Thursday Odds and Ends

A couple of weeks ago I had the flu. I juggle a teaching job with doing readings and writing for my blog and it can be difficult to get back to normal when one of the balls gets dropped.  All the balls got dropped and I had to cancel everything and lie on the sofa for about a week.

Then about a week after recovering, something else happened that gave me a real fright, and showed me that I was still trying too hard to get everything done, so I took a break and concentrated on getting better and taking more care.


Now I have three weeks off from my teaching job, so you should see more articles on here as I have more free time.

I have begun my holiday unwinding and spending some time on my little terrace garden. I moved into my new apartment in inner city Christchurch three months ago (it’s the beginning of spring here in the southern hemisphere). I moved in on a cold and dreary winter’s day and my terrace looked like this:

Now, three months later, it looks like this:

Yes, the plants need potting and the sun needs to shine more (we are on the second day of spring here).  I aim to make it into a little inner city oasis and hope the birds will come to visit as I fill it with more plants and little trees.

Seeing as this blog has nothing of much substance to offer this week (apart from my very bad gardening photos), here is some great reading from other people’s blogs:

What to do during Mercury Retrograde by Slade Roberson

Are you feeling like life has suddenly slowed down in the last 10 days or so, much to your frustration?  I am not an astrology buff, but I have to say I notice it every time Mercury goes into retrograde and it annoys me, until I learn how to best utilize this period of time.

The Manifesto of Encouragement by Danielle LaPorte

Gorgeously uplifting.

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Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. Kate

    You have a green thumb now Anna!!!!

  2. Anna

    Hi Alex, you’re welcome! I will definitely enjoy my time off 🙂

    Kate – I know. I spent this afternoon at another gardening centre. My bank balance is beginning to suffer because of all this shopping for plants and containers!

  3. Theresa

    It looks lovely, I am finding a new flat to rent in CHCH, but was put off as I live in Rangiora with the beach, river and mountains near by and cheap rent, but seeing your patio with its privacy, sun and plants has given me something to imagine moving into.

  4. Alicia

    Great job with your terrace, it looks lovely! 🙂

  5. Alex Wu

    Hey Anna! Thanks for the mention. That is a *beautiful* terrace garden! That is a very nice feature to have in an apartment 🙂 Hope you enjoy your much deserved time off!

  6. Kimberly

    Anna your terrace is huge for an apartment! All we have in our apartment is a sliver of a balcony. But, you’d be surprised by what lovely little critters you could attract with just potted plants alone. Sorry you’ve been sick, I know the flu is a miserable experience. Enjoy your time off!

    By the way, if we’re signed up for your blog posts, do we need to also sign up for the newsletter too? 🙂

  7. Anna

    Hi Theresa – I’d actually prefer to live in the countryside but I work in the city centre so it makes sense to live there.

    Alicia – thanks! 🙂

    Kimberly – I know! It’s almost as big as the actual apartment which will be great in the summer when I can use it more.

    Yes, the newsletter is different from the blog updates. If you signed up for my free ebook (the one on psychic abilities) then you’ll also be signed up for the email newsletter.

  8. Dusty

    Anna –

    Heard there was a nasty earthquake in Christchurch. Hope you’re okay, and that things pick up soon. 🙁 Please let us know you’re alright!

  9. Anna

    Hi Dusty,

    Wow I am shocked. I didn’t know they had big earthquakes in Christchurch. I wonder if my house and work are still standing!

    Last night (and luckily for me) I decided to head 200 miles north to Blenheim where my mother lives as I am picking her up from the airport tomorrow she has been in the UK for 5 weeks. so I’m not in Christchurch right now. I am safe. Thanks for your concern 🙂 Hope my friends and family are OK though.

  10. Dusty

    Crossing my fingers for them and you. 🙂

  11. asanji

    Im glad to hear you’re OK Anna. NZ is such a beautiful country but the amount of earthquakes you get there is just crazy. I hope your family and friends are doing OK too.

  12. Anna

    Hi Dusty and asanji,

    Thanks for your messages. My family in Chch are doing OK thanks. The buildings we live in came out of it relatively unscathed, apart from the odd chimney coming down, which is nothing compared to what happened to others. I am still in Blenheim so I have no idea what the interior of my house looks like (hopefully not too smashed!) But I won’t know for a couple of weeks because I won’t be going back there for a bit. There are still problems with and concerns about sanitation, water and the roads, so I think it’s best to stay away for now. Just so glad I was in Blenheim and not there for the earthquake. Sounded horrible.

  13. kate

    anna. . . i’ve been cruising through some of your older posts, getting acquainted with how you blog, what you’re like (ahh, the internet wat of getting to know someone 🙂 and i just wanted to say what a relief it is to find your blog, to know that you’re in the world. i was talking with someone the other day about how difficult it often feels to not have folks to hang with who get the psychic stuff that is a normal part of my living. the trajectory of my life the past few years has been very solo – a great gift in so many ways. and so truly sweet now to be meeting folks who share something so intrinsic to who we are, yet still not quite in the mainstream yet. thanks for all you do. ps – and the terrace is gorgeous!

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