When I thought about my resolutions for 2017 back at the end of last year, the main thing I wanted to work on was to invest in my relationship with Oli more. Parenting for five years had inevitably changed us, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of coparenting and cohabiting rather than breathing life into your partnership and giving thanks for the love and friendship it brings you. We decided to take a week away from life at home and booked ourselves a holiday in Crete for a week in May. I was worried I’d spend the days pining for our little ones but, whilst I missed them terribly, I was happy to discover I could put that to one side and focus on the now. I was present in the moment during the course of our week away and savoured the time away from the exhausting work and monotony of raising small children and homemaking. Coming back home to see them was the most wonderful feeling after being away. The space to see clearly again had given me a new perspective on life, love and my role as a mother. It breathed energy back into my soul and was just what I needed to restore my spiritual balance.
The island of Crete is rugged and beautiful, windswept and sunkissed. Calamine and apricot coloured houses are dotted about amongst Mediterranean wild flowers and olive groves. We spent our days exploring the countryside, relaxing, reading books, recharging our batteries and eating delicious local meals.
These are just a handful of pictures I wanted to share here from our trip. A reminder here for me that it’s ok to take time out of parenthood once in a while and to give back to yourself and your relationship.