All posts tagged: mindful living

Remembering Why I Blog…

It’s been a while since I have written here. I have thought up many blog posts in my head but have been unable to prioritise writing them for most of the winter. It comes way way down the list of things I need to do. So that’s why there have not been any. And I still struggle with the idea of blogging itself. If I want to cultivate a brand, persona or sell something than sure add blogging to the marketing/branding/pr toolkit. So then….[called away by crying toddler who just will not go to sleep without my hand on his face (trying to get them to go to sleep on their own)]..why do I do it? {that question was in relation to blogging not how I help my children sleep!! Funny.} A very strong feeling is that I don’t want to document my life or constantly think about if it is worth documenting in that moment but just want to live it. I have a separate daily diary for special little moments and a camera …

End of another week

It’s the end of another week already. Haven’t I just written the last post, which mostly would read the same! School holidays have started and I will need to be more creative about what we will do each day. A trip back to Christchurch for a wedding for next weekend and maybe even that night free from children (really?).  So this week will be about watching the weather (snow showers expected) and getting ready to go (what will I wear / packing the car for the long road trip (books, snacks, toys)). Oh and possibly a yoga class tomorrow night – yay! So I leave you with some great links to read: Using order and organising to help your child learn and just be a child. A great new site I have found for being more calm and kind as a mama. My current favourites from Janet Lansbury (so going to buy her book): Benefits of RIE parenting Trying to help me relax on sibling toy taking. Be the grown up your child needs (quite hard …

On being grounded

We have moved to Queenstown and change is still our constant companion. New places, new adventures, new kindy and playcentre, new weather, new house noises and quirks, new shops and resources, new people, new drives, rooms still untouched and not ordered etc. So in the midst of this change it is hard to create ways to be grounded. And the earth is still moving under our feet too with an earthquake two weeks ago. Too close a reminder. A valued fellow nurturer gave me this advice: “When you can’t ground directly through the earth start with water and then go through the sand and then you will find rock. Like a boat hanging from its mooring in a river or lake or ocean just drift with the currents and bob with the movement until you can ground yourself further.” And this is what I am holding onto. Creating small moments of grounding with the larger currents of our lives. A downward dog here, a walk there (especially amongst the amazing beauty of Queenstown), some baking, …

Going with the flow

It’s 9.45pm and I am busy as a bee sorting emails for people buying some of our stuff (remember the simplifying our lives goal), and buying new cloth nappies for baby boy number 2, and organising my beautiful little sister’s Bridal Shower in a few weeks. And I really wanted to do a blog post and then read before I sleep. A hectic staccato bit of work in contrast to the quite subdued and calm afternoon we all had. It is really starting to feel like Autumn now. The evening light is different and we spent a good few hours in it cleaning up the vegetable garden and planting new veges for the winter while the boys just pottered around and I think we all felt the slow down. It has been a long time and felt really good. Even though the boys were really tired there was none of that usual evening crankiness. We had a slap-dash-what’s-in-the-fridge meal and it was quiet and just normal with no toddler behaviour. Nearly bliss – well not …

Little Loves

Things to remind me of the good life I have: I love …that my boys love picking rose petals and throwing them on their heads like rain. ….my boys long, long eyelashes. ….marmalade on toast. ….soft autumnal rain fall. ….picking from my vegetable garden. ….the smell of coffee. ….my bff (you know who you are!). ….dreaming and then creating. ….my new Bravado nursing bra – it is the best! ….the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series (hooked for a second time and now it’s on tv!). …that my eldest has made the transition to kindy (cold and all) ok. …watching the trees change colour. ….these dumplings. ….illustrations by Garance Doré . Love to know your current faves.

Mindful living / Simply living / Living within your means

A change in our circumstances has meant that we need to now be more careful about each dollar that we have.  And only spend when entirely necessary. So, that means no more weekly Thursday sushi lunches for me and the boys and not buying organic items because it is just too expensive and living with the items that we do own and enjoying those. This means that we will be able to live within our means until circumstances change back in our favour and also that we can continue to work on the dream of the build of our new house on 5 Ha we own on the Peninsula. Does that mean I have to be more frugal? Do I have time to bake my own bread? What about general happiness attained through gorgeous little things I might see and want or a Soy Chai Latte from the local cafe? Or does that have to change too? Can I meditate before I shop as a default? I’m not a big shopper and am, overall, already …