Nourished Life Gratitude List Week Six

Happy Monday my dear readers, I am sorry this list is a little late, but let me tell you that last week was a roller-coaster ride. There were highs and lows and ‘holy cupcake how will I survive this’ moments. Big changes are taking place in my thoroughly nourished life. Big changes that I will share with you all once the dust has settled a little and my world has stopped feeling like it’s balancing on a base of marbles. There were also extremely awesome moments this week, which culminated in Chris’s Thrift Shop themed birthday on Saturday night!

Without further ado I present this week’s Nourished Life Gratitude List:

Monday: An über day. I blogged about how Margaret Thatcher’s words inspired me to power through a fantastically-full day and relax at the end feeling like I had been in the world and left my mark on the day.

My hilly path on Tuesday's run.

My hilly path on Tuesday’s run.

Tuesday: My longest outside run in a very long time. A truly beautiful day to be out in the world enjoying the autumn sunshine and the feeling of life coursing through my veins.

Wednesday: My day started at dawn with some cross-training at the gym. My internship day was full of interesting tasks, and I got to come home and make chocolate chip pancakes for Chris to take for breakfast on Thursday morning.

Thursday: Today a door slammed so firmly and quickly that I nearly lost my fingertips and my self-worth in the process. I was so grateful that my family, my friends (especially the ever-lovely Jenny) and my darling Chris reminded me to see the windows and new doors that would open to me soon. I was also grateful that Chris and I spent the evening with Caroline and Tim at a comedy hypnotism show.

Sushi and Cheryl Strayed. Soul: nourished.

Sushi and Cheryl Strayed. Soul: nourished.

Friday: I bought a copy of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things‘ by Cheryl Strayed and sat sobbing over my sushi lunch. The insight on life, the way she implores each of us to take charge of the days that we have here, is truly what I needed today.

Saturday: Chris’s birthday party!! I still don’t have any photos to show you, but suffice to say I ended up in a motley outfit of American-flag printed mini skirt, black tights, and electric-blue glitter zebra stripe jacket – yeah it was that kind of night. A celebration of my sweetheart surrounded by many friends, and finished off with Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting. Of course, they were only 99c. (See here for Chris’s inspiration for the party).

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes. Didn't get to taste (weren't GF) but the grins on people's faces were enough.

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes. Didn’t get to taste (weren’t GF) but the grins on people’s faces were enough.

Sunday: Grateful to take it very slowly today, after a night of wine, dancing, and laughter. Chris and I napped the day away and then enjoyed some high-brow cinematic entertainment with Iron Man 3. (It was brilliant by the way).

This week promises to be busy and beautiful as well. But today, well, today I’m taking it easy and celebrating my darling’s actual birthday. So Monday’s Mantra will be posted tomorrow. For now, I’m off to cook a late breakfast and be grateful that 26 years ago a very special person came into the world, and now he’s mine. Happy Birthday my love. I am so grateful for you and all that you bring to my life. You are the most vibrant, hilarious, caring person I know. Here’s to many, many more birthday cakes, and many more birthday wishes come true.

You and I. Happy birthday sweetheart.

You and I. Happy birthday sweetheart.

Tell me, dear reader, what were you most grateful for this week? Any roller-coaster rides like mine? Or über days that you want to share?

Thursday Good Things

Brisbane in winter. The fickle lion who at once will roar with might, and then mew like a kitten.

This week has seen stormy nights and days with skies of brightest blue.

Autumn leaves on a tree

The cold stays though, lighter during the day when sunny patches can be sought, then heavier at night when the only thing to do is snuggle under the patchwork quilt my Mama made me with a cup of tea and a book. So then, in the spirit of a fickle winter, as I am on occasion a fickle woman ruled by the weather, I present to you my list of good things this Thursday.

This is an issue that divides many people, in many countries, but for my opinion, I believe in marriage equality. The right for any of us to declare to society that we love someone, and we commit to them, in the most binding of ways. GetUp Australia has released a beautiful video about marriage laws in Australia.

Now, for the lighter side of the list. I am currently on holidays and scrambling to catch up on some much-neglected reading. I am a true lover of cosy mysteries so you can bet there are a few of those on my shelf to be enjoyed in the spirit of all things Marple. One series that has recently caught my fancy is the ‘Cupcake Bakery Mysteries’ by Jenn McKinlay. I read the first in the series (Sprinkle with Murder) while I was writing my assignments and I was instantly enchanted and had to order the whole series. Immediately. Others on my reading list include novels by John Connolly, which promise to be darkly gothic and ghostly – perfect for winter reading; ‘The Marriage Plot‘ by Jeffrey Eugenides – recommended to me by my lovely friend Jenny; and, continuing my Geraldine Brooks obsession (I just finished ‘People of the Book’ not twenty minutes ago), ‘Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague‘.

To balance out all that snuggling under my quilt, I will be keeping up my training for the Southern Cross University 10km run. This race is part of the Gold Coast Marathon festival, where I completed the half marathon last year, this year Jess and I will be up early and doing the 10km race while Mum and Dad do the 5.7km walk. Nothing like team spirit! Especially at 5.30am in the middle of winter….

Oh, and one last really good thing for the list, because I really never can have too many red sequins in my closet….(check these out)

Thursday – Good Things

When I was an undergraduate health student I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete an internship in our local children’s hospital’s oncology ward.

There are no words in my vocabulary that would ever do justice to the courage, hope and sheer strength of the human spirit that I witnessed during those weeks. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember the people I met: tireless doctors and nurses, parents who were faced with fighting for their kids against something over which they had no control, and the kids themselves who were the true meaning of grace. They all stood together against cancer. Determined to defeat it.

I was blessed to be able to be part of that, for even a short amount of time.

Today an article about 22 year old Chris Rumble captured my attention while I was watching the news. This young man has taken Kelly Clarkson’s song ‘Stronger’, and made it a battle cry for his fellow patients at Seattle Children’s hospital. Please watch this video. Remember that whatever we are going through, there is always someone out there walking a road that we  fear to tread.

These kids are heroes.