The Simple Life

Appreciate the present.

Appreciate the present.

It has been quite a while since my last post. I was having some trouble with time management and getting all my daily chores finished. I was exhausted and frustrated because my home never seemed to stay tidy… especially now my youngest son has started crawling!

A few weeks ago my children and I were involved in a car accident which resulted in our car (only 4 months old!) being written off. We were SO lucky to be virtually unharmed. This means we have been without a vehicle for almost 4 weeks now – challenging when we live 35kms from the nearest town! Although I have would have much preferred to not have the accident, it certainly has made me stop and really appreciate what I have going on around me right now. It made me slow down and reevaluate what is important to me. That’s when I noticed a book on my bookshelf…

Down To Earth - Rhonda Hetzel

Down To Earth – Rhonda Hetzel

I often buy books, bring them home, put them on the bookshelf, admire them and then forget about them for weeks, months or years. I think it was about a year ago I purchased ‘Down to Earth’ by Rhonda Hetzel. I’d heard great things about it but life got in the way and I never got the chance to read it. I noticed it while I was searching for a cookbook and decided to flick through the pages, it sucked me in straight away and has been exactly what I needed to read! It’s all about living and loving a simple life, to be a conserver, not a consumer. She has written about green cleaning, being frugal and about doing your daily chores with love and purpose. Exactly what I needed to hear. Instead of racing through my daily ‘chores’ I needed to slow down and prioritise.

I have spent the last four weeks planting seeds with my eldest son, loving my garden and preparing it for spring, spending quality time with my children and being more present for them, spending more time on my crochet, spending more time cooking (which I love to do anyway!), getting our home organised and reinvigorating my interest in green cleaning – which is surprisingly rewarding! It has been such a great ‘time out’ and has served us well – we are looking forward to getting back into our regular routine though but this time has shown me that we can have a simple life within our regular routine. Life doesn’t have to be all about the rush. Slow down and live with meaning and purpose, no matter what you’re doing!

So, this post was really just to fill you in on where I’ve been and give you a taste of what is to come… some delicious recipes and some updates on my garden and what I will be doing to prepare for spring!

Chicken Tikka Curry - Recipe to come!

Chicken Tikka Curry – Recipe to come!

 

First attempt at making beef stock.

First try at making beef stock.

Until next time x

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