A Cuppa With Clare – November Life Update

I’ve been wanting to update this blog for a while, write a heartfelt post about what we’re doing and how we’re going but the truth is, there’s honestly too much that I just can’t share. There’s too much around living and working at the extraordinary place that isn’t mine to share. I know we all have secrets, the internet is a highlight reel and I think, I hope that we all know that this is the case.

But over the last 18 months, yep, we’re halfway through out tenure, I’ve found that my beloved blog and Instagram account has become more and more filtered. And because of that I’ve been sharing more and more about essential oils. Don’t get me wrong, the oils are a huge part of our lives. Jay aromatically dresses each morning, with patchouli (his favourite) and which ever other oil takes his fancy, Elliot carries his kids kit around and ‘doctor’s’ everyone, and I use them for everything every day. I now find myself offering them not just to our staff but also to teachers, students, and visitors to Wollangarra.

But there’s obviously a lot of other things going on, a lot of great, wonderful amazing things, and a lot of really fucking hard things. And honestly, most of which I just can’t share over the internet. It’s not fair to all the other people involved, the incredible people that I live and work with, the people who have lived and worked at Wollangarra for 30 years and are still so heavily involved, it’s not fair for the young people who come to visit and it’s not fair to you to share those things.

I’d love to have a cuppa with you, to tell you all the things one on one, and sometimes I have a joy of that happening. Where my online world and Wollangarra collide. It’s not often enough.

So here’s a filtered, but true version of what we’ve been up to. I hope that you understand. xx

Doing: Program after program.

Hearing: I’ve been listening to Missy Higgins like a maniac. I’m so excited to be seeing her and John Butler in February.

Drinking: Instant decaf coffee with milk infused with golden syrup. I’m not sure how I’ll even go back to golden-syrup-less milk.

Eating/cooking: So many vegetables. Inspired by Alice Nicholls I’ve been trying to add more veggies to my diet. I’ll eat half a zucchini, some broccoli, asparagus, with two fried eggs, some toasted seeds (because toasted seeds should be added to everything), and some avocado or yoghurt for breakfast. For dinner we either eat with the group, Monday Night Dinner, on you guessed it, Monday (a beanie, tomatoey sauce chocked full with heaps of veg, served with corn chips, rice, cheese and salad), Thursday Night Roast, which is now a lamb stew served on Thursdays, with balanced greens and roast potatoes. When we get to choose it’s usually meat and five veg.

We’ve been lucky enough to have wood fired pizza at a friends house recently.IMG_6469.jpg

Wanting: Lots of nothing really. Life is good and is treating us well, but I can’t help but to want for some one on one time with Jay, more time to work on my doTERRA business, and for our Christmas break to be here.

Looking: Forward to a few things.

Deciding: On what to have for dinner, I’m thinking a veggie curry, that’s if Jay reads my mind and brings coconut milk powder home tonight.

Enjoying: Some of the simple things that make life easier.

Savouring: Some quiet time, while I’m supposed to be working the boys have been out. We also have an amazing helper up at the moment, a retired teacher, who’s just like having your grandma come and stay. Yesterday, she and Elliot baked some delicious chocolatey biscuits, and it gave me a chance to answer the phone (there’s a lot of that in my job) and clean our room.IMG_6488.jpg

Watching: Fear the Walking Dead, when we get a chance. With no electricity and no internet, watching things is tricky.

Reading: Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simpson and Anne Buist was a lovely read. And I’m really enjoying Get Rich, Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas. Both were borrowed, one from the library and the other from a friend of my mum and dad’s.

Wearing: Usually jeans or shorts and a Wollangarra work shirt, today, my pyjamas.

Buying: So many little bits and pieces to support my doTERRA customers, if you’re keen to see what they are sign up to my newsletter to find out next months promotions. And essential oils, of course!

Planning: For next weekend, next month, next year. Things don’t stop around here and while we get a break over Christmas, we go straight from this years staff team, to next years staff team with an overlap. So planning is keeping me sane.

Craving: Some more time.

Loving: Baths! We have a beautiful outside bath at our little cottage and when I can I soak in it with 1/2 cup of bi-carb, 1 cup epsom salts, some doTERRA body wash and off course some essential oils.img_6147.jpg

Playing: Sane mostly, fake it until you make it right 😁

Feeling: Full, busy, satisfied, alone, surrounded by people, so thankful, frustrated, over joyed, sad, happy and all of the other feels.

This post is inspired by Heidi and Pip. I’d also love to hear from you, so I created a small version for you to share on your Instagram Stories, I’d love for you to tag me so I can see what you’ve been doing.

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