It’s been 4 week since we’ve left Australia and isn’t amazing what can happen in 4 whole weeks, a complete lifestyle change. As the dust settles, and the honeymoon euphoria of moving overseas dials down a few notches, best I start thinking about this space and jot some things down. It can be all to tempting to just throw a picture up on Instagram but this is really my journey space.
I’ve started this post a number of times but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say, a few false starts. I’ve never had a real plan for this or my previous blog, it’s always just come along with me on the ride. A space to debrief, mostly with myself and if holds meaning for others then that’s awesome.
Here I sit at a destination, a desk in a country village in Ireland. There is only the noise that I’ve chosen to hear, our possessions are minimal and there is freedom, freedom to make time for what matters. It’s also a beginning, the year is new, there is much unknown, the path is fresh, open and deliciously exciting. What to create?
Leaving Sydney wasn’t hard, time was up. This realisation of this travel dream is not only about the travel but also the chance to have a family adventure, to create a chapter where we will grow as independently yet together as a family. Time together for what matters, each other. After three years of long hours and a massive decline in lifestyle it was time for Greg to come back to us. It’s his time to renew, find his fitness and free himself from the grind. Continue Reading
“All we have to do is decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” – unknown.
In choosing a life of simplicity my thinking is constantly challenged. Food, clutter, environment, sustainability, creativity, schooling, fash rev, parenting, travel, oh yes, it’s never dull in my mind! It’s what I love the most about a more minimalist approach to life. There is time to think and discover alternatives to the status quo while considering what really matters and then the clarity to act. This kind of clutter free mind-time has been a great gift.
When I’m trying to make a decision sometimes I need to ride it out, give myself some space to allow my thoughts to process, and to also accept that there is often discomfort when challenging thoughts and behaviours. However, in time, the magic appears, the dots that need joining become clear and the path to action seems simpler. Continue Reading
“Don’t allow your mind to tell you heart what to do, the mind gives up easily.” – Paulo Coelho
It has been a heart spacey kind of week and it’s only Tuesday!
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar” – Raymond Linquist
I’ve always thought of courage in a grandiose way. Often the pictures I see matching the word are at the top of a summit, the completion of a marathon or you know kayaking down crazy river rapids.
Oh yes they are corageous feats but in real life courage is not just those things, somedays just getting out of bed is courageous.
This year I decided would be a little different for me. I would follow what made my heart sing and take a road that is less about control and more about creative living.
Since taking on the I quit sugar program a couple of times I’ve become quite interested in fermenting and its benefits for gut health.
It’s been a year of short courses and earlier this year my sister and I booked into to the Introduction to Fermentation course at Buena Vista Farm.
I’d been following Fiona on Instagram for a while and had been dreaming of visiting her gorgeous farm and learning from this incredible lady of the sustainable food revolution.
It was a delicious, inspired day.
This month has been a month of letting go.
Gently working through all of our things to either sell, donate or put in the pack for Europe.
Quiet, also yes.
That is how I like to potter, reflectively and quietly.
I can’t think in the rush and the noise.
Calm over stress, always.
It suits me being introverted.
I also finally got around to listening to Susan Cain’s TED talk, The Power of Introverts.
As the mother of introverted children and the wife of an introverted man, excellent listening.
I have finally downloaded Susan’s book Quiet – The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking and am looking forward to reading it.
Next week we ship what we are keeping to Europe and move with a suitcase each into a furnished city apartment for the next 3 months.
I’m looking forward to some wandering, photo taking, reading and hopefully some more writing.
But first the school holidays which may not be such a quiet affair.