Blogging and Me

I’ve been a bit of a haphazard blogger of late.  It’s not that I don’t want to blog – I really do!  I write posts in my head all of the time.  I do stuff with the kids, in the kitchen and out and about.  I even take photos and plan to write a blog post about it and I have a thousand ideas in my head for blog posts … but I get to the end of the day and I am just utterly exhausted!  I used to push through that exhaustion and keep going, but I’m working on telling myself that I don’t need to be doing all of the things I think I should be doing, but instead focusing a little more on my mental health as this is my year to breathe, to take things slow and not push myself to the extremes that I have in the past.  

I need to look after myself for a bit and that might mean only blogging here sporadically for a wee while.  I have big hopes and dreams for this space so please don’t think that my lack of regular blogging is a sign that I’m fading out.  I’m certainly not.  I just need to recover from the roller coaster that was the last few years and to enjoy this last year before all of my children are at school.  

I’ll just continue to be random in my posting and plod along for just a small while longer and not put pressure on myself in the knowledge that blogging isn’t the most important thing in my life, it just adds to it.  It adds a wonderful and terribly encouraging and positive element to my life and I would deeply miss it if it wasn’t there.  I’m OK with that.  I don’t need to prove myself to anyone.  (That is a hard statement to make for a perfectionist who actually feels the need to prove herself to herself all of the time!) I blog here at Frog Goose & Bear purely for my own enjoyment.

The weekend before last, I attended the Kidspot Bloggers Masterclass. The main topic of the day was about finding your voice and what is uniquely ‘you’.  Part of doing that is working out why we started our blog in the first place and what is our main reason for doing it.  So I’ve been pondering that for the last week and remembered that I started this blog for me.  I started this blog because I love to share ideas with others. I get a tremendous kick out of inspiring/empowering/encouraging others to squeeze a little creativeness into their life.  I really do. I also started this blog as a way to connect with and be inspired by other like-minded crafty souls in a time where I was really feeling stuck at home with 3 young kidlets.  I blogged in part for therapy.  In the three and a bit years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve achieved my goals.  I think I’ve grown heaps and my confidence in my own abilities has increased ten fold.  

I walked away from the masterclass after listening to the panel thinking that I needed to do more.  To blog more often, be more consistent, to have a schedule, to connect more.  But then after a few days I came to my senses.  It’s ok doing things in your own way and in your time.  To do your own thing.  To be uniquely you and true to yourself.  So that is what I’m choosing to take away from the day for now (along with a whole lot of other really useful stuff that I’ll totally use in the future and the lovely fact that I got to meet and hang out with some beautiful friends and meet some new ones).  

However, all is not lost … If you so desire, you can still connect with me on a more regular basis.  I’m more active on face book if you’d like to follow me there and also on pinterest.  I’m also really excited to be blogging over at Kidspot Village Voices at the moment in their ‘Magic of Play’ Series.  You can catch me there once a fortnight blogging about quick and easy activities for kids along with ways to incorporate kids into your everyday activities.  What could be better than getting paid to play with your kids?!  I will of course still be blogging here at Frog Goose and Bear in the usual sporadic way – we do have a birthday party coming up after all! Stay tuned for some lego party madness!

Also, and this is pretty exciting folks … in a couple of days time I am going to the US with my husband!  In a couple of days I am doing to the US with my husband!  I’m joining him for a week while he attends a small conference in Lake Tahoe and my amazingly generous mother and mother-in-law are staying with our children.  It only came into being just over a week ago.  I am still in shock and taking a while to get my head around the fact that it is actually happening!  Maybe on Saturday when I’m on the plane it’ll start to sink in.  I have never been so unprepared for a trip overseas in all of my life, but I’m not sure that I actually mind.  I have my ticket and my passport sorted and I’ll have my husband all to myself for a whole week.  What more could I want?!

In case you were wondering, these photos are of my kids setting up their own ‘Fancy Nancy: Ooh la la beauty spa’  on a pyjama day this week in the school holidays.  I think I chose to add the photos to this post as I feel they represent in some small way my need for a little, long forgotten, self pampering.

Have you ever done a last minute overseas trip with no planning whatsoever?  
Are you in desperate need just to slow down, look after yourself and take the time to just breathe life in?



P.S.  I wrote this ridiculously long essay of a post as a bit of therapy for myself and to let you in a little deeper than usual.  Just in case you happen to be remotely interested in this break from the usual craft sharing kind of post, I have done a few more reflectively gushy posts in the past here.

Markets, Blogiversaries & a Giveaway!

Thanks so much for all of your encouraging comments for my first ever real market last Saturday.  I had such a great time!  It was such a buzz that we’ve booked in to do another!  Thanks to all the people who came to say hi!  So awesome to meet some bloggy buddies IRL* as well!
On another note, over the Easter holidays this little blog turned two!  Life has since continued on at it’s usual rapid rate and the blog quietly slid into it’s third year with me barely finding time to scratch together a post, but I really wanted a chance to thank you all so much for making this blogging caper such an invaluable part of my journey.

Fortuitously, post market, I now have a nice little handful of goodies that I’d love to give away to one lovely Frog, Goose & Bear reader as a way of saying thanks!

In this ‘Frog, Goose & Bear Giveaway Pack’ you’ll find……


One rainbow cloud vertical garland**, one mini map bunting, one clay birdie, two fabric covered cards, one origami bunting card and two fabric covered hairties.

Simply comment on this post to go into the draw.***  While you’re there you might like to share what you would like to see in a ‘Frog Goose & Bear’ etsy/madeit store if there was ever to be one.

Entries close next Friday (18 May).  
A winner will be randomly selected sometime next weekend.  








* in real life
** 2m in length (unlike the one pictured).
*** If you don’t have a blog, you can enter too!  Just make sure that your email address is included in your comment so that I can contact you! 

THIS SATURDAY I’M GRATEFUL…


This Saturday I’m so very, very grateful for my very talented and very generous little sister who did some fun drawings of a frog, a goose and a bear and made them into a blog header for me. It’s only taken me six months of blogging to finally have a proper header!!

She also drew me my very own picture for my regular EASY PEASY DINNER WINNER linky, so if you link in on the occasional Tuesday, feel free to add this picture to your sidebar and link it back here.


I’m quite excited about the new look and I’m very grateful for her time as I know it is precious.
Thank you Clare!!!

I’m also grateful for my sister Lou and my husband for taking 5 kids out for baby cinos in the rain giving me some time to blog and for my wonderful mother for putting up with a house full of mad children for an extended weekend (while still trying to keep the house spotless for potential buyers…).

I’m grateful for all of the rain that is so needed here in Victoria, but I am also grateful that we decided to stay at Mum’s house and not go camping as originally planned!

I’d also like to add that I’m very grateful that one can still win a whole game of 5 handed 500 without ever actually winning a trick! All the glory, without necessarily having the skill ;)

What are you grateful for?




P.S. I’m so very grateful for the wonderful community of bloggers that I’ve come to know in the last 6 months, that I’m having a giveaway! Check out the details
here.

ME-IN-A-BOX

I’m not the type to box myself and I don’t like trying to put others in boxes , however on this occasion I thought it would be interesting to pause and reflect.

Earlier in the year my daughter did a project at school called “Me-in-a-box” where they had to collect 6 items that they felt represented them. They had to decorate the box (Goose may have gone slightly overboard with the stickers…) and then explain the reason they chose those items to the class.

This got me thinking… what would I put in my box?

This was around the time that I first started my blog. Only four short months ago. In my very first blog post I was wondering where on earth ‘me’ had gone. Who was ‘me’ anymore anyway?

Can I just say that I am absolutely blown away by how such a simple thing as blogging is bringing ‘me’ back. Of course, I was here all along but it’s this blog that is helping me to see that and helping me to answer that question as I see myself reflected in this writing and in these pictures. It has been quite the therapy I needed.

So…… from the pages of this blog, I am realising ‘me’ again and beginning to be able to articulate – through this hazy fog of motherhood (where all focus tends to be on others and not myself) – what makes me ‘me’ and allowing myself to pursue that wholeheartedly.
Beyond that as well, I am connecting with other bloggers who share similar interests and similar daily struggles and I don’t feel alone in them anymore. Others who are allowing those dishes to pile up while giving themselves space for some ‘me’ time to express who they really are and what they truly value. Thank you for the inspiration.

My box may just contain….

a photo of the best kids in the world
my wedding ring
something belonging to my mother
a classic piece of literature
a pair of scissors
a party hat
a mustard seed

Why limit it to six?

What would you put in your box?
Remembering that, of course, that you are allowed to jump out of that said box any time you like!


This post was rewound at the Fibro (03/11) & MultipleMum (07/11)


SUNSHINE AWARD

Thanks to Melinda from Here We Go Loopy Lou
(check out her gorgeous fabric covered cards!)
I have been given my first blog award.

Not really sure what that means, except that I need to tell you 7 things about myself that you may not know….

1. I grew up in a very very small town in country Victoria, with a population of 380, where my Dad was the local vet.

2. I was a youth worker prior to having my 3 kidlets and I have a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Affairs.

3. I have lived in more than 10 houses in the last 10 years, thanks to my husbands work, of these the most exciting was Alice Springs and the favorite was Bendigo, and I’ll always have a soft spot for the others.

4. I once had a little business going in high school selling scrunchies, that I made on Mum’s sewing machine using her material scraps, to my friends.

5. I do not drink tea or coffee as I just do not like the taste.

6. I absolutely love to read and do Sudoku puzzles – although I can’t really stay awake to do much of either these days.

7. I learned classical ballet for 9 years when I was a child.

Now to pass on the award to some other wonderful bloggers out there……

Kate from Loose Change
Hannah from Chicken Willow
Aimee from Greentree
Emily from ScreamStress

Consider yourselves tagged!

AT MY HOUSE…

I am breaking the rules and entering not one but TWO times in Lou’s At my House! Mainly because my husband is home today so I have more time to indulge – a rarity in itself – and because she broke the rules on my blog ;-).

Doing a little baking for my monthly craft night on tonight. I never really actually have time for baking, but I make time for it because I enjoy it – it is an expression of creativity that I can do with kids (albeit a little slower) and gives me a sense of satisfaction quite different to that of having a clean house (the other option for the use of my time today). The washing remains unfolded, etc, etc. but I think it’s become important as I try and bring myself back.

Something else that gives me a huge sense of satisfaction
(and I need those moments to save my sanity amongst the mundane, repetitive tasks of motherhood)
is my vege garden (another kid friendly pastime) and nothing makes me more proud at the moment than baking using ingredients I have grown in my very own garden! In this case eggs, lemons and rhubarb.


A very, very delicious recipe, that I was given by my wonderful foodie friend Kate, containing sour cream, lemon rind and salt….. intrigued?

RHUBARB & CINNAMON CAKE

60g butter
380g dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tspn vanilla extract
300g plain flour
250ml sour cream
1 tspn bicarb soda
1 tspn salt
1 tspn cinnamon
500g rhubarb (sliced into 2cm pieces)
grated lemon rind

topping :
80g dark brown sugar
1 tspn cinnamon

1. beat butter with brown sugar
2. add eggs & vanilla.
3. stir in sifted flour, bicarb soda, salt & cinnamon.
4. add rhubarb, lemon rind & sour cream.
5. stir with wooden spoon.
6. grease & line a round 22cm cake tin.
7. pour in mixture & sprinkle with topping.
8. Bake in preheated oven (180c) for 1 – 1&1/4 hours.


I have just found out that a lovely friend has started a new blog! Apart from the fact that she has written some very touching things about me, her blog is just gorgeous!! Fun, honest, down to earth, beautifully written and thought provoking. I am very much looking forward to being inspired by it on a regular basis and I think you will too, why not head on over to Loose Change


TOO MUCH BLOGGING?

Recently, after making some icing and giving the wooden spoon to my little boy to lick, he lay his spoon on the bench and said, “here Mum, take a photo of this for your blog”….. My photo taking has kicked up a notch since starting this blog and I am taking photos of things, like our dinner, that I would not have taken before …… could it be that I have gone too far?

‘MOTHERHOOD’


“Motherhood is about accepting the limitations of time & energy which stretch beyond you, even though sometimes it feels as though it could consume you.


Search for & hold on to your own true self. If you lose that, what kind of mother can you be? . . .

Seize your days & dwell in them fully. Look at your children, because they know how to inhabit brief periods of time with extreme passion, & for nothing more really than for the sake of those moments. They can help you remember that, if you only slow down & let them.

Feel fortunate, because chances are good that you actually might be.”

Quoted from the movie ‘Motherhood’ starring Uma Thurman that I have just now finished watching. I don’t care that it got terrible reviews because this movie really resonated with me. Seemed to reflect so much of what I am feeling at this particular time in my life. Do the bad reviews reflect the value of motherhood in our society or merely the lack of glamour in association with motherhood? Have you seen it? Do.

IN REFLECTION…

Time to get a little deep and meaningful.

I have always appreciated the honesty reflected on others’ blogs who are game enough to do it and this blog was meant to help me sort out and sift through my thoughts so here goes…

After almost 2 weeks of blogging, I thought it might be time to sit and down and reflect on my goals in starting this blog.

I am absolutely loving it! I am amazed and surprised at the affect of such a small thing which has come at the right time in my life.

I have realised that the ‘me’ I thought was hidden was here all along expressing itself, just showing up in different ways than I had expected. My everyday is actually dotted with quite a bit of creativity. All has not been lost and this has encouraged me greatly. I am finding beauty in my everyday and my interests, loves and passions are being highlighted (to me!) which means that although my circumstances have not changed – I am gaining a new perspective on ‘me’.

I am enjoying looking at others blogs, hearing their stories and getting ideas and feeling connected to a whole community of other likeminded people on journeys similar to my own. So, thank you.

Just found this new quote which I feel fits well right here and which I will try and remember this week:

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535)

MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST

Thought I’d venture out into the world of blogging and just see how it evolves. I have been needing to find a way to express the ‘me’, that I feel is being lost somewhere in the haze of motherhood, for quite some time now. I am hoping that maybe these little snippets of ‘me’ will help me to grow and extend my brain (that currently feels like mush) in making me put thoughts and ideas to paper (or computer), to give me motivation to inspire me forward to do those things I am passionate about, follow a few dreams and ideas that have been floating around in my head and maybe even realise the everyday beauty in my everyday life along the way. Who knows? Thought I’d just jump in regardless and see what emerges…..

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