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
I'm definitely not a natural. My mothering instincts seem to have got lost and underdeveloped. I do, at times, find parenting hard and sometimes an uphill battle. When my first was born, I was only 16. I had little in the way of knowledge about myself, although the 16-year-old me would probably disagree. I hadn't… Continue reading Parenting with Grace
Ten weeks to go. 20 days of lectures. Then this season of my life is done. Three years of crazy schedules, stress, and multitasking. (Bathing the kids and essay writing is my fav!) Three years of laughter and love and friendships. Now the seasons are changing, and new things are going to be springing up.… Continue reading Intentional Futures
So often our attempts to declutter and minimise can be stopped or never started. It can seem like an ideal which never materialises. The dream to walk through the door after work or the school run. To feel calm not a sense of chaos. To play with the kids without the thoughts of the mess… Continue reading Why Decluttering Fails
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?
Joy. Happiness. Contentment. January is going to be full of these purposeful moments which grow love, joy, happiness and contentment. Throughout January i will be sharing more of what we are doing to increase joy in our lives through simplicity. Including our ”Happiness Project, ” what the difference between joy and happiness is (positive psychology… Continue reading January- The Happy Month!
”Be present”That was my word for 2018. Despite the ups and downs which 2018 has brought, I feel like it has grounded me significantly in what I did and what how I responded. Being mindful of being present has meant I have spent much more time with the boys and win Mr M, and have… Continue reading 2018/19 Reflection
You want to be the perfect parent? You want to be the perfect employee? Perfect daughter/son in law? You have these expectations which have been set before you enter into a specific season of life or before a particular job etc. So often we are taught to reach for high expectations, they can become self-fulfilling… Continue reading Christmas Expectations