#PointShoot: Our Week in Photos #5

Dear Friend,

Welcome to my Photo series #PointShoot. A look back at our week in photos. I love capturing the ordinary moments and special times with my camera, looking at our life through a lens gives me a clearer focus.

We have been on half term holidays this week and we have had a week jam packed with travel, family, friends, beautiful places and adventures. 

First we went to the UK to visit my family. I love sharing my family history with the boys and we took the opportunity to visit our favourite haunts, Whitby, Saltburn and Great Ayton as well as treating the little man to an amazing, dream come true morning where he got to be a Zoo Keeper.  

We returned home and made the most of the beautiful weather by having a BBQ with our friends. The following day we set off for Texel an island in the North of Holland. It has the most beautiful nature and is totally unspoiled. 

We spent the night on Texel in a trekkers hut at De Krim. It was very basic but cosy and warm and we had fun snuggled together, although I wasn't so impressed when I did have a trek to the toilet facilities. The wet weather didn't dampen our spirits and we made the most of our time away together. The boys loved the swimming pool and I loved taking photos of the lighthouse and of them being crazy. 

It has been a fantastic, super fast, fun filled week!

#ablogginggoodtime #67

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A poem for all the mums having a bad day

You turn up at the baby group looking and feeling a mess.
Hair unbrushed, no makeup on and unidentified substances on your dress.

Baby is kicking off, wailing in her pram for all to see.
Why does no one else look like they’re struggling? Why is it only me?

But looks can be deceiving and your perceptions might not be true.
Those who seem to have it together are probably struggling as much as you.

Sure they might look great right now but there’s a lot a smile can hide.
You don’t always get to see what those mums feel deep inside.

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Kon Mari your mind - What Sparks Mental Joy?

Dear friend,

The last month has been a struggle. Dealing with my mental load has left me floundering. My outward image of calmness and control has started to crack and snappy, anxious mummy has appeared.

We are constantly sold the ideal of a happy mummy making for a happy home, well perhaps they were right after all because my big lad has also had a month filled with struggles and anxiety. Sometime I wonder, does he feed off me or do I feed off him? I am sure that my personal happiness is linked to his. (Read this fab post from my blogging buddy Hayley at Mission Mindfulness: A parent is only as happy as their unhappiest child). My mental load has increased significantly with my worries about my autistic son.

I recently convinced my friend to Kon Mari her wardrobe. I heard myself explaining to her how it made me feel, lighter afterwards. It lead to a light bulb moment. Why not Kon Mari my mind?

For those of you who don't know; Kon Mari is a home organisation method created by Mari Kondo; "The life changing magic of tidying up." The method involves taking everything out of your wardrobe and placing it on the floor. You then need to look at it and think - Does it spark joy? If yes keep it and if no, donate, sell or throw it away. This method sparked a home organisation craze with the book becoming a number one best seller.

What if I applied Kon Mari to my mental load?

Kon Mari your mind:   

In a bid to organise my mind I started with a list of the main things affecting my mental load; Family, Friends, Home, Work, Blog. I then asked myself; What sparks joy?

Family: My number one joy sparker. I certainly don't plan on giving away either of my boys and hubby can stay (as long as he keeps doing some washing - joke). It is clear that big lad really needs my support at the moment and that has to be my priority. I need mental space to deal with this properly.

Friends: This is a part of my life that I am really guilty of neglecting but that can bring me the most joy. I definitely need to try and make more time to do things with my friends, or just to call my UK friends more.

Home: I hate housework but it needs to be done! But like many mums I know I do tend to take on too much and then feel resentful. I have decided to delegate some of the home responsibilities. I have made chore charts for everyone to share the load. I have started doing my housework to music too as music is a real joy sparker for me and it seems to go much quicker!

Work: I love some elements of my work and not others (I think it is the same for most people). I am learning to say no and to work smarter. 

Blog: Blogging is my hobby but my blog has grown beyond belief so taking a look at what on my blog sparks joy for me has been a real eyeopener. This is where I have made the most changes because I had fallen into the trap of doing what I thought was required to be a 'Good blogger' instead of being driven by my passion. I have let go of several posts/series and will be posting less. It feels gratifying to get back to what really matters to me; raising awareness of autism and supporting my blogging colleagues. 

I need more mental space and more time, to be able to give my son the support he needs and to be a calm and happy mummy.

Using the Kon Mari principle to declutter my mind has been a very positive experience. We all have busy lives, responsibilities and demands placed on us but it is good for your health to ask yourself, what really makes your soul happy. Why don't you give it a go?

What sparks your joy?

#PointShoot week #28

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#PointShoot: Our Week in Photos #4

Dear Friend,

Welcome to my Photo series #PointShoot. A look back at our week in photos. I love capturing the ordinary moments and special times with my camera, looking at our life through a lens gives me a clearer focus.

The week started a little bit shaky but a trip to the hairdresser and a good cuddle with my little man lifted my spirits and got me ready for the week ahead. It was a really busy one at work with back to back meetings and a study day. 

We don't grow when things are easy we grow when we face challenges...

I was over the moon to be guest grammer with the lovely Mammaprada this Thursday and to share some of the story behind Diary of an Imperfect Mum and some personal titbits too. There were some lovely comments, thank you!

On Friday I had to leave the house ridiculously early to get to Eindhoven for a study day. I attended sessions on Mindfulness in the classroom and on Autism: the inclusive classroom. Both were interesting but I didn't feel like I had learned anything particularly new. I really enjoyed the gossip on the bus with my lovely colleagues and meeting up with some of my old colleagues too.

We set off, very early, on Saturday Morning for the UK. The boys were excited to be visiting Grandma and Grandad and we were all happy to start our half term holiday!

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