Friday 9 September 2016

Let it go ... with fur

Another insane week done, where things just continually added up to the crazy pace. I feel like the insanity steps up a notch as we near the end of the year, and somehow I find myself just taking it in my stride. There are days where I feel totally overwhelmed by all the things I need to do, then all I have to do is take a step back, figuratively take a pause and a breath, and step back in. This approach helps, as I can take in the landscape from afar, and rework my plan of action. 

This week my housekeeper, who is an integral part of the family and helps maintains my sanity, was involved in an accident and landed up in hospital in PE. Notwithstanding the fact that I was left to do her duties, I was also unable to visit or see how she’s doing. This was disturbing as I am concerned for her, being far from home, her family and unable to get back until she has recovered sufficiently to travel. My workload had instantly grown and I literally took it day by day, not thinking beyond the next day, or when she’d be back home. This attitude really helped me keep things in perspective, since it is usually in my nature to plan meticulously and ensure that things are organised, where I know exactly how things will work for the rest of the week (at the very least). 

My middle son left for grade 10 camp and I was very calm and relaxed about this too. I am usually very anxious about his health and his behaviour, since he’s usually a mischievous little being. He’s also my most accident prone kid, the one who’s been to the emergency room several times, set several fires in the home and landed up in hospital in a foreign country. So my concerns are based on actual occurrences, however this time around I sent him off unperturbed, despite the absence of cellphones and no communication for a few days.

Today a family medical emergency threw me off kilter, and all my plans for the day went out the window. Again, I found myself unflustered about all the things I didn't get to do, focused on the family members health and what needed to be done logistically. And even though I am so grateful to see the end of this week, as it has been a whirlwind, I find myself quite unshaken by the pace. I am centered and ready to face whatever is next; and even with Eid around the corner, and a long list of things to do to prep, I am at ease that what must be, must be. 

This trust in outcomes and trying not to be too pedantic when things fall through the cracks has added a new dimension to my days. My serious control freak persona has gone on holiday, to be replaced by a less uptight version of me. I realise that this is probably the best way to deal with life, and whilst planning is still important , if things change midway, its best to just roll with the punches. It’s amazing, but things actually work out the way they should. 
And I actually feel better with less stress.
 I don’t know how long I will be able to maintain this serene demeanour, but I plan to hold onto it for as long as I can. It has helped me navigate turbulent times, with grace and ease.

Today’s outfit represents the unpredictable, changing, seasons and how we can wear items across seasons, especially with our weather. I have paired a winter faux fur gilet, lightweight tunic dress and riding boots which have been in my closet for ages.

Modest and trendy for our transitional weather.

New Look (Dubai) faux fur gilet
David Jones Tunic dress from Woolworths
Country Road boots (old)
YSL bag purchased abroad (old) 
Old Khaki scarf (old)
Necklace (old)
Double Pearl Earrings (Bali jeweller) 

Caio for now, 
RuBe xoxo

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