2014 and a Christmas wish for you
In retrospect, a look at 2014. It was such a big year for us and whilst the milestones were notable and memorable, I’m grateful that I documented the little things, too.
January started with a welcome note to this new space and it was within that same post that I shared news of Daniel’s overseas trip and my 13 weeks of solo parenting. That first week of January was intense but on the 10th day of the New Year I sat on our front step, stopped crying and told myself I’d just have to get on with it. I had ways and means of coping and whilst it wasn’t always pretty it gave me the opportunity to rediscover my village and subsequently get back to parenting basics.
I began to simplify my personal life by respecting my limits and turned my awareness to the home – getting rid of the unnecessary and making space for what was important. It became a little addictive and whilst it’s been a slow process I have revelled in the opportunity to approach day-to-day tasks with more awareness; practising yoga at the kitchen sink, simplifying the school week, taking steps to ease anxiety, becoming a better listener, caring less about the insignificant things and embarking on an spring cleaning ritual that would morph into a monumental moving house cleanse.
Daniel and I got to spend four glorious days in Melbourne and we were reminded that parents are humans, too. Not long after I announced my book deal (release date is set for February, 2015) and posed the question: should we move? Little did I know that change was already occurring within and whilst my winter posts were few and far between (although I did enjoy writing this and this) it was on the first day of spring that I shared our wonderful news.
Naturally, my thoughts turned to mothering; how to ease fear and worry in pregnancy, natural health in pregnancy, interesting facts about pregnancy and labour, breastfeeding (in retrospect) and having the third baby.
Now, as we settle into our new home and I embark on the third trimester, I feel incredibly grateful for the year that was. It wasn’t always smooth sailing but I have learned the importance of letting go of resistance and having faith in what will be.
I want to thank you, dear readers, for your constant support of Practising Simplicity. I realise that it’s an honour and a privilege (and a fair bit of work, too) to earn a living from blogging but the simple fact of the matter is, I wouldn’t be able to do it without you. I wholeheartedly value your role in this space and I hope you’ll return in 2015. What to expect? A few posts on pregnancy and baby essentials (from a less is more perspective), 10 things to declutter for the New Year, room tours of our new home and The 52 Project (complete with a guide on photography, editing and filing your photos).
And then, of course, there will be the inevitable slowing down as we patiently await the first signs of labour and the imminent arrival of baby.
in love and light,