Slowing Down This Weekend

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed” ~Ghandi

The last three weeks have been busier than normal with the start of school, starting a new job (I haven’t worked in about 10 years or so), starting a daisy girl scout troop, & keeping up with my household duties.  Because of this, I made it a point to slow down, relax, & enjoy the little moments that are presented during the long weekend.
It might sound boring to some, but I didn’t have anything planned other than a birthday party.  Instead, I let each day unfold naturally, not knowing what it would hold.  As I write this, my two littlest ones are running around the yard trying to catch a monarch butterfly.  Earlier I started weeding & harvest the garden, which I’ve been meaning to do for a week or so.  As I was walking in with my garden’s bounty, I noticed some pretty Black-Eyed Susan that I just had to photograph.  Thirty minutes later, I strolled inside happy because I got some great images.   There’s something to be said for slowing down.
There’s nothing that can compete with the power of slowing down.  It helps you refocus your energies, embrace the little things that matter the most, & lets you reboot your inner spirit.  I can’t tell you how awesome it was to pick up my camera, play around with the flower & light, and take some shots.  I photograph people for work so I’ve been burnt out with my photography.  I only used my camera once this month, for the 1st day of school, if that tells you anything.
As our long weekend comes to an end, I know we’ll be busy once again.  It’ll be like this till my seasonal job is over.  I knew going back to work would add an extra layer of busyness to our family.  But as long as I make efforts to slow down when I can, it’ll be fine.  I’m not overwhelmed or stressed, in fact it’s quite the opposite.  I’m happy that I found work I love, that I’m still able to be home for the kids after school everyday, & I’m able to contribute in a different way to our family.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of making a conscious effort to slow down.  Whether it’s once a day, once a week, or once a month, just taking the time to breathe, disconnect from technology, being present, & saying no makes a big difference in your life.  And will ensure your able to enjoy the little moments with your family & loved ones that you might otherwise have miss.

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” ~Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

How’s your holiday weekend going? Have you been able to relax and enjoy yourselves? 

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Walking My Way To A Better Mood

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Friday, I had a terrible horrible no good very bad day, which put me in an awful mood.  The negativity monster, clung on to me, digging its claws down deep, not wanting to let go.  Feeling this way, seems so unnatural to me, since I’ve tried so hard to be positive and happy.  Not only was the monster clinging on, but a black cloud encased a bubble around me, adding an extra layer of unpleasantness.  It was that kind of day.
Now, I could have let this ruin the day for me and my kids, but instead I decided I needed to do something about this.  So, I grabbed my phone, headphones, & walked & walked & walked until the monster went away.  As I was walking, I made it a point to take in all the interesting & beautiful things I came across.  It’s amazing because once I started opening my eyes, I realized just how lucky we all are for such a beautiful planet which holds such amazing things.  After that realization, everything that had been stressing me out seemed so small…… petty.  By the end of my walk, I was in a much better mental state.  Not only was I able to take care of myself and my family, but I was able to set a better mood for our upcoming weekend.
I can’t stress the importance of self care, how each of us need to make it a priority.  It’s just as important as taking care of our family, yet most of us put little to no efforts back into ourselves.  Why?  I know for me, I want to model a different approach to all 5 of my children, one where I’m just as important as the next member.  And so I walk and will continue to walk every time I need a space to breathe, regroup, & get my bearing straight.
What do you do when you are in an awful funk or mood?   What has or hasn’t helped?


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New Year New Schedule

I started my blog, because I wanted to journal my adventure into simple living.  But with the holiday season, it seemed to take over my blog.  Simple living means so much more than one idea, that’s why I broke it down into 7 categories with each day being a new topic.  Plus, I wanted to offer things that haven’t been overly done, like my fun food Friday or silver lining Sundays.  To refresh your memory, here are the ideas: *I revised my list from my 1st post & added another category.  I also showed the days that the posts will be posted on. *

This schedule will start tomorrow, with it being the 1st full week of the year.  It is an ambitious schedule on my part, but I really wanted to jump right in, start working towards my yearly goals.  I’ve put a lot of thought into this and realized how much I love blogging, reading, & writing.  It’s such an enjoyable positive outlet for me.  And as an added bonus, this new schedule will keep my interest ( I suffer badly with ADHD and lose my interest in things quickly if I don’t make it fresh, new, & interesting) but give you an a glimpse into our life & our attempt at living simple.

Minimal Mon

implementing minimalism & understand simplicity in different areas of my life

Tues Travels

exploring & traveling the world around us….with pics, tips, ideas etc….

Wellness Wed

healthy living – we need to take care of ourselves & nourish our mind, body, & spirit.

Inspiration Thurs

using the inspiration  I find as fuel to spark creativity within me

Frugal Friday & Fun Food Friday

embracing frugality through recipes, diy, & helpful information that helps me learn to save & refocusing our $ to where it is important to us like traveling & vacations, for example.  (I am the frugal queen, be prepared for upcoming unique frugal ideas.) 

explore unique & odd foods, food info, recipes etc. (thought this would be fun for me as well as others to do)

S.S. Saturday

becoming more self sufficient with my homestead

Silver Lining Sunday

my ramblings- sometimes we all need to get our thoughts out, but I want to gear my thoughts to be positive, uplifting, happy

 Other areas I will be posting on from time to time, just not regularly are:

blogging tips & ideas- to help my fellow bloggers out…….

parenting– since I have 5 kids (15-5) why not write about my experiences, thoughts, & ideas

photography– my works, helpful tips, inspirational ideas etc….

Don’t forget to keep this page bookmarked so you will know what you can expect from me each day.  🙂