Bloom

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Hello my neglected friends – I’ve missed you so much! Somehow with my second semester of Uni, end of year shenanigans and Christmas, time that I was able to put aside for writing (of any description) shrunk to zero. Apart from some scribbling in a journal, lecture notes, assignments and essays, my poor writing muse has been locked up in a cupboard filing her nails and biding her time until the whirlwind of life slowed down enough for me to hear her.  In fact, she must have gotten a little impatient, because she rapped me sharply on my eyelids at 4am this morning and demanded that I get out of bed and write something here. I sat for a while, wondering what it was that she wanted me to write about, but apparently she just wants me to tell you all what’s been going on in my life, so here goes.

Well, let’s see.

  • I’m on a week’s break (or so) from Uni, but I do have a 1500 word essay and an assignment to do in this time. This semester I have been studying English Literature and Philosophy, a dream come true :). The reading list for Eng. Lit. has been very time consuming…
    • 12 poems
    • 6 short stories
    • 2 novels (Pride and Prejudice and Divisadero)
    • 2 plays (The Crucible and Othello)

…but very enjoyable :). Philosophy is shockingly difficult and brain stretching in every possible way – but I love it, and I’ve done very well in the assessments so far, thank goodness.

  • There have been some big endings this month. Not only has my son finished Primary school and is heading into High school in the new year, but we have decided to take our daughter out of our beloved village school and send her into the bigger school in our nearest town, around the corner from her brother. This was a very difficult and somewhat traumatic decision for the Bear and I, as we have been dedicated supporters of the school for many years. I could write a whole essay on our reasons for this decision, but I think the crux of it is that we all need a more expansive experience – my children for their schooling and me in terms of work and community. In addition, my work finished at the school – they don’t need a teacher’s aide next year for the amount of students they have. So…I’m looking for work as well!
  • The Solstice/Christmas period has been perfect in every way: spending good, quality time with friends and family whom I adore, thoughtful gifts, lovely children, non-stressful preparation…perfect in every way except one: I broke two teeth just before Christmas. The first tooth (a molar) broke on the Solstice, and horrifyingly could not be repaired, so I had to have it taken out, with the promise of a $4000 implant procedure in the new year. That was bad enough, but another tooth broke on Christmas Eve, on the other side of my mouth, so of course I haven’t been able to get it looked at yet. This second tooth sent me into an absolute tail spin of anxiety (were all my teeth cracking and crumbling, like a bad dream? Was cracking and crumbling under the pressure of the last couple of months? WTF was going on here?) So. I won’t bore you with the details, but I had to use all of my skills in self management to pull myself up out of that maelstrom to come to a place where I can look at the situation with some equanimity and understanding. Meanwhile, this is the first Christmas where I have actually lost weight lol :).
  • Let me tell you about something awesome that I have been doing over the past few days: The 2016 Shining Year Workbook. You might remember me talking about this Workbook over this past year – I had bought a digital version in 2015 and worked on it via a GoodReader app on my iPad. It was good, but I wanted a hard copy for 2016, because the book is so visually beautiful. So, ever since the Solstice on the 22nd , I have been looking back over 2015, mining it for gold and just being so goddamn grateful for the amazing year that it was. Over the last few days, I have been working through the main body of the workbook, setting my intentions, goals and aspirations for the coming year. The workbook is separated into different sections: Creativity, Spirituality, Relationships, Mind, Body, Travel (and more) so that we can really drill down and get an image of what we want and need in each section of our lives. I am loving it so much.
  • As an aside: this is an amazing section of time to set intentions and dream wonderful dreams. From the 25th December to the 5th of January, every single planet  is out of retrograde and moving forward (in an astrological sense). Please, keep it positive, people. This is a very powerful time, and you want your thoughts and intentions heading upwards rather down, if you get my drift. Uranus, currently in Aries, that trickster planet of sudden changes, unexpected events and general freakishness lurched forward on Christmas Day. For me, it landed right on my Aries rising (head, face, appearance, personality) and a square to my Capricorn mid-heaven (career, work). It felt very disruptive to say the least! Combine that with a Cancerian full moon, also on Christmas Day, and my bet is that I wasn’t the only one that was dealing with some intense emotions, right?

So, my friends, I hope you are all well, and that you are all safely intact in mind, body and spirit. Let us raise our tea and coffee cups to 2016 and invite in peace, prosperity, inspiration and contributing to the higher good for humanity and our planet, wherever we are and whatever we are doing <3.

PS. Why is this post called Bloom? It is my word for 2016. As part of the workbook, we are asked to choose a word that matches our feelings about the coming year, and this word literally found me a couple of days ago. Bloom. If you had to choose a word for 2016, what would it be?

 

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  1. These workbooks are wonderful. I scribble down something just this morning. So much better having the hard copies, I wasn’t sure at first, as I’m such an electronic girl that can’t spell … But I just ❤️❤️❤️ Them. Wonderful to hear from you, too xx

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    • Hullo – I found your comment in pending comments – I had to approve it because you hadn’t commented from there before. Some things just need to be hard copy…I have often preached a complete and utter disinterest in the comparison of digital and paper books; and for reading that is true. But when I have to journal, write and colour in, well, hard copy it is 🙂

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  2. Well, bloom it is then! Sounds like a wonderful word. I have missed you too! Thank you for explaining why up until December 25th my mood was in the toilet. Overwhelmed, that was my word for the weeks leading up to Dec 25th. And then…release. Feeling mostly better now except for a mystery injury to my foot which is making me sit still more than I like to. You poor thing, with broken teeth. Not nice at all. Very best to you with your 2016 aspirations to bloom! xx

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    • Oh Ardys, I know exactly what you mean! It was very cathartic Christmas Day, and everything did look up from there thank goodness. Bizarrely, I even received a potential job offer on Boxing Day! Happy New Year my friend xo

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  3. So great to read your update! Sounds like it’s been an eventful, intense, and wonderful holiday so far. Wishing you all the best for 2016. I love ‘Bloom’ and have been thinking of my own word but it hasn’t come to me just yet. I’ve read elsewhere that late Dec/early Jan are potent days for prayer and manifestation, so thank you for the reminder here too.

    Sending love and blessings to you and your family! Aleya

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  4. Good for you Sara, working on Uni and expanding your world! It’s hard to make changes, but I’m sure your heart is leading, and your heart is open and wise.

    When you have a minute, check out my post on Gratitude… from last week. About 50+ other bloggers have linked up, and I would love to have you join us. It’s up until Jan. 15th. If school and life with your lovies, is keeping you too busy, no worries!

    Wishing you all the best in 2016 as you pursue new adventures. (( hugs ))

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      • Wonderful! I know you’d have some great things to say. I sent the original email to you, but saw no response… I think I had some bad contacts. I’ll look forward to it. 🙂 Let me know if you have any trouble linking… it’s a little tricky. If you get a message that says you have too many characters in your URL, paste it in the box below.

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      • I’d have to go back through oodles of drafts, from last week… but I tried getting most from blogs. I had several people not get the original, and then things got so busy. I’d love to have your contribution… it’s been great to see so many bloggers jump in. 🙂

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  5. Well, Sara, here it is edging toward evening and I woke up from a nap and there you are on my phone telling me about your lovely life. I’ve always said we have much in common, even now down to our dental work: I too busted a tooth. Yes, I know it was a tough decision to transfer your daughter to a larger school, I’ll miss the image I’ve had of that tiny school. I think all your writing is wonderful, but best of all for me is your writing about everyday life and the kids, The Bear, school, your town, your Mom, your Second Dad, etc. Being an old English major from a family of English majors I’d like to know too what authors and poets you’re reading and what you think of them. I’ve somehow always avoided The Crucible, finding that period in American history pretty grim. I’m reading novels and short stories by I.B. Singer currently. I figure you can hardly go wrong reading Nobel Prize winners. I’m so happy you roused yourself at 4:00 and gave me lots to read and think about. I hope your Christmas went well and that New Years does too. Diana is home for a few weeks, and right now while I have the pleasure of writing you is cleaning out closets. At the moment my son’s cat Hook is poking my arm as i type to tell me he wants to play. So here I go…

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    • David, it really is the kind of writing I enjoy the most as well, and it makes me so happy to hear that you like it too!
      You busted a tooth as well! Oh man 🙂 It’s the worst, isn’t it?
      I’m going to miss that little school as well – but oh boy, it was just too small. So sad. But…exciting as well 🙂
      Interesting you say that about The Crucible: I studied it in senior highschool English, and I didn’t particularly enjoy it – so dark. So, I wasn’t really looking forward to it at all. But…I really enjoyed it this time around. Miller is just masterful in the way that he builds tension, while craftily having something to say about the McCarthyism of his time. It’s still relevant today! Pride and Prejudice I have read many times before and is one of my favourite books, so that was easy – that’s what I have to write the essay on. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (author of the English Patient) was chosen as an example of the Modern novel. Meh. A loose compendium of unfinished narratives classified as a novel for want of a better description in my opinion lol 🙂 And the poets were…an interesting mix for sure :). We studied sonnets: Shakespeare, Thomas Wyatt, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christina Georgina Rossetti and Seamus Heaney. Then Elegies: Emily Bronte, WH Auden, Dylan Thomas and John Forbes (I liked the elegies the best!). We also studied Dramatic Monologues: TS Eliot and Robert Browning. Some were difficult and confusing and others were wonderful…I guess that’s poetry for you 🙂 I enjoyed the short stories very much: I got to have a little taste of authors I would like to read but haven’t like Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, another side of an author I had read before, Rohinton Mistry…and also a taste of gothic literature with Edgar Allen Poe and Flannery O’Connor (ugh. Could not stand O’Connor, didn’t mind Poe, but thought he was a weirdo 🙂 )
      David, I had better get back to this essay and philosophy, but I just wanted to say how nice it was to connect with you again. Say hello to Diana and have fun with Hook!

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  6. Lovely to hear what’s going on in your life… err, maybe not so much the tooth issues oh I hate dentists! but interesting even so. Such a busy time of the year even without incidentals, well done to your muse for breaking out.

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  7. Happy to hear again from my friend across the ocean and that things are well, if not full of change and shedding of dentition! My word for 2016 is “Receive” so I was happy to see it at the beginning of your post! Much love.

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    • Hi Annabele, lovely to hear from you as well! That was a lovely piece of synchronicity, having your word at the beginning of my post 🙂 Yep, all is well, change is afoot, and that is good!

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  8. The end of the year is a good time to look back and take stock, isn’t it? Sounds like things are going well for you. Me as well. I have been enjoying my rest last week– And look forward to more this week, before school starts.

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    • Enjoy your rest, Georgia – I’m sure it is much needed. I am supposedly on a break from uni, but I have an essay and an assignment due early next week, so…not really 😜

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  9. Change is always hard but usually it’s for the better. I’ve just finished some big transitions myself and have had a whirlwind of a year but things are looking up so fingers crossed the next year can continue on an upward trend. Life has also gotten a bit busy for me but I’m hoping to write soon. I’ve missed all my friends here but seeing that people are still coming back to check in (like you!) is not only reassuring but pushes me to get on my own writing progress. Hope you had a great holiday and happy new year, Sara. 🙂

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    • I was just thinking that – I haven’t written anything in a month, nor read much, but still people are here when I do write…true friendship! Happy new year Lillian!

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  10. Sara, welcoming the New Year with a quiet coffee and writing session. Writing to various friends, in various ways = even got out the pen and paper: lets see if it actually gets posted!! I had you in my mind to re-read and write to say my gratitude and appreciations for your most recent post, but also all of your sharing throughout 2015. It was a mainstay of connection with heart, soul, Australia, reflection, heart inspired meaning making, everyday journeying, connecting with the mother nature and more. Heart felt appreciations to you. Enjoy Summer. XX Kate

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  11. Wishing you Sara a wonderful New Year with lots of joy and a whole world happiness in 2016. Thank you so much for being such a lovely friend and sharing such fascinating posts and exchange of innovative thoughts and creative ideas last year.

    Looking forward to a more wonderful conversations on newer and diverse topics this year. 😀

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  12. When ever your muse taps your finger tips and invites words to fall out I’m happy Sara. Your posts are like walking into a rainforest on a hot day…beautifully refreshing and always something to take from, (although don’t do that in a rainforest, just look at the plants…hmmm, clearly my muse has gone for a toilet break.) Happy blooming lovely. x

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  13. Sara, thank you for the reminder to choose a word for the year. I had done that in years past, but somehow forgot all about that. I’ll need to meditate for awhile and see what comes up. I was just reading that this month is a good time to reset and prepare to begin, which is so interesting considering most are ready to go full steam ahead come January. It’s kind of nice to have these weeks to get everything in order. (Because December got away from me without as much intention setting and planning as I would have liked.) The hard copy of the planner sounds super helpful. I’m all about pen on paper. And when there are pretty pictures involved even better. 😍 Bloom on!

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    • Hi Elysha,
      Planning is newish to me – this is really only my second year of anything like planning – and you’re right, planning, plus being organised plus pretty pictures is the best! Embrace was my word last year, and I really did feel like I embraced life last year to the full. A good word really helps. Let me know what you come up with!

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    • Commitment…it changes everything. when I learned to commit to something and see it through, I became a bona fide adult 🙂 Shit also got done, which is very helpful! The workbooks…so good. Such a wonderful tool xo

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