Reading, and Writing, and Me – oh my!

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I have spoken before about my love of books, and reading, and words themselves (although I must get back into the habit of sharing my monthly reading list), and the fact that I went back to university to pursue this love down a more professional path.

Yesterday I took another leap in the professional direction and met with some lovely people at a local arts organisation about interning in their offices early next year. Guess what? I start in February! Now, it is only one day per week, and only for a semester, but I am sowing the seeds in the great earth of the universe and seeing what grows.

Wandering around the city yesterday morning.

Small steps, but steps none-the-less, towards my longer term vision of living my life among words and pages, and the people dedicated to them. I feel a tingling of excitement, of chances and choices ahead. I finally feel like I am steering myself along a course authentic to who I am inside. I am growing into my own skin. Stretching out the places that need strengthening and nourishment. Paring back the parts that have become a little too chunky and overindulged. I am living my life with love, filling it with that which feeds me, and seeking out the good, the inspirational, the hopeful.

More of our beautiful ‘river city’

This Monday I handed in my last assignment for the year. I owe a debt of gratitude (and baking) to my wonderful family and friends (including my ‘virtual’ best friends – you know who you are ladies) who have nursed me through this first academic year and put up with my near-manic episodes of talking about all things writing, editing, and publishing. Thank you for your patience with this want-to-be word doctor, and your skills in encouraging me when I seemed lost in a cyber-trance of essay writing at 3am.

I feel a little unsure now. I have 100 days of summer to enjoy, and many exciting plans to fill at least the next six weeks. Expect to see a lot of baking, two weddings and assorted celebrations (my two best friends are both getting married in December!), and more running and adventures. Also, probably a lot of musing and navel-gazing (as is my nature).

In my natural habitat.

Tomorrow the pre-wedding celebrations begin for my darling Casey, as we head up the coast for a girl’s weekend. Cooling on the kitchen bench right now are the Cumin and Thyme Scones that she favours with her aged cheddar (recipe tomorrow). I plan on walking on the beach, sipping a glass of wine by the pool, catching up with friends, and spoiling Casey silly all weekend.

My darling reader, have you any exciting news to share with me? Any weekend plans?

8 thoughts on “Reading, and Writing, and Me – oh my!

  1. Lucky Casey! And congratulations. Huge congratulations! Way to follow your gut, in every way. You and my auntie Mardi would get along so, so well.

    …also – do post your reading lsit. It’s time for me to get back to the books.

    • Yay for non-textbook reading! I promise I will post the last few tantalising titles that I have been chomping through in the past few weeks. So excited to chip away at my list over the next few months.
      Also, must meet your Auntie some time πŸ™‚

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is awesome. The start of something very exciting. Sounds like you have an amazing summer ahead.

    Can I just say how much I love your pics of Brisbane. I LURRRRRVE Brisbane. If it wasn’t for my family here I totally would have moved there by now. I have a bit of a love affair. Wish I was getting on a plane there this weekend… No exciting plans here, just hanging out with the fam πŸ™‚

    • It has taken me a while to fall in love with Brisbane, even though I have lived here my whole life! I am determined to discover some more of its delights this summer, so plenty more Brisbane pictures coming your way! I have to brush up on local knowledge (and sweet treat spots) so I know where to take you girls post Gold Coast πŸ™‚
      Have fun with your family this weekend πŸ™‚

    • You’ll have plenty of time to read soon enough. Now is the time to enjoy your little one – so many discoveries to be made by watching them grow up anyway, and then showing them the wonder of words πŸ™‚
      Thank you very much.

  3. Oh I love your room with all those books!

    I’m never sure about Brisbane either and I’ve lived here for years but I plan on doing some adventuring in the next few weeks in warmer weather with my camera. I really need to get out and about more.

    Congratulations on your internship! And looking forward to some baking recipes. Have loads of fun on your summer break πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Emma! We’ll have to compare Brisbane adventuring notes πŸ™‚ One of my biggest plans for the holidays is to explore some of the gems in my own backyard!

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