Hello my lovelies! It was my birthday this week. A time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the past year. Eat some cheesecake for breakfast. Apply for a job. Start meeting designers. And spend some time relaxing in low-key ways.
The last 12 months feels like it’s flown by. I could not have imagined at my last birthday where I would be now. I haven’t really taken any time to think about it but so much has happened. I get very stuck in a “getting by” mindset that I churn through tasks without reflecting and appreciating where I am now. It’s been a scary and exciting journey so far. I’ve learned a lot about myself and the things I need day-to-day. I have been forgetting to enjoy myself. I spend so much time doing things I know I love to do. But my brain is fighting me. I have strongly embedded thinking patterns that lead me to constantly find things to worry about. They’re distracting as hell. Anxiety can be a real pain. Working on breaking these patterns is a birthday goal.
Continuing the 2017 tradition of non-traditional birthday cakes, mine was a Strawberry + Lemon Cheesecake. Simple cheesecake swirled with lemon curd and last week’s strawberry jam. For breakfast. I spent my day relaxing. I slept in. I went for a walk up a hill. I played video games. We also had a delicious meal at Field & Green. A day well spent. I also went on a bonus birthday shopping trip to Kmart. There isn’t one in the central city and without a car trashy shopping trips rely on a friend. Bargains are so soothing.
One of the background stresses of my search for a new way of life is money. It feels like I’m on a timer because the money I set aside will only last so long. To put my mind at rest and give me more freedom, I am turning attention to part-time work. I applied for a job I would love with my favourite Good Bitches. If it doesn’t work out I will look further for some contract work to keep the good ship Winsome on an even keel.
I met with my first designer this week. The Winsome Baker needs a cohesive brand identity. While I know mostly what I want, professional expertise will bring it together fabulously. I’m making sure to shop around as it’s a bit of an investment. It will be an exciting process to work through once we get started.
Enjoy yourself. Indulge a bit. Look after each other.