There is something hypnotising about the summer that encourages a slower pace. I have written about it before, that particularly during the warmer months people noticeably have a strong desire to slow down.
Traditionally it’s when people go on holiday, which automatically invites a different rhythm from the rest of the year.
Bound by school terms for a large portion of childhood, maybe it’s ingrained in us from an early age, that the summer is the time to kick back and play. As adults with children, the free summer months still represent later starts and no school runs.
Perhaps also the warmer weather invites a slower lifestyle. Heat can definitely make you feel lethargic, after all the tradition of siestas became commonplace to help people avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.
We have all heard the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyway”, but what happens when your fear pretends to be something else? Unhelpfully fear can take many different guises, so how do we recognise that stealth fear that lurks within and pretends not to be fear at all? Then once we have established it is fear, how do we begin to move past it?
I am always after things I can do to help our family live simply, which is why I took part in the 30-day minimalism game. After writing about my idea of minimal living at the beginning of March, throughout the month I sorted, and let go of well over 400 hundred items. A good car boot-load went to a charity shop, some things were sold, or passed on to friends, and there was a heap of paper work that was recycled. Just over a week ago the challenge finally came to a close and I have been reflecting on what difference it has made.
photo courtesy of Geraldine @devine_tribe
There are over 3,000 photos in the #slowliving_create gallery this month, thank you to all that joined in. We decided to re-visit the word ‘create’, as prioritising time to be creative is so fundamental to our well being. As always we have loved looking through the gallery and seeing how you make space for creativity in your days.
Here are my favourite slow living create moments captured for March…
As I take on more work and Geoffrey & Grace grows I want to be mindful about how I balance my workload alongside raising Bailey. It’s difficult to get the balance of motherhood and work right and the last couple of weeks have left me feeling over stretched, which means it’s time to re-evaluate.
There seems to have been a spout of articles recently debating whether women “can have it all?” They’ve all been quite interesting reads, but I haven’t found any of them to be very positive or helpful. Perhaps, we need a more constructive starting point than “can we have it all?”, after all, it’s a pretty loaded question to begin with. It seems a fair assumption that no-one can ‘have it all’ (men or women) and that where working and raising a family are concerned, some compromises have to be made.
It’s also important to point out that “having it all” is a question of privilege. Some are grateful for any work at all, and are simply doing what is necessary. They are left to juggle employment, whilst relying on childcare and any funding that is available.
A more productive approach would be to figure out how we find a healthy and happy work-life balance, and how society and legislation can support this.