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Chiaki Creates - Taking Stock chiakicreates.comEnjoying: the seaside air.
Listening: to Nick Drake, The Doors and Clara Rockmore.
Wearing: psychedelic maxi dresses as often as possible.
Making: a new life for myself.
Cooking: a lot of tofu and mushrooms.
Drinking: Swedish elderflower cider.
Feeling: free and loved.
Reading: Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.
Looking: forward to September.
Wishing: some things were easier but then nothing that matters is easy.
Liking: listening to podcasts on my long walks to and from work.
Snacking: on creamy dill lentil chips with red pepper houmous.
Coveting: clog sandals.
Hearing: people’s life stories.
Learning: to stop resisting.
Loving: living in Brighton.
Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Lilyhammer.
Admiring: myself for doing what makes me happy.
Getting: super excited about new projects.
Noticing: how much better my skin looks since I moved from London.
Giggling: at Man Down.
Bookmarking: inspirational articles.
Deciding: to quit my job and go visit my friends and family in Sweden for a month.
Contemplating: what courses I want to take.
Wanting: more time to write.
Thinking: about how amazing it’s going to be to see everyone in Sweden.
Knowing: that everything is falling into place.

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

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Taking stock

Chiaki Creates - Taking Stock chiakicreates.comEnjoying: prolonged alone time which has brought me back to my core.
Listening: to Nine Inch Nails, Bright Eyes and The Doors.
Wearing: cyan holographic and hexagon glitter nail varnish.
Making: plans for the future.
Cooking: healthy vegetarian food every day.
Drinking: Go Coco coconut water and Chi chocolate coconut milk.
Feeling: excited and happy and loved.
Reading: This is Dalí by Catherine Ingram.
Looking: into going back to school.
Wishing: that I could unlisten to Serial so I could hear it again for the first time.
Liking: my new tan sandals.
Waiting: for my Kindle Fire to arrive.
Snacking: on natural yogurt with sliced banana and strawberries.
Coveting: this gorgeous kimono dress from Anthropologie.
Hearing: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson on audiobook.
Learning: to monotask.
Loving: having a bubble bath every day.
Watching: Inside No. 9 and Mr. Sloane.
Admiring: people who go after their dreams.
Getting: significantly better at managing my thoughts.
Wondering: if growing my eyebrows out really is a good idea.
Playing: with cats.
Noticing: how much better I sleep in a comfy bed.
Giggling: at Psychobitches and Ross Noble Freewheeling.
Bookmarking: psychology articles.
Deciding: to only say yes to things that contribute to my happiness.
Hoping: that Jesse will turn up in Better Call Saul.
Wanting: to one day own a house full of laughter and love.
Thinking: about how blessed I am to have people in my life who love me unconditionally.
Knowing: that I am the author of my life’s story.

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


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Taking stock

Chiaki Creates - Taking Stock chiakicreates.comEnjoying: a 9 day holiday in Winter Wonderland aka Sweden and wishing it had been longer.
Listening: to Nick Drake and the Bedazzled soundtrack.
Wearing: black Rocket Dog boots and Breton tops.
Making: an effort to stay in touch with friends and family.
Cooking: too much pasta.
Drinking: the Swedish probiotic strawberry drink ProViva.
Feeling: alternately elated and petrified about the future.
Reading: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami.
Looking: for a new fun job.
Wishing: that everyone I love lived in the same place with me.
Liking: laughing over a couple of glasses of wine with my childhood friend.
Waiting: for the next episode of The Last Podcast on the Left. Always.
Snacking: on Pink Lady apples, hazelnuts and Nākd Cocoa Crunch bars.
Coveting: retro lingerie.
Hearing: a few podcasts every day.
Learning: how to make time for relaxing.
Loving: the secret project that I’m working on.
Watching: season 3 of American Horror Story.
Admiring: my best friend even more when I saw her on stage for the first time in Sweden.
Getting: so much love from all the amazing people in my life.
Wondering: if London might not be the place for me anymore.
Playing: The Resistance with new friends.
Noticing: how much I’ve changed in the last year and loving it.
Giggling: and tearing up simultaneously while watching Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule.
Bookmarking: new yoga poses to learn.
Deciding: to stop wasting my time on insignificant things.
Hoping: everything will fall into place in February.
Contemplating: going back to school to get a psychology degree.
Wanting: stability and structure.
Thinking: about happiness.
Knowing: how lucky I am to finally have found a man who knows how to handle me.

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


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Taking stock

Chiaki Creates - Taking Stock chiakicreates.comEnjoying: being in love with the most amazing man I’ve ever met.
Listening: to Paul Dempsey and Something For Kate.
Wearing: my tan Chelsea boots.
Making: more time for relaxing and consequently getting more stuff done.
Cooking: sweet potato wedges with lemon and ginger crème fraîche.
Drinking: banana yoghurt smoothie and supreme matcha green tea.
Feeling: excited and slightly anxious about the future.
Reading: Starman: David Bowie – The Definitive Biography by Paul Trynka.
Looking: forward to seeing Dylan Moran live again in May next year.
Wishing: my broken toe would heal quicker.
Liking: being a bookseller.
Waiting: for the next episode of Serial.
Snacking: on bananas with almond butter.
Coveting: a navy midi a-line skirt to be worn with Breton tops.
Hearing: so much morbidity on The Last Podcast On The Left.
Learning: to balance and simplify everything.
Loving: all the straightforwardness in my life.
Watching: Dig! and BoJack Horseman.
Admiring: my best friend in Sweden who is the most resilient woman I know.
Getting: my priorities straight.
Wondering: how much of my life I’ve spent trying to decide what film to watch.
Playing: Werewolf at a dinner party that my housemates and I hosted recently.
Noticing: how little I care about material possessions.
Giggling: at Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey by Richard Ayoade.
Bookmarking: art exhibitions that I want to visit.
Deciding: to focus more on writing and less on crafts.
Hoping: that I’ll be able to visit my friends and family in Sweden in January.
Contemplating: to grow my hair out and to start teaching workshops.
Wanting: to get a black midi kimono dress because my old goth self says so.
Thinking: a lot about my childhood and adolescence for something I’m writing.
Knowing: that everything is random and that’s what makes life so beautiful.

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


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Taking stock

Chiaki Creates - Taking StockI love Meet Me At Mike’s. Pip is such an inspiring, super creative woman and every time I pop over to her blog I’m instantly motivated. Her Taking Stock posts always put a huge smile on my face so I figured I’d give writing one myself a go.

Enjoying: being alive and well and happy.
Listening: to Pink Floyd, The Doors and Bob Dylan while I’m sewing and drawing.
Wearing: my handmade vintage 60s floral fabric skirts and yellow Sandgrens Milan clogs.
Making: loads of happy cushions and a new line of products.
Cooking: Ottolenghi recipes.
Drinking: jasmine green tea and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Feeling: like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
Reading: The Summer of the Ubume by Natsuhiko Kyogoku & The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Looking: forward to seeing Derren Brown live next month.
Wishing: there was more time in a day.
Liking: long strolls on Hampstead Heath.
Waiting: for theatre tickets to Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch to go on sale.
Snacking: on perfectly ripe peaches, multigrain crisps and organic oatcakes.
Coveting: this gorgeous Marimekko for Banana Republic Siirtolapuutarha Patio Dress.
Hearing: the cats purring next to me on my bed and the birds singing in the garden.
Learning: new yoga poses and new boardgames.
Loving: Conor Oberst’s new album Upside Down Mountain.
Watching: Fargo (the telly series), 60s psychological thrillers and art documentaries.
Admiring: all the supportive, loving people in my life. You are awesome!
Getting: excited about the prospect of future creative collaborations.
Wondering: when I will get a good opportunity to wear my vintage kimono dress.
Playing: backgammon and Bananagrams.
Noticing: how everything is falling into place.
Giggling: at old Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketches.
Bookmarking: this recipe for peach ice cream with grilled peaches.
Deciding: to limit the time I spend online.
Hoping: my mum and my best friend will be able to fly over for my Birthday in September.
Contemplating: to chop off my hair again but I do miss having long hair in a half up bouffant.
Wanting: less material things and it feels fantastic.
Thinking: about my dad because I miss him loads. Living in different countries is hard.
Knowing: for sure that being happy is more important than anything else.