Hey, did you miss me?
I’ve inadvertently taken a bit of a bloggy break over the last couple of weeks. Turns out it was much needed as I needed some space to re-calibrate for my new working life and routine with the kids.
I’ve also been doing an online course called “31 Days to Soul Wellness” by Melissa Horne (not sponsored or gifted by the way, just something I want and need to do). Spending so much time looking inwards has meant I’ve had limited capacity to share outwardly what I was feeling. I’ve been doing a lot of processing. And a lot of living!
I’ve well and truly turned a corner (something I will recount for you as part of the Roadmap soon).
Some of the things I’ve been enjoying lately . . .
One on one time with the kids
A few weeks ago I went on a date with CrashGirl. It was the first time we’d been out on an evening, just the two of us. It was fun to experience a new dimension of our relationship. We excitedly go ready together and even had matching nail polish for the occasion (not something she gets to do often).
I had been invited to see Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo and took the opportunity to give her an early 5th birthday treat. It was so much fun. Just me and her. Meeting one of the characters, dining out together in Docklands, walking along the dock looking at all the boats, and then of course the excitement of the show. It was outstanding and I recommend it for families wholeheartedly. Your kids will love the flying, tumbling, and comical insect characters. You can read my full review of Ovo here.
Credit: OSA Images
Oh, and we can’t forget the 5th birthday cake! (follows same recipe as my ‘mostly’ fructose-free beach cake), except I coloured and spread the batter into the pan in layers.
My relationship with my body during my depression was woeful. I ate badly, I didn’t exercise and I felt no strength or love for my body at all. Believe me, it shows. I’m now back into Pilates, twice a week. Whilst it highlights how far I’ve slid back in my fitness and strength, it is also activating my body again, and my mind. I love it.
Last weekend we took my mum up to the farm and then spent the day at a Highland Gathering in Geelong. It was so much fun! CrashBoy wore his kilt and CrashGirl delighted in telling anyone who would listen that she was born in Scotland! We also had the chance to check out a breed of dog we fell in love with in Scotland. We’re not quite ready for a dog just yet, but one day!
On Thursday night we went to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (I was given tickets by a PR agency) and it was awesome! The kids had a really big day, but were still riveted on their seats clapping right until the very end! You can read Crash Hubby’s review of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang here.
I’m loving being part of two really awesome teams. It’s the first time I haven’t worked alone in years. It feels great and enlivens me. I still get to work from home, but regular meetings, calls and skypes keep us all in touch. It’s a great arrangement and allows me to still be around for the kids which I love.
The key word here is relationships. I’m going to be writing more about “Happier Relationships” soon, especially staying in touch with people. When you’re struggling with depression it’s not something you’re very good at I find! I tend to shut off from those I love because I don’t want them to see me at my worst.
So where will this little blog go next? I’ve decided to let it meander as it needs to. Roadmap posts will still wind their way through the weeks, punctuated by things I find that help us enjoy an easier, happier and healthier motherhood. I might write once a week, and some weeks I might write more. I’ve decided not to be too prescriptive about it.
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Lastly I’ve been nominated for Kidspot Voices (although I’m not entirely sure it wasn’t my own nomination to kickstart my blogging mojo again!!!), but if you did nominate Crash Test Mummy, then thank you for your support x