Head and Heart #8 February 2015

Love from Lisa Head and Heart #8 February

Head and Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings in the raw.” It’s where I share a more personal side of myself on The Creative Canvass blog.

So here’s my Head and Heart for February 2015.

What I’ve been grateful for

Clean gutters

For ages every time I looked up at my carport I got annoyed at the weeds I could see growing from it. I swear, I could have started a garden up there. So I finally took some action and went and got all of my gutters cleaned. I know this is a weird thing to be grateful for, but my cleaning compulsion extends even to weeds growing in weird places.

What I’ve been thinking about

My one little word

Like last year, this year I set a theme to my year by using one little word instead of setting New Year’s Resolutions. This year my word was focus, which meant that this year I would focus on building this blog, enjoying the moment, being financially responsible, and making better decisions.

Two months in and I’m not inspired by my word choice, so I have decided to shift my “focus” for this year and have changed my word to action. Here’s my post on how this was done

What I’m excited for

More like what I was excited about

It must have been cleanout month because as well as cleaning out the gutters, I have FINALLY cleaned out, decluttered, and organised my fridge. Just like looking up at my carport garden, every time I opened my fridge I was frustrated at the clutter inside. Everything was everywhere and it irritated me to no end. But at long last it has been organised and I am so, so happy every time I open its doors.

Guest blogging

This month Erica at Musings by The Bay asked me to guest post on her blog as part of her Love Series. I was honoured to be asked and wrote a post for her on the art of spending time alone, because let’s face it, sometimes the best company is our own.

What I’ve been doing

Blog updates

This feels never ending to me, but this month I spent a lot of hours going through every post and updating my keywords, tags, and links. I’m sure there’s more that could be done, but for now I’m happy with what’s been accomplished.

Planting herbs

I finally planted herbs in my garden. I spend a lot of money on herbs each week and at the same time waste a lot of money as I tend to throw them out quite a bit. I feel like this will be a trial and error garden as already I’ve had dill die and parsley eaten, which leads me to this question – do birds eat parsley? Honestly I had a whole bunch one day and the next it was all gone!

What I’ve been reading

A Desirable Residence by Madeleine Wickham

I’ve been talking for some time about widening my reading genre choices and I really, really need to. Whilst I prefer the books Madeleine Wickham writes under this, her real name, instead of her alter ego Sophie Kinsella, I really can’t get into this book. I’m desperate for a new author, and a great friend of mine has given me one – Karl Ove Knausgaard. Has anyone read any of his books and if so what did you think?

What I’ve been spending money on

Peninsula Hot Springs

I’ve wanted to go to Peninsula Hot Springs for as long as I can remember, and this month I finally took the plunge and went! There were so many different springs as well as cold plunge pools, a Turkish steam bath and sauna, and other great ways to relax.

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4 thoughts to “Head and Heart #8 February 2015”

  1. Good luck with the herb gardening, Lisa! If all else fails, the hardier ones such as rosemary and thyme are much easier to keep alive and there is nothing nicer than walking by and brushing some rosemary to release the lovely scent.

  2. Hey Lisa! Seems like you’ve had an effective month… huzzah! I tend to get into bouts of cleaning obsessions… it comes and goes and when it comes, I’m all over it haha.

    Now I’m not too sure about the birds + parsley thing, as when I used to grow parsley, I never had any of it go missing… I did find leaves off my grapefruit and lime tree go missing, which I knew were birds though… maybe try googling, or adding something to keep the birds away?

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