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Begin Again

It’s been a time! I cannot tell you how often I have thought about my blog, wanting to re-engage, get back in the rhythm of regular writing and the connection that dovetails off it. But I have not been able to find the time or space in this new terrain of motherhood. The process of writing feels clipped at every turn whenever I’ve attempted it – grabbing moments during naps or when family members are around and can watch my DS1 (Dear Son 1) for an hour or so. And the time that I do have protected has been spent writing for my community who are members of Sun School.

I don’t quite feel myself when I’m not writing regularly, so I’m trying something new, and by saying it aloud (or rather writing in black and white) I’m signing up for the accountability to give it a go 😊  So my little challenge to myself is to write for 15 minutes and day and publish what I have written for 28 days. Little vignettes. If you’ve been following my work for some time, you’ll know that this is not usually my style at all. My blog posts are usually long. They very often turn into mini research projects, and I have loved that delicious process of immersion. But alas, trying to do that in stolen moments no longer works.

I’m returning to basics, and in many ways, right back to the very beginning. I started my first blog in 2011, 11 years ago, when I was still a university student called “Elm Botanicals”. I shared accounts of what I was learning in my naturopathic degree, sharing recipes, recounting foraging adventures and herbal medicine experimentation. It was simple and personal – much like a journal. And I feel the pull to start back at the beginning in that spirit.

Every day for the month of September I will be here. I will share what’s colouring my life, expanding my heart and keeping me curious, which at the moment is:

  • Motherhood
  • Crafting seasonal menu plans and recipes
  • The garden (no-dig vegetable and herb growing)
  • Cycle reflections (Day 12 here! A perfect time to begin such projects)
  • Montessori
  • Country life
  • Self-care and books that I’m reading
  • Buddhism

I don’t quite know what it’s going to look like – but I do know that I’m bursting with inspiration and the idea of writing for 15 minutes a day feels imminently doable in this current season of life. My working mantra is “progress not perfection”.

If you’ve been with me a while, it’s such a joy to be here in this next evolution. And if you’re new – a very warm welcome to you.

With love,

Clara

White Spring Blossoms

Motherhood

August 30, 2022

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