Our family is at an important turning point in our lives. We know we don’t want a conventional life. We don’t want work to be the all-consuming center of our lives. We don’t want our children going to school. We don’t want a big house and a nice car and an overscheduled busy life. We don’t want to follow the path that society has programmed people to follow. We want freedom, control, choices. We want our lives to be varied and exciting and filled with wonder. But making the alternative a reality is hard. Breaking those chains and forging a new path takes time and energy that is often difficult to come by. But we’re so lucky that we have options, that we can make this vision a reality. It’s just a matter of working it all out.
Henry’s first day of kindergarten. I barely managed to see him onto the school bus before my tears came. When did our baby get so old? A deep sense of sadness settled on my soul as we walked back without him. This wasn’t a milestone we wanted - him starting school - and that unease in sending him to a place we would rather he wouldn’t be has stayed with me. Traditional schooling is not the path we want for our children, but with the lack of alternatives and our current circumstances, this is something we have to do in the short term. A temporary situation until we can build the life we’re dreaming of, and lifelong learning will be done out in the world, instead of the same four walls. I look forward to the day when we are no longer separated by school 💕
I didn’t drink coffee before I had kids, but it didn’t take me long to realise it was essential to get me through the day. #ad Those sleepless nights, the clinginess of a teething baby who just wants the comfort of his mama, and the chaos of three little ones running around. Each morning I take a moment to enjoy my @gevaliakaffe House Blend with caramel creamer which sets me up for the day! Perfect for a cafe experience in the comfort of my own home. #QueenMode #Gevalia
It’s that time of year where I begin organising the children’s fall wardrobe, and Everly and I are delighted with our new #TOMSMommyandme shoes 💕#sponsored I love supporting brands that give back, and with every @toms purchase, you help make a meaningful impact by supporting sight restoration, safe water systems and impact grants 🙌🏻 Use the code BACKTOSCHOOL for 15% off #TOMSBackToSchool
We spent a week in Seaside, Florida and it just reaffirmed that my heart belongs by the ocean. There is something so soothing about the sound of the surf, the feel of the powder soft sand between your toes, and only the present moment to occupy your mind. The slower pace of life and daily bike rides to the beach were so calming for my soul. It was blissful and I remembered once again how Mother Nature is the tonic we need 🌊
An overlooked and underrated part of going on vacation that I love; the need to only take the necessities. It is so freeing, having minimal possessions. No clutter, no time spent on tidying up. Having only the basics around reminds me once again that materialism and consumerism are social constructs, designed to enslave us in the rat race. I get a glimpse into the spiritual freedom and peace that simplification can bring, and always return with renewed incentive to rid my life of unnecessary objects. Our garage will soon resemble a little store, with all the belongings we no longer want ready to be sold to others. Who else loves decluttering?