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Holiday Hapennings

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Now that the christmas period is over and we are getting back into the swing of the daily happenings of life I thought that I should come back to giving this space more attention. The garden is overflowing with produce, not completely providing us with everything we need but doing a fine job of supplementing our fresh (organic!) vegetable intake. There is art and craft happening on a daily basis and we are enjoying the outdoors during this not too hot high summer.

I haven’t made any formal resolutions for 2015 but over the past few weeks I have definitely had some goals beginning to formulate in my mind about the direction I want 2015 to take for our family. Rhythm and health need to be the main focus as we have one boy heading into grade one and one boy heading into preschool. Healthy living with less (less than we already do) reliance on processed and packaged foods in our diets. Fortifying our mental health with more crafting and time spent doing introspective artistic pursuits. Reading…novels and more intellectual tomes, and Rhythm, instilling that daily ebb and flow that helps us all to be more calm and get everything done that we need to do.

So in light of that the goals that I have set for myself include the following:

  • Read 12 books in 2015 – one per month
  • Sew (or knit) – 12 garments in 2015 – one per month
  • Try one new whole foods based recipe each week – and share it in this space!
  • Take a weekend getaway – or two – this year (We already have one planned for March!!!)
  • Learn form our work in the garden over the past year and implement these learnings so our organic produce is even better in 2015 – I’ll write about this more over the next week or so.
  • Focus on the sentiment that we have everything we need to live this life – we do not need to spend money on unnecessary wants and desires – just the things we need. (This is a hard one for me but something I need to work on!)

And thats it!! If I achieve all of these things then 2015 will have been an awesome year!

These too are the things that I will be focused on writing about this year, I really hope that anyone who does read my blog continues to do so and that I might even see some new readers hop on bard this year!!

Happy 2015!




To be or not to be

Life has been a little crazy lately and it has been regularly punctuated with high levels of stress and anxiety in this house. I am trying very hard to evaluate the most important parts of my life and to prioritise those things in order to save my sanity somewhat. I couldn’t decide what to do with my blog as I felt as though it was just one more thing taking up my time and putting pressure on me. You see, I find that thinking of things to blog about can be quite challenging. However, I think that I do need it here and that I should just forget about trying to be a blogger that I am clearly not and just write about being me.

Life as me and in the HealthyKidsHappyMama home. I work 4 days a week in a very emotionally demanding job. I need to face up to the fact that I don’t have time to plan out activities for my children and meticulously photograph them. I barely have the time to feed them properly…kidding.

What I want is to spend as much time as possible with them and doing things together as a family and doing things for myself – rather than for other people. This means that I have had to put a big brake on my voluntary work with the ABA. When you end up in a pile of tears and a massive anxiety attack because of something you do in a voluntary capacity you know that it is time to step back.

The other thing that I really need to make time for is exercise. I have been making small efforts over the past few weeks to get back into some sort of a routine but I think that I need something more structured. A commitment that I put out to the world and stick to through the good times and bad. I attempted the 12wbt challenge last year and pulled out part way in. Part of the reason is because I didn’t really plan and prepare very well and I was far to perfectionist and hard on myself. In reality I just need to get myself together, create some good habits and as Michelle bridges would say JFDI.

I am undecided as to whether I will formally do the 12wbt or just follow the program from my print outs from last time. Although it would be good to have support through the forums and maybe even consider going along to the finale party as something to look forward to at the end. My plan is to start as I mean to go on and start now with the print outs and the meal plan from last time and decide next weekend exactly what I am going to do. Whatever I decide I need to see it through.