Slowing down and simplifying my life

Slowing down and simplifying my life Ever-changing Life of a MumRight now I feel like my head is a whirl of information. There has been a lot going on in my ‘space’ lately and I am feeling a little overwhelmed and it’s not where I want to be.

Juggling a baby and my blog has been tricky. I’m also completing an online blogging course to give me the tools I need to take my blog to the next level. As I started to set goals for my blog I became super excited for what lies ahead, but in the process I have started to fall back into some old habits.

I feel hurried and on edge again. I feel rushed, like there is always something else I have to do, and my mind is unable to focus and enjoy the present. These are feelings I know all too well and it’s a path I don’t want to travel again.

Since leaving work a year ago I have been trying to carve a slower, simpler lifestyle me and for my family – to enjoy the little things – but niggling in the background has been the pressure of surviving on one income.

While my family has been handling this massive change well, it is quite challenging at times, particularly as I have always worked (either part-time or full time) since having my children so we have always lived quite comfortably.

Despite enjoying this much needed slower lifestyle, I have slowly started to put pressure on myself to bring in some sort of extra income – to feel like I am once again contributing to this family in some way; perhaps guilty for pursuing my passions while my husband heads off to work each day, something I’m ever grateful for.

So I am stepping back for a moment to re-centre my focus and take a moment to remind myself of the important things in my life and the positive changes I have made over the past year …

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Putting 2014 into perspective and contemplating the year that lies ahead

2014 reflection - Ever-changing Life of a MumIt’s Boxing Day, pouring with rain this morning and rather cool in Melbourne as I write this. Summer seems to have taken its own holiday today and my plans to sit and relax on the back deck while the kids play with their new Christmas toys and splash around in the spa hasn’t quite panned out.

Instead, I’m sitting at the kitchen bench enjoying a coffee and a piece of gingerbread while the girls spread out their new Lego sets all over the family room floor and watch the Grinch one last time this Christmas.

This year has really put things into perspective for me. My family comes first. It doesn’t matter what other people think I should be doing with my life, my career or my time. It’s what I want and need to do that counts the most – so long as it feels right for me and my family then I know I’m doing the right thing.
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