Christmas can be such a busy time of year. With all the festivities and all the extra things to do, it’s easy for it to pass by in a festive blur. I find it’s really important to stop, take a breath and remind myself to be really mindful about what we commit to as a family, and make sure I am able to enjoy all the special times that December has to offer.
Here are some of the things we do in order to have a slow and natural Christmas…
Continuing the Inspired By Nature Series, I am thrilled to be talking to Bex Partridge from Botanical Tales. Bex is a floral artist and makes the most beautiful wreaths and dried floral arrangements and also runs creative botanical workshops. Mother of two beautiful boys, she is currently working as a brand marketer whilst she establishes her creative lifestyle business.
Find out what inspires her most about nature and how she balances motherhood, work and her creativity. Please welcome Bex…
Well, you all know that nature is a big inspiration to me. Spending time outdoors and playing amongst nature is one of the main things that helps me slow down and of course it improves my well-being too.
Farrow & Ball have just launched a new range of floral themed wallpapers, and I was really delighted to be set the challenge (a long with a handful of other bloggers) of bringing their new wallpaper designs to life using flowers and nature.
Creativity and having a creative practice is so important for our general well-being. For me, creativity has always been an opportunity to play, a safe place to explore, experiment and express whatever is going on in my life. It’s easy to see why those characteristics are so beneficial in helping us to feel good.
A while ago I mentioned that finding those creative moments seems harder than before. More accurately, the main shift over the last year and half is that I have started to earn money from my creativity – my writing, my photography, and this blog space.
Previously, my creativity was just for me, it didn’t really matter what anyone else thought or whether it fulfilled someone else’s ideas. However, now I am submitting features to editors and working with brands, and that context changes how it feels to create the work.
I realise it’s a dream for many to transition into earning money from their creativity and I feel very thankful to have been paid for my creative endeavours over the last year and a bit. However, when your creativity starts to become your source of income, how do you combine a creative self-practice that makes you feel good and fuels your well-being whilst also earning you money?
What a wonderful weekend we had at the Just So Festival in Cheshire. It was packed full of family fun. We made lots of great memories that there are almost too many to share with you in one blog post.
As soon as you walk under the Just So sign and enter the festival site you feel like you are stepping into a magical world.
A chance to forget about all the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff and get lost in the most creative and imaginative place. Where you can dress up and where pockets of theatre and performance pop up from time to time. Where there are drawing workshops and you can try your hand (or should I say foot) at learning the Charleston or enjoying a silent disco. Where there are sing-alongs and stories being told by the campfire. Where you are allowed to do things that you might not usually be allowed to do at home; have a pillow or jelly fight, have a midnight feast, build a structure with jelly beans.
Everyone seems to be there for the same reasons; to kick back, connect with their loved ones and spread a little bit of love and laughter. I think those are some pretty good intentions to have for a weekend.