Saturday, April 24, 2010

soul food friday ~ on a saturday!

I'm trying hard to curb my natural worry-wart tendencies...I really am. I worry (in varying degrees) about the people in my life, the quality of my work, my weight, ageing, the mortgage, what colour to paint my study walls!!  I really shouldn' shows (again in varying degrees) a complete lack of trust in my loved ones and their ability to live their lives, an unreasonably critical perspective on what I do (which I mostly do well), a focus on my weight gain rather than doing something about it, trying to fight the inevitability of getting older (because heaven knows the alternative is much worse!), the reality that 'owning' a house brings...and the knowledge that if I don't like the colour on my walls I can just paint right on over it!  
So along with reducing my weight (starting the Women's Weekly 21 day diet on Monday!!) I'm going to try to stop worrying so much and get a bit more zen...

Heaven knows I have enough buddhas around my house...I'll show them to you one day...they should be inspiration enough!
For now the only thing I have to worry about is the fact that my ex-husband, his new wife and his other daughter who live in Townsville (a very long way away) are coming to dinner tonight with our two children. Actually, you know...I'm really looking forward to that. Maybe they'll let me take photos and post them...or maybe not :)
Finally...a huge thank you to A-M for the extraordinarily beautiful coasters I won on her new Cape Cod Designs blog. She tells me they're now collectors items so I'll be very careful who I let use them...but I'll try not to worry too much about that!
Have a lovely's a long one here.

image 1: tumblr image 2: colourlovers image 3: moi


  1. Love the poster behind the rocking chair. How true it is! Most of your worries are those of most women I know! One thing about getting older though is it is easier to let some of them go! Have a great weekend and say hi to the ex and the kids for me! You do realize that it was 20 years ago that we all met? Enjoy your dinner - it will be fabulous as usual. xx

  2. Ooh, can't wait for your blog post on the dinner - it could be very interesting!! It sounds as if you guys get along though so it should be fun, and here's hoping they let you take some photos. I'm a worrier too, always about the kids, but hey, that's how I am. And you know, getting older means you eventually get to the age where you can wear a tea cozy on your head if you feel like it and no one gives a damn! I plan to be old and eccentric. Have a great weekend sweet, xxx

  3. I loved the quote about worrying - I am very good at stressing about everything.
    Have a great dinner tonight, lets hope it's stress and worry free!!

  4. beautiful words. taking them with me on my friday! xo

  5. Kerry...thinking of you! You have quite an evening in front of you! Don't worry about your fretting, we all do it and your list sounds very similar to mine, a never ending battle! I love your photos...this was a very touching post!

    Have a great weekend...hope you get a chance to go for a long walk!

    Jeanne :)

  6. Good luck for the dinner Kerry, hope all goes well! Love the sentiment of this post, as I too am a worryer. Shall follow your fabulous lead my dear and make a concsious decision to worry less, good luck to you:) Have a great weekend ~ Txx

  7. yep, i'm on the hunt for some tranquility this weekend too. My boys are home and i'm not going to open an office file ALL weekend :)

    Going for some non puter time too, and spend time where it makes me happiest - with them.

    hope your weekend goes well Kerry, and that you get to switch off :)


  8. I feel you, I have a worry problem too, and I don't even want to talk about my weigh issues, but I love your blog and the new banner is great!!!

  9. Kerry I am a worrier from way back! So bad at the moment that the medicos have put me into a stress relief program for eight weeks! Hope it works and I can get back to blogging full time! Have a beaut dinner!!! Love visiting you xo

  10. Kerry -

    I have a ton of Buddhas in my house too. This was an estate, and there were literally hundreds of them. We kept most, and gave a few away. They're beautiful. I'd love to see yours.

  11. Kerry, good for you, worrying is such a wasteful pastime it achieves nothing! But we all do it from time to time.

    How amazing that you have such a civilised relationship with your ex husband, an example to all.

  12. Kerry-
    You are a beautiful person. As women we all grapple with these issues. We put immense pressure on ourselves. We need to be kinder to each other and compare ourselves with other women, much less.

    http// it may help? We all need to cull and shave off those extraneous details that fill our in box and consume our minds.

    Good on you Kerry for your honesty and for making steps to improve how you feel about yourself.

    Be kind to yourself, love yourself, I haven't met you and yet I find you very engaging and interesting and surrounded by beauty. Take care of yourself. Believe in yourself. You have many followers who all find you fascinating and inspirational.
    Tracey at Velvetine Lily x o x

  13. I am sure your dinner will be a great success. You seem like you are reflective and insightful. I think some times when we worry, it shows we care.
    Congratulations on the win, the coasters are lovely.

  14. Gosh, I've been such a worry wart this week too--of course its not good--I'll work on it too! I too have a Buddah collection-they make me happy. Have a lovely weekend, Barbara

  15. Dear Kerry,
    I have tried twice so far to post a comment and bloody blogger won't let me !!!!
    You have got too much 'worry' going on in that head of yours. Dr. Jackie says that it's not good for you so stop it !!
    Luckily, I don't have to worry about my weight, especially after ' oystergate' !!!! I know exactly what off white paint that I would paint my walls with and, there's absolutely nothing that you can do about the inevitability of getting older so you have to roll with it. That's my philosophy !
    I'm so pleased that your Buddah's are giving you inspiration and, after your 21 day healthy eating plan comes to a conclusion, you will be a new woman !!
    Have a wonderful dinner with your family and ex family and let us know how it all went. XXXX

  16. Girl, did you post that quote for me because you know how much I love 'em?? Because girl, I LOVE this quote!! How true it is!

  17. You join MOTH in the worry stakes Kerry - he's a shocker! As you probably gathered I'm not an 'alternate' type, far too conservative & practical for that. However, I do live by that old hippie Shakti Garwan's gold advice when I feel the worries overtaking me - 'Throw them up to the Universe & let the Universe deal with them!' she said & so I do!!!! Wonderful gift from A-M, that girl has class!
    Millie ^_^

  18. This is a great message for the weekend. I love the quote. And I love your honesty :)


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