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.
Better yet, what’s your partner or child’s love language? Do you know?
The 5 Love Languages Test is pure GOLD! Take it...
We’re a small company with amazing individuals and I wanted you to know – we’re a company with heart and we care.
I just finished reading an amazing book, Total Focus, that put so many priorities in perspective in my life and I felt like I needed to share this with my people. You’re my people.
I am a perfectionist and I fight this daily. If I wait for perfection I would never get anything done. None of us would.
I just finished reading the Miracle Mindset by JJ Virgin, wow, powerful stuff! I definitely recommend this inspirational read that will help you to live better and be more present (especially with your kids and isn’t this why we had them!?).
We all have a tribe. You do. You really need your tribe. It keeps you just a little bit more sane than you would be otherwise without one. Otherwise you’d be floating around in nothingness. No one likes that feeling.
I recently read an article in Wellbeing Magazine about the breakdown of our tribes and community and the increase of isolation and loneliness. This is an epidemic although we can also take steps to connect with like-minded people and find our tribes and change the world.