I've needed some space recently.
I am beginning to appreciate the importance of (and pleasure in) creating a space for my family that fosters peace. An excellent parenting book* has taught me that children need a space in which they can rest, play and grow. I have come to realise that the need exists for adults, too.
We all need the space to rest in our lives. When we rest, we can breathe and learn and grow.
Last year I was juggling many ball; it came to a point where I realised I needed more space to rest in my life. More moments of quiet and stillness. So, out went the only thing that could: social media and blogging.
It gave me again the space to read books, to savour family moments, to go to bed early. It allowed me to learn, dream and grow in ways that I couldn't when my life was too chock-full.
I had the space to reimagine my life; my priorities and the way I spend my time. My values. (It's a work in progress.)
For the past few weeks I've been re-entering the public sphere with an open mind and heart; testing the waters, seeing how I go. If I find that having a public presence doesn't fit with my family life, this chapter of my life might end. But for now, I'm here, and I'm happy to share my thoughts and recipes with you.
I love capturing beauty using photography, I love creating beauty in cooking, I love eating healthy food, and I love families. I'm passionate about getting to know you in a genuine way, and sharing moments from my heartfelt home with you.
I hope you all had a wonderful Summer, those of you in the Southern Hemisphere. Ours was blissful. Moments of beauty and joy were kept to ourselves, photographs captured in our minds' eye, shared and treasured between us like a secret. We enjoyed stunning New Zealand beaches, warm sunsets, wild boat rides. Times of action, adventure, and laughter. Times of stillness, quiet, sleep, and companionship. Vivid colours and muddy hues were kept to ourselves, and so treasured all the more dearly, it seems.
We were fully appreciating each moment without the need to share it with others. I hope you were able to do the same, too - at least some of the time. If you didn't, why don't you intentionally give it a go over the next few weeks? Treasure some wonderful/pensive/precious moments in private, and let it build you up and bless you.
P.S. Some wonderful news - in case you didn't catch it announced at the end of last year - we are expecting our next child in early July this year and are deeply excited.