new song!);
  • Aury’s Hens Day (hipster cafe, polaroids, games, food, other fun stuff, hooray!);
  • Suzuki piano training PDs (x 2);
  • Lunches with overseas and interstate friends (shoutouts to Joyce and Twinny);
  • A farewell at Red Hill (missing her already…);
  • A baptism (such a joyous occasion, K!)…

No wonder I’ve had more coffee than I’ve ever had in a month.

November has already had a bit of a headstart as well with 2 weddings, overnight stay at Healesville (popcorn, chocolate, movies, friends…love it all!) and a heartfelt catchup.

But really the biggest game changer has been the start of a new chapter of life.

The kind of chapter that includes late night phone calls, flowers, warm fuzzies, hugs, hand-holding and lots of message emoticons.

It all feels new and I feel like such a rookie but I’m told that’s a good thing.

Praising God for one month and one day.  Here’s to many more.

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P.S. I’ve been on WordPress for 6 years as of two days ago – how blogging time flies!