A Full Life

I always make a point of trying to avoid saying “life is busy”. The phrase seems so over-used in today’s fast-paced society that I don’t even know what it means anymore. So I’m not going to say that I’ve been busy lately. What I am going to say is that life has been full lately.

Thankfully, life has been full in the most wonderful ways. But sometimes (read: often) that makes it hard to spend the time I’d like to writing. Today however, a serendipitous convergence of T. (who we’ve now decided to refer to as Little Bear on the blog) having a long nap, the writing desire being overwhelming and a Sunday afternoon have opened up a small window for me to fit some writing in.

Little Bear is growing like a mushroom. It’s hard to believe that he is nearly 4.5 months – where did that time go? He’s bordering on 8kg and already more than 63cm long. He currently loves holding on to his toes, playing with people’s hands and singing. S. has settled into motherhood beautifully. And I’m loving being mama too.

School has started off with a hiss and a roar. I’ve just returned from our 4 day camp with my class. It was pretty dramatic, to say the least, what with almost being washed out/blown out of our tents the first night we spent up the mountain. Luckily the weather fined up and we were moved to a more sheltered location, and everyone had a blast. This coming week sees the beginning of Stage Challenge rehearsals at school, which means an extra eight hours a week of rehearsing dance. I’m looking forward to getting into it, and am grateful that I’ve managed to arrange rehearsals to keep my weekends and evenings focused on my family. I’m also pretty excited that our new principal is leading the school in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly direction too. I can’t wait to see how it all develops over the year.

S. and I are falling into routines around the house and adjusting to being a one-income family with a stay-at-home mum. We are slowly creating a vision of what we want our lives to look like and working towards that. We’ve been talking more about sharing the little things we do in our lives to create a more sustainable environment on this blog, as well as trying new things to improve our lives. We want Little Bear to grow up knowing and loving the earth we live on and treating it with kindness, and of course we want to do the same.

Lately we’ve both been rereading the Little House on the Prairie books, and this has reminded us of the beauty in living simply and wholly. Building a community who share these values is becoming more and more important to us as we start to realise some of our dreams (like having a family). And we both are feeling that we want to renew our connection to the seasons and the turning of the year.

We’ve start hosting crafternoons with our druid community and I find I am turning my focus to making and adapting things again rather than buying.

I’m still figuring out what this year will look like for me as a dancer, but at the moment I am just focusing on making time and space for it because it is so renewing.

I’m also starting to write more.

So there’s a lot going on, lots of thoughts forming and some beginning to take shape. Life feels very full of possibility at the moment, which is just such a delicious feeling. Now I just have to be patient and let the year unfold.

B.

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