WRITING A BOOK WHILST LIVING SLOWLY

What a 6 months it’s been since Christmas. The months of this year seemed to have flown by faster than ever. The snow drops and daffodils came and went, then the magnolia and spring blossom seemed to fall before I really had the chance to soak in all their beauty. Before I knew it we were walking amongst the bluebells. Now we are in the heights of summer and still I am deeply absorbed in the process of creating a book.

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EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: THE BEGINNINGS OF A BOOK

I sent out a rather exciting newsletter last week sharing some news. Thanks for all your kind words of congratulations.

If you missed the update, you’ll be wondering what I am talking about. I am thrilled and a little anxious to be able to finally tell you all that I am writing a book. It’s so exciting to think that my words and photographs are going to be published.

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RESTORATION REVEAL: BREAKFAST ROOM

Finally!!! We have finished our breakfast room restoration!! I’m not normally an over-user of exclamation marks! But in this instance, I think they are well deserved. After all, it’s taken us a long time to get to this point!

Technically the room has been finished for a few months now but I’ve only just had the opportunity to edit my photos and the headspace to write this post.

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CONFESSIONS OF A LIFE SLOW LIVED: SELF-COMPASSION

I have been feeling a little stuck for a while… stuck creatively, stuck with work stuff, stuck with our house renovations. It’s been a struggle to find the energy to move anything forward and build any momentum – I appear to have hit a bit of a wall.  

In reality, we live pretty slowly and simply and yet I am still feeling overwhelmed by life at the moment and that seems like a contradiction. It’s possible that I might have a vulnerability hangover tomorrow by sharing what I am finding difficult, but I always want to be really frank about my slow living experiences and never want to paint a picture that everything is mellow and easy all the time – when it’s not.

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SLOW LIVING RETREAT PART TWO: GATHER AND TEND

It’s one of my favourite things to be able to gather round with a lovely bunch of folk and sit and eat glorious food in a beautiful setting – it feels like a really special way to mark an occasion.

When Emma and I spoke about organising the Gather and Tend retreat at Tilton House, we were both sure we wanted to be able to eat outside in the beautiful courtyard. We were so lucky with the weather and it was a real treat to be able to dine outdoors at the beginning of October.

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A WORD FOR EVERY SEASON: FAITH

In previous years I have chosen a word to hold onto for the year, something to focus on and turn to for inspiration, for example in 2017 my word for the year was ‘Ease’. However at the start of 2018 I couldn’t settle on a word, but as the year has gone on there has been one word that has kept coming into focus. It has become apparent that the word very much needed for this season of my life is ‘Faith’.

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TALES FROM MY YOGA MAT: BREATH EXERCISE FOR ANXIETY

It’s been a little while since I posted here. I totally lost myself in a slow summer and spent as much time as possible with my family. Now, I am feeling all full up on a summer of love and ready to be present in this space again with you all.

Back to school is a big transition for us grown-ups as well as the little people in our lives. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s a mix of feeling ready to go, and needing to find my feet again, as we all get used to being back in a more structured routine.

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