childhood? I see a lot of the
outdoors. Living in Maine, being outside
was second nature. As a child I was told
to play outside or read if I was bored, activities on the weekend were playing in the
woods and enjoying nature, not running around to as many activities as we could
possibly fit in.
I am one of the first of the Millennial
generation, and I know that I am probably one of the last to remember an early
childhood without screens, without the academic pressures of today, without so
addition of social media and an online presence from a very young age now
changes the way that children perceive life in the “real world.”
word of the year. Margin. White Space.
my brain for the past month.
out in the world to really feel comfortable with any of it. The negativity is draining. Watching the news is draining. Trying to keep up with the general day to day
that slow-food entered into my life.
appreciate the delicious food that we have available to us. But, it started to go farther. It was a movement; a movement about getting
back to the basics of life. About
enjoying the process of making food, about finding food in our local food shed,
about remembering the cost to bring that food to our tables.
instead of going going going, we take a step back to slow down and experience
life instead of letting it pass us by.
family. They always are. Between school, basketball, church
activities, the holidays, the political climate, it is a lot of busy, a lot of
constant information to be dealt with.
of it. I need that permission to slow
down. To have a lazy Saturday drinking
coffee and reading a book, to be able to say yes to a last minute outing with
my mom, or to have an impromptu movie night with friends.
want to do anything else, because I have been so overwhelmed. Because I know that there is another something that needs to be done soon.
I know that I need to re-prioritize.
I need to start thinking about self-care more, and less about the fear of missing out for my children,
to make in our daily lives. Basketball
is done for the year! It is the dead of
winter, and we are in our final stretch of homeschooling for the year – we will
go straight through to the middle of May and then be done for a bit.
will make them; I’m not sure what slow living looks like for us, here, in
2017. But, I am ready to start exploring
those themes the way I did back when I only had one little one in the house.
slow-living? Is that something you
desire in your own life?