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A friend gave me the cutest little book the other day called Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World. It is a lovely little book with lots of words that resonate with my world right now. Here’s a few!

Kummerspeck (noun, m, German) excessive weight gained through eating as a means of relieving stress or strong emotion.

In 2018 I had a whole lotta kummerspeck going on but 2019 is off to an excellent start. I have been using an app called EasyDietDiary to track my kilojoules, and I’ve been trying to get out walking. I know some people think dieting is totally overrated, but I really like it when I get into a really good headspace with what I’m eating, and feeling in control of how I look and feel. #Fitby40 is on track!

Honne (noun, Japanese) what a person truly believes; the behaviour and opinions that are often kept hidden and only displayed with one’s closest confidants.

Last night was date night. Leigh and I got burgers from Grill’d (I got a salad. See: Kummerspeck.) We took them to the foreshore at Burswood and then we walked across the new bridge, through East Perth and back under the freeway bridge. I really love Leigh. He’s a good dude and I can tell him anything.

Uitwaaien (verb, Dutch) to take a break and walk away from the demands of life to clear one’s head.

We had a week of ‘uitwaaien’ in Busselton last week. It was mostly wonderful. Highlights include: a picnic with “Aunty Karen” Wilson, walking on the beach at 5:30am when the ocean was as smooth as glass, apple scrolls from Tas’s Bakery and a drive through the magestic Boranup forest. It was less wonderful when Leigh had to leave to go back to work.

Resfeber (noun, c, Swedish) the restless race of a traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together; a “travel fever” that can manifest as an illness.

I don’t feel sick (yet!) but I’m pretty excited because tomorrow I’m off to Nepal! I am going with Baptist World Aid and a small group of amazing women. We will learn about the ways Baptist World Aid are partnering with local organisations to bring help and hope to vulnerable communities. I haven’t really ever been on a trip like this, and I have not seen first hand what it is like to live in extreme poverty. I know I am going to be challenged and that my heart is going to break a little. But it’s a good thing. I know God’s heart breaks for His world and I want to feel what God feels. I also know that there is a lot of joy and hope in the world and that I’m hugely blessed to be invited along to see the amazing things that Baptist World Aid are doing.

I’ve taken a break from Facebook and Instagram this month. I’m going to try to interact with social media a whole lot less in 2019. It would be nice to write the odd post, check in on the people I love, and interact occasionally with the groups that interest me. That’s the best way to use it, right?

Bless ya,