Do You Dream Of A Summer Holiday? Taking Stock.


Here I am, back as promised to share my newly acquired inner wisdom from Taking Stock of where I’m at right now with the help of some word prompts from Pip at Meet Me at Mikes.

Prepare to be amazed.

Amazingly bored.

It wasn’t quite the insightful exercise I was hoping for myself.

What did I learn?  I really want a holiday.

What will you learn?  Honestly?  Not much… other than how to over use the word holiday and annoy people.

I give you Taking Stock February 2017.


Making :  A big mess in my lounge room.  It’s become the dumping ground for all those things called “Bugga” That I don’t know where else to put!

Realising:  I have an exceptional amount of things called “Bugga”.

Cooking :  Cooking?  Bahahaha – don’t be so funny!

Drinking :  Way too many cups of tea.  Waaaaay too many.

Reading:  The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (again).  Helping me think about how I wish to feel  in this life instead of thinking about what I should   be accomplishing.  Thought provoking? Much!

Wanting:  A holiday.  A week will do.  Preferably not at my expense.

Looking:  At fairy wrens hopping around the front sliding door (so cute).

Pondering:  The BIG questions.  Such as “How do I wish to spend my time left on this earth?”  Thank you Psychologist for the easy questions.  (Hence current reading material).

Wishing:  I knew the answers to the BIG questions.  Channelling Brene Brown and Danielle LaPorte for inspirational guidance.

Enjoying:  The warm weather.  As long as I don’t have to go outside and work in it.  Sorry poor neglected garden.

Waiting:  For Autumn to arrive.  I just love Autumn.

Liking:  Hanging out with my brother while he hunts for a beach house.  I’m exceptionally good at spending his money.  He hasn’t parted with any yet.   I may have a highly evolved eye for detail that consistently translates into properties being around $1.99 over his budget (in other words I have expensive tastes that do not align with his bank balance… sigh).

Wondering:  Why aging isn’t full of wonder and excitement as the first part of your life.  It doesn’t seem fair.  Watching and supporting aging family members is a big suckable time of life for all.

Loving:  Slow days.

Listening:  To fairy wrens and fan tails twitter in the garden.  Yes, I am officially an old person.

Considering:  Going back to the gym.

Buying:  Not a holiday that’s for sure!

Watching:  Big Bang Theory – what else is worth watching???

Hoping:  To have a holiday not at my own expense as previously stated.

Marvelling:  At how deluded I am wishing for an all expenses paid holiday.

Cringing:  At my bank statement.  Festive Season of December – you may go have sexual relations with yourself.

Needing:  People in protective suits and breathing apparatus to help clean out my lounge room.

Questioning:  Why the bloody hell I dumped so much crap in said lounge room.

Smelling:  White Sage Insence.  I’m hooked.  Thank you Belinda!

Wearing:  Favourite mauve singlet top and light grey shorts that make my but look big.  Don’t care.  My go to, around the house, summer everyday style.  Glamorous?  You bet!

Following:  So many wonderful writers of the internet.  Sonia from Life, Love and Hiccups.  Emily from Have a laugh on meKelly Exeter.  Mrs Woog from WoogsworldHugzilla. Just to name a few.

Noticing:  How bloody dry it is.  Send her down Huey!

Thinking:  That these word prompts require a lot more thought than I anticipated.

Admiring:   My Mum. She’s 82 years old and just keeps plodding along.

Getting:  I’d like to say really excited about going on a holiday. (Sorry).

Disliking:  Trump!

Opening:  My mind.  Time to dip my toe in the waters outside my comfort zone.

Giggling:  Not at the sight of my bank balance or travel brochures.

Feeling:  Not very enthused but thankful to be here.

Celebrating:  Thirty/30 years of marriage very soon.

Pretending:  I’m not that old.

Embracing:  Life as I know it.

So there you have it.  Riveting stuff.  If you’d like to do your own taking stock evaluation I’ve listed the word prompts below for you to copy.

Share some or all of your answers in the comments below if you like.  If you use the list elsewhere please leave a link in the comment section so we can all pop on over with a cup of tea for a read.

Meanwhile, I’ll be lazing on the sun lounge out the back pretending I’m on holiday waiting to read your responses.

Happy Sunday!

Linking with Denyse Whelan Blogs #Life this week








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  1. says

    You got me at Danielle LaPorte as I’ve only just discovered her (listening to her ‘Finding your Joy) recording obsessively!

    I’m with you on the ageing – there should be more wonder and excitement. Are we too jaded?

    And on the rain. It’s SOOOO dry here.

    And I would love a holiday. Though really I’d just love a break from work…. and I only work part-time so I really can’t complain!

    • Sandra says

      I love Danielle’s no bullshit style. As for that holiday – I’ve decided to take myself off somewhere for a day every two weeks or so. The beach keeps calling me and it’s only a 50 minute drive from my beloved foothills. I’m pencilling it in so it actually happens. Closest I’m going to get to a holiday, lol!

      Thanks so much for stopping by Deborah. 🙂 Xx

    • Sandra says

      I love reading your posts Em! I’d love a holiday but I’m missing the key component at the moment – coin! I’ll schedule some day escapes instead.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Em! 🙂 Xx

  2. says

    Yay for writing a blog post and for linking up. That makes me happy!! Gosh, I recall doing a Taking Stock last year and when I reviewed it, I saw how it was generally miserable and I was longing for what was no longer. Maybe that’s the intention of it. To actually drag out of us what we need to address. You cant deal with what you dont know. I hear you on the ageing thing and I am 20 + year ahead …I “thought” erroneously that things would get better with age and fewer responsibilities. Well, some do and some do not. I am learning LOTS of lessons here and they are not all pretty!!
    As for the holiday, I think its the BREAK from routine that you want and need. Can you consider planning days (and nights) that are Sandra-centred. Take time out where no-one is allowed to disturb you and you can refresh yourself. You need this!!
    I am going to pinch your list as the life this week prompt in 2 weeks is Taking Stock. Mind you, I am thinking of culling a few.
    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 7/52. Next Week: A Pet Story.

    • Sandra says

      “You cant deal with what you dont know.” You are SO right Denyse!

      Wise words and insights Denyse. ‘Day’ holidays are in my future.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂 Xx

    • Sandra says

      I actually left out some of the promps from the original list Kerrie because they were actually quite tricky for me. Sometimes we can’t always articulate fully how we feel about things – and that’s okay I reckon.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂 Xx

  3. Majella Laws says

    Too scary to answer those questions! I might find out things I don’t want to know! Right now a holiday in 5 start accommodation beside a lake in the midst of woods somewhere warm but no too warm, reading a good book, being waited on hand and foot would be truly excellent!

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