Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.
Michael Leunig

Love holds out it hands as an offer, it does not wrap it’s fingers desperately around a heart, it takes on definitions from petty to immeasurable. It’s wears a face of frustration, of hope, of pleasure. Love influences decisions, holds keys, starts journeys. Love waves, a hand, water, a tsunami. Love lays low and hides in dark corners. Love is bright and light and an open field. Love is a signifier, a magnifier a pacifier. Love is a smile, a word, a life.

This post is part of the 100 Theme Challenge

100 Theme Words

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

I am fairly narcissistic and quite a bit of a nerd and so a lot of my life is out there online, it still feels odd to write an introduction – it was odd to write the About page way back whenever I started blogging (and however many revisions have gone on since then), but if you think about it Introductions are awkward and it’s fairly universal.

Job interviews are introductions, as are first dates, meeting ‘the parents’, a first day at a new school or university, moving home, public speaking… all awkward.

There have been a lot of introductions in my life. Make what assumptions you like. But since we are starting out, here is a meme. Which is a cheaters way of blogging and I really shouldn’t (as that is quite against the point of this exercise)

Name: Rebecca

Married: 3yrs and a few days to Geoff

Kids: No

Religion: Christian (although I generally roll with one of those mantras about it being more about relationship than religion however there is still merit and value in tradition (some) and liturgy (also some))

Whereabouts: Melbourne, Australia

Grew up: Solomon Islands

Family: Parents + twin + 2x little sisters + inlaws

Job: Graphic Designer

Drink: Coffee, Gin & Tonic, Tea (other things too)

Eat: Food (pies, lamb shanks etc… hearty food is best)

Guilty Indulgence: Terrys Chocolate Orange, Hot Jam Donuts… Gilmore Girls

Do: write, photograph, read, read, read, hunt for bargains, design, cafes

Love: God, Geoff, The Hobbit, sleeping, thinking, reading, friends, blogs, vintage bargains

Yes, that was sufficiently a post to demonstrate bump, bump, bump and the awkwardness of introductions. If there’s anything else you wish to question or have me expand on, here I am (as I have already explained): slightly narcisstic and a nerd and so will readily reply to your comments.

This post is part of the 100 Theme Challenge

100 Theme Life Lists

Taking the lead from a few other blogs I follow I’m going to see if I can get writing a little more with a theme to help me out. This does not exclude me writing other posts and I have another set of ‘topics’ in mind based on a Psychology book – so we’ll see how it goes. I am pilfering the idea from Naomi and Hayley (much thanks) with some minor edits to themes. In addition to the theme I will endevour to find some kind of insightful quote or prose (isn’t the word prose so ‘nose in the air’) related to said theme. If my writing is crap and ‘nose in the air’ do say, I want to improve.*

*This does not count for posts written at ridiculous hours, although that’s sometimes when the brain is free enough to be ridiculous and somewhat good… yes I’ll shutup now.

1. Introduction
2. Love
3. Light
4. Dark
5. Solace
6. Break away
7. Heaven
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Grey
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectation
34. Stars
35. Hand
36. Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Thought
53. Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger
57. Sacrifice
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic
63. Disturbed
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. Inability
74. Challenge
75. Mirror
76. Broken
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Starvation
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. Heard
83. Heal
84. Cold
85. Spiral
86. Seeing Red
87. Food
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle
91. Drowning
92. Posessions
93. Surrender
94. Hope
95. Advertisement
96. Storms
97. Safety
98. Puzzle
99. Solitude
100. Relaxation

100 Theme Blogging

It’s January and the Christmas tree is still up, the lounge room however wall has changed colour and I’ve at very least sorted a few things out but the garden is a jungle, I haven’t cooked for myself in several days and so on…

There are a few things I would like to improve on this year.

  • Have more people over
  • Get vaguely fit/eat healthier and more varied foods
  • Watch less television
  • Spend more time talking with Geoff
  • Deal with the backyard/garden
  • More time with God (actual decent time)

Nothing revolutionary. Quite sedate, standard things really. Which is what would be truly nice for this year – after a year of so much change and newness.

Totally stealing from Ann Voskamp and her post about ‘Naming the Year‘ I have chosen the word Communion. I did actually sit down and pray (terribly briefly) about what it should be – but looking at that list up there and from what I can gather, this is what keeps resonating. The list after all is very much about connecting with other people and with God and with my surroundings, and for someone who lives far too much life in her head, I think this is something I should be thinking about.

I do feel rather disconnected from the depth of life that used to be so obvious and present.

I hope to write here more. But I hope to write here less if it means I am spending my time more richly.

“Maybe communion is just a way of waking up to reality of real living” – Ann Voskamp

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23

Blogging Christianity Life Relationships

Three years ago Geoff and I got married. It was a super hot January, very unlike this one. This time Geoff is in Mumbai and I am in Melbourne – we have done a lot, changed a lot, tried a lot of jobs, churches, houses… These have been the best three years of my life, certainly not the easiest (which I can attribute to life’s craziness) but the best, because of Geoff.

Life Relationships