Singing …

… my job has always meant a certain amount of performance, in front of a class of children, a group of teachers or parents. In the classroom I used to sing, do silly voices and do all sorts of things to hook the kids.

Somehow in the for a fair few years, anything like that, the idea of it horrified me, I was worried I would embarrass myself – I have identified that recently. So what the hell, take a breath and dive right in – the advice I give others but rarely take myself.

So I booked in to spend a Sunday with Clare Bowditch singing. We learnt four songs, we sang on and off for hours. Then we performed in front of family and friends. I loved it, the freedom, the actual singing, the sound of voices … 100 voices.

I will sing more.

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Start of the day, all fresh and ready to go.

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The nuns watching us sing in The Linen room.

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Looking out of the window, I didn’t know there were horses at the Convent.

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Shapes, always look up.

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In the courtyard imagining what this must have been like as a convent.

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Sun setting and the light playing on the buildings.

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Life in trees, end of the day and exhausted.

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Turning …

… corners.

What if you turned a corner and found something unexpected? Has that ever happened to you?
I am sitting trying to think have I been surprised when turning a corner? My mind is a blank. Perhaps I have not turned enough corners … how do you know if you have turned enough corners?
Today something caught my eye on a wall, I have no idea who this artist is but the image made me stop the car and take a photo.

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Then I saw this and was kind of intrigued. I have a niece who has a fabulous eye and her photographs are beautiful, I want to encourage her to pick her camera up again so I snapped this.

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There was no reason to turn the corner, this was the main street that would take me to the road that would put me back on the freeway, over the bridge to home. But for some reason I turned the corner. This was waiting for me.

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Bozo be what we got …

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Looking …

… up.

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What do you think that is in the middle of the photo? I did a little double take before school this morning.

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La bella luna, I do love you. You make me smile when I see you huge over the horizon, and when you shine into my bedroom window and light up the room.

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Wind and clouds and a blue blue sky.

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She was …

… right.

A conversation yesterday about anxiety and a question posed, it is about perfection? Is the expectation around perfection the trigger for anxiety when perfection is not met? Well isn’t that an interesting thing to consider.

I have seen an expectation for perfection and setting out how things should unfold cause distress when things did not work out as expected.

The trigger, what is it and identifying it is the key to continuing the conversation and then working on reducing the impact of anxiety.

Spent some time today thinking on this and seeing things a little more clearly. Written down it is easier to see a link, but putting the notion to the test is the key.

Anxiety … a conversation that continues.

Perfection and the growing need for it … a conversation that also continues.

Perfection

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Joy …

… what if indeed!

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The rain …

… has created little forests and gardens in the nooks and crannies. Be sure to look down!

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Looking about …

… late afternoon walk. A heart, a couple of autumn leaves making me smile, a mushroom pushing through the soil, the colour of a tree and the joy of the sky at sunset.

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Today was a day of a few things, a bit of cleaning and taxes, neither of which I like at all.

But taxes are ticked off until July when we start again.

I am thinking I will be doing them a lot quicker the next tax year.

It was the also the first day of meditation, Headspace app and I have become mates again. It felt great, being still, silent …

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