The Groovingmums bloghop encourages women to consider themselves a bit more, to sparkle as a woman in our own right as the festive season approaches at breakneck speed, to move forward with goals large and small and to get that va-va voom back in a way which makes sense to us as the individuals we are. This week’s challenges can be found at www.kateonthinice.wordpress.com.
This week it occurred to me how little time we spend on ourselves, even when we are actively and mindfully trying to achieve that. The past three weeks have been a blur of schools admissions related activity. If I haven’t been visiting schools or reading about schools, I’ve been thinking about schools, talking about schools or listening to other people talk about schools. Time for myself has been limited; I’ve found that even when I’ve been supposed to be reading, my mind has been drifting in the direction of schooling. Trying to put that aside for a few consecutive minutes, I’ve managed to take up two of Kate’s challenges set last week.
Last week’s post was all about throwing out the old and making more space. This week is about bringing into the house things that soothe me and make me happy. I treated myself to a beautiful candle in a tin in an expensive gift shop last week. It’s scented with orange and cinnamon, very festive, and makes the house smell delicious. A bit of an extravagance but I like the flickering flame in the evenings when I’ve got a book in my hand, even though I may not be reading it.
I really love the painting by Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers. Ikea sold it as a print a few years ago but I didn’t buy it when I saw it, and I haven’t found it since. So this week I have ordered a copy on the internet. It hasn’t arrived yet but when it does I’m going to frame it and hang it in my bedroom so I will see it every morning. A little bit of sunshine on grey and foggy mornings. Continuing the theme of warmth, last week during the clear out of my wardrobe I found a winter coat that I’d hardly worn. I tried it on and it fitted. I’ve been wearing it ever since, it’s a lovely bright red colour and is keeping me warm now the frost has finally started to appear in the mornings.
Looking forward to tackling this week’s challenges!