Even before having Ollie I loved going to Kent Life Farm, a Kentish country farm & museum complete with picturesque oast houses and afternoon tea. Seriously what’s not to love? Luckily we live just down the road and often visit Kent Life for an afternoon. It’s definitely one of my favourite places to go and here’s ten reasons why:
Living a super busy lifestyle as a working mum to a very active toddler I often struggle to find some ‘me’ time.
My thoughts everyday are organised around Ollie’s schedule and how the day’s activities will fit around that, throw in work, dinner and housework too it’s often non stop from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night.
Over the last few years having suffered with bouts of stress & anxiety I know I need to take time to get ‘centered’, hit refresh and carry on. I take this time either by doing mindset training, yoga or more recently meditating.
When I ask this question I don’t mean are you aware of your own beauty, I mean are you conscious of what ingredients are going into your beauty products? Are you aware of any chemicals that are being used? Are you aware if the company you buy from tests on animals? Are you aware if the company is environmentally friendly?
We now live in a world where these questions are crucial. We are more and more aware of clean eating and what we are putting in our bodies so surely we should be more aware of what we are putting on our bodies too. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and absorbs the products we put on it. It’s sensitive, reactive and should be nourished. Since working with aloe vera and bee propolis based products I’ve learned a lot about how effective using natural products can be.
It’s been while since my last blog post and there’s been lots going on, since starting blogging again after having Ollie I’ve definitely struggled with finding the time to regularly blog alongside working, mummy duties, starting a business and all the other little things that life throws at you. (Not to mention the dreaded house work – needless to say I’ll never be one of those people who has the perfectly clean, tidy house.)
I feel I have changed a lot over the last year or so not only with becoming a mum for the first time but figuring out a work vs. life balance that ‘works’ for me. I’ve also been finding out what I care about, what my passions are and what direction I want my future to take. Like many people I’ve been thinking a lot about these things but not taken much action to move my plans forward and that’s where I’ve got stuck.
I read a really interesting article last week which was about finding passions in life and it talked about how people often go looking for their passions by travelling or having a lot of different jobs yet still not feeling fulfilled. Where as most people’s passions are actually already with them and if you think back to childhood or when you were younger you will recall what activities you enjoyed doing and always seem to come back to. For me when I thought about it I immediately thought of writing and I had a bit of a light bulb moment with why am I not blogging???
Taking that into consideration it’s not to say that I haven’t found other passions along my journey so far, yoga is definitely a big one for me, taking time to spend with Ollie during these precious early years and more recently making sure I’m using more natural products, eating cleaner and not using products by brands who test on animals.
So here I am re-igniting a passion that I had let fall by the wayside and I feel very excited to get it going again. I love writing and blogging and I’ve really missed it, so I’m going to make a concerted effort to get back on track with regular posts and get my blogging mojo back into a full wordy swing.
Do you struggle with finding your passion or the elusive work vs. life balance?
A few years ago I hit what some people are now calling a quarter life crisis. Where in your mid twenties you probably have a job but its not the job you want, you’re out of uni with massive debt, your job doesn’t pay what you need it to, you’re not in your ideal living situation or perhaps in the right relationship- basically your life doesn’t look the way you thought it would or the way you imagined when you were younger.
I’ve done my first full week back at work albeit three days but the important thing is I survived. That’s not to say it wasn’t hard or that I wasn’t emotional, especially on that first morning. I should have hung a sign around my neck – don’t ask if I’m okay, I will cry!
There’s nothing quite so quintessentially British as sitting down with a cup of tea is there? For me, my bag of choice is Yorkshire Tea, quite frankly it is the best and I never get tired of the taste. I am also partial to a peppermint tea or a spiced apple as it tastes like Christmas, but those would never take the place of my beloved Yorkshire.
My love for tea is very deeply rooted as my mother pretty much raised me on tea, as a massive fan herself she consumes on average about ten cups a day, seriously! She loves a teapot where as I am a brew in a mug kind of gal. Anyway for as long as I can remember getting up in the morning, coming home or someone coming round – all perfectly good reasons for putting the kettle on.