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Matilda ๐ŸŒน  cbr, aus. she/her. selfies, everyday magic, books, slow living, self care, craft, dogs, sustainability, and changing the world ๐ŸŒŸโ™€โœŠ ๐Ÿ“š: 55 in 2018

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"My log has something to tell you." ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒโ˜•๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฅง๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ
A little gift I stitched for a friend's birthday. Pattern by @_smackmystitchup_

Book 55: "Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky... Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency; because hope should shove you out the door."
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2018 is basically the year of Rebecca Solnit for me. I'm just slowing making my way through all of her work. This particular book is a must read for anyone who considers themselves a citizen. Solnit criticizes the useless dichotomy of left/right ideologies, arguing we should work together on issues in coalitions as only cults don't allow differences. She talks about activism burn out and how important it is to see and celebrate the small victories. Her work inspires hope in the very dark world we currently inhabit, reminding us of our own immense power as citizens and that worlds always change. --
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Lately I've been overwhelmed and feeling like I'm just treading water, struggling to stay afloat. I've been a part of some really amazing things recently but I'm also now a bit burnt out and it's been affecting my mental health a lot. So to treat myself I booked a 2 night solo staycation at @ovolonishicanberra for some pretty extravagant self care. I've had 3 baths, ordered room service twice, ventured downstairs to watch a movie at @palacecinemas and spent an obscene amount of time reading and eating @doughnutdepartment in bed. Best of all, I slept through the night for the first time in weeks. Sometimes you've just gotta treat yourself like the most wonderful and deserving person in the world (because you are, we all are). Now I am feeling recharged and ready to re-enter to world, to take stock of where I am and move onto the next challenge, and to live every day intentionally. Thank you Past Matilda for this amazing gift xx

I'm not entirely convinced I brought enough books for 2 nights away.

Weekends are for best friends and stitching and vintage skirts.

Book 53: Lately all I've wanted to read is non-fiction. I kept picking up fiction books, reading a few pages, then putting them down again. The cure to this slump? Good YA fiction. Yesterday I was home from work sick and I curled up in bed and read this whole book. It made me want to go back to university and fall in love. It was a fun and magical story to lose myself in and to get myself back into fiction.
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#fangirl #rainbowrowell #readingchallenge #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #books #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #goodreads #weekendreads #winterreads #morningslikethese #theartofslowliving #books #yafiction #readwomen

I'm tired and I've felt it for a while now ๐ŸŽถ

Book 52: "Being good and great does not absolve you from a terrible sin and a pain inflicted on a people who did nothing to deserve it. Remember that: the first people of this land who have suffered for your greatness did nothing to deserve it. A truly great country - if we truly believe that - should be held to great account." This is one of those books that I now feel compelled to go out and buy a copy for everyone that I know. Grant's story identifies what it means to be an indigenous person in Australia today by taking you on a journey of colonization, family history, and personal memoir. Grant's words are passionate and angry and full of both love and suffering, but the book is far from alienating. It is inviting and asks white readers to come in and engage with what is being said, to truly hear it. And, absolutely, sometimes it was hard to hear. Australia has a lot of work to do. But it never felt like it was arguing with me. It was asking for my empathy and my action. I feel privileged to have had this story shared with me, and ashamed that so many similar have not been, or maybe that that they were I haven't been listening... ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’›โค
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I'd like to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and this photo was taken. I pay my respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.
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#talkingtomycountry #stangrant #readingchallenge #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #books #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #goodreads #weekendreads #winterreads #theartofslowliving #books #australia #aboriginal #colonialism #ngunnawal

Leaving a very special baby in the care of her grandmama today.

I'm feeling so anxious and self conscious this weekend, just really awful, so I'm trying to keep myself distracted and busy today. Violet and I went for a walk while picking up rubbish. We ran out of room in the bag half way through the walk. This bag has at least 25 straws in here; I stopped counting after that ๐Ÿ˜•. Please take some time today to look after yourselves and the planet; both are so precious. โค๐ŸŒ

I've never loved anyone the way I love you

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