The Turn In The Road Where My Worries Fall Away

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“Though a lifetime of listening to the music of the world has passed, even now the tone of the rain on the roof of my home is the sweetest sound I have ever heard.” 
~  Kensi Brianne Smith

 

We’ve been up in Brisbane this past week, and it’s been full on.

I’ve had doctors’ appointments and the sorts of things to attend to that can only be done in the city.

I’ve held space for friends and clients who have suffered tragedy and tempest.

And we’ve been elder caring.

Ben’s mum is old and increasingly frail, although stubbornly independent, bless her. She’s at the age where suddenly she needs help with everything: shopping, cooking, home maintenance, paying bills – all the things she has done so competently for the entirety of her life. But we don’t mind at all. We love her, and she is family.

Still, it’s stressful, and we worry constantly about her.

Yesterday finally we packed up to drive home to the farm.

There is a place we come to, just over the border between Queensland and New South Wales, where I unfailingly begin to unwind and feel better. City and suburbia fall away and at a turn in the road the highway is suddenly blanketed by cane fields and farms with a backdrop of dusky crags.

The tension leaves my body. I sigh audibly. A sense of relief creeps over me.

Many of our friends from the Byron Shire experience the same thing; that falling away of worries as we move into the encircling arms of the ancient volcanic rim that cradles our homes.

How about you? Do you have a place in the journey home where suddenly you feel better too? I’d love to know.

Hugs and love from all of us here at the farm, Nicole xx

Day off? Yep, I’m doing it!

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“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~  Maya Angelou

 

It’s my busiest time of year, and somehow I seem to have gone from quietly recovering from surgery to rocketing ahead again.

Which is wonderful.

But today I need to stop.

I need to hold my husband’s hand and spend time with him.

I want to think about Christmas, do a little cooking and a little cleaning, wrap a few gifts.

I’m going to nap. Maybe even twice.

This afternoon I’ll go play in the vegetable garden for a while.

Have a simple home-cooked dinner and watch a DVD.

Enjoy an early night.

I hope you get some quiet time today too.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

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A Satisfyingly Late Start to My Day

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“I made a nap this afternoon. I made it out of two pillows, a bed, a sheet, a blanket, and exhaustion.” 
Jarod Kintz

 

This morning has been fabulous. After the first night of Bluesfest I hit the pillow last night and slept solidly until 7.32am. No meditation, no blogging – a complete fiesta of relaxation for me!

Once I could muster the enthusiasm to swap pyjamas for clothes we ventured into Bangalow for an early morning coffee at Sparrow – Coffee On The Fly – a tiny hole-in-the-wall espresso bar owned by Tristan and Cas, locals who founded and also own one of my favourite food destinations – Harvest.

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Oh hooray for good coffee. Here’s mine, complete with my beautiful five-day Bluesfest wristband.

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Here’s another cheerful-making thing: the bowl of red geraniums perched outside Sparrow. How can you look at this and not feel happy?

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Of course we ran into so many friends that our quick trip to town took two hours. Now I’m relaxing at home at the farm in the sunshine, reading a book, resting and getting ready for another night of outstanding blues music.

I hope you are all finding a little time for yourselves too, this Easter Break.

Lots of love, Nicole xx

My Lazy Sunday

“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.”

~ Proverb

I had intended to come up with something fabulous for today’s blog. But the truth is all I can think about is making a pot of tea, cracking my knuckles, and sitting down to work on my pirates and fairies story.

It’s one of my favourite things to do – to wander off into my imagination and see what unfolds as I greet my characters and find out what they’ve been up to in my absence.

And I know they’ve been busy!

So this morning I’m giving myself the gift of a few hours of uninterrupted writing. I hope you understand…

Don’t forget to meet me back here tomorrow – ready for the first installment of my Working To Create Positive Change program. It’s going to be wonderful. 🙂

But until then, I hope you find a little time to work towards your own dreams, or to simply kick back, relax and laze away the day.  Lazy Sundays are good for the Soul. ♥ Bless xx

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Too Busy? Relax!

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The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.  ~ Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

We’re coming into a weekend, and I have a mile long list of things that still need to get done.

So, I should be doing them. Right?

Well, actually…  No!

I’m tired. It’s been a crazy week. Truth be told I’m about as sharp as a beach ball right now. So instead of stressing about all that work, I’m going to take the day off. Maybe I’ll get a massage.  Maybe I’ll go the movies.  Maybe I’ll curl up with a book.

But one thing’s for sure, I’m giving myself a mini-vacation; a mental health break if you will. Having once been the Queen of Burnout I recognise that when life is this busy, I need to take a break so I don’t end up broken.

The work will wait.  And when I come back I’ll be refreshed and my approach will be entirely different. There’s a great power in relaxation, a power to heal, to restore, to calm and renew.

When you are way too busy to take the time to relax, that’s always when you need to relax the most! Even if it’s just a few minutes of breathing while you’re seated at your desk at work.

 

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