So, wow 2020 was a doozy huh?
“You gotta rise above it. You gotta harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. Feel the flow Happy. Feel it. It’s circular. It’s like a carousel. You pay the quarter, you get on the horse, it goes up and down, and AROUND. It’s circular. Circle, with the music, the flow. All good things”. (Gary Potter “Happy Gilmore”)
Some of silver linings of COVID times for me were;
Taylor Swift releasing 2 surprise new albums of pure poetry which had us crying in #cottagecore and consulting our dictionaries. Both on repeat, current faves are; my tears ricochet, august (folklore) and tolerate it, ‘tis the damn season (evermore). She ended capital letters.
Being eligible for #jobkeeper allowance which took the pressure off being a part-time worker, full time dreamer. Enforced savings too with little to spend money on with no nights out, beauty treatments or incidental retail.
My previously much maligned hobbies of reading and walking finally paid off with little else to do. Many great books devoured this year, a few faves being; Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid (fiction), Atomic Habits by James Clear (non-fiction) and Becoming by Michelle Obama (biography). Fave walking spot; Merri Creek trail. The Merriest place on earth.
Renewed appreciation for the everyday things often taken for granted; time spent in the library, café and gym, seeing friends and browsing stationery aisles. Even going to school or the office became a treat for kids and parents stuck at home. Seeing if Dan would wear the North Face or a Suit became a sport. Blessed be the doughnut days.
Kindness is magic. The stories of charity and compassion broadcast from around the world brought a tear to the eye on many occasions. The birthday parades, the Zoom bombing, the window visits to aged care homes. But, look, you’re all here, pitching in. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry…
So, looking forward and upward to 2021, here’s the good energy I’ll be continuing to harness:
Sticking to my low-buy of clothes and books. A library card and a uniform are all I need. The default being ‘no’ helped me realise that the urge to buy usually passes.
Blogging if and when I’m inspired to rather than doing it to a deadline.
Recognising that when I’m experiencing what Abraham Hicks calls contrast, it helps me define what I do want. “Always, when you know what you don’t want, that’s when the rocket of desire is born of what you do want.” Abraham Hicks. What I want is connection, simplicity, space and purpose.
How will you be harnessing the good and blocking the bad moving forward?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAs2PBL1RsA (Happy Gilmore Clip)
https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/edb476c4-f2a6-4865-b3e9-0574c4773d13 (Wayne’s World 2 GIF)
Love and light and long story short I survived xxx Yvette
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Well said Yvette, 2020 almost sets for us, but with it many learnings Im glad to have experienced:
– a simpler life on the home front / less to-ing and fro-ing with extra curricular activities
– having more time with my girls (watching/helping them more on the school and learning front)
– time to introspect more on myself and what directions Id like to explore in life (what I miss, what I don’t, the now, not the future so much),self growth
– connecting with people has been both harder and easier during lockdown….but rewarding to be in touch
2021 is just around the corner, and I look forward very much to it and what t brings.
Thanks for your reflections.
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Thanks 🙏 M! Great learnings. I imagine having the girls adds greatly to the challenge/reward factor. I’m sure they love 💕 having you around more. Yes 👍 all the trivialities seem to fall away and what’s important emerges. Here’s cheers to a happy new year of harnessing the good! Much love 💕 xoxo 😘 Y
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Thanks for your reflections on this most rollercoasterish of a year Yvette! I’ve had a pretty good one considering. Jobkeeper definitely helped, and I read a lot of books so it wasn’t all bad. Waiting to see what this latest outbreak in Sydney will turn into. Will Gladys have to don the Northface windcheater pantsuit ensemble again to steer us through a tragic summer? Surely not… Merry Christmas to you and yours my doolin! xx
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Thanks 🙏 for reading David! There’s more to life than books you know but not much more. Hurrah for jobkeeper and bookishness for keeping us afloat. I’ll be watching Gladys with interest to see what signals she sends with her blouse and pantsuit combos. Stay safe up there on the Sydney shores. Looking forward to seeing you IRL 🤞soon please and thank you. Much love 💕 and merry Christmas 🎄 xoxo 😘 Yvette