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Simple things




I think the next few months are going to be huge. I mean really amazing things are happening here in our little world.  This weekend felt a little like the calm before the storm.

One of the last free weekends for quite some time, with no place to be and no place to go except home. It was T - Minus 96 hours before crazy town blasts off.  

We spent time in the garden, ate delicious food, went for walks in the rain, then dried wet hair and warmed cold toes by the fire.  

But really, best of all was noticing simple things.  Like Elsa wearing a beanie she's had since she was two, raindrops clinging to saffron crocus leaves and a painting hung skew whiff above a favourite cupboard.  

Taking time to stop and observe the little things went a long way to soothe those crazy butterflies in my stomach.  I will be taking a lot of deep breaths and making sure I remember to stop and notice the simple over the next few months.

Do you notice simple things?  

What do you do to stay calm and grounded when you feel overwhelmed? 

12 comments:

  1. Hi Michelle, I love your calming photos and words. Fresh air is always the answer when I am feeling overwhelmed. Working in the garden, going for a walk, getting out on the farm or sitting by a bonfire. Have a lovely week :)

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    1. Thanks Jane. Yes gardening and fresh air is definitely a cure all. I hope you have a lovely week too x

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  2. Does the beanie have sheep on it? I think my O has the same one. (And you may have already pointed this out to me.) Good luck with everything that's going on. Kellie xx
    PS We're thinking of coming down to Tassie for a weekend in September! (If we get it organised, that is.) Would love some tips - or even a coffee??

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    1. How exciting! Yes I will send you some tips! xx

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  3. Hi Michelle, we're about to enter crazy town too with our farm development so I'm doing more knitting and reading to calm my mind and I get out for a decent walk every day. I think it's helping :-) Good luck for the next few months, exciting times ahead! Mel x

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    1. I'm looking forward to watching your farm development - we can be in crazy town together! xx

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  4. I have been trying to notice the simple things more and more as it gets crazier and crazier here too. I think it keeps a great outlook.
    Good luck with the next development.
    Ness xx

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  5. I bake. The measuring, the weighing, the mixing, it all calms my mind & helps me feel a little better about the world. Any time there is a cake or biscuits on my bench I am happy.
    Good luck with all the busy times. I hope you can still stop & notice the simple things then too xx

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  6. Yes. The garden. Or a hot bath and a good book. My biggest defence of the "overwhelmed" is being aware of my breath. Stopping and thinking of nothing else but, inhale, exhale. Works every time. Xx

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  7. What beautiful photos catching the simple things. As the comments above I like to head to the garden. Or a walk on the beach. Or just curled up with a book in the sun. Really depends on the day.

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  8. Lovely photos - you're so right, it really does help to take notice of the little things. I'm also a big fan of staring out of windows at the rain (with a hot beverage, wearing flannelette pyjamas if you can manage it!)

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  9. When I'm feeling overwhelmed I tend to head out to somewhere quiet and off the beaten track - which isn't too difficult in this small city - with a book, my journal or a camera. Leave everything behind and just listen to the - traffic-free - noises of Nature around me.

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