A few moments in January …

Sure, I may be a little late in welcoming in this latest year, but perhaps that’s just an indication of how nicely 2012 has been treating me. I’ve been very much enjoying the feeling of ‘space’ the new year has brought with it … space to think, dream and be. Breathing space. Do you feel it too?

With one turn of the calendar, all the rush and hurry at the close of one year is left far behind, replaced by a magical sense of possibility. Apart from it signalling the start of the tennis season, the thing I most like about January is that time slows, creating more opportunities to appreciate the little happenings. With that idea in mind, I thought I’d share a few of my recent moments.

… There’s been flower gazing and cookie baking.

Green and purple blooms

Vegan choc-chip cookies

… Lots of bright sunny days, green grass and one very happy dog … Oh, and there’s always an opportunity to take my favourite sandals out for a relaxing wander.

A doggy roll

Saltwater Sandals (in yellow of course)

But I suppose the most exciting thing about this year for me is that I’m writing again. Actual honest-to-goodness proper writing … and gosh, it feels so fantastic! I’ve pushed all the doubts, negativity and annoying self-criticism to one side (for the moment at least), and I’m trying to just let the words do what they do best.

How about you? Have you experienced any little moments which have you thinking that this year could be quiteΒ momentous? xx

46 Comments

  1. belinda/gretchenmist

    so happy to hear you are getting into your writing! and i love your sandals, have had those exact yellow ones on my list for a while now, just need to figure out how to order them so they fit!
    xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Thanks Belinda! I highly recommend the glossy yellow sandals … SO PRETTY! πŸ™‚
      The sizing is a bit weird … basically it’s two down from your normal size. I take an Australian Size 9, so in Salt Water Sandals I take a Size 7 (most of the websites should explain that though). I’m trying to talk myself out of another pair (they’re so hard to resist!). xx

  2. Shine Little light*

    I have a feeling this is going to be a very momentous year for me too. Congratulations on your proper writing! Enjoy! *s*

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Shine Little LIght – Here’s to a momentous year for the both of us!! πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much for your writing well wishes. xx

  3. Chartreuse

    Yellow sandals. What a wonderful beginning to the year. And yes, we too are revelling in summer – especially in tennis-on-TV. I got sick of not being able to read the tennis score in the bottom left-hand corner of our old analogue TV, and went out and bought a U-beaut 40in digital Samsung (with savvy daughter’s advice, of course). We’ve hardly had it off the tennis channel since getting it home and setting it up! And think: in only 10 monthly instalments of my Carer’s Allowance, I can have paid for it! Something screwy in my priorities, perhaps? Now if only I could help my (aphasic) husband to remember how his much-loved tennis is scored. I’ve got a card on his tray-table with an explanation of the tennis scoring boxes all explained, but his addled brain just won’t deal with it. Never mind. He loves the action anyway. What’s not to be thankful for!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Chartreuse – Yes, yellow sandals just make everything better really. πŸ™‚
      How wonderful you’re now able to enjoy the tennis on your new TV … it’s a wonderful time of year to just relax in front of the TV and watch all the action. It’s my favourite sport to watch (I don’t like all that many)! πŸ™‚
      There is nothing screwy about your priorities … tennis is tennis after all. And it’s good that your husband can enjoy the action … that’s the best part anyway! πŸ™‚

  4. Teresa

    Wonderful! I love your photos (especially the one of Baxter) and I love to hear the news that you’re writing again, and enjoying it!
    xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – Happy to hear you’ve arrived in Hong Kong!!
      I shall pass on your compliment to Baxter – he never tires of them … πŸ˜‰
      Yes thank goodness the writing is happening … it’s taken me long enough to get organised.
      xx

  5. Sandrine

    Lovely Happy Sandals ! They surely go with the sunshine we had!:)
    Congratulations about your writting resolution! Enjoy x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – These sandals always bring a smile to my face when I wear them … kind of like a cheery charm! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for your writing well wishes … it feels really good to be writing again. xx

  6. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Oh, well done on the writing – congrats! I’m on holidays before I start my new day job in real estate, so I’m trying to really soak it all in because I know I won’t be getting anymore hols for quite a while! I love the tennis, and the cricket, and the cycling! Went to the Australian Road Cycling National Champs last weekend (which happened to be held in my very own city of Ballarat), and had a ball. I love this time of year.

    I haven’t had much to eat today….. and those biscuits look absolutely and utterly stunning. I think I have some cubes of cheese and about 3 carrots in the fridge. Blah.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Thank you! πŸ™‚
      I do hope you’re enjoying your holidays still … though I’m sure you’re also pretty excited to soon start your new adventure in real estate! … The tennis and cycling are pretty much the only two sports I’ll indulge in … though a few others can hook me in from time to time. How fantastic that you went to the Road Cycling National Championship – that would have been fantastic!!

      Sorry to tempt your tastebuds with sweet treats – the internet can be a bad place to be when you’re hungry! πŸ˜‰

  7. woolf

    what lovely toes you have, tracey!
    it is just so bewildering tennis season is starting down under; summer is on, whilest, up here…
    well, i know, it is always like this, just a little unexpected to read such summery relaxed wanderings…
    happy new year to you too, you enjoy the season now!
    nβ™₯
    little moments are important. i’m enjoying mine too. and so glad you are writing.
    that’s right, you just go on writing.
    just don’t think too much about it, and do it.
    and enjoy it, above all.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello Woolf – Haha. I’m not sure about my toes, but I definitely think my sandals are lovely. πŸ˜‰
      It’s always a bit funny having these topsy-turvy seasons happening around the world at the same time … though I’d like a little more of the cooler weather please. Happy new year to you too, dear Woolf!! πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your lovely writing encouragement … you have the loveliest way of saying things. I’m doing my best to not think about the writing, just to let it happen. Thanks for the reminder. xx

  8. bobbi

    I’m glad you are having some quiet time, and I envy you a lot! I don’t feel the same. Actually the opposite, but not in a negative way…it’s a creative rush that I’m having. I must work extra hours (extra extra hours) to get very little money, it’s a very difficult time, but I’m happier than what I used to be. I feel like it’s worth it. Right now I can’t even pay the bills, but I know I will, and it’s worth it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Being in the midst of a creative rush is wonderful … but yes, it can take a toll when it sees you working harder than ever. But when such work brings great happiness, it’s worth it in the end (I agree with you there).

      When things come together and feel ‘right’ then you definitely know that you’re doing that thing that you’re supposed to be doing in life. It will only get better and easier from there. Take care Bobbi, and try to squeeze in a little relaxation each day. xx

  9. Camila Faria

    Oh, this post made me wish for slow and quiet times. I feel like january is rushing by. The sun is always shinning over here, but I have so little time to enjoy my afternoons. Oh, well… maybe in february everything changes (we have Carnaval, so I guess everything will eventually stop anyway).
    Love, love, love your yellow sandals! And I’m so glad you’re writing again, way to go Tracey!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – Well I do very much hope that January has put its brakes on at least a little for you … that feeling of time rushing by is never good. If not, I’m sure you are right in saying that February will have things moving a bit slower … it would be wonderful for you to have a bit more time to just ‘be’ for a while.

      I’m glad you like my sandals … thank you! And thanks for the writing encouragement … you’re so sweet. xx

  10. sarah.goodtogether

    So far, mostly moments of uncertainty for me. But uncertain moments have quite a lot of potential to be momentous. Cheers to your writing!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sarah – Well I do hope those uncertain moments are starting to reveal their hidden potential to you … how exciting! Thanks for your writing encouragement. πŸ™‚

  11. Meagan

    Your sandals are TOO cute! And make me long to wear a pair! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the new year!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – Thanks! I love the glossy yellow of this pair … and yes, the new year is going very well. I hope 2012 is treating you just as well. πŸ™‚

  12. Lucent Imagery

    Ah such lovely moments my friend. I love the easing into the new year too. Didn’t know you loved tennis season too, yay! I love Baxter’s happy roll. And your feet do look gorgeous in those sandals. Not a drop of nail polish needed πŸ˜‰ I’m getting very tempted to join the Saltwater Sandal fan club! x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – I’m glad you enjoyed these little moments … and yes indeed, tennis is one of the only sports I’ll actually watch and watch, and watch! πŸ˜‰

      Baxter loves a good roll in the backyard … especially when the sun is nice and hot (though he probably likes inside time just as much).

      Haha … yes indeed, you know my policy on nail polish … and YES, you should join the Salt Water Sandal club (it’s nice in here). xx

  13. Fi Figueroa

    So true. It’s as if a new year gave some sense of calm to everything ahead. Love your photos. Oh, and guess who also has yellow saltwaters? πŸ˜‰

    To a great year!

    –Fi

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fi – I’m glad you liked these photos … and it’s nice to know you have that same feeling at the start of the year … Haha, and I’m VERY glad to hear you have yourself some yellow saltwaters too!!! πŸ™‚

      I hope things aren’t getting too busy in your world yet … there’s plenty of time for that later on.

  14. Lynne

    Happy New Year Tracey.
    Love the photos, especially the happy dog and the cookies.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – Happy new year! Is there anyone happier than a dog rolling on freshly cut grass? (I don’t think so). I kind of feeling like whipping up another batch of those cookies now … they’re too tasty to be a one off! πŸ™‚

  15. urban muser

    love that happy pooch πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muser – Haha, he is a very happy doggy … though he probably would have liked it more if I was scratching his belly instead of taking his photo! πŸ˜‰

  16. Hayley Cafarella

    I love it when life is so wonderful that time passes without us even realising! Hurrah for good starts to the year πŸ™‚ xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hayley – Yes, yes … life is good when it passes in such fashion – there needs to be much more of it. I figure that if a year starts well, then surely it’s going to be a great year!?!? πŸ™‚

  17. Gabrielle Bryden

    Happy yellow sandals – I love them πŸ™‚ January is a slow time of year – so many people still on holidays – great time to catch up on reading and relaxing. Good to hear you are writing.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – You know me and yellow … I just can’t seem to get enough of it! πŸ™‚
      January is perfect for taking things slower – I’ve been catching up on some long overdue reading … and of course, being off work, I’m now finding it easier to relax.

      Thanks – I’m happy to be writing again too. xx

  18. Fourth Daughter

    I saw those sandals the other day and was very tempted… are they comfy? They look it! I was thinking of getting a red pair…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Oh yes, you should be tempted by these sandals … they are super comfortable!!! The red is lovely (I have a pair in my wardrobe too) … the only downside to the red is that they don’t come in gloss (but they’re nice just the same). πŸ™‚

  19. Andrew

    Hi Tracey,

    I’ve missed your blog posts.

    Wonderful photo of a flower! Jealous, I’m utterly awful at taking photos of flowers. Good to read you are writing again and I hope you have a grand 2012.

    All the best

    Andrew

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Thanks for your kind words … I think sometimes (often) with me and flower photos it just happens to be luck to capture them … they can be tricky beasts to capture. πŸ™‚

      Thanks also for your 2012 well wishes … I hope the year ahead is wondrous and magical for you too! πŸ™‚

  20. Lisa

    Hello Tracey – January in these parts has most assuredly declared itself a breath of fresh air in more ways than one! Oh yes, Janvier has bolted like a horse intensely anticipating the opening of its gate, before one ardent long-race.

    The Year of the Dragon waits ever so quietly for me to chime in, as my year has finally cometh! Surely this will be all the momentousness I’ll need for the yearlong.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – That breath of fresh air at the start of each new year is most welcome … let’s hope it blows us both in the right direction. I very much like your description of January as an impatiently waiting horse – that’s very much how I feel … there is so much ahead, that I just can’t wait to begin. I just need to remember to focus!

      Yes indeed … I think a momentous year is in store for you my dear. That dragon will provide both power and protection … enjoy!! xx

  21. hila

    oh tracey, this post made me so happy to read. I’ve been flower gazing and cookie baking too, but more as relief from last-minute editing.

    p.s. I love your sandals, where are they from?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Thanks for your sweet words … and I hope the flower gazing and cookie baking did provide you with the break you needed from editing. I’m so excited about your book!! πŸ™‚

      Oh and my sandals are ‘Salt Water Sandals’ – so you can find them in a few different places, but I found these stores in Australia to be the best:

      My Gidget


      Down Yonder


      Little Pinwheel

  22. Selma

    I’m really glad to hear you’re writing again and feeling so good about it. Flower gazing and cookie baking are two of my favourite pastimes. Hope you have a wonderful 2012!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – Thanks … I feel like it’s been a long time since I felt so good about writing. For some reason or another I think I was self-sabotaging my efforts. I honestly don’t understand why I work so hard to resist it.

      I hope your year is off to just as wonderful a start Selma … I just know it’s going to be a great one. xx

  23. primoeza

    i am another fan of your sandals.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Elizabeth – They are truly the most comfortable, most cheery pair of sandals I own. I kind of want everyone to own at least one pair! πŸ™‚

      PS. I was sorry to hear about your recent sad losses, but I’m glad that your kitties have been taking care of you. xx

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