I had a delightful day off today and so decided to check out Wynnum’s newest “superfood” bar- Bay Blends! Opening less than 6 months ago, Bay Blends is a very welcome addition to the Bayside area. It is well known that many shops in Wynnum have been closing down…they just can’t compete with online shopping and don’t appeal to the younger families and ‘health-conscious’ crowd moving into surrounding suburbs of Manly & Gumdale. It is so exciting to see places like Bay Blends, Cedar & Pine, and Frenchie’s Cafe opening up- people are finally heading back to Wynnum again! :-D
Bay Blends seems very busy- there were loads of people coming in and out while we were there. They have a laid back/ bohemian feel about their décor, and I just love the bright orange chairs out the front! C and I both got an ‘Acai Bowl’… The quintiessential treat of the moment. The first photo is the Espresso Acai Bowl, and the second is the Raw Cacao Acai Bowl. Both were delicious and very filling. A little pricy at $10.50, but that’s kind of the “going rate” for superfoods nowadays… Totally worth it, haha. Bay Blends is open early everyday, and aside from Acai Bowls, they also offer smoothies, juices, coffee, and raw treats. Be sure to head into the ever-so-slowly revamping Wynnum area and check them out!
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything… About a week and a half ago, we lost a cherished member of our family, our beautiful six year old Sphynx, Dobby. His death was very sudden and completely unexpected. He died from a blot clot in the heart resulting from a genetic condition we were unaware of. I’m not sure if losing him so quickly makes it more or less difficult. Dobby was unlike any cat I’ve met before. He was mischievous, lazy, loving, and full of personality. He would sleep in the bed, wait at the front door with the dogs when he heard mum’s car pulling up, and come when called. The shock of his death is still quite fresh, and it feels so strange to be speaking of him in past-tense.
Since his passing, I feel like I’ve sort of “lost my mojo” when it comes to being productive and staying on top of tasks. Having completed a psychology degree, I know how important it is to be emotionally resilient, but I also know that grief is a process. In saying that, I have never experienced the death of a pet before, and although I expected it to be difficult, I never anticipated the physical pain that accompanies loss. I know many people don’t view pets the same they would other members of the family, but to me there is little difference- it doesn’t hurt any less.
Anyway, the main point of this post (aside from explaining my absence) is to encourage self-care after losing a pet. It is so important to take care of yourself when experiencing grief- for some people that might mean taking a day or two off work to be alone and process the situation, while for others that might mean sitting with friends and family sharing funny pictures and stories of your pet. For me, I think one of the best ways to help myself was to help those around me. Providing comfort and strength to my family helped me to find my own comfort and strength. I found that sometimes thinking of all the funny and annoying things Dobby did made me feel better, while sometimes it made me feel worse. Grief is a process, and everyone handles it differently- not necessarily better or worse- just differently.
Although it may not seem like it right away, dealing with the loss of a pet does get easier with time. After a while, you won’t be so sad. You won’t want to cry whenever you think of your pet. You will be able to remember the funny and annoying things your pet did, and you’ll just smile :)
Happy Wellness Wednesday dear followers! Today will just be a quick post about a realisation I’ve had- how quickly life goes by, and how important it is to take time out to enjoy the little moments, and to savour the small things like smelling the peonies (or roses; I’m partial to peonies… haha).
I had a moment today when I realised that Saturday is my half birthday! Meaning I’ve already been 25 for 1/2 a year, and it feels like only yesterday I was blowing out the candles on my cake. Is it just me or do weeks seem to fly by the older we get? I watched a documentary recently that talked about why life seems to move so slowly when we’re children- it is because each day is filled with excitement, and newness. Each month brings about milestones, and each year is met with celebration. There is so much to learn when we are children, but once we finish school and become ‘adults’, it seems that the learning largely ceases for many of us. We wake up, go to work, come home, make dinner, go to bed, and repeat it all again. We long for the weekends and our annual leave so we can enjoy doing ‘nothing’.
SO, in the spirit of Wellness Wednesday, here is a “public service announcement” for all you 20+ lovelies… Embrace today. Do something exciting, learn something new, go for a walk, or simply drive home a different way. Take time to enjoy life, and life will be a whole lot more enjoyable :-) xx K