Taking Time

by | May 22, 2015 | 8 comments

Friday List And Taking Time - Cook Republic

A lot of important milestones have passed since I last did a catch-up here on the blog. We are nearing a year of being in our renovated home. It has been two years since I wrote Tasty Express and one year since it was released. Cook Republic quietly ambled past the ten year mark. We lost chickens, we brought more home. I became a certified graphic designer. I completed a basic Ceramics course and learned to hand-form and wheel-throw pots. I finally conducted the workshops I had always talked about. I loved doing them and have many more in the planning stages.

I am taking time this year on. Time to absorb more and do things at a slower pace. I am learning to not say "I am busy!" on most days. It is a long trek, but with discipline I know I will get to a place that will feel right. Every time I don't take on a new project that would otherwise throw off the delicate balance of my work and personal life, it feels like a victory. When asked to write another book (twice) in the past 6 months, gently turning down the offer because the time is not right; feels like a victory. Not committing to yet another social media gathering, feels like a victory. Hanging around the family till everyone is sick of each other, feels like a victory. Going on a walkabout with just my camera and no one and nothing else to really obscure everyday places like parks and playgrounds and quiet streets, feels like a victory.

The subtle sadness of abandoning a blog after it assists you in your success is something I am not willing to partake in. And so you must have noticed the steady increase in my appearance here, my constant soul-feeding playground. This seeking and squirrelling away time has resulted in daily breakfasts (often slow simmered in a pot in the morning light), weekends away from work, shared breakfast tables on Sunday, dates with couches, blankets and silly movies, walks, bike rides, cooking three new recipes every week, listening, sitting, staring, healing a mind that burned out over the past couple of years. I have read six books this year and am about to head for my inaugural book club night with my girlfriends tonight. Taking time. Feels right.

lead image - the new chicken pen we have built for our 6 ladies with room to move and chairs to perch on.

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  1. Sara

    Thank you so much for including me in this list, amongst so many greats. I've loved your work for a long while, so it's especially joyful for me 🙂 Sara x

  2. JJ - 84thand3rd

    Lovely in so many ways, and I'm so glad you're finding joy in life right now!

  3. Mohammed Basheer

    Thanks a lot for a very nice post.

  4. Gourmet Getaways

    Taking time and slowing down sound really great, Sneh and we totally agree with that. It's too tiring to chase everything and then we realise the best things in life are just right in front of us :). Thanks for reminding us, too!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  5. Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    This is fantastic, Sneh! Wonderful links! <3

  6. Erin

    Just reading this, I'm proud of you! I've definitely noticed you being back, which had me so excited.

    Can't wait to see what you've got next.

    Thanks so much for linking to my blog, straight back at ya! X

  7. June Molloy Vladi?ka

    Oh my goodness - that The Dailys blog is just gorgeous! On living with less I recommend trying to live in a camper van. We spent 3 months travelling around Europe in 2013 and the confined space is great for giving you perspective on what you really need. I have since renovated an old house and we have kept the space as minimalistic as possible. Having too much "stuff" just gives me blood pressure! Enjoy your down time. J.

  8. Martyna @ Wholesome Cook

    Hi Sneh, I am very much with you. Take the time. It's too precious and fleeing. Especially as you watch your boys, ad we do Matt's kids, grow into the young people they are becoming it is important. I was caught up proofreading my book a few weeks ago when Zac asked me (in a very excited voice) if I wanted to come and see him complete the last stage of a game he was really into. With 100 pages to go I made the concious decision to say "sure, buddy" let's go! I had the BEST time! And he got a response other than the so common "sorry, I've got all this work to do, I might come up later". It was a victory. And felt real good. Having said all that, I am looking forward to our catch up...


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