Chores

A total mess.

A total mess. Drawing Luke Hockley.

A total mess. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

A tidy house can, disturbingly quickly, become a total mess.

Or, rather, my tidy house can transform into hellish piles of I don’t know what rather quickly.

Or, better still, I can turn my tidy house into piles of my mess at a rate of knots.

Better I own all that, otherwise I’ll never do anything about it.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,298

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Some wood.

Some wood. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Some wood. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Some wood burns much hotter than other wood.

How would you ever know that?

Unless you had a wood fire that you relied on for your warmth.

The stringy bark kind of wood doesn’t burn that well.

Redgum is the ideal wood, apparently…but we don’t have that on our property.

We’ve got a wood called Redbox, and that's a keeper that one.

It’ll burn long and hot.

Which is very good for making a house full of visitors feel warm and cosy.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,279

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Clean the surfaces.

Clean the surfaces. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Clean the surfaces. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

It’s time to clean up the bits and pieces.

Clear the surfaces.

Put away the washing.

Do the dishes.

Sort the bits of paper.

Wipe that slate so that my subconscious can get things sorted.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,226

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What interests me.

What interests me. Drawing Luke Hockley.

What interests me. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’ve started sewing something new.

That’s what interests me right now.

Not writing this letter. Not doing the dishes. Not hanging out the washing. Not watering the garden.

Not any of that.

Just this new sewing project.

That’s all.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,134

Taking care of home.

Taking care of home. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Taking care of home. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Taking care of home is an important part of caring for myself.

Tidying, cleaning, doing the bills, maintenance and all of that are a representation of my commitment to creating a safe, comfortable, functioning space for myself to thrive in.

But I resist and avoid it. As if it is ‘instead’ of the things I want to do in the world instead of a foundation for them.

My learning of this particular lesson is a long, long arc.

Today is a good day to sit with and enjoy this opportunity to care for myself by caring for my space.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,124


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Keep moving.

Keep moving. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Keep moving. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Keep moving. Just keep moving.

Not too much thinking, or mulling, or postulating.

Just keep moving.

Do the things and then let it all go.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,122

A clean house.

A clean house. Drawing Luke Hockley.

A clean house. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

The feeling of a clean house is well worth the effort of cleaning it up…so why don't I spend more time regularly cleaning it up?

My attitude/approach to this form of self-care is frustrating…I really do wish I could raise the bar on this.

I wonder why I don’t?

I do find there is nothing like visitors to get me to act!

But the real beneficiary is me.

I must remember that.

Love

Luke

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A week at home.

A week at home. Drawing Luke Hockley.

A week at home. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I could do with a week at home.

Not doing anything in particular.

Tidying up the edges of life.

Sitting in the sun and having cups of tea.

I had this kind of day yesterday.

One day just isn’t enough.

Maybe two days in a row is what I should be aiming for?

Love

Luke

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Life administration.

Life administration. Drawing Luke Hockley

Life administration. Drawing Luke Hockley

Dear Self,

A pile of paper.

Bills and receipts. The shopping. The washing. Cleaning the bathroom. Vacuuming the floor. Cooking.

Did I mention cleaning?

This stuff is critical.

But I can resent it if I am not careful.

When it is done it sets the foundation in place for everything else.

All I have to do is keep my eye on the prize and enjoy each task for what it is.

Easy. Right?

Love

Luke

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Day 1,069

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Climb an elephant and eat the mountain.

Climb an elephant and eat the mountain. Drawing Luke Hockley. 

Climb an elephant and eat the mountain. Drawing Luke Hockley. 

Dear Self,

At the moment it is all about going the distance.

I’m avoiding burning myself out by just holding each day and its series of tasks as lightly as I can. I’m trying to avoid strangling them (and therefore myself).

Little bit by little bit.

It’s the only way to climb an elephant and eat the mountain.

Love

Luke

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