(ABOVE: A farewell dumpling date in our old neighbourhood)
Influenced in the loveliest of ways by Rachel and her Photographing Happiness project, I have used my iPhone 6 with a little more intention over the past month. It has been during a time of emotional upheaval, packing to leave Sydney, Christmas and a new year all wrapped up in doubts and hopes! I tend to like a challenge, and finding the space within this busy period of time to stop and notice the moments turned out to be the perfect antidote to overwhelm.
Honestly … I didn’t feel much of the joy that I choose to write about and focus on through my blogging this year. Looking back as 2016 comes to an end though, there is a lot to be grateful for, thank goodness for the practice of gratitude! There are days when gratitude literally saves your heart from breaking. A blogger who shares as openly, intimately and honestly as I do goes through a regular soul rattling decision making process .. to share or not to share. I pick and choose from so many emotions, daily happenings and thoughts.
I am feeling a bit burdened by stuff lately. Although we live in a 2 bedroom apartment, its mind boggling how much stuff you can accumulate, store neatly and actually not need. ‘Retail therapy’ was a thing for me for many years, only at the ripe old age of 40 something have I started to lose interest in this past time. The shops just don’t excite me like they used to, the short lived buzz is becoming more and more empty … and all of this stuff I find myself surrounded by is weighing me down emotionally!