There comes a point where we've just got to sit back and take stock in life. To look at where we're at, not from an achievements point of view, but from a "gazing at our naval" angle.
The following "taking stock" template is borrowed from Pip from Meet Me at Mike's. Pip runs eCourses on blogging and how to take stock.
Making : Menus for a healthier eating plan
Cooking : Sheet pan vegetables done in olive oil and rosemary
Drinking :Water and green tea (and perhaps a bit too much champagne)
Reading: Cheer Kids Magazine as I prepare to write the next issue.
Trawling: The Foxtel "on demand" menu to find something easy to watch
Wanting: One of my projects to take off and earn me a decent wage
Looking: At my thighs and wondering where mine went and whose thighs I'm wearing now
Deciding: If I should wash my hair today or wait until tomorrow so it's fresh for Sydney
Wishing: I could work on my projects simply because I love them, without the nagging of financial pressures.
Enjoying: Walking every morning with my kids as they take it in turns to accompany me.
Waiting: For my next book to finish its print run so I can release it to the world.
Liking: The warm weather (not too hot, not too cold, it's just right)
Wondering: If my original thighs will ever return or if it's all too late.
Loving: Binge watching the Pan Am DVD series my husband bought second hand.
Pondering: About life, the universe and everything.
Listening: To the absolute silence that 5.00am brings.
Considering: What to put on my to-do list today.
Buying: Groceries and perhaps a basket to sit at the end of the hall for the kids dirty washing.
Watching: The dogs who keep checking to see if I'm about to put my sneakers on.
Hoping: I can stick to my health and fitness goals for this week.
Marvelling: At the fact that it's almost the end of February and that summer is about to end.
Cringing: At the dust that continues to pile on every surface no matter how many times I do the dusting.
Needing: To visit the bathroom as the pains in my stomach increase.
Questioning: Why I had to share the previous point with you.
Smelling: The dawn - that moistness in the air at the break of a new day.
Wearing: Active wear.
Noticing: The sound of my hard drive whirring and the clicking of my acrylic nails on the keyboard.
Knowing: That if I don't visit the toilet soon I'll get half way around the lake and end up in strife
Thinking: About the new volunteer role I took on board and all the work associated with it.
Admiring: My friend Bel who is currently in Texas with a team of cheerleaders at the National Championships over there.
Getting: Fed up with people who get easily fed up.
Bookmarking: Tasty clean green vegetable recipes
Disliking: This headache that seems to be creeping up on me.
Opening: More tabs on my computer as I check the things I need to check to get my to-do list started.
Closing: Facebook because it's way too distracting.
Feeling: Like I really must finish this up so I can go to the toilet.
Hearing: The rustle of a dogs collar as they wait patiently for those sneakers to make an appearance.
Celebrating: That my daughter has a trip to Sydney tomorrow to be pitched for some global designers.
Pretending: That life is good even though the grown up step daughter starts radiation soon for yet another sarcoma.
Embracing: The fact that it's Monday and I'm about to get the house to myself as the family heads to work and school.
When was the last time you took stock?
Why not try Pip's Taking Stock formula to help you ponder on what's happening in your world right now, in this moment of time.
The idea for this post was prompted by Denyse Whelan.