5 TIPS FOR FINDING + FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION

5 TIPS FOR FINDING + FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION

I truly believe that when people are true to themselves and have the freedom to pursue what they are passionate about the world becomes a better place.

Catherine of Siena said "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire". I love this quote because it speaks truth into the notion that when we are being our truest selves, our most switched on to the things that make us come alive, we are giving the world our best. When we thrive, the world thrives. What we need is more people doing work and life in a more whole-hearted way.

I love nothing more than meeting people who have identified their passion, the thing that makes their soul bubble up and are making space for that in their life - these people are contagious and often seem to have a deep contentment. This is not to say that your passion should become your full-time job or that following your passion is easy. It isn't. Sometimes pursuing our passion takes grit, bravery and patience but there is an understanding deep within us that what we are doing matters, sets us alight and makes us a bit more whole.  

I think this can be especially hard once you become a parent. The responsibilities of life can take over and it can be hard to feel like you really know yourself anymore. Sometimes life can be all routine, all expectations and can veer us away from the important pursuit of the things that spark us. There's a temptation to accept that life really is about duty, and that finding and following your passion is only for the few - but I disagree. We can all find something that puts fire in our belly, whatever the season of life we are in.

ASSEMBLY SPRING/SUMMER GATHERING - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

ASSEMBLY SPRING/SUMMER GATHERING - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

I was really unsure if I was up to making a Spring/Summer Assembly Gathering happen after the loss of my mum and the last couple of months of emotional chaos but this little Assembly community is a bright light for me - it really is.  The idea of continuing to grow this tribe of warm-hearted and supportive creative women is something that brings me joy and putting it together energises me so here we are. And I'm so glad. 

Our Spring/Summer Gathering is set to be our most haven-like creative experience yet. I don't know about you but I am so ready to escape, eat, make and connect.

THIS IS WHAT GRIEF IS LIKE

THIS IS WHAT GRIEF IS LIKE

I don’t even know where to begin this but writing is part of my catharsis so here goes. I guess this is what grief looks like. A long string of uncertainty – of mixed up feelings – like someone took all of the emotions a person can contain, put them in a bag and shook them around vigorously and laid them out in front of me, all mixed up. Here you go - here is your mind for the foreseeable future.  Fear sitting beside hope, shock on top of love, sadness under gratitude.

This is what grief feels like.

What I’m starting to realise is that there is no rhythm to this; no expectation of what a day will bring when you are in the throes of grief.  

My mum died.

I don’t know when that sentence will never look normal to me. Probably never.

5 THINGS WE'VE LEARNED FROM GETTING RID OF OUR T.V.

5 THINGS WE'VE LEARNED FROM GETTING RID OF OUR T.V.

It's been well over a year now since that fateful day when I arrived home from having coffee with a friend to find an empty lonesome corner of our living room where our T.V. used to live.  

We had talked about getting rid of our T.V. for a while, but Dave took the bull by the horns one afternoon and dumped it in the basement for selling. At first I was a bit like "Oooookaaaaayyy....I'm on boaaaarrrrrd..." - the words leaving my mouth in slow motion so to try and give my head time to be convinced it was a good idea. We had a busy 4 year old and another baby on the way. How would I put in nine months of a maternity leave without being able to binge-watch something on the sofa while endlessly breastfeeding? What would I use as bait to give Levi some down time when I needed to see to the baby? It wasn't something I was totally sure was going to work for us, but I felt like it would only be fair to give it a try.

Ethical Fashion - 5 Tips to Update Your Wardrobe Using eBay

Ethical Fashion - 5 Tips to Update Your Wardrobe Using eBay

I have been on an eBay mission of late. This is me - I go through the motions with eBay. I'm all or nothing. On a roll or just can't be bothered. 

Lately though, it's go time. I've done some good post-baby clothes clearing out - anything that was feeling too frumpy, too worn out and clothes that I was actively avoiding got purged. This left room for a few items that I wanted to replace in a more thoughtful way. Good basics that would see me through this Winter to Spring transition without breaking the bank.

There are so many amazing professional sellers out there on eBay, and if you are a vintage clothing lover, you could whittle away a great many hours scouring all the vintage eBay shops for unique and rare finds. Trust me, I have. I adore the fact that I can secondhand shop at home in my jammies without having to root through the bowels of a musty charity shop (that sounds unfair - I still do love a good rummage in a charity shop but there is less time for that these days) and I am still able to keep my sense of style on a budget.