On turning 40

On turning 40 - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

Happy birthday to me! This year marks a special occasion as I turn 40.

Now I’m not quite sure why 40 is made out to be so important. To me it is just another number, however everyone seems to be making a big deal about its significance so it’s got me thinking what it all actually means.

Is it because it’s meant to mark some sort of mid-way point in life? Because I sure hope to live longer than 80, if I have any say in the matter!

I realise I have come a long way over the past 40 years, I’ve achieved a lot and learnt even more along the way. But I think it has only been more recently that I have made the most life changing, most important decisions of my life so far. The moment I made the decision to slow down and step away from the frantic unsustainable life I was living. To leave the ‘busy-ness’, expectations and and things I ‘should’ be doing behind.

That was a few years ago now, but I’m going to use this birthday to continue this journey and make a few more important decisions in my life.

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Time to reduce the overwhelm, clutter and digital distraction

Reducing overwhelm clutter and digital distraction - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

As we head into the later part of the year, I always find life gets a little more hectic, or dare I even say, busy.

There just seems to be the constant feeling of unfinished business, although sometimes I’m not exactly sure what it is.

I’m often unable to totally switch off because of a niggling feeling that there is something else I need to do, if only I could put my finger on exactly what that something is.

My planner is exploding with appointments, to do lists and wish lists. The end of my kitchen bench is full of papers from school, the latest supermarket catalogue for this week’s meal planning inspiration as well as anything else that needs to be taken care of.

Last week, with my mind, my planner and my kitchen bench feeling in complete disarray, I decided it was time to reduce the overwhelm.

So far I have taken three simple steps…

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Living loving making baking | School holiday slow down

LLMB school holiday slow down - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

We’re half way through the school holidays here and loving it!

I love the opportunities that the school holidays bring – a much needed break from routine, slow mornings, activities of our choosing (or not).

Yes, the kids bicker and argue sometimes but luckily the fun times outweigh these moments and overall I love the chance to spend some quality time with my girls.

For many years while I was working, I dreaded the approach of school holidays as I worried and wondered who I could get to look after them or what school holiday programs I could enrol them in (and actually be happy to attend).

I try to mix it up a bit by allowing the girls to choose a couple of outings each week, mixed with some much needed days at home. You can also take a look at a previous post for some simple, low cost school holiday activities if you’re in need of some ideas.

So far these school holidays we have had a girls days out shopping and been to the Royal Melbourne Show, which was an extra special treat as it’s a rather expensive outing but we haven’t been in years so thought we’d treat ourselves to a fun family day out. This week, we will head to the pools and each of my older girls have a planned catch up with one of their friends.

On Sunday, we spent the morning at the park with friends followed by the entire afternoon in the backyard doing some work in the garden, playing basketball, taking a dip in the spa which we have just refilled again, scooter races and more. We ended the evening with some yummy fish and chips and relaxing on the couch watching some television. It was a busy day, yet it still felt ‘slow’, and I have to say that we all slept well that night!

Today I’m continuing my series Living Loving Making Baking – a monthly update on what I have been up to lately, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, crafty projects, recipes I have tried and so on.

Here’s what’s been happening my way lately…

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