Monday, December 15, 2014

reverb14 catch up: day8-15

my 4 boys...aren't they charmers?

I know another mega catch up because I get so busy with the boys. hahah

Day 8's prompt:  The hectic pace of our lives can make it difficult to remain connected to the things and the people that matter the most to us. We get wrapped up in our work or our busyness and connection falls by the wayside. 

How have you created and/or sustained connections in your life this year?

I have connected with the homeschool community and also become connected with a group of lovely people whom I encountered by chance online, i probably wouldn't have ever met them in real life had i never encountered them online.  I sustained connections to the peaceful parenting groups I am in even though I took more of a lurker type role and sat back from the heated debates etc. 

Day 9's prompt: 
As you enter into the new year, what would you like to do/make/have/be more often? How will you bear witness and celebrate the tiny milestones? How will you respond on the occasions when your intentions do not come to pass?

I;d like to make myself more things for example sew/create  things for me instead of the boys. I'd love to have a whole wardrobe full of dresses and skirts I made. I'd love to have the time to sew hahaha.

I celebrate the milestones by eating yummy desserts.  If things don't go to plan, i drown my sorrows in a project or dessert. 

Day 10's prompt:  Look back at the last year and consider: how did generosity open your heart? How can you cultivate generosity in the coming year?

I donate to charity on  a regular basis one of my fave ones is oxfam.  Another way I can cultivate generosity is by helping others and showing them unconditional friendship.  When decluttering i plan to give the things i no longer need to groups that help the less fortunate rather than selling the things i am getting rid of

Day 11's prompt: What tiny rituals: signal that your day is starting; help you ease into a creative project; give you closure from an intensive task; or mark other significant milestones in your day? What new rituals would you like to create in the new year?

I try to do yoga after intensive tasks such as big assignments.  For creative projects I tend to sketch the idea down so i can visual see my plan in front of me.

I start the day by having a smoothie and going for a walk. 

Day 12's prompt: Write a letter from you to you... filled with forgiveness, love, and a big bear hug.

hey you,
 i know you are surprised you survived 2014. But you did. you made it in one piece. And a part of you knew you would reach this moment and would have survived.  those stressful moments  seem so small now.  

You will do great things in 2015. And this time in 2015 you will be amazed at how far you have come. 

You shouldn't question yourself as a parent ever, when the specialists tell you , you are doing a great job , they aren't saying it because they can , they mean it. listen to them.  You didn't cause the adhd, asd, add or any of it , you put the boys first and your intensive help for them has helped so much. 


day 13's prompt: Step one: set the timer for 5 minutes and write down as many answers as you can think of to the question: 'When and how was I brave in 2014?' Note: remember the private, intimate and small ways in which you were brave as well as the big public ways.

Step two: Choose one of more of those moments of bravery and write a letter yourself back at the beginning of 2014, letting you know how brave you are going to be that year.

Step three: Write yourself a short reminder to tuck into your wallet or post above your desk of just how brave you can and will be in 2015.

1) my bravery was things such as facing my fear of needles, dentists etc. becoming more vocal for my children and advocating for them. 

2)  hey you,
you will stand up for your self and the boys in many ways this year. Don't feel bad for voicing your concerns or saying you disagree. you know them better.

3) You are stronger than you think you are.

day 14's prompt: 
The idea of rooting down into your own personal beliefs and center of truth is an ongoing process, and many things can serve as anchors or roots as you move through life.

What rooted or anchored you in 2014?

And where do you want to put down roots in 2015?

I would love to travel in 2015 but i don't think that will happen. Currently I am anchored in the middle of a regional coastal town.  The boys various specialists  make it hard to move  without preplanning and researching various locations first.  Hubby has work commitments here he has just started driving MC trucks now.

I want to travel like a gypsy one day and not be stuck anywhere in one place.

Day 15: What are you really proud that you made happen in 2014, despite the gremlins? And what will you do anyway in 2015?

I am proud of my 4 children they amaze me everyday. Cody got 98% in the australian maths comp this year (top 3% in the whole country)  I am proud i have managed to stay sane with keeping track of everyone's appointments and commitments without going crazy.

In 2015 despite a few saying it isn't the best idea I plan to do distant education for the boys. 

tyson at his first gymnastic comp this year

the boys playing in under 11's together

I was in the kidspot voices of 2014 comp this year. I was shocked when i got that email! I still am. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#reverb14: Selfie

Day 7's prompt: Please post your favourite picture of yourself from 2014, self-portrait or otherwise!

2014: Alistair & I

2013: Charlie, Alistair & I

2012: Charlie & I

2011: Charlie & I

2010: Charlie & I

Saturday, December 6, 2014

#reverb14- day 1 to 6 ..catch up

So i have been slack a bit so here is day 1-6 of reverb14 all in one post. 

Day 1;s prompt: Today, I invite you to take a quiet moment to consider: what can you say right now with certainty?

With certainty i can say we will be homeschooling all of the older 3 boys next year. 2015 will be a crazy hectic life changing year. 

Day 2: 
What unfinished projects from 2014 am you willing to release now? (Regret not required.)

I have a weighted blanket, a worry eater and a few dresses half done in my sewing pile i really should finish them.

Day 3: It’s all too easy to put off loving where we are until everything is perfect. What can you love about where you are now?
I have 4 boys whom love and care about me unconditionally. Life isn't perfect and doesn't go to plan. And that is the beauty of life.  you need to enjoy the small things because one day the small things will be what you miss most.

Day 4: We are all lightning rods, conduits for that which the Universe wants born into this world. What energies did you channel this year?
I think i channeled the energy to speak up more so this year. I became an advocate for my children and for others. 

day5: what is the sound of your own voice?
I have no idea, some say i sound like a child or younger than they think I am .

look how much they have grown in a year !

day6: Despite our usually sunny dispositions and dedication to the practice of “assuming positive intent,” we all occasionally find ourselves having to deal with an incredibly unpleasant individual.

While I’m sure you always handle it with the tact and finesse for which you’ve become so well known, I’m going to ask you to step outside yourself for just a moment.

Think back to such a situation: if the gloves were off, how you really would have liked to have dealt with them
I think i would have remained more mindful  and supportive.  Being mindful of where that person is coming from and what they are dealing with would have not allowed the situation to blow up as it did.