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Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: being alive.
Listening: to Nine Inch Nails.
Wearing: my lucky elephant necklace every day.
Making: more time for reading.
Cooking: white miso ramen.
Drinking: orange and lotus flower green tea.
Feeling: hopeful.
Reading: Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura.
Looking: forward to the days I’m taking off work to write.
Liking: that the cat next-door at work comes over for cuddles almost every day.
Waiting: for slightly warmer weather.
Snacking: on Cocoa Brazil nuts in raw chocolate.
Coveting: Gyokuro from Whittard of Chelsea.
Hearing: lots of episodes of Those Conspiracy Guys.
Learning: things about myself.
Loving: my new Japanese cherry blossom perfume.
Watching: season 3 of Bates Motel.
Wondering: if it really is supposed to be like this.
Noticing: how important it is to always have things to look forward to.
Giggling: at Comedy Bang! Bang!.
Bookmarking: anything about Chip-chan.
Deciding: to start getting up earlier to get more alone-time before work.
Hoping: to visit my dear Geenie very soon.
Contemplating: when to visit my friends and family in Sweden.
Wanting: to go and stay in a hotel because I love hotels.
Thinking: about forgiveness and letting go.
Knowing: that all my dreams will be fulfilled eventually.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.

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Delightful little things

Delightful Little Things | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comA list to celebrate the delightful little things in my life.

○ Treating myself to a bunch of Body Shop products.

○ Adding more David Bowie picture discs to my small record collection.

○ Falling asleep to true crime podcasts.

○ A colleague surprise lending me her copy of Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.

○ Watching horror films to unwind after work.

○ Getting to know our fabulous new manager over tea and waffles at a Nordic café.

○ Taking long essential oil baths by candlelight.

○ Having friends over for tacos and tiramisu.

○ Waking up earlier to hear my favourite podcast before work.

○ Finding an organic flapjack bar made with agave nectar instead of sugar.

○ Making banana blueberry raspberry coconut smoothies.

○ Adding a couple of my favourite books to my book collection.

○ Meeting up with a friend for vegetarian lunch buffet and cheesecake.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?


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Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: spending Sunday mornings in bed reading.
Listening: to Quentin Tarantino talk about his soundtracks on Screen 6 Special.
Wearing: my new navy kimono wrap pencil dress next time I go out for dinner.
Making: banana raspberry almond milk smoothies.
Cooking: sautéed garlic and ginger kale with toasted sesame seeds.
Drinking: Cawston Press apple and ginger juice.
Feeling: content but a bit bored.
Reading: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup.
Looking: into places to go for a weekend writing retreat.
Wishing: for snow, to no avail.
Liking: not worrying about money.
Waiting: for season 3 of Inside No. 9.
Snacking: on Clearspring organic whole sesame brown rice crackers.
Coveting: the David Bowie Sound and Vision picture disc.
Hearing: a new true crime podcast.
Learning: to allow things to be good.
Loving: my Apple EarPods.
Watching: mind-bending films.
Getting: myself some treats like an expensive box of truffles and a scented candle.
Noticing: that I no longer have any patience for superficial things that add nothing to life.
Bookmarking: The Pep Talk Generator.
Deciding: to get up earlier in the morning.
Contemplating: when to visit my friends and family in Sweden.
Wanting: to spend more time writing.
Knowing: that I’m on the right path.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.


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Delightful little things

Delightful Little Things | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comA list to celebrate the delightful little things in my life.

○ Receiving an ornamental pineapple from my now former manager on Christmas Eve.

○ Talking to my brother on the phone.

○ Watching true crime documentaries, such as Making a Murderer, in bed.

○ Having Christmas dinner with work at a vegetarian restaurant.

○ Receiving makeup and a crescent moon necklace in the post from my dear Geenie.

○ Having friends over for dinner on Boxing Day.

○ Reading A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup.

○ Binge watching The Bridge.

○ Having dinner with friends at an Indian restaurant on a Sunday night.

○ Finding 20 quid in the street.

○ Taking essential oil baths in candlelight while listening to Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I-IV.

○ Having a drink with a colleague at the friendliest gay bar on a Friday night.

○ Watching And Then There Were None snuggled up on the sofa under a blanket.

○ Making pancakes with lemon and agave nectar on Christmas Day.

○ Buying a blue mimosa patterned Boden dress for a fifth of the RRP.

○ Having lunch with work at a vegetarian café on Christmas Eve.

○ Going for walks along the seafront while listening to podcasts.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?


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Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: the life that I’ve created for myself.
Listening: to Something For Kate.
Wearing: my fringed, paisley patterned kimono.
Making: quick-pickled red onions.
Drinking: Pukka supreme matcha green tea and Heath & Heather apple cinnamon tisane.
Feeling: elated.
Reading: How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran.
Looking: forward to moving down to the seafront on Saturday!
Wishing: that I didn’t have to spend yet another Christmas away from my loved ones.
Waiting: for the English translation of Manatsu no Hōteishiki by Keigo Higashino to come out.
Snacking: on super yummy snacks from graze.
Coveting: a warm wrap poncho thing.
Hearing: the neighbours’ cats greeting me when I walk past their house.
Learning: how to do my eyebrows.
Loving: my waterproof phone.
Watching: American Horror Story: Hotel and my favourite AHS season: Asylum.
Getting: back into sitting zazen.
Noticing: how full of love and compassion everyone I meet is.
Giggling: at The Adam Buxton Podcast.
Bookmarking: documentaries and TV shows that I want to watch.
Deciding: that my hair is long enough for me to start using wooden hair sticks again.
Wanting: what I have.
Thinking: about naïve realism.
Knowing: that I finally have a permanent full time job that I love.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.


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Delightful little things

Delightful Little Things | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comA list to celebrate the delightful little things in my life.

○ Buying the 40th anniversary Space Oddity picture disc.

○ Downloading a countdown app to count down to the day I can afford to move.

○ Eating pickled homegrown shiso with chilli given to me by a dear friend.

○ Seeing the same friend for tea and cake.

○ Watching Scream the TV series snuggled up in bed.

○ Starting a new notebook.

○ Drinking smoothies and listening to podcasts on my lunch breaks in the garden at work.

○ Adding Neroli oil to my aroma diffuser in the evenings.

○ Binge listening to a fabulous new podcast which I will share with you soon.

○ Receiving an unexpected tax return cheque.

○ Stirring coconut oil into rice dishes.

○ Loving my job and looking forward to going there every day.

○ Spending a Saturday afternoon in bed reading The Changeling by Kenzaburō Ōe.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?


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Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: spending my days off relaxing, writing and reading.
Listening: to Nine Inch Nails, Paul Dempsey and Bright Eyes.
Wearing: my open kimono tunic.
Making: progress in creating the life that I want to live.
Cooking: white miso soup.
Drinking: Whole Earth organic sparkling lemonade.
Feeling: more content with my life than I have in over 5 years.
Reading: The Changeling by Kenzaburō Ōe.
Looking: for a place to settle in.
Liking: having a nap in a dark room after work.
Snacking: on organic roasted hazelnuts and Nom organic cacao & raspberry oat bars.
Coveting: a kimono dressing gown like Minnie Castevet’s in Rosemary’s Baby (1968).
Hearing: lots of new podcasts.
Learning: to stay patient when things go wrong.
Loving: having a fabulous job and wonderful colleagues.
Watching: old William Castle films. Homicidal (1961) never gets boring.
Admiring: my own persistence and undying hope. Seriously, wow.
Getting: excited about Hallowe’en.
Noticing: that I’ve started enjoying being alone again. Alone time is the best.
Giggling: at Andy Daly’s Review.
Deciding: to stop relying on other people.
Hoping: to go to my brother’s cottage in the wilderness of Sweden to write someday.
Wanting: complete freedom. I’m working on it.
Knowing: that only I can make myself happy.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.