to plan or not to plan? what creativity and motherhood have in common

to plan or not to plan…? what creativity and motherhood have in common

It’s good to have plan I always think. A loose one at least, that you have the freedom to migrate from. Especially where creative things are concerned, I normally have a visual idea about how I would like something to look and also feel.

I have learnt along the way though, that with most things, it is best to be open and go with the flow. If you are too rigid in your idea, and not willing to adapt, you are not leaving any space for inspiration to move you.

Here, I think that creativity and motherhood have some things in common. Both can often add an unexpected twist to the mix, things don’t always pan out like you think they will, and you have to learn to roll with it. Some plans and ideas turn out to be a bit of a disappointment, and sometimes things can surprise you and be more wonderful than you could have ever imagined.

The Easter holiday was a little lesson in this for me…

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tales from my yoga mat

tales from my yoga mat on Geoffrey & Grace

Recently I haven’t been making it onto my yoga mat.

Yesterday morning however, I made the space and time, and got myself on my mat. My energy levels are very low at the moment, I’m getting over a cold, and a few other factors are playing their part too. I did a gentle 40 minute practice of simple stretches, a relaxation, and a meditation. Just really familarising myself with my body again after my little break.

It was like someone had pushed my reset button. It felt so good to be stretching and moving. I was suddenly aware of how much tension had crept into my body over the last few weeks. Gradually during the practice, through my breath and my movements, I can begin to release it. My shoulders drop, my hands soften, my jaw relaxes and everything that has been bothering me fades away and it all begins to feel better. I become aware of the breath moving in and out of my body, as my belly softens. The inhale and exhale gradually becoming slower and deeper. With every conscious breath I feel more like myself.

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slow living moments captured – create

photo by Merrilee Liddiard @mer_mag for slow living create Geoffrey & Grace
Photo by Merrilee @mermag

Slow living moments captured – create

For September the focus of our slow living project over on Instagram, has been on moments where we ‘create’. I have been so inspired by how creative people have been, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing little snippets of everyone’s creativity. It’s been really interesting to notice the different interpretation of the word, and how people go about finding creative moments in their everyday.

Today I am sharing a small selection of images from the grid, as there were several things that struck me about slow living and creativity, and I wanted to touch on a few of them.

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what a week!


handmade Geoffrey & Grace labels

Wow, what a week! Don’t you find that sometimes everything happens at once? Life has handed me a busy, busy time at the minute. It’s not ideal – really there is too much going on, and I would rather things were spaced out a bit. But you can’t plan life, it just happens, and I am just trying my best to run with it.

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blog hop – making and inspiration

pink & brown vintage fabric

Hurrah it’s a blog hop! What’s a blog hop I hear you call? Well it’s a clever way to discover other lovely blogs. There are lots and lots of blogs out there in the blogoshpere so it’s nice to be able to point you in the direction of some I enjoy reading.

The lovely Sarah-Lou from Lapin Blu kindly nominated me, and you can discover her lovely pastel yarny world over on her blog. BUT before you do, I hope you will read the questions she asked me about making and inspiration, and find out who my hoppees are too. Wow, you’ve got some gorgeous blogs awaiting you. I think you better clear your afternoon…


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