The slow, whisper in the air. The dawn chorus of birds emerging from the trees. The fresh smell of rain on the grass, struggling to grow and work its way towards to sun. The beckoning of your heart, inviting you to listen, to take that first step and bask in the glow of the dreams… Continue reading The Call of a New Season
This is the year I...Do we say that every year?Pin our hopes on something new?Usually, this happened at the start of a new year or at least an academic year. It's different this time. My new beginning starts at the end of a season. The end of a season of education, rigidity and deadlines. The… Continue reading The Year of New Beginnings
Routine vs rhythms. What's the difference? The type A in me strives for routine, loves the predictability and the stability which comes from knowing what happens next. Yet recently, especially after reading 'Simplicity Parenting', I have found rhythms being a better description of what it was my soul craved. Rhythms are inbuilt from the womb,… Continue reading Daily Rhythms
I couldn't understand why I struggled so much through the tantrums. Why homework became a battle of wills. The threat of a lego invasion is moving me to a place of despair and stress. The garden, currently a muddy mess, had become a place I no longer relished while watching them hang upside down on… Continue reading Embracing this Season of Motherhood
In many ways decluttering your surroundings is much easier than decluttering your mind. Anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD and many other problems can cause your brain to be messy, cluttered and overwhelming. The great thing is, however, journaling can be a great way to find clarity, perspective and to calm a racing mind. The simple task… Continue reading 3 Ways to Kick Start Journalling
Joy and perfectionism. They are two different entities. Opposites. A twisted vine of lies, shame and sadness. Perfectionism is defined as unachievable unexpections and the inability to be happy unless these high expectations are reached. Perfectionism destroys our happiness. It ravages self-esteem. Encourages bitterness and resentment. It steals our joy. Perfection is unattainable. Growth is… Continue reading Joy and Perfectionism
Joy is not elusive. Irrespective of mental illnesses, Joy is still always present.But how can joy be present, when your illness/disorder is crippling any sense of joy, hope or purpose? When the emptiness feels overwhelming, all-encompassing and eternal? The struggle comes when your mental health is creating a lifestyle which is opposite to a life… Continue reading Mental Illness and Happiness
On the whole, we do not distinguish between joy and happiness and think that they are the same thing. However positive psychologists (yes that is a thing!) have found that there is a distinct difference between joy and happiness, and this difference may be a turning point in a quest for joy and happiness. Happiness… Continue reading Joy vs Happiness – Are we Chasing the Wrong Thing?