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August and September delivered a series of sucker punches that left me floundering and, at times, devoid of my usual exuberance and resilience. A house purchase falling through within a week of the planned move, my niece born brutally early at just 27.5 weeks and a five figure work contract delayed through no fault of our own. Home, family and finance; three pillars of security, rocked.
Tears were frequent, sleep scarce, motivation for exercise left me, moments of craving security and kindness coupled with moments of needing silence and solitude. But I have amazing friends who at times like this really come into their own. Never underestimate the power of meandering and frankly ridiculous WhatsApp chat as a tonic when the universe is dealing blows! Or of cake, wine, sushi, coffee…
But October is a new month and the time has come to dust myself down, push the shoulders back and the chin up and get on with it. So this week I have filled the gaps in my work schedule with truly simple pleasures. Wallpaper has been stripped, woodwork scrubbed, holes filled, ceilings whitewashed…


  1. @mariejeanne26ff

    I’m sorry to read you’ve had such a rotten time. I do hope it will be onwards and upwards from now on for you. I love the picture, you look great!

  2. sassycoupleok

    Life is full of hard knocks however your determination to overcome is inspiring. It’s always best to occupy the mind rather than dwell on the negatives. Love the pic and all of it’s honesty !! 🙂

  3. bigmissnaughty

    first – fab picture… second you’ve had the strength to keep going – and like you said – new month. big hugs
    BMN xx

  4. HappyComeLucky

    Would you mind just staying there? You’d make the sexiest home decor feature anywhere. I hope autumn brings kindness and stability back into your life – oh and wine with friends of course! Xxx

    • Exposing40

      Oh, *always* time for wine with friends!! ?

  5. mariasibylla

    This is absolutely gorgeous! It includes two of my favorite things, your self-portraits and DIY. 🙂 I’m sorry your months have been hard but I’m looking forward with you to a fresh and light October.

  6. Logan

    Big hugs for all you’re going through. Loved the naked wallpapering pic.

  7. Molly

    Now that all sounds like a right pain in the butt, and not in a good way. I am glad things are looking up though and you are finally getting your chance to make your mark on your home….. and doing so naked as well, is always a bonus

  8. cammiesonthefloor

    September was particularly rough for me as well, and my heart goes out to you for your troubles. Whenever I am seriously stressed, I may not take time for me, but I still try to express gratitude for the little things.
    I am glad to see you not find the positive, but that you are filling your schedule with time for yourself.
    The starkness of this photo works really well for your words. The image of you climbing up goes well with rising above it all. I also like how you’re reaching up. I can find a lot of symbolism in this.

    • Exposing40

      Thank you for such a lovely considered comment. Sorry you’ve also had a rough September. Here’s to a happier Autumn and Winter for all! Xxx

  9. GrittyWoman

    Sorry to hear you have had so much hit you at once. I hope this month is much more positive for you. I really love your picture. I can imagine your body being speckled in small white dots of paint afterwards. 🙂

    • Exposing40

      Haha…it was – as were my teeth even!!!

  10. The Shingle Beach

    Oh love, I’m so sorry you’ve been getting a thumping, but glad to know you’re doing okay and that you have support.
    I love the stretch of your body, and the subtle tan lines on your back in this image – and I’d love to get you to recreate it here… only you’d be dealing with the Sussex spiders…

  11. F Dot Leonora

    love the way you look at life, and deal with rough times, this is a gorgeous photo and displays your character my gorgeous friend! xxx

  12. Clive Serves

    That does sound like a tough time. Some knocks can only make you stronger though, and naked decorating has to be a wonderful way to start afresh!

  13. Miss Scarlet

    I hope the rest of the year, and beyond, has better times in store for you.
    Decorating naked always saves on laundry and potentially ruined clothes…

  14. Oleander Plume (@OleanderPlume)

    You are just delightful every week!

  15. c.e. Hansen

    Sorry to read of your ‘knocks’, but you are strong…and your picture is wonderful!!!

  16. cherrytartblog

    Sorry you’ve had such a rough time, here’s to better X
    The best thing about naked decorating is not having to worry about paint on your clothes 😉

  17. Modesty Ablaze (@ablazingmodesty)

    There is something about both your words, and then your photograph, that exudes positivity and climbing-upwards! Wonderful !!!
    Xxx – K

  18. Chintz Curtain (@ChintzCurtain)

    “Wallpaper has been stripped, woodwork scrubbed, holes filled, ceilings whitewashed…” I keep wanting to read that as a really dirty euphemism! (Mind in the gutter, Jane. Mind in the gutter!)
    So sorry to hear you’ve had such a rough time – wishing you a smooth and happy October.
    Loads of love, Jane xxx

  19. sub-Bee

    I’m so sorry you’ve had a shitty time recently but fingers crossed it gets better and if you enjoy decorating that much feel free to come and do mine, I loathe it!

  20. SassyCat

    hope things get back on track soon, seems like life is well on the way of getting on track. your photo is great…clean & crisp feel…love it.

  21. KaziG

    Nothing like some naked housework to set things straight 😉
    ~Kazi xxx

  22. Tiggs at hundred acres

    happy DIY!!! and yes I love the euphemism. I am a ‘nester’ something I didn’t fully appreciate until I moved out of a ‘house’ and into a home so I sympathise. I hope your niece and sister/sister-in-law are ok and enjoy building your safe and happy spaces. and I love that picture too. 🙂

  23. theotherlivvy

    What a great photo! It’s so crisp and clean, and you look stunning. I hope that the whitewashing had worked and October is looking brighter so far! Xxx

  24. Marie Rebelle

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve gone through such a bad time, but glad to see you are back to positive things. Will you come do my walls too, naked? Lovely image 🙂
    Rebel xox

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