Pieces of Me

Shifting Water

December 24 was my last blog post. Almost five weeks ago. Without giving it too much thought this might be the longest I have paused with my writing. It has been a good pause. A really good, soul clearing, mind shifting pause. A pause that has in all its capacity given me the chance to shed the ties of last year and start the new year with a feeling of abandon.

A good feeling of abandon. A feeling that the person I was last year has found redemption over the past few weeks, redemption for all the burden that I carried throughout last year and is now weightless and ready.

This summer has been like no other. No whirlwind holidays away. No anxious countdown to school starting again. I have spent my time shifting water. Literally shifting water in that I cleaned our house in a way that was twelve years overdue. Scrubbing, clearing, decluttering. Days spent elbow deep in buckets of water. And while the house was cleaned I shifted water in my mind and with less thought, in my heart.

We often forget to forgive ourselves, forgive ourselves for the small things that take hold of who we are and how we think. We often never seek redemption for the person we are, but sometimes that is exactly what we need to do. With each curtain I washed and wall I cleaned I worked through and let go of the ties that took hold of me. Shifting water, redeeming the way.


The new year feels different. I feel different. It does not feel like a significant change from one year to the next. It does not feel like an ending or a beginning. It merely feels like time has melted onto itself. Like the raindrops slowly dripping down a window pane, starting at the top as one year and reaching the bottom as another.

When the cleaning ended, the weeks were spent with family, welcoming a new little niece into our lives, being in the moment with the people I love most. Even then as we entertained children at the theatre, at the movies, with carefree bike rides down to the park and precious newborn cuddles I have felt like I was shifting water. Shifting away expectation, shifting through stubborn thoughts and even habits.

What does the year ahead hold? Writing will be my priority. I want to hold onto this feeling of abandon and trust in the Universe and all possibility. Part of me feels like I only ever wrote about trusting the Universe and believing everything is possible, but never succumbed to it.

Maybe my summer of shifting water will become my year of shifting water.

How has your year started?

Disclosure: these tiny little feet belong to my precious newborn niece,
as she is being cuddled in the arms of her adoring Aunty – my sister in law from Sydney

Shifting water makes way for the new and allows us a perspective we forgot we were capable of


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  • Welcome back Josefa

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    Welcome back from your holiday. I have worked but part time and it has been OK. Taking the time to forgive yourself for not being perfect is very important – as no one is perfect (except those gorgeous little feet)

  • LydiaCLee

    Welcome back. I think breaks are good to refocus and reenergise. And enjoy life.

  • Glad you took a break- it lets us see more clearly, I think 🙂

  • I missed you Josefa. I’m glad the break has been what you needed. I hope that this year is definitely shifting water for you. xx

  • Lovely to have you back and to hear that you’re feeling refreshed and ready to get back into your writing. Your words have been missed online. What a darling little bub. She will be much loved in your family x

  • Welcome back! I’m glad you enjoyed your break. Those feet, how gorgeous! xx

  • Beautiful. I love this whole idea of shifting water, cleaning the house as a cleansing of self and fresh starts… Welcome back a so congrats on the little niece

  • Tiny baby feet. So sweet! I’m glad your year has gotten off to a good start. Ours has been pretty good, but I must say I’m finding it hard to adjust back to being a SAHM and not having Tafe to go to. I’ve struggled to find motivation to get on to the business side of things with my photography, but I’m hoping that a marketing course for photographers I’ve signed up to will help me find the motivation to get going again. It’s been nice relaxing but it’s time to try and make some money and have some fun with some new clients.

  • What a lovely concept of shifting water – it sounds like you have tuned into the universal flow and you’re going to flow with it where it takes you. Have a great year Josefa.

  • Lovely to hear that you are back and refreshed. Sometimes a good clean of the house is therapeutic even without the clearing of the soul. So great that you could have both. x

  • I think you needed this break Josefa and you will be back with a renewed sense of self to move forward for 2016. Love and hugs. x

  • I’ve taken the start of 2016 very easy. I only just feel like the year is starting for me, really.

  • TeganMC

    I understand the way you are feeling. I took a break for a lot of the year last year. I kept fighting the break, which made everything worse. Once I let go, coming back felt better and so right. I’m glad to hear that you are in a good head space too xx

  • The photo with your niece is absolutely beautiful.

    I go with the breaks. It’s best not to fight them. Sometimes our priorities just have to lie a little away from our hearts. x

  • Oh Josepha what a refreshing outlook. I’m pleased to hear you’re starting your year this way. My year has started off a little chaotic, I can’t even begin to focus or slot ideas into place. That is the place I’m in however with 3 small children so I have to ride with it and not set unrealistic expectations or ideas. It just has to be about the children. I’ll do the cleaning in 12 years time too xx

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