Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Embracing Winter Reflection

During the past few wintery months, the pace of my days has slowed down a lot as I've followed the lead of this season and embraced simple days filled with pottering around the house, enjoying the comfort of heaters and ugg boots and allowing myself time for quiet reflection.  With not long left of August though, I feel the need to take things one step further in order to welcome in spring with a more energetic and motivated frame of mind...

On Monday night, as I lay awake in bed ill with a virus, I did as I always do when I get sick... fall in a heap and think about how I'm not as 'on top of things' as I'd like to be, not as healthy as I'd like to be and not getting as much achieved in each day as I'd like.  Strangely enough, only days before, I'd been reading an article about using times of sickness in a positive way to listen to our bodies and our inner wisdom which is exactly what I did...

For the next few weeks, I'll continue writing but my posting may be a bit less frequent as I focus on a few things I feel I need to sort out and tick off my to-do list as we come to the close of winter.  Removing the pressure from myself to blog as often as usual will free up time for me to complete a few projects in the coming weeks and implement a few small changes to our daily rhythm... and then hopefully, just as spring is approaching, I'll be feeling as though I'm refreshed, energetic and all set for the new season...

There are only a handful of our bright pink camellia blooms above left on our bush now -
things are looking very green but rather bare in our garden at this point in winter...


  1. A beautiful and thoughtful post:) I hope that you are feeling much better now. It is hard to rest when there is so much to do but embracing this slowness of winter and taking the time to reflect sounds like a wise thing to do, to give ourselves time to heal. May you get all of your things checked off your list and come back feeling nice and refreshed for Spring. xxx

  2. Even while I was reading your words, I sensed my own inner tug of war - part of me thinks we're not here to tick things off our list all day every day and just wants to laze about doing the things that make me feel good (walking on the beach, reading etc), but the other part of me yells back and says 'yes but there's so much to do!'. I did all the things that make me feel good today but sadly the house is now a tip and I didn't do anything on my list. I'm a dreamer and I don't get around to things very easily! Perhaps a little less time on the computer might help me! x

  3. I hope you're feeling better Lovely.
    I know EXACTLY what you mean - and again, our cyber-worlds have connected as we go through the same experience or trains-of-thought.
    We have been so busy lately and although it's been fun, I look forward to some slow days again.
    Do you find, that since becoming a Mother, your own emotions have to be so thought-out?? Before motherhood I would've relaxed without much thought behind it, or I would've completed a project without the time management and thought process etc. But now...EVERYTHING requires so much thought and time and emotion?!
    So, twinny :) thank you for the email recently and I WILL reply as soon as I get a sec to myself.
    Enjoy the slow pace of winter's end.

  4. It's always good to step back for a while and recharge, I think winter is our time to slow down like the plants and animals around us, pity we don't always do that though. Hope you are getting over that bug Amanda. I could look at your beautiful camellia blooms all day, very different from our formal double varieties.

  5. There are definitely seasons for blogging I think. I have sometimes gone for days or weeks without posting due to other things taking time but I always seem to come back 'cos I miss seeing what you're all doing!

  6. I'm sorry to hear you've been sick - but the silver lining is obviously the time to pause, reflect and plan for the next little while
    Good luck with the to-do list
    I'm hanging out for the spring burst of energy and enthusiasm too

    love that camellia so!

  7. I know what you mean Amanda, I'm always in a rush. Having to work doesn't help as when I'm home there's always a lot to do. I think that's why I watch crappy tv- it slows my brain for a bit. I really hope you are feeling better. Those Amelia's are very beautiful xx

  8. Such a lovely photo, Amanda ...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. Hoping you are well and truly recovered now, lovely...I'm so happy that spring is around the corner. Can't wait for that burst of energy to hit me too! x
    ps. Your Camellia is magnificent!


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