The last few years have been pretty mental with me doing my postgraduate certificate in Human Nutrition. I tell you me studying part time and having a family REALLY takes its toll on everyone. I am very happy that I am now a University trained Nutritionist and really look forward to working in this field however I’d be lying if I said it was easy or smooth snailing or if there was much joy all the time I was studying. No there wasn’t it was hard on all of us. Oh I LOVED my studies I really REALLY did but if you ask my family they’ll tell you I was distracted, unavailable, time-poor, joyless, angry, and certainly not present; all together not a pretty picture! Not that it was all bad all the time but I was certainly focused on my studies and what we ate and not always on spending quality time with the family.
I knew the whole time I was studying I wasn’t being mindful and I knew I needed to focus on this but I had NO idea where to begin. I felt so weighed down by everything around me, our home, our stuff, things I thought I had to do, my perception of what was expected of me and what I had to achieve, everything was so hard and overwhelming. I even wanted to sell our house so I could get rid of everything and not feel so weighted down anymore. Everywhere I looked all I could see was things to do, things to clean, stuff, stuff STUFF EVERYWHERE!!! I actually kind of hoped the house would burn down so I could start afresh. I am so sure I am not the only person who feels like this!! All in all rather stressed.
So fast forward a few months, my studies are now finished (I passed with flying colours woohoo go me!!!) and then I discovered Bea Johnson (from Zero waste home wow that woman is freaking AMAZING!!!). I read her amazing book and I started decluttering. I become a mad woman and decluttered, constantly getting rid of everything busy, busy constantly decluttering. Getting there, still a long way to go but constantly removing. Feeling better all the time, feeling lighter without all that stuff around me. I have always been so good at what comes into our home and reusing, recycling but my downfall was the crap already in my home. It’s so hard to just get rid of stuff when you think oh I might need that or someone might be able to use that one day. I was an excellent gate keeper but not so good at reducing my in home clutter.
Through Bea I discovered TV, I talked to my kids, I’m trying to spent true whole hearted focused time with my family and friends. Oh I’m SO NOT perfect I still have moments where I want to scream and yell and thrown tantrums but the anger is going, the weigh of the world is gone, I feel so much happier and I am so much kinder. I realized I had become rather cynical and I didn’t really like who I was becoming. It’s never too late to change, to love more, to be truly present, to kiss more, to play more. Turn off facebook, turn off the tv, go outside and smell the roses. I still have a long LONG way to go but I feel so much happier and I see my kids are so much happier already. Life’s a journey right?!and the slow home movement. A light went off WOW that’s me!! That’s how I want to live!! It’s all about living in the moment, being fully present, focusing on people and experiences over stuff, opting out, getting rid of distractions and all in all about living intentionally. I started listening again, I started reading again, I turned off the
I have unsubscribed from about ten billion emails I was getting so so many that I wasn’t reading, I’m saying yes to what truly matters, I’m option out of the distracted race. So to be truly, truly present I am turning off all internet and devices from 16-21 January so I can focus on my kids and family without ANY outside forces, pressures or distractions. This year I am slowing down and living the simple life!!! Come join me!
Slow home resources
Intentional wondering podcast – Jeff just rocks!