Remembering myself

In week 24 of the Great Wake-Up it's time to check in, with a touch of melancholy, now that we're half-way there.

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We’re halfway through the Great Wake-Up, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this. On the one hand, I can’t really say I’ve learned something new. I’ve always loved solitary walks in the early morning, time spent in nature, playing on swings and dancing like no one’s watching. And I was never big on climbing trees, or slowness.

I know these things, but like all of us I need reminding – often. Looking back over my blogs, I can see any number of tiny epiphanies that I honestly intended to incorporate into my life. Even if you know what makes you happy, though, it’s easy to forget in the rush of life, so I’m grateful for the weekly check-in, that tiny nudge to nurture joy.

I’m casting around in my mind for a way to anchor these lessons; I know I’ll be losing this community by the end of the year and I want a way to hold both the lessons and memories of warmth to help me keep my balance. Having given meditation a try, I know that’s not really me (I get the fidgets); maybe a simple mantra, “How will I wake up today?”

How to explain the light

The lightness

I find as I greet each morning

My solid boots lifting me

Sunrise beckons with promise

So firmly connected, yet flying

As day greets me with every colour of possibility.


cat lover, wife, designer, analyst (the spreadsheet kind...), friend, sister, daughter, writer, consultant, lover of beauty...


Go to the profile of Sarah-Kate Goodwin
over 5 years ago
Your right Vanessa, anchoring your efforts and intentions are the hard part!I love your simple mantra, getting something straight in our heads for the day puts us in the best steed. Beautiful poem! xxx
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Beautiful and succinct. I l love your blogs; the honesty, the gentle humour, the insight. I always think after reading your blogs; "That's what I meant to say". Lovely little poem too.
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Thanks so much, both! It's such an inspiration to read everyone's take on the experiments - I look forward to it every week.
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
Oh just catching up this week, agree with Mark so succinct and so right. I waffle on way too much x
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Do you know how often I have fretted that my blogs were too short, but couldn't think of anything else to say :-) Thanks for the positive slant!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Beautiful post and mantra. Spot on and super inspiring. Am hoping the Wake Up app launching in Sept is going to keep the Wake Up family together but broaden its wings! C x