What I’m Reading – December

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison And here we are, December has crept up on us and the next thing you know we’ll cleaning up bit of Christmas tree and making goals for 2016. I keep hearing ‘where did the year go?’. As ever, I’m approaching the end of this…

Get The Most Out Of Monday!

  I have many childhood memories of that crazy cat Garfield constantly moaning about how he hated Mondays; that mindset and culture has seeped into our lives, (beyond the cat community) and we generally start our week longing for the weekend! I guess this comes from the stark contrast between our work and our play….

Simple Steps To Kick The Winter Blues

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones – Prov 17:22 The days are shorter, our mornings are darker and the trees are stripped of their splendour, it’s so tempting to hibernate and live shorter, darker, slightly stripped lives – I’m here to tell you that a bit of…

3 Things I’m (still) Learning About Raising Children!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin In just a few weeks time my eldest child will turn 13 – as much as that is a big deal for her, it’s also a monument in this journey for me! And I’m not sat…

Why Home Educating Is Actually All About Me – Part 2

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action  – Meister Eckhart We’ve just finished our first week back into our learning routine here at the Boden Academy; it has been mostly a great, productive week but not without its tears or troubles. We’ve stuck to schedule and…

Moments On Mothering – The Book

“I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated through resentment or fear. Brenè Brown One of my goals…

Guide to Making New Year’s Resolutions

2015 is beckoning, and as much as I love Christmas with its celebratory sparkle, my soul longs for the crisp clean beginning of a new year. As the last pine needle is deceptively swept away (we all know we’ll still be finding them in July), the dust is wiped from the forgotten festive mantle and…

Why it’s OK to have a hero (and be one)

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve The problem with ‘superheroes’ is that they’re all capes and disguise; they’re driven by hate or hurt or hardship – but we love them! We love it when they fight baddies overcome their obstacles…