Changing How We Worked

A year ago last month, Gaz quit his main job. While he has always worked from home (IT), it was pretty much still a 9-5 with meetings and working through the night a lot to keep on top of it, a lot of stress and responsibility, and the stress of trying to manage a tonne of conference calls with 3 homeschooled kids also in our small house! ⁣

We were having wwoofers take care of the farm, Gaz was feeling so frustrated when he had so many days he couldn’t get outside at all, and I was increasingly stressed at not getting much of a break with the kids. We felt like we had moved to our dream home but didn’t have a lifestyle where we could enjoy it. ⁣

It was a super scary and hard decision to make, but after we had got used to living on a thrifty budget, built up my income a bit, and saved a little emergency fund, we decided that it had to go. ⁣

Even though the days of being able to have disposable income / save any money would be pretty much over, we decided that it was more important to have the lifestyle we want and trade a higher income for more flexibility and balance now, while the kids were young (I know it’s a huge privilege to have that choice and I’m so very grateful for his previous job and the start it gave us in being able to buy a house etc). ⁣

We earn about bang on 50 / 50 now between Gazs smaller IT clients and my eBay work, and get to spend time on @happyrootsfarmuk which isnt exactly a money maker, but feels deeply purposeful to us. ⁣

There is no maternity leave for me, so i’m shoehorning bits work when I can, its a juggle and an adjustment to managing our time between it all, and we are tightening our belts even more while we have a tiny one. Its a bit more of a hustle, for sure, but its one we are in together and gah it is so so worth it for moments like this, a different kind of abundance ❤

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Making Time For Rest

Rest ❤ Do you make enough room in your life for rest? I know that getting enough sleep, and taking time to rest is a game changer for me. Its often the difference between waking up ready to face the day and wanting to stay hidden under the covers. The difference between responding to my children with grace or responding with scorn. The difference between being a happy partner and a snappy partner. ⁣⁣⁣
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That definitely doesn’t mean I find it easy to put into practice, its haaaard (heck we have a newborn and 3 other kids, work, farm and its never comes easy to just. be. still. 😂🙈). We are recovering night owls here who frequently used to stay up through to the early hours working (or playing) despite being so knackered we were grumpy the next day and loads less productive working. Why oh why is it so much easier to get sucked into a YouTube/ Pinterest rabbit hole for 3 hours once the kids are in bed than get the rest you really need? 😂 But late nights followed by kids that get up around 6am left us so depleted, so in the last year we have totally flipped our schedule to sleeping early (usually by 10pm, earlier if I’ve had a bad night with the babe) and I’m finding it so much easier to get up in a morning and deal with feeding a newborn at night. Also trying to remember to schedule days to just rest and be at home between days of activity, and breaks in even busy days to snatch a cup of tea, lie snuggling with the baby, have 5 minutes with my book, a moment to take rest. ⁣⁣
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There is a brilliant Ted talk we watched this week on the importance of sleep called ‘Sleep is your superpower’, talking about all the ways not getting enough sleep affects your body – the physiological and immune system effects really astounded me. I’d love to hear what you thought if you watched it and if this is something you struggle with too! L x

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Little Threads Of Joy

There is a baby who never, ever wants to be put down, a tired mama who often gets overwhelmed from so. much. noise. Mama worries, sibling arguments, and snappy parents. There are dirty floors and pots undone, and there is always, always work to be done. There are moments of struggle, every day.⁣

But there is also morning tea, with buttered toast and sticky sweet dandelion honey. Belly laughs, games played, hands held and babies contentedly sleeping on my chest. Dinners outside on the grass, 5 minutes to read my book whole Rory feeds, a cup of herbal tea in my favourite mug. Goodnight stories and falling knackered into Gaz’s arms when everyone is finally asleep. ⁣

Little threads of joy, weaved in the tapestry of very ordinary days, easily missed if I don’t take the opportunity to notice and delight in them ❤ ⁣

I’d love to hear what little thing/s brought you joy today? L x

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Mothers Day Beautiful Chaos

Mothers Day beautiful chaos 😂❤ I can’t quite believe I’m a mama to 4!
We have a little low key tradition now of breakfast in bed, a bunch of flowers from the garden and homemade cards from the kids, then we popped over to my mum’s for afternoon tea with her and my nan – super special to get 4 generations together.

Hope all the mummies out there have a lovely day, and all the love to those who are missing their mamas / babies / today is tricky for ❤❤ L x

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Precious Postpartum: Lying In After A Baby

One week old today ❤

I remember having our first baby, and being desperate to get back to normal… To prove I could still do it all – keep on top of work and the house and rush to squish my sore body back into my pre baby clothes and get out and about. I gritted my teeth through afterpains and tried to hide my bleeding and my sore dripping boobs as visitors after visitors came to see us and baby.
I’ve changed a little since then, reading @magamamas The Fourth Trimester had a huge impact on me, and I’ve worked hard in recent years to stop caring what anyone else does and listen more closely to what my individual body and temperament needs – and for me that is deep rest, and time to go inward and focus on recovering and just nourishing this little person in these precious first few weeks.

I haven’t left the house, other than to potter in the garden, all week. I could happily do nothing all day but feed and cuddle and watch him sleep.

My body is squishy soft and raw and shifting and healing, my boobs are huge and sore and leaky and practically none of my clothes fit / look or feel right. I smell like sour milk mixed with a sweaty football team thanks to breastfeeding and hormonal hot flashes.

My heart is blown wide open, I feel everything so deeply and I cry on the daily, at happy and sad things, or for no reason at all. To see me, I’m a total mess, by societys standards, but here, surrendering to being soft and vulnerable, I feel totally myself and like my heart is overflowing with love and contentment.

These days have been the most slow, precious, revered days of my life so far, and I am just basking in the beauty of this messy, magical time while it lasts, taking many lessons forward with me and trying somehow to put it into words so I never forget ❤ L x

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Newborn Days

Just floating in these beautiful, raw and hazy newborn days.

Crampy, sore, tired, weepy and full of the most abundant love, contentment and gratitude I have ever known ❤
Thanks so much for all the lovely messages, I’ll respond at some point to messages and write about his birth soon, its taking some time to get down as my tears flow like rivers whenever I start to write or think about it – after the worry and stress of Marleys pregnancy and birth and neonatal stay its been the most beautiful healing journey to have this birth and time just cocooned in a little family bubble together ❤ L x

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Going Vegan Transitional Times

I saw someone post this week about the in between times of a new way of eating or doing things and how hard it can be and it really resonated with me.. I remember so vividly the first night we decided to go vegan. I didn’t sleep a wink 😂, I wasn’t a big meat eater but the queen of creamy, cheesey foods and I thought I’d never be able to eat any of my favourite foods again, but felt unable to continue doing so.
Learning a whole new way of cooking, restocking our cupboards with different staples was a huge adjustment, it took a good couple of years to get confident and find replacements and banging recipes for vegan versions of all of our favourite foods (things have changed so much in 5 yrs, getting substitutes in shops / eating out was HARD then!), I remember so many times just getting to the kitchen and not knowing what to make so eating tomato pasta AGAIN, but I’m so, so glad we were gentle with ourselves, and persevered.

Potato dauphinoise (sliced potatoes cooked in creamy garlic sauce with cheese) was one of my fave dishes pre vegan days, I used to make it with a tonne of butter, double cream and cheeses so I am always super stoked to eat this vegan version that uses no animal products, tastes just as good if not better, and is made with a super healthy cashew cheese sauce too ❤

I don’t talk much about veganism in general, I have very little desire to discuss or debate diets with folks these days – I prefer to just do our own thing, happy in our research and alginment with our personal values / situation. We are just here cooking up vegan goodies, and open if people come to us for info. We feel pretty fantastic health wise, and really contented to live in line with our values, so I wanted to offer some encouragement to anyone transitioning or wanting to reduce their dairy/ meat intake to persevere through those tricky times that are inevitable with any new lifestyle change, if they feel called to do so. I’ll share some of my fave vegan accounts in stories soon for anyone wanting more support / recipes for continuing now veganuary is over! ❤ L x

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