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Taking Stock

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Ever notice how at this time of year the standard answer to “How are you?” seems to be “Busy!”? But aren’t we all? And what is it that is keeping you so busy? Just a couple of questions that have been swooshing around in my brain. In our busyness our default setting becomes autopilot and we become blind to what’s happening around us. I think that taking stock of your life can be of great value and help you switch to a default setting of being present in each moment and make you aware of what you’re spending time on. As Emily Dickinson put it: Forever is composed of nows.

For a while I was out of the loop of the blogging world and totally missed Pip’s Taking Stock post and that bloggers all over jumped on the bandwagon. I was scrolling through The Daybook Blog this morning and saw Sydney’s Taking Stock post and thought I love this! Taking stock is the perfect antidote to the autopilot syndrome. So here I am, taking stock of my life at the moment and sharing it with you, dear readers!

Making: progress on the portfolio I have to hand in at work on Friday.
Cooking: recipes from my growing collection of cookbooks. I try at least one new recipe every week to avoid getting into a cooking rut!
Drinking: delicious coffee made with my Aeropress. It’s one of the best coffee gadgets I own!
Reading: Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. For making sense of relationships as not-so-perfect human beings and as the back cover reads: “Hope for messy, conflict-ridden relationships”.
Wanting: a holiday.
Looking: out the window at the different shades of trees with pretty Jacarandas dispersed in-between.
Playing: Karen Zoid’s ZoidAfrika album. Went to her concert at the Atterbury theatre over the weekend and it was amazing!
Wasting: time on Yuppiechef compiling quite the formidable wishlist.
Fixing: my kitchen, it’s a bit of a mess right now.
Deciding: on a new haircut. I feel like changing things up a bit, but what?
Wishing:  I could take the rest of the afternoon off and have some alone-time in a coffee shop.
Enjoying: working out every day after work. It’s amazing how only 30 minutes every day can make a difference in your stress levels.
Waiting: to hear about some possible life-changing news at work. Trying very hard not to be anxious about it.
Liking: the Highveld thunderstorms we’ve been having recently. I’m a Jozi girl through and through ❤
Wondering: what we’ll do in Krav Maga class tonight. Still bruised from last week’s stress tests so I hope this week’s class is not too intense.
Loving: the way the sky changed from bright blue to cloudy in a  matter of hours. I feel a thunderstorm coming on!
Pondering: the friends I’ve made in the past year and how much my life has changed since moving to Jozi.
Considering: saving for a Europe trip. I’ve been drooling over The Everygirl’s Instagrams of their Contiki Europe trip.
Watching: Blue Bloods.
Hoping: I won’t have to move next year.
Marvelling: at the grace of God in every aspect of my life.
Needing: to explore new places in Jozi. I have a list of coffee shops I want to try. No jokes.
Smelling: the breeze coming through the open window – it smells like summer rain.
Wearing: heels and a pencil skirt. Feeling very grown-up and professional today 🙂
Following: my new favourite food blog, A Better, Happier St. Sebastian.
Noticing: how much people appreciate a listening ear and someone taking interest in their lives.
Knowing: that my friends and family are there for me no matter what. Blessed to know that.
Thinking: about Christmas gifts and avoiding the mad rush in December. Maybe I’ll actually buy gifts early this year (listen to yourself, Susan).
Feeling: loved.
Admiring: how friends’ little girl is learning to talk. They grow up so fast!
Buying: in-season fresh fruits and veggies for some healthy summer salads.
Getting: in the mind-set of winding down the year and preparing for the holiday season.
Bookmarking: Yuppiechef’s Art of Baking e-course. Gorgeous photography, helpful tips and easy recipes – love!
Opening: my Bible more often for hope and encouragement.
Giggling: at this Friends quote I found on Pinterest yesterday. Phoebe FTW.
Feeling: a bit anxious but hopeful.

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Springtime

Spring has arrived in Johannesburg with hot days and powerful thunderstorms (well, we’ve had one so far). I just love this time of year and one of the songs I’ve listened to on repeat is Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey.  I found this beautiful cover on YouTube and actually prefer it to Lana’s version!

Have a wonderful weekend, dear readers!

{image: Chantelle Grady}

Just a Minute in October

Just Minute is a fun series by Daydream Lily. At the beginning of each month I give a little update about my life at that moment. I haven’t done one of these posts in a while!

Feel free to play along on your blog or in the comments!

Reading… Still reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I’ve been reading this book for a few months (so sad, I know) but I just can’t seem to finish it.

Drinking… Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. I recently purchased an Aeropress and I am loving how easy and quick it is to brew a decent cup of coffee at home. Definitely recommended!

Listening to… Matthew Mole. This South African guy writes the sweetest songs that just melts my heart. Like this one.

Watching… I started watching Gilmore Girls again. It seems that whenever change is looming on the horizon I turn to Stars Hollow. 

Loving… Spring is in the air and I am loving it! Spring blossoms and sunny days. New beginnings. Spring is such a lovely time of the year.

Have a wonderful week, dear readers!

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I came, I saw, I tasted…

Over the weekend I visited the Good Food and Wine Show at the Coca-Cola Dome and had such a good time. I was able to see two of my favourite chefs in action at the Bosch Celebrity Chefs Theatre – Hayden Quinn and Gary Mehigan! Both made seafood pasta dishes and I’m definitely inspired to try cooking more seafood dishes and being more adventurous in cooking. Gary shared a lot of wisdom with the audience – both about cooking and life! One thing he said is that the kids in Junior Masterchef are so good because they cook without fear of failure and they take advice to heart. Something we lose as adults.

As a self-professed coffee junkie I tasted some coffee from different exhibitors in search of the best cup of coffee. Unfortunately I am unable to make a definite judgement but my conclusion is that South Africa is embracing the coffee culture and I am excited to see what the future holds! I also got to taste a LOT of yummy food and sweets. It was the perfect day to explore my inner foodie!

Here are some pics I took during the day (taken and edited with my iPhone)

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I Miss This…

In case you were wondering, I did not disappear off the face of the earth. The reason behind my long absence was that I’ve found it difficult to balance full time work and my blog. I haven’t read any of my favourite blogs in months. I can honestly say that I really missed the creative outlet of regular blogging.

I decided to post again tonight because of a motivational talk we had at work today. The fundamental message was that you should never lose what you’re passionate about. Be authentic in who you are and make time for activities you enjoy outside of work. I think I really needed to hear that, since I often lean towards workaholic tendencies. So I am going to try my best to keep the blog updated and to check in on my favourite blogs more often.

So fill me in – what’s been happening in the blogging world? How are you doing, dear readers?

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