Sometimes I feel as if life is rushing by. Having children makes you notice how quickly days, months and years pass. For many years I have always focused on the future, having a business also creates this, your always planning and buying stock for events, months away. Plus a to do list is constantly on the go... Often creating a feeling of never having enough hours in the day. Never achieving everything I want, need or have to do.
However, in the last year and with the effects of limited broken sleep I was not feeling myself. So I have made 2014 the year where I focus on the now. Actually live in the moment, the month and season we are in. It's strange but this has made me open my eyes more than I could of ever realised. Often the focus was on the planning the need to tick that project, event, job off my 'to do' list without actually recalling being truly present in the moment it occurred. I can whole heartily say that it has done me the world of good slowing down, stepping back and realising that life is a story. My story... Hey inspirational quotes from Pinterest make you stop and think, many struck a chord with me. I have started to really use my sense when doing things now. Nature goes on regardless, months change and seasons pass. It's only when you pause, take a step back and realise how beautiful simple things are that a feeling of calm and happiness is present.
This year, I have decided will be about FUN. Planning is essential, so stress doesn't take over but as a person who enjoys planning as much as the occasion itself I have whole heartily embraced this. January actually did not rush by this year. I have managed to blog regularly. Bake with my children regularly and knit again, plus tackle random jobs and I have started reading books again, oh how I missed this. These things are so simple, but when time is limited it's these things that I instantly neglect. The last time I knitted was over three years ago, which was when I made knitted cupcakes for the business, they were very consuming but lovely. My current obsession is cable knit and I have for the first time ever managed to start knitting (abet with my very limited skills) a cable knit scarf. It's coming along nicely and even though it may not be finished until after spring I am loving how relaxing knitting is. Oh and sitting in front of the fire with a hot drink helps too.
This week I will be...
Meeting with close friends for a lovely meal
Reading some more of my new book
Visiting the park with my children
Going for a nature walk, spotting snowdrops and animals
Baking shortbread biscuits.
Potting up yet more plants in my ongoing attempts to bring a little bit of floral beauty into my home.
Simple things, but doing them with an appreciation of their beauty. Looking at things through a child's eyes. Just like my little boy, It's amazing seeing his excitement in discovering new things, a trait that has thankfully rubbed off onto me.
So I'm pleased it's February, lots of things to enjoy this month. I've already started planning a family craft activity for Valentines day, hopefully pictures on this will follow soon.
Bye for now,