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!

KIDS CLICK

Photo taken by Lucy – Aged 6 from Melbourne, Australia

This week’s KIDS CLICK theme is “This is Me”.
Above is Goose’s entry.
Last week Granny gave her an old camera of hers that no longer zooms in and out and has a few other problems, but it still takes photos! She was VERY excited! She learned how to use the self timer and, as she LOVES to read (“I wish I could read ALL day”), she thought it would best represent her if she was holding one of her favourite books.
Goose would shamelessly like to know if anyone would like to sponsor her for the MS Readathon that she is currently participating in to raise money for people with Multiple Sclerosis. (no pressure, seriously)
It is such a joy for me to see her loving reading so much. I did the MS Readathon when I was a little girl too.


Goose took this photo this morning of her gorgeous Dad looking all suave & spiffy for his very important interview in just a few hours time!

If you have a little one who loves to get behind the camera, then why not join in this fun competition over at

‘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)

INSPIRATION

In a rare moment in an actual shop (not my favorite places with a one and a two year old) I saw a card that inspired me and I just had to have. I never ever buy cards, because I have always made them, but this one spoke to me. It echoed some of the thoughts that have been spinning around in my head lately. It now has pride of place on my fridge. I think it is important to have nice little pieces of art or inspiration around the house (particularly if you are going to spend a lot of time in it, like me!). It’s good for the soul!


It says “We must absolutely do what we love, or we run the risk of doing nothing at all.” My favorite part in small print says “her heart was renewed by the work”. Curly Girl has so many gorgeous and inspirational cards that maybe I’ll be purchasing some more…. online. She has all of her cards online and it is well worth a look.

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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