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.
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?
I can’t believe that Ollie is over 1 year old, he is in fact now 13 months, wow the last year has flown by in a sleep deprived haze of nappies, baby grows and a realisation that all my clothes are now covered in spit up of some sort – urgently need new wardrobe!
Becoming a mummy has absolutely changed my life, completely, in every way.
It occurred to me at somewhere between 3am and 4am this morning whilst cuddling my 10 month old to sleep after two and a half hours of ‘partying’ between his cot and my bed, that this moment was in fact sacred. Despite being sleep deprived, having a banging headache and a dead arm, this is what being a mummy is all about. It’s being ‘there’ for your baby no matter the circumstances. Although these sleepless nights are well horrific, its a phase and I’m sure one day when I’m no longer needed I’ll long for a midnight cuddle.
So with these thoughts in mind I decided to write a somewhat thrown together poem of thoughts about what motherhood means to me, here goes.
I can’t believe Ollie is over 9 months old and has now been in the world for as long as he was growing in my tummy – utter madness! Ollie is developing at a speed faster than light at the moment and literally changes everyday. He is very much growing from a baby into being a toddler and it’s so lovely to see.
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!