New paths

by sophie on July 14, 2011 · 12 comments

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I hate those “I’m sorry I haven’t posted on my blog for months and months but I’ve been really busy” posts.  Blogging should be a pleasure, not a chore that you must squeeze in. Plus sometimes it needs to be gently reminded of its place around activities that get you out spending time with the folk you love, or that just plain pay the bills.

Anyway, so I wasn’t planning to acknowledge my epic absence round these parts and just get on with things. But then I started thinking … we’ve been hanging out together here for a long time some of us … since 2007 in fact for some.  Plus I know I always love reading what other people are up to in their lives (in addition to all that eating and cooking)  and so I thought you might like to hear a little bit about what I’ve been doing.

We’re on the move

We moved into our current house nine years ago, the year before we got married.  It’s been wonderful, but for a few different reasons now is the time for us to move on.  In the process I’ve discovered that culinary experimentation, dirtying every pan in the kitchen then pulling out your photography equipment just don’t mix with keeping your house tidy for prospective purchasers. Especially if you happen to be a bit messy anyway, like me. Oh and finding somewhere to move to has been unexpectedly … time-consuming.  Somewhere that suits the chickens, the cats, the cooks and the homeworkers in the family.

I have good reasons to believe that things are starting to fall into place finally, but let us not say too much and jinx the deal!

Portfolio careers

I’ve always loved having my fingers in a few different pies at once and so earlier in the summer I decided to reduce the hours I spend at my day job to be able to ‘pursue other interests’ (as they say).  There are a few nutrition related projects in mind, plus I’m also doing some work with my husband’s ethical software development company, Versantus.  He’s crazy busy and it’s rather good fun to do something arty and creative. Oh and we get to have lunch together, in our garden with the chickens. How cool is that?

Mindful learning

There has also been an extravagant trip to a far away place to learn with some amazing teachers. I’ve learnt how to use mindfulness to guide people towards a more balanced relationship with food, plus much more besides. It’s both a very different approach to how us dietitian’s normally work and a very complementary one.   More on this another time if it’s of interest, and definitely more photos like the one above.

But anyway enough about me – how is your summer being spent?


Elaine July 14, 2011 at 22:11

I’m so happy you posted this, Sophie. I’d been thinking & wondering about you lately, though I had a bit of an idea about your activities because of Twitter.

Venturing down new paths — so exciting. New home, new work, new approach to dietetic practice — I’m eager to hear more about everything when the time is right for you.

My summer evenings and weekends (ie, non-work time) are being spent in the garden and kitchen during the evening. Very pleasant for the senses and the mood. As Lucy said recently on Flickr, “don’t think there’s anything as exciting as pulling your own produce from the soil.”

sophie July 16, 2011 at 17:31

I’ve been keeping half a eye on your gardening activities during my digital absence Elaine – you have such green fingers!

Out in the garden is definitely one of the best places to spend your non work time isn’t it? The house we’re hopefully going to buy is just around the corner from an allotment site. So tempted, but I mustn’t get ahead of myself…

Arwen from Hoglet K July 15, 2011 at 05:43

Sounds like your busy-ness is yielding good results. The outdoor lunches with the chooks sound lovely. Do tell us more about the mindfulness next time — it’s definitely of interest.

sophie July 16, 2011 at 17:32

Thanks Arwen – yes, it’s worthwhile business which is much nicer than being busy and stressed. I hope you are well too.

Paul Groves July 15, 2011 at 08:21

Good to hear from you Sophie, especially that your house moving plans sound like they’re finally coming together. Hope to catch up properly with you this weekend!

sophie July 16, 2011 at 17:32

Yes, looking forward to catching up this evening hopefully!

Johanna GGG July 16, 2011 at 15:46

I love the photo and wish you well with your new endeavours!

Our place is always so cluttered whether I cook or not – though it doesn’t help when I do – but I was interested to hear a friend say they have got a storage unit to unclutter their house in preparation for selling it

sophie July 16, 2011 at 17:34

Thank you Johanna!

I must admit we had to resort to renting some storage to declutter our house enough to sell it. All those darn cookery books :-)

Eglė July 18, 2011 at 10:57

Glad to see you’re OK! Good luck with all these coming changes. may they bring some fresh breathe to your lives.
Take care, Egle

Kate July 19, 2011 at 07:32

Just reading your post makes me feel excited for what the future may bring you. More on your wee jaunt would definitely be of interest: I’d love to hear more about the philosophy and psychology behind mindful eating. Did you come across any books on the subject that you could recommend, for those of us who would like to learn more?

sophie July 25, 2011 at 21:06

Aaaahhh, thank you for popping by Kate – it’s lovely to have my real & virtual lives overlap. I haven’t found my perfect mindful eating book (despite diligent research!) but have found Jan Chozen Bays “Mindful Eating” one of the more readable. Will tell you more when we next meet.

Lucy August 3, 2011 at 03:13

oh, so wise, sophie.

(that pathway is an extraordinarily inviting photo!)

here’s to new ventures, to giving yourself the chance to catch your breath and to enjoying blogging for what it is – a hobby! xx

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