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Taking Stock

Taking Stock | The True Sea thetruesea.comEnjoying: peace and quiet after noisy workdays.
Listening: to Penntricket, a Swedish feminist podcast.
Wearing: my floral kimono dressing gown around the house.
Making: time for more self care.
Eating: chantarelles, baby kale and Japanese micro herbs.
Drinking: gyokuro and powdered sencha.
Feeling: bored with my current everyday life.
Reading: Columbine by Dave Cullen.
Looking: for a literary day job.
Wishing: I could be a bookseller again, but I can’t afford the pay cut it would entail.
Liking: falling asleep reading.
Waiting: for season 3 of The Path.
Learning: more about cults.
Snacking: on cherries and strawberries.
Loving: the jasmine and sandalwood perfume I made at work.
Watching: Aquarius for the second time.
Getting: better at pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
Noticing: that I’m thinking a lot about Sweden.
Cultivating: inner strength.
Missing: my loves ones.
Bookmarking: articles about gentle living.
Contemplating: giving Shudder a go.
Deciding: to pick up sashiko and crochet again.
Wanting: a house.
Thinking: about A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara still. It made me cry so much.
Knowing: that I need a life change.

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

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock | The True Sea thetruesea.comEnjoying: days of alone time.
Listening: to The Unresolved Podcast.
Wearing: my 2nd chakra symbol necklace every day.
Making: peace with my past.
Drinking: Clipper Green Tea with Raspberry and Ginseng.
Feeling: slightly blasé about this year.
Reading: Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball.
Looking: forward.
Wishing: I had more time to write.
Liking: how visiting Sweden always reassures me that I’m on the right path.
Waiting: for the next season of American Horror Story.
Snacking: on cinnamon almonds.
Learning: to be more patient.
Loving: wandering around a bookshop for an hour.
Watching: Stranger Things and Happy Valley.
Admiring: Rose McGowan. Always.
Getting: lots of blog post ideas.
Noticing: my negative thoughts and redefining them.
Giggling: at BoJack Horseman.
Bookmarking: Creepy Catalog articles.
Deciding: to be kinder to myself.
Wanting: to move into a house.
Thinking: about the connections we choose and the ones we don’t choose.
Knowing: that I’m conquering my commitment issues.

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


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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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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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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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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.


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Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: extended time with my family and friends in Sweden.
Listening: to the Swedish investigative true crime podcast #Fallet.
Wearing: floral clothes from my favourite Swedish shop, INDISKA.
Making: time for reading.
Cooking: tacos with girls I went to school with.
Drinking: strawberry ProViva, a Swedish probiotic fruit drink.
Feeling: loved.
Reading: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.
Looking: into courses and funding. Still.
Wishing: that I could live in Brighton and in Sweden at the same time.
Liking: sleeping in a comfortable bed.
Snacking: on cinnamon chocolate almonds.
Coveting: books I want to read.
Hearing: how much my brother sounds like our dad on the phone.
Learning: lots about myself.
Loving: Swedes’ tendency to make the most of things and to let things take their time.
Watching: The Nightmare and rubbish horror films with my best friend.
Admiring: Shirley Manson. Always.
Getting: super excited about seeing my friends when I’m back in Brighton.
Wondering: what my life will be like in a year’s time.
Playing: with my friends’ cats.
Noticing: that this time in Sweden is making me remember who I really am.
Deciding: on plan B and working on plan A.
Wanting: my own house because I really miss having a place to call home.
Thinking: about the future.
Knowing: that I can do whatever I want.

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