So it’s been a busy few months in the life of GG. I’ve realised I haven’t blogged on this site since just before Christmas and I’ve found that I haven’t even thought about blogging much and when I did I just didn’t even have an ounce of wanting to. But suddenly in the past few weeks I’ve found an urge to start writing again so here goes.
I’ve been home almost five months now and my life looks completely different to what it was six months ago. In a really good way but I guess, as life always does, it’s taken some twists and turns that I couldn’t have even predicted (even with a tarot reading and an astrology chart done just prior to leaving the UK – actually going back over both of those they did actually predict some of what’s eventuating!)
After finally getting into my own place and unpacking my suitcase out of my car I went away for Christmas/New Years only to get back into my house and have Mother Nature unleash her anger at Qld. Yes the now infamous summer of wet in Qld finally deluged Brisbane when the floods hit in mid-Jan. I had to evacuate my place and stay away for about a week due to loss of power. No damage thankfully to my place (although my suburb got absolutely caned) but just unsettling and frustrating as I’d not really managed to unpack or get settled into my place. But now I’m in, I’ve hosted my big sis for a month and I’m mostly unpacked. As per usual there’s one lonely box still to be unpacked (containing oddly only CDs) but I’m sure I’ll get to that directly.
The other big change is that I met a wonderful bloke and have been more than a little consumed with getting to know him better and spending as much time with him as I can. He lives elsewhere to Brisbane so it requires some crack planning and innovative “getting to know you” Skype techniques but we’re managing OK thus far and I’m more than a little smitten. And it’s just delightfully wonderful to be consumed by something other than self-reflection, personal growth and health (as has been my bent for the past 18-24 months) so I’m just enjoying the here and now and savouring every moment.
The implications of all of this (add in as well a new job and settling back into a city I haven’t actually lived in for over three years) have meant that I’m time-poor to try to tackle everything I had hoped to tackle and prioritisation by way of the heart seems to have emerged. The universe has once again delivered me a very important message about balance and working out what’s actually important to me. Not to everyone else, but to me. As I’m the one that really counts when it all boils down to it and so I’ve had to make some realisations about what is important to me now. And I’ve found that maybe those have changed since almost 12 months ago when I started business planning for all things Lady Business.
I don’t aspire (and never really have) to be one of those super women who proclaim to be able to do and have it all. Far from it, I have limited energy reserves and I choose to spend them wisely. So for now I’ve made some decisions about business launching to enable me to concentrate on where my heart wants me to concentrate. I still have plans afoot for Lady Business but for the next six months will be focussing on finishing the two writing courses I started with London School of Journalism last year and figuring out how to do some smaller scale underground restaurant functions at my place in West End.
The larger-scale Lady Business stuff is going to have to wait as the time and cost involved in registering my kitchen as a food business really needs to be invested in once I’m certain of where I’m going to be based longer term. I do like Brisbane as it’s close to friends and family but moving home and working full-time has made me realise that I’m just yearning for a much simpler life, somewhere involving a farm with kids and animals and far, far fewer people. So my short-term planning is all about how I can facilitate that dream from happening in the mid-term.
So that’s the upshot of where things are at – I will be looking for volunteers/taste testers to come to a Lady Cakes Parties lunch/afternoon high tea sometime maybe in March/April so stay tuned for details of that.
I’m also taking some time to relook at some of the stuff I did whilst in London so have made a little list of my focus areas for March/April:
- I’m going to do the Artists Way again. It’s been 12 months since I did it and things have changed, it’ll be a good way for me to ensure I’m taking time for myself and it’ll give me a chance to reacquaint myself with all things Brisbane/Qld.
- Start the 2 writing courses – I’ve started Novel Writing but I’m yet to start Freelance Journalism and Travel Writing so I have printed off the first few lessons of those and will be commencing this weekend.
- Keep blogging – on this blog and on my Food Fabric one. I love doing it even if no one reads it (something therapeutic about it I think for me) so I’m going to make a concerted effort to make time in my schedule to keep blogging.
- Spend time with my favourite people – I have high social needs and a lot of people in my world so I can be guilty of being a total social tart and flitting around like a loose cannon from one engagement to another so I’m going to make an effort over the next little while to spend more quality time with fewer people. Let’s see how I go with that eh.
And that should be just about enough to keep me busy. I’m forever also trying to keep balanced with my health and wellbeing and that’s going ok so I don’t feel I need to make that a focus as it now just seems to be part of my everyday life (yay finally!).
Time to go make my dinner – was feeling lazy and not much like cooking but lamb cutlets, mashed potato and steamed broccolini suddenly MUST be going into my belly within the next half an hour.