I’m back in Jan Juc, I’ve been renovating my apartment in St Kilda to sell.
It’s been a bittersweet experience.
At the start of the project, it was just about the sale.
But I’ve reconnected to the place and community that was my true spiritual home for more than 20 years.
Now I’m not sure I want to sell.
I am loving being in the space and hanging around old digs in Grey Street and Fitzroy Street.
The apartment is looking great - we have made a lot of changes including painting the whole thing, a new kitchen and looks like a new bathroom. Ho hum.
I am using an amazing terracotta finger tile ( below), and it looks awesome. ( Black under benches and white benches)
The apartment has a huge deck shared amongst the six apartments. And I’ve been gardening - in boxes rather than in beds as I do here at home, planting herbs and repotting plants.
I’ve also been playing lots of music from back in the day.
Linda and Vika Bull, Sade, Madonna and of course country.
It’s been great. Nostalgic.
I feel so connected to myself again.
In other news, I’ve been reading a good book on fasting - the one that Mel Robbins has also read and written about.
Fast Like a Girl: A Woman's Guide to Using the Healing Power of Fasting to Burn Fat, Boost Energy, and Balance Hormones Dr Mindy Pelz.
When I was away for 4 weeks, my perimenopausal body clamped on 8KG - how radical is that?
It’s evened up now but I’m still 5 kgs heavier than when I went away and 3 more from where I am comfortable.
I can tell you there has been a LOT of mind management about that.
Anyway, I digress. As you know I fast a lot - and enjoy the health and weight benefits it is known for.
HOWEVER, as my body continues its journey of change - and that one ovary of mine that won’t give up the ghost yet (Gyno’s exact words) I have struggled with fasting.
Thus, the reason why I picked up the book.
Fast Like a Girl: involves fasting in alignment with your cycle. It’s a much more intuitive way to do it, and research suggests it's much better for us. I’m still a work in progress because I won’t push my body too hard at the moment. She needs me to be kind to her.
But I’ll let you know how I go.
I also wanted to share this song with you. It’s Thelma Plumb: I’m not angry anymore - and I love singing to it at the top of my voice as I drive to St K and back.
The song resonates because I’ve known anger in my life.
On a final note. The most important thing I do in my practice is ask questions.
If you are interested in self-coaching, this is a good place to start.
Here is one for you to take into your week.
When you catch yourself feeling a negative or flat feeling - find out the thought you are thinking and ask:
Why am I choosing to think that?
Your brain is a ninja at answering it's own questions. It’s also a bullshit artist. So you can stay onto it by catching your thoughts at the emotional level and then questioning why.
Just don’t let the answer “I don’t know”, fool you. It always has an answer.
Big love. Maree
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