Life lately has been slow and quiet around here. My camera has been at the repair lab for two weeks now which has forced me to take some space from work. Whilst I’m aware this period of quiet will be followed by a few weeks of intensity as I catch up on my rescheduled shoots, I am savouring the calm and using it to recharge. I’ve had time to think beyond the day to day running of my business to beyond – hopes and dreams for it, as well as for myself, personal projects I want to focus on. Sometimes you need to sit in stillness to hear all those creative ideas buzzing around inside your head.
I’ve made more time for self care, for listening to my heart and for investing in other passions. I dug my old embroidery basket out of the chest in our living room and have started to make again with my hands, something I find therapeutic and meditative. I’ve also taken to reading more, it feels good to loose myself in a book again. On Monday I took the kids to the park and sat in the sunshine reading whilst they played. I can’t think why I haven’t done it before, sometimes those late afternoon park trips can feel a little monotone but I think I’ve found the perfect compromise.
Today I sowed some summer seeds in our garden beds which I hope will make it into blooms this year. Gardening is so good for my heart. As I popped each seed into the earth I felt connected to nature in a deeper way. There is something so soulful about growing from the dirt. I chose zinnia sunbows, dwarf larkspur, nasturtium and poppies to fulfil my dreams for a little cutting garden with cottage style flowers. They are all best suited to springtime sowing so I’ll be interested to see if they take. My hopes for sunny flowers on our mantle in the months to come are resting on it!
I hope you’re all taking some time for yourselves too. it’s hard when you’re running around working your way through each day as a mother or creative but I can highly recommend the slower pace to reenergise.