Thinking time is such a simple concept although most don't do it often. I know I don't do it enough. The idea of taking some time out for myself makes my shoulders drop and my mind crave how I can make it happen with the chaos of life. Thinking time is blocking out time in your diary on a regular basis, (daily, 3x a week, weekly, whatever suits you) unplugging from devices and sitting with yourself. Really sitting and doing nothing. Just being. Imagine if this became your normal?
I first heard Sarah Blondin on her podcast called 'Live Awake'. Her voice is calm, relaxed and almost meditative. I'm sharing her with you as she has so much to say that we all need to listen to. We all need to take 5, put our feet up and give ourselves a break and what better way then for Sarah to share her open letter to the women of this world. Go on and give yourself that one thing you can control, time, and tap into your inner strength that is there. Then watch the magic unfold.
I love helping out at my child's school whether it's in the canteen or sitting one-on-one with kids going over their timetables. I do this because the school asks for volunteers, my son likes it when I help and the icing on the cake - I get to feel amazing knowing I've done my part and have a little taste of his school world. Being a parent is fulfilling on many levels.
Allergic reactions are scary. Jasper had an anaphylaxis episode when he was only 14 months and meant to be napping. He wouldn't go to sleep and wouldn't settle. He was red and blotchy and I knew right away it was an allergic reaction.
I recently spent a weekend with a girlfriend and her daughters as one of them is battling an illness and they needed a helping hand. It was so nice to be able to step up and help leaving my family to fend for themselves. It was wonderful to join in the routine and activities of another family and forget about myself. My girlfriend is pretty much a single mum raising her daughters to the best of her ability on a tight shoestring budget. It was amazing to see how far she stretches a dollar and the experience was a real eye opener for me.
There are so many learning opportunities to teach our kids independence and help them stand on their own two feet and school lunches are no exception.
In our house, when you start high school, you're on your own!
Every year I pick an overall theme for the year and have a different focus each month. I set the themes of the 12 months of the new year before it ...
Earlier this year, my son’s first month of starting school was off to a brilliant start. Within a few weeks he had a new best friend, he had not lost his school jumper (yet!) and every day he was eating a variety of healthy sandwiches that were packed each morning into his lunchbox. I should have known that things were going too well and I was being lured into a false sense of parent contentment!
As i get older, I’m learning to embrace imperfection and know that life is a journey and not everything always ‘works out’.
I’ve been trying to live in the moment and be more present. I am constantly trying to stop and be aware of things around me that I may have missed before. I’m noticing beautiful flowers and birds – so many birds flying in a flock and dipping and swooping without bumping into each other. We could learn a lot from birds. I know I’m guilty of falling into automatic pilot and being oblivious of a lot around me.
I’ve become obsessed with reducing waste and being aware of how much we overindulge and don’t even realise it. Grabbing a bottle of water from the cafe instead of bringing it in a reusable bottle seems crazy to me and I’ve been trying to educate my kids (and my man) why this shouldn’t be an option and to look beyond. Recycling is good but maybe you don’t even need to use the bottle in the first place so it’s about thinking smarter and not just putting band aids on things for the short term.
We’re all going so fast. We need to S T O P.
Lately I’ve been feeling more and more invisible. Not to myself necessarily but to others and in different situations as I’ve been observing this recently as I take it all in. I see being invisible as a good and bad thing and thought I’d dive into this a bit deeper.