Types of happy

Jonquil_flowers

There are lots of different kinds of happy. Here are some of mine: Getting enough sleep happy – floppy bodied, quiet-hearted contentment Full belly happy – blood glucose glow Post-walk happy – sweaty detoxification meets endorphins Gig happy – half drunk and collectively in awe of talent Job well done happy – smug waves of competence and praise-basking Doing […]

Postponing joy

Mosaic

I think about painting a lot. I also think about mosaicing and gardening. What usually happens is that I prioritise something else over these activities. I clean the house, do the washing, clear my emails or go grocery shopping. Sure, those things are important. They maintain and, yes, that brings a certain sort of peace. […]

Dress (non)sense

Goths

Have you ever worried about the messages you’re sending with your dress sense, hair style, tattoos or piercings? I’m not entirely sure that ‘worried’ is the right word but I am certainly very aware. When I got my nose pierced, I weighed up the whole range of judgements that would come my way – and that […]

The artist theory

Art

I have come up with a new theory on life. We are born artists and every day is a new art work. Some are bad, some a really bad and some are surprisingly interesting. The thing about artists is that they go through phases. Some works are well-received, some wind up in galleries and others gather […]

Little happy

Sloth

Did you know that it’s the Chinese Year of the Black Water Snake? It’s as ominous as it sounds and I have been feeling its dark energy around lately. In order to offset the snakey vibes, I have decided to focus on all the little positives; the little happys. They are: Collecting still-warm eggs from my […]

Alone vs lonely

Hermit crab

I spend a lot of time alone these days and I have noticed something weird happening. The more time I spend alone, the more I want to be alone. It’s not that I don’t love being around people; I do. I’m an extroverted extrovert. It’s just that being around people can be stressful. Things go […]

Permission

Macaw

Have you ever noticed how when you’re with someone who is a bit out there, you feel as though you’re allowed to be more out there too? By being yourself, you give other people permission to be themselves. This is why it’s so critically important to nurture and protect your very special You-ness. It’s hard. There […]

Health warning

Healthy heart

Too many people I know are dying. Some from disease, others from suicide. Nobody is dying of old age. This has got me thinking. What can I – and you – do to attempt to forestall the inevitable? Here’s some things we can do to live a little bit longer: Ladies – go and have […]

New love rules

Baan Baa

I drove to Narrabri and back this week which was B.O.R.I.N.G. Subsequently, I had plenty of time to think about Life (caps deliberate). I think I’ve figured out what I’ve been doing wrong in the love stakes and have now devised the following criteria for selecting a mate. Read on, dear friends, for the the sort of wisdom […]

Life + Stuff: Wild women

Orchid

I’m sorry for being so quiet lately. I know that it’s not like me at all. I have been settling into my new country home, planting a veggie garden, buying chickens and generally breathing a little easier. On the upside, this period of reflection has given me an idea for a book. It’s called Sensible […]