Getting back on the horse – and a ‘taking stock’ of sorts

Well hey there! Here I am! I tell you, it feels like it has been a while since I have had the chance to sit down and immerse myself in a blog post. Not to say that this is going to have any earth-shattering insights. Rather it is me climbing gently back on the horse – or the bike – whatever takes your fancy! The kiddies – can I still call them that now that they are both adults?- have started back at uni this week and my brain is beginning to find some breathing space again *sigh*. Usually we have a week down at the beach over the summer to allow for chill time but this year we headed overseas, which was excellent, but it’s a different kind of holiday, isn’t it, when you are out and about, taking in the sights? And when we returned, my girl was ON A MISSION to clock up her driving hours so she could go for her driver’s licence (note for non-Aussie readers –  under 21s need 120 hours of driving practice before they can take the test) so we were driving here, there and everywhere around Melbourne and beyond chasing those hours! Want to see a movie? Great, Lion is on at a cinema 35km away (left the cinema with tear-stained cheeks). Let’s drive for half an hour to see La La Land (both felt a bit ‘meh’). Coffee? There’s an excellent cafe on the other side of town. Love being with my girl, but it was quite time consuming, and ate into those long summer days with nothing to do but mooch around the house and do a bit of self-reflection!

Anyhoo, the last couple of weeks have had a few less commitments and I THINK I’m now back in a place where I can plump up the old brain and get some creative juices flowing, where I can absorb a little more of what I’ve been reading, and I can get out and about to explore what is going on in my lovely city. A nice way to balance the other responsibilities of life!

So this is how things have been chugging along so far.

Started this cosy stripe blanket. Pretty happy with its progress!
Joined in with the weekly challenges for The Collage Club
Went to the David Hockney exhibition at the NGV
Borrowed Truly Madly Guilty from the library. Nearly finished it. I’ve never read Liane Moriarty before so was keen to give her a try. A page turner but I’m getting a little impatient for it to wrap up.
Dipped my toes into doing a little bit of journalling. This one was from a lovely summer’s evening sitting with my boy whilst waiting for my girl.

Feeling a bit more content within myself with this under my belt. The last few months, I felt a bit shrivelled inside! Think I fell into a bit of a rut with the whole end of year commitments, beginning of year activities, and then this sort of PARALYSIS sets in where you don’t feel you have the time to create, and then when little spaces open, there’s no ideas in the head, so you just sit like a BLOB scrolling through Facebook and Insta feeds. Or maybe that’s just me!

But now I’m back on the horse and hoping to keep cantering along!

Catch up again soon!


8 thoughts on “Getting back on the horse – and a ‘taking stock’ of sorts

  1. Oh this is so me right now. I feel stagnant. I’ve been so busy with everything else, and I guess, using it as an excuse to not get going with my blog again. Endless Insta-scrolling. Funny, that’s the book I’m reading too. I’ve never read this author either, and I’m quite impatient with her style I think. Not sure if I’m enjoying it or just want to get to the end. Thanks for giving me a virtual push in the right direction.

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  2. Nice to have a ‘rut’ buddy, I guess!! Hope you can get back to your gorgeous photos soon – I love them! I have about 70 pages left of the book and I’m really waiting for it to finish! Not sure what else needs to be said. Guess that’s why I’m keen to get through it – to see if there is any sting in the ail!

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  3. Lovely to see you back here. Sounds like some changes have been happening in your home and life. That blanket looks lovely so colourful.
    I think many of us come to a place in life where we have to find and build a relationship with ourselves.

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  4. Glad you’re back in your creative flow, Carolyn. I think these ruts are just part of the creative life, and sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have a little break. But it’s lovely to be back working your hands again, isn’t it? Gorgeous blanket and sketches!

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  5. I’m glad you are having time to play again and happy to be able to read your blog posts. I’m struggling to anything creative at all and missing it, but hey you can’t do everything all the time right?


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