Oh hello YOU. How are you going? I am going okay. Things could be better, but by golly things could be so much worse so I am glad that I am okay.
I had a few hard weeks, but I checked in with my doctor and we had a chat and came up with some strategies for pushing on … and this week I am feeling a lot better and not like a monolith. I was feeling like a monolith. Like … I was feeling as though Picnic At Hanging Rock could have happened ON ME. I was THAT sluggish and unmotivated and blah. Now I am not feeling like that, which is very often the way with these sort of blah states.
Self-care is brilliant, but it’s important to remember that it includes enlisting the help of professionals when you are struggling. So that is what I did. Yay me!
Over the last couple of months I’ve been working very hard to complete two units at Curtin Uni (via Open Universities). It’s been super hard because who knew that lockdown could make your brain feel like it is in a scramble?! That is the bare bones of it. I have two final assessments to complete and then I move on to just ONE unit next study period. Phew.
I’ve been working on my other blog – 1000 Ways To Feel More Okay – and that has been helping me to appreciate the world around me, think about how bendy and brilliant language is, and earn a little bit of money (which is so helpful!)
I’ve also started doing yoga again after a long break, and Adriene is making me feel much stronger, more positive and less creaky. What a champ she is. I am doing this video this week. I am so bad at downward dog I can’t even tell you.
I’m slowly, slowly reading a little bit of a lot of things. At the moment I am reading Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf and Me and My Big Mouth by Jan O’Connell. I’m also dipping in and out of Matt Haig’s ace new book, The Midnight Library. I’m paying very careful attention to the way books are written these days, so that has me taking my own good time and I love it. Slow reading is pretty lovely.
I’ve been crocheting a cardigan too. I have not shared it on social media because for some reason I have sort of fallen out of the habit of sharing things … I think it’s since I lost my job, to be honest. I am a bit out of sorts due to that and trying to find a new way of being. I am gong to try harder to be more share-y, in future. Because I really did love that ..!
Ari and I are in lockdown together and we have been supporting one another as best we can. I am glad I have a buddy (ie son) to spend these strange days with. If you are in lockdown alone, please know that my thoughts are with you.
This week I got the first pages of my new book back! First pages are the first edited and designed page spreads of the book. They look beautiful and I am so lucky to be able to work with my friend Michelle Mackintosh again. My publisher, Murdoch Books, loves her work and so do I, so really we are a trio made in heaven. (Michelle just won an award for her book design brilliance from the Australian Book Designers Association, don’t you know?! TOLD YOU she was clever. You can see all the winners here.)
Today I spent a few hours making a delicious dinner for Ari and myself. I cooked from Meera Sodha’s book Made In India. We’re having Mum’s Chicken Curry, Gujarati Potato Curry and Sautéed Spring Vegetables with Spices. Plus some fluffy Basmati rice. CAN. NOT. WAIT. (It’s such a good book!)
ALSO? I’m also busting to get my hand’s on Julia’s new book! It’s sold out everywhere and looks amazing. (Michelle Mackintosh worked on this beautiful book too!)
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@juliaostro ‘s new book #AYearOfSimpleFamilyFood arrives in store tomorrow! This incredible book for absolutely everyone, oozing all of Julia’s simple clever and delicious recipes. It was a privilege to work on both of Julia’s books with an incredible team Publisher: @plumbooks @mary_small Project editor: @miniaturekiller Editor: @hannahbabble Photographer @armellehabib Stylist @karinajduncan Chef: @emmaguapa Typesetter: @meganjane1212 Congrats to dear Julia and our all girl team ?? pre order from your favourite indie bookstore
Later on I am going to watch the latest season of World’s Toughest Race on Prime Video. It was recommended by someone I chatted to this week and I am looking forward to its gritty feats of adventurousness very much.
I’ve been trying to keep the house tidy, but it’s quite hard when you are doing so much LIVING IN IT, isn’t it? I’m doing my best though, so know that. (Doing my best means sometimes doing the dishes at dinner time.)
Apart from that I’ve been making a few cute playlists, in case you would like to listen to them. You can see them on Spotify here.
I hope you are doing okay, dear reader. It’s a very challenging time for so many, and I count myself lucky that my tricky bits are not too hard to navigate.
Sending lots of love and squeezes to you. Tell me some things, if you fancy?
top image: my house <3