My 'me' Sunday: Simple pleasures

It's not every weekend that I get time all to myself. No responsibilities and absolute freedom to do what I choose. Most of the time it's spent being hectic, doing tasks and catching up. Occasionally even on 'dithering' and wasting time, letting it slip by without event or satisfaction.  This weekend I decided that I would take Sunday as a productive, relaxing 'me' day and everything else could just wait. So here are five main things I enjoyed that made this Sunday unlike one I have had for some time. It was pure bliss...


I watched the world go by...
We are fortunate enough to live within 5 km of the heart of Melbourne so there is always something to do within easy reach. But instead of venturing out, today I enjoyed our home environment. Every morning without fail from our balcony (and if up early enough), there is a clear view of hot-air balloons on the horizon.  There's nothing like it. The world is quiet and the balloons move so slowly, as if suspended. It feels like time actually stands still.  Gazing and just embracing the surroundings was the perfect way to start the day.





I enjoyed my own company...
Learning to go to a bustling restaurant/cafe, not to socialise (which would be the normal intent), but for the purpose of going for a meal yourself, can be a challenge for some (it was originally for me many years ago), and it takes some practice. It's quite a confronting experience initially to feel truly alone in a place were people go 'to meet'.  It's something I feel I've conquered my 'fear' of and now enjoy. So I went to one of my favourite brunch spots in Melbourne where surrounded by people catching up and enjoying company, I simply sat alone, intent on enjoying my own company.  I read the newspaper, ate slowly and was just in the moment.  It's actually liberating to have the confidence to sit in a bustling restaurant by yourself, without company, a book, checking the phone, laptop or email. Without all the 'armour' or devices that makes you look busy, important or like your just passing time anticipating company.  I left the camera at home with no intention of blogging or capturing the moment, just enjoying the solitude and brunch for what it was.


I treated myself...
It's so easy to make an effort for friends or family but seldom do we make an effort for ourselves. I did something so simple by kicking back in my lovely home space to watch a movie.  I'm a home body so home is my little piece of serenity.  A movie on its own may not be a huge treat (unless you have kids), but team that with going to the effort of 'catering' for yourself and it's a winning combination.  Anything that could be made in 15 minutes or under were the only things that I considered, so as to not to affect my slow/relaxed mode.  A simple lemon, garlic and chili prawn pasta with a dash of butter as a main, and fresh sliced pear with blue cheese and wine accompanying the movie.  Ah....






I did something different...
I love long baths but somehow I seldom get time to actually take one, or the desire is lost due to fitting in with other things on my schedule.  So today I took a long soak and lit up the room with sweet smelling candles.  It was thoroughly therapeutic. Note to self... make this a more regular event.




I cleansed by de-cluttering...
Although this was a bit of work, the result was worth it. I find clutter frustrating and my wardrobe was in utter disarray. Not being able to find things or having too much or too little to make my wardrobe functional actually frustrates me. It increases the time I take to dress and means more planning through the week or setting the alarm earlier in anticipation of my flustering.  Since I was rather motivated, organising my closet didn't actually take that long. Now that it's all done I've rediscovered some forgotten gems. I've gotten some new (yet old) items that I'm excited about, but without spending money. It's kind of like shopping from within one's own wardrobe.  Other good news resulting from the cleanse, I discovered my wardrobe 'gaps' are that I have a limited supply of basic items like tees and versatile but plain knits. Nothing that will require much financial outlay to redress my wardrobe imbalance. What a relief! 




I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I've inspired you to take a 'me' day for yourself. xx

12 comments:

  1. I love the sound of your Sunday! Beautiful! :)

    Your view with the hot air balloons is fantastic!


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    1. The hot air balloons are a treat. When we finally move, I'm going to miss the view. Hope you had an amazing weekend Mica xx

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  2. Absolutely love this post! Sounds like you had an amazing Sunday, and I totally agree that it's key to take 'me' time! :)

    xxTheresa


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    1. Hope you had some 'me' time for you on the weekend Theresa. Congrats on the feature in Grazia.it! You absolutely rocked the look! xx

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  3. i feel serene just by reading this post....want to see the white blazer + black zipper pants in action tho...:D

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    1. Those two are my favourite items :) Action shots coming soon. My bf (who is my photographer) is finally coming home from overseas in the next couple of weeks. Relief!

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  4. A great way to relax, especially the long bath....I always feel this push and pull between wanting a super streamlined closet where I don't have too much clothing, but then that gets derailed by wanting to shop more. I always want my style to be defined with a very neat closet...work in progress...
    - Aliya :-)

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    1. Hi Aliya, I think wardrobes are always a work in progress. Mine is normally so unbalanced. It has everything or nothing (from me going on a sale blitz). The shopping addiction is my biggest enemy. There is always something that I some how 'need' :)

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  5. Mandi...I'm so jealous of your bath! I really miss it! Our bathroom doesn't have one now...oh well...can't have everything!;)
    The main part of my closet is sort of organised, but the side part with the shelves...well...you don't wanna see that! I like to call it the "shove zone".

    Rose xx

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    1. Our bath is seriously under-used unfortunately. You know when you have one you tend not to use it much? Weird how that happens.

      I have a shove zone too which had expanded to consume the majority of my closet. Hence why the de-clutter was needed :)

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  6. Oh Mandi, what an amazing way to spend a Sunday! I love it how you described the ballons, I love the idea of going out for a meal on your own, I love the movie and pasta (and pear), even decluttering your closet. You know that most of the time I have company (my two and a half men;))...I´m not complaining, not at all, but you know, sometimes you just want to be in this relaxed mode and just do what you want to do. On your own ;) xx Doro

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  7. This just sounds wonderful. I actually enjoy watching movies on my own. When I was living in Auckland, my favorite thing to do was having brunch at a local cafe and just people watch. I must try the blue cheese and pear. Looks simple yet sounds utterly divine.

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