Change Is In The Air

Hello everyone , hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Raffy and I exploring my somewhat neglected back garden this morning. I will admit that as much as I enjoy my garden I really don’t seem to have the energy to spend as much time there as really is needed.

As the title suggests change is in the air and I am not just talking about the change in seasons. At present no firm decisions have been made as to exactly the nature of the changes, I will keep you posted.

Recently I have been questioning myself as to if I am thriving or simply surviving . My answer was the latter and I know much self reflection is needed to change that as that is so not me. I am not great at journal writing but I feel this would be a good way to start working out my next steps. Any advice dear readers would be greatly appreciated.

One of the things I am working on is my overall fitness . I do quite a bit of walking but have lost some muscle mass over the last year and really need to be more consistent using my weights. I know what I should be doing but some days the motivation has left me.

I have also spent time of late sorting through my wardrobe . Early days but really I must be strong and part with items that no longer fit my style. No keeping things just in case that special occasion will happen (it never does). I recently came across the idea of a pie chart , one for how you spend your time and the other for what is actually in your wardrobe. I might give this a go, will report back , pretty sure they don’t match.

Anyway enough of my ramblings for the moment.

Wearing my much worn Moyuru scribbles tunic over white pants, Trippen sandals, Preen sunnies, Bangle, Jianhua London necklace .

Joining Gail at Is This Mutton for Wow on Wednesday.

 

 

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  1. February 21, 2024 / 10:43 am

    You’ve had a very challenging 2023 so it’s probably right to look at 2024 and think about things that could be changed – for the better, of course. I used to adore gardening but do hardly any now, the weather here isn’t helping though, but I hope to get some pots done in the Spring along with some tweaking and weeding.

    As for weights yes do those as we all lose muscle. I’m really not as good as I was what with the 2-month cough and then an op on my arm so I can’t do weights for another month. I’d say if you haven’t got anyone now definitely find a sympathetic personal trainer, one who understands the older body, one who understands illness too. I am very lucky to have found Sarah and I attach a link for her to see the type of support she offers. She’s also 9 years younger than me (but looks amazing) and not a youngster which I also find so helpful.

    And as ever, you’re looking amazing too!

    http://www.wellbeingexercise.co.uk/about_us.html

    • grownupglamour
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      February 23, 2024 / 5:12 am

      Thank you so very much Penny for the link and the advice re exercise. I will ask around and hopefully find someone suitable for me, that isn’t a twenty something.
      I do understand about the weather and gardening , too hot here at present and my interest seems to be waning.
      Maybe its time to take your lead on the housing front too.
      All the best Penny.

  2. February 21, 2024 / 1:38 pm

    Your outfit definately dressed up your garden, Jill! It feels so daunting when they’ve gotten a bit out of hand…I sympathize as I was so “eaten up” by my cutting garden last year, I completely ignored my borders – horrors! Good luck with those upcoming changes and staying motivated.

    • grownupglamour
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      February 23, 2024 / 4:54 am

      Thank you so much Mary Katherine . Isn’t it frustrating when the garden gets out of hand, it happens so quickly.Yes that motivation needs to click into gear otherwise nothing changes.

  3. LA CONTESSA
    February 21, 2024 / 4:09 pm

    I AM DEALING WITH THE SAME THOUGHTS!
    SURVIVING NOT THRIVING!
    NOT MUCH JOY THESE DAYS………….
    I CANT DO THE GARDEN WORK ANYMORE EVEN THE SIMPLE STUFF.
    LET ME KNOW IF YOU COME UP WITH A SOLUTION!I AM GOING TO GET A TRASH BAG NOW TO CLEAN A SECTION OF THE CLOSET!
    THE DAYS OF DRESS UP ARE OVER!
    YOU AND I CAN SHOW UP IN OUR CASUAL ATTIRE AND PEOPLE THINK WE ARE DRESSED UP!
    I FIND MYSELF ANNOYED AND DISAPPOINTED.IT SADDENS ME TO SEE THE LACK LUSTER OF TODAYS PEOPLE.ZERO RESPECT when attending the theater etc………….

    • grownupglamour
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      February 23, 2024 / 4:51 am

      I am so sorry you are sharing the same feelings Elizabeth, it is most frustrating. We all need joy in our lives , am trying to focus on those small, simple joys. Some days this works, others not so much.
      When you have been a keen gardener and created something beautiful it is so frustrating to no longer do that yourself and we both do love our gardens. Employing someone is an answer but its not the same.
      Best of luck with the closet clean , its always such a major undertaking. So true our version of casual is others dressing up.
      Pity we dont live closer we could put the world to right. xxx

  4. Cheryl Gurnhill
    February 22, 2024 / 2:15 am

    I am intriqued re the change.

    • grownupglamour
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      February 23, 2024 / 4:36 am

      Early days Cheryl , many decisions to be made . Will let you know.

  5. February 22, 2024 / 6:31 am

    Dear Jill,
    I think your garden looks wonderful! A true rambling beauty – and you in it too.

    Twenty years ago I was so incredibly unwell and then breast cancer was diagnosed. It takes a long time for the body to recover, in fact, our bodies are never the same again but I changed paths, from being an artist potter to writing (when I was twelve I wanted to be a ballet dancer, an archeologist and a writer!) Ballet was my life, then instead of digging up ancient pots I studied and made clay pieces of art. After breast surgeries and radiation I had to give up the heavy work of throwing clay and one afternoon as I sat drinking tea alone in my garden, it came to me. I would be the writer I said I wanted to be once.

    My mother always believed in putting her feet up for 20 – 30 mins and I adopted this when I was pregnant and had to have enough energy to teach into the evenings. I still do lie down to re-energise, usually 5 days a week for 30 minutes. I practice deep breathing and choose to be surrounded with positive energy and spend time in nature. I find I can’t tolerate socialising in large groups anymore, my adrenal levels become depleted very quickly and so I choose carefully which things I attend and which people I have in my life. My body protests very loudly when I mistreat it!

    I had a beautiful big house which we built ourselves and a huge garden on our 1400 sq m sloping block which I LOVED – until I didn’t because it just all became too much. So, long story short, we sold and moved here to Brisbane, bought a lovely townhouse in a beautiful area close to nature and I’m loving creating a new small patch of paradise.

    Your body has also been through so much, Jill, and needs time to recuperate. Writing a journal, as you mention, is a wonderful way to look within. Exercise is important, the best being walking and drinking in fresh air and noticing new wonders around you. The rest is whatever your body tells you it needs and likes to do.

    I had a dear yoga friend who was paralysed by a stroke. She slowly worked at her recuperation and reclaimed her life but one thing at a time – instead of a head full of things, she could only concentrate on one thing at a time – every Yoga student’s dream. I thought of her when we moved…she had to leave her beautiful paradise when she turned 70 but said she just turned to face the new direction, her new home, and looked at the positive things it offered.

    Sending you big hugs, and love, Jill,
    Elizabeth.

    • grownupglamour
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      February 23, 2024 / 4:35 am

      Dear Elizabeth, thank you so very much for sharing your personal cancer journey with me as I can relate to so much. Our bodies do go through so much but I also find as did you that my perspective on many things has also changed . I find I have very little patience for the every day annoyances and am becoming more selective on how I spend my time and who I spend it with.
      You have expressed how I am feeling about our house and garden , maybe it is time to move on and enjoy a new chapter. Your yoga friends positive attitude is so inspiring.
      I will start that journal in the hope it makes things clearer. Once again thank you so much .
      Much love, Jill.

        • grownupglamour
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          February 27, 2024 / 4:44 am

          Thank you Elizabeth , yes we will enjoy each moment.

  6. February 22, 2024 / 5:41 pm

    I’m definitely hearing you on several accounts, Jill. We all need a change from time to time.
    Well done on making a start with sorting out your wardrobe. That’s on my list too, but I’m simply lacking the energy at the moment.
    As for your outfit, I’m loving the Moyuru scribbles tunic and that necklace is absolutely stunning! A very “you” outfit! xxx

    • grownupglamour
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      February 23, 2024 / 4:18 am

      We will have to compare notes on the changes we make. Sorting out the wardrobe is always a major undertaking , you are wise to wait until you have the energy. Mine will be a long, slow process of that I’m sure. The Moyuru scribbles tunic is a golden oldie but so cool in the hot weather. Thank you Ann for your comment.

  7. February 26, 2024 / 4:27 pm

    You’ve had a tough time Jill so it’s natural your energy levels might be lower and you’re questioning your motivation. I have also been slack on the weights front. I’m feeling it now as I start cycling again. Sorting out the wardrobe can be quite an emotional experience. I’m hanging on to some of my corporate attire but I’ll never wear it again. Saying goodbye to it is somehow like losing a bit of my identity. As for the garden….the type of plants I love are not compatible with global warming. A lot of people are changing what they grow. I can’t face that yet……

    • grownupglamour
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      February 27, 2024 / 4:52 am

      Thank you so much Gail , slowly getting back to my weights. I do think we so often hang onto things in our wardrobes that speak of past lives or events for the memories they hold. My garden is very much the same as yours with plants not global warming friendly . I do find if they are well established lack of water is not a problem for many .

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