Watch kids play and you see tiny moments of wonder that light up their faces – each and every day. They have an incessant urge to get amongst it, take life at full pace, soak it up and spit it out in a burst of crazed energy. Followed by collapsing in a heap recounting the best of their day (sometimes while simultaneously sliding into sleep).
We have a lot to learn.
It’s nice to have a Christmas treat. And in addition to the lovely day all round that we enjoyed in our summery climes yesterday, there was a little extra in my stocking. My blog ‘Life in the Midlife Teens‘ received an Honourable Mention over at The Green Study as part of the ‘What’s on the B side of that 45?’ competition. It’s small musing on the morning battle between mind and body as a more mature parent. Take a look if you have a moment, and enjoy some of Michelle’s cleverly funny posts at the same time. It’s a nice way to enjoy that post-Christmas recovery.
It’s Christmas. And, like many of us, it’s a time of year that fills my soul with quiet sense of warmth and happiness.
We all have them. Frantic weeks, weeks with illness, weeks with visitors, or too many activities to attend, schedule, manage. Weeks with broken toys and chewed books to repair. Weeks with calls to make, family to see and urgent tasks. Sometimes weeks with all of these at once.
Every now and then life just piles up and you realise that your To Do list is more overwhelming than soothing in its sense of order, your personal butler is still a lottery win away and there’s no babysitter who can magically take the small folk off to the park for say…six hours, to help you whittle the list down to a manageable size.
And this is where we are this week. Because this week, I fought the battle with my To Do list, and, by all accounts, I lost.
Today I made a collage. I could slick that up as a vision board or something a tad more glamorous, but there it is really: a collage.
I recently watched this great TED talk on the power and value in creating memories. It’s something dear to all of us.
What do you do to create yours?
One of the many things that fell by the wayside when the small folk joined the team was my enthusiasm, time, energy and interest in books. This was, for a short while, quite a loss. Because I have always, and forever, loved books.
In seeing what still fits in the new world order, I have come to the conclusion that the process of travelling true north does need some degree of structure. Not an all encompassing project plan, but a general roadmap of what to achieve and how to go through the process.
Last Friday morning I RUSHED*.
It’s currently the starting point of my day. It punctuates my afternoon and offers an enticing treat to counter the clockwork lunchtime exhaustion that comes with small children.
The happiness of coffee far outweighs any of its lesser highlights. To coffee I say this: