The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

Two weeks into my unemployed life, and I’ve never been more relaxed… or freaked out because I’m so relaxed.

I wake up, and have nothing to do. No one will get mad if I don’t turn up somewhere, there aren’t really any emails to check and technically speaking I have no reason to get out of bed.

My brain won’t let me do that though, it wants me to be as busy as ever. Which means the last two weeks have been full of mountain biking, HIIT, walks, yoga, selling our things on gumtree, scouring for a casual job, grabbing coffee and anything else I can think of.

IMG_0033Howdy Coffee, in Bayswater [sooooooooo good]

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I do all that, and still have so much free time. It’s been a real struggle coming out of full time work, to nothing. Which sounds absolutely ridiculous, I know, because I should be overjoyed that I can do whatever I like, as leisurely as I like. But, I’m a people pleaser, a do-gooder and a helper. I make a great assistant and truly freak out when I don’t have anyone to look after. So now it’s time to make that person ME.

I’m going to practice “Dolce Far Niente” or “The Sweetness of Doing Nothing”, as explained in one of my favourites; Eat Pray Love.

I began today, celebrating Valentines with my one true love: My Mum. We spent the day in Fremantle; eating, drinking, wandering and ending at the Cottesloe Beach Club for a rosè and long chats. It was heavenly, and so relaxing.

IMG_0047Beetroot cured Salmon at Bread in Common

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Now I have “When Harry Met Sally” playing, a cup of tea waiting, two new books to read, flowers from Andrew on the table and a date night in to look forward to.

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Life is sweet, and I can enjoy it.

Love to all, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hanbel.
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The World of Hanbel’s iPhone

  1. The best chocolate, from a dear friend. 2. Henna for Hannah. 3. My little reindeer friends. 4. Alistair, winning at tree trimming. 5. Those blue Perth skies. 6. Roasted Chook for Christmas Day. 7. Dem wrinkles. 8. My Beer Olympics Team (Oldies from the future, obviously) 9. T20 @ the WACA

And Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Now

Merry Christmas Eve my lovelies!

This week has been a little hectic, driving around Perth picking up last minutes goodies for the big day. However, in between the madness I’ve been embracing the last few days of Christmas cheer.

Baking a lemon and pomegranate polenta cake for an early Christmas at Dads;

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Enjoying those few days where all the presents are sitting beautifully underneath the tree;

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Trying out a new breakfast spot with mum, pre-errand running;

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Hitting up the best Mexican in town for tequila, micheladas and tacos;

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Stopping for a coffee at my favourite beach-side hang out;

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and tonight will be spent eating seafood and watching Love Actually at Mum’s, our new favourite tradition.

I’m so looking forward to tomorrow, like I haven’t been counting down for months now! It’s a day for relaxing, indulging, laughing, story-telling and appreciating those crazies we call family.

I truly hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas, get spoilt rotten and finish the day with full bellies and hearts.

Much love to all, Merry Christmas!
Hanbel.
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